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September 3, 2011 2:26:14 AM

Hi everyone, I've been working on this for a while and I've finally put this list together after weeks of research and asking experts IRL and online... so here it goes!

CPU: i7 2600K Sandy Bridge (Planning on overclocking), inb4 2500 is better (I'd like to edit some videos in the future)

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W - I was going to get the Thermal Toughpower, but newegg gave me 30 bucks off for grouping it with something else lol.

Primary HD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB

Secondary HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback SATA

GPU: EVGA 03G-P3-1591-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Hydro Copper 2 3072MB (Two of these at SLI)

Cooling: Basic liquid cooling setup, CPU cooling and GPU through the hydro copper twins.

3 Monitors: ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor x 3

I'm making this PC for SWTOR, ME3, Skyrim, and the other big titles coming out this fall. It's been a dream of mine to run three monitors for a long time.

Oh, and the cost of this build with the monitors is $3684, I could save money going with smaller monitors and the 2500K. I was looking at this mount ( http://www.ergotron.com/Products/tabid/65/PRDID/197/lan... ) for the three but I haven't found something nice that will fit well yet.

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September 3, 2011 3:03:34 AM

Anyone have some insight?
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September 3, 2011 5:14:13 AM

Why go the z68 UD7 over the p67 ud7? z68 allows users to solely use the integrated graphics on the SB processors but the ud7 cannot operate viru-i mode which is half of what the z68 is useful for (other half being ssd caching).

You should go with the p67 ud7 and save 50 bucks.

Instead of the c300, get the crucial m4. Best balance between reliability and much more cost effective than the intel ssds. Also, crucial just got a new firmware update which increases performance by 20%. It's a no brainer.
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September 3, 2011 5:20:20 AM

you have a Awsome setup!!! I hope you didnt' go and buy all of this yet you really don't need duo cards just one of those would be enough cause you only get about 20%-30% increase and some of these new games you are getting does not support duo cards and triple monitors.

But if you are going to get this rig it would last you a good 10yrs but be careful your 1200watt PSU will cost ya lol.

I don't think money is a problem with this for you lol you will have one of the top builds and this build should last you a good 10yrs if not more. With the i7 core you will not need to over clock this PC I would suggest just running in with factory specs this will be super super fast and a great job building it.

I have to say I am jelous lol
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September 3, 2011 7:10:31 AM

Nice build :) 

Here's a few alternatives for you to look at.

This board came out less than a week ago.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $279.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

These monitors down below are fairly new on the market and all are LED and 3D capable along with a 120HZ refresh rate and 2ms response time.

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $579.99
SAMSUNG S23A950D Black 23" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $599.99
SAMSUNG S27A750D Black 27" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $729.99
SAMSUNG S27A950D Black 27" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
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September 3, 2011 2:41:50 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys, one of the reasons I went with the Gigabyte mobo is to avoid ASUS hardware products. I had a year long nightmare with that company over a piece of crap MOBO they kept giving back to me in disarray.

Also - I'm pretty sure I can't run three monitors on my games without two video cards.
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September 3, 2011 3:18:01 PM

I like that Asrock z68 extreme 7 gen 3 board - but I'm not sure if I like it more than what I was going to get. Does anyone really know if it's better and by how much?

After watching the videos on the site I'm wondering if anyone in the support department can speak english lol.
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September 3, 2011 4:05:05 PM

asrock z68 extreme7 gen3 is a better choice... don't let your one time awful experience with asus affects you man... despite asrock is part of asus company i believe they runs on its own....
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September 3, 2011 4:35:47 PM

^+1 to the asrock z68 extreme7 and the corsair 800d- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CC800DW-Obsidian-Aluminum... free shipping at amazon
here is a hdd that is faster and cheaper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
nice choice with the new vs monitors OP- http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS238H-P-23-Inch-LCD-Monitor... free shipping
ssd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... faster. cheaper i think i dont know where you are buying from
red ram. that will be an eyesore- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... only 5$ premium
monitor stand- http://www.amazon.com/Ergotech-Triple-Horizontal-Monito...
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September 4, 2011 3:06:44 AM

thanks for the info guys - i'm still thinking over the mobo though. it's a hard choice, especially since running two hydro copper SLI cards.
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