System advice?

I'm new to Tom's hardware and a post I recently made and tried to edit wouldn't allow me, it kept redirecting me. So if a mod can delete it I would appreciate it. I need advice on a gaming rig.


Approximate Purchase Date: April 12 (Can wait for Ivy if necessary)

Budget Range: $2900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: C++ work, Maya, Gaming, internet. (Coding and gaming will be done profusely)

Parts Not Required: need everything. keyboard, mouse, os, microsoft word needed

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg (any other suggestions)

Country: USA, CA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia gtx 680, Asus mobo

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want a ssd for a boot drive. A standard dvd drive is plenty good. If SLI is possible that would help. If the X79 platform is recommended with 1 680 over 1155 with 2 ill take it.
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6Dy1

    Intel i7-3930K $550
    Zalman CNPS12X $87 ($15 rebate)
    Asus P9X79 $255
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1600MHz CAS9 1.5V 993995 $87
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM ST1000DM003 $98
    Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB $165
    Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB $508 ($7 shipping)
    Antec Eleven Hundred $100
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1 OEM $100
    Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $20 ($5 shipping)
    Total: $1975

    With the following PSU:
    NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140
    http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power-Supply-Modular-HALE90-750-M/dp/B003YFIUEG
    The Corsair HX 750 is the same price on Amazon last I checked and there's not much to choose between them at the same price.
    Which brings the total to $2115

    Which leaves ~$800 to get monitor (which I don't have enough knowledge about to make a recommendation, but you should get a high end model), peripherals (personal choice), other software and maybe even a second GTX 680 straight off the bat, depending on spending a small enough amount.
  2. Here you go:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
    PSU: Seasonic X850 Gold - $199.99
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $319.99
    CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $559.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $84.99
    RAM: 16GB G.Skill Ares 1600MHz 1.5V - $89.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $159.99
    HD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green - $119.99
    Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99
    OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99
    Keyboard: Logitech G110 - $69.99
    Mouse: Logitech G500 - $59.99
    Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor - $139.99

    Total: $2,724.89
  3. http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock-guide/ <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks




    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1332866663&sr=1-3 $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/B0050751YS/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1332866828&sr=1-1 $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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157289 $249.99
    ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492 $599.99 FREE SHIPPING $30 promotional gift card with purchase, ends 4/11
    Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $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-R4-BMBS-20PK-R0/dp/B0030DL37I/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1333218396&sr=1-5 $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=N82E16820231507 $249.99 FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code EMCNFNE46, ends 4/11
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal/dp/B005T3GRN2/ref=pd_sim_pc_2 $119.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b $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=N82E16814121626 $499.99
    ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    or....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768 $499.99
    EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $2,153.59

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007617%2050001077%20600060968%20600030956%20600255030&IsNodeId=1&name=120Hz <----- SAMSUNG 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD 120Hz 3D Monitors

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=X79%20Extreme6 <----- A better look at that board. Also get the latest bios for that board here.
  4. CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E Socket 2011 - $600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492

    CPU Cooling: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking - $57
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

    Motherboard: Asrock X79 Extreme7 (I know it's not Asus but Asrock are owned by Asus :D, it's a very good motherboard though) - $260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157284

    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Z 16GB (4X4GB) DDR3 1600MHz - $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231497

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 5900RPM SATA 6GB/s 64MB Cache - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148725

    SSD: Intel Series 520 Cherryville 120GB SATA III - $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167095

    Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB GDDR5 X2 - $500
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner - $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067

    Keyboard + Mouse: Microsoft 2.4GHz 5000 Black Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Bundle - $62
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109181

    Monitor: Asus 23" Full 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers - $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236079&cm_sp=Cat_Monitors-_-Hot_Deal-_-24-236-079

    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Black (Also White or Red (same price)) - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146085

    PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850W 80Plus Gold Modular Power Supply - $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341044

    Total came to just under $2400, but this is a fantastic system that will do as you please. I know that the motherboard isn't Asus, but it is still a very good motherboard with the latest technologies. You can also spend $50 on Word from Newegg or buy all of the range for $100 (University edition).
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