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October 18, 2011 11:53:08 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:November to December (Most likely late Nov, to the beginnings of Dec)

Budget Range:$2000-$2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Surfin' the Web, Video Recording/Rendering/Editing, Schoolwork, & Small Movie Watching

Parts Not Required:Keyboard, Mouse, & Headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Any trusted site with reasonable prices

Country of Origin:United States of America

Parts Preferences:A 24" monitor. Also, Windows 7 Home Premium OS (OEM is fine).

Overclocking:Yes

SLI or Crossfire:Yes

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200 (If that can't be fit in the budget, then 1920x1080 is fine).

Additional Comments:A quiet PC, but if it's a little loud that's fine (I'm on a laptop with a crazy loud fan right now!).

Thanks for any builds!

Side Note:I do have one case in mind, the NZXT Phantom Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case, and I will install blue LED's in the case, so include that in the budget :D .

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October 19, 2011 12:21:00 AM

Hey rainbow, welcome to the forums.
Ahh, excellent! We can do this.
I'm not gonna make a full build for you, but I can surely give you some tips.
-The i7-2600k is the place to start. It's the best processor out there right now!
-An ASRock Gen3 board is a good mobo. Check em out, and decide which one you like.
-Either 2 6970's or 2 GTX 580's would be the ideal combo. This is a large amount of GPU power, and may be overkill for your res.
-Check out cases! Find one you like.
-8GB of CL8 ram is a good place to start.
Http://www.newegg.com/ is without a doubt the place to shop. Excellent products, excellent prices.
Hopefully that'll get you going ;) 
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October 19, 2011 12:32:45 AM

striker410 said:
Hey rainbow, welcome to the forums.
Ahh, excellent! We can do this.
I'm not gonna make a full build for you, but I can surely give you some tips.
-The i7-2600k is the place to start. It's the best processor out there right now!
-An ASRock Gen3 board is a good mobo. Check em out, and decide which one you like.
-Either 2 6970's or 2 GTX 580's would be the ideal combo. This is a large amount of GPU power, and may be overkill for your res.
-Check out cases! Find one you like.
-8GB of CL8 ram is a good place to start.
Http://www.newegg.com/ is without a doubt the place to shop. Excellent products, excellent prices.
Hopefully that'll get you going ;) 

Thanks for the welcome and extra information!

I did find one case I would like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 19, 2011 12:37:23 AM

The Phantom eh? great case. Doesn't have a window on the side though.

What kind of games do you play? It will help determine what GPU's you need. Also, do some research into SSD's and decide if it's something you'd like to play with. What kind of video editing and rendering do you do and what apps do you use?
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October 19, 2011 12:43:04 AM

striker410 said:
The Phantom eh? great case. Doesn't have a window on the side though.

What kind of games do you play? It will help determine what GPU's you need. Also, do some research into SSD's and decide if it's something you'd like to play with. What kind of video editing and rendering do you do and what apps do you use?

I play pretty much all kinds of games, but I would like to play the more recent ones (such as the upcoming Skyrim, and Rage). I don't plan on playing BF3 (getting that for console), but I would want a strong GPU anyways in-case I change my mind. Video editing/rendering is really something I'm definetely going to to get into when I build my PC, so I'm not really sure what kinds of editing/rendering. For an editing app, I'm going to get Sony Vegas 10, as well as Photoshop for pictures. I might get a small-size SSD for my OS to boot faster, and store extra files I won't really mess around with. (e.g. family photos, small videos, etc.)

EDIT: Also, on the Phantom, there may not be a side window, but through the mesh on the fan I can still see the inside of the case :sol: 
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October 19, 2011 1:43:12 AM

WOAH! Stop right there. "I don't plan on playing BF3 (getting that for console)" Let me stop you right there. PC gets: 64 players, bigger maps, better graphics, more support, bigger playerbase, and just generally more kickassedness. But hey, your call :p 

Alright, I think a single GTX 580 is a good bet right now. And by small, you mean 120GB right? :p  Otherwise you won't be storing any video's haha.

So, let's try this!
CPU: 2600k $315 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 $125: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: Patriot Pyro 120GB $205 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Spinpoint F4 2TB $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: GTX 580 $500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (for warranty)
Case: NZXT Phantom $125
PSU: Lepa 850w modular $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p monitor $170: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600MHz $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (BUY RIGHT NOW!)
OS: Windows 7 OEM $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total? $1,939.88 :D  Pretty good, all things considered.
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October 19, 2011 1:59:29 AM

striker410 said:
WOAH! Stop right there. "I don't plan on playing BF3 (getting that for console)" Let me stop you right there. PC gets: 64 players, bigger maps, better graphics, more support, bigger playerbase, and just generally more kickassedness. But hey, your call :p 

Alright, I think a single GTX 580 is a good bet right now. And by small, you mean 120GB right? :p  Otherwise you won't be storing any video's haha.

So, let's try this!
CPU: 2600k $315 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 $125: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: Patriot Pyro 120GB $205 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Spinpoint F4 2TB $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: GTX 580 $500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (for warranty)
Case: NZXT Phantom $125
PSU: Lepa 850w modular $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p monitor $170: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600MHz $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (BUY RIGHT NOW!)
OS: Windows 7 OEM $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total? $1,939.88 :D  Pretty good, all things considered.

Seems pretty good by my standards. I'm thinking a 1000W PSU for when I get a 2nd 580 in the future. Also I'll look around for a 24" monitor. Thanks for the build :D .

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

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 19, 2011 2:00:17 AM

Best answer selected by TripleRainbow.
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October 19, 2011 2:35:16 AM

striker410 said:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-sli-revie... 2 GTX 580's in SLI only get to about 700w. I think 850w is pretty damn safe, but your call. Also, I don't think an inch matters but hey, your rig! Have fun :) 

One last question though: Can you recommend a good CPU cooler? Liquid or air is fine. I want to OC the i7 to a solid 4.5GHz
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October 19, 2011 2:38:24 AM

The Hyper 212 evo is a good choice. It's a refinement of the VENERABLE 212+, which has over 2,000 reviews on newegg, and is a 5 star product. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... At $35, it's going to do an excellent job and get you to that 4.5GHz pretty easily. If you wanna save 10 bucks, the Hyper212+ is still a good option.
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October 19, 2011 2:41:11 AM

striker410 said:
The Hyper 212 evo is a good choice. It's a refinement of the VENERABLE 212+, which has over 2,000 reviews on newegg, and is a 5 star product. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... At $35, it's going to do an excellent job and get you to that 4.5GHz pretty easily. If you wanna save 10 bucks, the Hyper212+ is still a good option.

Ok, well, thanks again!
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