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June 20, 2012 10:00:04 PM

Hey guys!

First post, so sorry if I break the rules. I'm looking for a new gaming rig to follow the following guidelines:

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably in a year, but for the sake of my personal education let's say within 4 weeks.

Budget Range: I'm not super solid on a budget, but to avoid going broke: $5000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, overclocking, engineering-based applications (Altium and the like), possibly photoshop

Parts Not Required: Mouse and keyboard, speakers (mine are a decent 5.1)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, and any reputable site.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU (not as strict)

Overclocking: CPU, GPU, and RAM (I wanna push it to the max! :D )

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (probably 2 way, best card)

Monitor Resolution: A fine balance between high resolution and good response time

Additional Comments: I'm really trying to build a computer that will run games EXTREMELY well, allow me to tinker with any and all overclocking settings (I am a noob right now, but I will be safe and tinker slowly). I would like to liquid cool my CPU and GPU (and RAM, why not), but I haven't been able to find any great benchmarks on what to buy in this regard (any help would be extremely appreciated). I want a full tower case that will work with all of the above, and a boss mobo to keep the system upgradable for years to come. I know it is a very large budget for a novice, but I've always dreamed of having a really top of the line rig!

Help make my dream come true!

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June 20, 2012 10:16:15 PM

I apologize for putting this in homebuilt. Can I get this moved to new build? Thanks!
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June 20, 2012 10:18:15 PM

Your post is fine where it is. How close are you to a MicroCenter? They have great deals on Intel CPUs but they're in-store only specials.

A couple other notes.. As far as upgrading for years to come, Currently Intel is using the LGA1155 socket, next year they will be moving to the LGA1150, will not be compatible with 1155.. So,, the CPU you're buying today will be the final CPU for that motherboard, not to scare you off, this is quite typical. Intel uses a socket for a couple years and dumps it. Also, do you need Windows7 as well?
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June 20, 2012 10:20:20 PM

I am probably 50 miles from one, but I would be willing to make the drive if the deals are significant.
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June 20, 2012 10:20:57 PM

Alrite.. Gimme a few minutes, and I'll post back.
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June 20, 2012 10:33:29 PM

Changed my mind on the MicroCenter thing when I double checked your budget. The price difference for the CPU is decent, but MicroCenter is a miserable website to work with at least for me doing build recommendations. If you want you can check it out:

CPU- i7-2700K $309
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo- Asus Sabertooth Z77- $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card- EVGA GTX 670- $420 (add a 2nd if you want, but this thing is a beast on its own)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- Corsair Vengeance 16GB- $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- Seagate 3TB- $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD- Primary boot- Crucial M4 256GB $215
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- NZXT Phantom $120 (I have the black one with green trim- theres a few different ones to pick, watch out the 410s are mid towers, you want the full size tower if you want one of these)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Power- Corsair TX850- $114 after mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blue Ray Burner- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU watercooler- Corsair H100- $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows7- $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Pretty powerful system if I do say so myself.
June 20, 2012 10:34:38 PM

Intel i7 3930k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 590$

Asus P9X79 WS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 380$

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB 1866mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 150$

Asus DirectCU II GTX 670- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x3=1,260$

Noctua NH-D14 SE2011- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 85$

SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 260$

OCZ Vertex 4 256gb SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 240$

Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 170$

LG Black 14X Blu-Ray Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 125$

COOLER MASTER COSMOS II- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 300$

Dell UltraSharp U2412M- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x3=960$

Total=4520$

Water cooling is becoming more and more unneeded but still pretty dangerous so because of that I strongly recommend against water cooling.
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June 20, 2012 10:37:13 PM

True.. Although if one were to use an Ivy Bridge, I'd watercool, I generally stay with Sandy for Intel builders that are into overclocking because of how hot Ivy Bridge gets. Yes I recommended a Z77 mobo, but only because its a Sabertooth board. There are no Sabertooth Z68s (the only advantage Z77 has is PCI 3.0- benches have shown that 3.0 offers no advantage over 2.0)


As far as air cooling, if you decide to heed Iron man's advice, let me know and I'll recommend an air cooler.
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June 20, 2012 10:54:46 PM

BTW, there is a more extreme option you could consider for liquid cooling, btw I personally do not advise it, as these computers are a mess to work on, and furthermore it will void all of your warranties, but it is a solution nevertheless. Watercooling is dangerous due to the fact that it uses distilled water and there is risk with pipes bursting, and condensation.

No this is not a gimmick, it really does work:

http://www.pugetsystems.com/aquarium-computer.php
June 20, 2012 11:00:12 PM

Thanks for the responses guys!

If I go OC'ing my GPU, will I need a better cooler on it if I go for air cooling, or will the stock air cooler be enough? I'm very unfamiliar with the subtle variations between everybody's take on the 670.
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June 20, 2012 11:06:42 PM

I *think* the stock cooler on the video card will be enough to push it as far as it will go before it becomes unstable. Honestly though, as powerful as GTX 670s are, I wouldn't really bother.
June 20, 2012 11:46:12 PM

nekulturny said:
BTW, there is a more extreme option you could consider for liquid cooling, btw I personally do not advise it, as these computers are a mess to work on, and furthermore it will void all of your warranties, but it is a solution nevertheless. Watercooling is dangerous due to the fact that it uses distilled water and there is risk with pipes bursting, and condensation.

No this is not a gimmick, it really does work:

http://www.pugetsystems.com/aquarium-computer.php

It does work but not very well. It is very messy and extremely hard to maintain

Quote:
Thanks for the responses guys!

If I go OC'ing my GPU, will I need a better cooler on it if I go for air cooling, or will the stock air cooler be enough? I'm very unfamiliar with the subtle variations between everybody's take on the 670.

The GTX 670 that I posted has a great aftermarket cooler which allows for very high OC's. Here is a review of it. Techpowerup gave it a perfect score- http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
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June 20, 2012 11:48:01 PM

Quote:

It does work but not very well. It is very messy and extremely hard to maintain


Hey, you got no argument from me on it. But it is a solution lol.
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