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New Build - $3k-$4k USD - Gaming, Web Surfing, Movies

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April 8, 2012 12:37:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $3000 - $4000 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts
: newegg.com or any other decent site for a deal

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an X79 intel CPU & ASUS as the main brand for the other parts. Also, I need a monitor or two around 27". Would like to also stick to Nvidia.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: If Possible.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 ?

Additional Comments: Would be great to get some information about parts I have selected or better suggestions towards a build. I also have no clue what to look for for when it comes to monitors. Not looking for 3D if it helps!



Build 1

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition
Mobo: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
PSU: Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W
CPU: Intel Core i7-3960X
HDD1: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB SSD
HDD2: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
GPU: ASUS GTX680
Monitor: Need help finding.

Build 2

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS II
Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011
PSU: Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
HDD1: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB SSD
HDD2: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GPU: ASUS GTX680
Monitor: Need help finding.



Only one computer is being built, the two builds was to get an idea what I was stuck between for choices. I will check back on this soon. If needed I can paste the link for each item under them. But, just reading them hopefully gives you an idea of what it is. Being good or bad parts. I also am not sure what the total is on the Build 1. I am sure it is too much if I don't plan on overclocking.
April 8, 2012 12:38:46 AM

Both have overkill RAM. Use 8GB and go with build two.
April 8, 2012 12:51:17 AM

Here's how I would spend $3K on a build:

Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II - $349.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
CPU: 3.2Ghz Intel Core i7-3930K - $559.99
Cooler: Noctua D14 - $85.99
RAM: 16GB (4 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz Quad Channel - $119.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $159.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 2TB - $119.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
Video Card: 2 x EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99 each
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $3,125.89

With the difference you can get a nice LED TV and some really nice peripherals.
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April 8, 2012 12:54:48 AM

I recommend a 120Hz Panel for gaming. Smoother gameplay is the order of the day,
April 8, 2012 3:56:14 AM

What brands of monitors are worth looking at? Or ones to avoid.
April 8, 2012 4:09:57 AM

BenQ has nice 120Hz monitors, not aesthetically pleasing but quality wise is good.
April 8, 2012 4:27:58 AM

These are the best monitor brands: Dell, Samsung, LG, BenQ, NEC, AOC, Planar, ASUS, and Acer.
April 8, 2012 4:32:17 AM

Why are you stuck on Coolermaster? I'm not a fan of their QUALITY... Look into a Corsair Case, if your looking for best quality... if your looking for Gimicky... Coolermaster is your best bet.
April 8, 2012 4:32:41 AM

azeem40 said:
These are the best monitor brands: Dell, Samsung, LG, BenQ, NEC, AOC, Planar, ASUS, and Acer.


dell monitors are rebanded Benq(correct me if i am wrong)
April 8, 2012 4:34:41 AM

Dell monitors actually use LG Panels.
April 8, 2012 4:36:32 AM

I don't like Acer ones... I don know why either....
April 8, 2012 4:37:22 AM

Acer is meh quality, but not terrible.
April 8, 2012 4:46:21 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Here's how I would spend $3K on a build:

Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II - $349.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W - $149.99
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $329.99
CPU: 3.2Ghz Intel Core i7-3930K - $559.99
Cooler: Noctua D14 - $85.99
RAM: 16GB (4 x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz Quad Channel - $119.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $159.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 2TB - $119.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
Video Card: 2 x EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99 each
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $3,125.89

With the difference you can get a nice LED TV and some really nice peripherals.


great build but i would suggest the following changes-
as some one else said,cosmos ii is definitely not the best case and for $350,it's way overpriced.800D is a good alternative.
for me,there's no difference between home premium and pro.why spend more?home premium is fine.
from this saving,you can get a really nice 240gb ssd-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and i don't think LED TVs provide you best gaming experience.
April 8, 2012 4:47:25 AM

A 240GB is a great idea IMO.
April 8, 2012 4:49:44 AM

azeem40 said:
Dell monitors actually use LG Panels.


so why not go for LG?
April 8, 2012 4:50:25 AM

Dell's ergonomic features are one of the best. That's why.
April 8, 2012 4:55:11 AM

....uhh heh heh this may sound dumb but, what does IMO mean? heh heh
April 8, 2012 4:58:32 AM

In my opinion.
April 8, 2012 4:58:42 AM

in my opinion!
April 8, 2012 5:00:00 AM

azeem40 said:
Dell's ergonomic features are one of the best. That's why.


and what about price?they are usually overpriced!
April 8, 2012 5:00:47 AM

Ohhhh...... lololol
April 8, 2012 5:01:46 AM

hellfire24 said:
and what about price?they are usually overpriced!

Give me a similar monitor to the U2312HM.
April 8, 2012 5:05:16 AM

azeem40 said:
Give me a similar monitor to the U2312HM.

i was just going to list that monitor as their only 'value for money product'.i admit you got me on that one but one model can not justify others.i am not arguing,all i want to say is that why pay more when we can get same features for less price!
April 8, 2012 5:05:53 AM

Features may be the same, but for an IPS Panel, it even beat the BenQ 2120T in input lag.
April 8, 2012 5:09:05 AM

azeem40 said:
Features may be the same, but for an IPS Panel, it even beat the BenQ 2120T in input lag.

i agree but there are many other models that have almost no input lag.
April 8, 2012 5:10:13 AM

10ms is barely any input lag. They might, but they will most likely be more expensive.
April 8, 2012 5:13:30 AM

azeem40 said:
10ms is barely any input lag. They might, but they will most likely be more expensive.


so you want to say that only dell can provide best monitors for less price and input lag?i don't think so.
April 8, 2012 5:13:54 AM

whats input lag?

<----- Newbish
April 8, 2012 5:15:20 AM

I didn't say anything of the sort. I am just assuming here just like you. :p 

Input lag is the amount of time it takes for a monitor to register a click. The lower the better, but don't neglect response time completely.
April 8, 2012 5:18:41 AM

azeem40 said:
I didn't say anything of the sort. I am just assuming here just like you. :p 


so lets assume for better :wahoo: 
April 8, 2012 5:20:05 AM

:lol: 
April 8, 2012 5:29:42 AM

so what's next?
don't you think cosmos ii is overpriced?
April 8, 2012 5:44:10 AM

HAF case, whatever the newest model is. Was the other case I was looking at.
April 8, 2012 5:48:49 AM

HAF X is a great case.enough roomy to fit heavy watercooling system.but i don't like it's looks.....:( 
April 8, 2012 5:49:48 AM

I prefer the HAF 932. :p 
April 8, 2012 5:51:49 AM

IMO, I don't like the Cosmos either.
April 8, 2012 5:52:07 AM

Same Azeem :D 
April 8, 2012 5:54:32 AM

yep 932 is but still looks aren't that *clean*.922 is best looking from HAF series.AMD edition is really smexy :p 
April 8, 2012 5:57:08 AM

AMD edition? :o 
April 8, 2012 6:06:05 AM

Those look awwwwsome!!!
April 8, 2012 6:09:06 AM

hhmm that's why i like it :p 
April 8, 2012 8:00:00 AM

hellfire24 said:
great build but i would suggest the following changes-
as some one else said,cosmos ii is definitely not the best case and for $350,it's way overpriced.800D is a good alternative.
for me,there's no difference between home premium and pro.why spend more?home premium is fine.
from this saving,you can get a really nice 240gb ssd-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and i don't think LED TVs provide you best gaming experience.


I have my PC hooked up to an LED TV and it's amazing - I can say it easily beats any multiple monitor setup any day of the week.

I think 240GB SSDs are really pointless, you never want to load your SSD beyond 80% capacity. I use SSDs for OS and a few programs only - store your games and everything else on the 2TB secondary storage solution. That's what it's there for.
April 8, 2012 8:17:04 AM

What I use my 64GB SSD for is OS and my Favorite game at the time :) ...... Or what I will use it as hah!!
April 8, 2012 8:44:30 AM

As mentioned a couple times about coolermaster cases. They were the only ones I had looked at at the time. The build someone had suggested looks great and if I was to go with that build g-unit had posted. What case would be great for just fans for cooling or would liquid cooling be recommended? Also, what type of CPU fan/heatsink since they don't come with one if I remember?
April 8, 2012 8:52:11 AM

well obsidian 800D is one of the most popular watercooling case.you can find a bunch of build logs for ideas.it's also a good case with air cooling.for 3930k,noctua D14 is my choice.
April 9, 2012 4:37:09 AM

Might look at two 24" led LCD monitors. Asus for a brand.
April 9, 2012 5:23:48 AM

italiasian said:
If i had 3-4k for a build i would buy my dream set up.

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

just swap the i7 2700k with i7 3770k


Nice,

I doubt the OP would want to go with a mid-tower case, because seems like he's got his eye on the IV Rampage which doesn't fit all or most mid-tower cases since it's a couple inches bigger then the regular ATX sized MOBOs.

But here's some :love: 
If perhaps he decides to drop to ATX sized MOBO's

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