~3000$ Gaming PC Build

Hi guys, Xanoku here, I just joined Tom's and i'd like some help planning out a new build, any advice would be appreciated. Here goes the new build sticky outline;


Approximate Purchase Date: Around the end of February 2012

Budget Range: $3000-3500 ( Before rebates, but shipping and taxes in)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop, Cinema 4D, HD Video Rendering, Movies, Music Editing/Listening, Surfing, Anything else.

Parts Not Required: Gonna need pretty much everything....

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, unless the product is not carried by them and extremely important.

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: ASUS Motherboards only, Intel CPU / Chipset, Nvidia GPU(s), 80+ Gold PSU.

Overclocking: Yes (Bear in mind, I'm doing all my overclocking on air, so I wont be hitting 5GHz)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080 for primary monitor, 1440x900 for secondary.

Additional Comments: This computer will need to last me at least 4-5 years ( I'm need max setting on very game now, not later, I can't realistically expect to get 60+ after 5 years) Before you guys start telling me not to spend this much money on a PC that I'll need to upgrade a few years down the line; know that I've earned all this money, and after much careful consideration, I've decided this is what I'd like to spend, whether it's the right thing to do or not.


SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Logitech G510 Black 18 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Keyboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan (For the VGA Duct in the HAF X, to keep my SLI nice and cool)

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 2 of these in SLI

Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Logitech G700 Black 13 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
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  1. That PSU is very overkill. You would only need 1200 watts, say for a 3-Way GTX 580 setup... you would save yourself some cash towards other upgrades by stepping your PSU down to 900 or 950 watts. Of course, as you said, it is your money.
  2. I might do 3-way later on when the going gets tough for the 2; I think I read somewhere that it increases FPS by about 35-45%

    should I be future proof or put the money elsewhere?
  3. Talk to us in 2 months .. there are new Video Cards coming out so no point choosing components now if u buy in 2 months
  4. Since you are canadian, post your question also on hardware canucks.
    Anyway, using Ncix.com, I came up with this:

    LG BH12LS38 12X Blu Ray Rewriter SATA Black Lightscribe 3D Playback

    Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB

    Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H80 High Performance CPU Cooler System LGA775 1366 1156 1155 AM2 AM3

    Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0

    Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Blue 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

    Corsair Vengeance K60 Performance FPS Cherry MX Red Mechanical 20 Key Rollover Gaming Keyboard USB

    Logitech G500 Laser Gaming Mouse 5700DPI Weight Adjustable USB BLACK/GREY

    Seasonic X-1050 ATX 12V 24PIN 1050W Active PFC 80PLUS Gold Modular DC to DC San Ace Power Supply

    Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps

    ASUS Maximus IV EXTREME-Z Rog LGA1155 Z68 4PCI-E16 PCI-E4 PCI-E1 Lucidlogix Virtu Motherboard

    Scythe Ultra Kaze 120MM High Static Pressure Fan 38MM 3000RPM 133.6CFM 45.9DBA

    EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified 630MHZ 3072MB 3456MHZ GDDR5 3XDVI Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card x2
    $749.99 x2=$1,499.98

    Batman Arkham City (PC Game) Coupon for Digital Download *NVIDIA Promo Only*

    YOUR TOTAL $2,468.80
  5. That total makes no sense. I added them up myself and got 3,218.79
    and that would be great... but there's no Monitor or Hard Drive.
    When I add in the Monitor and Hard Drive, I got close to $4000. That's out of my price range, not to mention, cheaper on newegg.ca
  6. CPU
    $174 after MIR
    $79 quality low profile RAM
    GPU X2
    $ 680
    Case $110

    Monitor 747

    keyboard and mouse $100
    Buy locally so you know you like it.

    Windows $110

    Cooler $60
    There are a lot of options out there. This one is a well tested good performing part.
    Your CPU will run out of headroom before this cooler will allow heat issues.

    I am not sure if you want headphones or speakers. There is another 260 to choose what you want. This is something else I ask you to buy locally to confirm it sound how you want.

    $ 2760 with no Speakers. New AMD cards are coming out very soon and may be worth waiting for.
    Also, I hear the Force GT is the fastest SF SSD right now, is that true?
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