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March 28, 2012 10:51:19 AM

Hi Everyone!!

Would like to leave it short and sweet!!

Have got $2900 to invest in a new build.... what components would be the best and future proof till December, 2014?
LGA 1155 socket preferred, really don't see any use of 2011 now that Ivybridge is out!!

Components Required:
1. Motherboard
2. CPU
3. GPU x2 CrossfireX or SLI
4. Memory 8GB or 16GB
5. CPU Cooler
6. 120GB SSD + 1TB Green HDD
7. Full Tower Case
8. Gaming KB + Mouse
9. Display - 22" to 26" not more than 150$(As I game on 32" Samsung HD TV)

Thanks in advance!!
Anonymous
March 28, 2012 11:31:18 AM

howdy :) 
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Core i5-2500K $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(unless you wanna overclock like a fiend and go WC)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 830 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower $69.99
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313179...

the GPUs, gaming KB & mouse along with a display i'll let someone else help you.

thanks for the fun

total atm.
$901.93 w/o any shipping included, yet if any

edit: changed PSU from 750 to 850watts
edit: removed psu swapped cases.
March 28, 2012 11:36:39 AM

Anonymous said:
howdy :) 
did you need a PSU also?
OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Core i5-2500K $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(unless you wanna overclock like a fiend and go WC)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 830 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARX 1TB $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the GPUs, gaming KB & mouse along with a display i'll let someone else help you.

thanks for the fun


PSU - Corsair TX850 V2(already there)
Any alternatives to the CM Haf, seems too costly!!
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Anonymous
March 28, 2012 11:46:10 AM

Kazie said:
PSU - Corsair TX850 V2(already there)
Any alternatives to the CM Haf, seems too costly!!


i guess you missed my "update"
Quote:
(i'm guessing here my cases are all pos i find at the curb)


so w/o the PSU and case atm thats $831.94

you might as well figure upwards of $850 to $1000 for the graphics.

what games were you looking to play?

could make the difference of going green or red.

except for right now the GTX680 is the fastest card on the planet.
(oh hate me AMD fanboys, hate me)

EDIT:
Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower $69.99
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313179...

cheaper? just making sure you have front usb3 ports unless you don't care.

$901.93 w/o any shipping included, yet if any
March 28, 2012 12:17:01 PM

Well I already have a Rig!! details there on my profile page.

This info is for a friend whom I'm helping to build a gaming rig (Wanna ensure his money is spent well)
All the top ones I guess:

He's holding on to copies of Skyrim, Crysis 2 and Mass Effect 3 just for his new rig. :) 

For the case I've recomended the NZXT Phantom. have been using it and is excellent in terms of appeal and airflow.
Pretty sizable too for a reasonable price.

Your thoughts??
Anonymous
March 28, 2012 12:52:41 PM

a crysis 2 bench with various "big boy" cards
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli...
mass effect demo with not so big cards, seems the requirements are lower:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mass-effect-3-perfo...
and some skyrim with uber detail:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...

it looks like anything in the range of 6990, 7970, gtx 570 or gtx 580 would cover the bases, esp in a multi card configuration.
(the 6850 isn't so hot in crysis2)
the gtx 680 sli (x2) in a single monitor set up would take the cake.
Anonymous
March 28, 2012 12:59:15 PM

serialkiller said:
can you fill this form
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
i would not recommend gaming on tv as it is laggy.
instead you could get a 30 " ips monitor which will look well as well as game much better.

i was wondering when you would see "$2900 Gaming Build " :lol: 

you spent more time heavy gaming, you can tell by my card i haven't.

how about some input on the bigger cards in sli/xfire.

ima out.

peace.
March 28, 2012 1:11:15 PM

Anonymous said:
i was wondering when you would see "$2900 Gaming Build " :lol: 

you spent more time heavy gaming, you can tell by my card i haven't.

how about some input on the bigger cards in sli/xfire.

ima out.

peace.



Huh?

To the OP..You need to be more specific..it really waste time building stuff and it not matching your req's. Please fill out the form that serialkiller links.

Thanks,

If you got 2900 you should be going all out on a monitor/computer. The most future proof thing you can do is get 1 or 3 nice monitors. Everything else will get passed eventually.
March 28, 2012 1:23:40 PM

Quote:
If I had 2900 bucks I would buy myself an iPad 3 as a self respecting man.


Or buy a ultrabook/laptop thats 10x more functional...Back on topic.
March 28, 2012 1:25:51 PM

Zingam wrote :

If I had 2900 bucks I would buy myself an iPad 3 as a self respecting man.

lol :lol:  :pt1cable: 
March 28, 2012 1:31:54 PM

lol @ gaming on multiple monitors. there is a 32" vizio sitting on my desk as home, and one big screen beats 3 little monitors ALL DAY.
March 28, 2012 1:43:14 PM

as i said that monitor is 3 times slower and the quality is even worse thats why every one is suggesting three monitor but is suggest 1 30" monitor
March 29, 2012 7:29:25 AM

serialkiller said:
i would recommend this build

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


Approximate Purchase Date: April 06, 2012

Budget Range: $2700 - $2900) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, OS - Windows 7 Home Premium, PSU - Corsair TX850 V2

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: India

Parts Preferences: Mobo - Asus/MSI, GPU - MSI/Asus/Sapphire, Full Tower(e-ATX) case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1900x1200

Additional Comments: Needs to be quiet and case should have real good airflow
March 29, 2012 7:32:25 AM

Cut the motherboard down in his build to the ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3 and you will be able to upgrade the GPU on his list to a Radeon 7950 3GB.
March 29, 2012 12:41:30 PM

lol with that deep pocket and

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, OS - Windows 7 Home Premium, PSU - Corsair TX850 V2

go with a single gtx680 or dual if that psu can take it but it should be.

go with i7 3930K for the awesomeness of it

crucial m4 128gb ssd, western digital caviar black 1tb/2tb 7200rpm 64mb cache.

16gb gskill ripjaws Z1600MHZ

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011

lol this should fit in your friends budget nicely and gives him the awesome feeling of x79, and still has more room for more.

few months back I was able to build for a friend the same build but using a msi mobo and dual gtx570 for 1995$ with your friends fat wallet he should be able to go dual 680 if not 7970
March 29, 2012 2:15:08 PM

suggesion for your build

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

that psu cant take 2 gtx 680 so i added this one.

also this case has dustfilters and has very good air flow. also has a fan controller in build in it.

the cooler is a monster and your cpu will go past 4.5 even not reaching above 50c * :o 

intel makes the most reliable ssd and has upto 5 yrs warrenty.

i includded a 3tb hdd and is awesome.

for future upgradation of ram i would get windows 7 pro as home premium supports only upto 16 gb.

lastly as i adviced eariler that playing on tv is very unpleasent.

we warned you but still it is playable(but not for me)

March 30, 2012 12:58:53 AM

joemama069 said:
lol @ gaming on multiple monitors. there is a 32" vizio sitting on my desk as home, and one big screen beats 3 little monitors ALL DAY.

wow you obviously have no idea how nvidia surround or amd eyefinity work. your low resolution tv probably 1366x768 which is child's play compared to an eyefinity/surround setup with 3 1080p monitors for a total resolution of 5760x1080. even though your monitor is "bigger" you can see way more with multiple monitors because of the much larger resolution.
March 30, 2012 1:56:31 AM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

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.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- full review with benchmarks



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




http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050... $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.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... $200 or less
ASRock Z77 Extreme4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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=N82E168... $499.99
ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
March 30, 2012 2:32:48 AM

Hey why_me.

Why are you posting same post everywhere.

I hve seen this post 4 times.

March 30, 2012 2:41:54 AM

LOL @ that benchmark with starcraft II playing at 720p. lets see bf3 1080p and above!
March 30, 2012 2:48:12 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
LOL @ that benchmark with starcraft II playing at 720p. lets see bf3 1080p and above!

They were benching cpu's in that pic, not gpu's. The 680 bench is the pic and link down below it in that post.
March 30, 2012 2:51:35 AM

serialkiller said:
Hey why_me.

Why are you posting same post everywhere.

I hve seen this post 4 times.

Ask yourself this. Does that post provide good information to the OP? That pretty much answers your question.
March 30, 2012 3:25:49 AM

Why_Me said:
They were benching cpu's in that pic, not gpu's. The 680 bench is the pic and link down below it in that post.

I understand that. The point is you are posting a benchmark of an game that is easier to play at a very low resolution which is obviously favorable for the i7 3770k. Yet the other benchmarks for the harder to play games at higher settings show there is a tiny difference in FPS between it and the i7 3820 (around 1-3). The lack of a Crysis Warhead benchmark @ 1920x1200p and any BF3 benchmark makes me wonder if Anandtech is only showing favorable benchmarks to the i7 3770k. :??: 

Considering the i7 3820 will be cheaper than the 3770k and it benefits from having more native pcie 3.0 lanes I would say the i7 3820 is a better deal. The X58 platform is still going strong because of the extra pcie lanes. many gamers did not upgrade to sandy bridge because they knew that it would not handle their high end gpu setups. I see the same thing happening with X79 and Ivy bridge.
March 30, 2012 3:40:40 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
I understand that. The point is you are posting a benchmark of an game that is easier to play at a very low resolution which is obviously favorable for the i7 3770k. Yet the other benchmarks for the harder to play games at higher settings show there is a tiny difference in FPS between it and the i7 3820 (around 1-3). The lack of a Crysis Warhead benchmark @ 1920x1200p and any BF3 benchmark makes me wonder if Anandtech is only showing favorable benchmarks to the i7 3770k. :??: 

Considering the i7 3820 will be cheaper than the 3770k and it benefits from having more native pcie 3.0 lanes I would say the i7 3820 is a better deal. The X58 platform is still going strong because of the extra pcie lanes. many gamers did not upgrade to sandy bridge because they knew that it would not handle their high end gpu setups. I see the same thing happening with X79 and Ivy bridge.

Agreed but seeing how that 3770K will most likely stomp the 3820 when both are over clocked I still have hope.
March 30, 2012 4:14:11 AM

See both have pros and cons

x79 more lanes and supports 6 core cpus

but z77 has inbuild gpu and is very efficient and also use tri gate tech which is awesome

March 30, 2012 4:21:24 AM

serialkiller said:
See both have pros and cons

x79 more lanes and supports 6 core cpus

but z77 has inbuild gpu and is very efficient and also use tri gate tech which is awesome

The benches I want to see the most are: Z77 board + Ivy Bridge + new generation vid card = PCI-E 3.0
March 30, 2012 4:34:12 AM

But if it cant provide enough lanes then what is the use of pci 3.0
March 30, 2012 4:40:03 AM

serialkiller said:
But if it cant provide enough lanes then what is the use of pci 3.0

Words out Nvidia is already coming out with an NF 300 Bridge ...like the NF 200 Bridge used on SB boards.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sl... <---- Here's a great review w/benchmarks of the NF200 vs X58 vs P67 board (x8 & x8).
March 30, 2012 5:46:32 AM

Tavo_Nova said:
lol with that deep pocket and

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, OS - Windows 7 Home Premium, PSU - Corsair TX850 V2

go with a single gtx680 or dual if that psu can take it but it should be.

go with i7 3930K for the awesomeness of it

crucial m4 128gb ssd, western digital caviar black 1tb/2tb 7200rpm 64mb cache.

16gb gskill ripjaws Z1600MHZ

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011

lol this should fit in your friends budget nicely and gives him the awesome feeling of x79, and still has more room for more.

few months back I was able to build for a friend the same build but using a msi mobo and dual gtx570 for 1995$ with your friends fat wallet he should be able to go dual 680 if not 7970


Thanks for the reply!!

Well a couple of questions....

Really cant understand this part ... "go with i7 3930K for the awesomeness of it"
What awesomeness are you exactly talking about??

I'll tell you where I'm coming from... From most reviews that I have come across.... It doesnt really seem to add too many frames in a gaming scenario over a i7 2600k... Does it?? Especially when that extra dough can be invested in more ssd, or SLI/CrossfireX.

One more thing is the prices on the latest computer hardware are pretty steep in this part of the world.. We dont have newegg or the likes really.
For example an MSI R6970 Lightning TFIII is still around $475 and an Asus Rampage IV Extreme is around $645.

And the plus side is with LGA 1155 he can even go for a high end ROG board with a lot less dough.

Just thinking aloud here, whats your take??
Also is there any noticeable improvement (purely from a gaming performance) by using a LGA 2011 SB-E over a LGA 1155 SB?

March 30, 2012 5:55:44 AM

serialkiller said:
suggesion for your build

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

that psu cant take 2 gtx 680 so i added this one.

also this case has dustfilters and has very good air flow. also has a fan controller in build in it.

the cooler is a monster and your cpu will go past 4.5 even not reaching above 50c * :o 

intel makes the most reliable ssd and has upto 5 yrs warrenty.

i includded a 3tb hdd and is awesome.

for future upgradation of ram i would get windows 7 pro as home premium supports only upto 16 gb.

lastly as i adviced eariler that playing on tv is very unpleasent.

we warned you but still it is playable(but not for me)


Ok!! I like most of the stuff there... and was already on my recommendation list, except for the case(availability problems)

Two concerns....
1. I dont think any kind of task will require more than 16GB of RAM in this day an age. Maybe..... in a couple of years... but wouldnt it be wiser to wait and upgrade to Windows 8 once it comes out and all reviews are in?? I dont think upgrading to Windows 7 pro just for adding RAM is a wise investment
2. How much difference is there between a Full HD TV and a monitor while gaming. Beacuse I have a Viewsonic 22" monitor as well, but only use it for surfing and playing FM2012. But I have played games like FIFA 2012 and Skyrim both on my HDTV and monitor, and cant really make out any notable lag or difference between the two(with Game Mode switched ON on my TV) in fact the large screen makes it look more awesome!!!

Your views please!!
March 30, 2012 5:58:45 AM

Kazie said:
Thanks for the reply!!

Well a couple of questions....

Really cant understand this part ... "go with i7 3930K for the awesomeness of it"
What awesomeness are you exactly talking about??

I'll tell you where I'm coming from... From most reviews that I have come across.... It doesnt really seem to add too many frames in a gaming scenario over a i7 2600k... Does it?? Especially when that extra dough can be invested in more ssd, or SLI/CrossfireX.

One more thing is the prices on the latest computer hardware are pretty steep in this part of the world.. We dont have newegg or the likes really.
For example an MSI R6970 Lightning TFIII is still around $475 and an Asus Rampage IV Extreme is around $645.

And the plus side is with LGA 1155 he can even go for a high end ROG board with a lot less dough.

Just thinking aloud here, whats your take??
Also is there any noticeable improvement (purely from a gaming performance) by using a LGA 2011 SB-E over a LGA 1155 SB?

What he's saying is why buy something that's going to be yesterday's technology in a months time. PCI-E 3.0...SB doesn't support that. If your going to spend your money on new hardware than get the latest and greatest....hence the benchmarks that were posted on here. Skip the old generation vid cards and Sandy Bridge. That's for peeps who did builds last month.
March 30, 2012 12:08:11 PM

Te ram you need for gaming wont exceed more than 6 gb.

Also i said if you want to add more ram. it was nit a suggestion.


also u are right upgrade later to win 8

fortv part if you have games like mw3 or bf3 then u will notice lag.

I played bf bc2 on my 40" lcd last yr and it was laggy.

As you have game mode it provide gameplay by some process.



I would recommend to wait for ive bridge and buy a mobo which is having nf300 chip and get 1 gtx 680 and that will be more than for your case.

Also a i7 3770"or the i5 3xxxk equivalent to i5 2500k will be the best choice.

For the
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