Advice on building 2000 euro (~2700 US$) gaming rig?

I'm looking to build a silent performance PC (yea I know those two words don't go together well but I am looking for a good compromise). I'll be fine with an overclock of 4.2 ~ 4.5 Ghz and a slight overclock on GPU.

So here is what I have chosen so far, by no means set in stone, other suggestions are VERY welcome (Btw, might wait for ivy bridge, so cpu can be ignored, kind of). Just wanted to see what you found of these choices (minor things like extra fans and thermal paste not included):

Case:

Fractal Design R3 (plenty of holes for fans + pretty quiet)

Motherboard:

ASUS TUF Sabertooth P67 Rev. 3.0

CPU:

Core i7-2700k + Corsair H80 Water cooling

GPU:

GTX 680 + Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus II aftermarket cooler

PSU:

CORSAIR AX750

RAM:

DDR3 8GB 1600Mhz Corsair Vengeance

Storage:

Corsair Force GT 120GB + Velociraptor 600GB
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  1. great choice but for your budget,go with x79.3820 and asrock extreme4 is a good pair.i am sure it's udner your budget.i usually don't suggest x79 but sandy bridge is a budget solution.it's only upgrade is IB,but LGA2011 will get some thing better in near future.and main reason is your budget.i mean if you can than why not?and for cooler,D14 2011 is a great air cooler and performs great!H80 isn't that great!it's expensive and stock fans are crappy.but if it's a personal preference then keep it.i assume you are not going to sli,so a quality 500~600w is enough.xfx pro 550w is a great unit.but hx650w won'y hurt your budget and will leave plenty of room for overclocking.Velociraptor is useless if you are going to use ssd.better get sammy f4 1tb HDD and mushkin enhanced chronos 240gb ssd,it's very reliable and under $280.get low profile ram,heasinks are useless.they cause clearance issues.other things look great to me.
  2. hello op

    i have various suggestions on the build.

    1. platform

    in your budget a x79 is the best option.

    i would suggest x79 mobo like asrock x79 extreme4 or asus x79 sabertooth tri sli

    for the processor the suggestion would be i7 3820.

    it will suffix your 2 high end gpus. it wont bottleneck two gtx680.

    2. overclocking

    i would suggest dont oc above 4.2 ghz stay below 4.5ghz the best performance for the buck , powerconsumption lie between 4.0 ghz to 4.2 ghz.

    the i7 3820 will oc to 4.0 ghz and that will be plenty for next few ears.

    the cooler master hyper 212 evo can oc a processor upto 4.5ghz without craching or slowing or overheating the system. so this cpu cooler will be bang for buck and performance offered at this price.

    3. graphical setup

    if you are having a 21.5< monitor with 1080p then the best cpu would be gtx 680. it is not in stock for now but will be soon.

    i would suggest to buy 2 more identical monitors which you currently have and also buy another gtx 680 and you will have an eyefinity setup with 2 gtx 680 powering the monitors. they will provide a smooth gameplay in most games in high settings.

    4. storage

    the suggestion is to have a small ssd for os + software(ms word and photoshop or any program other than games.)

    and 2 hdd in raid 0 or even a big faster hdd for storing games and movies etc.

    crucial m4 128gb ssd for os and games and 2 x wd carvier blue 500gb in raid 0 or 1 wd carvier black 1tb 7200 rpm hdd.

    5. power management

    this build is build keeping in mind for future upgradation.

    if you eyefinity no and buy 2 gpus then a 850-1050w psu is needed. and if you dont want eyefinity and want only one gpu then a 550w psu will be more than enough.

    if you do eyefinity and sli now and want some room for upgradation for tri sli setup later then you will need a 1250 w psu.

    the tri sli setup wont give you enough bost since 2 gtx 680 would work a third one will only give a performance boost below 50%. so it is irrevelent to go for a tri sli setup


    my consideration for your usage as per the budget is

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=23751327

    intel i7 3820
    cm hyper 212 evo
    asrock x79 extreme4
    corsair vengence 4x4 gb 1600mhz low profile ram
    2 x evga gtx 680 2gb
    crucial m4 128 gb sata3 ssd
    wd carvier black 1tb 7.2k rpm hdd
    asus 24x dvd burner
    pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver psu
    corsair carbide 600T white edition mid tower case

    this will end up around 2.3 to 2.4 k usd.

    buy 2 more monitors of the same catagory which you have or you like and enjoy the best gaming experience.

    hope this help and ask any dought you have about your built freely

    :hello:
  3. serialkiller said:
    hello op

    i have various suggestions on the build.

    1. platform

    in your budget a x79 is the best option.

    Quote:
    i would suggest x79 mobo like asrock x79 extreme4 or asus x79 sabertooth tri sli

    sabretooth isn't a tri sli mobo.
    for the processor the suggestion would be i7 3820.

    Quote:
    2. overclocking

    i would suggest dont oc above 4.2 ghz stay below 4.5ghz the best performance for the buck , powerconsumption lie between 4.0 ghz to 4.2 ghz.

    the i7 3820 will oc to 4.0 ghz and that will be plenty for next few ears.

    the cooler master hyper 212 evo can oc a processor upto 4.5ghz without craching or slowing or overheating the system. so this cpu cooler will be bang for buck and performance offered at this price.

    true but i would go with some thing better(you know the budget is high),D14 2011 is a great cooler.

    5. power management
    Quote:

    this build is build keeping in mind for future upgradation.

    if you eyefinity no and buy 2 gpus then a 850-1050w psu is needed. and if you dont want eyefinity and want only one gpu then a 550w psu will be more than enough.

    if you do eyefinity and sli now and want some room for upgradation for tri sli setup later then you will need a 1250 w psu.

    the tri sli setup wont give you enough bost since 2 gtx 680 would work a third one will only give a performance boost below 50%. so it is irrevelent to go for a tri sli setup

    gtx 680 sli runs fine on a 750w unit and 3 way sli needs no more than 900w-
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-3way-sli-review/4
    pc power and cooling 950w is a great unit.

  4. The first line for psu suggestion is

    dont just go on wattage of psu as amps are as important as watts are.

    For you kind ibformatio 1 gtx 680 needs 38 amps on 12v rail of the cpu. for this a 550w will sufix him.

    For sli the amps needed are 76 amps. a 850w psu can supply 70 amps max on its 12v rail.

    For tri sli setup 114 amps are needed. a 1250w psu can only supply 90-110 amps at the most on it single 12v rail.

    So you sugget to tri sli gtx 680 on a 900w psu to fri the hardware ! :o

    dont be a no brainer. Just research for god sake.

    No offence just backing my answer.

    Also the sabertooth has three pci slots which gets divided into x16 for slingle gpu setup. X16 x16 for dual gpu setup and x16 x8 x8 for tri gpu setup.
  5. so you mean to say that guru3d is wrong?
    just check out the link-
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-3way-sli-review/4
    and
    asus says it's quad gpu sli/cf ready which means it does not supports 3-way sli.if i am wrong here.let me know.
  6. But am i wrong for psu.

    Yes the mobo is not tri sli
  7. Thanks for all the advice.

    Don't really need x79 mobo, i7 2700k overclocked gives better FPS according to xbit labs anyway. If I can save money while maintaining performance, then why not.

    I agree on the power management, I'll stick with 650 watts. Not looking to SLI my graphics card anyway.

    Might even tend towards micro-atx, as I am bringing this desktop to college with me, the smaller size would be greatly appreciated and I wouldn't look like "that guy who games all day" (little do they know I would be rocking a gtx 680 in that small case >:D).

    Any opinions on 24" monitors (400$ or under)?
  8. http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=16718831

    i recommended a few monitors

    3 are i ps and other are tn monitors

    also their i one 3d monitor.

    this are one of the best monitors and you wont go wrong with any one.

    ips are costlier as they provide better image quality and contrast and also viewing angles
  9. phofbauer12 said:
    Thanks for all the advice.

    Don't really need x79 mobo, i7 2700k overclocked gives better FPS according to xbit labs anyway. If I can save money while maintaining performance, then why not.

    I agree on the power management, I'll stick with 650 watts. Not looking to SLI my graphics card anyway.

    Might even tend towards micro-atx, as I am bringing this desktop to college with me, the smaller size would be greatly appreciated and I wouldn't look like "that guy who games all day" (little do they know I would be rocking a gtx 680 in that small case >:D).

    Any opinions on 24" monitors (400$ or under)?


    good point but 1155 is a dead point after IB.but as you can afford,3820 is a newer chip and will get a better upgrade in future than IB.2700k is a great cpu but why overclock both of them?i am in most of the cases 3820 is going to win.if you want a good m-atx mobo than it's a good choice-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131805
    it has great features including high quality onboard audio and x16/x16 SLi/CF.
    it's a great monitor-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153
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