Looking for expert advice, first gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: when I find the best

Budget Range: soild build, save money where I can

System Usage from Most to Least Important: : work, web development/design and, gaming, currently play Rage and SWOTR

Parts Not Required: speakers, OS Windows Ultimate 64Bit, I may reuse my power supple if it'll do the job Antec BP500U 500 watt. Just picked up a, XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity I want to be able to run 3 monitors with no problems.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or other depending the deals and quality of parts
Country: looking for quality no real preference

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel for the processor had a bad AMD experience)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: yes

Monitor Resolution: I have 2 montors running at 1680x1050 now and will be looking for a third for my card above

Additional Comments: : looking for smooth running, need expert advice
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  1. You really need to give a budget amount to work with otherwise I can list you an eyepopping $4000 computer.
  2. List the 4k computer!
  3. Yeah I'm gonna guess maybe a $2000 build but until you let us know I'll start coming up with something as cheap as possible
  4. Is this an open budget where you're looking for the bang-to-buck price points or what?

    In that case, i5-2500k w/ z68 mobo (you may need quick sync), 8GB DDR3 (1.5v, 1333 cas 9... 1600 mhz cas 9 if it's similar price), and a SSD. That will give you a fast, balanced system.

    edit: Why don't we try it this way. You list what you have and what you're planning on upgrading, and we can give you advice on if it's a good deal or if there are better parts for similar prices.
  5. Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (VN10006W2N) White and Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans-1x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift top fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift front fan and 1x 140mm rear fan
    $289.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133192

    Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73960X
    $1049.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116491

    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme/BATTLEFIELD 3 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
    $469.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131803

    CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
    $329.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233232

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136592

    High Current Pro HCP-850 850W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $179.99 and a $10 rebate for $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371053

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $304.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233211

    XFX HD-685X-ZCFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $159.99 and a $30 rebate for $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150573

    Total ; $2974.92 Hmmmm I seem to have messed up somewhere , it's way short of $4000 ....I know , it must be the video cards , I would have listed two GTX 580's.

    EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    2X $589.99 = $1179.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130655

    If you take out the XFX 6850 and add the two 580's you have $4024.91
  6. inzone said:
    Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (VN10006W2N) White and Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans-1x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift top fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift front fan and 1x 140mm rear fan
    $289.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133192

    Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73960X
    $1049.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116491

    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme/BATTLEFIELD 3 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
    $469.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131803

    CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
    $329.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233232

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136592

    High Current Pro HCP-850 850W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $179.99 and a $10 rebate for $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371053

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $304.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233211

    XFX HD-685X-ZCFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $159.99 and a $30 rebate for $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150573

    Total ; $2974.92 Hmmmm I seem to have messed up somewhere , it's way short of $4000 ....I know , it must be the video cards , I would have listed two GTX 580's.



    Awwww crap you just had to do it! Its on!
  7. Let's say keep it around a $1,000-1500. My current PC is <2 years old. I have 1TB hard drive (should add a solid state?), CD drives, card reader.

    I would like a good listing for CPU, motherboard, graphic cards, ram, case, fans and power supply. I’ve looked around and have a good idea of what I need, but figured I could get the best advice here.
  8. Emelth said:
    Awwww crap you just had to do it! Its on!



    I like it! can you loan me like... 2K, I got the other thousand
  9. awww damn i was just about to post my build >.< (FYI... I jizzed pants 10 seconds ago when I saw it finish....)
  10. Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $189.99 and a $30 rebate for $159.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

    High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $174.99 and a $10 rebate for $164.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371052

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M4X1600C8R
    $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233233

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $124.99 and a $10 rebate for $114.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
    $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    XFX HD-685X-ZCFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $159.99 and a $30 rebate for $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150573

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
    $159.99 and a $20 rebate for $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    2X LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24LS70 LightScribe Support
    $41.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136228

    ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118097

    Total for this build would be $1151.90 plus whatever monitor you would get.
  11. esoteric-NH said:
    I like it! can you loan me like... 2K, I got the other thousand



    Lol , yeah I want it for myself , well maybe not , the only thing better than my pc in that build is the cpu , maybe.
  12. Had to do it....

    Corsair Obsidian Series 800D - $260.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001

    Intel Core i7-3960X - $1050.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116491

    ASRock X79 EXTREME4 - $219.00 (OMG QUAD SLI!)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157283

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $85.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

    CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $120.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

    2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $1000.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

    3 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM - $540.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834

    Crucial M4 256GB SSD - $370.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

    ASUS Blu-ray Burner - $100.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252

    SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified - $350.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256054


    Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - $140.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053

    Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse - $57.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261

    Total: $6591

    I'm gonna go change pants now...
  13. Emelth said:
    Had to do it....

    Corsair Obsidian Series 800D - $260.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001

    Intel Core i7-3960X - $1050.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116491

    ASRock X79 EXTREME4 - $219.00 (OMG QUAD SLI!)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157283

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $85.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

    CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $120.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

    2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $1000.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

    3 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM - $540.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834

    Crucial M4 256GB SSD - $370.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

    ASUS Blu-ray Burner - $100.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252

    SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified - $350.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256054


    Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - $140.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053

    Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse - $57.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261

    Total: $6591

    I'm gonna go change pants now...



    $4291 is what this adds up to unless you forgot to list something ?
  14. Emelth said:
    Had to do it....

    Corsair Obsidian Series 800D - $260.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001

    Intel Core i7-3960X - $1050.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116491

    ASRock X79 EXTREME4 - $219.00 (OMG QUAD SLI!)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157283

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $85.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

    CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - $120.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

    2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $1000.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

    3 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM - $540.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834

    Crucial M4 256GB SSD - $370.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

    ASUS Blu-ray Burner - $100.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252

    SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified - $350.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256054


    Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - $140.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053

    Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse - $57.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261

    Total: $6591

    I'm gonna go change pants now...


    Pfffffff.... ONLY 4x4GB RAM, SLI, and a SINGLE SSD. I'd want at least 4x8GB RAM, quadfire 6970s, and SSDs in RAID 5 for my OS and apps and HDDs in RAID 10 for data.
  15. Dang I must have hit an extra set of numbers or something
  16. Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (VN10006W2N) White and Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans-1x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift top fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift front fan and 1x 140mm rear fan
    $289.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811133192

    Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73960X
    $1049.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116491

    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme/BATTLEFIELD 3 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
    $469.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131803

    CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
    $329.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233232

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136592

    High Current Pro HCP-850 850W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $179.99 and a $10 rebate for $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371053

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) X2 in rais 0
    $304.99 X2 =$609.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233211

    2X GIGABYTE GV-R699D5-4GD-B Radeon HD 6990 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity
    $739.99 X2=1479.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125370

    SAMSUNG MD230X6 Black 23" 1920 x 1080 (each) 8ms (GTG) Full HD Height Adjustable Multi-Display LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 150,000:1 (3,000:1)
    $3610.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001429

    Total for this build is $8239.90.
  17. Emelth said:
    Dang I must have hit an extra set of numbers or something


    Don't fret. $1500 for CPU + Mobo, $1500 for GPUs, and $500 for RAM is VERY do-able. That's $3500 before you even start adding $500 SSDs. And we KNOW this guy needs AT LEAST 3x 1600p screens.
  18. CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X $1049.99
    GPU: MSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 x4 $1559.96 (for quadfire)
    Mobo: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme $469.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 $799.99
    SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 480GB SSD x3 $3299.97 (for 960GB RAID 5)
    BR Burner: LG WH12LS39 $81.99
    Case: Xigmatek Elysium $219.99
    PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 1275W 80+ Platinum $339.99
    Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 30" x3 $4199.91 (for 3x 1600p Eyefinity)

    Total: $12,141.83 ...before $0 shipping and $10 MIR! I think there were a few combo deals I intentionally ignored, though. Sorry, it doesn't come with Windows 7, keyboard, mouse, or speakers. But I could probably find those parts for less than $500. Just kidding $1000 more.
  19. Holy balls....

    I think we have taken over this thread, did the OP find good adivice yet? lol
  20. inzone said:
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $189.99 and a $30 rebate for $159.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

    High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $174.99 and a $10 rebate for $164.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371052

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M4X1600C8R
    $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233233

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $124.99 and a $10 rebate for $114.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
    $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    XFX HD-685X-ZCFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $159.99 and a $30 rebate for $129.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150573

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
    $159.99 and a $20 rebate for $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    2X LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24LS70 LightScribe Support
    $41.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136228

    ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118097

    Total for this build would be $1151.90 plus whatever monitor you would get.

    Only a 6850? I would choose more power but that might just be me...
  21. I have one 6850 will two work for 3 monitors? I had someone say 2 6850's wouldn't do the job. That I would need two 6950's.
  22. One 6850 will work with 3 monitors. If you plan on eyefinity gaming (so your game spans all 3 screens), a single 6850 probably doesn't have enough power. But crossfiring 2 probably doesn't either, depending on the resolution, settings, and game. If you just plan on having a 3-screen desktop and playing games on only 1 screen, one 6850 will work well.
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