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April 10, 2012 9:33:04 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

I'm thinking about building a gaming rig around the gtx 680.

I found this combo on Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.864972

The components are slightly different than what I was looking for, for example I was going to go with an i5 2550k instead of the 2700, but I'm wondering if the combo savings are worth it.

Is the motherboard good for overclocking? I'd also prefer a motherboard that is compatible with Ivy Bridge in case I want to do some upgrades next year.

I'd like an SSD as well and I was thinking of adding the Samsung 830 128gb to this build.

Also, any suggestions on a 27 inch LCD? this doesn't have to fit into the $2000 budget.


your thoughts are greatly appreciated!
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April 10, 2012 11:00:58 AM

From what I can tell the combo seems to have all quality parts this time, so you might actually be quite well off with it.

Now depending on timing and availability of the GTX680's ivy bridge stuff might be out or not when everything is properly relevant

As for the SSD, if you can fit it into the budget, go with a 256GB. They are faster and fit more if your stuff.

As for 27" LCD if you want 2560x1440 I guess a good choice would be the HP ZR2740w ( $679 )
For the FullHD models pretty much go take a look at stores and buy what seems nice.
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April 10, 2012 11:38:29 AM

combo is good but psu,cpu and cooler are not a good choice.try this build-
Asus DVD drive-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Storm Trooper case-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
F4 2tb HDD-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus 24" monitor-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
pc power and cooling 950w-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
crucial ballistix sports 8gb 1600mhz ram-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte Z77x UD3H mobo-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2500k-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hyper 212 EVO-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
sammy 830 256gb SSD-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus gtx 680 2gb-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
total-$1922
highlights-
storm trooper is a great tower for it's price.
A 24" is better than a 27" 1080p because it has better image quality due to higher pixel density.
psu is more then enough for gtx 680 SLi overclocking.
gigabyte makes some of the finest boards.Z77 is the latest 1155 platform.
2500k>all cpus for gaming(can beat anything in it's price range).
good cooler enough to go 4.5ghz.
you asked 128gb,i gave you 256gb ;) 
the build is enough to max out any game at 1080p will silky smooth frame rates.
good luck.happy gaming.
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April 10, 2012 11:39:19 AM

if you any doubts,feel free to ask.
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April 10, 2012 4:44:42 PM

awesome! Thanks for the help.
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April 10, 2012 5:31:55 PM

May I recommend this great case which is cheaper:

ANTEC ONE

This case has USB3, cable hiding system and two fans. It works very well and is inexpensive. It's user preference but I like simple and functional.

USB3:
I recommend you get a case with front USB3 as well as a motherboard that has USB3 front panel outputs. Future thumb drives can be 500MB/s but default to 60MB/s if only USB2 is found.

*As far as I can tell, this motherboard does support front USB3. I went to the Gigabyte site.

SSD:
I recommend a 120GB model. I have my games installed to my hard drive and Windows on my 120GB SSD. I have a "STEAM" folder for Steam games and "Games" folder for non-Steam games.

PSU:
The listed Power Supply is very good. you could easily find a $60 650W PSU that would do the job just fine but I tend to err on the side of quality in a power supply so I'd keep it. I think it's cheaper at NCIX.

SUMMARY:
My only big changes would be to use the Antec One case and a 120GB SSD (SATA3 model such as the OCZ Agility 3 which can be found for $110 after MIR).
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April 10, 2012 5:31:55 PM

mark the thread as 'solved'
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April 10, 2012 6:02:12 PM

Best answer selected by Tydoo.
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April 10, 2012 6:10:01 PM

photonboy said:
May I recommend this great case which is cheaper:

ANTEC ONE

This case has USB3, cable hiding system and two fans. It works very well and is inexpensive. It's user preference but I like simple and functional.

USB3:
I recommend you get a case with front USB3 as well as a motherboard that has USB3 front panel outputs. Future thumb drives can be 500MB/s but default to 60MB/s if only USB2 is found.

*As far as I can tell, this motherboard does support front USB3. I went to the Gigabyte site.

SSD:
I recommend a 120GB model. I have my games installed to my hard drive and Windows on my 120GB SSD. I have a "STEAM" folder for Steam games and "Games" folder for non-Steam games.

PSU:
The listed Power Supply is very good. you could easily find a $60 650W PSU that would do the job just fine but I tend to err on the side of quality in a power supply so I'd keep it. I think it's cheaper at NCIX.

SUMMARY:
My only big changes would be to use the Antec One case and a 120GB SSD (SATA3 model such as the OCZ Agility 3 which can be found for $110 after MIR).


thanks for the economic alternatives! I may go with the antec ONE if I can resist the urge of splurging on a case that shows off the goodies inside. As far as the SSD is concerned I may stick with a 256 in the interest of speed (although I believe it is quite minor).
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