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June 30, 2012 4:59:11 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon (1-5 days)

Budget Range: $2500 (Before Rebates, Tax, and Shipping + Handling)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Probably (nothing extreme just some basic OC'ing)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: N/A

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My Build So Far:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x2
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Heat sink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $2235

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June 30, 2012 5:13:36 AM

Great build overall. Just need to replace 2 things:
1. SSD. I don't know much about Force GT, but a Samsung 830 or Crucial m4 would be a better choice because of the reliability.
2. Heatsink. A Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO will save you some money, and it works really good.
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June 30, 2012 5:56:13 AM

For your DVD drive I would get a blu ray drive. That way you have the option of watching blu rays on your computer and won't have to worry about upgrading in the future. Also you can play CD, DVD and write CD DVD's depending on what model you get.

Here's what I got and I love it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XIM3QK/ref=oh_deta...
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June 30, 2012 9:42:31 AM

1) The GTX 680 is a hose job. That Gigabyte 670 down below will run head to head with that 680 and when over clocked will surpass the 680

2) I can think of a half dozen boards off the top of my head that will do everything the Sabertooth will do and just as good but for cheaper

3) The CM V6 is over priced. It wasn't that great of a cpu cooler when it was first released and it hasn't improved any with time.

4) Dual 670's or 680's is a lot of fire power for 1920 x 1080. If your seriously going to run two of those cards then anything less than a 120Hz monitor would be s total shame imo. Forget the 3D side, that's optional, it's the 120Hz refresh rate your looking for. It makes a noticeable difference.

5) That Sandisk SSD down below utilizes SF Toggle Nand which is about as good as it gets for SSD's these days in regards to speed and reliability.

6) Cases are a personal choice, but that Corsair down below has better airflow than that NZXT not to mention it comes with a built in multi channel fan controller and the option to add more fans. The 200mm side fan is nice ...slower RPM's which means better airflow for less noise. The LED's on there have an "on/off" switch.


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/GeForce_GTX... <---- review of that Gigabyte 670 w/benchmarks

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r... <---- review of that Gigabyte 670 w/benchmarks

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-tes... <---- review of that Gigabyte 670 w/benchmarks

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <---- review of that Asrock board w/benchmarks

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that Asrock board along with a link to the latest bios updates

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-ca... <----- another look at that Corsair case along with links to professional online reviews


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E983JW/ref=ox_sc_a... $117.29 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 save: $10.00 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $294.98 save: $15.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING $15 off w/ promo code EMCNDHB34, ends 7/4
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30.00
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006EKJ8UI/ref=ox_sc_a... $210.02 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive- SDSSDX-240G-G25

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,954.22 *not including rebates, promo codes, shipping and tax


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $379.99
SAMSUNG S23A700D Black 23" 2ms 120Hz HDMI Widescreen 3D Capable LED-Backlit LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 1000:1

http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/monitors/LS23A700DS/... <----- another look at that monitor


*** This back plate will work just fine on those Gigabyte 670's. If they seem a bit too flimsy when you get them mounted then add this back plate to each of those cards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Backplate Model M021-00-000008
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