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May 11, 2012 1:38:04 PM

After several months of waiting for Ivy Bridge, the new GTX 6XX series to arrive, begging my wife, and carefully choosing my computer parts I am now ready to order my stuff this coming week!! I feel pretty darn confident in my choices and I am finally ready to see what the community thinks about my choices. I originally set a $2500 budget but I found that I will be closer to the $2000 range which is fantastic. I am a big gamer and I run some productivity software on my computer for personal and business use. Games I play are WoW, Counter Strike (all versions), Battlefield 3, all of the Modern Warefare games, Skyrim, and Diablo 3. I do plan on trying Crisis and Metro 2033 once this rig is built too. I choose all of my parts with the idea of not having to build a new computer in the next 4 years. Please feel free to leave some feed back :) 

CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD: MSI Z77A-G45 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i5 3570K

MEMORY: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I decided to go with the low profile memory because of my CPU cooler

GPU: SLI'ing 2 x EVGA GTX 670 2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Future proofing with 2 cards, plus I always wanted to try SLI :wahoo: 

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some of you are going to say, "OMG his PSU is to weak to run 2 x GTX 670's!!" I've done a lot of research on PSU's and I am comfortable with my choice. I am considering the HX850 too because I can actually pick it up for $10 more from Amazon.

Harddrives: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3A-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've got a second HD which is a 1 TB Western Digital Black HD that I will use as my secondary drive for files and other large programs.

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've never been a fan of water cooling. Plus, I am only going to OC to around 4-4.2 GHz. This should do just fine.

Operating Sys: Win7 Pro 64 bit

Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like this monitor and feel it will do a great job based on my research and reviews I have read. I believe it will perform great for the games I play and the office software that I use.

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May 11, 2012 4:15:07 PM

you don't need win7 pro just get win 7 home prem for $100

i would feel more comfortable with going with a cooler looking case like 500R just my preference because if you are going to spend $2000 on a computer you want to have the outside look just as cool as what is inside it

you seriously don't need 2x670 SLI if you only plan on running 1 monitor the reasons why people get more than 1 GPU is so they can get more FPS during a dual/triple screen where you will already get good fps(around 60. you don't really notice the fps past 60 unless its like 120) with one screen at 1080p
May 11, 2012 4:24:25 PM

Well, my thoughts behind the sli setup was to future proof against future games that might be more demanding. But, your point is very valid and I considered just 1 for a very long time. I could always just pick up a second later down the road I suppose.
May 11, 2012 4:41:24 PM

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MOTHERBOARD: MSI Z77A-G45 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130645


First off switch out your motherboard with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's the same one I just got - I've never had good luck with MSI but this board is amazing, the 3-D BIOS is pretty killer.

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GPU: SLI'ing 2 x EVGA GTX 670 2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130782

Future proofing with 2 cards, plus I always wanted to try SLI :wahoo: 


Just one is enough to be future proof. You'll be able to max out games at ultra for years with just one 670. Or go with a 680.

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Harddrives: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3A-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233268


Don't get a Force 3 or any Sandforce based drive. If you want something that's blazing fast check out the new Vertex 4 which uses a new controller that's not Marvell or Sandforce; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

240GB is overkill and quite expensive.

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CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119216


Eh... I'm not the biggest fan of that case. If you switch out the SSD like I suggested you'll have enough to switch out your case to something much better like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139010

Some of you are going to say, "OMG his PSU is to weak to run 2 x GTX 670's!!" I've done a lot of research on PSU's and I am comfortable with my choice. I am considering the HX850 too because I can actually pick it up for $10 more from Amazon.


Get the same one I have instead - silver rated, made by Seasonic, and enough to run 4-way SLI in 670/680 should you choose: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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