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New $2k build - any ideas or suggestions plz?

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March 24, 2012 3:16:12 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: April 15th I expect the core system together later ill add extras but run by then.

Budget Range: 2000.00 Id like to spend less Im not trying to maximize the cost just being smart.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: High Gaming Usage, 3d Modeling, Movie Editing, Graphic Editing, most other stuff should fall under all that stuff

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, any extra non needed hardware, soundcard unless you suggest a new motherboard without sound. Ill add a better one later..

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com only I trust them and there reviews. Deff nice prices

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Asus is my favorite brand when building, however I go with peoples feedback and reviews more then pure brand selection.

Overclocking: Maybe but explain to me why I should risk any of it?
Crossfire x2 video cards yes (and wondering how this helps or is it better to use one?)

Monitor Resolution: Personally would like to use my system on my 47 inch hdtv considering it has hdmi. Do i need a different monitor when i boot it up the first time?

Additional Comments: Left comments under the part list below :) 


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video (Getting x2 of them and crossfiring them together)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I am building this computer for upcoming games of course, most def in favor of diablo 3 that shouldn't be to hard for most builds to even get ultra. However I want beyond that for the next gen games aswell, the ones that are just starting development now for example. I am a 3d modeler as well and I render some pretty big renders at times. However my budget is only $1,000.00-2,000.00. Also I have never done crossfire before, but this time I will be buying two of the same video cards and cross-firing them together is this a better idea for performance and quality? Or is a more expensive single video card going to reap better results?

As you can see above my PC build I put it together for just $1,309.00 does anyone see any issues for the type of stuff of I do? Now I'm not adding sound cards right now because I believe buying all the core parts then upgrading it within another month and eventually fill it up with things like wi fi cards, sound cards, extra drives, accessories. However I just realized I didn't pick out my CPU fan yet, so Ill have to update the post soon when I find one unless you think its best to just use the one that it comes with. Another game I want to make sure to play is upcoming planetside 2! Kinda feel like its all coming back again d3 ps its great but my current laptop is not.. It cant even handle minecraft haha.. Anyhow If you have any advice, tips, suggestions please drop in a comment on this build add or edit hardware to it. Let me really know what you think, I want a pc that was like my old one tat lasted me years.
March 24, 2012 4:22:19 PM

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March 24, 2012 4:33:50 PM

7770 is very low end, also what type of modeling will you be doing? If it is not Workstation-grade modeling try the 7950 or 7870. Also get the 2600k becasue it's the exact same but 100mhz slower, you can OC anyway
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March 24, 2012 4:50:38 PM

Don't get the Antec 900 - it has no cable management or CPU retention. The Fractal Design Arc MIDI and Corsair Carbide 400R would be far better choices.

I also agree about the 7770 - the 7850 would be a far better choice if you can fit that into your budget.
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March 24, 2012 4:51:08 PM

Not worstation grade at all just. Do you recommend cross firing x2 or just using 1 and whats the benefit of crossfiring extactly? and ty for the advice
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March 24, 2012 5:01:21 PM

What games are you going to play? 7950 will max out pretty much everything but if you play less demanding games get the 7870
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March 24, 2012 5:05:58 PM

Well Im a huge gamer and I like to be able to throw it in with no problems. But biggest concern is d3 and planetside 2 but even aion wow. FPS games i love good graphics so i like maxing my settings
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March 24, 2012 5:06:19 PM

7950 then
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March 24, 2012 5:12:49 PM

ok as far as the rest went you said a lil slower cpu how come just curious before i make that decision sounds like that will also be cheaper
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March 24, 2012 5:19:36 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Don't get the Antec 900 - it has no cable management or CPU retention. The Fractal Design Arc MIDI and Corsair Carbide 400R would be far better choices.

I also agree about the 7770 - the 7850 would be a far better choice if you can fit that into your budget.


Ahh almost missed the case suggestion I checked both out although im not 100% fan of their look but i did choose the Corsair Carbide 400R overall. Thanks I did read the antec had some issues with loading high performance gear into the case so thanks for pointing it out, makes me sure not for to choose it.

One thing I cannot tell though is is the chassis of that corsair case plastic or steel it says steel/ plastic but I cannot find the specifics :s
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March 24, 2012 5:20:25 PM

You could also get the GTX 680 for $40 more.
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March 25, 2012 1:44:20 PM

Is the Nvdia gtx 680 for 40bucks more really going to make me happy? Because with the cost of warrantys its going to def climb higher then just 40bucks? Any other suggestions on this build?

Also hows this case to you guys for all this hardware inside of it?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 25, 2012 2:19:45 PM

I would suggest to wait for sometime for ive bridge .

Id not for that i would wait for the gtx 680 4 gb with non reference design coolers.

Overclocking is worth to try. it dosent always burn your system only when faulty hardware is present of not fulfilling the minimum requirements and due to improper method .

Overclocking increases the performance and remove every last bit of performance from your cpu for free.

oc is very easy and the chances of burning your pc is nil if you take precaution.

It is better to get one card instead of two as two cards can lead to complexty and various problem software or hardware.

For your application a gpu with 2gb or more vram is ideal for rendering. Crossfiring wont increase your vram but only your gpu horsepower.

You build should look like this.

Intel i7 2600k
Coolermasterhyper 212 evo
asus p8z68 pro motherboard
corsair vengence low profile 2x8 gb 1600 mhz ddr3 ram
sapphire hd 7970 oc edition
Seasonic x-850w 80+ gold psu
intel 520 120 gb sata3 ssd
wd carvier blue 500 gb 7.2k rpm hdd
Cm storm trooper ful tower.

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March 25, 2012 2:26:18 PM

The case you choose is good but you can get haf 912 which is awesome case for value and is a lot better than the challenger.
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March 25, 2012 3:30:54 PM

Im going to go check out your recommendations now thanks for taking the time to go through all parts. :) 
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March 25, 2012 3:31:12 PM

for $2000 you can get pretty much like this...

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7-2600K - $325

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 - $180

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 - $25 after rebate

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner GH24NS90 - $18

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...
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB - $130

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

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB - $500

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fractal Design Arc Midi - $102

total: $1572 after rebate excluding shipping....
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March 25, 2012 3:37:42 PM

I would post the list on newegg wait for few moments iwill ubdate my built .
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March 25, 2012 6:41:10 PM

I was also looking to run this all off my hdtv using the hdmi plugs do i need a monitor on first boot up? id like to just use my tv on it all
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March 25, 2012 6:53:16 PM

No, you should be able to use tv.
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March 26, 2012 5:29:46 PM

this is my build on newegg


http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

i changed the platform to x79 as it will be better to upgrade to six cores in future for more processing power for rendering.

i changed the gpu to gtx 680 as i adobe products mainly creative suite , 3d max , 3d maya and autocad support cuda partially and reduce rendering time consideriably.

i upgraded the hdd to 1.5 tb as it was 15 bucks more for 3x space. :o 

the psu is awesome for a lot cheaper and is silver graded.

you can also sli later with this hardware and no need to upgrade psu for that.

lastly never play games on a tv it is f+*#ing slow on it and pro cant play on it other people notice it but dont bother.

humans dont see any lag below 10ms but we pro gamers are an exceptional case which can see lag in above 5ms but again 4 ms and below is still lag free for any human and also super human

i would recommend the monitor below

ASUS PA Series PA238Q Black 23" 6ms HDMI Height,Swivel,Pivot & Tilt adjustment LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50000000:1

$279.99

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

i recommend this because

1. it has higher resolution which will enhance the picture quality and picture.
2. it has ips panel which is the best type of panel for graphic designers but the cons of this panel is they are costly but this one just fits in your budget.
3. it has 16.7 million real colours unlike tn which are just and illusion of 16.7 million colours but are not even close to it .
4. it has "IPS panel with 100% sRGB coverage" which means red will look like real red and not pink or orange which irritates many people(including me).


if you add this in your budget then your build will cost $ 2059 usd(including rebates).


hopes this helps :D 


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