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March 16, 2012 4:34:38 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 Days

Budget: $1800 no mail-in-rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking (RAM-consuming applications), Gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard , Mouse , Monitor , Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, NCIX

Country: USA, Canada (I have addresses in both)

Parts Preferences:

Case:
$100 - NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard and CPU Bundle for $560:
MSI X79A-GD45 ATX LGA2011 X79 DDR3 3PCI-E16 4PCI-E1 SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
Intel Core i7 3820 Quad Core 10MB 3.6GHZ Hyperthreading LGA2011 Processor

GPU:
$230 - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU:
$90 - Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

SSD:
$330 - Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

CPU cooler:
$110 - CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

RAM:
$90 - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL
$90 - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL9D-16GBXL
32GB Total

OS:
$290 - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
I work with sensitive data so I'd like the Bitlocker feature that Ultimate offers. This version also allows me to re-install on future computers. The cheaper OEM version is limited to 1 motherboard only.

Total: $1890 That's a little over my budget, but I'm OK with it.

Overclocking: Yes. CPU, GPU, and maybe RAM.

SLI or Crossfire: If you recommend it for a 3-monitor setup. I assume that I can use 2xDVI and 1xHDMI (in 1 video card) to support 3 monitors.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 across 3 montiors.

Additional Comments:

  • I play BF3 and SC2 occasionally. Will try Diablo 3 too. I don't need a bleeding edge graphics card as I can upgrade that later.

  • 3 monitor support.
    March 17, 2012 4:22:04 PM

    I increased my budget and added a parts list above. What do you think?
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    March 17, 2012 5:39:34 PM

    Even for multitasking, 8gb ram will be plenty. For tri-monitor eyefinity, which is what I recommend as it is every bit better than NVIDIA Surround, you need one monitor with DisplayPort.
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    March 17, 2012 5:50:56 PM

    azeem40 said:
    Even for multitasking, 8gb ram will be plenty. For tri-monitor eyefinity, which is what I recommend as it is every bit better than NVIDIA Surround, you need one monitor with DisplayPort.



    I agree.

    I think I'd drop the motherboard and RAM to this setup - X79 is good but I only recommend it on a $2K or greater budget.

    Try this:

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel Core i5-2500k
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB

    With the difference you'd save over going X79 you could get a really killer GPU like the Radeon 7870 - this is one area where you really don't want to skimp or compromise, especially on a $1500 or greater budget.

    I also would switch out your PSU - most Thermaltake PSUs are garbage, try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    And I wouldn't get a liquid cooler - even a closed block one - if a water pipe breaks, there goes your system. If a fan breaks - you just replace the broken fan. Air is always safer than liquid - even a closed block - when a strong air cooler like a Noctua D14 will give you the same results:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    March 17, 2012 6:37:32 PM

    hello op you wont need i7 for gaming and for multitasking

    i suggest this build

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $20.99

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

    Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811139005
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $179.99
    $169.99

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

    Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148321
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $109.99

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

    SAPPHIRE 11197-01-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version
    Item #: N82E16814102982
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $579.99

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

    SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD ...
    Item #: N82E16817151102
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $209.99


    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997043
    Item #: N82E16820226295
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $64.99
    $54.99

    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
    Item #: N82E16813157264
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $194.99
    $184.99

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

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    Return Policy: Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $219.99

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

    Newegg Promotional Gift Card - $10.00
    Item #: N82E168GC000001
    Your Promotional Gift Card will be emailed 4 days after invoice.


    Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
    Item #: N82E16835608018
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$14.00 Instant
    $99.99
    $85.99

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

    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820226236
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$70.00 Instant
    $199.99
    $129.99

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

    Subtotal: $1,766.90

    this will max out any game on a 1080p and would in high settings or ultra settings in bf3 with out anti alasing on 3 monitor setup

    this is the fastest single gpu graphic card :o 

    :hello: 
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    March 18, 2012 3:55:09 AM

    Thank you guys. :hello: 

    Windows 7 warns me several times a day that my memory is low (4GB). I also run Windows XP within my Windows 7 environment. That alone knocks off 512KB RAM. I don't have much confidence in 8GB for future-proofing, and $90 for 16GB is not a bad deal.

    Eyefinity! I'm definitely getting that.

    I ordered my build and ended up just under $1,800. Cheers!
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    March 18, 2012 4:09:51 AM

    Sucks I need my dad's approval to buy my rig. He barely knows anything about modern computers. Gl on your build!
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    March 18, 2012 10:57:12 AM

    if he says for a lesser budget then tell me :D 
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    March 28, 2012 4:13:45 AM

    I grabbed 8GB RAM for $25 for my "old" 3.0GHZ computer to keep me afloat until the new computer is fully setup. After just 20 hours I am using up 7GB RAM! Google Chrome is the main RAM hog (Every single day I must have 20 tabs open with Google spreadsheets, media, and so on). I don't think there's a simple way to trim Google Chrome. I do have a few Chrome extensions but I use all of them daily. No Adware and no toolbars.

    Anyway, 8GB RAM is cutting it a little too close for me. 16GB is relatively inexpensive and I'm glad I went with that for the new build in the long run. Thank you azeem40, serialkiller, and g-unit1111 for your recommendations.
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