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September 2, 2011 4:27:31 AM

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks

Budget Range: 1800-2300 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Somewhat streaming videos to TV. I've been limited by my previous computer in the gaming realm for too long

Parts Not Required: Pretty much need everything, though will buy monitor(s), mouse and keyboard in a later purchase

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com or newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I like ASUS monitors, and motherboards, but I am open to whatever is suggested.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Likely. I am considering trying for a 3 monitor setup

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I haven't ever installed a liquid cooling system, so I don't know how hard they are to implement.

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CPU Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-2600K-Processor-3-4GHz-L...

CASE
You tell me.

MOTHERBOARD ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Do I want more?
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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
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...

GPU 3x PowerColor AX6950 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLING
You tell me


I/O
Some sort of Blu-Ray drive... Don't care too much BluRay read, DVD burn

Audio Card
You tell me

Audio System
I need a really good headset for co-op games. I'd also like recommendations for a good speaker setup as well. I'm not a huge audiophile.

PSU
You tell me

So this is a build I threw together, and need to do a lot more research on. I am not set on any of these parts.

Thanks for the help!
September 2, 2011 4:43:37 AM

Was looking at the new 80gold seasonic fully modular power supply looks really sexy for 150$on newegg i like the ssd and hard drive though i would get 2 1t hard drive and set up a raid 0 when your downloading movies and stuff it fill up fast! If your getting the I-7 you really wont need to overclock though the asus Mobo will make it easy i always recoment the amd phenom 2 955 black edition quadcore overclocks easy to 4.0 ghz cost 130$ and can be put into a mobo that will accept a 8 core bulldozer chip.. just a though aslo i dont know anything but bad things about powercolor and if you are crossfiring 3 gpus which i think is way overkill you are going to have some heat problems. i would say just crossfire 2 and spend 150$ on a nice case the Dragon case on newegg has a huge side vent fan that can be removed and you can put 8 120 mm fans in the side this would cool down your gpus a lot also with 2 you could put a cooler in the slot below the cards and cool it that way too. if you have a/c in your gaming area and aren't overclocking you shouldnt have any heat issues if you get good ventalation and at least 5 fans in your case hope this helped.
September 2, 2011 4:47:41 AM

No A/C, and I am fine with out overclocking.
I am also starting to think that the 3xGPU is overkill, and thinking it makes sense to cut down to 2x. I'm not attached to really any parts at the moment, any alternative GPU setups that would be good?
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September 2, 2011 4:55:33 AM

Yeah get the seasonic 80gold 750watt its sli rdy and only like 170$ and the vid cards its your choice but i will not stress this enough GET THE 3 MONITORS FIRST your amazing graphics are meant to be seen right? why not look at them on the best quality monitor first so get 3 asus 24" 2ms response monitors or 3 27" though i think that 24" is optimal for gaming at the moment and 27 will stretch i am not positive on this. the video cards depends on budget but 250$ cards get the nvidia 560ti/ or hd 6950 for 350$ cards get the gtx 570 or hd 6970 2 of any of these cards should run everything on max but its your choice if i had your budget i would prob get 2 6970's as i hear that hd crossfires better then sli. Have fun man!
September 2, 2011 4:57:58 AM

Save $100 by getting a 2500k instead of the 2600k, it's the same for gaming performance. You're good on RAM, you don't need more, nor will you until DDR4 comes out. Is modularity important to you in a PSU?


@sneeks83
The power supply you were looking at won't work for 3x 6950. A 955 is underpowered by a factor of two for what OP is looking at doing, though Bulldozer (hopefully) will be sufficient.
September 2, 2011 5:01:21 AM

this is a review from newegg on the sapphire radean 2gb 6970

ros: Got 2 in crossfire for 1920 x 1080

Don't ask me, check anandbench and that should explain all the pros of this card, like the fact you can max every game in todays market 50+ fps (Witcher 2 Ubersampling on + Ultra) everything else 60+ fps. Crysis ? pshh old. Metro? so last year... you're still stuck with suckish frames? well its time to upgrade to these

They're extremely silent, worked right off the bat, no problems at all. When they need to they can keep the gpu cool and quiet.

AMD CCC is actually quite nice, and drivers were easy to install, even coming from nvidia cards.

Cons: They don't have a backplate
They make you not want to come back to newegg, because face it, whats the point? when you have the best... well then what do you do?
only 6+1 VRMs (not even that big a deal, can overclock well even on stock volts)
The way their power plugs are positioned is awful for cable managment

no real gripes...

Other Thoughts: Performance beast, quite frankly you'll be spoilt by owning these. Playing Crysis Warhead the other day, lol what lag? Enthusiast with forced Super Sampling AA? no biggie

Witcher 2 with ubersampling on? hah Lowest frame rate was low 30s and mostly at 50s. If you know this setting then you should know thats dang near the best.

2gb vram means you can use all the AA you want. Slightly overkill for my res, but honestly if I go triple screen I will also go triple gpu.

Why wait for next gen? TSMC hasn't started production yet, who knows what sorts of trouble the next gen die shrink will bring? Instead of thinking of the future, why not act now?

you're still sitting there? still reading up with reviews and fps comparisons?

Buy it and forget about it. Infact, make sure to buy two atleast.

You'll thank me.
September 2, 2011 5:03:49 AM

i realized that and thats why we went to 2 vid cards and 750w seasonic psu its badass and modular is the way to go no clutter in the case makes it so nice and clean imo. yes get the 2500 instead ive heard its a waste of 100$ everywhere as well
September 2, 2011 5:08:21 AM

My advice is to hold off buying this system till the end of the year maybe near/during Black Friday. RAM prices are set to drop. I bought 4gb kingston ddr 1600mhz for $20 [$25 MIR] and they both worked out of the box. AMD will be releasing bulldozer and 7xxx graphic cards during Q4. I would see how things turn out. I doubt bulldozer can match up to sandy bridge but there may be price drops.

My suggestion:
i5-2500k
p67/z68 mobo with dual x8 MINIMUM
8GB DDR3 1600mhz RAM
1-2 Samsung Spinppoint F3
[Skip SSD/ if you really want get the Crucial m4 128gb]
case of choice
750+ Power supply from ANtex/Corsair/Seasonic [crossfire/sli]
I would probably get a 560 ti or 570 for now and wait for the new graphic cards

It's really up to you.

For cooling, I would stick with Noctua nh-c14/d14 they give the best performance out of the box. If you want, you can buy a Prolimatech Megalith, i believe, with 2 yate loon fans.
September 2, 2011 5:11:43 AM

sneeks83 said:
Yeah get the seasonic 80gold 750watt its sli rdy and only like 170$ and the vid cards its your choice but i will not stress this enough GET THE 3 MONITORS FIRST your amazing graphics are meant to be seen right? why not look at them on the best quality monitor first so get 3 asus 24" 2ms response monitors or 3 27" though i think that 24" is optimal for gaming at the moment and 27 will stretch i am not positive on this. the video cards depends on budget but 250$ cards get the nvidia 560ti/ or hd 6950 for 350$ cards get the gtx 570 or hd 6970 2 of any of these cards should run everything on max but its your choice if i had your budget i would prob get 2 6970's as i hear that hd crossfires better then sli. Have fun man!



So it sounds like I should go 2x HD6970. Any suggestions as to which brand is most reliable these days? I am considering http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 2, 2011 5:21:24 AM

well you could take into consideration the new 7000 series and just a get a evga gtx 570 until you can cross fire 2 7000 the top 3 evga 570 models have the highest ratings on newegg must be doing something right

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September 2, 2011 7:59:50 AM
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To start with, the 2600K has ZERO advantage over the 2500K in regards to gaming.

That board down below is new on the market. That board is set up for Ivy Bridge and has the PCI-E 3.0 slots that Ivy Bridge (due out in April/May) will support not to mention it has the NF200 Bride allowing dual cards to run @ x16 & x16. That psu is manufactured by Enermax for LEPA and is top of the line. This build is set up to add another one of those vid cards later on for SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $159.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card
LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $289.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
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... $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $479.99 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 015-P3-1580-TR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=CT128M4SSD $187.99 Free Shipping
Crucial M4 2.5 inch 128GB SATA3 Solid State Drive(MLC) - CT128M4SSD2

Total: $1,685.90 *not including shipping and rebates

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $469.99
SAMSUNG S23A750D Black 23" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/index.html <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Intel Ivy Bridge due out next spring.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/IntelZ68/index.asp <----- Z68 features

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <---- Toms showed with this review here last week that those boards (NF200 bridge x16 & x16) help to reduce micro stutter

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/crucial-m4-ssd-firmwar... <----- Crucial M4 Firmware update
September 4, 2011 4:28:54 AM

CASE
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and ...
Item #: N82E16811119213
$159.98

GPU x1 : I can always add a second in a year or so, but it sounds like this one card will be sufficient for while
EVGA 015-P3-1580-TR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130731
$479.99

PSU
LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817194083
$179.99

PASTE
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
$12.98

RAM
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
Item #: N82E16820231460
$69.99

MOTHERBOARD
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157269
$279.99

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116992
$139.99

EXTRA FANS x2
COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835103060
$19.98
($9.99 each)

CPU COOLER
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
$27.99

BLURAY
LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106325
$58.99

SSD - Decided that I would be fine with a smaller drive
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148357
$114.99

CPU + HDD Bundle (Thanks for finding this)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
$289.98

Still wondering if I should get an additional sound card, as I've had bad luck with on-board cards in the past.
Any tips on this updated build?
September 4, 2011 4:44:16 AM

You probably want to check out that onboard sound before you get a sound card. Also you can skip the Arctic Silver paste...that CM 212 comes with a small tube of great thermal compound.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- The Asus sound cards have gotten some decent reviews of late. You might find them for cheaper on Amazon.

A lot of peeps get those sound cards and team them up with a Sennheiser headset.
September 4, 2011 4:51:34 AM

1 580 is the king for 1080p gaming. not for 1900x1200.

silverstone raven rv03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Mo... 140$ cools better than the haf x thanks to its unique design

Silverstone 850w psu- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-... 150$ 5yr warranty the lepa only has a 1 yr. they have great confidence in their product...not

ram- same

motherboard- same or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... to save a lot of money. the z68 extreme7 is great because of the nf2000 bridge but it isnt necessary. it reduces micro stuttering but it is micro

os- professional really? name one thing it has that you will use that home premium doesnt have

cpu cooler- that is really basic and kind of loud- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... cools much better which means you're cpu will last longer (the killer of cpu's is heat)

blu-ray drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... get a drive that is 12x

ssd: a 120/128gb ssd is worth it it will speed your whole computer up- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: the wd is slower and more expensive than the f3 1tb and is a very high quality hdd like the wd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$ after promo code

cpu: same

gpu's- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-DisplayPort-PCI-Expr... 320$x2=640$
September 11, 2011 1:58:05 AM

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