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#26
If I Go with AMD CPU is it recommended to use amd Graphics or it doesnt make a difference?
Doesn't make a difference at your price point. You could do dual graphics at a budget entry, but this is not the case. Look, the fx-8350/8320 is a great cpu, it is, and good value too, but the i73770k just beats it in gaming and especially in single threaded operations, plus it does it consuming less power and producing less heat,
 
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#28
Any thoughts on intel 3930K Hexa core?
On a 2K budget? HELL NO. Serves no additional purpose. Might aswell spend the extra money on a better GPU.
 
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#30
Any thoughts on intel 3930K Hexa core?
For gaming no real use. Even quad cores today you could count with your fingers the amount of games that you need a quad core for, most games just aren't yet optimised, but it is the future. The only upside I see to it is you get a platform that isn't doomed yet. The 3770k is the best you can ever get for it's platform
 
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#31
And how do i go about overclocking?
GPU or CPU? You want a good cooler. You can do it via the BIOS, or most motherboards have presets you can use.
 
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#33
If I Go with AMD CPU is it recommended to use amd Graphics or it doesnt make a difference?
No, Ether way is fine

Just my two cents. Go with a single GPU. Its his first build so keep it simple. A single 7970 or 680 would be plenty of horse power combined with a i7 CPU but an AMD 8350 would be just as nice. But pick a motherboard with two slots so if you want to add a second later you can. Also get a quality PSU that can handle two as well. Cases are a personal thing. I perfur a Corsair 550d or 650d. I dont like the look of a Haf case

And run it for month before you overclock. Just to make sure
 

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#34
And how do i go about overclocking?
GPU or CPU? You want a good cooler. You can do it via the BIOS, or most motherboards have presets you can use.
You should get the system built first before worrying about overclocking. For CPU i linked to the Corsair H80i closed all in one liquid cooler that will do perfectly fine on a 3570k or 3770k. You could also look at the H100i also.
 

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#36
Ive seen an intel 3770K overclocked to 4.4Ghz on a premade desktop
So for short, on intel
it can do 5.0ghz granted you have a good motherboard and cooling to do so. And a decent chip.

Also you have a high budget, I wouldnt get an AMD chip. If you had a $1000 budget or below, then id probably recommend an AMD build.
 
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#37
You just change the multiplier... Just make sure you end up getting a K chip, as they are unlocked. Depends on the cooling solution, but I would not advice overvolting your CPU or your GPU by that matter right away. No need for it really.
 
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#38
For $2000 you can have one heck of a PC.

COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Rosewill LIGHTNING-1300
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i
SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB 2 of these
Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz
Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) (2 of these)
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GeForce GTX 680 4GB

Comes out to $1855 total. I could probably play around with the case and SSD's to squeeze in a second GTX680 if you really wanted one.

Here you go comes out to $2075.89, but has $65 in rebates so almost $2000 on the nose!

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Had to drop down a model on the CPU, but considering both clock about the same not really any loss in that one. The ram chosen is Samsung HYK0 based which clocks quite well (2400+) and the Powersupply is recommended by JohnnyGuru as its a great unit built by SuperFlower.
So you recommend 2 4 gb 680s , or is it overkill?
 
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#39
Specify the resolution you want to play at. For more than 1080p or heavy mods 4gb, anything else 2 is more than fine
 
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#40
Spend a few bucks and get the Intel, and sleep well

I'm looking at putting together a gaming PC which can handle end games at good graphics
My budget is 2000 dollars but I do not require a monitor / keyboard / mouse / speakers / os

I need help because it is my first time doing this and I do not have a clue as to what is compatible with what.

Is 8 gb ram enough ? And will a nvidia gtx 660ti 2gb graphics card be enough to get me through high end gaming for the next few years.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated
I myself would go with a Intel CPU.

Here is more information to help you make a decision...
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173979&highlight=AMD
 
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#41
Specify the resolution you want to play at. For more than 1080p or heavy mods 4gb, anything else 2 is more than fine
Sorry, as you can tell im quite stupid when it comes to this lol.
I hear things on other forums like overclocking for eg., get excited and run here to ask.
Ill be playing at 1080p
 
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#42
So far ive decided on intel core i7 3770k
gigabyte geforce gtx 680
256 ssd
2 tb hdd
and the sabertooth 990 FX motherboard
Can anyone recommend a cooling system if i need one?
And am i missing anything else? besides a case and power both still undecided
 
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#43
Well, that's what forums are for anyways :toast:
At 1080p skyrim with 100 mods is the only game I can think where 2 gb is not enough, but it is your call. In the build I listed for you, I put in 4 gb because the price difference is not that large and I believe it is one more way of trying to future proof a bit
 
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#44
So far ive decided on intel core i7 3770k
gigabyte geforce gtx 680
256 ssd
2 tb hdd
and the sabertooth 990 FX motherboard
Can anyone recommend a cooling system if i need one?
And am i missing anything else? besides a case and power both still undecided
You need ram xD
corsair hydro h100i . the led is soooo cool, this option for style, if you go with a windowed case and want to brag
noctua nh-d14 for high performance quiet air cooling.
 
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#45
You need ram xD
corsair hydro h100i . the led is soooo cool, this option for style, if you go with a windowed case and want to brag
noctua nh-d14 for high performance quiet air cooling.
Hahaha, woops, ok got ram got my cooling, any ideas for a case? that looks good but doesnt rip my wallet in half
And that everything I have will fit in?
 
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#46
Case is a matter of personal choice, more than anything. Personally I like Corsair, they just can't build a bad case. I have a corsair carbide 500r and love it, makes it really easy and enjoyable to mount and do cable management.
If you go with liquid cooling or the h100i do yourself a favor and buy windowed, maybe corsair obsidian 800D.
Take a look at NZXT also, or Lian Li.
 
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#48
Audio, I prefer Asus because I listen to quite a lot of movies and music but gaming I'd choose Auzentech or Creative. Probably a creative x-fi titanium or something like that. If you like music and movies then I'd suggest an Asus Essence ST/STX.
 
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#50
Hey buddy, you will have to change the cpu or motherboard as the 990x based sabertooth will not support an intel cpu.