New Build Gaming Rig Budget (3000.00)

Alright guys,

Here is what I have got so far, I need some opinions on the Ram and Cooling and also what is the best bang for my buck? I have done some research on alot of this stuff and so far this is what I have come up with:

EDIT 2:

Budget: $3000.00

Case: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper
NE (New Egg): 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245

TD (Tiger Direct): 149.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1439959&CatId=1510

CPU: Intel i5 2500K
NE: 219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

GPU1: Sapphire HD 7970
NE: X1 (549.99) or X2 (1118.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961

MOBO: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3
NE: 184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 1600 8GB (2 x 4GB) LOW PROFILE
NE: 53.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
NE: 174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
TD: 159.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=365475&CatId=5300

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR
NE: 34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X
NE: 17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Monitors: Asus VH232H 23" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1080p, 1920x1080, 20000:1 Dynamic, 5ms, DVI, HDMI, Integrated Speakers
TD:144.99 X3 (434.97)

Monitor Stand: ERGOTRON Triple Display Lift Stand
NE: 247.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824994002

Eyefinity adaptor: POWERCOLOR Active DisplayPort
NE: 24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999032
OC: Yes

Peripherals (Already have):
Mouse: Logitech G700
Keyboard: Logitech G19
Headset: Creative- Sound Blaster

Case: 149.99 (NE)
CPU: 219.99 (NE)
GPU: 1118.00 (X2) (NE)
MOBO: 184.99 (NE)
RAM: 53.99 (NE)
PSU: 279.99 (NE)
SSD: 159.99 (TD)
Optical Drive: 21.99 (NE)
Cooling: 34.99 (NE)
Eyefinity Adaptor: 24.99 (NE)
Monitors: 144.99 X3 (434.97) (TD)
Monitor Stand: 247.99 (NE)

Total: 2248.91
W/ Monitor 2683.88
W/ Stand 2931.87


I would like some opinions on the Ram the GPU's I know there may be a lower model GPU if Dual Xfired would get me where I wanted but for this build I wanted to use the 7970's. Also, Has anyone used 3 Monitors before and in order to run all 3 I am hoping 2 5770's is far enough. Also, Will the PSU handle what I have put into this machine? And lastly, If there are parts that would run better together please feel free to advise.

Thanks in advance,
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  1. Looks good so far, dont forget the active link adapater youll need for Eyefinity. And alot of them fail, even new, keep that in mind. Also I wouldnt invest in the extra warranties, manufacturer is usually 3 years I think. Youll replace it before that. Just my opinion tho. Might want to save that warranty cash and get a bigger SSD. Bigger SSDs are faster.

    Ooops just noticed you have a P67 mobo. Dont bother, get a z68 chipset for the overclocking ability if you are getting a 2500k. Can get a nice one with pci-e 3.0 from ASRock for about $130 on newegg.
  2. case:
    nzxt switch 810
    (black or white)
    note:
    i was gonna get the haf x for my build until i saw this. its a great case thats great for air flow and cable managment with lots of nice features and add-ons. also i would add as many fans to it as possible for top notch air flow

    mobo:
    asrock z68 extreme4
    note:
    great mobo with nice features for a bargain price and it looks cool

    cpu:
    intel i5 2500k
    note:
    awesome cpu with unmatched value

    cpu cooler:
    cooler master hyper 212 evo
    note:
    great cooler thats good for overclocking and its not to big either

    video card:
    wait until kepler comes out and then wait get two of either the 7970 or the 680 depending on the performance of the 680. you may want to start a seperate thread when kepler comes out and has benchmarks available but there will probably be lots of threads about getting kepler of the 7970 so you might just look at those. and if your willing to, you might want to wait until the price wars (that will surely start when the 680 gets here) btw the 680 and 7970 are over or almost over

    ram:
    g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb ddr3-1600
    note:
    great looking ram for a good price

    hhd:
    western digital caviar black 2tb
    note:
    you can also get the 1.5tb, 1tb, or the 500gb versions of this depending on how much space you want

    ssd:
    crucial m4 64gb
    note:
    i dont see why anyone would need more than 60/64gb of spaceon an ssd if theyre only putting their os on it. als othis is a small, fast, and reliable ssd.

    psu:
    corsair ax850
    note:
    exellent psu by the legendary corsair known for its great support of its customers. also it is fully modular.

    optical drive:
    lg black 12x bd-rom
    note:
    or you can get the sony 24x multi if you dont care about blu-ray
  3. I dont want to sound like an Nvidia fanboy but the 7970 will be a lot slower then the gtx 680. Just wait another week for the gtx 680 to come out
  4. The GTX 680 does not come out until Quarter 3 of 2012.
  5. +1


    the last build is perfect for u

    intel i5 2500k
    cm hyper 212 evo
    asrock z68 extreme4 gen3
    corsair vengence low profile 2x4 gb 1600mhz
    2x sapphire hd 7970 oc
    seasonic x 850w 80+ gold
    cooler master storm trooper or corsair 600t white edition
    wd carvier blue 1 tb
    mushkin treadline 128 gb sata3 ssd

    the monitors u
    choose in eyefinity and the adaptor


    hope this helps :hello:
    asus 24x dvd burner
  6. Thanks for all of the replies guys!

    Ok So I changed out the MOBO to the Asrock z68 Gen3.

    I have the low profile vengence ram.

    I have the GPU's. Are you sure 850w will be enough to handle the load?

    the case I have decided on is the COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper its pretty sweet!

    I've decided to stay with the Crucial M4 SSD.

    I have a 500 GB External but am still contemplating on an internal data HDD.

    As for Eyefinity i am assuming that is just the software so that it will display correctly?

    And the adaptor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999032

    Do i need 3 of these??

    Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

    But what about the cooling? I know I dont want to get the liquid coolant. Any suggestions?

    Thanks again guys for all the input!

    -EDITED OP w/ new Specs.
  7. here's a $3k monster-
    lite on dvd drive-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    NZXT Switch-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146088
    F4 2tb hdd-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245
    VS238H 23" X3-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236175
    Saphhire OC 7970 X2-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982
    Corsair HX850-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    Ballistix sports 8GB 1600 ram-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
    P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    2500k-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Hyper 212 EVO-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    Sammy 830 256GB SSD-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164

    total-$3,003(before rebates :) )

    highlights-
    high end quality case.
    eye catching eyefinity setup
    7970 Xfire will do fine with eyefinity gaming.
    psu is more than enough for your rig.
    8gb is enough,add later.
    enough ports and pci-e 3 ready mobo.
    overclock 2500k with EVO and bam you have a killer cpu.
    256gb SSD will take care of your os and games loading times.
    This build is monster man absolutely MONTSA!!!
  8. Ok so I really liked the build Hellfire, although I can see some stuff that I really dont need in the system:

    Case:
    The NZXT case is nice but is it really a better buy and Quality than the Cooler Master Storm trooper? (+20.00 From Original)

    CPU:
    i5 2500K For sure!

    GPU:
    Sapphire HD 7970 (x2) for sure!

    MOBO:
    what are the pros of the P8Z68 over the Z68? (+ 10.00)

    RAM:
    Is the quality of the ram better from Crucial over the CORSAIR Vengeance? (- 9.00)

    PSU:
    I did change the PSU to the HX850 from the 1200W I had (SAVES $ too!) (-105.00)

    SSD:
    I did want a larger SSD but I decided for the price I am sure I can work with 128GB no problems haha. (- 170.00)

    HDD:
    I really have no use for 2TB of space. I believe 1TB would hold me over VERY well haha, but after looking at the price I decided why not! (+149.99)

    Cooling:
    I really like the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 THANKS! (+34.99)

    Optical Drive:
    I decided after reading reviews that Lite-ON would be just fine for the price and save me a couple bucks. (-4.00)

    Monitors:
    What is the difference in the ASUS VH232H: (144.99) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5649523

    and the VS series: (174.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236175

    Tri-Monitor Mount:
    I still want this mount! ERGOTRON Triple Display Lift Stand (247.99)

    Adaptors:
    Do I need 3 of these or just 1?
    POWERCOLOR Active DisplayPort (24.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999032

    Also, Are the NIC cards like the Killer 2100 really worth the money????


    Thanks again for all of your help guys! This is an awesome fourm and am very appreciative for the help.
  9. to run that setup 2 7950's should be adequate- http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/01/30/amd_radeon_hd_7950_video_card_review/10 if it averages 53 fps at 5760x1200 playing bf3 is should handle every game easily at 5760x1080p.

    with the money you saved get better monitors- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005240 x3=660$ ips monitors for eyefinity are really nice because of there very wide viewing angles (a stand is not needed)

    i7 3820 + Asrock X79 Extreme6- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.835877 565$ Running both cards at x16/x16 will give a big boost in fps compared to running cards at x8/x8 at that resolution. the X79 platform allows you to do that. the i7 3820 can be overclocked even though it is not a K processor many people have gotten it to 5ghz.

    Gskill 16gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231534 93$

    XFX 850w 80 Plus Silver- http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050751YS/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1331864430&sr=1-8 123$

    Sapphire 7950 3gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102963 x2=920$

    Asus 24x DVD Burner- http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1331864634&sr=1-4 22$

    Corsair Force GT 180gb ssd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233211 255$

    Seagate 2tb hdd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681 110$

    Scythe Mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185175 55$ it is compatible with the 2011 socket

    Silverstone RV02- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Steel-Computer-Window-RV02B-EW/dp/B004BDOGSO/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1331868432&sr=1-2 178$ it cools much better than the storm trooper- http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2011/11/18/cm-storm-trooper-review/2 note they used the rv02 not the rv02-e with the newer air penetrator fans (it does make a large difference). the rv02-e should be close to the ft02's cooling performance

    total=3001$
  10. Xtremeskill said:
    I dont want to sound like an Nvidia fanboy but the 7970 will be a lot slower then the gtx 680. Just wait another week for the gtx 680 to come out


    Another week? Try August. :lol:

    And if the Radeons are slower - I'll believe it when I see it, for right now it's all PR noise and insane Apple-esque overhype. NVIDIA can say whatever they want - but until the actual cards are out and benchmarked, the benchmarks won't match the PR noise.

    Here's how I'd suggest spending $3K:

    Case: Azza Hurrican 2000 - $149.99
    PSU: Seasonic X1050 Gold - $219.99
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
    CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $319.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $85.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600MHz - $149.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
    HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $149.99
    Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 x 2 - $559.99 each

    Total: $2,710.89

    Use the difference and you can either get a really nice monitor or some really nice peripherals.
  11. cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Intel Core i5-2500K - $220

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 - $150

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461
    G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - $50

    hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150
    Thermaltake Frio - $55 before $5 promo code, ends 3/18

    odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $17

    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB - $115

    ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB - $130

    psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W - $130 after rebate before $15 promo gift card, ends 3/19

    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053
    Rosewill THOR V2 - $130

    lcd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005240
    LG IPS231B-BN Black 23" - $660

    stand: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824995182
    Planar 997-6035-00 Triple Monitor Stand - $226

    gpu: will only decide which way to go after gtx 680 benchmark....
    http://www.techpowerup.com/162498/GTX-680-Generally-Faster-Than-HD-7970-New-Benchmarks.html


    total: $1883 after rebates excluding shipping....
  12. g-unit1111 said:
    Another week? Try August. :lol:

    And if the Radeons are slower - I'll believe it when I see it, for right now it's all PR noise and insane Apple-esque overhype. NVIDIA can say whatever they want - but until the actual cards are out and benchmarked, the benchmarks won't match the PR noise.

    Here's how I'd suggest spending $3K:

    Case: Azza Hurrican 2000 - $149.99
    PSU: Seasonic X1050 Gold - $219.99
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
    CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $319.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $85.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600MHz - $149.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
    HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $149.99
    Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 x 2 - $559.99 each

    Total: $2,710.89

    Use the difference and you can either get a really nice monitor or some really nice peripherals.

    And how do you expect him to fit in 3 monitors with just $289.11?
  13. azeem40 said:
    And how do you expect him to fit in 3 monitors with just $289.11?



    lol, He did say "A" really nice monitor.

    As for peripherals, I overlooked that *edited 1st post to reflect*.

    What would be the benefit of the i7-3820 over the i5-2500K? I feel I would get the most for my money with the i5, correct me if I am wrong.


    Thanks for the advice ill take it all into consideration. Still looking at a couple of different things as well. If I was to go with just the 3 monitors with no stand I could use that money elsewhere ( I dont have to spend all 3000.00 lol) I would just like a very quick PC that I can operate daily buisiness as well as any game I wanted to without the FPS-lag that I was getting on my 5770's X-fired. (Although I was running an AMD Phenom II. New to this whole Intel stuff, always thought it was over priced until i looked at the benchmarks, haha.
  14. he is saying that cuz of upgrades.
  15. azeem40 said:
    And how do you expect him to fit in 3 monitors with just $289.11?


    I didn't see that they wanted 3 monitors. :lol:

    You could just get one really nice 24" monitor and then add a couple more when you get the funds to do so. Or you could drop one of the 7970's and you'd have plenty left to get OS, monitors, peripherals, you name it.
  16. g-unit1111 said:
    I didn't see that they wanted 3 monitors. :lol:

    You could just get one really nice 24" monitor and then add a couple more when you get the funds to do so. Or you could drop one of the 7970's and you'd have plenty left to get OS, monitors, peripherals, you name it.

    He included 3 monitors in the OP, which means he wants eyefinity. :)
    24" is not a good size for a monitor. The pixel count is pretty low at 24" 1080p. 23" is the balanced size at 1080p.
  17. g-unit1111 said:
    Another week? Try August. :lol:

    And if the Radeons are slower - I'll believe it when I see it, for right now it's all PR noise and insane Apple-esque overhype. NVIDIA can say whatever they want - but until the actual cards are out and benchmarked, the benchmarks won't match the PR noise.


    +1.i don't think that 680 is going to be 3x more powerful than gtx 580 :heink:

    Quote:
    Here's how I'd suggest spending $3K:

    Case: Azza Hurrican 2000 - $149.99
    PSU: Seasonic X1050 Gold - $219.99
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
    CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 - $319.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $85.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600MHz - $149.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $164.99
    HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $149.99
    Optical: LG Blu Ray Burner - $79.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 x 2 - $559.99 each

    Total: $2,710.89

    Use the difference and you can either get a really nice monitor or some really nice peripherals.


    components are great.psu is a kinda overkill.HX850 would be my choice.and one more thing i heard some complaints about mounting issues with d14 on LGA2011.is that true or some people just don't use their mind? LOL!
  18. I agree. He got that number from a PSU wattage calc. 1050W is only needed for 2x 580. 2x 7970 needs only 850W recommended, 750W minimum.
  19. Quote:
    +1.i don't think that 680 is going to be 3x more powerful than gtx 580 :heink:


    Yeah I think that's gross PR over-exaggeration.

    Quote:
    components are great.psu is a kinda overkill.HX850 would be my choice.and one more thing i heard some complaints about mounting issues with d14 on LGA2011.is that true or some people just don't use their mind? LOL!


    They probably just use the wrong mounting bracket - it happens, I've seen it. :lol:

    Quote:
    components are great.psu is a kinda overkill.HX850 would be my choice.and one more thing i heard some complaints about mounting issues with d14 on LGA2011.is that true or some people just don't use their mind? LOL!


    I picked that PSU because it's high wattage, great brand, and gold certified. The HX 850 is a good choice for sure, but I did get that off my PSU wattage calculator and it's usually never wrong - of course I also accommodate for multiple HDs and DVD burners as well.

    Quote:
    24" is not a good size for a monitor. The pixel count is pretty low at 24" 1080p. 23" is the balanced size at 1080p.


    Yeah you're probably right - 24" is overkill for an eyefinity setup - 22" 1900 x 1200 would probably be ideal.
  20. There is no 22" 1920x1200 monitor.
  21. drewsays said:
    lol, He did say "A" really nice monitor.

    As for peripherals, I overlooked that *edited 1st post to reflect*.

    What would be the benefit of the i7-3820 over the i5-2500K? I feel I would get the most for my money with the i5, correct me if I am wrong.


    Thanks for the advice ill take it all into consideration. Still looking at a couple of different things as well. If I was to go with just the 3 monitors with no stand I could use that money elsewhere ( I dont have to spend all 3000.00 lol) I would just like a very quick PC that I can operate daily buisiness as well as any game I wanted to without the FPS-lag that I was getting on my 5770's X-fired. (Although I was running an AMD Phenom II. New to this whole Intel stuff, always thought it was over priced until i looked at the benchmarks, haha.

    the benefit with the i7 3820 is that you can run cards at x16/x16. at the large resolution you will be playing at, the difference in fps between x8/x8 which you would find in a i5 2500k/z68 setup and x16/x16 in a i7 3820/x79 setup will be significant. the x79 platform will be around longer than the z68/sandybridge setups will. for example there is still many x58 platforms around while there are few p55 based rigs around still.
  22. azeem40 said:
    There is no 22" 1920x1200 monitor.


    there a lot of 22" 1080- monitors :lol:
    even 21.5" can also be a 1080p.due to high pixel density images look sharper.
  23. 1200p is 1920x1200, which is what I said in that post. :lol:
  24. oh i thought 1080p LOL!!!
  25. AFAIK, only laptops have 1200p res at below 24". : P
  26. yeah!
  27. mjmjpfaff said:
    the benefit with the i7 3820 is that you can run cards at x16/x16. at the large resolution you will be playing at, the difference in fps between x8/x8 which you would find in a i5 2500k/z68 setup and x16/x16 in a i7 3820/x79 setup will be significant. the x79 platform will be around longer than the z68/sandybridge setups will. for example there is still many x58 platforms around while there are few p55 based rigs around still.



    Oh okay thank your for the Explanation. So I should go with the i7 3820 for longevity of the CPU. Now what about the i7 3960 would I reap any benefits from it? and my GPU still needs to be the 7970's over two 680's?
  28. drewsays said:
    Oh okay thank your for the Explanation. So I should go with the i7 3820 for longevity of the CPU. Now what about the i7 3960 would I reap any benefits from it? and my GPU still needs to be the 7970's over two 680's?

    if you are just gaming the i7 3820 is plenty. now looking at the benchmarks of the 680 it is superior to the 7970 even when playing high resolution setups, though it does run slightly hotter and you cannot overclock it as much and because of that I would wait and get a 680 with some kind of aftermarket cooler on it.
  29. +1 a evga classified or a msi or asus aftermarket cooler as well as the 4 gb version for multimonitor setup but it is not manditory
  30. Ivy Bridge is is due out April 29th along with the new Z77 and Z75 boards. Personally I would wait a month for it all to be on the shelves.

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Those are Asrocks Z77 and Z75 board line up so far...although they are going to add more boards here soon. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI also have their boards ready to go. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <------ I'm going to guess this board will go for under $200.

    A case worth looking at imo. It hasn't been on the market all that long, it comes with multiple fan controllers, front 3.0 USB ports, SSD cage, dust filters, 200mm side fan, etc... and it's roomy with great airflow.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1332866663&sr=1-3 $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are the upper and mid tier Corsair psu's. It's semi modular, Silver rated and it's a gamer.

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050751YS/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1332866828&sr=1-1 $122.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX ATX 850 Power Supply - P1850SNLB9
  31. ^ I think I have seen that post somewhere. :P
  32. ivy bridge will not be for high end setups, or much of an upgrade from sandy bridge either. it will be for the regular user to lower power consumption.
  33. you are actually going to see most people with sandy bridge skip ivy and wait for the next "tock" in intel's model- http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/silicon-innovations/intel-tick-tock-model-general.html
    you really see big performance increases in the different microarchitecture changes
  34. Ok so after much debate I have decided to go with this build. I am ready to place my order Via New Egg today. I need Opinions before I hit buy.

    Case: NZXT Switch 810
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146088

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492

    Motherboard: Gigabyte X79-UD3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128532

    Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) Low Profile
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    Video Card: SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102961

    Video Card 2: Future Purchase**

    Power Supply Upgrade: Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182188

    SSD: 60 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725

    Data Hard Drive: 2TB SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245

    Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289


    Total Before a Monitor: 1967.91

    Need some help with 1 good moniotor (24 inch prefered) maybe 22-23 if price / Quality is better. And Cooling for this case!

    Thanks Again Guys!
  35. Dont buy rosewell psu.

    Psu of companies like seasonic , corsair , ocz , antec would be the best. the order is from tge best to not the best. :D

    And change the ssd to crucial m4 64 gb ssd.

    Other than that every thing is ok.
  36. For monitors i would suggest a led full hd monitor from asus , dell or acer.

    For good quality of panel ips is the best bet.

    For ips monitor i would suggest dell ultrasharp series ips monitors but they are a bit pricy.
  37. serialkiller said:
    Dont buy rosewell psu.

    Psu of companies like seasonic , corsair , ocz , antec would be the best. the order is from tge best to not the best. :D

    And change the ssd to crucial m4 64 gb ssd.

    Other than that every thing is ok.



    Case: NZXT Switch 810
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146088

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116492

    Mobo: Gigabyte X79-UD3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128532

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) Low Profile
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233186

    GPU1: SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102961

    GPU2: Future Purchase**

    PSU: SeaSonic Platinum-1000
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151105

    SSD: Crucial M4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    Data HDD: 2TB SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152245

    Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106289


    Total Before a Monitor: 2147.18 (+ 179.27 For Quality :D )

    I do not know anything about monitors..... Is this a good one? If I had more than one? lol

    Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009256
  38. The 3930k is overkill for gaming. If you are just gaming get the i7 3820 but if you are doing some 3d rendering, photoshop or video editing the i7 3930k can be worth it.

    For X79 motherboards you need quad channel ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197

    That PSU is overkill even for 2 7970's. A quality 850w is plenty- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Supply-ST85F-G/dp/B004GGUAT0/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1333405895&sr=1-7
    or
    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050751YS/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1333405957&sr=1-3
    Choose what you want to pay for efficiency.

    It is worth it to get 120/128gb ssd. 64gb and less is almost useless. The Crucial M4 128gb is a great ssd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148525

    This hdd is faster and cheaper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681

    How much are you willing to spend on the monitor?
  39. If your looking to trim the cost some without cutting quality here's a few changes to look at.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock-guide/ <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks




    This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic for XFX. In fact all XFX psu's are manufactured by Seasonic.

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO1050W-Compatible-Certified-P11050BEFX/dp/B0066AH46G/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1333406011&sr=1-5 $215.78 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX PRO1050W Black Edition Full Modular 80PLUS Gold PSU Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Phenom, FX ATX 1050 Energy Star Certified Power Supply P11050BEFX

    or....

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050751YS/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1332866828&sr=1-1 $122.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157282 $234.99
    ASRock X79 Extreme4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.asp?Model=X79%20Extreme4&o=BIOS <---- new bios for that board here

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 $128.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121626 $499.99
    ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  40. Why_me is correct about the 680; if you can wait until the 680 comes back in stock get it. It is more powerful than the 7970 and consumes less power.

    And if you want to save money on the motherboard the UD3 is 30$ cheaper at amazon.com.
  41. mjmjpfaff said:
    Why_me is correct about the 680; if you can wait until the 680 comes back in stock get it. It is more powerful than the 7970 and consumes less power.

    And if you want to save money on the motherboard the UD3 is 30$ cheaper at amazon.com.



    I thought about going with NVIDIA 680 on this build but I do not understand the difference in SLI and Xfire. If you run multiple monitors can you do this in SLI? If so can you have 3 monitors with eyefinity?
  42. SLi is the use for more than 1 identical nvidia cards and CF is same with amd cards.for a single 1080p monitor,you don't more than a gtx 680.it's enough.overclocking will result in better performance.
  43. drewsays said:
    I thought about going with NVIDIA 680 on this build but I do not understand the difference in SLI and Xfire. If you run multiple monitors can you do this in SLI? If so can you have 3 monitors with eyefinity?

    Nvidia surround is just like AMD Eyefinity. Overall it is just as capable as Eyefinity also.
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