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Post Date: 2012-05-28

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    Posted: 28 May 2012 at 11:56am
Hello everyone!
So the time has come to replace my aging desktop PC, and from what I've heard, DS is excellent place for me to do that.

The PC will be used mainly for gaming. I'll mainly be playing Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, and BF3 on it. I'm looking for something that could run these games on max (or very high) settings. I'd like to spend around $2200, but I'm willing to fluctuate on a reasonable basis. I'm also looking for the PC to be relativity quiet.

My build so far:

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Features Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 850W Corsair TX850 V2 (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 120mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (High-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Blue) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty  

Any insight on improvements/adjustments to my build would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone!

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  Quote redkulaid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 May 2012 at 12:50pm
change the CPU cooling to the Noctua NH-D14. A lot of ppl go with that here. Also, wont need to upgrade the chassis airflow. The case is a beast, and cooling is great on it.

Id also step up the OC to stg 2, the cpu cooler will handle it no problem.

Other then that, everything is good. I got roughly 2100$ with the build I did like that, with the options I posted. So you do have more room to play with if you want, and add anything you might want or need.
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  Quote Divinitory Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 May 2012 at 1:01pm
Thanks for the quick reply!

Does the Noctua outperform the H20 Stage 2 240mm cooling? I'm not sure which one to go with.

Also, how many fans does the case come with without the upgrade?
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  Quote redkulaid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 May 2012 at 1:08pm
A lot pf people go with the Noctua because of its reliability. It performs just as well, without the hassle I guess. I dont know the number of fans off hand, but I think its one front, two top, one rear, and one side. Im not 100% sure on it, ive read so much before I build mine over the weekend that I cant really remember off hand. I see every gamer use this case though. I was going to go with the liquid cooling option, but one helpful user suggested the Noctua, due to the fact that the LC can have issues, and it out performed the stg 2 option by a bit. I donw know the users name off hand, but im sure he will chime in, very helpful.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 May 2012 at 1:25pm
Yep, what redkulaid said.   The D14 doesn't out perform but is a very relable cooler.     Most testing has shown the D14 and H100, which is what I think the 240mm Vortex is , perform about the same.     Either work great., but reliability for me counts.    The 240mm cooler does have a pretty good track record, just more to go wrong.   The HafX case has a front 230 mm fan., a top and side 200mm fan and a rear 140mm fan.

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