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January 26, 2012 12:33:21 AM

Semi final build further down. --Edit


Approximate Purchase Date: 1~ month

Budget Range: $2000-$2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Internet, Word Processing, Media, Video Encoding

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Headset, Monitor, Windows

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: CPU: Intel. Then whatever is best for the other parts.

Would like two reliable and fast 120gb SSD, 1TB Mechanical drive (7200 rpm), modular power supply, and very good cooling... not sure how the closed water coolers are that you don't have to setup but was looking into them.

I already have a case picked out here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Overclocking: Maybe. I've never overclocked but I wouldn't be against trying if it's really "All That."

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. See above.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to be able to throw any game at this machine and be able to play it on ultra. I was going to wait until Ivybridge & Thunderbolt to come out before upgrading but now that I think about it, will it make that much of a difference?

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January 26, 2012 1:20:09 AM

According to g-unit, if you wait for IB and Thunderbolt, you will essentially be waiting forever since then you will hear about another upgrade available and would want to wait for that. Besides, it is only an architecture change using current-day z68/p67 chipset.

CPU: i5-2500K SB Processor 3.3 GHz - $220

^ Good CPU that can be overclocked safely to 4.5 GHz with this (only $35) cooler.

XFX AMD Radeon 7970 - $550

^ The fastest single GPU on the market utilizing 28nm technology. It can max out BF3 at an average FPS of 104.

ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard - $122

^ This allows for future upgrades to IB CPUs and PCIe 3.0.

Do you have a Hard Drive you can salvage? If so, use that. If not, get this ($110) HDD.

Crucial M4 SSD 128 GB x 2 - $370

^ One of the most reliable SSDs out there. Read times matter more than write times IMO. However, I highly suggest you get just one. RAID 0 has a bad side-effect of failing, which means loss of data on both drives, if that is why you're getting 2 SSDs. Plus, one 256 GB SSD is cheaper. :p 

Corsair 750W PSU 80+ Bronze - $105

^ 80+ Bronze for efficiency.

EDIT: Oops, forgot RAM.

G.Skill Sniper Series 2x 4 GB DDR3 1.25v SDRAM
- $50

^ 1.25v ensures easier OC of CPU. :) 

Total: 1561 before rebates. Honestly, you don't need to spend $2000 for an awesome gaming PC.
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January 26, 2012 1:25:08 AM

Idk you may be suprised, Ivy bridge may be what you want. But if i were you get maybe a 2700k or one of the E bridges like the 3930k but i'd pick one of the i7 2000k's cause they are way more affordable and Intel is doing a thing now where if you over clock you can pay like 25 or 30 bucks and they replace the CPU. Water cooling units are nice like the Corsair H70 its enclosed and heard alot of nice things about it. I have its Air series brother the A70 and it does work. GPU if your gonna SLI later on might i suggest a pair of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have the ASUS Direct CUII GTX 560 ti SLI'd with a reference GTX 560 ti and i play games fine.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Even tho the reviews are low on it, they're isnt many reviews for it at all. but i have the smaller TX 750 and can run SLI on it easyily. plus if your gonna use that case, i recommend modular PSU's because cable management will be so much easier.

Mobo: Depends on what CPU you are using, one somone can recommend some CPU's or mobo's that would be great.

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: if you want solid states well, Solid States: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and for 1TB drives : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You may need more SATA cables, depends how many your mobo supports. if you get 4 you should be fine. cause your gonna need 1 for optical drive to. I suggest a blu-ray drive, heck you have the budget for all this.....
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January 26, 2012 1:44:24 AM

azeem40 said:

CPU: i5-2500K SB Processor 3.3 GHz - $220

^ Good CPU that can be overclocked safely to 4.5 GHz with this (only $35) cooler.

I was looking into this CPU in the Best Gaming CPU's of January 2012. Looks pretty nice. What are the main differences between the i5's and the i7's now? You can get quad core with both correct? I'm currently using an i7 920 quad core which I believe runs at 2.66GHz.

azeem40 said:

XFX AMD Radeon 7970 - $550

^ The fastest single GPU on the market utilizing 28nm technology. It can max out BF3 at an average FPS of 104.

I haven't read up much on the new 7970 yet and feel kind of iffy purchasing it before too many people test it out. It is tempting.

azeem40 said:

ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard - $122

^ This allows for future upgrades to IB CPUs and PCIe 3.0.

This would be nice considering when IB comes out if I decide to upgrade I'll be able to. The only thing missing is Thunderbolt but nothing is going to support it right off the bat most likely so I can live without that.

azeem40 said:

Do you have a Hard Drive you can salvage? If so, use that. If not, get this ($110) HDD.

Crucial M4 SSD 128 GB x 2 - $370

^ One of the most reliable SSDs out there. Read times matter more than write times IMO. However, I highly suggest you get just one. RAID 0 has a bad side-effect of failing, which means loss of data on both drives, if that is why you're getting 2 SSDs. Plus, one 256 GB SSD is cheaper. :p 

I have two harddrives in my current build but they are about 2 years old now. I was planning on just selling my current build to a friend as it is. I would feel safer getting new harddrives. As for the SSD, to eliminate having to RAID two drives I was looking into this

OCZ Agility 3 240GB

azeem40 said:

Corsair 750W PSU 80+ Bronze - $105

^ 80+ Bronze for efficiency.

It looks pretty good. Do you know of any decent modular power supplies? I would really like to eliminate some of the mess in my case plus I like plugging stuff in (the snapping sensation)

azeem40 said:

EDIT: Oops, forgot RAM.
G.Skill Sniper Series 2x 4 GB DDR3 1.25v SDRAM - $50

^ 1.25v ensures easier OC of CPU. :) 

RAM is so cheap these days. Is there a reason to only get 8GB? I guess it does make sense since I currently have 6GB and I've never seen it reach 100% usage.

Thanks for the helpful reply btw.
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January 26, 2012 1:48:20 AM

Yes, there is a same brand and wattage corsair PSU on newegg that is $130.
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January 26, 2012 3:39:49 PM

I tweaked your recommendations and added a few other things and came up with this

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Graphics Card: XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) x2

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

Cooler: CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Backup Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

I'm planning on ordering the backup cooler because I'm hearing of a defective batch of the H80 being shipped.

All of this together along with thermal paste, dvd burner & a few sets of silicon fan mounts my total comes out to just under $1800!

How does this look?
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January 26, 2012 3:55:19 PM

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January 26, 2012 7:55:41 PM

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