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$3500 High End Gaming Build eyefinity or surround

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September 3, 2012 7:00:47 PM

Ok Guys I have spend a couple months looking at the forums in this site about different builds and what to buy. I have looked at countless card benchmarks and reviews. I want to build a high end Surround or Eyefinity system. I am concerned about Microstutter on sli or crossfire configurations. I know that Radeon 7970's in crossfire seem to stutter bad according to reviews I have read. I know that GTX 680's in SLI the microstutter is not to bad and has been worked out. I know that I cannot acheive ultra settings on a 3 monitor surround setup without sli or crossfire. Yes I can play BF3 or Diablo with one 680 or 7970 on 3 monitor surround with the settings turned down but if i am gonna spend the money I might as well make it so i can run everything on the highest settings and future proof this system a bit. I have looked at countless builds on cyberpower and ironside computers and the simple fact is its several hundred dollars cheaper for me to just build what i want. With all that said I will list what I am looking at buying and see if anyone has any other ideas or experiences to help me out. It would be much appreciated. This prices out on newegg to about $3560. here is what I have so far.



NZXT SWITCH 810 White CA-SW810-W1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBRID Full Tower Gaming Computer Case

NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item

X3 ASUS PA248Q Black 24" 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor


X2 MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

NVIDIA Gift - Borderlands2 Free Game Coupon

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC ...

Corsair Vengeance K90 Black/Metal USB Wired Gaming Performance, MMO Mechanical Keyboard Item

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL

ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer Closed-Loop All In One Liquid CPU Cooler Dual 120mm PWM Fans 120x25mm CLW0215

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
September 3, 2012 9:29:44 PM

God your rich, My build is 470$ lol... >.> god blessed you man, and looks good buddy, i'd wait for more professionals/veterans to give you the okay, i am by no means an "expert" im just an enthusiast, and i use that loosely... haha
September 3, 2012 9:53:44 PM

Yeah i wasnt really implying that hehe, Twas joking, but anyway generally speaking going for a beast card out preforms a crossfire, you are blowing alot so i mean you could probably cross fire two 6990's with that money, which i dont frown upon, The hard part is finding them. haha
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September 3, 2012 9:54:05 PM

lol thanks bud. Im not rich I Just got a little extra cash and this is what i wanna do with it.
September 3, 2012 10:35:53 PM

Yeah I hesitate to go with amd though because the benchmarks i have seen the microstutter is bad. So im sure its even worse with older cards. in order to play games like BF3 in surround I would need to sli something. I also want this system to last me a long time too. don't really wanna spend this kind of money for a while lol. This is pretty much my dream system.
September 3, 2012 10:48:46 PM

Ok, here's a base build...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($427.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($427.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2055.62
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 18:40 EDT-0400)

If you go with eyefinity, I recommend 3 of these monitors...

Asus VE248H Black 24"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you go with a single monitor set up, you can either just grab one of those I listed above (they're pretty awesome monitors) or you can go with one of the following...

HP ZR30w Black 30" 2560x1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Radeon HD 7970s handle triple monitor setups the best. With the new catalyst drivers that were released, I doubt you'll have too much trouble with microstuttering.

I recommended the Antec 1100 gaming case. It's spacial, has high airflow and great cable management. You don't necessarily have to go with this particular case. I only recommended it because it's an all around excellent case. You are more than welcome to pick a different case.

The Antec 1100 only comes with two exhaust fans. One of the fans has blue LEDs. If you go with this case, you may wanna pick up a couple extra 120mm case fans.

Also, if you go with the H100 I recommend you grab different 120mm fans for it. Make sure they're quiet and move plenty of air. These fans are highly praised for their silent operation...
COUGAR CF-V12HB Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're comfortable with a custom water cooling loop, I recommend going with it over the H100. Something like this would work great...
XSPC Rasa 750 RX240
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsra750rxwak.html

If you go with a water cooling kit, make sure your case will be able to support it. Something like this would work well...
NZXT SWITCH 810
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
September 4, 2012 12:39:37 AM

cool Thanks Deus. Do you think 8GB will be enough to run everything and won't bottleneck? Also I really love the Features of the Asus maximus V Formula. I know its expensive but is this asus board good? I have read some reviews on the new asus deluxe boards. I like the pick of those 7970's. Maybe I just worry to much about somthing that isnt a big deal. But when i spend the money like this I want everything to be perfect. Even though i know Things happen with every build usually. I really like the NZXT Switch and will probably stay with that, It has 4 fans already. Can i ask why the 256GB and not a 120GB SSD? Is the extra $100 Worth it? Again thanks for the info and any other suggestions you have i would appreciate.
September 4, 2012 12:59:30 AM

Actually, you can drop the SSD down to 128gb. That'll save you some money. Most games don't take up too much space.

There's really no reason to get the Asus Maximus board. You're really just paying more for the name. The only reason you'd want the Asus Maximus is if you plan on doing 3 way SLI/Crossfire.

8gb of memory is plenty for gaming. If you want, feel free to upgrade it to 16gb.
September 4, 2012 1:05:50 AM

The deluxe boards arent that much i would say.

i would personally go for the pro version since it does have a built in fan controller.

if you have the time and money i would get the watercooling kit also. It just downright beats the H100 but i would go with the 360 version instead, only problem there would be is finding a case that can fit 3x120 fans and a case with a side panel so you can show off your work.

8GB will be enough since you are just gaming.

the reason im guessing why he chose 256>128GB is because the 256GB version is a bit faster and has more space, also yes it would be worth it since you can lose your space fairly fast with a 128GB version.
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