Need Help with No Budget Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday (Nov. 25)

Budget Range: No Budget (But the lower, the better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/Graphic Editting, Multimedia

Parts Not Required: Need all

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg.com (Using PCPartPicker)

Country: U.S.

Parts Preference: Top name brand (Samsung, Gigabyte, ASUS, etc)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: Would prefer 1920x1200 but will settle with 1080.

Additional Comments: Would like to have a case with a window for optimal showcasing. I have plans for Eyefinity Surround (3 screens) and still be able to run games at Ultra High settings. I would also like to be able to get some flashy case fans (multiple colors) to have sort of a light show going on inside my case.

Btw, not all of the prices below are accurate, I HAVE found some better deals. I'm using Newegg.com as a quick and easy reference and to give you all an idea of what I am looking for.

VERY OPEN TO ALL SUGGESTIONS.

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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

Noctua NH-D14 120mm/140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=Noctua%20NH-D14

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Gen3 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131791

G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4x4GB) 240-pin DDR3-1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

(CFX) 2x ASUS Radeon HD 6970 2GB DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 256-bit GDDR5 PCI-E 2.1 x 16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121430R

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel/Plastic ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022

LG GH22NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238

(Surround) 3x ASUS VE247H 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236112

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Saitek Cyborg V5 Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823175012

Razer Imperator Battlefield 3 Edition Black 1x Wheel USB Wired Laser & Optical Dual Sensor 6400 DPI Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153083
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  1. This would be a cheaper but same stuff motherboard

    Asrock z68 Extreme4 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264&Tpk=asrock%20z68%20extreme4%20gen3

    Im not sure if that quad channel would work though. :) Never seen it before.
  2. cutebeans said:
    This would be a cheaper but same stuff motherboard

    Asrock z68 Extreme4 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264&Tpk=asrock%20z68%20extreme4%20gen3

    Im not sure if that quad channel would work though. :) Never seen it before.


    Yeah, I looked at the ASRock board, but aren't the ASRock boards a cheaper bi-product of ASUS? I've heard some really good things and then some really bad things about those boards and not sure where I should go with it.

    Yeah, the Quad-Channel RAM is actually for the X79 boards. So I suppose I think in theory, I meant to just put the 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws Series, not the Z Series.

    EDIT: Thanks for pointing that out for me. My RAM got changed on the list to the regular Ripjaws "Series" 16GB DDR3-1600 :D
  3. You might want a modular PSU:
    Seasonic M12II Bronze 850W 80Plus Bronze Modular $140 ($10 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151108

    If not then the XFX Pro 850W Core Edition is the same internally as the Corsair 850TXV2.
    Which is cheaper at $120 before a $30 rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
  4. What is the difference between a modular and non-modular PSU?

    Also, would 850W be enough to run this rig with CFX? I believe it will be and I expect to have this rig for the next 5 years or so, so no near future upgrades will be needed.
  5. A non-modular PSU has all the cables hardwired to the unit.
    A modular unit will only have some cables permanently attached (usually the 24pin motherboard, 4/8pin CPU, plus one or two others), which allow you to use only the cables that you actually require, which can make it more easy to have a tidy build.

    Yes an 850W would be more than enough to run a build with two 6970s.
  6. I see.

    Well, while waiting on a response from you Silvune, I did a little bit of digging. Apparently, modular PSUs are having tons of problems. The cables are stiff and difficult to work with and you apparently lose some efficiency with a modular PSU over a non-modular one.

    Granted, what you have mentioned about the differences were stated, the modular having only some permanent cables attached and the non-modular has all of them. This news to me kind of makes it hard to chose which to go with.

    Any way you can help clear this up?
  7. There's no reason that I know of as to why a cable on a modular PSU should be stiffer than the cables on a non-modular unit.
    I don't have a reference to a non-modular unit, but the modular unit I have doesn't have stiff/unusable cables.
    There is the potential for loss of efficiency, but the amount lost and the extra resistence is miniscule and hasn't been a problem in high quality units for a long time (if ever).

    The only real disadvantage to modular units is that they usually cost more.
  8. The Corsair HX1050 Pro psu is modular... $200 now at newegg.com.
  9. Not really, Asrock is a sister company that used to be a cheaper version of ASUS but right now. It rivals Asus for the quality. don't worry that asrock can easily get to 4.5ghz.
  10. JrFreak: Not going up in wattage unless I have to...which...

    My PSU being enough question never did get answered. Help on this?

    cutebeans: I will look into it.

    Silvune: I will look into a modular PSU then.
  11. Area85Gaming said:
    JrFreak: Not going up in wattage unless I have to...which...

    My PSU being enough question never did get answered. Help on this?


    Anonymous said:
    Yes an 850W would be more than enough to run a build with two 6970s.
  12. Haha my bad Silvune, I didn't catch your edit. I will update the list when I get back from work today. :)
  13. This psu is a steal at $110... but no modular =o(

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
  14. Very solid build you have no complaints from me
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