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September 8, 2011 11:10:32 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ill be ordering parts every week

Budget Range: $2000 max ($2200 maybe)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfin the net

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/mouse, speakers, monitor(if a monitor can fit in the budget then suggest one, my current one getting old.) OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: CPU: Intel, the rest doesnt really matter, as long as its a reliable company, SSD for OS

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, start with 1 card and have the option for a 2nd later.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I will be water cooling the cpu.

any suggestions will be great, thanks

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September 8, 2011 11:23:00 PM

If you go with AMD, you can save quite a bit of money. I have a lot of experience with both and the price/perfromance between the two is not worth it in my opinion. I currently have a AMD 955 BE and can run everything without any problems.
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September 8, 2011 11:30:33 PM

xerxces said:
If you go with AMD, you can save quite a bit of money. I have a lot of experience with both and the price/perfromance between the two is not worth it in my opinion. I currently have a AMD 955 BE and can run everything without any problems.


Im all for making the switch to AMD. I have been using Intel for as long as i can remember.

Right now im looking at this for my CPU/Mobp:
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Total Price: $379.98
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September 8, 2011 11:37:07 PM

check out this rig http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom... . comes with 2 6970's 3 1080p 2ms monitors (5670x1080p). total=2073$ with these changes
gpu's- http://www.amazon.com/Radeon-XFX-6970-Graphics-Card/dp/...

cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 30$

gskill 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 45$

ssd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 193$

you can also go to a cheaper case- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... not in stocl right now but it will be very soon
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September 8, 2011 11:38:05 PM

xerxces said:
If you go with AMD, you can save quite a bit of money. I have a lot of experience with both and the price/perfromance between the two is not worth it in my opinion. I currently have a AMD 955 BE and can run everything without any problems.

the 955be is a very weak cpu compared to the i5 2500k.
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September 8, 2011 11:45:55 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
check out this rig http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom... . comes with 2 6970's 3 1080p 2ms monitors (5670x1080p). total=2073$ with these changes
gpu's- http://www.amazon.com/Radeon-XFX-6970-Graphics-Card/dp/...

cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 30$

gskill 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 45$

ssd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 193$

you can also go to a cheaper case- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... not in stocl right now but it will be very soon


Ill look into it, but i can tell you right now that im not interested in 3 monitors lol
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September 8, 2011 11:49:45 PM

wahjahka said:
Ill look into it, but i can tell you right now, that im not interested in 3 monitors lol

3 monitors will give you an edge gaming. it does not just enlarge the picture, you will actually be able to see more than people with a single monitor.
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September 8, 2011 11:54:10 PM

xerxces said:
If you go with AMD, you can save quite a bit of money. I have a lot of experience with both and the price/perfromance between the two is not worth it in my opinion. I currently have a AMD 955 BE and can run everything without any problems.



I have a Q6600 Quad core @ 3.6Ghz which can run everything with no problems, sure, but when I upgraded to the 2500k, it just decimated the Q6600. And the 2500k is at its stock speed!

The price is negligible when it comes to the performance you will get with the 2500k over an AMD cpu's "savings"
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September 9, 2011 12:32:23 AM

Any suggestions??
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September 9, 2011 1:19:01 AM

2500k Cpu + hyper 212 plus cpu cooler
Any good quality Z68 mobo that is crossfire capable
Any good quality 8gb ddr3 1600 low cas ram
Any good quality 120gb SATA III SSD
Any good quality 6970 2gb with great stock cooling / low noise


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September 9, 2011 1:54:00 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Graphite-Mid-Tower-Comput... $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Computer Case with Mesh Side Panel CC600TM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code PCPowerSep1, ends 9/15
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
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... $74.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $52.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $72.48
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $194.99
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99 - $469.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $1,705.40 *not including shipping and rebates

***Here's some 120HZ LED 3D capable gaming monitors worth looking at

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)

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $369.99
BenQ XL2410T Black 23.6" 2ms GTG HDMI Widescreen LED Backlighting LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---- A better look at that Corsair case


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

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4272/asrock_z68_extrem... <----- Review of that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0 supported by Ivy Bridge

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <----- Review done on toms a few weeks ago showing that board with the NF200 Bridge (x16 & x16) help to reduce micro stutter in regards to dual cards.
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September 9, 2011 11:53:23 AM

Processor : i5 2500K - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD : Crucial M4 128GB SATA 3 - $193
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics : GIGABYTE GV-R697OC-2GD Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $360
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Modular - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD : Lite On 24x DVD Burner : $21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total : $1363 after rebates

Monitor (fits your budget) :

LG E2360V-PN 23" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 9, 2011 2:45:03 PM


why is that psu a poor choice?- http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... and that is the MKII so it is quieter from the MKI
and the psu you listed- http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=... oh so close but an 8 in performance...
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September 9, 2011 4:40:36 PM

did I say cooler master .. my bad I meant to link corsair
i'll read review later on but I've heard that they don't keep their word on the warranty
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September 10, 2011 6:41:53 AM

madchemist83 said:
did I say cooler master .. my bad I meant to link corsair
i'll read review later on but I've heard that they don't keep their word on the warranty

heard...
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September 10, 2011 5:31:14 PM

1. Perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something).
2. Be told or informed of.

yeah stuff like
"Your PSU was released in 2008 so it doesn't matter that you bought it in 2010. Your warranty starts in 2008"
Anyways some reviews don't really prove that PSU is reliable ... like some of hardwareheaven or johnnyguru. They just test pass or fail .. and then it will die in couple of weeks. But I guess it can happen to any PSU
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September 10, 2011 6:03:03 PM

madchemist83 said:
1. Perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something).
2. Be told or informed of.

yeah stuff like
"Your PSU was released in 2008 so it doesn't matter that you bought it in 2010. Your warranty starts in 2008"
Anyways some reviews don't really prove that PSU is reliable ... like some of hardwareheaven or johnnyguru. They just test pass or fail .. and then it will die in couple of weeks. But I guess it can happen to any PSU

they stress test every psu. they go to 100% load. we dont do that. so if it will fail it will fail in their test because we go easy on the psu.
btw i never asked what heard is. a 7yr warranty is a 7 yr warranty if they dont give it to you it is because you did not fill in the forms and send them in. if it is true that they dont honor their warranty you sue them. but it is hard to believe they wouldn't honor it.
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September 10, 2011 6:08:35 PM

yeah 100% load for 10-15 min.
People trying to push their PSu to the limit gaming for hours a day
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September 10, 2011 6:14:35 PM

no they dont it is impossible for me to max out my tx650 with my single gtx 560 ti. and most people get extra watts just in case. i dont know many people who use a tx 650 to run gtx 570 sli.....
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September 10, 2011 6:25:36 PM

u right no one but there r some who will run PSU at 90% capacity
if u don't know those ppl it doesn't mean they don't exist :D 
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September 11, 2011 2:40:48 AM

madchemist83 said:
u right no one but there r some who will run PSU at 90% capacity
if u don't know those ppl it doesn't mean they don't exist :D 


Regardless, it doesn't mean they're smart.
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