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September 10, 2011 4:33:51 AM

Hello everyone,

I have never built my own PC and recently thought it would be a nice project w/ great reward!

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Here is a list of a few things i have my eye on:

Monitors x3
Gateway FHX2152Lbd Black 21.5" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 1000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] cafffeutf5

Video Cards x2 **(is there another brand that i should go with?)**
GIGABYTE GV-R697OC-2GD Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 92xx1jbzwt

Hard Drives
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] hu9jygb805

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

PC tower case
Silverstone Tek Extended ATX/ATX/SSI-CEB Full Tower Case with 90-Degree Motherboard Mounting with Window Side Panel Computer Case RV03B-W (Matte Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone- [...] k-c1001-20

Power supply
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] h97u4jdb48

Processor
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/Prod [...] w4rdqr5h6n

CPU fan/heatsink
Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ikvcrjexj1

DVD-CD burner & reader
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 7fd4x16wh9

Mother board
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] hzuzyfih1m

Memory
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/Prod [...] sez8hsehns

the 2 things im really not sure about is the Motherboard and the video cards...is there a better gaming motherboard for around 150$?? this machine will be 95% gaming so that why i need a heavy duty...long lasting beast of a motherboard. thank you for your feed back(if i am missing any parts please let me know)
September 10, 2011 4:46:26 AM

Everything looks good. :) 
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September 10, 2011 4:48:31 AM

Well, you say your price range, but it doesn't look like you actually have one.
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All I can complain about personally is that you pick companies that I personally dont go with, but they are definitley quality grade companies so Im not going to deduct points for that. I would recommend however that instead of getting 3 monitors, get one 32-42 inch-ish t.v. It is WAAAAYYYYYY more rewarding than multiple monitors, unless you plan on doing some heavy multitasking.

Oh, and if you are running that bad ass of a system with 2 top of the line GPUs and heavy duty equipment like this...

You should get a power supply with at least a rating of 1000 watts (and I think I am being generous about it a little) and I would personally recommend Corsair, not because that XFX looks particularly bad, but Corsair is very reliable and they give 5+ year warranties. You do not want a bad PSU, it is to say, well, very bad.
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September 10, 2011 4:59:01 AM

powercroat783 said:
Well, you say your price range, but it doesn't look like you actually have one.
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All I can complain about personally is that you pick companies that I personally dont go with, but they are definitley quality grade companies so Im not going to deduct points for that. I would recommend however that instead of getting 3 monitors, get one 32-42 inch-ish t.v. It is WAAAAYYYYYY more rewarding than multiple monitors, unless you plan on doing some heavy multitasking.

Oh, and if you are running that bad ass of a system with 2 top of the line GPUs and heavy duty equipment like this...

You should get a power supply with at least a rating of 1000 watts (and I think I am being generous about it a little) and I would personally recommend Corsair, not because that XFX looks particularly bad, but Corsair is very reliable and they give 5+ year warranties. You do not want a bad PSU, it is to say, well, very bad.

850w is plenty of juice to push that system. As far as Corsair psu's vs XFX...they are both manufactured by Seasonic. Corsair doesn't nor ever has manufactured a psu. I'm guessing the three monitor set up is for eyeinfinity.
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September 10, 2011 5:06:15 AM

yup this is for Eyefinity :D .. would any of you recommend another brand for the video cards? newegg doesnt seem to have 2 of the GIGABYTE.
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September 10, 2011 5:38:49 AM

thegamersnation said:
yup this is for Eyefinity :D .. would any of you recommend another brand for the video cards? newegg doesnt seem to have 2 of the GIGABYTE.

tbh I don't know enough about AMD cards these days to say what one to recommend. Someone will most likely see this read and have decent suggestion for one.
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September 10, 2011 5:40:38 AM

Only complaint I have is the chinsy 2 yea warranty on the AsRock MoBo. Personally, I don't want to invest the kind of money and time into a build like this when everything is based upon a MoBo where the manufacturer doesn't offer the industry standard 3 year warranty.

The MoBo industry has been plagued with some quality problems, mostly bad / leaking capos, over the few years which makes me wonder what they know that we don't in offering a warranty 1 year less than everybody else ?
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September 10, 2011 12:42:39 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Only complaint I have is the chinsy 2 yea warranty on the AsRock MoBo. Personally, I don't want to invest the kind of money and time into a build like this when everything is based upon a MoBo where the manufacturer doesn't offer the industry standard 3 year warranty.

The MoBo industry has been plagued with some quality problems, mostly bad / leaking capos, over the few years which makes me wonder what they know that we don't in offering a warranty 1 year less than everybody else ?




any other comparable mobo that you can recommend? thank you again
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September 10, 2011 5:48:12 PM

Your motherboard is one I have been researching as well. Have also been looking at the Maximus IV Extreme Z from ASUS and the Sniper 2 from Gigabyte. Both are very similar type boards but there is a bit of price difference between them.

On the power supply I am also in agreement to get a larger capability. I also would suggest one that is at least 1000W as well. I am looking at 2 1350w beasts. The Thermaltake Grandpower XT 1350W and the Enermax Maxrevo 1350w.

You don't say if your going to overclock at all, but if you are thinking of it best to have the spare power when you need it.
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September 10, 2011 6:02:31 PM

jwalker150 said:
Your motherboard is one I have been researching as well. Have also been looking at the Maximus IV Extreme Z from ASUS and the Sniper 2 from Gigabyte. Both are very similar type boards but there is a bit of price difference between them.

On the power supply I am also in agreement to get a larger capability. I also would suggest one that is at least 1000W as well. I am looking at 2 1350w beasts. The Thermaltake Grandpower XT 1350W and the Enermax Maxrevo 1350w.

You don't say if your going to overclock at all, but if you are thinking of it best to have the spare power when you need it.


thank you for your reply...i actually am planning to do some over clocking...so ill upgrade to a 1000w power supply.
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