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December 31, 2011 9:18:35 PM


this is what ive picked out

i7 2600k quadcore sandybridge 3.4 ghz 319.99 95w
asus maximus iv extreme z lga-1155 329.99
coolermaster hafX 199.99
amd radeon 6970 hd 339.99 550w x2
16 gb 4x4gb dimms corsair vengance 1600 mhz low profile 83.99
250 gb hdd 129.99$
24x dl dvd rom 32.99
w7 home 64bit 99.99
nzxt sentry lx 49.99
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply 279.99

thermal cleaner xx.xx
212 evo 34.99

More about : 2600 includes mouse

a c 92 B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 9:39:12 PM

This definitely needs some tweaking.

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You don't need this for a new CPU - drop it for now.

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i7 2600k quadcore sandybridge 3.4 ghz 319.99 95w
asus maximus iv extreme z lga-1155 329.99


The i7 is overkill for a gaming build - you should drop this to an i5-2500K. The Maximus IV is also pretty overkill when you can get a full-featured board from Gigabyte or Asrock for 1/2 the price and it'll still be a top notch performer.

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16 gb 4x4gb dimms corsair vengance 1600 mhz low profile 83.99


You certainly also don't need 16GB of RAM unless you're working with high end video editing or 3-D rendering programs.

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CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply 279.99


You definitely don't need a 1200W PSU for any build - even running dual 6970's and overclocking.

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nzxt sentry lx 49.99


You don't need this.

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250 gb hdd 129.99$


Way overpriced for that capacity when you can get a 500 - 1TB hard drive for the same money.

Try this for $2600 - you could shave about $400 off and you'll still get an unbelievable system that will last you for years.

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 - $194.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Corsair H100 - $119.99
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $48.99
SSD: s128GB Crucial M4 - $209.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB - $149.99
Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $59.99
Video Card: 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 - $499.99 each ($998.99 total)
Keyboard / Mouse; Logitech MK520 - $50.99

Total: $2336.98
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 9:55:39 PM

If you are interested in saving money then you can do that with other components , if the components that you listed are what you want and you want to just build your computer with those parts then you can do that also. You really didn't say if you wanted us to aprove of the build or want us to get other components to help yopu save money. Can you tell us what it is you want to do?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 9:56:02 PM

Do you need a monitor?

What if you went with the crazy liquid 580s that Tom's used on its last enthusiast build? I know these are out of stock on the Egg, but you can find them elsewhere. One's just liquid cooled, and the other's a liquid cooler for your CPU as well. They're not even that expensive.
CPU one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Straight-up one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Honestly, on a build like this you can afford nice peripherals.
Razer DeathAdder (or whatever; mice really go person by person, $60): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SteelSeries Qck (unless you've got a mouse pad, $11): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Razer BlackWidow (unless you have someone near you who doesn't like insanely loud typing, $80): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or a Das ( http://www.daskeyboard.com/ ), if you like that style and feel like throwing down $130. I've got one, and I think it's absolutely worth the money. I just can't use normal keyboards now; they feel pathetic.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 10:00:26 PM

With $2501, ya can smoke that original build and give yaself the coolest looking PC on the block.... :) 

I'm even including monitor, KB, SSD and OS and prolly other stuff ya don't need but you did say $2500 ..... knock off what ya don't need

Case - $ 270 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Best reviewed case I have ever seen. Do ya need white (extra $60 ?) ... do you need a $270 case, no of course not, but ya got the budget, so why not have a conversation piece on top of the load of unique great features it has.


Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - $ 150 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
10.0 jonnyguru perofrmance rating, what else need be said ?

MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't think ya need Z68 but it is the latest and greatest

CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If a gaming box, no need for the 2600k.....

Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Ther...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Nuthin tops its performance
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

RAM - $ 49 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its low profile, it's perty :) 

GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
-40% more fps than a single 580that costs $40 more
-adding a 2nd 580 gets ya just 10% more fps than these cards
-OC capability as high as 30% over reference
-Great cooler and 7 phase VRM
http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17

HD - $ 110 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This the WD Black or Seagate 7200.12
However, if ya drop the monitor or anything else, take a hard look at the Barracuda XT....boots to Win 7 -64 in 21.2 seconds (vertex 3 max IOPS does 15.6). Watvh out though olde rones have 5 year warranty, newer ones 2 yes....get the 5 year, its also faster
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


SSD - $ 209 - 120 GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Uses premium 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle Mode Flash Memory .... only the Patriot Wildfire, OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (latest revision) and OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS also use it .... makes Tier 3 performance in THG scale (highest of any 120 GB model)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...

DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great unit, plays Blue Ray

Card Reader - $ 50 - AeroCool FP-01 55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hey, ya had room for goodies :) 

Monitor - $ 290 - ASUS VG236HE Black 23" 120 Hz Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
120 Mhz model is beautiful, also does 3D....add one of these someday
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard - $ 95 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $ 60 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not was expensive as Logi's top of the line but more than suitable.

OS - $ 140 - Win 7-64 Home Professional http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again there's stuff in there ya definitely don't need and there is room for twin 580's with that stuff cut out, but for 10% extra fps....I just don't see the ROI (return on investment).
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 10:24:23 PM

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Keyboard - $ 95 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823126100
Mouse - $ 60 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6826104318

Not was expensive as Logi's top of the line but more than suitable.


Maybe I'm naive in this area but I really don't get the value of a nearly $170 keyboard and mouse combo when you could get the same thing for like $50.

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Card Reader - $ 50 - AeroCool FP-01 55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820314001
Hey, ya had room for goodies :) 


Maybe it's just me but I'd seriously save the money you'd spend on "goodies" and put that back into the hardware. You can always get stuff like the card reader when you need it, or use a USB one after you install.

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Case - $ 270 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811133192
Best reviewed case I have ever seen. Do ya need white (extra $60 ?) ... do you need a $270 case, no of course not, but ya got the budget, so why not have a conversation piece on top of the load of unique great features it has.


It may be a decent reviewed case but I'd rather go for practicality and budget - that seems a bit excessive for this build when you could put the money into getting a better display or GPU setup.
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December 31, 2011 10:33:14 PM

Best answer selected by robthatguyx.
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December 31, 2011 10:37:04 PM

with only 2 gb of vid ram will that run bf3 and crysis 2 maxxed? those are the main games i want to play..
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 10:40:59 PM

VRAM doesn't matter on 1920x1080.
I still highly recommend a mechanical keyboard. Jack, treat yourself and you will too.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 11:15:24 PM

I like mechanical in the office, but like the LCD display when gaming for monitoring functions
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December 31, 2011 11:15:42 PM
December 31, 2011 11:19:07 PM

i already have artic 5 thermal on its way from newegg for my 360 so no need to get any
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 11:35:50 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Maybe I'm naive in this area but I really don't get the value of a nearly $170 keyboard and mouse combo when you could get the same thing for like $50.


Not the same thing, not even close..... I have those $35 KB's .... I can't use w/o the lights on and I can't use w/ the lights on as the letetrs have worn off some of the keys. I agree ya can get by for $80-90ish but $50 no....but then ya also don't get the LCD and system monitoring (i.e core temps) , text messages in front of your eyes when gaming which personally I find a valuable asset.

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Maybe it's just me but I'd seriously save the money you'd spend on "goodies" and put that back into the hardware. You can always get stuff like the card reader when you need it, or use a USB one after you install.


If someone wants to spend a certain amount, I'm inclined to suggest things he might find useful, what they ultimately decide to do is up to the person opening their wallet. Anyone with a camera has a use for a card reader. Since it doubles as fan controller, that's kinda useful and nuthin wrong w/ a little bling. But again, I'm not saying "get it", saying "get it if ya wanna spend the money .... it fits in ya budget"

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It may be a decent reviewed case but I'd rather go for practicality and budget - that seems a bit excessive for this build when you could put the money into getting a better display or GPU setup.


The budget was $2500 ..... Remember twin 580's adds a mere 10% more fps .... for some $540 for GFX + $150 for the PSU upgrade. That's perty hard to justify .... That's bordering on $700 or 28% of ya $2500 budget....

Peeps will pay more for items in their house with artistic appeal and this case won a design award for that. And w/ 3D and 120 Mhz...where else ya gonna go ?

Each time I open all my other cases, I'd gladly pay $2 if I didn't have to unplug / replug the dang case door fan. Never have to do that on the Level 10GT.....after a year, I'd have paid for the thing already :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 11:39:11 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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Keyboard - $ 95 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823126100
Mouse - $ 60 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6826104318

Not was expensive as Logi's top of the line but more than suitable.


Maybe I'm naive in this area but I really don't get the value of a nearly $170 keyboard and mouse combo when you could get the same thing for like $50.

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Card Reader - $ 50 - AeroCool FP-01 55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820314001
Hey, ya had room for goodies :) 


Maybe it's just me but I'd seriously save the money you'd spend on "goodies" and put that back into the hardware. You can always get stuff like the card reader when you need it, or use a USB one after you install.

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Case - $ 270 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811133192
Best reviewed case I have ever seen. Do ya need white (extra $60 ?) ... do you need a $270 case, no of course not, but ya got the budget, so why not have a conversation piece on top of the load of unique great features it has.


It may be a decent reviewed case but I'd rather go for practicality and budget - that seems a bit excessive for this build when you could put the money into getting a better display or GPU setup.

Remember that the product of this build is the experience on your end. What matters is how you feel in-game and during everyday use, not what hardware is sitting in the box. Why would you want a Ferrari with sticky handling and badly designed pedals?
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December 31, 2011 11:42:14 PM

will the setup i sent back run games 60+ fps smoothly?
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 11:42:33 PM

kajabla said:
Remember that the product of this build is the experience on your end. What matters is how you feel in-game and during everyday use, not what hardware is sitting in the box. Why would you want a Ferrari with sticky handling and badly designed pedals?


Good point, I can see that kind of logic being used in this build.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 31, 2011 11:47:52 PM

robthatguyx said:


better? i want a rig that powers throught crysis 2


I wouldn't use the H series coolers.....
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Corsair H70 (high)* 65.3
Thermaltake Frio OCK* 65.2
Thermalright Venomous X 63.0
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM 62.3
Thermalright Silver Arrow* 61.8

3.5C better on air and much much quieter


You still have RAM with those silly do nothing heat sinks......

The only cooling effect of these big coolers is that they "look cool". While they served a purpose (when they were effective) w/ DDR2, they are absolutely useless on DDR3.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.


http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.


I bight two of those Saitek's for my kids.....one lasted about 5 months, the other about 9

Ya have the RAM in there twice .... and no GFX

Crysis 2 is cake .... the Asus 560 Ti CU TOP's in SLI gets 87 fps in Crysis Warhead ...two 580's get 90 fps

Metro 2033 OTOH is a bit more of a test
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December 31, 2011 11:59:59 PM

baa it seems so saddening downing from 2 6970s to 2 gfxs in the benchmarks vid that motherboards.org on youtube has the 6850s destroyed the sli 580s...its so like do i go with this or this or that baaa
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January 1, 2012 12:00:42 AM

and the silver arrow doesnt fit 1155 acording to its site..
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January 1, 2012 12:09:06 AM

and crysis 2 maxxed dx11 ive seen several vids with sli 560s everyones only getting 40-50 fps
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 1, 2012 4:33:53 AM

Then go Archon. Both coolers are good, and they perform at around the same level.
Yeah, it takes 580s to get a consistent 60 in Crysis 2 with all the candy.
6850s over 580s is a fluke.
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January 1, 2012 5:35:49 AM

what about 2 6970s
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