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August 4, 2012 6:41:10 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the near future

Budget Range: $3000 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/Photo editin, uploading videos to YouTube

Are you buying a monitor: Yes!

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, preferably Windows 8 since it comes out soon.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, MicroCenter(there is a local one), TigerDirect, Geeks

Location: Houston

Parts Preferences: Intel Extreme Edition CPU like the 3970k.

Overclocking: Yes, only CPU

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: Something very high because I want a high res.

Additional Comments: Thanks!

More about : 3000 gaming build

August 4, 2012 6:59:03 PM

How's this look:

Rosewill r5 case - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock x79 extreme4 motherboard - $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 gigabyte gtx 670 windforce OC cards - $800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Platinum rated seasonic 1000w power supply - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel core i7-3930k - $570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16gb quad channel ddr3 2400 g.skill ram - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 western digital caviar black 1tb drives - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3 1080p asus hdmi/dvi/vga monitors - $435
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

blu ray drive - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

windows - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

rosewill pci-e x1 wireless adapter - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

noctua nh-d14 se2011 cpu cooler - $83
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for a total of $3013, a balanced build capable of great overclocking and large storage for video editing, amazing gaming at 5760x1080 resolutions, with a high-level power supply to keep the massive power usage to a minimum impact on your power bill.
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August 4, 2012 7:13:00 PM

Wow. I think I'll only do 2 monitors and one 2TB HDD. ut that is honestly a very, very nice build. I think I'll do that:) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 7:17:54 PM

This is just an option to look at. Add two of whatever gtx 670's down below in SLI. Find a monitor to your liking, etc...


http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922XM-KKN1-Exter... $124.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RC-922XM-KKN1 HAF XM Mid Tower ATX Case with USB 3.0 and External SATA X-Dock

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.33 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-M12II-750-BRONZE-Power-S... $119.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $179.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $289.99 (walk in only)
Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $63.99 FREE SHIPPING
Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $88.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5... $114.62 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Drive--S... $184.79 & 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

Total: $1,198.67


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $399.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $409.99 (Before $25.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

or...

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.amazon.com/Logitech-Optical-Gaming-High-Prec... $35.31 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 with High-Precision 3600 DPI Optical Engine (910-002277)

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-JQD-00001-SideWinder-X4... $47.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CA-9011111-WW-Vengeance-A... $67.50 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CA-9011111-WW Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset


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

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

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6821 <----- another look at that case along with links to professional online reviews

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same case on Newegg with customer reviews

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=265... <----- review of that CM cpu h/s @ Frosty Tech

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- that same CM cpu h/s on Frosty Tech's Top 5 list
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August 4, 2012 7:19:36 PM

yeah the point of having two one terabyte drives is to do a raid0 so that you have not only double capacity but double read/write speeds.

The third monitor allows you to play games with more than one monitor. you can do one with an accessory display for web browsing,etc but unless you have three you're stuck gaming at straight 1080p.
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August 4, 2012 7:28:49 PM

for $200 dollars more, similar performance, and extremely handicapped overclocking headroom?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 7:38:14 PM

No i wouldn't get a GTX 690.Although nvidia really went all out to make it the best.Well for sheer value for money the 670 SLI... Now if you could find a pair of non-reference 670's for SLI, that would be the way to go with a surround setup IMO.



This review should give you an idea. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 is shown in the charts so that you can compare them.


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 SLI


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_6...
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 7:40:19 PM

Hi.
This is the build i made for you.Here are its pros & cons when compared to the build by kevin83

Pros:
Faster Graphics cards
Better CPU Cooler
Much, MUCH better monitors (one of the best available)
SSD drive (Faster loading times/less lag games like BF3)


Cons:
Slower HDD
Less storage space
Slower RAM (This will not affect performance at all!)
No Blu-Ray drive
No Wireless adapter

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($564.99 @ CompUSA)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($457.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($457.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($238.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($238.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($238.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($88.73 @ Amazon)
Total: $2996.30
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-04 15:39 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 7:44:12 PM

OP check these beasts out i would get 670 and only one of these two would do for me the others are very good but don't compare to these two as far as i am aware of anyway. Quote : MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.TechPoweUp gives The MSI GTX 670 Power Edition an 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...


TechPoweUp gives the 670 TOP an 10.0 rating, the only 10.0 rating ever
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...


Quote :


Overall the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II is the best card I ever tested.I simply can't find anything wrong with it.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 7:59:56 PM

Kamen_BG said:
Hi.
This is the build i made for you.Here are its pros & cons when compared to the build by kevin83

Pros:
Faster Graphics cards
Better CPU Cooler
Much, MUCH better monitors (one of the best available)
SSD drive (Faster loading times/less lag games like BF3)


Cons:
Slower HDD
Less storage space
Slower RAM (This will not affect performance at all!)
No Blu-Ray drive
No Wireless adapter

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($564.99 @ CompUSA)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($214.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($457.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($457.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($238.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($238.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($238.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($88.73 @ Amazon)
Total: $2996.30
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-04 15:39 EDT-0400)
Raidmax PSU :non:  Tier 5 - WORST OF THE WORST.NOT RECOMMENDED. Replace ASAP if you have one. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 8:04:44 PM

Lots of overkill in Kamen's build. 1000W is never needed for 2 7970s. I'd not pay the extra for 7970s anyway when the GTX 670 is a lot cheaper and just as good. 750W is all you need, even for 2 7970s. Speaking of PSUs, that RAIDMAX is not a good unit. Get a TX750 V2.

An X79 socket is not needed just for video editing and gaming. An i7-3770k will be just fine.

I'd rather get one 2560x1600 or 2560x1440 monitor at his budget. Eyefinity isn't what it is cracked up to be.
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August 4, 2012 8:11:46 PM

Amazing how people never include the external HDD for backup, even when money is no problem scenario.. If yo dotn have one, your $3000 machine is gonna really piss you off one day.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 10:18:17 PM

Here is my suggestion if you don't like it no worries it's all good just showing you another option start off with one 670 if your not happy with it then buy another i left you plenty of money for that and whatever monitors you want and keyboard,mouse,os elect. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($184.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1679.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-04 18:14 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 10:19:18 PM

Any reason for the PRO? I'd just get the V non pro.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 10:46:46 PM

I say forget that LGA 2011. I mean for the budget and I see 120 - 128GB SSD's. That's crazy. Unless this is for professional auto cad or something in that line why spend the extra money on that socket and cpu when the IB beats it seven ways to Sunday in gaming and hangs with it in the editing benches. Save the $$$ for the larger SSD, monitors, dual vid cards, etc....

@ the OP. You need to get on google and search some benchmarks with that cpu you want so bad vs the IB 3770K.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 10:55:30 PM

azeem40 said:
Any reason for the PRO? I'd just get the V non pro.
I just picked the pro because my cousin has it and i have used it and liked it allot so i guess i picked it because it's bios is amazing oc on easy no effort and i know it is a kick ass mobo for a fact but i don't have any objection if OP wants to switch it just was giving him a suggestion i don't see any reason for him to get a CPU that cost over $500 ;) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 11:16:20 PM

Why_Me said:
I say forget that LGA 2011. I mean for the budget and I see 120 - 128GB SSD's. That's crazy. Unless this is for professional auto cad or something in that line why spend the extra money on that socket and cpu when the IB beats it seven ways to Sunday in gaming and hangs with it in the editing benches. Save the $$$ for the larger SSD, monitors, dual vid cards, etc....

@ the OP. You need to get on google and search some benchmarks with that cpu you want so bad vs the IB 3770K.
What would the bigger SSD be for his games or something i just use SSD for my OS that's why i picked 128GB no more is needed i still have over 60GB free
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 11:42:33 PM

bigcyco1 said:
What would the bigger SSD be for his games or something i just use SSD for my OS that's why i picked 128GB no more is needed i still have over 60GB free

SSD's come in handy when playing games where you load up levels (maps). You can get into the map and be running around doing whatever while peeps on mechanical drives are still downloading the level and waiting to come in.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2012 11:53:14 PM

Why_Me said:
SSD's come in handy when playing games where you load up levels (maps). You can get into the map and be running around doing whatever while peeps on mechanical drives are still downloading the level and waiting to come in.
o.k. that makes sense to me thanks for explaining it. :) 
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August 5, 2012 2:03:36 AM

You may be able to snag a 3930k from somebody for cheap due to the whole intel retail edge program just ending a bit ago, I know you were looking for a highend CPU like that.
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August 5, 2012 5:30:45 AM

hunterpostit88 said:
Thank you everyone for posting. Here is the final decision:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dS6k

Good luck and have fun :) 

Although the two WD Blue's in RAID 0, no SSD, and a $290 monitor that doesn't have an HDMI input is a bit of of an oddity with a $3,000 budget for a gaming build with video and photo editing as a hobby.


Here's some benchmarks to have a look at.


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/552?vs=551 <------ Intel Core i7 3930K vs Intel Core i7 3770K
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