Building A Gaming Desktop from Scratch ($1500 CAD) HELP : )

April 14, 2013 at 03:06:22
Specs: Windows 8
Specs for desktop

As mentioned in the title, I'm building a gaming desktop that's below $1500 CAD. This is the first time ever doing it and I hope it goes well : ).

Here let me list my set up first before I talk about the expectations and concerns I have( you can also find details from the screen cast captured. there's also links provided at the very bottom of this)

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 01G-P4-3650-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

*Memory Card:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

*Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

*Power Supply
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM

So the above are the specs I would probably run on this desktop.

- As my budge is about $1500 CAD, I would expect this set up can run games coming up for the next 2 years at least. (I know this is may be hard to expect for who knows what major changes would be there two years later....)
- not noisy
- no overheating problem

- would the case fit all these stuff?
- I have checked that the motherboard has PCI Express 3.0 x16 so the GPU will fit into it. However, I'm afraid that I might be missing something else such as other components of this set up may have the plugs not working together or this can't insert into that kinda stuff.....(and yes i'm lazy to check everything one by one......: p)
- Should I chose a really good HDD ( the one I chose is a really good one.... at least i think it is....XD) or should i chose an average HDD and a SSD? I have looked it up on internet and YouTube. I wonder whether it is just a personal preference or SSD is going to be a must for building a gaming desktop?

Plz help me check whether there's any possible problem with this set up : )
It would also be nice if there's a substitute to the specs i listed above with the same performance but cheaper : )

Thank in advance!

Below is the links I used to check the prices and specs:

Once again thanks : )

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April 14, 2013 at 05:53:50
-Get core i5.
-Get cheaper z77 board.
-8gb ddr3 1866 of ram is plenty for gaming.
-Use stock cooler if u don't plan to OC cpu.
-Get top notch v-card like GTX 670 or 680.
-I still think ssd is a waste of money on gaming PC's because they are used for OS and programs (unless u have the money for a bigger one).
-All the compoents will work together and fit nicely in the Antec case.

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April 14, 2013 at 09:35:02
I recommend you use a case with a top mounted power supply.

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April 14, 2013 at 16:02:11
@kuwese wouldn't core i5 not able to fully utilize the performance of GTX 670/680?

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April 14, 2013 at 16:04:18
@OtheHill Is there a huge difference between top and bottom mounted power supply?

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April 14, 2013 at 16:38:57
Hot air rises. Cool air should enter at the front bottom and warm air should be exhausted top rear of the case.

Rosewill, for one, offers some pretty nice cases that won't break the bank.

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April 14, 2013 at 19:56:37
There is (as mentioned above) a definite advantage to top mounted power supplies. That said, there are ways to successfully use a bottom mounted power supply. If this is what you end up with and these are my recommendations to make it work correctly:
1- Invert the power supply so it draws its air from the inside of the case. Drawing air from under the case, even with a filter (which if it gets clogged, you will never realize it), is not as good.
2- Use a rear fan high up in the case plus a top case fan (both to exhaust) to compensate for the loss of the top power supply's exhaust fan high in the case.
3- Use a front intake fan to blow cool air directly over the hard drive(s) and to the graphics card(s) and you are all set.
4- Read all reviews on your power supply first to see if anyone complains that some of the cables are too short for bottom mounted cases (older designs) without purchasing extensions.
A bottom mounted power supply case can be less crowded, leaving more room (if designed correctly) for larger video cards, less crowded behind the optical drive, and some other areas as well.

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April 15, 2013 at 07:23:53
Or just buy a full tower case if you are going to fill it with power hungry hardware.

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April 15, 2013 at 13:56:05
In that case i suppose top mounted ones would have less problem with overheating i guess

I think i will stick with a bottom mounted case. I have looked at the Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

would it solve the problem this way with the extra fans provided?

I think if i'm using a bottom mounted ones, a full tower case would then be unnecesary. I don't plan to upgrade this desktop for another 3~4 years so i don't think i need a full tower case >.<. Thanks for the suggestion tho ^^~

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April 15, 2013 at 17:19:55
Full tower is not for expansion as much as volume. The components run cooler. Don't go smaller than a mid tower.

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April 15, 2013 at 21:27:44
One front, one back, and one top, that should do it. Do not add side fans since this would interfere with the airflow rather than help it.
I know that most here prefer the traditional top mounted power supply, but I have one and with that set up (back and top out and front in, and power supply inverted to draw from inside air), everything stays cool (30's C idle, 40's C use, 50's C max. and that is overclocked). For most use, a top mounted power supply is probably still preferred, but with the right set up, it can work well. If I was building for a non-techie, I would stay with the traditional set up, but for my self, I have not problem with it.

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April 15, 2013 at 22:27:27
@OtheHill I always thought full and mid represents their sizes lol Thanks for clearing that confusion I had XD
@Fingers Got it! Thank you for your help : )

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April 16, 2013 at 07:19:45
It does represent their size, usually in height. Taller means more room but also means more air inside.

The trend is to smaller, which in some cases is good. However, for a gaming rig, bigger is better IMO.

One other point to note. The leads on some power supplies can be too short when bottom mounted.

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