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January 23, 2012 6:45:54 PM

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Subtotal: $3,646.80

So, just wondering if I have missed anything or you notice anything that i may have forgotten or not thought of.
January 23, 2012 7:03:15 PM

I kinda see where you are going....but this system of yours needs a total makeover. $3,646.80 system shouldnt have an i5 2500 and only 8GB of crappy corsair.
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January 23, 2012 7:09:39 PM

For what you're spending, it's not very good. Also, why are you including a chair in your PC budget?
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January 23, 2012 7:09:51 PM

maybe he doesn't plan on overclocking anything

if so overall everything is good
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January 23, 2012 7:15:56 PM

well you have a much more expensive build that i did, and this is what setup i had

I7 3930K
MSi x79A-GD65 (8D)
MSi 560ti tF2/OC 2GB SLI
corsair vengeance quad 8x4gb = 32gb
seagate 1tb
corsair force gt 120gb sata3 6gb/s (x2)
corsair ax1200w
samsung sh blu-ray drive
corsair h100
level 10 gt
windows 7 ultimate full product
razer mamba new edition 2012
antivirus

all for 3,529$ and well the place where i bought them are more expensive,
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January 23, 2012 7:26:50 PM

1)You do realy overpay for your mobo
2)CF 6870 will be a way cheaper then 560ti sli and about same performance
3) for a gaming PC over 3000$ build I'd go with a 7970 over anything
4) 32GB is totaly useless for a gaming PC 8GB is enough go for 16BG if you do realy feel like going overkill.

P.S. get a i5-2500k so instead of upgrading in a year or 2 you will just have to overclock (the k series don't requier overclocking knoweldge anyone can do it)
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January 23, 2012 7:30:26 PM

You included your monitor ($1,200 roughly- I have that monitor and it's great) which isn't typical. Normally you're JUST including the components that go into the actual PC- no peripherals, no monitor, no extension cord, no desk chair. Those are important items, but for the sake of apples to apples comparison it's a bit confusing.

Subtracting out all of that stuff it comes to about $1,950. Here are a few suggestions:

1) Make the 2500 processor a 2500k (vastly better OC potential)
2) Go for a pair of 6970's or 570's instead of a 7970. They will perform much better out of the box than a 7970 and only cost about $50 more total. If you plan to OC the 7970 to the limit, it's a closer call but many don't plan to.
3) The Cosmos II is very cool but it's also a TON of money for a case. Anything beyond $200 is pretty nuts. A Thor, HAF X (or 932 for that matter) or a lot of other cases will perform the same. I understand a lot of this is aesthetic preference but thats like 15% of your build cost going into a case.
4) Along with my graphics recommendation, a bump up to an tx850 or tx950 PSU wouldn't hurt (though the tx750 is fine for both multi-card configs I mentioned).

Item 1 I listed is the only "must do". Other than that it's all about preference, though dollars spent on graphics make the biggest impact on gaming performance. Enjoy that HP ZR30W!
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January 23, 2012 7:38:27 PM

beltzy said:

2) Go for a pair of 6970's or 570's instead of a 7970. They will perform much better out of the box than a 7970 and only cost about $50 more total. If you plan to OC the 7970 to the limit, it's a closer call but many don't plan to.


Good advice if you don't ever plan to upgrade that build. Personaly I'm going with the 7970 because I could always buy a second one later on while geeting a third 6970 in a year or 2 might be hard to find. But some might argue that for a single monitor set-up 2x 6970 might never need an upgrade befour the shader/DX goes outdated.

Both choice can't be wrong I'd say.
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January 23, 2012 7:56:16 PM

Ya sorry about that its late for me right now, so i forgot to take out the chair, the monitor i left for the sole purpose of seeing what people had to say about the graphics. I did consider going with 2x 6970, but thought the single card 7970 should have the horsepower and the ram to push the monitor, keeping in mind i dont plan on using aa, and high settings is all i care about. I didnt go with a 2500k because i dont plan on overclocking, i prefer my system to work when i hit the on button, and i dont like buying parts twice. As far as the case i know its insane, but in my opinion it will be something that carries over into another build, so i wont be buying one next time i build (every 3 years) so even if i knock down to a 150 dollar case, it still pays for itself, this is my 3rd gaming build btw. My puchase date is within the next 2 weeks. I wouldnt mind hearing more peoples opinions on going 2x570 or 6970/6950. Thanks.
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January 23, 2012 8:05:50 PM

i7-3820
Asrock Extreme7 2011
2x7970
3x Samsung S23A750D 120hz 1920x1080
Corsair XMS 4x4GB CAS9 1600
WD 2TB Green
OCZ Synapse Cache SSD 64GB
CM Silent Pro 850
Silverstone Raven RV02-EW
Noctua NH-D14 2011

Personally this is how I'd drop 3.5k.

Video of someone running the 3x Samsung debezeled on 2x7970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovm7XBtaQAM
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January 23, 2012 8:24:05 PM

Yeah i considered running 3 monitors, but honestly just dont want to have to deal with the desktop size, hence the 30" plus i get a boost in resolution too.
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January 23, 2012 8:28:02 PM

blacksci said:
Yeah i considered running 3 monitors, but honestly just dont want to have to deal with the desktop size, hence the 30" plus i get a boost in resolution too.


Well this might help you BF3 5760x 1080p ultradetails with no AA: http://media.bestofmicro.com/X/L/320025/original/BF3%20...
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January 23, 2012 9:28:35 PM

I think I spent less (not much) and got more(much)... but I had to spring for a chair after the fact.

i7-2600k
ASRock Extreme7 gen3
16gb Vengeange 2133
plextor bdr
samsung 830 256gb ssd (thing is incredible)
2x msi twin frozrIII 6950s (unlocked)
2x Dell e-ips 24" (1900x1200) set in portrait mode
thermaltake gt10 case
cyberpower UPS
thermaltake 850 gold PSU


all for about 3600$ , then I bought an office chair at sams club
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January 24, 2012 1:18:58 AM

For what it's worth I might actually be stepping away from Eyefinity this go round. While the immersion factor is through the roof, there are still quite a few headaches associated with it. Also Diablo 3 isn't going to support it. While I wouldn't let the typical game sway me one way or another, this is a game I've been waiting a decade to play.

2560x1600 is a great resolution and a 30" is a lot bigger than you'd think especially sitting 18" away. It was an avenue I strongly considered for my current (ongoing) build, as it stands I'm still kind of torn between 3x Dell u2412m IPS 1920x1200 or a single 27" 120hz Samsung S27A950D. I love the viewing angles and color depth of IPS, but at the same time the prospect of 120hz gaming is very intriguing. Too bad we couldn't have the best of both worlds.

Looks like a great build man, I hope you enjoy it.
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January 26, 2012 5:43:50 AM

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January 26, 2012 11:42:56 AM

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