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October 31, 2011 9:36:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week, around this time.

Budget Range: $4000 dollars (I cannot go higher sorry)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web surfing , watching movies.

Parts Not Required: I don't need a keyboard, mouse or headset.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.lmc.com.au or http://msy.com.au/ Any other australian shops will do just fine.

Parts Preferences: I want a 27" monitor able to max everything out at 1080p, and I am tossing about Nvidia or AMD for the GPU, if someone could clear that up would be great.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Any australian shops would be fine, this computer will be mainly used for gaming (Crysis 2, GTA IV, Skyrim, Rift) I want a water-cooling setup as well, I have a small idea of the parts, but I am still learning what parts are best for what, ect.
November 1, 2011 1:39:01 AM

Bump.
November 1, 2011 2:08:17 AM

Why is your budget so high? Even a triple monitor setup will not cost you more than $3000. For a single monitor 1080p rig look along the lines of this:

Intel i5 2500k OC to ~4.5 Ghz
MSI/ASUS/Asrock Z68 gen 3 SLI motherboard
2x Nvidia GTX 570 with dual fans (such as MSI Twin Frozr 3)
8GB DDR3 1600 Mhz 1.5 volt ram (Corsair/Gskill)
850 watt Corsair HX or AX PSU
1TB 7200 RPM HDD
128GB or 256GB SATA III SSD (A lot of brands are better than others)
Full ATX case with very good airflow (HAF 932/HAF X for example)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO or similar CPU Heatsink
27 inch 2ms LED monitor

That is just a rough idea of what you should aim for provided all you want is a rig that will dominate any game on max settings at well above 60 fps. Should not cost more than $2250 USD I believe, I am not sure on the conversion rate however. Spending any more than this is a waste of money IMO
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November 1, 2011 2:18:59 AM

If you are confortable in spending this money, I sugets getting

i7 quad core
16GB
2x 512GB SSD
November 1, 2011 9:24:12 AM

i7-2700k
590x3(maybe 4)
a super good case , heat sink , cooler and psu .
or get an evga sr-2 mobo and get 2 intel xeons . thats enough to play 4 games like bf3
at the same time and ultra settings
mobo could be asus mars2 or evga sr-2 if u want 2 xeons
November 1, 2011 9:58:52 AM

There's no reason to spend that much money. 2 grand USD will get you plenty to smash up all current games. Dunno about the water cooling though, is there a specific reason you need it?
November 1, 2011 10:23:34 AM

if you want a big monitor then why not go for big resolution...2560x1600.
November 1, 2011 12:06:45 PM

You may have to be a little bit more specific in what you require here, $4000 is allot to spend, if your going to be gaming are you going to consider 3D or Eyefinity setups (maybe in the future)? I ask as this will determine your GPU(s) Nvidia or AMD respectively. Anyway here's a start, ill use PCCG as a reference as they provide a better selection than MSY.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., $229.00
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D14, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., $94.00
Case: CM HAF-X, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., $209.00
PSU: Corsair AX850 Gold, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., $245.00
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., $299.00
GPU: 2 x Sapphire Radeon HD6950 2GB Toxic Unlocked and OC'd, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., $349.00 ea
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa..., $299.00
HDD: WD Caviar Black 2TB, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., $285.00
Monitor: Samsung C27A550 27" LED, http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i..., $479.00

Total: $2,522.00 (order parts that are available at MSY and save maybe $200).

Anyway this is simply a start and needs to be refined, allot of this is subjective apart from the CPU, CPU Cooler, and PSU can easily be swapped for roughly equivalent brands around the same price / performance. To be honest for a single monitor system even the above is overkill, and there is no reason you can't get a great rig for $1,500 but again its going to come down to your personal preferences.

In terms of watercooling (obviously none included in the above) to what level are you comfortable? As are you simply talking pre-sealed components like a H80 for example as watercooling? or are you comfortable with a fully customised setup?
November 1, 2011 12:28:59 PM

Quote:
i7-2700k
590x3(maybe 4)
a super good case , heat sink , cooler and psu .
or get an evga sr-2 mobo and get 2 intel xeons . thats enough to play 4 games like bf3
at the same time and ultra settings
mobo could be asus mars2 or evga sr-2 if u want 2 xeons


An i7 2700K (SandyBridge chipset) is a 1155 chipset. It will not work on an EVGA SR-2 motherboard because it is a 1366 chipset, soon to be replaced by the Ivy Bridge 2011 chipset.

You cannot use more than 2 GTX590 on a motherboard. It will only support a MAX 4GPUs.

@OP:

CPU: Intel i7 2600K (i5 2500K if mainly used for gaming)
Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D (only if watercooling)
PSU: Corsair AX1200 or Antec HCP 1200
MB: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
RAM: G Skill RipJaws XL CL9 12800 8Gb (2x4Gb) or Corsair Vengeance CL9 12800 *Gb (2x4Gb)
GPU: 3xGTX580
SSD: Crucial M4 128Gb or Vertex3 Max IOPS 120Gb (update to firmware 2.15)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 2Tb
LCD: Dell U2711 (2560x1440) or U3011 (2560x1600)

On a rig like this, go custom watercooling. DangerDen, Swiftech, EK (not sure if Ni plating issues on VGA jackets has been rectified), Koolance.
a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2011 12:40:48 PM

The $4,000 rig you build next week will be worth $2,000 in 6 months, and be out-performed by tech costing half as much. Moral of the story:

Want a $1,200 computer next April? Build a $4,000 computer today.

November 1, 2011 1:20:10 PM

helpy said:
i7-2700k
590x3(maybe 4)
a super good case , heat sink , cooler and psu .
or get an evga sr-2 mobo and get 2 intel xeons . thats enough to play 4 games like bf3
at the same time and ultra settings
mobo could be asus mars2 or evga sr-2 if u want 2 xeons

you cannot quad sli 590's. you can only 2 way sli because each 590 has 2 580's in it.
November 1, 2011 1:35:03 PM

@ OP - You've got to start another thread 'coz the guys who've hijacked this thread - barring one - are all 12-16 year old trolls who've never build a single PC in their entire lives.

If you want, I can PM you a build and you can get it ratified by the community.

P.S. - Since you say that you want a single monitor, let me assure you, that you'll not need anything costing more than ~2.5 grands (US) though.
November 1, 2011 1:42:05 PM

you are spending 4k to play at 1080p??? you can easily max out a tri monitor setup with that budget. here is a comparison- http://promos.asus.com/US/Eyefinity/index.htm you actually see more with 3 monitors since it is a higher resolution.

Asus 25" monitor- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... x3=870$ display port so no need to be fumbling around with adapters
or
Samsung 24" 1920x1200- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... x3=765$
but you will need this- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... for the 3rd screen (40$)

i7 2600k- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... 340$

Corsair AX1200- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... 365$ this should be adequate to run 2 6970's

Silverstone Fortress FT02- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... 250$ best air cooled case on the market

VTX3D 6970 2gb- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... x3=1140$ good aftermarket cooler

Noctua NH-D14- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... 95$ best air cooled cpu cooler on the market

Asrock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... 300$ this can handle tri crossfire

Samsung F3 1tb- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... 110$

Crucial M4 128gb- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... 240$

Pioneer 12x Blu-Ray Burner- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... 145$

Total=3855$ you should max out every game at that res with 3 6970's
November 1, 2011 2:07:11 PM

Your budget is fine given one change, your monitor!! With 4K to burn you seriously have to think BIG, you could drop 1500 on a 30in Dell Ultrasharp and have 2500 on the rest of your build which is plenty, or you could go with 3x24in monitors or something. And one last thing, don't get hung up on 1080, it's just marketing and mass consumerism. Go 16:10, you'll be happy you did!
a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2011 2:12:16 PM

I agree, I love my 1920 x 1200 screen. Three of these babies is what you should get :D 
February 10, 2012 1:00:25 PM

I suggest
- i7 2700k (Easly overclockable)
- Radeon 6990 (x2)
- 8GB ddr 3-5
- More then one monitor, because at 4 grand, you could easly get a 3 screen settup.
- Water cooling (any brand you like)
- a good case with sick LED lights (Kinda my thing, but if your gonna have a badass computer, might as well have a badass case)
a b 4 Gaming
February 10, 2012 1:04:33 PM

He doesn't need an i7-2700k for gaming. Save the ~$150. Also, get 2 7970s.
February 10, 2012 1:54:22 PM
a b 4 Gaming
February 10, 2012 1:59:53 PM


He can get 2 7970s, which beats 2 580s by quite a bit.
February 10, 2012 2:10:18 PM

azeem40 said:
He can get 2 7970s, which beats 2 580s by quite a bit.


I am sure it does considering it is newer and is more on a par with the GTX 590's, I would wait for the Kepler cards which I am sure will be better than AMD's 7000 series on efficiency/performance and make the decision then.

I would rather blow a bit more on a bigger SSD, Bigger and a second HDD for RAID, a nicer case.

I will say I didn't go with the status quo on the Noctua DH14, on the basis it is BIGGG and looks rather stupid, I would rather put a hydro series cooler in than something that looks like a total abomination.


February 10, 2012 2:59:42 PM

azeem40 said:
He doesn't need an i7-2700k for gaming. Save the ~$150. Also, get 2 7970s.



THIS!!!

I love gaming at 1080 and I have one 7970 atm the second is on its way, but even one 7970 will max any game I have tried. BF3, metro 2033, skyrim etc
February 10, 2012 4:05:56 PM

What everyone here basically is saying is :

CPU: for sure either 2500k or 2600k. Don't waste money on 2700k.
Cooling: For sure with your budget custom loop.
GPU's: Two 7970's will destroy everything in its path .

Everything else is up for grabs. But as long as you dont bottleneck those parts of your pc's your good to go.

Also make sure you get a good and large case. 800D is awesome but the Cosmos II is also a killer case.
February 21, 2012 10:56:07 AM

4K? :ouch:  But ok i suggest you wait for the next gen Nvidia GPU's (next summer) and if you don't want to wait:
Intel 3960K ~650$
AMD 7970x2 ~1200$
ASUS VE278Q Monitor x2 ~960$
ASRock X79 Extreme9 ~350$
16gb Corsair Dominator ram 1866mhz x2 ~ 380$
Corsair AX1200 ~280$
WD Caviar Black 1TB ~130$
Corsair Force GT 120gb SSD ~ 180$
Any Blu Ray Drive ~ 50$
Case of your choice ~ 250$
COUGAR CF-V12HP Case Fan x8 ~120$
Corsair H100 Cooler ~ 120$

OR

Intel i7 2600K ~300$
AMD 7970x2 ~1200$
Dell U3011 ~1300$
ASRock X79 Extreme9 ~350$
16gb Corsair Dominator ram 1866mhz x2 ~ 380$
Corsair AX1200 ~280$
WD Caviar Black 1TB ~130$
Corsair Force GT 120gb SSD ~ 180$
Any Blu Ray Drive ~ 50$
Case of your choice ~ 250$
COUGAR CF-V12HP Case Fan x8 ~120$
Corsair H100 Cooler ~ 120$
!