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March 10, 2012 6:52:23 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $2000 - $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, home theater, surfing

Parts Not Required: monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com , us.ncix.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: intel cpu, asus motherboard, amd video card,

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Already have a obsidian 800d for this build. would like to make this build to be as quiet as possible. I want one 7950 or 7970 now and will buy another down the line.


Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

More about : 2000 2500 gaming build

March 10, 2012 6:58:36 PM

mobo: asus p8z68-v pro
cpu: intel i5 2500k
cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
video card: amd radeon hd 7970
ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
hhd: western digital caviar black 2tb
ssd: crucial m4 64gb
psu: corsair ax850
optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
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a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2012 7:29:46 PM

Up the SSD to 128GB from above and you have a solid system!
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March 11, 2012 7:35:44 AM

Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-z
CPU: i7 2600k or 2700k
CPU Cooler: Custom 360mm rad watercooling or Corsair H100
Video card: ASUS Radeon 7970
RAM:Corsair Vengeance 16 gb
HDD: Western Digital 750 GB Caviar Blue
SSD: Corsair Force GT 180gb/240gb
PSU: AX850
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP
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March 11, 2012 7:38:27 AM

It may have more options than most mATX Boards, but it is still mATX. Options are still limited. I'd go with the ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3.
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March 11, 2012 7:59:45 AM

xtremegamer2da-max said:
mobo: asus p8z68-v pro
cpu: intel i5 2500k
cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
video card: amd radeon hd 7970
ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
hhd: western digital caviar black 2tb
ssd: crucial m4 64gb
psu: corsair ax850
optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom


+1

find it all at:
http://pcpartpicker.com/
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March 11, 2012 8:05:51 AM

just quad-sli the new kepler series and u got ur self a time-machine
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March 11, 2012 8:09:09 AM
Anonymous
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March 11, 2012 8:32:13 AM
March 11, 2012 9:48:41 AM

newegg server was down :( 
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March 11, 2012 11:24:04 AM

wow.... you already had a 800d case.... that case is huge.... just wish it had front mesh design and couple of front intake fan mounts for better airflow as an air cooled pc.... since you use your pc for gaming and general usage.... the best cpu for the job is i5 2500k... the i7 2600k does not bring much of improvement in gaming area.... i've compiled a list... take a look....

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K - $225

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) - $110 after rebate

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $47

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $30 after rebate

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $115

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 128GB - $195

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W - $130 after rebate

gpu: since kepler is due to release next month... better wait little longer and see what nvidia bring to the table this time before deciding whether go amd or nvidia...


total: $871 after rebate excluding shipping.....
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March 11, 2012 2:37:17 PM

srs55 said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $2000 - $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, home theater, surfing

Parts Not Required: monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com , us.ncix.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: intel cpu, asus motherboard, amd video card,

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Already have a obsidian 800d for this build. would like to make this build to be as quiet as possible. I want one 7950 or 7970 now and will buy another down the line.


Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

only 1080p? with that budget you can easily run an eyefinity setup- http://promos.asus.com/US/Eyefinity/index.htm
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March 13, 2012 1:57:43 AM

I have thought about going with an eyefinity setup, but i am not really sure if i could deal with the gap between monitors. What are some of the best monitors for an eyefinity setup.

Thanks to everyone for replying to my post, it has really helped me decide on different parts.
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March 13, 2012 6:06:06 AM

Asus makes decent monitors and are reasonably priced.
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March 13, 2012 6:11:37 AM

These are the best Monitor manufacturers: Dell, LG, ASUS, Acer, BenQ, Planar, AOC, NEC, Samsung, and Haans-G.
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March 13, 2012 6:17:48 AM

^Dell are top notch but over priced.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2012 6:23:07 AM

I hardly call $240 for a 23" IPS panel overpriced. :p 
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March 13, 2012 6:25:51 AM

^that's your call....:) 
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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2012 6:51:32 AM

:p 
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March 13, 2012 6:56:11 AM

so don't you think OP can get a killer eyefinity monitor setup for $525($175 each)
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March 13, 2012 6:57:33 AM

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

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

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

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

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

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

SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM

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

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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

total(after rebates) = $2018 :D 



hope this helps :hello: 



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March 13, 2012 7:00:42 AM

it's better to xfire 7970 than spending so much on fancy stuff.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 13, 2012 7:03:46 AM

what is fancy in my build except the ssd

the ssd u posted is out of stock :lol: 
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March 13, 2012 7:13:14 AM

serialkiller said:

Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply



anything more than a 64 GB SSD for caching is not cost effective and that 1050W PSU is for a workstation or server not a gaming rig . . . but did you have fun looking to get a $2k budget? :lol: 
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March 13, 2012 7:21:41 AM

Anonymous said:
anything more than a 64 GB SSD for caching is not cost effective and that 1050W PSU is for a workstation or server not a gaming rig . . . but did you have fun looking to get a $2k budget? :lol: 

And caching is not as effective as getting a 128GB SSD for OS and Games and Programs. :) 
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March 13, 2012 7:22:13 AM

And yes hell, he can get a killer eyefinity setup with his budget.
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March 13, 2012 7:30:21 AM

azeem40 said:
And caching is not as effective as getting a 128GB SSD for OS and Games and Programs. :) 

if your talking OS, games and programs nothing short of 250GB will do period. even then look to put documents and media files on a platter.

caching is the way to go, when the SSD wears out in a year no big loss.

however, at least pick one in the top THREE tiers!
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmar...
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March 13, 2012 4:23:36 PM

So you're saying that everyone who is using a 120GB SSD right now and not caching is being inefficient?
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March 13, 2012 7:27:59 PM

srs55 said:
I have thought about going with an eyefinity setup, but i am not really sure if i could deal with the gap between monitors. What are some of the best monitors for an eyefinity setup.

Thanks to everyone for replying to my post, it has really helped me decide on different parts.

when you actually play on a tri monitor setup you really dont see the bezels. your brain just blocks them out. anyone that has an eyefinity setup would agree with me.
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Anonymous
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March 14, 2012 2:28:01 AM

azeem40 said:
So you're saying that everyone who is using a 120GB SSD right now and not caching is being inefficient?

if you are asking me

everyone: NO
the common user: YES

if you are not asking me then i beg your pardon.
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March 14, 2012 3:20:11 AM

srs55 said:
this was the original monitor i was looking at but now you guys have me really considering an eyefinity setup.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

what monitor would be best with a budget of 800, 900 max for three?

the monitor phenom90 suggested is very good. an ips monitor will be great for a eyefinity setup because of the wide viewing angles
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March 14, 2012 5:21:21 AM

Yeah, go for a IPS monitor for sure.
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March 14, 2012 12:38:42 PM

my tn monitor suffers poor viewing angles... my next monitor will be a bye bye to tn panel...
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