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August 16, 2013 12:29:39 PM

The build I have selected so far:

Cooler Master Storm Stryker
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked w/ ACX
Intel Core i5 4670K
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Asus Z87-A
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2x8 GB DDR3-1866MHz CL9
Samsung SSD 840 Pro Series 256GB
XFX ProSeries Black Edition 850W
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
Asus BC-12B1ST

Approximate Purchase Date: Sunday if I feel ready

Budget Range: flexible, but around $3,000 (without shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: all (have some HDD)
Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com but doesn't really matter.

Location: Norway

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: I want to upgrade my old 22" 1680x1050, 2ms, VGA/DVI, 1000:1
But I have been living under a rock for some years now, so not sure what to go for. I want to run 2 monitor setup if possible.

Additional Comments: I play games like SC 2 the most, want to start a new MMO and I love Civ/FM/Europa Universalis and more. I aslo want to be able to record while playing.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Its time, old computer buckles under by the sims 3.

I mostly want a set up that I can upgrade over time. with this setup I can go sli in the future and when the time comes I can replace the cpu/moba.
I like the CM stryker, but might consider other options. Most important to me is good airflow, room for several hdd's.

Would also love some advice on new mouse and keyboard. (SC2 / MMO / RPG friendly)

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August 16, 2013 1:23:09 PM

For a mouse, I'd like to recommend the Logitech G600, it's got a ton of buttons, really a companion for life, there's not much to say, it's simple, it works, it's fast, it's sleek, looks professional, and it won't break down anytime soon. Corsair makes the famous M95 which you might want to take a look at as well. For the keyboard, I'm guessing you'll need some porgrammable buttons, I play some RPGs and MMOs, and it's annoying when you're looking for a weapon or attack or spell or whatever, macro keys make life easier. For competitive gaming a Cherry MX Red mechanical keyboard is a must, and there's only 1 keyboard out there that will suit your needs. Corsair's K95. 18 macro keys, 3 modes (54 buttons total). A nice all black finish gives it a pro and sexy look. Blue backlighting matches the keyboard perfectly. You can control the backlighting of each individual key. So you can have only the keys you need to be backlit during those midnight gaming marathons. A full arm rest will keep you comfy. The Red mechanical switches are the best for gaming, quick reactions, light to press, and are perfect for double and triple taps. The keyboard even has a full metal plate that spans across the entire length of the keyboard, so if you rage, the table will break sooner than the keyboard. As for your computer. Many of your components are good, all pretty much. You said you already have some HDDs, that's fine, if you want to add another, a 500 GB or 1TB Seagate Barracuda is a perfect choice, it's cheap, very very reliable, and it's one of the few HDDs that are very quiet. You won't hear huge spinning plates. The power supply is good but it's overkill, you will never need that much power, you can safely go down to a 750 watt PSU. Any PSU that is gold rated and made by Corsair, SeaSonic or XFX is great. I recommend the HX750. You might want to look into a more gaming oriented motherboard. The MSI GD65 Gaming or a ROG Maximus VI Hero will do it, if you can spend a bit more, you can even go for a Z87 Sabertooth. Of course, that's if you have the cash for it, the Asus motherboard you chose is also very good. The case you selected is great, but if you want optimal cooling performance and a lot of space, Cooler Master HAF X. 3 giant fans and 1 140mm fan. Supports triple and if not mistaken, quad SLI. Has a ton of space to play with. This is really an amazing case. The Storm Stryker is not bad at all either. Pretty much all Cooler Master cases are amazing.
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August 16, 2013 4:04:02 PM

David Lugarov said:
For a mouse, I'd like to recommend the Logitech G600, it's got a ton of buttons, really a companion for life, there's not much to say, it's simple, it works, it's fast, it's sleek, looks professional, and it won't break down anytime soon. Corsair makes the famous M95 which you might want to take a look at as well. For the keyboard, I'm guessing you'll need some porgrammable buttons, I play some RPGs and MMOs, and it's annoying when you're looking for a weapon or attack or spell or whatever, macro keys make life easier. For competitive gaming a Cherry MX Red mechanical keyboard is a must, and there's only 1 keyboard out there that will suit your needs. Corsair's K95. 18 macro keys, 3 modes (54 buttons total). A nice all black finish gives it a pro and sexy look. Blue backlighting matches the keyboard perfectly. You can control the backlighting of each individual key. So you can have only the keys you need to be backlit during those midnight gaming marathons. A full arm rest will keep you comfy. The Red mechanical switches are the best for gaming, quick reactions, light to press, and are perfect for double and triple taps. The keyboard even has a full metal plate that spans across the entire length of the keyboard, so if you rage, the table will break sooner than the keyboard. As for your computer. Many of your components are good, all pretty much. You said you already have some HDDs, that's fine, if you want to add another, a 500 GB or 1TB Seagate Barracuda is a perfect choice, it's cheap, very very reliable, and it's one of the few HDDs that are very quiet. You won't hear huge spinning plates. The power supply is good but it's overkill, you will never need that much power, you can safely go down to a 750 watt PSU. Any PSU that is gold rated and made by Corsair, SeaSonic or XFX is great. I recommend the HX750. You might want to look into a more gaming oriented motherboard. The MSI GD65 Gaming or a ROG Maximus VI Hero will do it, if you can spend a bit more, you can even go for a Z87 Sabertooth. Of course, that's if you have the cash for it, the Asus motherboard you chose is also very good. The case you selected is great, but if you want optimal cooling performance and a lot of space, Cooler Master HAF X. 3 giant fans and 1 140mm fan. Supports triple and if not mistaken, quad SLI. Has a ton of space to play with. This is really an amazing case. The Storm Stryker is not bad at all either. Pretty much all Cooler Master cases are amazing.


Thanks for the comment, will consider going 750 W PSU and I do like HAF X as well.
Nice input on the mouse and keyboard.
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August 16, 2013 4:16:08 PM

You're welcome, I didn't notice I typed that much until I sent the message. :p 
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