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August 15, 2012 5:59:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before September 7
Budget Range: ~ $2000+. I am quite flexible
System Usage from Most to Least Important:High powered gaming, Video Editing, movies/tv shows.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Just as long as trustworthy
Country: currently - USATN USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
Overclocking: Yes, but nothing major
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: Don' t need one(atm)
OS: Have one allready.

Thanks for the help :D .

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August 15, 2012 6:11:49 AM

here you go!

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($102.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2007.88
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August 15, 2012 6:16:31 AM

Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1578.65
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 02:19 EDT-0400)

At 1920x1080 res, you won't need a second gtx 670 for a while. This should handle everything you throw at it with no problem. If you go with my case suggestion, I recommend you grab another 5-7 extra 120mm case fans. The antec case I suggested only comes with 2 exhaust fans. The 200mm fan that comes with it also has blue LEDs.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
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August 15, 2012 6:23:45 AM

DeusAres said:
Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1519.64
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 02:14 EDT-0400)

At 1920x1080 res, you won't need a second gtx 670 for a while. This should handle everything you throw at it with no problem. If you go with my case suggestion, I recommend you grab another 5-7 extra 120mm case fans. The antec case I suggested only comes with 2 exhaust fans. The 200mm fan that comes with it also has blue LEDs.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.


That build is ok for the most part...

*@1080p you can take advantage of dual GTX 670/680 look
*The Z77 extreme 4 is about 3 inches thinner than a normal ATX motherboard, that makes it a bit difficult to properly place 2 GPUs.
*The CPU cooler in my build is better, it offers lower temps, is not ugly and does not apply presure to the motherboard
*That case is ok but the Switch 810 outperforms it in every way.
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August 15, 2012 6:26:37 AM

More case recommendations...

Coolermaster CM Storm Stryker
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74232&vpn=SGC-5000W-KW...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Carbide Series 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance Series C70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Phantom 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just get whichever one is more appealing to you. Make sure it has high airflow and decent cable management. Typically, the cases with rubber grommets have the best cable management, and the cases with the numerous and strategic fan mounts have the best airflow.
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August 15, 2012 6:27:45 AM

DeusAres said:
More case recommendations...

Coolermaster CM Storm Stryker
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74232&vpn=SGC-5000W-KW...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Carbide Series 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance Series C70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Phantom 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just get whichever one is more appealing to you. Make sure it has high airflow and decent cable management. Typically, the cases with rubber grommets have the best cable management, and the cases with the numerous and strategic fan mounts have the best airflow.


All those cases get outperformed by the Switch 810.
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August 15, 2012 6:31:21 AM

aqualipt said:
That build is ok for the most part...

*@1080p you can take advantage of dual GTX 670/680 look
*The Z77 extreme 4 is about 3 inches thinner than a normal ATX motherboard, that makes it a bit difficult to properly place 2 GPUs.
*The CPU cooler in my build is better, it offers lower temps, is not ugly and does not apply presure to the motherboard
*That case is ok but the Switch 810 outperforms it in every way.


That link only shows performance with multi monitor setups and high res. Didn't see one game at 1920x1080.

The z77 extreme4 is just fine. If you're looking for durability the Gigabyte z77 ud5h is better than both. 3 inches thinner? I think that's quite a bit of an exaggeration.

The cpu cooler in your build also costs more and is susceptible to leaking. Fisher price all in ones don't belong in a build such as this. May as well get a custom loop.

That case(s) is/are just fine. Offers high airflow, rubber grommets for cable management and is very clean. Outperforms it? How so?
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August 15, 2012 6:35:38 AM

DeusAres said:
That link only shows performance with multi monitor setups and high res. Didn't see one game at 1920x1080.

The z77 extreme4 is just fine. If you're looking for durability the Gigabyte z77 ud5h is better than both.

The cpu cooler in your build also costs more and is susceptible to leaking. Fisher price all in ones don't belong in a build such as this. May as well get a custom loop.

That case(s) is/are just fine. Offers high airflow, rubber grommets for cable management and is very clean. Outperforms it? How so?


*i saw a lot of games @1920x1200 which is basically the same that 1920x1080

*If that CPU coolers drops a single little tiny bit of liquid and damages something Thermaltake will replace it and i don't think thermaltake wants that, besides...that CPU cooler outperforms the H100.

*The Switch 810 outperforms all the cases you listed because it provides a much better airflow, cable management, integrated fan controller for up to 7 fans + the ones in the mobo, looks way better, it can fit a 240mm and a 420mm rad.
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August 15, 2012 6:50:32 AM

aqualipt said:
*i saw a lot of games @1920x1200 which is basically the same that 1920x1080

*If that CPU coolers drops a single little tiny bit of liquid and damages something Thermaltake will replace it and i don't think thermaltake wants that, besides...that CPU cooler outperforms the H100.

*The Switch 810 outperforms all the cases you listed because it provides a much better airflow, cable management, integrated fan controller for up to 7 fans + the ones in the mobo, looks way better, it can fit a 240mm and a 420mm rad.


Alot of that is personal opinion as far as the case goes. Not to mention, it's friggen huge. Takes up way too much space. It's ugly in my opinion. Airflow and cable management between all these cases are very similar. Even if the Switch 810 did have better airflow, it's not going to be a noticeable or very large difference. A couple of the cases I recommended come with an integrated fan controller. You can even buy a much better fan controller for $20 from nzxt. Has touch display and everything. Your points are moot.

As for the cooler, it doesn't really matter. Both will get the job done. And I'm certain that the OP doesn't wanna have to go through the trouble of RMAing his unit and waiting on thermaltake to determine if he's telling the truth as well as replacing all his parts. Good possibility that this will take a week or more.

Now, onto the SLI dilemma. SLI configurations are known for microstuttering, headaches, and bad drivers. A second gtx 670 just isn't necessary. There is absolutely no need for over 100 fps in games. It's rather pointless, especially when the monitor he's gonna be using more than likely has a 60Hz refresh rate...not to mention the HDMI input he'll likely be using as well. No need to waste money. If he receives his build and decides he needs or wants more power, then all he has to do is click a few buttons and he'll have it within 2-3 days.
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August 15, 2012 6:59:28 AM

As for the cooler, it doesn't really matter. Both will get the job done. And I'm certain that the OP doesn't wanna have to go through the trouble of RMAing his unit and waiting on thermaltake to determine if he's telling the truth as well as replacing all his parts. Good possibility that this will take a week or more. said:
As for the cooler, it doesn't really matter. Both will get the job done. And I'm certain that the OP doesn't wanna have to go through the trouble of RMAing his unit and waiting on thermaltake to determine if he's telling the truth as well as replacing all his parts. Good possibility that this will take a week or more.

He will not have to RMA anything because that cooler is very secure, only a retarded person would install and damage it in such way that it starts to leak, the cooler is made with really high quality materials.

Now, onto the SLI dilemma. SLI configurations are known for microstuttering, headaches, and bad drivers. A second gtx 670 just isn't necessary. There is absolutely no need for over 100 fps in games. It's rather pointless, especially when the monitor he's gonna be using more than likely has a 60Hz refresh rate...not to mention the HDMI input he'll likely be using as well. No need to waste money. If he receives his build and decides he needs or wants more power, then all he has to do is click a few buttons and he'll have it within 2-3 days. said:
Now, onto the SLI dilemma. SLI configurations are known for microstuttering, headaches, and bad drivers. A second gtx 670 just isn't necessary. There is absolutely no need for over 100 fps in games. It's rather pointless, especially when the monitor he's gonna be using more than likely has a 60Hz refresh rate...not to mention the HDMI input he'll likely be using as well. No need to waste money. If he receives his build and decides he needs or wants more power, then all he has to do is click a few buttons and he'll have it within 2-3 days.


*Do you have a SLI setup? because i have 4 GPUs and i have NEVER experienced micro stuttering.

*saying that a second GTX 670 is not necessary is just your opinion, and YES there is need for 100fps in games when you have 120 Hz monitors like i do and YES you CAN tell the difference between 60hz 120hz and 240hz.
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August 15, 2012 7:07:59 AM

aqualipt said:
He will not have to RMA anything because that cooler is very secure, only a retarded person would install and damage it in such way that it starts to leak, the cooler is made with really high quality materials.



*Do you have a SLI setup? because i have 4 GPUs and i have NEVER experienced micro stuttering.

*saying that a second GTX 670 is not necessary is just your opinion, and YES there is need for 100fps in games when you have 120 Hz monitors like i do and YES you CAN tell the difference between 60hz 120hz and 240hz.


Just because you haven't experienced it, doesn't mean others won't. And no, there isn't any need for 100fps in games when the OP doesn't have a 120Hz monitor. I never said there wasn't a difference. Now you're putting words in my mouth. If the OP has a high res montior, or has a 120Hz refresh rate, then yes, by all means get the second gtx 670.

There's also a fine line between constructive criticism and being a nuisance. You're honestly acting like a child. I'm done with this until the OP responds and has further questioning. Good night to you. :hello:  :sleep: 
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August 15, 2012 3:34:54 PM

How about this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.92 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7261S-0B DVD/CD Writer

Total: $1573.59
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 11:32 EDT-0400)
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August 15, 2012 4:50:34 PM

Thanks guys for all the help. I am going to go with DuesAres build so I will be able to get a sound card as well, but thank you all for the help.
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August 15, 2012 5:13:49 PM

If you are getting the Motherboard and Microcenter. Get the 3770k processor from them too. You will save about $60 and can get a discount on the motherboard too.
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August 15, 2012 6:02:23 PM

aqualipt said:
He will not have to RMA anything because that cooler is very secure, only a retarded person would install and damage it in such way that it starts to leak, the cooler is made with really high quality materials.



*Do you have a SLI setup? because i have 4 GPUs and i have NEVER experienced micro stuttering.

*saying that a second GTX 670 is not necessary is just your opinion, and YES there is need for 100fps in games when you have 120 Hz monitors like i do and YES you CAN tell the difference between 60hz 120hz and 240hz.

You do realize that microstuttering only occurs with 2 GPUs, right? With 4, there is no microstuttering.

How do you know he has a 120Hz monitor? We assume that they have a 1080p 60Hz monitor. Until he tells us, there is no way to know.
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August 15, 2012 6:37:39 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1951.36
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 14:52 EDT-0400)
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August 15, 2012 6:38:59 PM

DeusAres said:
Just because you haven't experienced it, doesn't mean others won't. And no, there isn't any need for 100fps in games when the OP doesn't have a 120Hz monitor. I never said there wasn't a difference. Now you're putting words in my mouth. If the OP has a high res montior, or has a 120Hz refresh rate, then yes, by all means get the second gtx 670.

There's also a fine line between constructive criticism and being a nuisance. You're honestly acting like a child. I'm done with this until the OP responds and has further questioning. Good night to you. :hello:  :sleep: 
Report it :na: 
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August 15, 2012 6:41:33 PM

I second that. If you think he is annoying you intensively, report him.
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August 15, 2012 6:44:17 PM

Yep besides that i have seen them giving bad advice a lot i see you and bigcyco1 catch him when he does though hehehe
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August 15, 2012 6:45:18 PM

Here is my 2K Gaming build with monitor included(you could drop that and add the I7/HDD/other stuff you want), newegg prices might have changed since I bought a few items earlier this week:

All newegg prices
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz $229.99 (I7 totally not needed for gaming, you are capped by your GPU and hyperthreading don't help gaming performance, if you want it that's another+80 from this build )
Memory G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8G $43.99 (8G is plenty for 2 years+, 16G is another $50 if you want it)
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW $407.99
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 $119.99 (134.99 but give a $15 gift card)
Optical Drive LG Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $14.39 (was on sale, pick any you want)
Power supply Seasonic X650Gold $118.99
Storage Samsung 830 256G $199.99
Enclosure Corsair 400R $99.99
CPUFan COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $34.99
Monitor ASUS VG276H 27” 120Hz 599.99
Total: $1,870
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August 15, 2012 6:49:12 PM

sherlockwing said:
Here is my 2K Gaming build with monitor included(you could drop that and add the I7/HDD/other stuff you want), newegg prices might have changed since I bought a few items earlier this week:

All newegg prices
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz $229.99 (I7 totally not needed for gaming, you are capped by your GPU and hyperthreading don't help gaming performance, if you want it that's another+80 from this build )
Memory G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8G $43.99 (8G is plenty for 2 years+, 16G is another $50 if you want it)
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW $407.99
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 $119.99 (134.99 but give a $15 gift card)
Optical Drive LG Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $14.39 (was on sale, pick any you want)
Power supply Seasonic X650Gold $118.99
Storage Samsung 830 256G $199.99
Enclosure Corsair 400R $99.99
CPUFan COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $34.99
Monitor ASUS VG276H 27” 120Hz 599.99
Total: $1,870
:non:  System Usage from Most to Least Important:High powered gaming, Video Editing, movies/tv shows. i7 is better for OP needs 2.SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: Don' t need one(atm)

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August 15, 2012 6:51:58 PM

The above build looks great. I'd go with it!
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August 15, 2012 6:51:59 PM

regina_49 said:
:non:  System Usage from Most to Least Important:High powered gaming, Video Editing, movies/tv shows. i7 is better for OP needs 2.already has monitor


Then subtract the $600 on the monitor and add what you want, as I said in the post, drop the monitor and grab I7 and HDD, didn't say you have to follow that build to the letter, just posted as a reference.

Also, Gaming is listed as the #1 most important, that's where i5 shines where I7 suffers from Hyperthreading reducing Gaming performance(well documented, free free to google it).
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August 15, 2012 6:53:11 PM

sherlockwing said:
Then subtract the $600 on the monitor and add what you want, as I said in the post, drop the monitor and grab I7 and HDD, didn't say you have to follow that build to the letter, just posted as a reference.
Fair enough and i see you edited your reply i don't need to google it i know that already smart guy ;) 
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August 15, 2012 6:59:12 PM

Updated with a much more Powerful CPU fan, I7-3770K & a 3TB HDD after dropping monitor:

Processor Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz $339.99
Memory G.Skill Ares F3-1600 16G $88.99
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW $399.99
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 $134.99
Optical Drive LG Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $17.99
Power supply Seasonic X750Gold $119.99
Storage Samsung 830 256G $198.99
Seagate Baracuda 3TB $149.99
Enclosure Corsair 400R $99.99
CPUFan Noctua NH-D14 $84.99
Total: $1,636

You have plenty of budget room to go with a GTX680 variant or 7970 Ghz variant for slightly better gaming performance, or SLI 670(get a 1TB/2TB HDD instead for to balance the budget).

Edit: Went through newegg.com again to update prices and add links, right now the CPU have a $15 gift card attached and your case have a $10 rebate so you can save another $25 if you buy before those expires.

Edit2: Added 750W PSU to support your SLI/CLX needs over the 650 which should be enough but 750 give you more headroom.
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August 15, 2012 7:30:07 PM

DeusAres said:
Yup, that case is a fairly decent case. I've never personally worked with one, but I've heard good things about 'em.


I personally think getting a full tower is overkill unless you are going for Quad SLI with Water Cooling for both GPU and (Sandy-E on a XLATX Board)CPU it doesn't give you the bang for the buck. But if OP have the money he can go for it. Otherwise a good airflow midtower like Corsair 400R/Phantom 410 etc is plenty to house and cool everything he needs (including SLI expansions).
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August 15, 2012 7:38:00 PM

sherlockwing said:
I personally think getting a full tower is overkill unless you are going for Quad SLI with Water Cooling for both GPU and (Sandy-E on a XLATX Board)CPU it doesn't give you the bang for the buck. But if OP have the money he can go for it. Otherwise a good airflow midtower like Corsair 400R/Phantom 410 etc is plenty to house and cool everything he needs (including SLI expansions).


Exactly, which is why I originally suggested a mid tower. Although, the Antec is technically a bit bigger than a mid tower. But the Corsair 400r/500r would be great choices as well. Good looking cases. Excellent features. :) 
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August 15, 2012 8:05:41 PM

Triscuit said:
Thanks guys for all the help. I am going to go with DuesAres build so I will be able to get a sound card as well, but thank you all for the help.


A sound card is not necessary, i have a top of the line ONKYO HT-S9400THX 7.1 hooked to my motherboard's sound card and it sounds GREAT!! i bought the highest end asus xonar card to see if it would sound better but it didn't... i spent over 2 days testing and nothing...there was no difference in sound quality.

Get my build, its MUCH better.
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August 15, 2012 8:16:32 PM

sherlockwing said:
Updated with a much more Powerful CPU fan, I7-3770K & a 3TB HDD after dropping monitor:

Processor Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz $339.99
Memory G.Skill Ares F3-1600 16G $88.99
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW $399.99
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 $134.99
Optical Drive LG Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $17.99
Power supply Seasonic X750Gold $119.99
Storage Samsung 830 256G $198.99
Seagate Baracuda 3TB $149.99
Enclosure Corsair 400R $99.99
CPUFan Noctua NH-D14 $84.99
Total: $1,636

You have plenty of budget room to go with a GTX680 variant or 7970 Ghz variant for slightly better gaming performance, or SLI 670(get a 1TB/2TB HDD instead for to balance the budget).

Edit: Went through newegg.com again to update prices and add links, right now the CPU have a $15 gift card attached and your case have a $10 rebate so you can save another $25 if you buy before those expires.

Edit2: Added 750W PSU to support your SLI/CLX needs over the 650 which should be enough but 750 give you more headroom.
I would go with this build and change the mobo that mobo start to flex in time i know because my friend had one these are good ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 15, 2012 9:59:43 PM

regina_49 said:
I would go with this build and change the mobo that mobo start to flex in time i know because my friend had one these are good ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



What do you mean "start to flex in time ", I don't see that here: Why do I not see complaints about ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 "flex in time" from anyone else?
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August 15, 2012 10:10:45 PM


The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result[b said:
may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex. ]
The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.
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The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result [b said:
may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex. ]The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.
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It said "be very careful", not "OMG it is Doomed must get another board". or " It is a Time Bomb I must spend $20 extra on another board just to avoid it!" Plus it is nothing you can't fix by making sure your case can fit the board before you buy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHlqieM_bgc&feature=plcp

In this case ASRock Extreme 4 installed on a HAF XM with no flex problem, so I think that Case is good for the board, Case manufacture are not dummies and if Cooler Master made sure their case could support Extreme4's unique size I am sure Corsair did their homework too. As long your case have the proper mounting & you make sure that you use it, this Flex stuff is not a problem.

I asked around on the ASRock Mobo forum, seems to be not a wide spread problem:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/318464-30-extreme-fle...

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August 15, 2012 10:57:32 PM

sherlockwing said:
It said "be very careful", not "OMG it is Doomed". or " It is a Time Bomb!" Plus it is nothing you can't fix by making sure your case can fit the board before you buy it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHlqieM_bgc&feature=plcp

In this case ASRock Extreme 4 installed on a HAF XM with no flex problem, so I think that Case is good for the board, Case manufacture are not dummies and if Cooler Master made sure their case could support Extreme4's unique size I am sure Corsair did their homework too. As long your case have the proper mounting & you make sure that you use it, this Flex stuff is not a problem.
:heink:  i never said "OMG it is Doomed" or It is a Time Bomb!" calm down my goodness. :pt1cable:  :lol: 
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August 16, 2012 1:43:45 AM

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i never said "OMG it is Doomed" or It is a Time Bomb!" calm down my goodness.


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change the mobo that mobo start to flex in time.


So far all you have is that review, just look at this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/318464-30-extreme-fle...

That's at least 8 Computer built with diferent cases with the Extreme 4 with NO problems, I also don't see this as a wide spread issue otherwise its rating would be horrible on reviews( the one review you pointed to give Extreme 4 a Gold despite this issue)..

It might be a serious problem if the installer isn't careful with the Motherboard(why wouldn't you be?) or uses a outdated case(which he won't be either), but nothing to justify switching to more expensive boards just for this reason.
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August 16, 2012 2:02:40 AM

sherlockwing said:
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i never said "OMG it is Doomed" or It is a Time Bomb!" calm down my goodness.


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change the mobo that mobo start to flex in time.


So far all you have is that review, just look at this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/318464-30-extreme-fle...

That's at least 8 Computer built with diferent cases with the Extreme 4 with NO problems, I also don't see this as a wide spread issue otherwise its rating would be horrible on reviews( the one review you pointed to give Extreme 4 a Gold despite this issue)..

It might be a serious problem if the installer isn't careful with the Motherboard(why wouldn't you be?) or uses a outdated case(which he won't be either), but nothing to justify switching to more expensive boards just for this reason.
That would be a matter of opinion let it go already i did ;) 
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August 16, 2012 5:33:05 AM

Matter of opinion? lol:

http://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=83161

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The smaller width won't cause shorting issues. It just means that rather than 3 rows of screws like a standard ATX motherboard it has just the first 2 rows and some PCB hanging off from the second row. Yes, the PCB will flex whan you plug in connectors that are beyond that second row, this can be eliminated by holding a finger under the edge of the board when plugging things in that are beyond that second row and are mounted vertically. It looks like that would mean the ATX 24-pin connector and the RAM slots.

Really a non-issue if you're a little bit careful.


Putting your finger behind the board to support it while installing Ram & ATX 24-pin will resolve this issue easily, unless you prefer spending more to get another board (both board you suggested costs $55 more than Extreme 4).

Ask youself this question: "If I can save myself $55 by putting my finger under the motherboard for 20 seconds, Why would I not do it?"

Plain and simple, this is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of spending more money than you need to.
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August 16, 2012 5:37:45 AM

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Matter of opinion? lol:

http://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=83161

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The smaller width won't cause shorting issues. It just means that rather than 3 rows of screws like a standard ATX motherboard it has just the first 2 rows and some PCB hanging off from the second row. Yes, the PCB will flex whan you plug in connectors that are beyond that second row, this can be eliminated by holding a finger under the edge of the board when plugging things in that are beyond that second row and are mounted vertically. It looks like that would mean the ATX 24-pin connector and the RAM slots.

Really a non-issue if you're a little bit careful.


Putting your finger behind the board to support it while installing Ram & ATX 24-pin will resolve this issue easily, unless you prefer spending more to get another board (both board you suggested costs $55 more than Extreme 4).

Ask youself this question: "If I can save myself $55 by putting my finger under the motherboard for 20 seconds, Why would I not do it?"

Plain and simple, this is not a a matter of opinion, it is a matter of spending more money than you need to.
The mobo flexed on my friend that's the bottom line.. i didn't say it was a sure thing and your trolling at this point have fun :hello: 
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