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August 13, 2011 4:47:26 AM

Hello, I've been a reader of the forums for some time now and decided to become a member so I can find some helpful experts out there who could assist me in a first time build. I am a longtime gamer and I'm trying to put together a higher-end 3D gaming pc. I have a budget of around $2000 and will also have to include a 3d monitor, keyboard and a decent mouse. I've done some research and I have chosen and posted my parts below and would just like to know if maybe I'm missing anything or if there are any replacement components that would suit my needs better. Thanks in advance for any advice and I appreciate your time. These parts other than the monitor are from newegg.ca.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) $219.99
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) $229.99
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM $76.99
PNY RVCGGTX570XXB GeForce GTX 570 $259.99
PNY RVCGGTX570XXB GeForce GTX 570 $259.99
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball $64.99
KINGWIN Lazer LZ-850 850W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified $119.49
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM $49.99
SAMSUNG Black 12X Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L $64.99
Cooler Master Thermal Compound $9.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower $124.99
Asus VG236H 23-Inch 120 Hz 3D Ready Panel Monitor with nVidia 3D Vision Kit $471.98
Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard $54.99
RAZER Abyssus Mirror Special Edition Mouse $39.99

= $2048.35

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August 13, 2011 4:55:07 AM

Thanks, it's been through a number of revisions and I think it's where it needs to be but confirmation from people like you put my mind at rest, lol.
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August 13, 2011 4:59:30 AM

yeah...anything asus is golden...monitor and MOBO are asus in my sys too...ur sys is very similiar to mine
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August 13, 2011 5:04:48 AM

Are you running sli as well? I was wondering if I would bottleneck on the i5 if I don't overclock. I am planning on OC'ng in the future but I don't want to if I don't need to.
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August 13, 2011 5:14:39 AM

No ways...I-5 is killer and wont bottleneck on sli...I'm crossfire w 2 6970s and its runnin like a champ...reminds me that I need to update profile build
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August 13, 2011 5:16:14 AM

I havent even found a reason to oc yet...I run all games on max settings and any program I find runs gr8...proof...I just ran 2 hrs ago crysis 2 w/ dx11 package at 50+ fps
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August 13, 2011 5:19:04 AM

Most cpu coolers come with its own supply of thermal compound. It's not the best but it's decent and works fine. I think you should get the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ for $30 instead and it will come with some thermal compound good enough for a few use. If you don't mind getting another brand, I would recommend either G.Skill or Kingstons. They are all top manufacturer. Kingston's limited edition RAM is on sale for $49 only [includes World of Tanks]. PNY is one of the worse brands, no offense, and you're going for recertified graphic cards. I hope you have good luck with those. Otherwise everything looks good. Majority of your cost is for monitor/keyboard/mouse. My suggestions will save you around $70 more while not losing any performance.

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 13, 2011 5:21:31 AM

I really have no pref towards 3d either...I tried it and it got old...kinda like a wii or kinect...lolmight save you a ltl...IDK...:) 
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August 13, 2011 5:37:51 AM

Thanks for the advice, not that I'm knocking it or anything but I've read that oc'ing can wear down your parts so it's good to know that I don't really have to.

Wintermint: I didn't realize PNY GTX570 were recertified. I am going to look at changing those up now because I want to make sure I get everything I need when the gpu's come in the mail. Also I went with Corsair RAM because it was one of the only brands that was on the P8P67 Deluxe compatibilty list for 8gb. Is there a reason to go the other brands other than price? Thanks for the info on the cooler, I guess if I'm not planning on oc'ing then I don't need the extra compound.
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August 13, 2011 5:43:02 AM

darkside_gamer7 said:
I really have no pref towards 3d either...I tried it and it got old...kinda like a wii or kinect...lolmight save you a ltl...IDK...:) 



I know it's funny but it's just the way I am, I already know it's going to get old LOL, but after I read a review of Metro 2033 with 3d I just had to do it. Hopefully more games in the future will be built around 3d and the quality will be higher.
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August 13, 2011 5:48:15 AM

wintermint said:
Most cpu coolers come with its own supply of thermal compound. It's not the best but it's decent and works fine. I think you should get the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ for $30 instead and it will come with some thermal compound good enough for a few use. If you don't mind getting another brand, I would recommend either G.Skill or Kingstons. They are all top manufacturer. Kingston's limited edition RAM is on sale for $49 only [includes World of Tanks]. PNY is one of the worse brands, no offense, and you're going for recertified graphic cards. I hope you have good luck with those. Otherwise everything looks good. Majority of your cost is for monitor/keyboard/mouse. My suggestions will save you around $70 more while not losing any performance.

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

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




The Kingston's memory sounds good but the same deal wasn't available on newegg.ca, it was 69.99 there.
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August 13, 2011 5:52:13 AM

I enjoy my corsair memory...1600 mhz and running gravy so yeah...lol...its your money bro on the 3d part...metro is an awesome game and I cant wait for the sequal thats coming out soon
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August 13, 2011 5:59:40 AM

Thanks for the confirmation. I guess in the end ram is ram plus it's relatively inexpensive anyway. I can't wait for Metro 2033 on this build, and by the time I'm all caught up with these pc games Metro 2034 will be out and it'll be time for another upgrade! /sarc
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August 13, 2011 6:27:38 AM

Best answer selected by triplev16.
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