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May 16, 2012 3:01:43 AM

I have already ordered this!! But is it all here? Besides my HDD since I will only use the SSD for now

for periphs I got:
Monitor: 23" ASUS PA238Q
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824236201

Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Gaming Keyboard USB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... ance%20k90

Headphones: Corsair Vengeance 1500 Gaming Headset Dolby 7.1 USB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... nce%201500

couple Extra's
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channel PCI-E Sound Card W/ Low Profile Bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6829132006

Visiontek Killer 2100 Gaming NIC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... ler%202100

and the guts
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Case (White version)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811139010

GPU: EVGA GTX 670 Superclocked
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130783

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro LGA1155 Z77 SLI 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 DisplayPort USB3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131819

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116504

Data: Crucial M4 SSD 256GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820148449

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 1600 8GB Blue Low Profile

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 750W ATX 120MM Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139030

Optical: ASUS BC-12B1ST Internal 12X Blu-Ray Reader & 16X DVD Writer Combo Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827135247

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
May 16, 2012 3:09:49 AM

Do you have memory
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May 16, 2012 3:18:17 AM

ya I do, edited it in there, thanks. that's it then? I have a mouse already too btw
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May 16, 2012 3:39:10 AM

Do you plan on sticking to the stock heat sinks?
Along those lines, better thermal compound?
Do you need any SATA cables?
Is 256GB enough storage for you? I didn't see any other hard drives.
Maybe a flash card reader of some sort?
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May 16, 2012 3:55:49 AM

Ya like I said 256gb will do me fine for now. I use little space, and can upgrade that later. I was told the fans in that case work quite well, so I was hoping not to add fans. I was hoping that the system parts are generally low power/heat. I'm not even sure what a flash card reader is...
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May 16, 2012 4:09:30 AM

Camera/media player/cellphone flash memory cards: SD, MicroSD, xD, MemoryStick, etc...

You can get them in 3½" or 5¼" sized variants with motherboard USB port connectors.

Oh yeah, do you need a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter to keep your SSD in place in that specific case?
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May 16, 2012 5:06:13 AM

I won't be overclocking at all at first, but the 670 is an EVGA superclocked version...if I do need an aftermarket cooling fans, I will get the noctua's. Are heatsinks and cooling fans the same thing? Ive never really known, but have a feeling the heatsinks might be for the cpu specifically
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May 16, 2012 5:50:46 AM

To be more specific, he means CPU cooler. They are heatsinks and fans that fit the heatsink, though many tower coolers use standard form 120mm fans.

If you want a motherboard with the possibility of multiple-GPU's in the future, I suggest one with 3 pci-e 3.0 slots (or 4 if you *really* want). With a 2 card setup, you'll run into an issue called microstuttering in which momentary framerates are far below the average. google microstuttering for more info. Single cards, and 3+ sli/xfire'd cards don't have that problem, it's only with 2 cards.

Also, I'm going to say the NIC is a bit of a waste. The most useful part of the card is the monitoring software that lets you prioritize bandwidth by program. I'm just making an assumption that you don't want to be bothered with that based on the comments that you don't plan on overclocking, at least not yet.

You might put the money towards a better monitor. For gaming, something in the 2-3ms response time (on a TN panel) would be good. You also want the refresh rate as high as possible. The asus is 60-75hz, which is the usual for consumer monitors. With the money from the network card, you could pick up something like this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Really any low-latency, high mhz monitor with good contrast will do well, that's just an example.

Personally, I'm dying to get my hands on this ($460)
http://www.120hz.net/showthread.php?94-Yamakasi-Catleap...!

Here's a forum with pictures of the non-overclocked version
http://www.overclock.net/t/1225919/yamakasi-catleap-mon...

It's a 2560x1440, 27" IPS panel, 100mhz+, LED backlit, 5 ms response time monitor (fastest response time there is on IPS panel). IPS panels are way better looking than TN, but usually not as useful for gaming because they have a little higher latency themselves, and the circuit boards on most monitors using IPS panels are loaded up with other crap (everything added to the circuit board of a monitor adds to it's latency).

It may be a bit too rough for most people - you'll need a 2nd monitor to install windows since the Overclocking version of monitor doesn't have a scaler (i.e. it can't display the default resolution used to install windows (only divisions of 1440p (720p, 360p)). You'll also likely need to watch a tutorial on how to overclock the monitor. For anyone that can handle that, though, that monitor is the holy grail of gaming monitors. To match this monitor, you'd have to spend about $1000 anywhere else.

Sorry, didn't mean to turn this post into a drool fest. Good luck with your build!
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May 16, 2012 5:57:14 AM

If you live near a microcenter, get the 3570k and P8Z77-V Pro there. I bought the combo this week for only $360.
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May 16, 2012 2:26:24 PM

@MasonS Like I said I have already ordered everything, so it doesn't make much sense to send parts back to look for a combo deal.

@quilciri From what I know, microstuttering isn't an issue anymore when dealing with the gtx 670 680 690. Can you please link to where it says they are still having SLI microstuttering problems?
As for the monitor it does look nice, however I would have to get a 2nd 670, and extra $200 for the monitor so I'm looking at $650 more to run on that screen, which is just coming out in NA and I havent been able to find any trusted reviews on it. I read good things from buyers both good and bad things, bad ones as in full res and 100+hz their systems can't keep up with it...definitely an interesting monitor tho.. but I'm not sure if you've looked into the Asus PA 238Q I'm buying, it's pretty much a kickass monitor at 1080 23". This will be my travel monitor, and perhaps in the future if I get a 2nd 670 I will get a pimped out monitor for my home.
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May 16, 2012 2:28:23 PM

I don't see any RAM on that list :S?

EDIT: Oh no, wait I do, it just doesn't have a link on it :) 
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May 16, 2012 2:33:51 PM

skiim said:
ya I do, edited it in there, thanks. that's it then? I have a mouse already too btw
No problem your welcome! :)  and no i think that's it your good to go bud. ;) 
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May 16, 2012 2:35:49 PM

@quilciri I've been looking more into your monitor, trying to see if my 670 will run it. I have to make my final decision on monitor today since my price match wasn't accepted yesterday...if I can find some good reviews on the monitor I might go for it.

edit: These monitors are all rejected apple displays. That's why it is basically a lottery when buying one. There's reports of some not able to reach 60 hz while others are 120 out of the box. Dead pixels are hit and miss too, some people are reporting lines in them, while others are thrilled they have a great screen on the cheap. The buttons on the frame don't do anything, only the on/off and brightness are functional. Knowing all this I still think I'd roll the dice if It wasn't going to eat up my GPU. In the future when I upgrade I'll look more into it
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May 16, 2012 2:36:22 PM

ALl your parts are there all you need now is a screw driver and place to work
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May 16, 2012 2:38:51 PM

Rockdpm said:
ALl your parts are there all you need now is a screw driver and place to work


I know lots of people can't be bothered, but I'd always recommend and ANTI-STATIC wrist band too :)  Can pick them up on ebay for $2-3. Always better to spend $2-3 than break something worth $200 :) 
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May 16, 2012 2:45:10 PM

The sound card and the nic card are kinda a waste. Onboard sound has come such a long way that they are almost obsolete for the average user/gamer. The killer nic, to me, is a gimmick.
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May 16, 2012 3:01:33 PM

@zooted I've actually looked into the Realtek® ALC892 onboard card a lot, it may or may not have come a long way, but it absolutely pales in comparison to the Asus Xonar DX. I read an in depth audiophile review on the 2 cards which I can't seem to find. Here are a couple forum links tho.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/306650-30-asus-xonar-...
http://www.overclock.net/t/1011754/realtek-alc892-vs-as...

edit: I realize there is controversy over whether or not the NIC is worth it, it was a choice I made knowing this. It's actually hard to prove one way or the other tho, some people say its noticeable while others say they can't tell. I work from a mobile connection a lot so wanted to give it a try.
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May 17, 2012 12:51:54 AM

skiim said:
@quilciri I've been looking more into your monitor, trying to see if my 670 will run it. I have to make my final decision on monitor today since my price match wasn't accepted yesterday...if I can find some good reviews on the monitor I might go for it.

edit: These monitors are all rejected apple displays. That's why it is basically a lottery when buying one. There's reports of some not able to reach 60 hz while others are 120 out of the box. Dead pixels are hit and miss too, some people are reporting lines in them, while others are thrilled they have a great screen on the cheap. The buttons on the frame don't do anything, only the on/off and brightness are functional. Knowing all this I still think I'd roll the dice if It wasn't going to eat up my GPU. In the future when I upgrade I'll look more into it


Yes, that's all explained in the forum's intial post. Dell, apple, and a few others use A+ panels for their high end monitors, ones that are guaranteed perfect. Everyone else, including yamakasi, uses A- panels. They are not guaranteed perfect, they *may* have some dead pixels, or they may also be perfect. That is why they're cheaper.

You need the 2b circuit board to get good overclocking. That's the $460 version that's just come out. There are some 2b circuit boards on the cheaper older models, but you'll be lucky to find one with that board. Some folks on the forums are trying to source the 2b boards specifically to swap them into other versions of the Q270.

Your overclocking mileage depends on the particular graphics card, not so much the monitor. Nvidia cards fare better than AMD, and the 600 series do particularly well. The record so far, set by hypermatrix is 125hz with a gtx 680. Last I checked, the highest clock on an AMD card was 92hz; still nothing to sneeze at.

The OSD doesn't work because the 2b circuit board has no circuitry for it. Anything added to the circuit board increases the latency of the monitor, including OSD circuitry. I'm pretty sure most gamers can figure out how to adjust their picture using the video card's software, though.

I told you the monitor was rough for your average user :) 

to the O.P.: If you wanna pull the trigger on the NIC, more power to you. I was just trying to free up funds you could put towards a monitor more suited for gaming.

p.s. There is a version of the catleap Q270 with several inputs, a scaler, OSD, and the works, but it is stuck at 60hz. If you want a general monitor and aren't as acutely concerned with game performance as I am, it's a fantastic deal as well ($360)
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May 17, 2012 3:50:33 AM

The more I read about the koreans the more I liked them, I'd like to get a OCable one but they seem very hard to get now. I think I will roll the dice on a crossover.
ps. I am the OP lol, but I never wanted an NEC, Asus PA 238Q was my choice.
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