1st desktop ($2000-3D gaming)

Approximate Purchase Date: few days to a week
Budget Range: $2,000 (Not including monitor)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming! after hours office work (MS, excel, ppt), internet
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: New build, have storage HD
Do you need to buy OS: Yes Win 7 x64SP1
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference if they are major websites
Location: Tuscon AZ, USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: In the future, just ned to buy new card!
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 - (3D Nivida 2, Game on 1 monitor for now)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Hopefully not going deploying overseas for a while so its time for my first desktop!

Additional Comments: Games I want to approach or max out (with 4xAA+ and hi texture packs..WOW!) and play in 3D: heavy modded skyrim, metro 2033, heavy modded fallout NV, mass effect 3, STO, and DDO.

Updated: 10 pm 9/1/12
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/giFN

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($181.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg) (Gold, modular)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Total: $1322.37

parts selected/have:
Have - Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM (for storage)
Planning on 3D Nvidia 2-- 27 in monitor : $600 3D Nvidia 2-- 27 in monitor : ASUS VG Series VG278H Black 27" 2ms LCD 3D 120Hz Monitor w/ 3D glasses and speakers

- Is everything compatible?
- Not tied down to the motherboard, really hard to pin down differences, decided to go for PCI3x2 and quality..
- I do have flexibility to pay more $$$ for performance, but I am over budget and I like to save $$$ for later..

Thanks in advance!
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  1. EATX is huge. Not going to fit in an ATX case, if I'm wrong, someone correct me. Maxing out those games at 3D is a bit difficult. To get optimal 3D, you have to reach 120FPS. Pretty hard with mods+texture packs.
  2. It's a solid build don't let these youngsters talk you into changing to much for motherboard that's a great pick but a bit overkill and won't work with that case you should get something like one of these ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  3. Dang you all are fast!

    Forgot to mention I will be on that 1 3D primary monitor gaming

    obsama1 - I see the ATX vs E-ATX reference now :o checked the website and it has E-ATX phew, they really should update that. Thanks for the feedback on mods+texture packs I want to hit it as max as I can and then turn off features to balance it out. Anything you can see for improvements?

    regina-49 - took a quick look, nice picks! I will dig at them now..hate motherboards to many options to deal with! :D Very hard to compare apples to apples!
  4. I can't see you needing a 4GB card at that resolution. Anyways here's a build to have a look at.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1021027 $214.98 save: $25.00 - $25.00 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 Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1030160 $396.98 save: $13.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Heatsink-Technology-RR-T812-24PK-R1/dp/B007WPHXIS $69.21 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Heatsink Cooling Pad with Vapor Chamber Technology (RR-T812-24PK-R1)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226245 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 997015

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345180505&sr=1-2 $17.99 & 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/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDX-240G-G25/dp/B006EKJ8UI $181.93 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423 $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=N82E16814125423 $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/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b $90.94 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,831.90 *not including rebates

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1253432/gigabyte-gtx-670-oc-version-hands-on/690#post_17210416 <----- EVGA 680 back plate for that Gigabyte 670

    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-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187-2.html <----- review of that board w/benchmarks

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2654 <----- 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

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-case.html/ <------ another look at that case
  5. Thanks! go Aces! Miss Anchorage espically this time of year...Nice deals for underbudget! Something to think when I should be working tommorrow...
  6. Anchorage Alaska lived there for four years before to cold for me but other than that loved it grandma still lives there and try to get me to move back but i rather not lol
  7. I'm living in Dillingham (AK) atm but we're moving back to Big Lake next year when the wife is finished with her contract out here. Big Lake is about an hour and a half drive north of Anchorage.
  8. Hi! Thanks for the input shaved ~125$ off the build and got a gold modualar power supply! That PCpartpicker siterocks, I couldn't find any specials that jumped at me. Any reattacks before I drop 2 big ones?
  9. That's about it i don't see any other decent deals right now
  10. Updated 9/1:
    - Returned from 2 weeks of travel back to computer shopping :wahoo:
    - updated build list (advice here and else where)
    - downgraded to smaller case
    - downgraded video card 4GB to 2GB, will buy second card if needed
    - Any deals or other changes that would better it before I buy hopefully tommorrow?
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