Build for Skyrim at 2560 x 1440 - ~$3k

After 5 years it is time for a new PC. Skyrim is the most graphically intense game I currently play so I am looking to get the highest frame rates I can at 2560 x 1400 with everything cranked up. I figure if I can get high frame rates in that I should be good for another 3 -5 yrs.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month.

Budget Range: Don't really have one but was thinking $3k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Web Surfing, Photoshop, Video Editing, CAD

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, speakers, mouse, monitor (planning to buy one of the Korean 2560x1440 IPS panels), data drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg though I will buy from wherever the best price is

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None really though I have had good luck with eVGA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe - If worth it

Monitor Resolution: Primary - 2560 x 1440; Secondary - 1360 x768 TV used solely for playing videos

Additional Comments: Need an external eSATA port and would like a firewire port as well. For the primary dive at least a 256GB SSD.
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  1. CPU: i5-3570k
    CPU cooler: Hyper 212 Evo
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
    GPU: 2xGTX 680 Dual SLI
    RAM: 32GB (why not?) of DDR3-1866 1.5v CAS9 RAM
    SSD: 256GB OS drive for applications and games. It won't be primary, though... documents and stuff go on your traditional 7200rpm HDDs
    Case: Er... not sure. Firewire is not something I'm familiar with.
    PSU: PC Silencer MK II 950W Silver Rated

    I think that'll cover it fine.
  2. Ok the video editing / CAD puts you in Hyperthreading territory so that rules out anything starting w/ i5. Ivy Bridge is tempting but since we haven't seen the enthusiast boards yet, I'm kinda shy as yet. But here's an IB build for ya:

    Case - $ 270 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133192
    At $3k, ya deserve a case w/ these kind of features.
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=843&Itemid=61&limit=1&limitstart=6

    Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106149

    PSU - $ 190 - Corsair AX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015
    It will do two 680's ... and gets a 9.5 jonnyguru performance rating
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=197

    MoBo - $ 240 - Asus Sabertooth Z77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821
    5 year warranty, military class components.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/20/asus_sabertooth_z77_lga_1155_motherboard_review/7

    CPU - $ 340 - Intel Core i7-3770K

    Cooler - $ 90 - Phanteks PH-TC14PE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709001
    Can't ask for more performance and and its even pretty
    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/phanteks_ph_tc14pe_cpu_cooler_review,14.html

    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    Tops the charts and no curing issues like AS5
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=12

    RAM - $ 140 - (2 x 4GB) Muskin Blackline DDR3 1600 CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226314
    Low profile

    GFX - $ 500 - Asus GTX 680 Included w/ MoBo
    GFX - Later - Asus GTX 680 Same
    It's the chart topper and lower cost per frame than the competition even after price drop. In Guru3D's Game test suite (Hard Reset, COD-MW2, Far Cry 2, ANNO 1404, Metro 2033, ANNO 2070, BFBC2, BF3, Crysis 2, AvP, Lost Planet 2).....

    680 gets 989 fps at a cost per frame of $0.51
    7970 gets 872 fps at a cost per frame of $0.55

    ..... ya budget was w/o monitor so ya can include the 2nd card and still say well under budget

    HD - $ 90 - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
    Seagate's factories were least affected by flood and have best deals at the moment....7200 rpm, 64 MB cache, SATA III .... none others at this price range and 1TB on single platter.

    SSD - $ 250 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226
    Premium 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle Mode Flash puts it in Tier 1
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmark,3139-6.html

    DVD Writer - $ 75 - Asus Model BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252
    Greta price for a great drive

    Monitor - $ 645 - Asus Model VG278H 120Hz 3/ 3D Glasses http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236206
    Not your desired resolution but wanted to put up a 120 Hz alternate for ya consideration. Id take the 120 Hz if gaming is highest priority, Dell UltraSharp U2711 IPS panel if Photo and video work are the priority.

    OS - $ 140 - Win 7-64 Home Professional http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

    Total $ 2,987 .... $2,342 w/o Monitor ..... $2,842 w/ 2nd GFX card and no monitor


    If the Case is just too much .... here's some alternative case / PSU Combos

    Antec DF-85 or 1200 V3 w/ CP-850 - Outstanding combination, runs cooler and quieter than any other combo I have ever used. The hot swap SATA drive bay on the DF rocks for video and photo enthusiasts

    $160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    or
    $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100

    $120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=142

    Quote:
    It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of.You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.



    Corsair 500R w/ HX850 - PSU get higher rating from jonnyguru than the AX version does and the case is both functional and attractive.


    $165 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006519&isNodeId=1&Description=500R&x=0&y=0
  3. Okay. I'll hit a few things.
    1) IB hasn't really been released yet. I know people are saying it's running hot, but I'd wait and see what happens when it's actually released.
    2) JackNaylorPE is right about hyperthreading. I forgot about that. i7 is probably best.

    Other than that, I know more about gaming builds than video editing, so I'm done with this thread since I can't help you more than these guys can :)
  4. rocknrollz said:
    I do not see him being benefited by IB. As it is said it doesn't OC too well which he plans to do and the 2600k is great for gaming and has hyper threading for his video editing.


    I was perplexed on which way to go as you saw in my intro......but to me the 2600k is a dead CPU. AT $310 for the 2600k and $340 for the 2700k, can't see scrimping for a measly $30. My gut feeling is IB gonna be a yawner .... minor performance increase but I woulda expected its lower power to make OC'ing an easier chore.....I guess we'll know shortly. Since its supposed to be same price as 3770k, it's a simple substitution.

    But I'm always wary about "Revision A" hardware ...... Glad that itch held me back from buying P67 boards before B3
  5. 2700k, forgot about that.

    I still don't think IB is worth going for. Haswell will be a better wait of time.
  6. Thanks for replies

    What is this IB that you are talking about?

    I haven't paid attention to anything to do with CPUs for several years. I do remember reading something about Windows 8 that only certain CPUs will support all features. I believe it was i7's.

    As for monitors, The lowest resolution I would look at is 1920 x 1200. I am currently running an old 1600x1200 CRT and I don't want to lose the vertical resolution. The Korean monitors use the same panels as the 27" Apple Cinema displays. They are like a stripped down u2711 without the AG coating
  7. hello op

    IB means ive bridge aka preseder of sandy bridge or 3rd gen core i series or i3 i5 i7.
  8. IB is Ivy Bridge... the next generation of Intel processors that's coming out April 23rd. Right now the processors are Sandy Bridge (or SB). I really, really, really wouldn't get Windows 8... just don't get it. Win7 is great.

    So 1920x1200, and no 1080p?
  9. OK. So the 3770k would be better than a 3930K? I thought the 2 extra cores and quad channel memory might buy me something.


    1920x1200 is above 1080p. I am think I am going to get a 2560x1440 monitor so 1440p.
  10. Oh, I forgot about the title of this thread. I was just double-checking that you wanted higher than 1080p, the standard (many new members don't know that 1200 is higher than 1080p, since 1080p is marketed as "HD").
  11. I may be a new member but I have been visiting Tom's for years and built my first PC in 1994.
  12. I didn't mean to offend you. I was just saying that many new members don't know much about tech. I can tell you know enough about hardware, though.
  13. No offense taken. Tone can be so hard in postings.

    I can see how lots of people think 1080p is great, especially if they are coming from consoles. I know many people who think in terms simply of diagonal siz eand don't understand that resolution matters.

    I want the highest resolution I can reasonably achieve with the physical space I have. I thought of going with three monitors but I don't know if they would fit nor if it would actually be worth the cost
  14. I don't really like having three monitors. It means I can't see everything at the same time, and it requires me to turn my head (yes, I'm that lazy.... no, I just mean that it doesn't really give you an edge). That's why I have my one, trusty, six year old, 1680x1050 monitor! :p
  15. Human eye is only 72 fps /:
  16. I have two at work and I like it but I think I will probably stay with just one big one for now at home. It is just whether I gamble on the $400 Korean one or go for a Dell u2711 or u3011. $400 compared to $1000 or $1300 is really tempting

    I like having the TV as second monitor at home as I can play movies on it while still working on the PC.
  17. So is there no way to return the Korean one? I dunno... it's not made in China, right?
  18. Yeah no way to return the Korean one if you don't like it. There are several threads on overclock.net about them. Well technically you could return it but you will take $100 hit for shipping.

    So far it looks like there are only a few DOA's and if I use a credit card via PayPal to buy it I should be able to use the cc to make sure I get a full refund in that case
  19. uvb076, the human eye doesn't see in terms of distinct frame rates. How high of a frame rate one needs for a smooth image depends upon how fast the items being viewed are moving
  20. ^That. Basically, I think 60fps is enough for ANYONE. However, at the resolution you're working at, you're not anyone. I'm pretty sure shelling out for a 70fps monitor isn't worth it, though... aren't they like way more expensive?
  21. Look and learn boys because your all about to get lesson from the master. :p @ the OP. This build allows you to add another one of those gtx 680's in SLI.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1335052126&sr=1-6 $116.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-case.html <----- Another look at that case

    This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic for XFX 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/B0050751YS/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1335052215&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=N82E16813131822 $339.99
    ASUS P8Z77 WS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 4 (x16/x16/0/0 or x16/x8/x8/0 or x8/x8/x8/x8)

    or this board which is due out in a month or less...

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/intelz77/Z77-Extreme9.html $300+
    ASRock Z77 Extreme9

    http://www.asrock.com/news/index.asp?cat=News&ID=439 <----- another look at that board

    ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is a very powerful, future-proofed, highly overclockable machine and has the most overclockable configurations. For memory aspect, Z77 Extreme9 mobo breaks the memory overclocking barrier and pushes it up to DDR3 3000+ (OC) MHz! Moreover, this board is unprecedentedly equipped with PLX PEX 8747 bridge which is able to run dual VGA cards (2-Way SLI / CrossFireX) at PCIe Gen3 x16 / x16 mode or four VGA cards (4-Way SLI / CrossFireX) at PCIe Gen3 x8 / x8 / x8 / x8 mode. In addition, ASRock Z77 Extreme9 comes with an exclusive 2T2R Dual Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + BT v4.0 module that offers support for WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity standards and Bluetooth v4.0. It supports Dual Band frequency 2.4 / 5 GHz as well. The board even bundles with an exclusive Wi-SB Box (with 2 antennas) that offers superior WiFi and Bluetooth signal quality and 2 front USB 3.0 ports.

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/intel-ivy-bridge-gets-prelaunch-price-cut/ $313
    Intel Ivy Bridge i7 3770K 3.5Ghz

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $34.29 & 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 bring cpu temps down even more.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-R4-BMBS-20PK-R0/dp/B0030DL37I/ref=pd_sim_e_15 $11.06 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan R4-BMBS-20PK-R0

    Photo shop, CAD, Video editing...then don't short yourself in the RAM dept. This set allows you to add another set later on for a total of 32GB.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231558 $114.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO

    A nice sized HD to store all those files....

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal/dp/B005T3GRN2/ref=sr_1_2?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1335053790&sr=1-2 $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

    Jack Naylor had it right with the SSD. Mushkin for speed, price and quality.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226 $249.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b $17.99 & 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/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600315498&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce%20GTX%20600%20series $500
    GeForce GTX 680 2GB

    Total: $1,940.21 Not including O/S, monitor, shipping & rebates


    ***optional 32GB set of RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231559 $239.99
    G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10Q-32GAO
  22. ddan49 said:
    ^That. Basically, I think 60fps is enough for ANYONE. However, at the resolution you're working at, you're not anyone. I'm pretty sure shelling out for a 70fps monitor isn't worth it, though... aren't they like way more expensive?

    Forget the "human eye only see's etc, etc..

    It's all about smoothness in game play. 70fps refresh rate? Try 120hz ftw!

    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 Monitor starting @ $300
  23. The eye can literally only see 72 fps. There is no advantage to 120hz.
  24. Why_Me said:
    Forget the "human eye only see's etc, etc..

    It's all about smoothness in game play. 70fps refresh rate? Try 120hz ftw!

    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 Monitor starting @ $300


    What the... a 3D 120hz (again, necessary, but cool!) 23" monitor? For $300? That's sweet! :pt1cable:

    Again, I'd stick with 60hz ;)
  25. I honestly cannot tell the difference between 30fps and 60fps, so I chose a 60Hz IPS Panel. :)
  26. +1
  27. Iv'e never played an RPG game but for those of us like myself that play FPS games... from UT, to BF3, to COD, etc... there's no comparison in regards to a 60hz monitor and one with a 120hz refresh rate. It's night vs day. When playing FPS it's all about smoothness in game play. There's no such thing as too many FPS for a die hard FPS player. That might not be the thing with RPG players , but it's a totally different world with FPS games. Forget the 3d...that's an option on those Samsung monitors, it's the 120hz.


    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1092&products_id=19221 <---- To understand what I'm talking about click that link and scroll down to to where it explains "120Hz" w/pics.
  28. I know what 120 Hz means. I was just explaining what my eye can't see.
  29. azeem40 said:
    I honestly cannot tell the difference between 30fps and 60fps, so I chose a 60Hz IPS Panel. :)


    Actually, you can, pretty easily. There was a test done where they showed a bunch of people a movie shot in 30fps (typical movie framerate... all movies are shot in 30fps) and a shot in 60fps. The scene was action with some stuff blowing up so they could see a lot of motion. 95% of the audience said that the 60fps was noticeably better.

    Now, 60fps vs 120fps isn't as noticeable imo.
  30. I have been looking at the same monitor for many years and have recently moved on to a new one. I see no difference personally.
  31. Is it different? Like... from 30hz to 60hz?
  32. We are talking about fps, not hertz. :P
  33. So 30fps to 60fps? I don't think I get where you're coming from... I'm confused.. >.<

    I was never good with monitors. ;)
  34. Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($547.86 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($547.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($270.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($78.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2981.61
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-04-24 16:47 EDT-0400)
  35. That's a pretty expensive mobo... but I think people have said it's worth it.

    There are diminishing returns on memory after DDR3-1600, but if you want it... take it. Alternatively, I'd get 2x8GB so that I could upgrade later on to more RAM.

    Are you RAIDing the SSDs?

    Great GPU ;)

    Everything looks good! It seems like overkill, especially for Skyrim (even at your resolution), but it should play any game out there on high or better for the next three years. It'll play decent fps on medium or better... oh... I'd say about five, six years? It'll be useful for a decade.
  36. UVB076 said:
    Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($235.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($547.86 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($547.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($270.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($78.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2981.61
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-04-24 16:47 EDT-0400)

    Not bad but a few obvious flaw. I'm guessing the 1250w psu is in order to add a third card, only you don't want that board for tri SLI. You want a board like the Asus Z77 WS Revolution or the Asrock Z77 extreme9. Both those boards run tri cards @ x16 x18 & x8. Also the benefit from SSD's in RAID 0 aren't worth the money. Better to go with one large SSD like a 480GB Mushkin. With the RAM you have 4x4GB which doesn't leave any room for upgrade...it fills all four RAM slots from the get go. Look at 2x8GB so you have room to add another 16GB later on. 32GB of RAM is handy if your opening large files.
  37. ^I agree with everything up there. I just want to add one thing:

    Do you really need over 200GB of SSD space? Or over 256GB? I mean, how many programs are you using? Don't put like... word documents on it.
  38. Work has been keeping me busy so it has taken me a while to review all the posts. Thanks for all the input. After reviewing everything this is what I think I will go with:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155

    CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    Plus: COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan

    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Professional or ASRock L77 Extreme9 (I haven't seen it for sale yet).
    eVGA's z77 board is also an option
    The Asus boards looked good but didn't have Firewire.

    Case: CoolerMaster HAF932
    Corsair Carbide 500R is also an option depending upon the final MB

    Video Card: eVGA GTX 690 - already on its way

    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16 GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600

    SSD: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB - yes I really need that kind of SSD space.

    Data Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

    Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner

    TIM: Shin Etsu

    Sound Card: HT Claro Omega II

    Total on NewEgg is $2727 as of this moment. I won't be ordering till Memorial Day weekend though as I once again have to travel for work and don't want packages arriving without me around.

    Since I am not ordering immediately I am willing to listen to any comments on the above.

    To go with all of this I also have:
    Monitor: Crossover 27Q LED-P (2560 x 1440)
    KB: Logitech G11
    Mouse: Logitech G7
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1
    Scanner: Epson Perfection 2450 Photo
    Printer: Canon S9000
    Joystick: Saitek x45
  39. EVGA 690?! :o

    That's REALLY overkill for Skyrim at the moment, FYI. A 690... man... that's insane. Everything looks good, though! That's an insane build. It'll tear through any game for the next couple of years, and probably will play games at medium or better at your resolution for a good eight years (although the DX thing...)
  40. Don't get a Hyper 212 if your budget is so high. Get something better like a Noctua D-14 or a Thermalright Silver Arrow.
  41. Oh, that too. I'd suggest the Noctua... just make sure there's room
  42. Ok. Someone here had recommended the Hyper 212.

    Hadn't seen the Thermalright one before

    How do I make sure the Noctua will fit? I had originally looked at it but wasn't sure about it fitting. I had issues with the cooler and door with my current PC. Luckily on that case there was a door fan holder I could remove to make it work.

    As for having builds last. My current build is from Jan 2007. If I turn off AA I can play Skyrim at 1600x1200 and almost everything maxed
  43. The Hyper 212 (I might have recommended it... I usually do) is a great cooler, but.. the Noctua's better :) I usually don't recommend it 'cause it's expensive and massive, but you might want it. To check, just check how tall the Noctua is (Google) and how much clearance your case has for a CPU cooler (Google, again). Also, if you're using four sticks of RAM, you may want low-profile RAM to make sure it fits underneath. But you're using two, right? Anyway, I checked for you, and the Noctua D-14 is 160mm tall (it's really massive). The HAF932 has a 170mm clearance. You're good! (By a centimeter ;) ). The Corsair 500R seems to have 180mm, but that's not 100% accurate (I couldn't find definite information on that. Someone said 180mm, but that's not from Corsair or a reputable reviewer). Your main problem is the RAM clearance. If you've only got two sticks, it shouldn't be a problem.
  44. Looking at the cases again I think I might go with HAF X instead. I like that the USB 3.0 ports are at the top instead of as an addon and has filters for the fans.

    I was leaning towards the Silver Arrow over the Noctua as I read it was supposed to be quieter.
  45. Silver Arrow is better last time I checked. Also, the color isn't as awkward.
  46. This cooler down below beats out both the Noctua and the Silver Arrow and it does it for cheaper. Vapor Lock FTW!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103176 $69.99
    Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2654 <----- that's a review on that h/s That review was done with a single fan configuration.

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- There's Frosty Tech's Top 5 list for Intel coolers.


    This fan down below clips onto CM cpu cooler up above for a "push - pull" effect to help bring cpu temps down even more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069 $11.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan
  47. I looked online and the reviews I found didn't show the TPC 812 being better. Of course that was with a single fan. Is there a review anyplace that shows it with two vs Silver Arrow?

    Price is about the same once you add in the second fan.
  48. Whatever CPU cooler you end up using, I'd suggest two fans on it (if it fits). The Noctua is quieter, but you can just as well put a couple of Noctua fans (although that comes out to about $50 for both) on a heatsink. Also, make sure that the air has somewhere to go... I'd recomend having them face so that the exhaust goes through the top of the case, and have an exhaust fan.
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