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December 4, 2011 1:06:13 AM

Anything I can do better I am open too..

Part Name Price
CPU i7-2600K 3.4GHz $319.00
Case Thermaltake Level 10 GT $229.99
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB DDR3 2133 $159.58
Video Card EVGA GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit $499.99
Mother Board ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 $269.99
HDD 1 Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SATA III (SSD) $169.99
HDD 2 HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D 750GB $109.99
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W $149.99
Cooling FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir w/ Swiftech MCP655 Series Pump Installed $239.99
OS Windows 7 $100.00
Media Drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19.99

Total Cost $2,268.50

I am after looks here too, trying to make it look as cool as possible, I have a few more dollars in my budget if need be, but also am willing to cut out anything that isnt needed.

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December 4, 2011 1:36:15 AM

What is your max budget and what games are you trying to play with it?
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December 4, 2011 1:44:06 AM

Only thing on my plate now is SWTOR, but I still play Dragon Age 2 and World of tanks. Going to play a little Elder Scrolls too. I am pretty much there, but max would be 2500
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December 4, 2011 1:48:32 AM

i7 2600k
Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
16 gigs ram (8 gigs if you don't do alot of encoding etc)
1TB HD
64 GB crucial m4 ssd
3x gtx 580
HAF X
950w corsair
win7
24x asus burner
water cooled
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December 4, 2011 1:48:40 AM

I can come up with a 1.5k build that will do the trick save the money for later uses.

What do you want to see on your computer case? (full tower, blue LED, usb3, esata, etc?)

Edited: Also why do you want 16GB RAM? If you are using the computer for more then just gaming we need to know. If you are doing harcore video editing, 3D rendering, what not let me know as well
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December 4, 2011 2:00:30 AM

Umm, Thanks for your response Emelth

I want full tower for sure, any I wanted some sweet looking liquad cooling, thats why i was after Cooling FrozenQ Liquid Fusion, with that fancy reservoir. Just something with a lot of wow factor, I was think of doing black light with UV, but I am open to suggestions.

I have 8 gigs on my current set up, which I still love, and just wanted to make sure I had power to burn. I was shocked how cheap the memory was and figured it would be nice to have in reserve. Not married to 16gigs though. All I do on my computer is game, and internet. Nothing else
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December 4, 2011 2:10:48 AM

Alright no reason to waste money here is a quick build i did while waiting for your reply

If you want to go the Water Cooling Route by all means I look into find you a good one. Currently 580 would be able to max out anything no point in going SLI right now, IMO. Case has USB 3.0, excelent air flow to keep your Rig cool, i5 2500k best gaming processor for the price you can get the i7 if you want but there is not a $100 difference worth getting it. If you want Blu-Ray, again I look into finding you a good one. Anything else you might want, monitor?

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition - $170.00
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...

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB - $500.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $52.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hyper 212 EVO - $35.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM - $150.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $20.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W - $165.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1492.00 (not including MIRs/Shipping/Taxes)
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December 4, 2011 11:18:35 AM

Thanks I am looking at some of the differences, THE z68 was second choice in terms of MOBO. I really wanted to do Water cooling this time, and I am not a huge fan of that case, looks a lot like my antec 900 I have on my current build. But this is good info, anyone else?
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December 4, 2011 12:46:27 PM

ant316 said:
Anything I can do better I am open too..

Part Name Price
CPU i7-2600K 3.4GHz $319.00
Case Thermaltake Level 10 GT $229.99
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB DDR3 2133 $159.58
Video Card EVGA GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit $499.99
Mother Board ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 $269.99
HDD 1 Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SATA III (SSD) $169.99
HDD 2 HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D 750GB $109.99
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W $149.99
Cooling FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir w/ Swiftech MCP655 Series Pump Installed $239.99
OS Windows 7 $100.00
Media Drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19.99

Total Cost $2,268.50

I am after looks here too, trying to make it look as cool as possible, I have a few more dollars in my budget if need be, but also am willing to cut out anything that isnt needed.



why are you spending so much on case????
save some money and go with something like 932,thor V2 or dark fleet-85.
8GB is more than enough unless you are going to use heavy apps.you may also consider 2500k if you are not going to use hyper threading.
this mobo will also save you some money without sacrificing features-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
savew some and try to fit 2xgtx 580s.
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December 4, 2011 12:59:49 PM

first of all don't listen to Asrock fanboys here .. that Asus mobo u have listed is way better
Also noone seems to care what is your monitor and what resolution it is at .. as this is one of the major factors to consider when choosing GPU
the rest will come ....
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December 4, 2011 1:01:30 PM

I found it for 199.99 (the case) so I dont know, it doesnt seem like that much. I want something kinda out there with the case. its in my office, and I like the overboard stuff, hence my choice of the reservoir.

Thanks for the mobo's I will check them out, and let me check the price difference on the 2500k
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December 4, 2011 1:08:53 PM

ok so 570 should be enough .. unless u switch to 2500k and save $100 then go for 580 just to be sure .. or if u r not in the hurry wait till new gen GPU's come out .. hopefully soon .. tomorrow AMD will announce 7000 series :) 
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December 4, 2011 1:26:17 PM

I was planning on waiting for about 2 weeks
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December 4, 2011 2:00:06 PM

Case - You picked a fantastic case, the most well reviewed one I have ever seen. There are other great cases (Corsair 500R, Antec DF-85/1200 V3, HAF-X) that are significantly less money but IMO, the GT is worth every penny.
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

I'd add the one optional case fan tho.
Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - PSP&C was the original enthusiast's PSU, but since it was bought by OCZ some years back, I have been less impressed. Antec SG and CP series, Corsair HX (except for the 850) and AX Series, Seasonic X Series would be on top of my list.

MoBo - Solid Choice, I mostly use the Pro version which is a few bucks cheaper.

CPU - If ya just gaming, I'd drop to the 2500k ..... you should get almost as high OC's but at 4.8GHz, the 2500k runs about 7C cooler. If doing video editing or other multi-threaded apps, then stick w/ the 2600k.

Cooler - If water cooling "floats ya boat" so to speak, by all means indulge. However, with Sandy Bridge, it's not really gonna get you a better OC.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Quote:
It's almost ironic that coolers like [the Silver Arrow] are becoming available just as processors transition to designs that may ultimately render them unnecessary; even overclocked to 5GHz, an Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K doesn't need anywhere near this level of cooling.


RAM - This RAM will give ya same 2133 but $50 cheaper and, in my experience, a company with better support.

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

SSD - The 120 GB Force 3 is a tier 8, well below (60%) the fastest 120 GB models which are at tier 3. Suggest you consider one of the tier 3 models here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

HD - If the SSD is testing the budget, or if ya find the 120 GB resrtraining, perhaps you'd consider a hybrid drive.
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical .... might wanna move up to something that plays BR movies.
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - Two 900MHz 560 Ti's ($430-460 for 2) would get you 40% more fps than the single 580 ($500). Yes, it does remove the option of adding a 2nd 580 later one but that $1,000 investment only gets ya 10% more fps than the twin 560's.

(1) 580 - 616 fps
(2) 560 Ti's (900MHz) - 862 fps
(2) 580's - 953 fps

An 850 watter (Corsair HX850) will handle the 560sa or 570's quit easily.
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December 4, 2011 2:04:25 PM

^ ya'll don't know me
PC P&C is great PSU .. mk II has one of the lowest in class noise and ripple.
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December 4, 2011 2:16:43 PM

Thanks for the GREAT post Jack, I learned a lot there. My last two builds I have done PC P&C and loved them, I didnt know they were bought out. I have two SLI 8800 GT's in my current rig, and never really loved them the way I thought I should. I dont know if the games I am playing or what, but something always bottlenecked me on top settings, and I swore in this rig, I wouldnt let that happen.

I have absolutly no clue what I am doing with the water cooling, it just looks so dam bad ass, that I want to give it a try, I am reading up on what I can now, and I will try and figure it out. Thanks for the suggestions here, I am going to revise things a bit.
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December 4, 2011 2:28:53 PM

ok...hmmm...if you want a classy case then corsair make them (Obsidian, Graphite series)...there's the NZXT Phantom which is also good looking, and then there's that InWin Dragon Rider.

Get a 2500k for overclocking, 2600k may be excessive for your stated purposes...regular 2500 if you don't want to OC, heck i think even a 2400 would be fine. Ivy's coming in April anyway.

Get a GTX 580 for that resolution (for a really good experience), you may also consider SLI if it fits your budget.

GET AN SSD. Whatever suits your purpose (and fits your budget). 256GB should be great for all your programs, the OS and games. Or put the OS and programs in a 60/64GB SSD and games in a 120/128GB one (or something like that, according to your needs).

You may want to consider a Western Digital drive, i'm really happy with my caviar blue, you may want to get a caviar black (lower seek times). Or perhaps even a velociraptor, not sure if the performance difference is worth it though. If you have a personal preference for hitachi then that's ok, really.

That's all i have to say really. Oh and, nothing's happening in 2 weeks, you might as well buy it.

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December 4, 2011 2:30:34 PM

GT is a sexy case but there are a bunch of cases that can get the job done with less money.by the way i am not an asrock fanboy.
gtx 560ti SLi will leave no room for future upgrades.
crucial m4 series is popular for their reliable performance.
+1 for silver arrow and psu.
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December 4, 2011 2:31:24 PM

Agree with Jack on the Corsair PSUs, they're pretty popular and highly regarded.
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December 4, 2011 3:04:00 PM

Ok thanks to you guys I have made the following changes, and I am open for more..

Only reason I didnt change the PSU was price, the corsair 850 is 40 bucks more, and from what I have read, if PC P&C did drop off, its not that much, if the corsair was the same price, I would have changed

Part Name Price
CPU Intel Core i5 2500K $219.00
Case Thermaltake Level 10 GT $199.99
RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB DDR3 2133 $159.58
Video Card EVGA GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit $499.99
Mother Board ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 $269.99
HDD 1 Corsair Force GT 240 GB SATA III $359.99
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W $149.99
Cooling FrozenQ Liquid Fusion Dual Bay Reservoir w/ Swiftech MCP655 Series Pump Installed $239.99
OS Windows 7 $100.00
Media Drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19.99

Total Cost $2,218.51
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December 4, 2011 3:05:32 PM

I just havent found another case to reach out and grab me like that gt, I am keeping my eyes peeled though, and still welcome suggestions.

And I need to wait two weeks for that Christmas Bonus =)
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December 4, 2011 4:18:39 PM

What about the COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper ?
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December 8, 2011 11:56:12 AM

I meant, no new GPUs releasing in 2 weeks!

Otherwise looks good. Btw won't you use a HDD? Or will you re-use your old one?
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December 8, 2011 1:48:31 PM

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D - $170 after MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill THOR V2 - $130

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K - $220

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $47

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z - $170

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Plextor PX-M2P Series PX-128M2P 2.5" 128GB - $200

gpu: my suggestion... leave it out as new releases isn't far away...
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December 11, 2011 9:56:01 PM

Best answer selected by ant316.
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