3k$ New Computer Build! Need help!

Hello all! I am quite new to the computer building scene and thus am still nooby. I am building a new computer and need help with some questions and encourage any input about my choice of components. Firstly i will be spending around 3000$ so if you happen to look through this and see things that are unnecessary and could be dropped to save me money OR could be better for the same price OR you could think of an optimal build yourself for 3k$ I would appreciate it. I will be doing (hardcore/intense/lots of) gaming as well as editing the videos I record of the game play. The lowest resolution I will be playing on is 1080p, I am currently playing on my sony bravia 46 HD tv but I will soon get a 120Hz monitor and possibly a simple monitor to use for keeping a browser or other random things open (that is only a possibility, most likely just the one monitor). So far on cyberpower my build looks like this it is just below 3.2k$. Would like to build myself if I can find a local shop, I want it done well, never built one myself.

RANDOM STUFF: Cooler Master Thermal Compound, Professional Wiring

CASE: Azza Genesis 9000 Full Tower Gaming Case w/ 2 x 230mm fans, 4x Easy Swap HDD, Dual Power Supply Support, & front USB 3.0 Port (May be changing this, it was the one originally on the base configuration on cyberpower and I never changed it)

DRIVE: LG 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive & DVDRW, 3D Playback Combo Drive

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Six-Core 3.20 GHz 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011
TUNING:Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel

COOLING: Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator (Single Standard 120MM Fan)

HARD DRIVE: 240GB Corsair Force GS Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 525MB/s Write

DATA HARD DRIVE: 3TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

RAM: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/2133MHz Quad Channel Memory (deciding between the standard corsair they give [doesn't say a name] or paying just a touch more for the corsair vengeance, any thoughts?) (I will be extreme overclocking 20% more [or that is what it says at least] this whole system through cyberpower but I have read that 2133 ram isn't necessary but with me spending 3k$ I want the best I can get and I have also read that without overclocking 2133 is stupid cause it wont even work that high, but since I am overclocking its a great idea, is this correct?)

MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support) ASUS P9X79 LE Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ Remote GO!, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI

NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network (this is the standard option)

OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCKING: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more, is what the site says)

POWER SUPPLY: 1,000 Watts - LEPA G1000-MA 80 Plus (I have read that by running my two graphics cards in SLI which I will be doing that it jumps the power consumption up by quite a bit so I chose to upgrade to 1,000 watts from 800 watts was this necessary?)

SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO (this is standard)

VIDEO CARD 1: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 (EVGA Superclocked - Signature 2 Edition) (I will be running my two cards in SLI, I have yet to hear back from cyberpower if they apply the bridge themselves or put it in the box for me to do, I hope they do it. Does anyone know?)

VIDEO CARD 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 (EVGA Superclocked - Signature 2 Edition)

There is an option for MSI brand of these cards but I dont think it is the Lightning which I have only read and seen good things about. If it is the lightning would you recommend that over the sig 2 editions, all the benchmarks I have seen would say yes.
Also, I was really stuck between going with two 7970 in crossfire but I think I would prefer the two 680's. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Also is an Intel CPU even the best choice for this system and in the case I were to change my mind to the two 7970's (which isn't likely) is Intel any good for them? Regardless I WILL be doing two graphics cards.

Lastly is this a good build that can be easily upgraded in the future?

I know this is a ton of questions and I even have a ton more but I didn't want to overload people.
Thanks so much if you looked through all this I greatly appreciate it!
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  1. By going to Cyberpower a) limits choice b)getting charged for things you can do yourself. I would be concerned at least about a) with your budget.
    Anyway.
    Azza for a $3000 build?No.It's big and ugly.Corsair here.
    16GB RAM is so little ...
    I don't trust LEPA,I'd get something else there,don't know the options though,but less Watts more Gold.
    Two 7970 GHZ,Intel is the only choice at this budget

    Again, Do it yourself,dump Cyberpower
  2. First off, most people on this forum build their own computer because it saves them a lot of money. Also, builidng your own allows you to get the exact part you want without compromising.

    With that said, the configuration you listed will be fast as hell, but is it necessary for your purpose? I don't think so. I could build a $1500 desktop that would perform the same in games on a Asus VS247H.

    The Asus VS247H-P is a 60Hz monitor. If you want fast you should look into a 120Hz monitor. This is probably the most popular one out there:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014270

    The problem with a 60Hz monitor is that it can't display more than 60fps. However, the 120Hz monitor can reach 100+fps (assuming your video card can do it too). I use a Asus VE247T and it is fast. 60fps is enough for me. I use a 660ti because it allows me to run 60fps on Ultra. Point is, it's enough for me.

    Is building a computer an option? You could buy the parts and have a local store put the computer together for you.
  3. allanitomwesh said:
    By going to Cyberpower a) limits choice b)getting charged for things you can do yourself. I would be concerned at least about a) with your budget.
    Anyway.
    Azza for a $3000 build?No.It's big and ugly.Corsair here.
    16GB RAM is so little ...
    I don't trust LEPA,I'd get something else there,don't know the options though,but less Watts more Gold.
    Two 7970 GHZ,Intel is the only choice at this budget

    Again, Do it yourself,dump Cyberpower


    I appreciate the reply! Firstly, I would like to build it myself but A. I never have and more importantly B. want it done very well. Also any reason why you say 16gb RAM is to small and why would you choose the 7970s?
  4. envy14tpe said:
    First off, most people on this forum build their own computer because it saves them a lot of money. Also, builidng your own allows you to get the exact part you want without compromising.

    With that said, the configuration you listed will be fast as hell, but is it necessary for your purpose? I don't think so. I could build a $1500 desktop that would perform the same in games on a Asus VS247H.

    The Asus VS247H-P is a 60Hz monitor. If you want fast you should look into a 120Hz monitor. This is probably the most popular one out there:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014270

    The problem with a 60Hz monitor is that it can't display more than 60fps. However, the 120Hz monitor can reach 100+fps (assuming your video card can do it too). I use a Asus VE247T and it is fast. 60fps is enough for me. I use a 660ti because it allows me to run 60fps on Ultra. Point is, it's enough for me.

    Is building a computer an option? You could buy the parts and have a local store put the computer together for you.


    Hey! Thanks for the reply! Building a computer is definitely an option but I'm not sure of any local stores near me (would need to check) because as I told allanitomwesh I want it done well and I never have built one before. And dang thanks for the notification on the 60Hz vs 120Hz haha I did not know that, and with that said I will be getting a 120Hz monitor now! Any thoughts on seperate components themselves? Thanks!
  5. This is $1800 and would max out all games.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.11 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1770.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 02:58 EDT-0400)
  6. 8gb is plenty for all gaming. I play BF3, Far Cry3, Skyrim.........and my usage never exceeds 6GB. The only reason to buy 16GB of RAM is for heavy editing.

    The BenQ monitor is probably the best for gaming. It's pricey but the fastest one on the market at a reasonable price.
  7. envy14tpe said:
    This is $1800 and would max out all games.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.11 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1770.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 02:58 EDT-0400)


    I think I'm going to stick with at least 16gb of RAM and prob an i7 instead of that i5 and for the editing and possibly 3d modeling I will be doing. I also wanted to have a larger SSD going to be storing my OS and lots of other things such as specific games and my editing software, just would like larger for the "just in case." Thanks again for the reply and also any reason as to why you also chose two 7970 instead of nvidia. I figure alot of the GPU stuff will come down to fanboy preference but anything spec wise would be appreciated. Most benchmarks I have looked at the 680s in SLI and the 7970s in Xfire have gone back and forth from 1st to 2nd place in different games.
  8. This build might be a bit more than what others might recommend, but here we go:

    A 670 is only about 5% slower, not worth the extra cost for 680s.
    Some people will recommend ATI over Nvidia, but it depends on games you play too.
    i7 will help with rendering and encoding.
    Corsair 240GB GS is a very good SDD, I use it.
    Corsair AX860i is a very solid power supply made by Flextronics and re-branded through Corsair.

    If you're gaming you will want a 144hz monitor to improve your experience.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($130.10 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($217.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Azza Genesis 9000 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($160.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($279.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $2627.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 03:19 EDT-0400)
  9. Dylanator said:
    allanitomwesh said:
    By going to Cyberpower a) limits choice b)getting charged for things you can do yourself. I would be concerned at least about a) with your budget.
    Anyway.
    Azza for a $3000 build?No.It's big and ugly.Corsair here.
    16GB RAM is so little ...
    I don't trust LEPA,I'd get something else there,don't know the options though,but less Watts more Gold.
    Two 7970 GHZ,Intel is the only choice at this budget

    Again, Do it yourself,dump Cyberpower


    I appreciate the reply! Firstly, I would like to build it myself but A. I never have and more importantly B. want it done very well. Also any reason why you say 16gb RAM is to small and why would you choose the 7970s?


    Think of building a PC like big boy legos,it's not as hard as people make it out. I'll also point out that Cyberpower won't do it well,as the choice of parts on their site is what is most profitable to them and not necessarily most premium.
    16GB ram can be put in a $1200 Rig. Hence I'm surprised your expensive rig is so lacking.
    7970 in crossfire have fewer frame drops and are cheaper too,for similar performance(same region of flawless gaming).
    My point is,with your budget you can get premium everything. A PC of the gods.You can also hire a local techie to assemble it for you. The PC you want.
  10. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($206.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1954.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 03:20 EDT-0400)

    Comment about 7970s or 680s, yeah it is a constant ping pong match which is better.
  11. edogawa said:
    This build might be a bit more than what others might recommend, but here we go:

    A 670 is only about 5% slower, not worth the extra cost for 680s.
    Some people will recommend ATI over Nvidia, but it depends on games you play too.
    i7 will help with rendering and encoding.
    Corsair 240GB GS is a very good SDD, I use it.
    Corsair AX860i is a very solid power supply made by Seasonic and re-branded through Corsair.

    If you're gaming you will want a 144hz monitor to improve your experience.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($130.10 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($217.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Azza Genesis 9000 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($160.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($279.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $2627.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 03:19 EDT-0400)


    Thanks for the reply! That is one sexy looking monitor thanks for the post! I would have to look a bit more into the difference between 680 SLI vs 670 SLI I did a bit but not very much. Any specific reason you dropped the ram down to 1600 and do you think 860 watts will be enough for all the stuff and sli gpus? I may also be looking around with cases that case was the one chosen by cyberpower and I never changed it.
  12. Anything over 1600mhz provides near zero benefit for gaming, there's no reason to go beyond 1600mhz which is the optimal sweet spot.

    Be warned too, a gaming monitor such as the one I linked will be amazing for gaming, but lack good colours that an IPS monitor can provide or better viewing angles. Photo work is best done on an IPS panel for accurate colours.

    A 860 watt power supply will be plenty sufficient, especially a high quality one, and you will always want a bit more wattage than you actually on a power supply.

    My system barley peaks at 300 watts with a single 670 and that power supply I recommended, so 2 will be perfectly fine on 860 watts.

    I don't typically don't think recommending a single case is a good idea, it's a personal preference for this part of the system:

    Phantom:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    Haf X:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    900D(huge case lol if you want to go crazy):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139019&Tpk=900d&IsVirtualParent=1


    You can also browse through on newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006304&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=RATING&PageSize=20&cm_sp=CompCase9-_-VisNav-_-ATXFullTower

    Don't worry too, it's super fun to build your own PC and will help you understand your PC better to fix it if there's an issue.
  13. allanitomwesh said:
    Dylanator said:
    allanitomwesh said:
    By going to Cyberpower a) limits choice b)getting charged for things you can do yourself. I would be concerned at least about a) with your budget.
    Anyway.
    Azza for a $3000 build?No.It's big and ugly.Corsair here.
    16GB RAM is so little ...
    I don't trust LEPA,I'd get something else there,don't know the options though,but less Watts more Gold.
    Two 7970 GHZ,Intel is the only choice at this budget

    Again, Do it yourself,dump Cyberpower


    I appreciate the reply! Firstly, I would like to build it myself but A. I never have and more importantly B. want it done very well. Also any reason why you say 16gb RAM is to small and why would you choose the 7970s?


    Think of building a PC like big boy legos,it's not as hard as people make it out. I'll also point out that Cyberpower won't do it well,as the choice of parts on their site is what is most profitable to them and not necessarily most premium.
    16GB ram can be put in a $1200 Rig. Hence I'm surprised your expensive rig is so lacking.
    7970 in crossfire have fewer frame drops and are cheaper too,for similar performance(same region of flawless gaming).
    My point is,with your budget you can get premium everything. A PC of the gods.You can also hire a local techie to assemble it for you. The PC you want.


    I really appreciate all your input especially on thoughts of cyberpower and building it myself. I think my brain has just been excited about finally getting a beast computer that I never thought to much on the building it myself concept and also the business side of cyberpower like you said that they post very profitable products for themselves. I'm quite good with electronics so I don't think the assembly would give me any trouble, I would just really want things such as Overclocking and the application of the SLI bridge physically and in the BIOS done properly.
  14. edogawa said:
    Anything over 1600mhz provides near zero benefit for gaming, there's no reason to go beyond 1600mhz which is the optimal sweet spot.

    Be warned too, a gaming monitor such as the one I linked will be amazing for gaming, but lack good colours that an IPS monitor can provide or better viewing angles. Photo work is best done on an IPS panel for accurate colours.

    A 860 watt power supply will be plenty sufficient, especially a high quality one, and you will always want a bit more wattage than you actually on a power supply.

    My system barley peaks at 300 watts with a single 670 and that power supply I recommended, so 2 will be perfectly fine on 860 watts.

    I don't typically don't think recommending a single case is a good idea, it's a personal preference for this part of the system:

    Phantom:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    Haf X:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    900D(huge case lol if you want to go crazy):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139019&Tpk=900d&IsVirtualParent=1


    You can also browse through on newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006304&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=RATING&PageSize=20&cm_sp=CompCase9-_-VisNav-_-ATXFullTower



    Yeah I'm going to have to look into monitors more and also the power supply I think that 860W would be the lowest I would go just to be safe with the cards in SLI. Thanks for all the info. I think I'm only really still considering the higher RAM is for just ultra fast editing whether that be video or 3d modeling. Those are some good looking cases, I'll browse those as well!
  15. envy14tpe said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($206.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1954.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 03:20 EDT-0400)

    Comment about 7970s or 680s, yeah it is a constant ping pong match which is better.


    That's a good looking build too, I would prob bump up the power supply. Thanks for all they builds guys all of them so far have saved me good money. Haha not really sure why I wasn't expecting that!
  16. allanitomwesh said:
    By going to Cyberpower a) limits choice b)getting charged for things you can do yourself. I would be concerned at least about a) with your budget.
    Anyway.
    Azza for a $3000 build?No.It's big and ugly.Corsair here.
    16GB RAM is so little ...
    I don't trust LEPA,I'd get something else there,don't know the options though,but less Watts more Gold.
    Two 7970 GHZ,Intel is the only choice at this budget

    Again, Do it yourself,dump Cyberpower


    You take that back! Azza makes wonderful cases!
  17. I have no problem with their functionality. It's the looks.
    http://
  18. I think my Azza Solano 1000R looks rather nice
  19. I think you are getting a lot of builds because we were in your shoes once and we didn't know a lot, but luckily people educated us and now we can save money and get great performance. Take some time and do a little research, and you'll find out why we are recommending what we are.

    Why do you want to SLI or Crossfire? For one monitor one GPU is usually plenty. Also, 2 GPUs has drawbacks...microstuttering. How about a single GPU, 7970 or 680? If you play the games and you want higher settings then you could always add another one to it. I think 2GPUs is for 1)120Hz monitors 2)3 monitor gaming 3)old gpu but want upgrade
  20. allanitomwesh said:
    I have no problem with their functionality. It's the looks.
    http://


    envy14tpe said:
    I think you are getting a lot of builds because we were in your shoes once and we didn't know a lot, but luckily people educated us and now we can save money and get great performance. Take some time and do a little research, and you'll find out why we are recommending what we are.

    Why do you want to SLI or Crossfire? For one monitor one GPU is usually plenty. Also, 2 GPUs has drawbacks...microstuttering. How about a single GPU, 7970 or 680? If you play the games and you want higher settings then you could always add another one to it. I think 2GPUs is for 1)120Hz monitors 2)3 monitor gaming 3)old gpu but want upgrade

    allanitomwesh ew Win 8 haha I am prob gonna stick with Win 7, and no liquid cooling interesting choice on the CPU fan also I wanna stay above 850W for my power supply and I think I will probably be going with the BenQ 120Hz monitor.
    Hi again Envy, I understand that one good gpu would be enough but originally I wanted SLI to always have insane frame rates on any game but also I have read and seen that it helps with things like video rendering which would be big for me. I am very happy with all the replies and builds I have been getting, I will be doing even more research than I have for the past couple months and am looking forward to even more replies on this thread! Thanks guys!
  21. Nothing wrong with windows 8,looks great on a high Res monitor :) Supports a bucket load of ram by default and is cheaper,and all round good looking (desktop side and Microsoft apps like music) Don't knock it till you try it.
    I don't support liquid cooling unless it's a custom setup.The fan can mount sideways to fit in a smaller case, but works great mounted tall,hits some very good temps. All round a great fan. I don't think you'll be going for extreme OC so it'll do.
    The PSU I put is 'enough' and was mainly to afford the monitor,lol.If you're going with the Benq then Corsair PSU is good. Or seasonic,also good.
  22. for 3k i would have 2 New GTX titans and spend the extra 1k on the system and build it myself LOL!
  23. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($81.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme9 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($127.20 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Plextor M5P Xtreme Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($419.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($419.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($273.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($157.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2788.64
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 05:47 EDT-0400)

    if you want everything from one company:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($81.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme9 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($305.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Plextor M5P Xtreme Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($599.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($599.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($279.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($157.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $3245.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 05:55 EDT-0400)
  24. Hey everyone been looking around when I've got time and now I'm thinking about a single GPU since I will most likely just be playing at 1080p with just a single monitor or possibly 2560x1600. As of now I'm probably looking at a very powerful one such as the GIGABYTE GTX 680 Super Overclock or maybe the MSI Lightning 680 or maybe one of the very powerful 7970s, the other option is a single Titan what do you guys think?
  25. One gtx 670 will do. Asus,Zotac.Custom cooler models.
  26. allanitomwesh said:
    One gtx 670 will do. Asus,Zotac.Custom cooler models.


    Why are you jumping down to a 670?
  27. Just for one monitor it is the best value. The advantage of Titan is in multi monitor setups. Gtx 690 is pretty much a 670 sli,for more cash.
  28. allanitomwesh said:
    Just for one monitor it is the best value. The advantage of Titan is in multi monitor setups. Gtx 690 is pretty much a 670 sli,for more cash.


    Would you not say that a custom 680 like the Lightning or something would be better than a 670 if money wasn't the issue?
  29. For 1920x1080 60Hz: 670 is gonna rock all games.

    For 1920x1080 120Hz: at least a 7970 or 680.

    For 2560x1600 60Hz: 680 or 7970

    The benchmarks seem neck and neck. I'd just get which ever is cheaper of the two.
  30. envy14tpe said:
    For 1920x1080 60Hz: 670 is gonna rock all games.

    For 1920x1080 120Hz: at least a 7970 or 680.

    For 2560x1600 60Hz: 680 or 7970

    The benchmarks seem neck and neck. I'd just get which ever is cheaper of the two.


    680 isn't worth it, 670 is best value card, you'd only lose a few frames.
  31. Been looking around at the 670s, 680s and the 7970s any special brand types that you guys like and would recommend. I keep looking at the MSI Lightning and some of the GIGABYTE versions of all 3 cards.
  32. Dylanator said:
    Been looking around at the 670s, 680s and the 7970s any special brand types that you guys like and would recommend. I keep looking at the MSI Lightning and some of the GIGABYTE versions of all 3 cards.


    Asus or gigabyte are good, go with whatever one of those is cheaper.
  33. edogawa said:
    Dylanator said:
    Been looking around at the 670s, 680s and the 7970s any special brand types that you guys like and would recommend. I keep looking at the MSI Lightning and some of the GIGABYTE versions of all 3 cards.


    Asus or gigabyte are good, go with whatever one of those is cheaper.


    I appreciate all the replies guy but a lot have said "cheaper" or "better value." The money isn't really an issue even more so now that I'm just gonna do one card. Would you still say a 670 or one of the custom 680s or 7970s? I looked at benchmarks on a couple of the customs of each of these cards and the fps has only gone up in the low single digits. Most focus more on the cooling aspect I understand, but I am looking for power. That is why I said possibly a Titan, although a 680 or 7970 still may do just as well.
  34. It would help if we knew what resolution and refresh rate you will play.

    1920x1080 120Hz or 1920x1080 60Hz or 2560x1440 60Hz.
  35. Dylanator said:
    edogawa said:
    Dylanator said:
    Been looking around at the 670s, 680s and the 7970s any special brand types that you guys like and would recommend. I keep looking at the MSI Lightning and some of the GIGABYTE versions of all 3 cards.


    Asus or gigabyte are good, go with whatever one of those is cheaper.


    I appreciate all the replies guy but a lot have said "cheaper" or "better value." The money isn't really an issue even more so now that I'm just gonna do one card. Would you still say a 670 or one of the custom 680s or 7970s? I looked at benchmarks on a couple of the customs of each of these cards and the fps has only gone up in the low single digits. Most focus more on the cooling aspect I understand, but I am looking for power. That is why I said possibly a Titan, although a 680 or 7970 still may do just as well.


    Well if you are doing one card I would definitely say a 7970ghz or a 670(680 for 100 bucks more for only a couple frames isn't worth it).

    Gigabyte 7970ghz : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125439
    Asus 670 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637


    You could even go for a 690, but that's overkill for one monitor.

    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-mDisplayPort-Graphics-04G-P4-2690-KR/dp/B007ZRO3U4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365746133&sr=8-1&keywords=690

    I'd say go with the 7970ghz.

    GPU hierarchy: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  36. Well,Direct CU by Asus you can't go wrong, followed closely by Twin Frozr 4,third is the triple fan cooler by Gigabyte.
    Well,might as well get the 690 and setup camp at 1440 or 1600p (I find 30" abit too much and prefer 27" personally)
  37. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($115.06 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($125.44 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($11.93 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 950W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1892.33
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-12 02:02 EDT-0400)

    Just pick your OS and Monitor/s and you be set.

    To answer your question we generally refer to buy whichever card is cheapest or best cooling because GPU's are easily overclocked so worrying about one being clocked at slightly higher means nothing when all factory OC speeds are easily obtainable. But this obviously applies to the same cards such as 7970 vs 7970 etc.
  38. envy14tpe said:
    It would help if we knew what resolution and refresh rate you will play.

    1920x1080 120Hz or 1920x1080 60Hz or 2560x1440 60Hz.


    I updated the main post about this and replied to someone a while ago that informed me that 60hz caps at 60fps which I didn't know so I will be getting either the benq 120Hz monitor or the asus 144Hz and possibly a 30'' 2560x1440 sometime in the future and further in the future I am thinking of doing 3 monitor for 5760x1200. But for now it will be 120Hz or 144Hz 1080p monitor.
  39. Dylanator said:
    envy14tpe said:
    It would help if we knew what resolution and refresh rate you will play.

    1920x1080 120Hz or 1920x1080 60Hz or 2560x1440 60Hz.


    I updated the main post about this and replied to someone a while ago that informed me that 60hz caps at 60fps which I didn't know so I will be getting either the benq 120Hz monitor or the asus 144Hz and possibly a 30'' 2560x1440 sometime in the future and further in the future I am thinking of doing 3 monitor for 5760x1200. But for now it will be 120Hz or 144Hz 1080p monitor.


    Then you would want to consider this whole build here with 2 way crossfire, will get you 144hz easily in games and handle high resolution monitor easily.

    One card though is pretty much going to handle most games though very easily.

    You can always get one card now and wait till next year for next gen graphics cards and go SLI with a higher resolution monitor/multiple monitors too.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.54 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Corsair Force Series GS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($217.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.58 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($419.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($419.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($279.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $2689.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-12 02:09 EDT-0400)
  40. Dylanator said:
    envy14tpe said:
    It would help if we knew what resolution and refresh rate you will play.

    1920x1080 120Hz or 1920x1080 60Hz or 2560x1440 60Hz.


    I updated the main post about this and replied to someone a while ago that informed me that 60hz caps at 60fps which I didn't know so I will be getting either the benq 120Hz monitor or the asus 144Hz and possibly a 30'' 2560x1440 sometime in the future and further in the future I am thinking of doing 3 monitor for 5760x1200. But for now it will be 120Hz or 144Hz 1080p monitor.


    If you can go to a store and look at a 30in monitor, a 27in is huge. I think the sweet spot is around 22-24in as even 24in seem big when their right in front of you.
  41. If you are considering 3 monitors down the road then Crossfire/SLI is inevitable. You can't play games at decent settings on 1 GPU across 3 monitors.

    2 x 680s will outperform a single Titan in fps.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_Titan_SLI/12.html

    A 680 for now could be a good choice, and when you want the 3 monitors just buy another.

    Also, make sure the 3 monitors are the same otherwise it'll look weird.
  42. assasin32 said:
    Dylanator said:
    envy14tpe said:
    It would help if we knew what resolution and refresh rate you will play.

    1920x1080 120Hz or 1920x1080 60Hz or 2560x1440 60Hz.


    I updated the main post about this and replied to someone a while ago that informed me that 60hz caps at 60fps which I didn't know so I will be getting either the benq 120Hz monitor or the asus 144Hz and possibly a 30'' 2560x1440 sometime in the future and further in the future I am thinking of doing 3 monitor for 5760x1200. But for now it will be 120Hz or 144Hz 1080p monitor.


    If you can go to a store and look at a 30in monitor, a 27in is huge. I think the sweet spot is around 22-24in as even 24in seem big when their right in front of you.



    I agree 24 is a good size, 27 is nice too, but can be a lot more costly for the 27.

    envy14tpe said:
    If you are considering 3 monitors down the road then Crossfire/SLI is inevitable. You can't play games at decent settings on 1 GPU across 3 monitors.

    2 x 680s will outperform a single Titan in fps.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_Titan_SLI/12.html

    A 680 for now could be a good choice, and when you want the 3 monitors just buy another.

    Also, make sure the 3 monitors are the same otherwise it'll look weird.


    680 SLI, that's an extra couple hundred for so little. 670 SLI would be better overall. Saving a few hundred bucks towards monitors would be better.






  43. I would really really like to do 3 monitors in the future. So much so that it almost a positive. So what do you guys think about a Titan right now and get another one down the road. I have read and seen a lot of overview videos that say Titan is more focused toward multi-monitor gameplay and the jump from one titan to titans in sli with 3 monitors is crazy. What do you guys think bout that or would it just be better to do like 3 680s if I was gonna do that?
  44. When do you expect to get 3 monitors?

    Best options currently for monitors:

    Titan or Titan SLI
    Crossfire 7970ghz
    SLI 670 x2 (only lose a few frames over 680 and save a couple hundred bucks.)
  45. edogawa said:
    When do you expect to get 3 monitors?

    Best options currently for monitors:

    Titan or Titan SLI
    Crossfire 7970ghz
    SLI 670 x2



    For how cheap the ASUS VG248QE is I could probably get them with this order although that is with my build price being lowered by doing like 7970s or the 670s. If I did a titan now and another later that probably wouldn't be the case. Although about the 7970s, I know there are good words circulating about the new drivers they are working on but I have read and heard that the 7970s are worse with stuttering than NVIDIA.
  46. Dylanator said:
    edogawa said:
    When do you expect to get 3 monitors?

    Best options currently for monitors:

    Titan or Titan SLI
    Crossfire 7970ghz
    SLI 670 x2



    For how cheap the ASUS VG248QE is I could probably get them with this order although that is with my build price being lowered by doing like 7970s or the 670s. If I did a titan now and another later that probably wouldn't be the case. Although about the 7970s, I know there are good words circulating about the new drivers they are working on but I have read and heard that the 7970s are worse with stuttering than NVIDIA.


    Well, you'd probably be best off getting a SLI 670 now and one high resolution monitor or the three monitors now or even waiting till next year you could buy 3 144hz monitors and next generation graphics cards and sell of the old ones on Craigslist.




    It's really up to you here on what you want.
  47. edogawa said:
    Dylanator said:
    edogawa said:
    When do you expect to get 3 monitors?

    Best options currently for monitors:

    Titan or Titan SLI
    Crossfire 7970ghz
    SLI 670 x2



    For how cheap the ASUS VG248QE is I could probably get them with this order although that is with my build price being lowered by doing like 7970s or the 670s. If I did a titan now and another later that probably wouldn't be the case. Although about the 7970s, I know there are good words circulating about the new drivers they are working on but I have read and heard that the 7970s are worse with stuttering than NVIDIA.


    Well, you'd probably be best off getting a SLI 670 now and one high resolution monitor. Next year you could buy 3 144hz monitors and next generation graphics cards and sell of the old ones on Craigslist.




    ^ This is probably gonna be the case. As much as want to do 3 monitors I can absolutely live with a beast computer and one monitor and get much better frames due to that one monitor. I mean shoot I started this thread just wanting a new computer upgrade from my like 4 or 5 year old one, and with my budget I was gonna make it beast haha. BTW how do I post the builds that everyone is posting from pc part picker? I have been piecing a build together and want you guys to critique it.
  48. Click BBC Code in right top side or copy and paste permalink on left side.

    If your interested too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236294
  49. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($115.06 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($125.44 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1025.91 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1025.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.07 @ NCIX US)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($11.93 @ NCIX US)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-C2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.39 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 950W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($279.99 @ Best Buy)
    Other: 3x 5.25 to 4x HD convert, used for additional fan in 5.25 bay for overkill added fresh air intake on CPU heatsink ($25.00)
    Other: silicone fan gromets to reduce fan vibration thus noise ($12.00)
    Total: $3603.58
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-12 03:08 EDT-0400)

    From the sounds of what you want this is how I would personally build it. This is more of along the lines of my preference in parts I will admit. Put in the 5.25 to 3.5in hd converter just for added airflow, I would align it with the cpu heatsink and ditch the fan that it comes with and replace it with the 120mm red one. Not required by any means but I bet it drop temps more than using the h80i or anything other than a custom water cooling set by introducing fresh air almost directly to the heatsink. And you might possibly be able to avoid using the face piece to the kit and just use the stock 5.25 shields on the case.

    And put the other black 120mm fan on the evo as having mismatched colored fans at this price point would annoy me.
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