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June 7, 2012 3:28:03 PM

PU: AMD FX-4170 4.20 GHz Quad-Core AM3+ CPU 4MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [+30]
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory [+24] (Corsair Dominator [+32])
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] ASUS M5A97 AMD 970 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3+ ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1, & 2 PCI
SOUND: * ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Sound Card [+89]
BLUETOOTH: None
CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
CARE2: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
CAS: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage (Black Color) [-25]
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.20 GHz Quad-Core AM3+ CPU 4MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [+30]
CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Dual Standard 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+9])
FLASHMEDIA: None
FREEBIE_CS: None
FREEBIE_CU1: FREE! DiRT 3 Game [+0]
FREEGAME_VC02: None
GLASSES: None
HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZiO Levetron Gaming Keyboard (KB555U) w/ Quick Access Keys [+30]
MEMORY: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory [+24] (Corsair Dominator [+32])
MONITOR: 27" Widescreen 1920x1080 ASUS VE276Q LCD Display w/ Built-in Speaker, DVI, & HDMI-Input [+339]
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOPAD1: Razer Vespula Dual Sided Gaming Mouse Mat [+31]
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] ASUS M5A97 AMD 970 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3+ ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1, & 2 PCI
MOUSE: GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Dual Lens Optical Gaming Mouse [+13]
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: 1,000 Watts - Raidmax RX-1000AE 80 Plus Gold Power Supply [+107]
RUSH: RUSH!!! READY TO SHIP IN NEXT BUSINESS DAY [+109]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: * ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Sound Card [+89]
SPEAKERS: None
TEMP: None
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+390] (EVGA Superclocked [+10])
VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+439] (EVGA Superclocked [+10])
VIDEO3: None
WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+26]
_PRICE: (+2399)

Can i have a review on this? I will be running games like battlefield 3 etc.

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June 7, 2012 3:33:40 PM

the dual 670s will be held back by the AMD processor.

try it with a sandy or ivy bridge processor instead
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June 7, 2012 3:43:03 PM

First off, your post is very difficult to read. Add some white space between to ease it a bit (just a note)

I would definately try getting a mobo with PCIe 3.0 support. And probably a Ivy bridge intel CPU since AMD does not yet natively support PCIe 3.0 (to my knowledge).

I'd almost say that 2 GTX 670s may be a little bit of overkill for BF3, but if you can afford em, why not right?

Does Mobo have onboard audio? Will you be utilizing 7.1 surround sound? If yes to first and no to second, scrap soundcard. It's stupid to buy fancy add ins you won't use just to say you have it, you can always buy one later if you change your mind.

I would recommend at least a 1200W PSU for water cooling, and get at least the HAF 922 Mid tower if not the HAF 932 Full tower. Trust me, you'll want the bigger case.

Lastly, even if you don't go over to intel (I love AMD but intel has em beat at this point in time unless you OC) I would find room for an FX-8xxx since you're already dropping over 2k on it.

Also, you're not the first person to post stuff in this (rather odd) format, where do you guys get this from?
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June 7, 2012 3:49:59 PM

manicmike:
the format is a cut-n-paste from Cyberpower/IBuyPower's configuration web page
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June 7, 2012 3:51:45 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
manicmike:
the format is a cut-n-paste from Cyberpower/IBuyPower's configuration web page


Thanks. Never been there, but it's been popping up a lot lately.

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June 7, 2012 7:39:02 PM

First, change the RAM config to 4gb x 2 and change to 1600 mhz.
Second, as manicmike said, toss the crappy AMD processor. i5 3570K is plenty for any gaming. i7 is more for video editing and more intense applications.
third, things like keyboard, mouse, monitor, pad... are more expensive at CP. use newegg or amazon (if you care about saving money).
Fourth, soundcard as mike said is for audiophiles and such. you will never notice the difference unless youre a professional.
fifth, never liked raidmax. i'm a corsair fan. seems like an odd choice given the quality of your other picks (AMD aside).
Lastly, with all the $$ i saved you, i would invest in a SSD drive (at least 120gb) as your main boot drive.

also, i would never use the RUSH with CP. that just takes time out of quality control and testing. they definately need all the time they can get. and use a 5% off code (theres always one. last one was SPRING0410).
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June 8, 2012 1:02:03 AM

manicmike said:
First off, your post is very difficult to read. Add some white space between to ease it a bit (just a note)

I would definately try getting a mobo with PCIe 3.0 support. And probably a Ivy bridge intel CPU since AMD does not yet natively support PCIe 3.0 (to my knowledge).

I'd almost say that 2 GTX 670s may be a little bit of overkill for BF3, but if you can afford em, why not right?

Does Mobo have onboard audio? Will you be utilizing 7.1 surround sound? If yes to first and no to second, scrap soundcard. It's stupid to buy fancy add ins you won't use just to say you have it, you can always buy one later if you change your mind.

I would recommend at least a 1200W PSU for water cooling, and get at least the HAF 922 Mid tower if not the HAF 932 Full tower. Trust me, you'll want the bigger case.

Lastly, even if you don't go over to intel (I love AMD but intel has em beat at this point in time unless you OC) I would find room for an FX-8xxx since you're already dropping over 2k on it.

Also, you're not the first person to post stuff in this (rather odd) format, where do you guys get this from?


Ok thank you for your reply but my budget is 2500 and the ivy bridge is the i7 right? i can always drop the 2nd 670 and get a 4 gig 670 instead and why 1200 watt? seems a bit overkill :/ 
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June 8, 2012 1:05:34 AM

mojorisin23 said:
First, change the RAM config to 4gb x 2 and change to 1600 mhz.
Second, as manicmike said, toss the crappy AMD processor. i5 3570K is plenty for any gaming. i7 is more for video editing and more intense applications.
third, things like keyboard, mouse, monitor, pad... are more expensive at CP. use newegg or amazon (if you care about saving money).
Fourth, soundcard as mike said is for audiophiles and such. you will never notice the difference unless youre a professional.
fifth, never liked raidmax. i'm a corsair fan. seems like an odd choice given the quality of your other picks (AMD aside).
Lastly, with all the $$ i saved you, i would invest in a SSD drive (at least 120gb) as your main boot drive.

also, i would never use the RUSH with CP. that just takes time out of quality control and testing. they definately need all the time they can get. and use a 5% off code (theres always one. last one was SPRING0410).


Ok but i need the computer as fast as possible because my current computer is a laptop and it constantly crashes and since i live in canada the shipping itself will take forever considering customs etc. and the ssd as the data hard drive?
Alos why does everyone hate amd and say not to get it? i have no problem changing to the intel i'm just wondering.
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June 8, 2012 1:17:54 AM

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [+19])
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, XFast Technologies, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, Display Port, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 1x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+73]
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 4GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+399] (EVGA Superclocked)
BLUETOOTH: None
CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
CARE2: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
CAS: Azza Fusion 3000 Full-Tower Gaming Case w/ 1x 140mm & 2x 120mm fans, front USB 3.0, HDD Easy Swap, & 360MM liquid cooling ready
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN: Default case fans
FA_HDD: None
FAN: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA)
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_CU: FREE! Mass Effect 3 Game [+0]
GLASSES: None
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
HDD2: 120 GB SanDisk Ultra SATA-II 3.0Gb/s SSD - 280MB/s Read & 270MB/s Write [+61] (Single Drive)
IEEE_CARD: None
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZiO Levetron Gaming Keyboard (KB555U) w/ Quick Access Keys [+30]
MB_SRT: None
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [+19])
MONITOR: 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 Sceptre X246W-1080P LCD (Viewable 23.6")(Black Color) w/ Built-in Speaker, DVI & Input [+219]
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOPAD1: Razer Vespula Dual Sided Gaming Mouse Mat [+31]
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, XFast Technologies, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, Display Port, 3x PCIe x16 (2 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 1x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+73]
MOUSE: GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Dual Lens Optical Gaming Mouse [+13]
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking [+0]
POWERSUPPLY: 800 Watts - Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 80 Plus Power Supply (80+ Gold) [+85]
RESERVOIR: None
RUSH: RUSH!!! READY TO SHIP IN NEXT BUSINESS DAY [+109]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TEMP: None
TUNING: None
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 4GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+399] (EVGA Superclocked)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: 802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+26]
_PRICE: (+2428)






Ok this is a new build with almost all of recommendations is it better?
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June 8, 2012 2:18:38 PM

looks good. you want the SSD as HDD1 though, because you want it as your boot drive.

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June 8, 2012 2:33:41 PM

as for why everyone says no to AMD: AMD Bulldozer just doesn't cut it. oits a horrible performer thats actually WORSE in some applications than the previous AMD generation.

and its just blown away by modern Intel equipment
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June 8, 2012 4:52:40 PM

I like the build... I would still use the i5, you would never notice the difference in speed. plus i'm weary about anything CP branded, so i'm wondering about that liquid cooler. Corsair H60 is a great one....

and make the SSD your boot drive.

also, i got the internal media drive on mine and wish i didnt. i can't even remove it because they didnt provide the faceplate. i would get an external usb reader.
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June 8, 2012 9:48:49 PM

Ok i have changed everything but i suck with cpu so just confirming the hdd should be the ssd and the 2 terabyte drive should be the data drive.... right?
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June 9, 2012 4:16:58 PM

Best answer selected by daemones.
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