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October 20, 2011 2:21:54 AM

Ok so this ios my potential final build, any comments or suggestions would be apreciated

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks

Budget Range: ~$3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming! ( I want to be able to play pc games on top quality for a while), internet surfing, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor speakers OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: maybe a little

SLI or Crossfire: yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


ok so here it is

Case- Coolmaster Haf x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mother board - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Corsair Force Series GT-240GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Graphics Card Id like to use NVIDIA and here are the options
2*MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(yes I know this is overpowered but I dont want to have to by another one for a while)

PSU
CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black(Blu-ra and DVD read Write)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also had some other add-ons including
Sound Card - HT | OMEGA CLARO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TV tuner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So thats my build thanks in advance for any help




So that's what I have right now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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October 20, 2011 3:37:57 AM

Sweet build. I'd slim down to a single 580, grab a ROG board, and get a custom liquid cooling setup for that budget. I'd also get a different case but thats just personal preference.

I want that sound card [:bohleyk]
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October 20, 2011 4:17:18 AM

Hmm your link for the case doesnt seem to be working, dont know why. anways, hope your case has sufficient ventilation and enough space. try to imagine what its going to be like with 4 pcie cables, fan molex wires, motherboard connections, etc. i would definitely calculate some of the measurements especially with powerful sli cards. Also you linked to a coolermaster hs/f. why not invest in a better one when you have a i7 2500k which tend to run hotter than amd chips and have a high overclock limit. if you plan on using this for a while, invest in a good aftermarket hs/f so that when you need to OC, at least you have that option to push it. mmm not sure if you want to invest that much in a SSD right now unless you plan on installing that many programs on it. sure get a SSD, but maybe consider 1 SSD, 2 HDD. perhaps more balanced and worthwhile for you.
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October 20, 2011 4:27:27 AM

If you're spending $3000 (a totally outrageous price for a gaming PC), why not spend the extra $100 and get an i7-2600k instead of the i5?

And you'd probably get more value out of 3x6970 than 2x580, but I'm guessing you're just trying to spend money and don't really care.

Regardless, you'll have a REALLY nice computer no matter what you spend that $3000 on.
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October 20, 2011 4:28:10 AM

Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $279.99

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

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible $33.99

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

I do like what you chose for components and there are two suggestions , if you are going with two GTX 580's I would go with the Antec High Power 1200w and Cooler Master has an upgrade to the popular Hyper 212 , which I listed . I don't know if the PSU is within your budget but you can decide if you want to go with it. I like to stay with what companies make that are thier forte and Corsair makes good ram and memory chip products while Antec is known for PSU's.
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October 20, 2011 4:35:16 AM

itsxiao said:
Hmm your link for the case doesnt seem to be working, dont know why. anways, hope your case has sufficient ventilation and enough space. try to imagine what its going to be like with 4 pcie cables, fan molex wires, motherboard connections, etc. i would definitely calculate some of the measurements especially with powerful sli cards. Also you linked to a coolermaster hs/f. why not invest in a better one when you have a i7 2500k which tend to run hotter than amd chips and have a high overclock limit. if you plan on using this for a while, invest in a good aftermarket hs/f so that when you need to OC, at least you have that option to push it. mmm not sure if you want to invest that much in a SSD right now unless you plan on installing that many programs on it. sure get a SSD, but maybe consider 1 SSD, 2 HDD. perhaps more balanced and worthwhile for you.



The Cooler Master Half-X is a full tower case with a front 230mm fan , a side 200mm fan, a rear 140mm fan and a top 200mm fan there is also a 120mm fan shroud for a spot cooling option on the video card area so ventilation is not an issue . It also has room behind the motherbnoard to run wires so they are out of the way. I have the same case and I have 3 GTX 580's 2 resevoirs and tubing and there is plenty of space left.
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October 20, 2011 4:57:57 AM

And I thought a $400 upgrade was big...

Looks nice, but if you're going to spend that much on a SSD, why not just get four of those 2TB seagates and RAID them? Sure, it won't give the same IO, but the sustained should be comparable or even exceed, and you would get like 25 times as much space... Maybe you don't need that, though.
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October 20, 2011 5:28:08 AM

ok i fixed the links

bohleyk - im a little reserved on liquid cooling but ive heard it really is good....any suggestions?

itsxiao & jryan388 - the hard drive is the biggest thing I cant decided on im still swinging back and forth

hapkido - I looked at some Rhaedeon cards but im really an NVIDIA guy

inzone - thanks I will look at that fan and power supply....also thanks for making sure everything will fit....on a side note how do you like the HAF X?...and would you suggest going for liquid cooled or not?

thanks for the replies!
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October 20, 2011 11:24:45 AM

Swifttech is most likely what your going to want to use. I've heard plenty of good things about the company. You just have to read up on compatibly with parts and know what you are doing. If you decide to go this route you should get a reference GTX580 as thats how the waterblocks are determined for the GPU.

Haf case liquid cooled with Swiftech
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October 21, 2011 4:24:11 AM

I have three other questions
1. Is there much point to putting games on a SSD?
2. how much better is SSD than RAID 0 or RAID 5
3. this one may be a little hard to understand.....when games come out they give min requirements. often for video cards they will give a minimum, such as 8800x for Skyrim. My question is this say the minimum was an Nividia 580 but I have 2 560s could I still run the game?
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October 21, 2011 5:32:04 AM

1) Yes, the game itself and maps/levels load faster.
2) A lot. Mechanical drives have moving parts, SSDs do not. At the very least, your boot and app load times will plummet.
3) Probably. If you mean 2x560ti, then yes. What you're talking about is several years down the road. DX12 will be out, Windows 8 or 9 will be out, and gtx580s will cost less than $150. Don't worry about "future-proofing" your computer. Get the best deals TODAY and upgrade when you need to.
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October 26, 2011 2:48:28 AM

Best answer selected by jmart1025.
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