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April 4, 2012 6:34:18 PM

Hello guys, Im able to spend no more than 3400$ on a pc with a various purpose, so lets get serious and start discussing.


Approximate Purchase Date: I want to wait till the new Ivy bridge and the z77 chipset. The P8Z77 asus deluxe seems really good.

Budget Range: I have to spend right now 3400 USD and i can get 2000USD in the next month for a good and complete HT, gaming, workstation PC.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: The usage will be very extended. The less important one is gaming, I want to test every FPS game in this world like COD MW3, Battlefield3, Alliance of Vailant Arms, Crysis, and a lot of other games, so I want the perfects graphics and the most powerful performance.

I want a Home Teather PC, I could buy a 55" TV and watch bluray movies with a ultra high definition in 3d, also play on it. I want the best Home Teather incluiding Audio and sound definition.

I saw the upcoming z77 chipset motherboards by asus and the new ASUS WI-FI GO technology looks really amazing. I would like to add it to the usages becuase I am considering to buy a smartphone and a tablet for it.

The importats usages are alot. First of all i want to edit videos in HD (Like this one: AVA - Clan Movie - メイジャンの試練). I want to learn and use programs like Sony Vegas without any problem. I like the film and video editing also i have to record videos using fraps while i play those games.

I'm planning to study Civil Engineering, architecture and everything related with the design of builds, I want to learn and use the new softwares like Inventor, Autocad and every software related with it.

Also i want to experience the 3D Vision Surround 3 monitors for games, I would like to play Flight Simulators with all the resolution and buy a joystick.




Parts Not Required: Every little part is required on this new built, since the mouse, headset, sound card (or it is useless?) home teather.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.

Country: I will buy it in USA and i will bring it all to Venezuela.

Parts Preferences: The main part I prefer is the coming soon P8Z77 chipset because I would like to use the ASUS WI-FI GO technology, also I'm planning to buy a smartphone for that. (Incluided in the 2000$ for the upgrade).

Overclocking: Maybe if it is needed in future projects.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe if it is needed in future projects. I could get it with the 2000$ upgrade.

Monitor Resolution: BIG

Additional Comments: A total of 3400USD for start its a good budget to focus in a CPU and i could get really good peripherals like mouse, keyboard and headset. with the rest 2000$ I want to buy the rest, like 3d vision glasses, smartphone, tablet, two monitors aswell for the 3dvision surround experience and software like Windows, Sony Vegas, Fraps, Battlefield, COD.

Its a serious request because Im planning on spend hard saved and earned money for my new student lifestyle. I dont know how to reward someone of select the best answer but I could if the how and i will be really grateful.
April 4, 2012 6:44:19 PM

hmm.... I know a guy.... follow me *Walks into the basement*

ivy i7 3770K
GTX 680's (2-3)
SSD's since you will be buying alot of games....i would suggest you go ahead and buy one of those 256 or 500gb SSD's. and a 1TB drive for other stufff. Why dont you guys use that money and go to Digital Storm or some place and build it. those PC's can handle every game on the market depending on the build
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April 4, 2012 6:46:42 PM

I) could wait for Ivy Bridge, Z77 and GTX680.
April 4, 2012 6:59:49 PM



Pfft, if you're going to pay that kind of money for a pre-built system I'd go with a Falcon Northwest Mach V and get it painted in any color you want: http://www.falcon-nw.com/

Or if it's being used as an HTPC build you could go with the smaller Fragbox.

If not here's an experimental build I posted yesterday that will more than suit the OP's needs:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MINI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV GENE-Z - $289.99
CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $599.99
Cooler: Corsair H100 - $114.99
RAM: 16GB (4 x 4GB) Kingston Hyper X 1600MHz 1.65V - $104.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $159.99
HD: 2 x 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black - $129.99
Optical: LG Black BD-R Burner - $79.99
Video Card: 2 x Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 - $549.99

Total: $2,939.89

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April 4, 2012 8:06:47 PM
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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

This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's and the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's.

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://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... $250+ would be my guess
ASUS P8Z77 WS (4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 dual x16 or x16, x8, x8 or quad x8)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview $332
Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.5Ghz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.64 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

Add this fan down below to that CM 212 EVO cpu h/s for a "push - pull" effect to help bring the cpu temps down even more.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-... $11.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan R4-BMBS-20PK-R0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

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

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

Total: $2,075.30 *not including motherboard


*** Optional 32GB RAM Kit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 994055

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- a better look at that case
April 4, 2012 10:37:34 PM

Why_Me said:
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

This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's and the mid and upper tier Corsair psu's.

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://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7... $250+ would be my guess
ASUS P8Z77 WS (4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 dual x16 or x16, x8, x8 or quad x8)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview $332
Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.5Ghz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.64 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

Add this fan down below to that CM 212 EVO cpu h/s for a "push - pull" effect to help bring the cpu temps down even more.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-... $11.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan R4-BMBS-20PK-R0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

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

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

Total: $2,075.30 *not including motherboard


*** Optional 32GB RAM Kit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 994055

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- a better look at that case



That last case is really cool but I'm looking for something more special like a Nvidia case as a tribute :p  or a nzxz phantom.

$2.075.30 is less than thought. I could buy a single GPU because its enough for now and add another one in the next 3 months. Instead of a dvd reader we could add better a blueray reader and writter.

I think 16GB is enough for now, i could upgrade it later to 32GB and its the g skill ares the best ram? What about 16GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline? I prefer that brand.

I think i could get a 2TB HDD.

I have choosed some peripherals like:

Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse for PC

Sennheiser PC 350 Collapsible Gaming Headset

Razer Mass Effects 3 Vespula Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

What suggest is a better option?
April 4, 2012 11:18:01 PM

Seiven said:
That last case is really cool but I'm looking for something more special like a Nvidia case as a tribute :p  or a nzxz phantom.

$2.075.30 is less than thought. I could buy a single GPU because its enough for now and add another one in the next 3 months. Instead of a dvd reader we could add better a blueray reader and writter.

I think 16GB is enough for now, i could upgrade it later to 32GB and its the g skill ares the best ram? What about 16GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline? I prefer that brand.

I think i could get a 2TB HDD.

I have choosed some peripherals like:

Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse for PC

Sennheiser PC 350 Collapsible Gaming Headset

Razer Mass Effects 3 Vespula Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat

Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

What suggest is a better option?

Mushkin makes great RAM, just make sure it's 1.5v or less. As far as gaming cases go, I'm a Cooler Master/Corsair fan. Cooling/airflow, larger fans, and quality.

I'm not the guy to be asking about mice and keyboards...I use a $40 Logitech trackball and a $15 Logitech keyboard to game on. I do believe this...when it comes to gaming the very LAST thing I want is a mouse and/or keyboard that runs on batteries. Plug me in and call it good with no worries about running out of juice.
April 5, 2012 6:50:13 AM

So its your 5400 usd dream setup.

For that a rough setup in my mind which i want to lay it down.

Why z77 if you can affort x79 for your autocad and high profile gaming.


Intel i7 3930k
asrock p9x79 ws
corsair dominator 4x8 gb 1600mhz ddr3 ram
Evga gtx 680 2gb
Pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver psu
Crucial m4 256gb ssd
seagate baracuda 3tb 7200rpm hdd
Lg 12x blue ray burner.
Corsair carbide 600T white edition.

April 5, 2012 12:14:49 PM

Yea +1, i find alot of people posting their dream builds instead of actually posting a build relative to the "Buyer" but if you want such a beast system, like G unit said, get a green painted Falcoln northwest pre-build. Best option. If you want one of the other build but need a NVIDIA edition case, your gonna have to get a NVIDIA Edition Haf x. The case is no longer made so its become a rare and hot item. SO also expect to pay some extra to get one.

My suggestion if you want NVIDIA theme buy a product from NVIDIA's store and take the stencil it comes with just paint the logo on it. My stencil logo turned out well....

Haters gonna hate, So don't reply to me on my suggestion is crap.....Because i am just telling you like it is.......
April 5, 2012 12:16:25 PM

Serial Killers Build is just perfect!, shoot even add another 680 and you can run multiple monitors 3d surround the whole 9 yards and easily play
April 5, 2012 12:34:18 PM

No not everyone post about dream build. I've seen some post and many people disregard it just because those people have deep pockets. if someone looks for i5 2500k build or something lots of people reply but if some people ask for x79 systems or workstation dual cpu's only few people reply. Best we do no matter let's help people so that they can build their dream pc's or needed pc.(well by at least giving advice and stuff) that's what this place is for, if there's not enough info like the buyers budget and stuff we should also ask them to fill the list out(the one with advice on asking).

but overall on that kind of money I would go i7 3930K and water cooled(custom) if your going 24/7 at 15-18hours load and the rest should be idle or something as using aircooling is great on 3 gpu if you got great case airflow but it won't be easy to run it 24/7 under load as it get's hot and that also depends on your room temp too.

I would go with a seasonic x-1250 80plus gold psu and g.skill ripjaws Z 4x8gb 1600mhz/1866mhz or something for ram. and an asus rampage x79 mobo, (i have one and it's awesome but i still like my msi gd65 8d better since I love msi)
April 5, 2012 1:31:15 PM

I dont have enough time to post all the links but try to use the money to make the core components powerful and spend the rest of it on acessories.

Are you gonna game and do auto cad on hdtv . that a bad idea. keep your hdtv as your primary tv. buy a cheap good quality 40" tv and do a eyefinity with couple of monitors.

Or buy a 6 24" ips and put it in eyefinity.

It will be a bit cheaper than getting a eyefinity and hdtv as well as the quality and resoution will be astounding as well as mind blowing.

Why a big ssd.

I would revice my first build.

Intel i7 3930k
asus p9x79 ws motherboard
corsair dominator 4x8gb 1600mhz cas10 ddr3 ram
2x evga gtx 680 2gb oc
seasonic x-1250w 80+ gold psu


For storage

1 x crucial m4 128gb ssd ( for os + programs like autocad ,etc)

2 x wd carvier black 500gb (for work files of autocad and photoshop) in raid 1

1 x seagate baracuda 3tb 7200 rpm hdd.( for storage and games)


For cooling and case

not sure should you go for liquid cooling or air cooler or closed loop.

To showcase your build i would suggest to ether custom wc or if not closed wc like corsair h100

for the case you will need a full tower case to accomodate the huge ws motherboard of e-atx size or xl-atx. i dont remember.

Few suggestion

corsair 800D for great water cooling
cooler master cosmos ii for ultimate style and performance
cooler master storm trooper to keep your hardware cool.
Cooler master haf x the father of all high air flow cases.
Silverstone raven to remove the hot air by rotating the motherboard to 90 ° angle .
And few lanli full towers which are too metalic and hard in nature.

Case selection in pure personal preference.

So i keep it to op.


For the monitor setup

Setup 1 :

3 x dell ultra sharp 23" ips monitor

1 x samsung 42" hdtv (i dont know what are you choosing or what is the cost of it).

Setup 2 :

6 x dell ultra sharp 23" ips monitor

setup 3:

1 x asus proart 24" 1920x1200 ips monitor

samsung 55" smart tv.


For acessories again its personal preference but i would suggest few.


Wait for sometime .

Wait till ive bridge if their is any improvement for video editing. if yes then that time the recommendation will likely change.

Do hurry or it will cost you money. :D 
April 5, 2012 11:47:46 PM

Its not a dream CPU, I have been saving money for two years, My current rig is a core 2 duo and geforce 9500 GT and Im using it since 2009.

The thing is, should I wait for ivy Bridge? Seems like the 3930k will give me the same performance as i7-3770k with a half price. Also the new asus p8z77 motherboard looks really cool, the thing that calls my atention is the wi-fi GO technology. Does that really worth?

The other thing is I dont want to stuck in the past. I want the newest technology to keep upgraded for a long time (atleast 4 years).

I will focus on choose the CPU parts, after it I will add the monitor importance. 680GTX is a must.
April 6, 2012 12:10:30 AM

Seiven said:
Its not a dream CPU, I have been saving money for two years, My current rig is a core 2 duo and geforce 9500 GT and Im using it since 2009.

The thing is, should I wait for ivy Bridge? Seems like the 3930k will give me the same performance as i7-3770k with a half price. Also the new asus p8z77 motherboard looks really cool, the thing that calls my atention is the wi-fi GO technology. Does that really worth?

The other thing is I dont want to stuck in the past. I want the newest technology to keep upgraded for a long time (atleast 4 years).

I will focus on choose the CPU parts, after it I will add the monitor importance. 680GTX is a must.

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... <----- Here's a price run down of the Ivy Bridge cpu's in $USD
April 6, 2012 1:41:34 PM

Best answer selected by Seiven.
June 6, 2012 11:11:42 AM

Why_Me said:
Mushkin makes great RAM, just make sure it's 1.5v or less. As far as gaming cases go, I'm a Cooler Master/Corsair fan. Cooling/airflow, larger fans, and quality.

I'm not the guy to be asking about mice and keyboards...I use a $40 Logitech trackball and a $15 Logitech keyboard to game on. I do believe this...when it comes to gaming the very LAST thing I want is a mouse and/or keyboard that runs on batteries. Plug me in and call it good with no worries about running out of juice.



I agree with you about the Mushkin memory! But I was curious about why 1.5v or less? I am looking at some Mushkin 8gb sticks that are rated at 1.6v. Should I consider the voltage?

Thanks for your input!
June 6, 2012 11:39:01 AM

The less the voltage the more stable it is and you can Oc it further.
June 6, 2012 8:33:12 PM

Ok thanks serialkiller! (ha) I appreciate that answer. It makes sense.

-jer
June 7, 2012 11:24:15 AM

Ok best of luck for your build
!