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March 3, 2012 2:42:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: By March 15

Budget Range: 1300 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, and Microcenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No real preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but maybe not immediately

Additional Comments: Here's where I'm at so far:

Monitor: 2 x Samsung 23.6inch
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Case: Bitfenix Shinobi (Like the texture of their cases)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60585&vpn=BFC-SNB-150-KKW...

CPU: Intel i5-2500k
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard: ASRock Ex3 Gen3 (unsure on this or the ASRock Ex4 Gen3)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Also thinking about this motherboard, namely it's on sale for quite a bit off and gives me some more features:
ASRock FATAL1TY Z68 PROFESSIONAL
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ARF5OY/ref=s9_simh...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Ram: G. Skill Ripjaws 8bg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Crucial M4 128 gb (Have a 500gb Seagate already)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PSU: XFX PRO Series 850W 80 plus silver
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Semi-Modular-80Plus-Certified...

OS: Windows 7

GPU: XFX 7870 2gb when it comes out the 19th

I've spent quite a bit of time poring over the forums and tom's reviews, but this is my first PC build. As such I'm looking for any suggestions for better components for the money, or if I erred in one of my choices.

Thanks for the help.

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March 3, 2012 3:09:46 PM

This SSD is faster for same price:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59354&vpn=VTX3-25SAT3-120...

A two monitor solution is awesome but the monitors seem small unless you lack desk space. I would get a 27in 3d 120hz and save for another in the future. The samsung273xx model has been going for cheap just doesn't have display port. I know the 279xx has DP, but not sure about 277xx. 278xx is the higher res version without 3d, but I think most new monitors will be higher res and cheaper soon anyway.

The better 7xxx amd board you get the better.

But your build is really the best value out there I think, I like it.

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March 3, 2012 3:13:20 PM
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The only thing I would suggest is a hyper 212 evo instead of the plus. The evo has a more powerful fan. It is 36 dollars on microcenter, and can help if you plan to overclock that 2500k. The plus is still very good though.

As for the motherboard... The only real difference that I see is the extreme 4 can sli 3 video cards, while the extreme 3 can only(heh) sli two. The extreme 4 has more CPU power phases, but this will only help if you are planning on pushing it past 5ghz(doubt it). I think it also has a couple more sata ports and 2 more USB 3.0 ports over the extreme 3.

I personally would go for the cheaper extreme 3 and put my money elsewhere.

Do you need two monitors?
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March 3, 2012 3:16:14 PM

Certainly don't need 2 monitors, but I like the extra wide display of 2 side by side. And thanks for the input, looking at your suggestions so far. Also, as to the SSD I had read the OCZ's weren't all that reliable.
March 5, 2012 4:00:09 PM

Updated a few of the choices, bout to start buying everything and was hoping for some last minute ideas.
March 5, 2012 4:03:13 PM

The 7870 will use less power than the 7970, so a 750W is just fine for CF 7870.
March 6, 2012 10:58:23 PM

Difference between the fatality and the extreme 3 is similar to the extreme 4. The fatality supports 3 way sli, but has more sata ports and USB 3.0 ports. Only difference here is that it has a LOT more USB 3.0 ports and a LOT of sata 3 ports. That said... It is only if you need that stuff.

Of course the extreme 3 is also a LOT cheaper.
March 14, 2012 4:44:14 PM

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