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November 11, 2011 4:53:57 PM

Goal: To have a gaming rig that will play games on high to ultra for the next several years

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime during or after Black Friday

Budget Range: around $3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, net, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, ASUS

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Here is what I have so far:

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HITACHI Ultrastar 7K3000 HUA723020ALA640 (0F12455) 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(DUAL) EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pioneer Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BDR-206DBKS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case suggestions needed.
Monitor suggestions also welcome: Debating dual 23-24" or one 27" Not to be included in the above budget

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November 11, 2011 5:25:09 PM

Hitachi hard drives are *HORRIBLE*. Go with Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, anything else. Hitachi drives have a horrendous failure rate with their internal HDs, I don't know about external though.

As far as case suggestions - do you want a full tower (NZXT Phantom), mid tower (Cooler Master HAF 912), or larger mid tower (ex - Corsair Graphite 600T)? That will determine what cases I can recommend. I'd personally go for a larger mid tower over a full tower but that's just me.

As far as monitors go - the dual 24"s are definitely the way to go.

PSUs - the Silent Pro series is a good choice, but definitely check out the other major brands like Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, and so on. You'll definitely need at least a 1K watt if you're going to be SLI'ing 570s.

Otherwise most everything in your build looks pretty good.
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November 11, 2011 5:47:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Hitachi hard drives are *HORRIBLE*. Go with Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, anything else. Hitachi drives have a horrendous failure rate with their internal HDs, I don't know about external though.

As far as case suggestions - do you want a full tower (NZXT Phantom), mid tower (Cooler Master HAF 912), or larger mid tower (ex - Corsair Graphite 600T)? That will determine what cases I can recommend. I'd personally go for a larger mid tower over a full tower but that's just me.

As far as monitors go - the dual 24"s are definitely the way to go.

PSUs - the Silent Pro series is a good choice, but definitely check out the other major brands like Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, and so on. You'll definitely need at least a 1K watt if you're going to be SLI'ing 570s.

Otherwise most everything in your build looks pretty good.


+1 Hitachi HDDs are crap, pure utter crap. I would suggest you go with a Seagate. They are better quality and right around the same price range.

Everything looks pretty good, though, you might want to look at a smaller CPU cooler. The Noctua DH-14 is a great cooler, but tends to me big and clumsy. I would suggest looking at the H80 or H100, especially if you intend to use RAM cards with large heatsinks, but you shouldn't have a problem with the Ripjaws, they are pretty slim.

I'm not too familiar with the Samsung SSDs, but as a personal preference, I would suggest looking into the Crucial M4 or the OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs. You'll save yourself some money for quality, fast SSDs.

+1 to Dual 24". I have a single 27" setup I'm working on right now that I am debating on going to Dual 27". If you can afford it, I'd go 27". But be warned, the 27" is a large widescreen view and hard to get used to.

Other than that, it looks great!


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November 11, 2011 5:54:10 PM

Since you want to run on ultra for the next few years, make sure that your motherboard is PCIe 3.0 upgradeable, and the one you chose is I believe.

Similarly, I would not go all out with the GPU right now. The new GPUs (Radeon 7XXX series and GeForce 6XX series) will be coming out in the next few months, so I would suggest getting a single card to hold you over until then, maybe a Radeon 6870 then getting a new card when it comes out.

As far as hard drives are concerned, dont get caught up in the whole SATA II 3.0 Gb/s, SATA III 6.0 Gb/s gimmick. An HDD by itself will not even come close to the SATA II transfer limit, much less a SATA III. The only reason you would have to worry about that with an HHD is if you were going to RAID them, and even then if you were going to RAID 3 or more drives together. Honestly any 7200 RPM hard drive will satisfy your needs.
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November 11, 2011 6:59:21 PM

Area85Gaming said:
+1 Hitachi HDDs are crap, pure utter crap. I would suggest you go with a Seagate. They are better quality and right around the same price range.

Everything looks pretty good, though, you might want to look at a smaller CPU cooler. The Noctua DH-14 is a great cooler, but tends to me big and clumsy. I would suggest looking at the H80 or H100, especially if you intend to use RAM cards with large heatsinks, but you shouldn't have a problem with the Ripjaws, they are pretty slim.

I'm not too familiar with the Samsung SSDs, but as a personal preference, I would suggest looking into the Crucial M4 or the OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs. You'll save yourself some money for quality, fast SSDs.

+1 to Dual 24". I have a single 27" setup I'm working on right now that I am debating on going to Dual 27". If you can afford it, I'd go 27". But be warned, the 27" is a large widescreen view and hard to get used to.

Other than that, it looks great!


I don't know about Samsung SSDs but their HDs are great - some of the best on the market, too bad they sold off their HD division to Seagate.

And +1 to the H100.
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November 11, 2011 7:17:57 PM

dalmvern said:
Since you want to run on ultra for the next few years, make sure that your motherboard is PCIe 3.0 upgradeable, and the one you chose is I believe.



I checked newegg details on this item:

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

doesn't say anything about PCIe 3.0. Am I missing something? I heard this was supposed to a pretty monster mobo
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November 11, 2011 7:46:19 PM

You are absolutely right, and that is why I thought it had the PCIe 3.0 support...that is a monster board, but I guess it came out prior to them adding the support to the chipset.

Looks like the best you can do on Newegg that has PCIe 3.0 support is this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 11, 2011 7:54:50 PM

Not too many boards have PCI-e 3.0 yet. And the 600s and 7000s aren't out yet and probably won't be for several months - and I'm not entirely sure but I'm betting that they won't be using 3.0 yet either. It's always nice to be future proof but you're safe for now in this instance.
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