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April 8, 2012 7:21:02 PM

Please forgive any poor grammar, I've been awake for almost 3 days straight...

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I settle on a good configuration (some pieces keyboard and monitors sale ends today)

Budget Range:I received $3700 from my enlistment bonus upon the completion of nuclear power school => less than or equal to $3700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/CAD/Movies (I may slightly be a videophile)

Parts Not Required: I have a super multi blue bluray burner (LG), 150GB 7200RPM drive, and 21TB of external storage

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, microcenter, tigerdirect, etc (pretty much whoever can give me the best deal)

Country: USofA

Parts Preferences: I prefer more well known brands (EVGA, GIGABYTE, MSI, ASUS)

Overclocking: I do plan on overclocking for max performance in 5760x1080 eyefinity

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, SLI

Monitor Resolution: 3x1920x1080P

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Here are the parts that I have picked out, please let me know if there is a better deal or if I am doing something stupid with the build (I'm not perfect and wont pretend to know everything, I do not).

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor PRICE: $499@microcenter

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler PRICE:

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q2-32GBZH PRICE: $319.99@Newegg
(I really don't know how much RAM I should get, is this too much overkill?)

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N680D5-2GD-B GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card X2 PRICE: 524.99x2@newegg (currently sold out)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan PRICE: $139.99@newegg

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply PRICE: $279.99@Newegg
Is this overkill?

Optical Drive: Pre-existing bluray read/write drive

Primary Storage: No idea... I am thinking about a 64GB crucial drive, as I have heard a lot of problems with OCZ and figure crucial is a good name in flash based memory. Please feel free to recommend as I really dont know much in this regard.

Secondary HDD: 2TB slower speed hdd, not looking for 7200rpm and will look for drives on sale in the near future (can wait)

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard PRICE: $299, $279after rebate@newegg

Monitors: ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 PRICE: $184.99/Monitor, 3x$184.99@newegg

Keyboard: Not sure, Newegg has 15% off all of their keyboards until the end of today, So I will have to choose quickly,

Mouse: Thinking about rat5 or rat7, not sure though.


Thank you very much for reading, and I appreciate any help that is provided

P.S. I meant to post 7 hours ago, but I fell asleep :( 

I still plan on looking for better prices on components, but my main question is if the build is good or should I tone back on certain areas?

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April 8, 2012 7:29:32 PM
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April 8, 2012 11:18:24 PM

Like the SSD, but might downgrade to the 64GB as I dont think I would really use that much on the SSD, with a 2TB to supplement for storage.
I dont think that PSU would be able to power the CPU, Dual 680's in SLI and everything else... wouldn't I need at least 1000-1200W?
I like the CPU cooler you showed me, it looks like it works really well and is very quiet, but may be difficult to find a compatible case and mobo with high profile RAM.
What about this MOBO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $20 cheaper and a little bigger to accomodate the larger heatsink plus a little nicer with sata and usb ports.

I don't want to come off as rude for not taking your advice right off the bat, I just want to make sure I get the best desktop for my money.
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April 8, 2012 11:19:29 PM

1000 is overkill. You will not need more than 850W for dual 680s.
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April 8, 2012 11:51:19 PM

Oh no problem, I just recommended that board because it is a very good board. That board you picked is good, but reading the reviews has some problems.
And as for SATA and USB ports, all motherboards have these?

850 is more than enough, tests have shown that full system load power consumption with 680 SLI to be less than 650W, and 850W is enough.

The 932 case can hold the cooler just fine. Also, in case of any RAM problems, the fan can be moved up if needed.
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April 9, 2012 6:25:40 AM

Best answer selected by dctravis.
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April 9, 2012 6:31:05 AM

Thanks a lot for all the help, as I said I have been a bit sleep deprived the last week or so and have been thinking accordingly. This is my current wishlist of items I plan to get http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
Currently I have a bluray drive, 150GB 7200RPM hdd, 21TB of external storage so I should have everything that I need after this. Only issue with the wishlist is I need to find different monitors to replace the asus'. They have a lot of reports of backlight bleeding and also due to space considerations (currently in a BEQ room on a naval training base) need to get 3 monitors that can pivot to portrait display mode and then in 4 months when I move off base I will have room to use them in landscape mode.

Thanks again.
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April 9, 2012 6:33:29 AM

If you want portrait mode, you will need an IPS Panel monitor.
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April 9, 2012 7:21:35 AM

azeem40 said:
If you want portrait mode, you will need an IPS Panel monitor.


What? I may be wrong (but I don't think I am), but the type of panel used in the monitor has nothing to do with its orientation. A TN panel can be rotated just as easily as an IPS, you just need to buy a model that supports it.
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April 9, 2012 8:10:25 AM

I was looking at IPS either way simply for it's advantages :p . Finding one that isn't too expensive, LED, HDMI, DVI, and with a pivoting stand is the hard part...
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April 16, 2012 12:02:30 AM

2xGPUS: $1095/with shipping (Already ordered from Tigerdirect due to availability)
EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: $209.99/$189.99 ($20 rebate)
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified

MOBO: $258.99 due to open box item
Open Box: ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2xRAM: $99.98 ($49.99/8GB)
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2

CPU: $599.99 with free copy of RAGE (PC)
Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

CPU Cooler: $89.99
Phanteks PH-TC14PE 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler

SSD: $119.99
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Keyboard: $54.99
Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard

Mouse: $76.99
Cyborg CCB437080002/04/1 Black USB Wired Laser R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse

Thermal Paste: $9.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Case: $119.99
Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED ...

BD-RE: Already Own

HDD: Already Own
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Subtotal = $2715.89
Coupon Codes = $26.50
Total = $2689.39
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So... This is currently my planned build. First thing though I would like to thank Gary1, Azeem40, as well as AVKnight for their help. I just want to make sure I don't have any compatibility problems that I haven't caught myself. Also I have a few questions.

1) What cables and accessories will be needed and not be supplied with my current order? Is it only SATA cables?

2) I would like to add a crap ton of storage to this desktop with low speed, large capacity hdds. My only issue is I am unsure of what to get and where to get it for the best price. I currently have 19TB of external hdd space
(2x2TB WD Element, 2x2TB WD Mybook, 2x2TB Goflex, 2x3TB WD Mybook, and 1x1TB Seagate Goflex (portable)) with about 7TB free. I realize this is probably the worst way to keep media files and such as it is in no way protected from failure. What should I do to fix this?

3) While im doing this thread, I figure this question can't hurt. I currently have a wireless N router that is starting to cut in and out on me. What would be recommended for a house being shared by 5 electronics oriented people with high bandwith usage?

4) Lastly, if anyone spots anything that I have done in ignorance or stupidity with my current desktop build, please let me know.
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