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July 20, 2012 6:21:35 AM

Hello all! I read the stickies and some of the guide posts when building this computer, however this is my first custom computer I'mbuilding and I still finda lot of the tech information very overwhelming. So please feel free to pointout flaws, tweaks, anywhere you see money being wasted for little to noperformance upgrades, or key components that should be upgrade for a littleextra $$. Any guidance is greatly appreciated! My main goal is to make onlineplay as smooth as possible playing games on ultra graphics. Not really on abudget, but like anyone else trying to save money where it can be saved.

Games I will be playing that I'd like to play on ULTRA settings: Diablo 2, StarCraft 2, Guild Wars 2, Planet Side 2, Battlefield 3, Skyrim HD.


Video card: EVGA GTX 680
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: SONY Sata DVD Rom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K SandyBridge (Overkill?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Twelve HundredV3 FullTower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional SeriesHX750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
EVGA Z77 FTW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
CORSAIR 120GB SATA III SSD (OperatingSystem/Games for speed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital 1TB (Media/Everythingelse)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Logitech G110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech G9x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" 2ms
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*Random Notes*
I'm still reading up on power supplies, motherboards, and processor becausethey confuse me the most as far as far as compatibility, what's overkill, andwhat would work best as combos. Thanks for taking to time to read my build,look forward to hearing any source of input.

-Sam
July 20, 2012 6:24:26 AM

A GTX 670 will play on high about the same as the 680, but for $100 less. Don't let the 2ms response time fool you. Most of the time, it is just a number given to attract customers.
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July 20, 2012 6:47:18 AM

an i7 and those motherboards are very much overkill. (unless you need a mobo that can 3+ way SLI)

here is a basic build that will perform what you are looking for (put in the case, keyboard and $80 mouse of your choosing)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($154.36 @ Amazon)
Total: $1224.80
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-20 02:45 EDT-0400)

i would like to suggest spending the $50 more for the full win7 OS so you can use it on another motherboard if you upgrade it.
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July 20, 2012 7:01:37 AM

Looks decent. Your CPU, mobo are too expensive. As the previous poster mentioned, a 670 performs within a couple of percent of the 680 for $100 less. You could save a bunch of money there and benefit and a bigger SSD and/or bigger screen for example ;) 
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July 20, 2012 7:14:28 AM

FinneousPJ said:
Looks decent. Your CPU, mobo are too expensive. As the previous poster mentioned, a 670 performs within a couple of percent of the 680 for $100 less. You could save a bunch of money there and benefit and a bigger SSD and/or bigger screen for example ;) 


As far as monitors go, I'm not sure I'd go above 27" cause I consider having duel monitors. I'm looking for the most crisp image at 1920x1080 and that 21.5-23" is usually the best size for that. Any suggestions?
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July 20, 2012 7:26:02 AM

I actually suggest you do get a 27", more specifically the Catleap being sold on ebay for ~$300. The Catleap uses the same IPS panel used in Dell, HP, and Apple monitors that normally sell for $800+.

IPS is a very different technology from typical TN (what monitors people normally buy) and has MUCH better color accuracy and viewing angles. Once you use an IPS panel, you never want to go back to any TN panel. 27" IPS will be 2560x1440 which is much more crisp than 1920x1080.

I'd also opt for the Gigabyte Windforce or Asus DirectCU GTX 670 as they overclock better than the reference models; runs cooler and quieter with more power phases on better designed PCBs. Cost the same as a reference card too. Should be no brainer.

Besides that, I can agree with loonian's suggestion.
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July 20, 2012 7:28:29 AM

I have a 24" 1920 x 1200 and I'm never going back to "Full HD". That's what I recommend but a decent one is $300 and more, then again you seem like you have the budget. It will also enable an amazing multi monitor res of 3600 x 1920 over 3 screens *drool*

Or get a 256 GB SSD which will fit all your games for convenience.
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July 22, 2012 8:16:20 AM

I appreciate all the feedback. I get back to the states in Septemberish (Deployed). I was going to buy it as soon as I come back, but I was wondering if it would be worth waiting till Cyber Monday to score on some good deals. (First year even finding out about cyber-monday so honestly don't know what kind of savings there are to be had)
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