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Building an epic gaming rig around $3000ish

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February 5, 2012 5:25:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or so

Budget Range: Well it's an epic-level gaming rig so... up to $4000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Semi-Professional Gaming

Parts Not Required: KB, Mouse, Monitor, DVD, Win7. I only need the internals for this.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect, possibly Cyberpower (If I feel too lazy to put it together)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Low maintenance and highly reliable only, I don't want to take chances when spending this much money.

Overclocking: Yes, to about 4.5ghz or so

SLI or Crossfire: No, I prefer to not deal with glitchy video, also some games don't truly support dual cards.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 and higher

Additional Comments: I don't really want to do a water-cooled system as A: I don't trust them, and B: I've heard many stories of them requiring maintenance. Ideally, I'd like to build a system that I can simply set up once and be hardware maintenance free for the life of the system. Additionally, I need the parts to be problem free. I'm ideally looking for things I wont need to spend significant time resolving such as shortages in USB3 panels for cases, frying parts/smoking boards, no bsod/looping/rebooting problems, ect...

Goal: To turn the resolution and graphics up to maximum in everything I play over the next few years at have it run at constant 60fps or faster with no artifacts or glitches.

The parts I'm pretty sure I want, but I'm certainly open to suggestions:

Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 (Single card, not SLI)
Cooler Master 1000W Pro
Intel Core i7-2700K (Overclocking to 4.5ish)
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B

The parts I am having the most trouble deciding between are:

Cases:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Antec 900
AZZA Solano 1000
Thermaltake ARMOR+ VH6000BWS

Ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM 2133/17000 CAS9 (8 GB)
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8R: DDR3-1600 C8, 4 GB x2 (8 GB)

SSD (OS and Certain Games):
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2: 128 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Plextor PX-128M3S 128 GB M3S SATA 6Gb/s SSD

Storage:
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 1TB
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB

Motherboard:
MSI Z68A-GD55
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7
ASRock Fat1lty Professional Z68
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen 3 mATX LGA 1155

I'm certainly open to recommendations and ideas from everyone. If anyone knows how it could be improved significantly please let me know.

Thanks!
February 5, 2012 5:44:47 AM

For the motherboard try the ASUS P8Z68 PRO/GEN3. For storage the WD Black is good. Crucial makes the besst ssds, go for them. The HAF case is really good, make sure you like how it looks though.

Don't get the 590, it is really loud + hot. Get a 7970 and OC it. A 7970 at 1000 will come close to a 590. If all ur doing is gaming you don't need the 2600k, get the 2500k. Also for OCing to 4.5 t ry something like the H80/H100
February 5, 2012 11:12:19 AM

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($620.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme7 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($269.47 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G2 Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.48 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.00 @ Compuvest)
Hard Drive: OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone RV02B-EW ATX Full Tower Case ($178.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.89 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 24.0" Monitor ($329.00 @ Dell)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 24.0" Monitor ($329.00 @ Dell)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 24.0" Monitor ($329.00 @ Dell)
Total: $3511.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-02-05 08:12 EST-0500)
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February 5, 2012 5:25:07 PM

Crossfire = Microstutter etc. Just get 1x7970, get a larger SSD and a proper HDD ( Cav. Black) Also try the Corsair HX850 for a PSU
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February 5, 2012 5:41:40 PM

You dont need the h100 for 4.5 ghz. The hyper 212 evo is good enough.
February 5, 2012 5:43:04 PM

yup, I was going to say that :D  For the motherboard try the new ROG board for X79.
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