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In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
11-19-2012, 11:08 PM,
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In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
Good evening and hello again HR! I'm really happy to "see" you all again. I love this site and community, you've all taught me so much.

Once again I find myself in the prickly position of choosing parts for a Tier 8/9 PC. I've gone over the list and here's what I've got (with updated, "surprisingly/unsurprisingly", higher prices from Newegg):

Case: Antec DF-85 / $170.00 -->Expensive and "Out of stock". If anyone knows a better case or one with the same front door features, plz, let me know. 
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB 2xLAN 4xUSB3 FW BT E-SATA WiFi / $220.00 --> Highly unlikely I'll ever have the money to buy TWO Video Cards. 
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5-3.9 GHz Turbo Unlocked Multiplier 77W / $330.00
RAM: Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz / $76.00
SSD and/or HDD: SAMSUNG 830 256GB SATAIII SSD / $200.00 and/or SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB HD103SJ / $100.00
PSU: XFX PRO Series 850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver ATX P1850BNLG9 / $145.00 --> Was previously recommended by Mathieu
CPU Cooling: Phanteks PH-TC14PE / $85.00
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB / $
Fan Control: Sunbeam Fan Controller RHK-EX-BA Rheobus Extreme / $26.00 --> Closest I could find to the guide in Newegg
Monitor: 1920-1080 Res (Future Purchase)

Aaaaand that's what I have until now. This is mainly a 1 GPU gaming rig running on Windows 7 64-Bit. We're talking about games like Skyrim (modded), Civ5, Dragon Age, maybe some Witcher 2. I'm also trying to future-proof it. Amazon doesn't ship most of the parts to where I live so I'm stuck with Newegg and I'm trying to take advantage of the specials of the season. Any thoughts, comments, ideas, advice is welcomed and appreciated inmensely. Thanks in advance
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11-30-2012, 07:57 PM,
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RE: In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
Hmmm... Looking over the changes to the high-end pc's, there are changes to my SSD and HDD mainly. Considering the fact that my only option is Newegg, I find myself in need of a large CASE (DF-85 out of stock), Power Supply (NZXT HALE90 750 discontinued) and CPU Cooler (can't find the Silver Arrow on Newegg). Any thoughts or ideas? : )
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11-30-2012, 10:06 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-30-2012, 10:08 PM by ricky07652.)
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RE: In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-Silve...B007BO0VEI replaces the old Silver Arrow. As for a large case, I would say the Corsair Obsidian 800D or the NZXT Switch 810.
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12-01-2012, 10:23 PM,
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RE: In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
Hmm... I guess I'll try with Amazon, though it's highly probable they will deny my purchase due to shipping problems. (I think I can only buy RAM from them) In the off chance I can't buy the Silver Arrow the Phantek should work, correct? Oh, and thanks a million for the help. Really appreciate it. : )
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12-02-2012, 08:00 AM,
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RE: In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
The Phanteks has compatibility issues with the video card, so don't buy it.
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12-02-2012, 05:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-02-2012, 05:06 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
This Noctua CPU Cooler is nearly as good as the Silver Arrow and won't interfere with your video card, while the Phanteks may (which is why it's no longer recommended for high-end Gaming PCs): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6835608018

If you play Skyrim modded, I'd suggest spending a bit more for the Geforce GTX 680 4GB, Skyrim modded can definitely use more than 2GB of VRAM.

Case, I'd go with the Antec P280: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6811129179

It's priced competitively, offers enough airflow (with switches on the fans to adjust their speed/noise) and dampens noises pretty well. Otherwise, there are many many alternatives suggested in the article.

Power supply wise, I'd recommend this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6817139010

80 Plus Gold, modular, top notch reliability, all at a good price.

Hope this helps Smile

P.S. For the Corsair RAM, make sure it's a "low-profile" model, without heatsinks that are super tall or they will prevent you from installing your CPU Cooler.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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12-02-2012, 08:25 PM,
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RE: In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
Thanks so much for the suggestions! The question now would be if I need anything else, like cable extenders, fans and the like (or the fan controller?). Aaaaand I almost went crazy trying to find the 4gb gtx 680 (so many versions!!). Maybe this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...067296&SID=
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12-07-2012, 06:52 AM,
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RE: In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
If the MSI card is the right one, how does it compare to the EVGA cards? Or is it all the same?
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12-07-2012, 08:03 AM,
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In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
I have always bought EVGA cards with luck.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 GPU: EVGA GTX 650 2GB SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB HDDs: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB and Western Digital VelociRaptor 500 GB Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Pro RAM: 8x8GB (64GB) G. Skill Ripjaws Z 1600MHz Optical Drives: two Asus DRWB1ST PSU: Seasonic X650 80+ Gold Keyboard: Das Keyboard Professional S Mouse: Logitech Performance MX Tablet: Logitech T650 Monitors: NEC P241W and NEC PA241W Speakers: Bose Companion 3 Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
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12-07-2012, 01:43 PM,
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RE: In need of advice: TIER 8/9 PC parts review & prices!
I've bought two EVGA cards. First one was a lemon, horrible HORRIBLE design; second one was my current gtx 460 (so good!). Problem is there are literally 4 different 680 4gb versions from EVGA! I consider MathieuB's advice to be great, just not sure which is the correct card. : ) Thank you all for the help btw.
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