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~$1500-$1700 Trading / Gaming Computer

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June 2, 2012 12:42:45 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Week after next (2nd week in June)

Budget Range: ~$1500-$1700 give or take before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking (running several different charting programs at once), Gaming, running 3 24" monitors, Looking bad a$$

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitors, (if I need I can reuse my current Corsair 850W Power Supply)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or anywhere that is a trusted site

Country: North Carolina, USA

Parts Preferences: ASUS MOBO (I like their BIOS, really user friendly)

Overclocking: Some, not max. I would like to get to around 4.5Ghz

SLI or Crossfire: No/maybe?

Monitor Resolution: 3 x 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like to get a liquid cooling system set up. I think they look really sick, I also want UV lighting and stuff. (I want to comp to look amazing, not just run amazing)

This is what I have together so far, as you can see I am missing MOBO and CPU.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204


APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR G-Type X-JPJGT-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811144197


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533


EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130687


KINGWIN Lazer LZ-850 850W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector ...
Item #: N82E16817121067


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231429


LOGISYS Computer CLK12UV 12" UV COLD CATHODE KIT
Item #: N82E16800888040


CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835181017



$114.99
Subtotal: $893.09


Any help would be appreciated, let me know if you need anymore info
June 2, 2012 1:04:17 AM

The build looks pretty good. A couple suggestions though.

-You don't really need liquid cooling at all for a build like this. Air cooling will be more then enough and you can get all LED fans to your liking as well.

-You want might to add in an SSD for your OS to make everything run a lot faster, you have it in your budget. I would look at Mushkin and Crucial M4.

-Take a look at your RAM and make sure you get low profile so your heat sink will be sure to fit properly.

-Instead of the 570, I would upgrade to the newer 670.

-For CPU I would go with Ivy Bridge i5 3570K so you can OC

-Mobo I would go with the Asrock extreme4 Z77, great for OCing, 3.0 ports, ect.
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June 2, 2012 1:11:47 AM

Hey Hopz, thanks for the reply. Wouldn't an i7 processor give better multitasking capability? Also, what is difference between Ivy Bridge and the other type? I was looking into a i7 2700k at 3.5ghz 3.9 turbo (I think thats what it is called) if I was to go with that, how much could I safely OC to if I was using liquid cooling?

I know I did not really need liquid cooling, I just really like the way it looks. Also, isn't it a little quieter than using a normal air cooling system? (quiet PC is important to me, my current build is hella loud)

How large of a SSD would I need for my OS? I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate on my PC (can I reuse the install disk from 3 years ago?)

P.S. People have asked if it is going to be mainly a work pc or a gaming pc, it will mainly be for gaming/multitasking. I have back up PCs at work and laptop.
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June 2, 2012 1:21:07 AM

-The only difference between the i7 and the i5 is the hyperthreading capabilities. Which only really helps with heavy movie editing, and 3d Imagining/heavy photoshop. So if thats what you'll be doing then I would go i7. But for gaming and normal everyday tasks i7 is a waste. The Ivy Bridge just came out, so it's basically newer, quicker, better, and has better on board graphics.

-For OC, the H100 would be overkill for slight OC, but it's a good cooler and is liquid.

-You can get a quiet PC with fans, you just replace the stock fans with quiet ones and get a fan controller to turn down the speeds. If you get the Corsair 500r, it has a fan controller built in. But I've never done a liquid cooled system so don't know too much about it. Just know there's more risk if something leaks/breaks and a lot harder to set up.

-For an SSD it depends what you want on it. If you just want your OS you could get a 64Gb. IF you want OS/Office and maybe a couple apps or a game 120GB. And if you want to put more games/apps/programs could upgrade to 256GB. It will reduce all your start up and load times by an incredible amount for whatever is on it.


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June 2, 2012 1:23:08 AM

This is the type of look I am going for, Blue everything with UV reactive orange liquid cooling (yes I know his liquid cooling is on way more than just his CPU)

http://www.overclock.net/t/584302/ocn-water-cooling-clu...

Do you think I can get this type of look, with good components that will be relevant and able to do what I specified for the next ~3 years, all for my budget? lol
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June 2, 2012 1:25:07 AM

Alright, sounds like I should go with an i5 then as I will not be doing much, if any, video/photo editing.
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June 2, 2012 1:28:53 AM

For your budget you can get what you want and have some money left over to spend on liquid cooling. But I"m not sure how much it would cost to liquid cool everything and get it to look how you want. If you can figure out how much you'll need to the liquid cooling part, I can help you budget your build around that.
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June 2, 2012 1:52:08 AM

if your corsair 850 is from TX V2 series or HX or AX then i guess it's still good enough to power up your rig.
here's my suggestion for your bada$$ looking rig(coloure scheme is black)-
Optical drive- Samsung 22x dvd burner
Case- In Win Dragon Rider black full tower
Hard disk- Samsung F4 2TB
Graphics Card- Asus DCII gtx 670 2GB
Ram- Corsair Vengeance 8GB black low profile
Motherboard- AsRock Extreme6 Z77 1155
Cpu-Intel i5 3570k 3.4GHz
Heatsink-Hyper 612 PWM
SSD- Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 240GB
Total=$1557
most of the parts are black and this will look sick if you are good at hiding cables.
highlights-
670 will provide you performance very close to a 680,DCII is a very highly rated cooler and has a lot of overclocking potential-
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
750w modular is more than enough to handle a system with 670 SLi and overclocking.
motherboard is a solid performer and also matches the color scheme.
612 is very rated cooler,will easily go 4.5GHz and is fairly quiet due to it's PWM fan.
note:every component is high quality and compatible.good luck with your build.
enjoy.
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June 2, 2012 2:11:23 AM

Hellfire, thanks for the information. I am sure that would look really sick! However, I would like to have a setup where the side is clear or open, and glowing blue/orange I think that looks awesome.
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June 2, 2012 2:14:43 AM

Did you already purchase that PSU? or thats just the one you plan on getting?

I would suggest a OC of 4-4.2Ghz.

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June 2, 2012 2:17:01 AM

I already own that PSU from my previous build ~3 years old.
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June 2, 2012 2:17:30 AM

Should I go with a full tower? or would it all fit in a mid tower?
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June 2, 2012 2:21:01 AM

Ah ok, 850W is more then enough power. And I would go with a mid tower. It should have plenty of room. But it's more of personal preference, if you find a full tower you like and have the room for it and the money.
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June 2, 2012 2:36:56 AM

xclio sucks,better go with chaser.
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June 2, 2012 2:44:02 AM
June 2, 2012 2:49:36 AM

the case sucks otherwise looks good.
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June 2, 2012 2:51:12 AM

Looks pretty solid, a couple suggestions though.

-With the mobo you could save some money. Could get an Asrock Extreme4 Z77. Great for OC, USB 3.0, ect. Great all around, and only $135. Then if you have microcenter near you can get the CPU/MOBO combo for $280 which is an amazing deal for both.

-You want to get low profile RAM, it will make sure your heat sink fits properly.

-SSD I would go with Crucial M4 or Mushkin, it's cheaper and just as reliable.

-Why did you switch to modular? I personally don't think it's needed if you have good cable management.

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June 2, 2012 2:55:58 AM

hopz said:
Looks pretty solid, a couple suggestions though.

-With the mobo you could save some money. Could get an Asrock Extreme4 Z77. Great for OC, USB 3.0, ect. Great all around, and only $135. Then if you have microcenter near you can get the CPU/MOBO combo for $280 which is an amazing deal for both.

-You want to get low profile RAM, it will make sure your heat sink fits properly.

-SSD I would go with Crucial M4 or Mushkin, it's cheaper and just as reliable.

-Why did you switch to modular? I personally don't think it's needed if you have good cable management.


+1
BTW,you are learning fast :whistle:  :lol: 
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June 2, 2012 3:00:03 AM

raidmax=junk.
go with corsair,antec,xfx,saesonic,nzxt,enermax etc. but not raidmax,apevia and some others.
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June 2, 2012 3:00:56 AM

as i said earlier,xclio *may* look good(but for me it's cheap plastic)but are horrible.
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