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October 3, 2011 2:23:14 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 5 October 2011

Budget Range: $2000 (but it's not a hard cap)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country of Origin: Good ol' USA

Parts Preferences: None, the best shizz possible... but I would like a specific case which is...here

Overclocking: Yes!

SLI or Crossfire: Yes!

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 at the least

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I had posted previously about a build for $1400 bones, but I had some other things come up, but it worked out better for me as I have a larger budget to play with. The only thing I am uncertain about is the question of an SSD. Will it really make life THAT much better for me? Outside of that, I am open to all manner of suggestions, although I like the idea of multiple screens for the hotness that is surround gaming. Bottom line is I want ultimate performance, as this will be it for me for at least a couple, three years or more. Spanks in advance! I can't wait to see the nerdgasmic awesomeness that is sure to come. I'm near time for bed, so if replies come slow after the next hour or so, it's because I'm at work. Thanks mucho! :bounce: 

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October 3, 2011 3:50:06 AM
October 3, 2011 10:09:44 AM

On the SSD:
Having used one now for a couple of months: Yes it makes that big of a difference. The system is much more responsive and load times in games are greatly improved.

Just one problem in the build above mjmjpfaff, it's missing a power supply. ~$120+ or so depending on what you get.

Not sure if OS is needed or not, if it is then add $99.99 for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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October 3, 2011 10:13:56 AM

ASRock Extreme7 GEN3 motherboard
$290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX 580 x2 (SLI)
$470 ($940) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel i5-2500k CPU
$220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SamsungSpinPoint F3 1TB HDD (buy more of these if you need more space)
$60 each http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
120GB SSD (Crucial M4 or Corsair Force GT recommended)
$195 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1000w PSU (Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, Antec recommended)
$180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8GB 1600MHz RAM (Corsair or G.Skill are popular choices)
$52 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO (budget choice) or Corsair H100 (if you want something a little "different")
$35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD/BluRay Drive ??
Case of your choice ??

Total: $2050+ (without optical drive/case)

To stay under $2000, you could buy a single GTX 580 for now, then add a second in the future.
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October 3, 2011 2:55:20 PM

I definitely like those suggestions. They are both a little different.

@mj: Three monitors is awesomeness. I can dig that. How much different would it be to get one of those 27" or 30" inch monitors with the 2560x1600 rez?

@AdrianPerry: I like that as well...I suppose I wouldn't mind spending a bit more than 2k to add in a monitor. I definitely don't need a blu-ray drive though as I have a dedicated bluray player and a ps3. I'm good there.

I know there are endless debates as to which is better for a multi-gpu setup but I am truly confounded by this...HD 6970s or GTX 580s? I have waffled forever on this with no relief in sight.
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October 3, 2011 3:02:42 PM

mjmjpfaff's build is really nice. Three monitors in there too is great, especially along side CF 6970's.

Id recommend the Extreme4 motherboard though, rather than the Extreme3.
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October 3, 2011 3:15:11 PM

The CF6970's have one bonus over the standard GTX580's and that is the 2GB framebuffer over the 1.5GB. Which can be an assed with very high resolutions and AA.
Performance wise the GTX580 is better, but also needs more from the CPU, and it is more expensive.

27" to 30" monitors with high resolution generally are in the $800 range for the 27" (2560x1440) and $1100 for 30" (2560x1600).





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October 3, 2011 3:53:01 PM

I wonder what sort of technology would you be interested on. We mainly have this:
A)Eyefinity - Many monitors
B)3D - Needs powerfull Gpu + 120Hz monitor+glasses, or a 3D hdtv+nVidia software
C)None of them
D)Both.

A,B and D will drop your performance a lot. so much youd need a monster pc.
If you dont go any of those, you might be happier with a cheaper pc and after 1-2 years buy again a "performance per buck" pc.
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October 3, 2011 5:57:17 PM

Solid State Drives. They do make an eye opening almost unbelievable difference. Even if you go smaller and it's just got the OS on it, don't leave one of these out, you won't regret it. But don't go out and buy just any one, stay with the recommendations. Some of them are not so great and are buggy.
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October 3, 2011 9:46:24 PM

Concussive said:
I definitely like those suggestions. They are both a little different.

@mj: Three monitors is awesomeness. I can dig that. How much different would it be to get one of those 27" or 30" inch monitors with the 2560x1600 rez?

@AdrianPerry: I like that as well...I suppose I wouldn't mind spending a bit more than 2k to add in a monitor. I definitely don't need a blu-ray drive though as I have a dedicated bluray player and a ps3. I'm good there.

I know there are endless debates as to which is better for a multi-gpu setup but I am truly confounded by this...HD 6970s or GTX 580s? I have waffled forever on this with no relief in sight.

a 30" high res monitor will set you back 1k. and it want be even as high of a res a a tri monitor setup. for a high res setup you want to have a lot of memory on your gpu's. that is why 2 6970's are a good choice over 2 gtx 580's not only becuase they are cheaper but becuase 2gb>1.5gb.
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October 3, 2011 10:18:00 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone!

@rvikman/jitpublisher: I will definitely make use of the SSD. If there are that many people raving then it absolutely must be the shizz; therefore, I'm all in. I will probably be using you guys some more to figure out how to extend the life of the SSD...Don't wanna break it! As far as the GPUs I think I will go for the 580s. Should be good there....

@cats_paw: I'm not interested in 3D at this time. Maybe when the tech matures some more and it goes more mainstream? It's not my thing at the moment. Eyefinity interests me much more, but my feelings won't be hurt if I end up not getting it.

So here goes what I am thinking...

Case: Corsair 600T - 169.99
CPU: Core i5 2500k - 219.99
GPU: MSI Lightning GTX 580 - 524.99
PSU: Corsair TX850 - 134.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - 34.99
SSD: Crucial M4 - 196.99
Optical: Lite-On CD/DVD Burner - 18.99
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - 199.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint - 59.99
Monitor: Hanns-G 27" - 269.99
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series - 51.99
OS: Windows 7 64B - 99.99

Total: $1982.88

I know I have more than really required for the monitor, case,and maybe the GPU. It's hard to decide on the GTX 580 or the HD 6970. I really can't freakin' decide. I decided against the three monitors, that's just TOO beastly for me...Anywho, that's where I sit at the moment. Thoughts? Tweaks? What can make this better? :bounce: 
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October 3, 2011 10:23:13 PM

FYI, that took forever to write...Much respect for those who spend their free time writing builds for folks. That took me like 45 minutes...That was WAYYYY too much work... :pt1cable: 
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October 3, 2011 10:34:30 PM

@Concussive Well, instead, if you're going to go SLI with GTX 580's immediately (or in the future), you should go with a pair of 570's. From what I've heard they are close in performance to SLI 580's and you can always OC the cards to the level of 580 SLI. You save yourself a good bit of money with the 570's :D .
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October 3, 2011 10:35:39 PM

Concussive said:
Thanks for the replies everyone!

@rvikman/jitpublisher: I will definitely make use of the SSD. If there are that many people raving then it absolutely must be the shizz; therefore, I'm all in. I will probably be using you guys some more to figure out how to extend the life of the SSD...Don't wanna break it! As far as the GPUs I think I will go for the 580s. Should be good there....

@cats_paw: I'm not interested in 3D at this time. Maybe when the tech matures some more and it goes more mainstream? It's not my thing at the moment. Eyefinity interests me much more, but my feelings won't be hurt if I end up not getting it.

So here goes what I am thinking...

Case: Corsair 600T - 169.99
CPU: Core i5 2500k - 219.99
GPU: MSI Lightning GTX 580 - 524.99
PSU: Corsair TX850 - 134.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - 34.99
SSD: Crucial M4 - 196.99
Optical: Lite-On CD/DVD Burner - 18.99
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - 199.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint - 59.99
Monitor: Hanns-G 27" - 269.99
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series - 51.99
OS: Windows 7 64B - 99.99

Total: $1982.88

I know I have more than really required for the monitor, case,and maybe the GPU. It's hard to decide on the GTX 580 or the HD 6970. I really can't freakin' decide. I decided against the three monitors, that's just TOO beastly for me...Anywho, that's where I sit at the moment. Thoughts? Tweaks? What can make this better? :bounce: 

overall it looks very good. i understand not going with 3 monitors. most people are not that into gaming.
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October 3, 2011 10:49:36 PM

@MIK_1st: That's an interesting suggestion. Anybody else +1 to that? That is very interesting.

@mj: I do dig gaming that much...I wonder what my wife would say to three monitors though. What about dual monitors? Is that significantly worse or better than three? Or is Eyefinity only for more than two? Try not to laugh at my ignorance...

So this build is workable for a bit? I know i can SLI or Xfire later with that PSU...
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October 3, 2011 11:29:43 PM

So keeping my build as I had it...what changes would be best made if I wanted the three monitor setup? Worry not if it goes over 2k, it's not a big deal. I think though that maybe the 2 6970's might be better than the 2 580's based on price vs. performance...Thoughts?
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October 3, 2011 11:57:32 PM

for 1080p 2 6970's is overkill so is 2 580's but if you are looking to play games a few years in the future it is fine. id have to say the 2 6970's are a better deal. with more memory it can handle aa and other eye-candy better. the tx 850 is fine for them.
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October 3, 2011 11:58:24 PM

Concussive said:
@MIK_1st: That's an interesting suggestion. Anybody else +1 to that? That is very interesting.

@mj: I do dig gaming that much...I wonder what my wife would say to three monitors though. What about dual monitors? Is that significantly worse or better than three? Or is Eyefinity only for more than two? Try not to laugh at my ignorance...

So this build is workable for a bit? I know i can SLI or Xfire later with that PSU...

like p07h34d 2 monitors will have a nice split in the middle of the screen. terrible for most games.
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October 6, 2011 10:36:07 PM

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October 13, 2011 5:32:29 AM

To anyone still listening...just thought I would say thanks again, the computer is running great!
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October 13, 2011 8:31:26 AM

Concussive said:
To anyone still listening...just thought I would say thanks again, the computer is running great!


What was your final build in the end? (What components did you choose?)
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October 13, 2011 12:45:52 PM

I went with:

i7 2600k
ASRock Extreme7 Gen3
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8 GB
Hyper 212 Evo
MSI Lightning GTX580
Corsair HX850
Lite-On CD/DVD Burner
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Corsair 600T Case

Sorry...No links. But it is awesomeness. I got everything installed and am running the i7 at 4.6GHz. Not too shabby. Thanks again! I'll be around in these forums asking around for more help I'm sure.
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October 13, 2011 12:49:03 PM

Very nice build :D  Id still have gone for a slightly better "SLI ready" PSU but nevertheless, awesome build :D  Probably wont see you back here for a while since upgrades look highly unlikely for a good while :lol: 
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