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September 2, 2012 12:56:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: August-December (I'm going to buy parts monthly)

Budget Range: 1000-1500 If it's higher that's fine.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING GAMING GAMING

Parts Not Required: keyboard. mouse. Might get a new monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Amazon. Where ever has the best deal.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Best quality.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: I don't know. It depends if I need to get a new monitor. Suggestions would be nice.

Additional Comments: I want to be able to run games on Ultra. I'm going to put in a Blu Ray drive. This is my first build.


Here's a list of parts I've narrowed it down to:

CPU:
i5-2500k Sandy bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5-3570k Ivy bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Which is better?

Mobo:
ASUS Sabertooth X79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The amount of space isn't set in stone. I just need to know if these are any good and which one is better.

SSD:
SAMSUNG 830 Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Would I be able to crossfire any of these together?

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7

IS this even a good build? And will these parts work together? Am I missing anything I need? Any suggestions/recommendations are very much appreciated.

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September 2, 2012 1:09:40 AM

Lol your build is WAY off. Give me a minute I'll build something for 1500 and 100
September 2, 2012 1:14:18 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($312.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $996.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 21:13 EDT-0400)

Here is a 1000$ solution. It doesn't come pre-Crossfire'ed but you can definitely add another 7950 in the future if you want.
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September 2, 2012 1:16:54 AM

Is it way off in price or just won't work? Lol

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September 2, 2012 1:22:55 AM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1498.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 21:18 EDT-0400)

Here is an SLI'ed 670 Build.

As far as your other build, there are numerous compatability issues.
1) You chose LGA 1155(pins) CPUs with an X79 motherboard that only supports LGA 2011(pins)
2)You can only SLI/Crossfire identical cards. They don't have to be from the same partner, but they have to be using the EXACT same GPU chip, modified to identical settings. 7950 & 7950 for example is possible. Asus 7950 and MSI 7950 is also possible, even though they are not manufactured by the same partner. However 7950 and 670 won't work together.
September 2, 2012 1:50:16 AM

livia29 said:
Hmm ok so if I use an 1155 mobo like this
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-...

and the same GPUs it should be compatible then?


Yes, but your using the older Z68 motheboards, for the older 2nd Gen i3/i5/i7 Sandy Bridge CPUs. You wanna get a newer Z77 board optimized for the newer Ivy Bridge CPUs. My builds are very solid, I think most people would recommend them.
September 2, 2012 2:20:26 AM

Well for one your possible build would look funky blue mobo red led case fans last years top notch stuff pretty much so all i really did was take from the current parts you were considering and throw together the current what's best of those and i made sure ram was blue case leds blue mobo blue and the new ASUS P8Z68-V PRO is this in this build and the PSU i picked you is better bang for your buck with a seven year warranty and the hard drive is also just as good as well as cheaper than your pick anyway hope it helps PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($207.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($164.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1044.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 22:20 EDT-0400)
September 2, 2012 9:12:13 PM

Best answer selected by livia29.
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