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December 4, 2011 8:59:07 PM

Thanks for everyone's help so of now but this is what I got my choices down to.
If you have an opinion/suggestion please let me know.

So far: Bold is what I prefer.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9 (rather have 12gb)
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

Case: Rosewill THOR V2
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Case: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850W

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Mobo: MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

23" Monitor: 2 x ASUS VG236HE Black 23"
24" Monitor: 2 x Dell U2412M
24" Monitor: 2 x ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6"
27" Monitor: 2 x SAMSUNG P2770FH ToC Rose Black 27"
27" Monitor 2 x ASUS VE278Q Black 27"
27" Monitor 2 x Acer HN274 27"

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
SSD: Kingston HyperX 128GB
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB

CPU fan: Scythe Ninja 3 SCNJ-3000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
CPU fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
CPU fan: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

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December 4, 2011 9:25:39 PM

RAM - Don't wanna put 3 x 4 GB in a SB build.....double channel, not triple channel

1155 - dual channel 2 x XGB
1366 - tri-channel 3 x XGB
LGA2011 - quad channel 4 x XGB

2 or 4 modules, each having 2, 4 or 8GB. I'd suggest 8 GB

Case - Consider Corsair 500R which is very well reviewed and a great proce
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

PSU - HX850, SG850, XFX Core Edition

MoBo - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro

Monitor - VG236HE if a gaming box.....U2412 if need IPS for Photo editing .... nothing bigger than 23.6" (otherwise ppi too small)

SSD - At 120/128 GB size, I'd go tier 3
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB - Tier 3
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB - Tier 3
Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB - Tier 3
Crucial m4 128 GB - Tier 5
Kingston HyperX SSD 120 GB - Tier 5
Corsair Force GT 120 GB - Tier 6

Cooler -

$25 Hyper 212
$50 Scythe Mugen 3 (extra 5-7C oif cooling)
$80 Thermalright Silver Arrow (extra 7-10C of cooling and almost dead silent)
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December 4, 2011 10:56:46 PM

Mother board- the Asrock

Ram -the Corsair Vengence 16gb

Monitor - the Asus VS247h-p

SSD - the Corsair Force GT 120gb

Case - the Cooler Master Haf 932

CPU - the i5- 2500k

Psu - Antec High Current Gamer 900W - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cpu Cooler - ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Like posted in the previous post you can't use the triple channel with a Sandy Bridge cpu and mother board , 1155 socket.
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December 5, 2011 2:09:04 AM

Anyone else have their opinion on what I should get.

The more and more I think about it I would rather not do a 3 screen Eyefinity and just do two screens. One screen for gaming and one for web browsing/working.

Is it worth to get one screen with 3D to play the games and then another screen like an IPS. For example.

27" Acer HN274 (gaming)
27" ASUS VE278Q Black (web browsing/work)
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December 5, 2011 8:45:20 AM

Just get 2 screens, for Eyefinity you need very strong video cards to support that kind of res.

For Memory, get a 8GB kit Vengeance, you won't see any difference between 8 and 16 gb unless you do photoshop/video editting.

For PSU, get either OCZ ZX 850W Gold or Corsair AX series. They both got excellent reviews from various professional sites.

For coolers, if you wanna go for maximum air cooler performance, get Silver Arrow. Its the best air cooler on the market at this moment. Its con: heavy, stress on motherboard due to weight, can be as expensive as water cooling set up.

If you wanna go for best performance/price air cooler: Get Hyper 212+ Evo or Corsair A70, whichever cheaper, they both offer exceptional cooling capabilities for the price.

If you wanna go for closed loop water cooling set up: Get Corsair H80 or H100 (depends on your case if it supports dual 120 mm fans set up on top or not). The Corsair H80 is about same in price with the Silver Arrow, and cooling capability is slightly less than Silver Arrow at extreme overclocking 4.8 Ghz+. If you want the best of the best cooler, get Corsair H100, it beats everything on the market right now exept for custom water cooling which is 2-3 times as expensive.

For SSD, of the 4 choices you listed, I would go for Kingston Hyperx, but if you can expand the list, go for Vertex 3/Vertex 3 Max IOPS since its the fastest of all sandforce 3.

For Mobo, I would go for Asus P8Z68V-Pro/Gen3 because ASUS as a brand quality is better than Asrock.

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December 5, 2011 12:08:37 PM

cpu: good choice as that is the best choice without sacrificing your wallet...

memory: i'm not sure you really need that much as you listed above... if not i recommend this one...

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

case: if you buy from newegg currently rosewill thor v2 is the best deal available... 10 expansion slot cases comes with all the fan provided... for just 100 dollars...

psu: i'll lean more towards ocz zx 850watts although most of the builders pick corsair...

monitor: even this choice will be ended up spending more money.... but still i'll lean towards this one...

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

ssd: i'll pick crucial m4 128gb as it has the least problem reported by user...

cpu cooler: cm hyper 212 plus or corsair a70 enough to do the job...

mobo: asrock z68 extreme4 gen3 gets my vote...


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December 5, 2011 11:52:55 PM

Thanks for the imput phenom90 I'm just leaning for bigger screens for some odd reason.

The more and more I think about it I would rather not do a 3 screen Eyefinity and just settle for two screens. One screen for gaming and one for web browsing/working.

Is it worth to get one screen with 3D to play the games and then another screen like an IPS to do work/web browsing?

For example......

Acer H274HLBMID Black 27" 5ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 100,000,000:1 Max (ACM)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] llFullInfo

ASUS VE278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] llFullInfo

Also my 3 hard drive I have currently are

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB

based on my build should I get rid of any/all and get updated faster hard drives besides for an SSD?
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December 6, 2011 2:24:01 AM

Need some help on my last post
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December 6, 2011 9:00:20 AM

as for monitor it depends on whether you really need that fancy 3d for your gaming... as for me i don't need 3d for gaming so i would lean towards a good... 23inch ips screen... also... gaming in 3d will be more hardware demanding... not to say... a good... 27 inch ips screen would be very expensive... as for storage you can keep all of it and get a ssd or another hard drive should you store a lot of data in your pc....
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December 6, 2011 9:09:41 AM

I think i'm going to try the 3d gaming and if I don't like it ill sell it.
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December 6, 2011 9:11:16 AM

try for something new is always a good thing...
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