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Build it better - Ivy Bridge - Input requested

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May 7, 2012 3:28:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Immediate upon selection of final build

Budget Range: See additional comments for more information regarding budget.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music creation, Video recording/editing, Web browsing, Movies/Music entertainment.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard not required.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever site provides the best deals. Preferably from reputable vendors.

Country: TN, USA

Parts Preferences: GTX 690 - different card(s) will be considered but this is preferred.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or higher. Please see additional comments for more information.

Additional Comments:
A $3100 budget is the max before rebates. I am looking to include a single GTX 690 (with plans on another in the future) or a dual GTX 6xx set up. Can I get a discussion regarding what option would be better?
Please suggest additional/replacement fans if needed.

Additional information on the monitor setup:
I would like to include three monitors in my budget but I will settle for a single monitor (with plans to add two additional monitors for a Portrait-Landscape-Portrait setup, after initial purchase). If possible, may I please get a suggestion on monitors (I have very little knowledge regarding monitors) that would work best in this configuration, or a possible suggestion for a different setup.

Main Programs (besides gaming) that this PC will use:
CyberLink PowerDirector 10
Fraps
FL Studio 10
Winamp
PCDJ - or something similar

Prices listed below include shipping and taxes if applicable.
Windows 7 (64bit) SP1 $99.99 @ Newegg
NZXT Switch 810 (White) $169.99 @ Amazon
I7-3770K $354.48 @ eCost
Corsair CWCH100 $114.99 @ compusa
Asus P8Z77 WS $329.99 @ NCIX US
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory [x2] $59.99 [per kit] @ Newegg
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" SSD $249.99 @ Newegg - when it comes back in stock
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD $147.27 @ Newegg
Silverstone 850W $154.99 @ Amazon

Total cost: $1741.67 - can this be built better?
May 7, 2012 3:40:16 PM


Ok I'm a little confused. I just read that Dual and Quad channel memory kits are both able to be implemented into a Dual channel Mobo. This true?
If so...clever, clever marketing.

If this is indeed the situation then wouldn't something like G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $149.99 @ Newegg be a better choice?
CAS 7 for a tad bit more cash compared to buying two of the G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory at CAS 8 for 59.99 [per kit]

May 7, 2012 4:31:37 PM

True as far as I know - dual vs quad is a function of the memory controller, not the sticks of ram.

If you have money to burn and want to squeeze out overy bit of performance, get the more expensive ram. If you were just gaming there's not much difference.

Crucial M4 SSD at that capacity was on sale - might check around.
May 7, 2012 4:57:03 PM

Thanks, I'll look into the Crucial M4.
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