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August 13, 2012 4:55:36 AM

PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7-3820 processor (Quad Core, 10MB Cache, Overclocked up to 4.2GHz) edit
OPERATING SYSTEM Windows 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English edit
OFFICE SOFTWARE No Microsoft® Office edit
MCAFEE SECURITYCENTER McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months edit
MEMORY 8GB Quad Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz edit
GRAPHICS CARD 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7870 edit
HARD DRIVE 1TB Serial ATA 3 Hard Drive edit
MONITOR No Monitor edit
SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio edit
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)


Could this set-up run Arma 2 on high to ultra settings ?


also games like Americas army, league of legends, L4D2

Thanks for any input! :) 

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August 13, 2012 5:08:12 AM

An i7 is overkill just for gaming. 5.1 surround is enough,and 7.1 tends to take a graphics card slot,you don't need it unless it's for professional audio. Infact motherboard audio with good headphones is enough. I prefer Norton to McAfee. Personal preference. Get a gtx 670 ,i5 3450,and no audio.
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August 13, 2012 5:19:16 AM

Whats your exact budget?
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August 13, 2012 5:41:26 AM

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ dual 200mm fans, integrated fan controller, front USB 3.0 Port & Side-Panel Window
Laser Engraving: None
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Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
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CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Freebies: None
Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel: None
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system w/ 240MM Radiator and Dual Fans (Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [+43]
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: [CrossFireX] MSI Z77A-G41 Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Winki 3, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2x PCIe X16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI
Freebies: None
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z77: 30 GB Corsair Nova 2 SATA II 3.0Gb/s SSD - 270MB/s Read & 220MB/s Write (Single Drive)
Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Freebies: None
Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Video Card 3: None
Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
3D Vision Glasses: None
LCD Monitor: None
2nd Monitor: None
3rd Monitor: None
Speakers: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Keyboard: (Keyboard & Mouse Combo) Razer Cyclosa Gaming Keyboard & Abyssus Gaming Mouse
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Mouse Pad: Razer Sphex Gaming Grade Desktop Skins Mouse Pad [+13]
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Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None
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Video Camera: None
Headset: None
Cable: None
Power Protection: None
IEEE1394 Card: None
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THOUGHTS ?
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August 13, 2012 5:59:00 AM

My points:
1) get an 1155 Z77 motherboard such as this one:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70263&vpn=GA-Z77X-UD3H...

2) Intel CPU I recommend: i5-3570K
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I5357...

3) 8GB RAM. yes, but I think quad-channel applies to the X79 motherboard. I recommend simply 2x4GB modules for the Z77 motherboard.

4) SSD/HDD
I recommend you get TWO drives. An SSD for Windows and a 2TB Green drive or similar for extra games, backup, storage, IMAGE of C-drive etc:
a) 128GB Samsung 830 (SSD)
b) 2TB WD Green (HDD)

*Then go to the Western Digital site (if you have a Western Digital drive) and get the free Acronis True Image software and use to make periodic backup IMAGES of the main Windows drive which you can RESTORE in emergency (drive failure, virus etc).

5) Graphics Card:
This depends on budget. Many games can max out with an HD6870, but others need a GTX670 or greater. Basically this is your BOTTLENECK point.

I recommend you consider these if budget permits:
1) Asus GTX670 DirectCU II (TOP version), or
2) GTX660Ti (possibly available in a month or two. If so, use the onboard graphics while you wait. Should be roughly $300).

An HD7870 would max out the games you mention though.

6) Optical drive: your choice, but a Blu-Ray Writer might not be much more
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62678&vpn=BW-12B1ST%2F...

7) Windows 7 Premium 64-bit OEM.
(I just can't recommend using Windows 8. Also no confirmation that an OEM version will exist after the Release version is expire.)

8) PC CASE:
Antec has some really good but inexpensive cases such as the Antec 300, however I think I'd spend a little more ($100) and get the Corsair 400R:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=61928&vpn=CC-9011011-W...

9) PSU: This one is on sale and seem to have good reviews:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=35456&vpn=OCZ700MXSP&m...
Good luck!
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August 13, 2012 6:02:47 AM

Again
i7 is overkill
water cooling is overkill in that case
SLI is a poor choice at that budget, one powerful card will always work better.
Pick a cheaper burner,they all work the same at the same multiplier (×22 to ×24 has a difference though)
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August 13, 2012 6:32:06 AM

allanitomwesh said:
Again
i7 is overkill
water cooling is overkill in that case
SLI is a poor choice at that budget, one powerful card will always work better.
Pick a cheaper burner,they all work the same at the same multiplier (×22 to ×24 has a difference though)


I agree.
SLI bad. i7 overkill for gaming.

What do think of my setup above?
(I picked the Bluray burner because he picked a Bluray Reader so I assumed he wanted to play BluRay movies on it though personally I'd just get a standalone BluRay player for my HDTV.)
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August 13, 2012 6:32:50 AM

Could you post your budget??
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August 13, 2012 6:35:36 AM

Budget:
FYI, a high-end gaming machine with a GTX670 will probably approach $1500 (no monitor) with tax/shipping.

It's almost pointless to help you too much without a budget, however I based my parts on what it appeared you were willing to spend ($1000 to $1500).
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August 13, 2012 6:41:26 AM

Yeah,a full on blu - ray burner or bust. ×12 speed too.
That's at least $1500 aqualipt.
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August 13, 2012 6:54:08 AM

allanitomwesh said:
Yeah,a full on blu - ray burner or bust. ×12 speed too.
That's at least $1500 aqualipt.


1500$ with a blu-ray burner?? no problem!

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($102.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1461.87

@OP:

*i7 is simply not needed for gaming, a i5 will perform exactly THE SAME as a i7, its has been like that since the LGA1556 platform was released, the only difference is that the i7 performs better in PROFESSIONAL applications.

*Instead of getting two weak cards get a single powerful card, the GTX 670 is PERFECT for 1080p gaming, and it can handle 2560x1600 gaming well.


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August 13, 2012 7:00:02 AM

^
What he said. Christ,that build is flawless.
However,it does seem he's picking parts off a building site for enthusiast overclocked builds...
Do it yourself man. Look how perfect it is...
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August 13, 2012 7:06:59 AM

allanitomwesh said:
^
What he said. Christ,that build is flawless.
However,it does seem he's picking parts off a building site for enthusiast overclocked builds...
Do it yourself man. Look how perfect it is...


Thanks, i am glad you like my build.

@OP:

*picking a Mouse & Keyboard combo is not my strong point, i leave that to you so you can pick whatever you think looks cooler, my Mouse & Keyboard recommendations are a Logitech G19 with a G9x mouse but thats just me...

*as allanitomwesh said, you should build your PC yourself, i sent you a few guides on how to build a PC via PM, check them here ------------> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum1.php?config=tom...

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August 13, 2012 7:14:53 AM

Logitech are nice, or Samsung. Cool factor goes to cooler master I think? I'm not extravagant.
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August 13, 2012 7:16:49 AM

allanitomwesh said:
Logitech are nice, or Samsung. Cool factor goes to cooler master I think? I'm not extravagant.


Yep, cool looking peripherals are usually made by razer, logitech and coolermaster.
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August 13, 2012 8:34:56 AM

Thanks for the build !

This is my first time ever building my own custom pc so i was wonder how easy it is to put together my own pc and also how reliable are those sites....

aain thanks for the build !
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August 13, 2012 8:40:03 AM

Nacker said:
Thanks for the build !

This is my first time ever building my own custom pc so i was wonder how easy it is to put together my own pc and also how reliable are those sites....

aain thanks for the build !


Well if you check your private messages you will find a few guides and tips i sent you : http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum1.php?config=tom...
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August 13, 2012 8:54:24 AM

Nacker said:
Thanks for the build !

This is my first time ever building my own custom pc so i was wonder how easy it is to put together my own pc and also how reliable are those sites....

aain thanks for the build !

pick a best answer to close the thread, I think the build is deserving.
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August 13, 2012 9:31:01 AM

Best answer selected by Nacker.
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August 15, 2012 12:36:56 AM

Water cooling:
If you are willing to spend $70 on an air cooler, you may wish to investigate water cooling such as:

1) Cpu cooler -> Corsair H100
2) compatible case -> Corsair 400R

I believe BOTH of the pieces come to about $200 USD. If I was building a new system I'd get these.

*Cosair 400R case with H100 cpu water cooler video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX3BNU2Lohw

**If you buy extra fans, just use quietest fans that fit (16dB max) or use cardboard and removable tape to seal the holes completely.

(The amount of INTAKE air should be the SAME as the EXHAUST and you should never have open holes with no fans as that ruins the positive pressure and makes the fans work harder to remove the same amount of air. Most people don't know this.)
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