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Maingear build ; need opinions

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January 20, 2012 10:50:26 AM

Hobby machine for extreme gaming for the next few years.
buying time ,, anytime soon , deadline is this summer
my build:

Chassis: MAINGEAR F131 Chassis With One-Piece Aluminum Front Construction - Black with Acoustic Dampening
Exterior Finish: F131 Super Stock - Stock Black
Motherboard: Gigabyte® Z68XP-UD5-B3 Featuring USB 3.0, SATA 6G, Lucid Virtu
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 2700K 3.5GHz/3.9GHz Turbo 8MB L3 Cache GT2
Processor Cooling: MAINGEAR EPIC 120 Supercooler
MAINGEAR Redline Overclocking Service: YES! - Redline™ Overclock My System!
Memory: 16GB Corsair® Vengeance™ DDR3-1866 1.5V (4x4GB)
Graphics and GPGPU Accelerator: AMD® Radeon™ HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 w/Eyefinity [ENTHUSIAST]
Power Supply: 660 Watt Seasonic® X-660 80+ Gold Certified Modular Power Supply ROHS
Hard Drive Bay One: 20GB Intel® 311 Series SSD (w/ TRIM) [SSD Caching ONLY]
Hard Drive Bay Two: 1.0TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA 6G 7200rpm 64MB Cache
Hard Drive Bay Three: 120GB Corsair® Force GT SSD SATA 6G (w/ TRIM) [555MB/s Reads]
RAID: Intel® Smart Response Technology (requires SSD+Mechanical HDD)
Optical Drive One: 24X Dual Layer DVD RW Drive w/ LightScribe Technology
Audio: 7.1+2 Channel High Definition Surround Sound Supporting S/DIF Optical In and Out
Ethernet Adapter: On-board Gigabit Ethernet
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
The Final Finesse: Designed, Manufactured, and Supported in the USA - Flawless Craftsmanship and Wire Management
Angelic Service Warranty: Lifetime Angelic Service Labor and Phone Support with 1 Year Hardware Warranty
Reconfigure F131 Super Stock [Z68]
Product Subtotal: $2,983.00


This is what I find to be the best bang for buck for me , I read reviews and found Maingear to be the best dealership.

This is my first system that I buy in the USA and i wont be staying here long , so I want to use the time and grab a badass system to take home, ( its alot more expensive where I come from) , I have very little experience with computer hardware except for what I have Read this year.

I would love some suggestions or opinions on this

MY MAXIMUM budget is 3000$ , anything below is nice.

I am not in any rush to buy it , but I will be going back home this summer so would you recommend waiting for the new ivy-bridge cpu?

I am running 2 monitors , 1 32" hd t , via hdmi cable and benq v2420 , might be changing my tv out for 27" lcd gaming monitor

Thank you very much
January 20, 2012 11:30:37 AM

Buy 2600k is the same with 2700k but cheaper.
Its a great build , but the worst part is 1 Year Hardware Warranty. If you buy all this by parts you have on some parts 2 years and on some others 3 years warranty depends by every brand.
Here is almost the same build like that on the Maingear and is much,much cheaper if you build by your own , even if you pay someboby to mount all the PC parts.
MOBO : GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD : Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : XFX Black Edition Radeon HD 7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU COOLER : Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : ASUS DRW- Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : 2212$
And you can lower the price if you buy this mobo : GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 195$ it have almost the same features like UD5.
CPU cooler i choosed Noctua because is the top cpu cooler but you can buy this : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 45$ is good an cheap.
Watch the price diference : 750$ is a lot man.And ill put in your build top brands.
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