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April 13, 2011 1:45:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (Before 1 May)

Budget Range: ($1500) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming..mainly IRacing, play Battlefiled, Call of Duty, World of Tanks and more

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com Amazon.com)

Country of Origin: (US, Hawaii)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (This will be my third build and I've had nothing but good luck with Gigabyte so I'd like to stick with their motherboards)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in next three months

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: (Looking to go triple monitor setup in the near future also for IRacing setup. This will be done in time month by month after initial the build) Fivealive05[at]yahoo.com

Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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April 13, 2011 2:07:05 PM

Looks good! If you are going to move to a three monitor setup, consider the HD 6950 2GB for the Eyefinity support. The HD 6950 also has a bit more muscle at the same price point.
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April 13, 2011 2:51:15 PM

I would say that you could stretch your dollar a bit further and go higher end. I just put this togeter for under $1300

Cooler Master HAF 912
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Modular (Promo on Newegg)
Asus SABERTOOTH P67
Intel Core i7-2600K
Cooler Master Hyper N 520
EVGA GTX 480 384-bit 1.5GB GDDR5
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600
WD 7200 1TB SATA 6GB/s HDD
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April 13, 2011 3:07:42 PM

build looks great!

according to tomshardware, while the 560ti and 6950 are at each others heels at 1080p, at higher resolutions, like the 3 monitor setup you would like, the 6950 crossfire will outperform. In fact, at high resolutions, the 6950 crossfire even outperforms the gtx570 sli:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-sli-3-way...

but im guessing you will be happy either way. im envious.

edit: id go with the PSU specter linked, it is better and (with the promo code) cheaper. i dont like his other choices.
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April 13, 2011 3:18:54 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $294.98
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $204.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $194.98
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $464.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $444.98
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZ... $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Gaming-Case-Desktops-DF-85/... $155.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Gaming Case for Desktops DF-85

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April 13, 2011 3:26:25 PM

Looks good, I would say that you want to focus on the Intel® Core™ I5 2500K for gaming. Also if in the near future you can find the money to cover an SSD as a boot drive you are going to want to. I have an Intel SSD X25-M 80GB and it gives me a boot time of around 20 second and faster access times on anything loaded on it. Take a look at the newer Intel SSD 320 80GB.

Christain Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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April 13, 2011 3:35:52 PM

why_me, how do you find those combos so fast. i looked for that gpu+cpu combo and could find it (although i still recommend 6950). also the seasonic x750+ samsung spinpoint is still cheaper than the psu+hdd combo and you get a better psu.
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April 13, 2011 3:54:15 PM

http://www.frys.com/product/6417522?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... $399.99
BEN Q XL2410T 23.6" LED Backlit Monitor (NVIDIA 3D Ready)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AKFRZY/ref=ox_sc_a... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
BenQ XL2410T 23.6-Inch Monitor with LED Backlight - Black

http://www.benq.us/products/product_detail.cfm?product=... <---- more info and specs on that monitor

***Reviews of that monitor down below...

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/monitors-and-pr...

http://ld2.ciol.com/Gadgets/LCD-Monitor/BenQ/1732/0/103...

http://www.techshout.com/reviews/2011/15/benq-xl2410t-r...

http://www.amazon.com/nVidia-GeForce-Wireless-Glasses-E... $195.50
nVidia GeForce Wireless 3D Stereo Glasses Kit with Emitter

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99
NVIDIA 3D Vision – StarCraft II Trial Edition Model 942-10701-0007-002

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April 13, 2011 3:59:45 PM

genghiskron said:
id go with the PSU specter linked, it is better and (with the promo code) cheaper. i dont like his other choices.


This is just what I built. I'm not gaming-centric, I need the computer to run multiple VMs as well so that explains the CPU. I also dont really want a full-size tower and the HAF 912 has pretty good airflow. The 480 will eventually be 480 SLI or a 590. I chose most of those options in order to have a damn stable build for the next few years.

edit: that being said, I'm open to suggestions and wonder what you would change about my build
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April 13, 2011 4:00:11 PM

genghiskron said:
why_me, how do you find those combos so fast. i looked for that gpu+cpu combo and could find it (although i still recommend 6950). also the seasonic x750+ samsung spinpoint is still cheaper than the psu+hdd combo and you get a better psu.

I just saw that Seasonic promo code deal...that's a good deal. btw Seasonic makes that Corsair psu I linked. Seasonic also makes psu's for PC & P, XFX, and god only knows who else.

@ the OP 1 good 3d monitor > 3 monitors
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April 14, 2011 1:51:14 AM

OK so I see for the value the 6950 tops the 560 and almost takes down the 570.

Good option with the Seasonic PSU

Why _Me is definitely a combo Ninja and after posting some amazing monitors I have to convince the wife to spend $400x3..those are sick
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April 14, 2011 2:19:11 AM

fivealive05 said:
OK so I see for the value the 6950 tops the 560 and almost takes down the 570.

Good option with the Seasonic PSU

Why _Me is definitely a combo Ninja and after posting some amazing monitors I have to convince the wife to spend $400x3..those are sick

All you need is one of those BenQ monitors and a 3d kit. Not three.
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April 14, 2011 3:03:21 AM

Why_Me said:
All you need is one of those BenQ monitors and a 3d kit. Not three.


I know but I really have mind set on doing a three monitor set-up. Mainly because of IRacing and being able to get a 160-170deg V while racing. Any suggestion on monitor little more affordable for nice three monitor set-up, no need to be 3-D.
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April 14, 2011 9:59:41 AM

OK so I took at look at PSU and did some more looking into HD 6950 2GB for the Eyefinity support. So I made a few changes

Due to the fact I live in Hawaii anything heavy I get thorugh Amazon. Total price for all items $1110.82

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Combo)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And an extra fan for push pull air flow.

Everthing else get through Amazon
Antec Gaming Case for Desktops DF-85 - Antec
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JH7MIO/ref=ox_sc_a...

SeaSonic 750W Power Supply X750 Gold (Same price as newegg with free shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VAFDQS/ref=ox_sc_a...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive (WD1002FAEX)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0/ref=ox_sc_a...

Any change needed? If not purchase starts Friday..new racing simulator is almost done.
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April 14, 2011 1:38:08 PM

Looks good! I really dig the DF-85 case for its good cooling out-of-the-box, but do feel it is a bit big and pricey to house a minimal amount of drives / parts. More of a preference things. The DF-35 looks good too...
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April 14, 2011 1:57:46 PM

sadams04 said:
Looks good! I really dig the DF-85 case for its good cooling out-of-the-box, but do feel it is a bit big and pricey to house a minimal amount of drives / parts. More of a preference things. The DF-35 looks good too...


DF-85 is a little big was going for cooling and really dig the red lights. Also has a USB 3.0 in the front for easy use. No supersaver shipping the DF-35 either, shipping to Hawaii is costly. I'm up for anything though with excellent cooling good cablmanagementnt, red lights are a plus.
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April 14, 2011 2:15:06 PM

sadams04 said:
IMHO, an Antec Three Hundred is always a good option and they are sold in a lot of places. Maybe local to you in Hawaii to skip the shipping costs... The Illusion linked below has blue lights and good cooling.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


My last build was with a Antec900 great case, only one down fall. I have 2 cats and without filters I get good amount of cat hair inside, should have mentioned that earlier. My male cat loves video games as much as I do, has to sit with me whenever I'm playing.
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April 25, 2011 7:10:36 AM

Best answer selected by fivealive05.
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