Long-time lurker - First Build $3,000-$4,000 Gaming Rig

Hello! :hello: This being my first post here I took some time to research and try to educate myself before asking for help, but there are still a lot of things I might understand incorrectly or couldn't find adequate information on by myself. Any and all opinions, recommendations and advice will be much appreciated! :)

Approximate Purchase Date: <2 weeks

Budget Range: $3,000-$4,000 After Rebates, Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 1080p playback/streaming, Surfing the net (hopefully all concurrently on multiple displays), light photoshop/premier elements

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I'm currently using a Dell 2407 that's served me well for six years, but I've been ogling Dell's U3011 for a while now. I'm also thinking of picking up a 23"-27" 120Hz monitor for FPS's somewhere down the line (recommendations more than welcome! :) ).


Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 Home Premium (do you guys think 16GB will be enough for my usage?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: 1. Amazon.com (have prime), Newegg.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country - California, US

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, G. Skill, Corsair, ASUS

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200, but looking to upgrade to 1440p/1600p with the U3011

Additional Comments: I would like a nice acrylic side-window on a top-end case that came in white (slim-pickins :( ); Performance, Proper cooling > Low noise > Price

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My last gaming rig was a ridiculously priced Alienware from 2006. Back then I was dumb and decided to throw money at a computer instead of learn how to properly choose components and build one myself. Consequently, that rig ran 2x 8800 GTX in SLI which happened to be the only cards in the series that didn't support 1080p, and they ran so hot they melted my sound card twice. LOL For the last three years I've been using ASUS laptops as desktop replacements.

I spent the last few weeks researching, and I'm hoping I know enough now to not embarrass myself too much while asking you guys for help. :p But there's still a lot of things I may not properly understand, or couldn't find adequate information about on my own. Thanks for taking the time to read! I'm looking forward to your opinions on my first proper build! :hello:

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Here's a list of components I've chosen so far:

CPU: Intel Ivy Bridge Core-i7 3770k - $329.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 - $103.74
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extreme-Performance-Liquid-CWCH100/dp/B0051U7HMS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347579955&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+h100

MOBO: ASUS Maximus V EXTREME - $379.00 (Very open to suggestions here, MOBO and RAM were black holes to me. lol
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131858

RAM: Looking for recommendations on 2x 8Gb kits, 1600MHz+. I've been looking at Corsair Vengance/Dominator and G. Skill Ripjaws X/Z, Sniper, Ares and my head is about to explode. :o ~$150.00
Corsair: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%2050001459%20600006050%20600006072%20600000261&IsNodeId=1&name=Corsair
G. Skill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%2050008476%20600006050%20600006072%20600000261&IsNodeId=1&name=G.SKILL

SSD: Sandisk Extreme 240 GB (Already purchased from Amazon Gold Box deal) - $154.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB - $166.47
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B004CSIG1G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347579703&sr=8-2&keywords=caviar+black

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX690 - $999.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130781

Case: Definitely need recommendations here. (~$300.00) Each forum seems to polarize towards certain brands, but I'd like input anyway. The ones that I believe fit my needs (have space for everything + future upgrades) are:
Corsair 800D: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001
Cooler Master Cosmos II: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119252

sadly they only come in black so I'd have to find some place to get a powder coat done and a custom side panel for the cosmos II. Can anyone point me in a direction to find reliable reviews on Lian Li and Silverstone Temjin?

PSU: Seasonic 1000W Platinum - $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151105&Tpk=seasonic%201000w

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Blu-Ray Burner with 3D Playback - $109.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $90.26
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347580420&sr=8-1&keywords=windows+7+home+premium

Total: ~$3,004.42

Some concerns:

1.) Will the H100 have any clearance issues on the mobo? I read that the Noctua NH-D14 blocks a ram slot or two on certain motherboards.
2.) Will the rest of my components be okay with just air cooling if I o/c my graphics card?


Looking forward to hearing what you guys think! Thanks! :love:
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  1. want top of the line mid high end mobo: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=N82E16813128545#top http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_z77x_ud5h_wifi_review,1.html <--- review of that motherboard w/benchmarks

    http://www.techspot.com/review/521-intel-z77-motherboard-roundup/ <--- review w/benchmarks

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2012/05/09/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h-review/1 <--- review w/benchmarks

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/zardon/gigabyte-z77x-ud5h-motherboard-review/ <--- review of that board w/benchmarks
  2. My projected spec is below.. it will cost me a lot but I am looking at a long term build

    CPU - Core i7 3930K
    Mobo - ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79
    CPU cooler - Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011
    RAM - Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB quad kit DDR3 1600
    GPU - eVGA GTX 780 x 2 (these will be out in March 2013)
    Physx Card - eVGA GTX 560 (will use this as main GPU to start with)
    Sound Card - SoundBlaster ZxR
    Storage - 2 x 256GB OCZ Vector / Plextor M5 Pro RAID 0 (OS + games) + WD Velociraptor 1TB/2 x 500GB RAID 0 (for gameplay capturing)
    Optical Drive - ASUS BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray burner
    Power Supply - Corsair AX1200i 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU
    Case - CoolerMaster Cosmos II

    Looking to build this in Nov.

    Am using a 24 inch Samsung LCD from my old build and a G15/G9 KB mouse combo.
  3. acowsik said:
    My projected spec is below.. it will cost me a lot but I am looking at a long term build

    CPU - Core i7 3930K
    Mobo - ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79
    CPU cooler - Noctua NH-D14 SE 2011
    RAM - Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB quad kit DDR3 1600
    GPU - eVGA GTX 780 x 2 (these will be out in March 2013)
    Physx Card - eVGA GTX 560 (will use this as main GPU to start with)
    Sound Card - SoundBlaster ZxR
    Storage - 2 x 256GB OCZ Vector / Plextor M5 Pro RAID 0 (OS + games) + WD Velociraptor 1TB/2 x 500GB RAID 0 (for gameplay capturing)
    Optical Drive - ASUS BW-12B1ST Blu-Ray burner
    Power Supply - Corsair AX1200i 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum PSU
    Case - CoolerMaster Cosmos II

    Looking to build this in Nov.

    Am using a 24 inch Samsung LCD from my old build and a G15/G9 KB mouse combo.

    That's a hell of a beast of a build right there ;)
  4. bigcyco1 said:
    want top of the line mid high end mobo: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=N82E16813128545#top http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/gigabyte_z77x_ud5h_wifi_review,1.html <--- review of that motherboard w/benchmarks

    http://www.techspot.com/review/521-intel-z77-motherboard-roundup/ <--- review w/benchmarks

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2012/05/09/gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud5h-review/1 <--- review w/benchmarks

    http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/zardon/gigabyte-z77x-ud5h-motherboard-review/ <--- review of that board w/benchmarks


    Awesome thanks for the links! I'll look into this one.

    The CM Stryker looks pretty sick. I'll add that to my list, thanks! :)
  5. Lol i forgot ram here a few recommendations RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231547#top

    RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197#top

    RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 993995
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226272#top
  6. bigcyco1 said:
    Lol i forgot ram here a few recommendations RAM:G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231547#top

    RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197#top

    RAM:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 993995
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226272#top


    Thanks! It seems like for my purposes they all have similar performance so I'll probably pick one that looks best with the mobo I choose. Whatever savings I get from choosing 1600 and 4 x 4 I'll probably push towards a dedicated sound card. :)
  7. Looks like mostly good stuff.

    One thing I'd say though, a 690 is way beyond overkill for a 1080p monitor (unless you HAVE to have 60 fps in 3D). It's like taking a Ferrari to a go kart track or using cruise missiles to hunt quail. I'm not trying to talk you out of it. If you have the money, want the future-proofing, and your eyes bleed when your FPS drops below 60 under any circumstance (or you want the e-peen) then go for it. It's a great card and you'll get some great use out of it.

    Even with a 1400p or 1600p monitor a 690 isn't really NEEDED but at least then there are multiple games that can see less than 60 fps on occasion with a lesser card.

    So if you're dead-set on a 690 my advise is to not wait on a nice hi-res 27 or 30 in monitor. Get it right away and put that $1000 worth of horsepower to use.

    If you're going to stick with a 1080p monitor for a while though, you could easily get by with a 670 or 680 and not notice the difference compared to the 690 and you can always add a second card later when you get the nice monitor if you want.

    You mentioned Lian Li cases along with some others. Cases are a personal preference thing but I'll tell you that of the multiple Lian Li cases I've used over the years they've all been of great quality so don't hesitate to go that way if you find one you like. I'm not so big on the quality of Thermaltake fwiw.

    Great power supply choice BTW. I have it and in my opinion it's about the best you can buy.

    Good luck! Looks like you've got a great start!
  8. Looks like you're still throwing too much money at stuff you don't need.
  9. Yatteru said:
    Hello! :hello: This being my first post here I took some time to research and try to educate myself before asking for help, but there are still a lot of things I might understand incorrectly or couldn't find adequate information on by myself. Any and all opinions, recommendations and advice will be much appreciated! :)

    Approximate Purchase Date: <2 weeks

    Budget Range: $3,000-$4,000 After Rebates, Before Shipping

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 1080p playback/streaming, Surfing the net (hopefully all concurrently on multiple displays), light photoshop/premier elements

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I'm currently using a Dell 2407 that's served me well for six years, but I've been ogling Dell's U3011 for a while now. I'm also thinking of picking up a 23"-27" 120Hz monitor for FPS's somewhere down the line (recommendations more than welcome! :) ).


    Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 Home Premium (do you guys think 16GB will be enough for my usage?)

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: 1. Amazon.com (have prime), Newegg.com

    Location: City, State/Region, Country - California, US

    Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, G. Skill, Corsair, ASUS

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200, but looking to upgrade to 1440p/1600p with the U3011

    Additional Comments: I would like a nice acrylic side-window on a top-end case that came in white (slim-pickins :( ); Performance, Proper cooling > Low noise > Price

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My last gaming rig was a ridiculously priced Alienware from 2006. Back then I was dumb and decided to throw money at a computer instead of learn how to properly choose components and build one myself. Consequently, that rig ran 2x 8800 GTX in SLI which happened to be the only cards in the series that didn't support 1080p, and they ran so hot they melted my sound card twice. LOL For the last three years I've been using ASUS laptops as desktop replacements.

    I spent the last few weeks researching, and I'm hoping I know enough now to not embarrass myself too much while asking you guys for help. :p But there's still a lot of things I may not properly understand, or couldn't find adequate information about on my own. Thanks for taking the time to read! I'm looking forward to your opinions on my first proper build! :hello:

    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    Here's a list of components I've chosen so far:

    CPU: Intel Ivy Bridge Core-i7 3770k - $329.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 - $103.74
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extreme-Performance-Liquid-CWCH100/dp/B0051U7HMS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347579955&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+h100

    MOBO: ASUS Maximus V EXTREME - $379.00 (Very open to suggestions here, MOBO and RAM were black holes to me. lol
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131858

    RAM: Looking for recommendations on 2x 8Gb kits, 1600MHz+. I've been looking at Corsair Vengance/Dominator and G. Skill Ripjaws X/Z, Sniper, Ares and my head is about to explode. :o ~$150.00
    Corsair: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%2050001459%20600006050%20600006072%20600000261&IsNodeId=1&name=Corsair
    G. Skill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%2050008476%20600006050%20600006072%20600000261&IsNodeId=1&name=G.SKILL

    SSD: Sandisk Extreme 240 GB (Already purchased from Amazon Gold Box deal) - $154.99

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB - $166.47
    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B004CSIG1G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347579703&sr=8-2&keywords=caviar+black

    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX690 - $999.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130781

    Case: Definitely need recommendations here. (~$300.00) Each forum seems to polarize towards certain brands, but I'd like input anyway. The ones that I believe fit my needs (have space for everything + future upgrades) are:
    Corsair 800D: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001
    Cooler Master Cosmos II: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119252

    sadly they only come in black so I'd have to find some place to get a powder coat done and a custom side panel for the cosmos II. Can anyone point me in a direction to find reliable reviews on Lian Li and Silverstone Temjin?

    PSU: Seasonic 1000W Platinum - $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151105&Tpk=seasonic%201000w

    Optical Drive: LITE-ON Blu-Ray Burner with 3D Playback - $109.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $90.26
    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347580420&sr=8-1&keywords=windows+7+home+premium

    Total: ~$3,004.42

    Some concerns:

    1.) Will the H100 have any clearance issues on the mobo? I read that the Noctua NH-D14 blocks a ram slot or two on certain motherboards.
    2.) Will the rest of my components be okay with just air cooling if I o/c my graphics card?


    Looking forward to hearing what you guys think! Thanks! :love:

    You're wasting $ on that PSU. A 750W runs a GTX 690 even with high OCing. None of those cases has more than the 500R or similar cases. Just because a case is Full Tower doesn't mean it is any less roomier than a Mid-Tower, especially one the size of the 500R. You don't need an i7 for minor photoshop nor do you need 16GB of RAM. Cut both back to the i5-3570k and 8GB, respectively. A Noctua NH-D14 is quieter and performs the same as the H100.
  10. rtothedizzy said:
    Looks like mostly good stuff.

    One thing I'd say though, a 690 is way beyond overkill for a 1080p monitor (unless you HAVE to have 60 fps in 3D). It's like taking a Ferrari to a go kart track or using cruise missiles to hunt quail. I'm not trying to talk you out of it. If you have the money, want the future-proofing, and your eyes bleed when your FPS drops below 60 under any circumstance (or you want the e-peen) then go for it. It's a great card and you'll get some great use out of it.

    Even with a 1400p or 1600p monitor a 690 isn't really NEEDED but at least then there are multiple games that can see less than 60 fps on occasion with a lesser card.

    So if you're dead-set on a 690 my advise is to not wait on a nice hi-res 27 or 30 in monitor. Get it right away and put that $1000 worth of horsepower to use.

    If you're going to stick with a 1080p monitor for a while though, you could easily get by with a 670 or 680 and not notice the difference compared to the 690 and you can always add a second card later when you get the nice monitor if you want.

    You mentioned Lian Li cases along with some others. Cases are a personal preference thing but I'll tell you that of the multiple Lian Li cases I've used over the years they've all been of great quality so don't hesitate to go that way if you find one you like. I'm not so big on the quality of Thermaltake fwiw.

    Great power supply choice BTW. I have it and in my opinion it's about the best you can buy.

    Good luck! Looks like you've got a great start!


    Thanks! The 690 I was mostly looking at for future-proofing and it looks sexy as hell. e-peen is definitely part of it, but I'm one of those people that likes knowing I won't be limited by hardware with whatever I might end up using my computer for in the future. I also plan on multi-tasking on multiple displays and hopefully, I'll eventually delve into the realm of Nvidia Surround. Basically just BS to rationalize spending more money than I should.. ;)

    I've been looking into the Lian Li cases. They have a lot of nice features that others don't (mobo tray, extra i/o usb 3.0, etc.) but I'm still digging around looking for a case that really catches my eye. Thanks for your help!

    FinneousPJ said:
    Looks like you're still throwing too much money at stuff you don't need.


    Haha, I know.. baby steps.. :na:

    Anonymous said:
    You're wasting $ on that PSU. A 750W runs a GTX 690 even with high OCing. None of those cases has more than the 500R or similar cases. Just because a case is Full Tower doesn't mean it is any less roomier than a Mid-Tower, especially one the size of the 500R. You don't need an i7 for minor photoshop nor do you need 16GB of RAM. Cut both back to the i5-3570k and 8GB, respectively. A Noctua NH-D14 is quieter and performs the same as the H100.


    I picked the 1000W for future-proofing purposes. Some time down the line I may pick up another 690 to run in SLI. I used the eXtreme power supply calculator that I found around the forum and two 690s in SLI will need ~860W. So I figured I'd rather be safe than sorry. I've heard a lot of good things about that particular one, and since it happens to be most efficient at ~50% load, I figure it'll work out well with my set up now.

    I'll also be running 2-3 displays, and my very limited knowledge made me think that I would benefit from the hyperthreading on the 3770k if I was say, gaming on one monitor, using another to stream a movie and the third to surf the net. Is this completely incorrect?

    As far as the Mid-towers, I read a lot of posts about people using a 690 and an extended ATX/ XL-ATX mobo that said there wasn't enough space for them in certain mid-towers since they're both huge and fairly long. So going full tower was a shortcut for me to not have to look up dimensions of the area the mobo and vid card would sit.

    I do like the Noctua NH-D14, but it's so massive it blocks 1 or 2 ram slots on the mobos I've seen. If I cut back on RAM I'll definitely go that route. Thanks so much for your input! My level of knowledge prevents me from properly min/maxing for my usage, so I err on the side of excess. :sweat:
  11. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hrWi

    2K Rig, but similar to yours in terms of performance.

    I think the D14 wont be a problem with such a big mobo.

    What I've done was cut back on stuff you selected which truly isn't necessary. That leaves you with similar performance an 1K in your pocket. What happens if you want something extra like a blu-ray burner, a sound car, etc? Add it in! But I've set you up with the baseline for a 2-3k rig.

    Hyper-threading won't help you multitask like you mentioned, but if you plan on quad-sli, i would definitely stick with a 3770k or better.

    For quad-sli, plan to spend another $200 on a mobo and PSU upgrade. You'll want about 900 watts and a compatible motherboard.
    Good Luck!
  12. Yatteru said:
    Hello! :hello: This being my first post here I took some time to research and try to educate myself before asking for help, but there are still a lot of things I might understand incorrectly or couldn't find adequate information on by myself. Any and all opinions, recommendations and advice will be much appreciated! :)

    Approximate Purchase Date: <2 weeks

    Budget Range: $3,000-$4,000 After Rebates, Before Shipping

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 1080p playback/streaming, Surfing the net (hopefully all concurrently on multiple displays), light photoshop/premier elements

    Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I'm currently using a Dell 2407 that's served me well for six years, but I've been ogling Dell's U3011 for a while now. I'm also thinking of picking up a 23"-27" 120Hz monitor for FPS's somewhere down the line (recommendations more than welcome! :) ).


    Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 Home Premium (do you guys think 16GB will be enough for my usage?)

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: 1. Amazon.com (have prime), Newegg.com

    Location: City, State/Region, Country - California, US

    Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, G. Skill, Corsair, ASUS

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200, but looking to upgrade to 1440p/1600p with the U3011

    Additional Comments: I would like a nice acrylic side-window on a top-end case that came in white (slim-pickins :( ); Performance, Proper cooling > Low noise > Price

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My last gaming rig was a ridiculously priced Alienware from 2006. Back then I was dumb and decided to throw money at a computer instead of learn how to properly choose components and build one myself. Consequently, that rig ran 2x 8800 GTX in SLI which happened to be the only cards in the series that didn't support 1080p, and they ran so hot they melted my sound card twice. LOL For the last three years I've been using ASUS laptops as desktop replacements.

    I spent the last few weeks researching, and I'm hoping I know enough now to not embarrass myself too much while asking you guys for help. :p But there's still a lot of things I may not properly understand, or couldn't find adequate information about on my own. Thanks for taking the time to read! I'm looking forward to your opinions on my first proper build! :hello:

    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    Here's a list of components I've chosen so far:

    CPU: Intel Ivy Bridge Core-i7 3770k - $329.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 - $103.74
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extreme-Performance-Liquid-CWCH100/dp/B0051U7HMS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347579955&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+h100

    MOBO: ASUS Maximus V EXTREME - $379.00 (Very open to suggestions here, MOBO and RAM were black holes to me. lol
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131858

    RAM: Looking for recommendations on 2x 8Gb kits, 1600MHz+. I've been looking at Corsair Vengance/Dominator and G. Skill Ripjaws X/Z, Sniper, Ares and my head is about to explode. :o ~$150.00
    Corsair: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%2050001459%20600006050%20600006072%20600000261&IsNodeId=1&name=Corsair
    G. Skill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%2050008476%20600006050%20600006072%20600000261&IsNodeId=1&name=G.SKILL

    SSD: Sandisk Extreme 240 GB (Already purchased from Amazon Gold Box deal) - $154.99

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB - $166.47
    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B004CSIG1G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347579703&sr=8-2&keywords=caviar+black

    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX690 - $999.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130781

    Case: Definitely need recommendations here. (~$300.00) Each forum seems to polarize towards certain brands, but I'd like input anyway. The ones that I believe fit my needs (have space for everything + future upgrades) are:
    Corsair 800D: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001
    Cooler Master Cosmos II: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119252

    sadly they only come in black so I'd have to find some place to get a powder coat done and a custom side panel for the cosmos II. Can anyone point me in a direction to find reliable reviews on Lian Li and Silverstone Temjin?

    PSU: Seasonic 1000W Platinum - $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151105&Tpk=seasonic%201000w

    Optical Drive: LITE-ON Blu-Ray Burner with 3D Playback - $109.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $90.26
    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347580420&sr=8-1&keywords=windows+7+home+premium

    Total: ~$3,004.42

    Some concerns:

    1.) Will the H100 have any clearance issues on the mobo? I read that the Noctua NH-D14 blocks a ram slot or two on certain motherboards.
    2.) Will the rest of my components be okay with just air cooling if I o/c my graphics card?


    Looking forward to hearing what you guys think! Thanks! :love:


    I would get a noctua nh dh-14 for the cpu cooler, also why not try to save alittle? Use the money on another build in 3 years time?
  13. mastrom101 said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hrWi

    2K Rig, but similar to yours in terms of performance.

    I think the D14 wont be a problem with such a big mobo.

    What I've done was cut back on stuff you selected which truly isn't necessary. That leaves you with similar performance an 1K in your pocket. What happens if you want something extra like a blu-ray burner, a sound car, etc? Add it in! But I've set you up with the baseline for a 2-3k rig.

    Hyper-threading won't help you multitask like you mentioned, but if you plan on quad-sli, i would definitely stick with a 3770k or better.

    For quad-sli, plan to spend another $200 on a mobo and PSU upgrade. You'll want about 900 watts and a compatible motherboard.
    Good Luck!


    Whoa, that site is really handy! Thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to make this for me. I'll compare it with my current one and try to find a happy medium. I'm happy to hear the D14 should be okay on the larger mobos. I prefer air over liquid cooling. :p

    Thanks again!
    :D
    Anonymous said:
    I would get a noctua nh dh-14 for the cpu cooler, also why not try to save alittle? Use the money on another build in 3 years time?


    Yeah I was hoping to do so as long as it doesn't block a ram slot. I will take the build that was posted before your reply and try to save some money for the future! :] Thanks!
  14. Hello again! I ended up placing my order for my components today and felt like I should update! The total came around to ~$2,100. I left a lot of room for expandability in the short and long-term. I took the advice of a lot of you and downgraded a lot of my parts to something more reasonable, and when I get a nice 30" and/or surround I'll add another 670 in SLI. Here's what I ended up with:

    CPU: Intel Ivy Bridge Core-i7 3770k - $329.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501


    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $84.32
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VKVZ1A/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00


    MOBO: ASUS Maximus V EXTREME - $379.00 (Very open to suggestions here, MOBO and RAM were black holes to me. lol
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131858


    RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 2x8 1600 - $144.99
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Z1CVJA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i07


    SSD: Sandisk Extreme 240 GB (Already purchased from Amazon Gold Box deal) - $154.99


    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB - $166.47
    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B004CSIG1G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347579703&sr=8-2&keywords=caviar+black


    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW - $407.99
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083Y6MV6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i05


    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker - $154.99
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008O2HOI2/ref=oh_details_o00_s02_i00

    PSU: Corsair HX750 - $144.99
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090I9VZI/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i03


    Optical Drive: LITE-ON 24x DVD-RW - $29.99
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i04


    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $90.26
    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347580420&sr=8-1&keywords=windows+7+home+premium


    Total after tax (free shipping): $2,100.13

    I realize some of my choices are still strange, but I am planning to eventually expand to 3x GTX 670s with nvidia surround. I chose the 2gb FTW version for aesthetic purposes and from a few reviews I read on their scaling in 2-way and 3-way SLI. That's a bit down the line though, after I get this up and running I'll start researching custom loops and a few mods for the case.

    Anyway, I believe I took a lot of your input to heart, and I am very thankful for all of your guys' help!

    Thanks again! :D
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