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April 21, 2012 3:53:38 AM

This is my first build i've done and dont know too much about the computer hardwares (i wont be putting it together, my uncle will) but i just want to make sure everything looks ok and if y'all have any suggestions fill free to tell. So, here it is (it's not going to be in any particular order):


Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CPU:Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active (i dont think this is quite enough power, but i dont know. so....)

Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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 (i know i dont need a tower, but i want it to look kool)


These are the parts that arent necessary to the computer:
Monitor(s):Asus VG236H 23" 2ms 1920x1080 Full HD HDMI multimedia Height & Swivel Adjustable WideScreen LCD 120Hz 3D Monitor w/nVidia 3D Vision Kit hard bundle 400 cd/m2 100,000:1 (ASCR) [WANT A DUAL MONITOR SETUP]
DVD drives:SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM [getting 2 of these]


i want to keep it under $2500 dollars and thats about it

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April 21, 2012 3:58:37 AM

i forgot to mention i'm primarily going to use this for gaming (me3 & bf3 etc.) i also download a lot of stuff (but i think thats more internet based), and i wont get everything for about 4 months so i've got time.
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April 21, 2012 4:07:24 AM

You could be saving a lot more money. You definitely don't need the X79 Extreme. No hard feelings but as you're a new builder I'm assuming you haven't messed around much with things like overclocking or in-depth things involved with the motherboard. Also I don't think you'll be running a Quad SLI or Tri-SLI setup will you? The 680's are fairly powerful just by itself. You really only need 1 @ 1080P to run almost all games at full.

Onto the opinion. Save on the motherboard, you wouldn't even use all of the motherboards potential and for the cost, definitely not worth it. The performance difference in motherboards is minimal but for extra hundreds.

Also, Might as well wait for Ivy Bridge releasing next month. At that, gaming doesn't need the i7. The i5 3570K releasing soon would allow you to overclock and give you basically the same performance in gaming. You wouldn't notice the difference.

Also you don't need 32GB of ram, NO ONE needs that much except MAYBE coders but not likely unless you're running like a server or something. 8GB is plenty for even enthusiasts. Unless you'll be doing Photoshop HEAVY and other CS5 apps which 16GB MAY be needed but isn't completely necessary.

Overall check out my $850 here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just change the card I suggest to the GTX 680.
Honestly that's all you'll need and it'll still look solid. You can keep the tower if you want.
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April 21, 2012 4:30:54 AM

I guess I overestimated games. And my friend (a stupid one I might say at that) said that my previous budget,$1500 was no where near enough to get a decent gaming computer. He must have been jeleous or something. But what would y'all suggest for something that could last at least 5-7 years?
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April 21, 2012 4:56:45 AM

5-7 years? I feel like its going to be out of date no matter what, I believe the life cycle of most computers is around 3 years. The advances we make in technology in just 5 years alone will most likely be huge, therefor gaming is just going to get better and better.
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April 21, 2012 5:15:31 AM

5-7 years is a bit too long to predict.

IT's highly dependent on how the consoles progress as that's how most developers generally develop games. The exception would be BF3, slightly. And possibly Crytek. But yes, AnotherKid is correct the general cycle is about 3 years before an upgrade.

Your friend WAS correct. Back 2 years ago, $1500 would get you a pretty solid computer. Now it's long out the door, $600 would be sufficient for a good build.

Check out my $850 here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just change the card I suggest to the GTX 680.
Honestly that's all you'll need and it'll still look solid. You can keep the tower if you want.
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April 21, 2012 6:17:47 AM

Typically its better to spend $1000 on a computer today and buy another one for $1000 3 years from now than it is to spend $2000 and expect it to last 5 or 6 years. The costs/time frames I am specifying are arbitrary but you they illustrate the point. If you split a large budget over several systems over time you will actually end up with better systems that serve you longer and you will retain access to your money longer instead of dumping all the money up front... If you dump so much money up front, you will be stuck with an older system longer.
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April 21, 2012 2:06:47 PM

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Typically its better to spend $1000 on a computer today and buy another one for $1000 3 years from now than it is to spend $2000 and expect it to last 5 or 6 years. The costs/time frames I am specifying are arbitrary but you they illustrate the point. If you split a large budget over several systems over time you will actually end up with better systems that serve you longer and you will retain access to your money longer instead of dumping all the money up front... If you dump so much money up front, you will be stuck with an older system longer.

i see now, yes i guess i could go for a cheaper mobo, memory and cpu
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April 21, 2012 6:46:33 PM

aznshinobi said:
Awe! Seriously doe, check out my build guide $850
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just keep the GTX 680 and you'll be good to go!

yes i looked at it and i am going with the 2500k and i'll probably end up getting the extreme3
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April 21, 2012 8:02:21 PM

Umm maybe wait a week though. Ivy Bridge is releasing at the same price and would give slight performance boost as well as support for PCI 3.0 (Gen3 needs IB to utilize the PCI 3.0 slot, otherwise it'd run at PCI 2.0). The i5 3570K will be replacing the i5 2500K/.
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April 21, 2012 9:17:37 PM

ok
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