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February 22, 2012 10:54:34 AM

OK here is my configuration. I plan on playing wow, Diablo 3, skyrim, COD etc at Max possible settings. Having some extra money I went for overkill:
Apevia Xplorer2 mid tower with side window and multimeter display / max 200 mm fans
CPU I73930K six-core 3.20ghz 12mb smart cache (venom oc certified)
Asetec 510 LC liquid cooling system 120 mm radiator/fan upgrade to enermax silent enlobal high performance 120 mm fan
HDD 2TB x 1 SATA III 6.0GB/S 64mb cache 7200 rpm
SSD Intel 120 gb
RAM 32gb 4x8 DDR3/1600mhz quad channel Kingston hyper x
MOTHERBOARD: (SLI/CrossFireX) Asus P9X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI BIOS, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NOISEREDUCE1: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9
] OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more) [+19]
POWERSUPPLY: 800 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
RUSH: RUSH!!! READY TO SHIP IN 3 BUSINESS DAYS [+69]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+86] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+215] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO3: None WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+26]
February 22, 2012 11:09:40 AM

For gaming you would do just fine with i7 2600k or 2700k, or even i5 2500k depending on the graphics solution.
With the saved money you could up your graphics and/or SSD.

Samsung 830 256GB SSD would for example be nice.

As for the graphics card, you could probably do just fine with a single Radeon 7970 leaving you the option of going for 2 later on.
However with all that liquid cooling and stuff, you probably should up the PSU to 900W or 1000W for that.
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February 22, 2012 1:17:26 PM

rvilkman is right, you don't need an 3930k series i7 to game. Also, what the heck are you doing with 32gb of ram?!? Lol. You would be better off with 6gb or 8gb, and upgrade to 16gb later.
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February 24, 2012 11:17:25 AM

I am within days of having my new PC shipped and I made some similar but different choices myself. As a primary gamer like yourself I went a bit overkill because I've never had the opportunity to get a PC of this level before...I am normally a person who buys a 2-3 year old technology PC.

We both went with the 3930k but I opted for only 16gb which I felt was more than enough (at this price point for the entire system going 6-8gb seems silly). We picked the same storage setup with the 120gb SSD and 2 tb Storage drive.

I did grab the Rampage IV motherboard, if for no other reason I thought it was the best Asus had to offer right now....but I will say the P9X79 Deluxe was my 2nd choice. (and Tom's Hardware review winner)

I did go with the larger PSU with the 1000w Coolmaster Pro Gold unit.

Our last difference was in the graphics choices. Based on the reviews I went with the crossfire 6950's and upgraded to the HIS Ice gaming models. I was strongly considering a single 7970, but flipped a coin and went this route.

I did order the higher level of overclocking as I want them to do that and go through the burn in process with it.....and not take the chances of screwing something up myself.

I also didn't pay the premium for RUSH, RUSH, RUSH service....I ordered on 2/11/12 and the scheduled ship date is now 2/27/12. It has been a tough 16 day wait (plus ship time) but being in the home stretch and the fact that I am going to have this PC for the next few years I spent that money inside the box.
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March 4, 2012 11:57:50 PM

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