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November 20, 2011 12:36:37 AM

CPU: Intel i7-2700k $369.99

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

GPU: Two EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 HD $349.99 each

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

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 $169.99

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

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 $78.99

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

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $149.99

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

Power Supply: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B $99.99

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

CD/Blue ray player-burner: LG Black Internal Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback Blu-ray Disc Rewriter $81.99

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

Case: XCLIO Blackhawk Black Finish 0.8 mm SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Full Tower Extreme Cooling Computer Case $119.99

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

And Windows 7 home addition 64bit

The whole package cost is $1870.90 on newegg.com

Mainly building to play skyrim, BF3, and the mass effect series

Thank you for reading

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November 20, 2011 1:15:49 AM

Kinda overkill on RAM and CPU. If you are not doing any 3D rendering drop down to the i5 2500k and 8GB RAM (2x4gb) DDR3 1600mhz. Here is another build that you can look at as well

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $100.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K - $225.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $175.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - $48.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB - $720.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM - $150.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM DVD - $20.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 128 GB SSD - $210.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $45.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver - $150.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - $100.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total $1943
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November 20, 2011 1:20:50 AM

slaps26 said:
CPU: Intel i7-2700k $369.99

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

GPU: Two EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 HD $349.99 each

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

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 $169.99

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

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 $78.99

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

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $149.99

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

Power Supply: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B $99.99

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

CD/Blue ray player-burner: LG Black Internal Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback Blu-ray Disc Rewriter $81.99

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

Case: XCLIO Blackhawk Black Finish 0.8 mm SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Full Tower Extreme Cooling Computer Case $119.99

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

And Windows 7 home addition 64bit

The whole package cost is $1870.90 on newegg.com

Mainly building to play skyrim, BF3, and the mass effect series

Thank you for reading


Replace the i7 2700k to either i7 2600k + free BF3 bundle game or i5 2500k and save 50 bucks or 150 bucks respectively
Put the extra money into a better PSU - If SLI/Xfire in the future: Corsair AX 850W Gold/OCZ ZX 850W Gold (both receive 9.0 and 9.5 points out of 10 on johnnyguru)
IF no SLI/Xfire planned: Seasonic X 650W Gold (on sale on newegg for 100 bucks)
Change Ram to 8GB and save another 25 bucks.
Invest the extra into a 120 GB SSD- either Vertex 3 Max IOPS/Patriot Wildfire or Kingston HyperX/Force GT should suffice.
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November 20, 2011 6:27:01 AM

Im going to take the advice and go with the i5 instead of the i7 and I switched out some of the parts that you guys suggested. Here is what I'm thinking of going with now


CPU: Intel i5-2500k $224.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Two EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 HD $349.99 each $700 total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130622

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128498

Ram: Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

Power Supply: OCZ ZX Series 850W $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/Blue ray player-burner: LG Black Internal Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback Blu-ray Disc Rewriter $81.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136239

Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is $1989,88

What do you guys think? Am I missing anything? Does anyone recomend any further cooling devices? Thanks for the input.
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November 20, 2011 6:47:59 AM

Nope its looking pretty good from this end, a couple different brands I would change but your new rig should perform splendid for you
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November 20, 2011 9:40:26 AM

slaps26 said:
Im going to take the advice and go with the i5 instead of the i7 and I switched out some of the parts that you guys suggested. Here is what I'm thinking of going with now


CPU: Intel i5-2500k $224.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Two EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 HD $349.99 each $700 total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130622

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128498

Ram: Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

Power Supply: OCZ ZX Series 850W $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/Blue ray player-burner: LG Black Internal Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback Blu-ray Disc Rewriter $81.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136239

Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is $1989,88

What do you guys think? Am I missing anything? Does anyone recomend any further cooling devices? Thanks for the input.


Some of these components listed above can be obtained cheaper on amazon, but if you don't pay tax on newegg site or you have to pay tax on amazon, then leave it the way it is.
Just FYI: OCZ ZX 850W GOLD on Amazon for 122 bucks after $30 MIR.
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Fully-Modular-80PLUS-Performa...

Replace the cooler Zalman 9500A with a Corsair A70 (Zalman 9500A is a 4 years old cooler and doesnt perform any where close to the Corsair A70) plus you save another $25.
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Air-Performance-Cooler-CA...

For Ram, get Corsair Vengeance 8 GB 1600 Mhz Cas 9 for $27 after $20 MIR at frys 1 day sale:
http://www.frys.com/product/6487492

For the case, Rosewill is not a reputable brand, even though case is very personal. I suggest you should take a look at this corsair case (very solid quality and looks similar to your Rosewill case) since it has USB 3.0 and very easy for cable management in the inside.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: Since you will be using the Force GT, make sure you flash the firmware of the SSD to the newest version before installing the OS. Go to Corsair website and search for the firmware and instruction how to flash it. This is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT since the latest firmware fixed the random BSOD found on some sandforce 3 SSDs.

Also, when installing the SSD, make sure you enter bios and select SATA configuration to ACHI, not IDE or RAID mode. Some flashing software require the SSD to be a secondary drive, not the primary boot drive where you put the OS on. Make sure you read the instruction carefully. If this is the case, you can just connect the Force GT SSD to your current computer, then follow the instruction to flash the firmware. If you do not have a current operating computer using either win 7 or vista, then you can just go ahead and install your win 7 into the Seagate HDD first. Then, you connect the Force GT to the computer and then flash to the newest firmware. After that, you can reinstall win 7 onto this Force GT SSD and then quick format your Seagate HDD to make it a 2nd storage drive.
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