$3500 Serious Build Help!

Hi community of tomshardware!! I have been a long time reader of this website for sometime now but i havent had the need to post until now. I look forward to all the great advice! Thanks for any input and help you may be able to provide

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks from today (9/17/12). Maybe sooner if i can get a build put together. I saw 2 weeks so that it will give me time to get advice and whatnot.

Budget Range: $3500/ After Rebates / After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,programming,video editing, school work

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whatever is cheapest/Best deal. I prefer Newegg as i have dealt with them in the past.

Location: Lexington,KY

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, most likely yes!

Your Monitor Resolution: Havent decided yet! What i need help on!

Additional Comments: I would like the computer to be as silent as possible as i have 2 small children that are in the next room and i do primaraly most of my work/gaming when they are in bed. I know that fans dont make that much noise but you would be suprised at how loud they get when the house is completely silent. I would also like to watercool my pc (cpu and gpus). I have done this in the past and i have been extremely pleased with the results. It not only allowed me to stay quiet but i also love the look and asthetics of it. The water cooling will be included in the $3500.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am in my junior year of school to be a computer programmer/software engineer and i want an upgraded computer that will allow me to work with ease. I know that coding isnt that intensive but anything to make the process easier is a plus in my book. I also do a big build about every 2-3 years and its time for a new one. I sell my old rig and donate the money to charity to give back when i can.

I have put together a build that i like without watercooling and without the gpus or monitors as all of that im unsure about and they affect each other. I mainly used pcpartpicker to find the lowest price between websites. This is what i have so far:

Cpu: Intel i7-3770k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

I chose this because i do have multiple applications open at once as well as i do a lot of video work. Its nice to have vegas and photoshop open at the same time. I know that the 2600k is simular and cheaper but its also sandy bridge and due to the fact that i hold on to my computer for at least 2yrs im afraid everything is going ivy. I may be wrong so let me know.

Mobo: Asrock Extreme6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295

From what i have read this board is pretty decent. I love the look of it! Again there may be a better option at a lower price so let me know!

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 1866 16gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233248

Again i have heard good things about the vengeance line and i love the look of these. I know that 16gb is overkiil for gaming but i would like the extra bit for the other things that i do.

Storage1: Crucial 64gb SSD (will use as a boot drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

Im not sure about the SSD brands. I know that a lot of people go with crucial so it must be ok? I think 64gb will be ok for a boot?

Storage2: WD Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Basic storage drive. Have had this same one before and loved it.

PSU:Corsair AX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015

I think this will be enough for pretty much any video card selection that i go with. If not let me know!

Ok that is pretty much everything that i have so far.

As far as a case goes i like the NZXT swtich and the corsair 800D, im undecided as i dont know which one will be a more silent option but still give me the ability to watercool well. If you have another case in mind let me know.

As far as the graphics go this is where im completely lost. I have two thoughts, one is to go 2560x1080 and or go eyefinity with 3x1920x1080. I like the thought of the 3 screen as it woud give me more desktop space to run multiple programs. However im worried that it will take more gpu umph to run it. I have read that 2560x1080 would take a simluar set up but i dont know. Im basically trying to decide between 2 7970s,2 680s, or 1 690. While i have a fairly big budget i dont want to spend more than i have too. Im not the type of person that will pay $100-200 more for 10 frames, its just not that important to me. I just want to run 50-60 fps average through pretty much any game with the highest possible settings. When say possible i mean feasable within the budget. If you feel like ultra settings are out of the question let me know, i welcome any and all suggestions.

Lastly the monitors and watercooling. Whatever setup you suggest please throw out some monitor suggestions as well! I like ips for the color and quality but it doesnt have to be that. The watercooling will also depend on the case and what cards i go with. Heck watercoolig may not be worth it! Let me know what you think!

Sorry for such a long post! I just dont like dropping so much money and not be 100% postive!

Thanks
Xt4c33
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  1. Quote:
    As far as a case goes i like the NZXT swtich and the corsair 800D, im undecided as i dont know which one will be a more silent option but still give me the ability to watercool well. If you have another case in mind let me know.


    Excellent choice with the Switch 810 - I like it better than the Obsidian 800.

    For that budget I'd suggest something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Plextor PX-M3S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2039.39
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 00:56 EDT-0400)

    With the difference you'll be able to get a nice 2560 x 1440 monitor and whatever peripherals you want.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.98 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($429.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.03 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.50 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($999.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($180.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2875.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    This would probably be the world's best computer. O.O

    As for a monitor, look for a Dell UltraSharp!
  3. arzbhatia said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.98 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($429.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.03 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.50 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($999.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($180.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2875.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    This would probably be the world's best computer. O.O

    As for a monitor, look for a Dell UltraSharp!


    GTX 690 won't help you on a professional build - and 2 x 670 are a better bet anyways. And stay far, far, far away from the H100 - the liquid cooler I linked to is better - but if you're doing liquid cooling use the real thing or not at all.
  4. i'll add my usual mantra of "get a dedicated hard drive for a scratch render disk" when i see the words "video editing"

    btw, you want a quite rig but looking at WD blacks?

    mine sounds like a merzbow noise fest at times.

    incase you don't know i am talking about Merzbow (turn down your speakers!)
  5. I would go for something like this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($207.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($417.86 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($417.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($123.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2184.60
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 01:12 EDT-0400)
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    GTX 690 won't help you on a professional build - and 2 x 670 are a better bet anyways. And stay far, far, far away from the H100 - the liquid cooler I linked to is better - but if you're doing liquid cooling use the real thing or not at all.


    Maybe you're right about the CPU Cooler. But you gotta check this out -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw9FT4hcbVw

    A GTX 690 has a little higher performance and LESS power consumption than 2 GTX 680s! So if OP wants to SLI in future with TWO GTX690s, it would be the best thing in the world. haha!

    And also, the 3930K beats the 3770K. So does the Rampage IV Extreme beats the UD5H!
  7. Anonymous said:
    i'll add my usual mantra of "get a dedicated hard drive for a scratch render disk" when i see the words "video editing"

    btw, you want a quite rig but looking at WD blacks?

    mine sounds like a merzbow noise fest at times.

    incase you don't know i am talking about Merzbow (turn down your speakers!)







    Ah Merzbow... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  8. if you want to watercool get a rasa kit if you want 16gb of ram these are good choices 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
  9. This should come right within your budget. Includes 3 Monitors, 32GB low profile Ram, and Dual WD Caviar Black 2TBs in RAID 0/1 (your choice):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.98 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($238.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($999.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($159.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($127.67 @ Amazon)
    Total: $3455.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  10. Anonymous said:
    i'll add my usual mantra of "get a dedicated hard drive for a scratch render disk" when i see the words "video editing"

    btw, you want a quite rig but looking at WD blacks?

    mine sounds like a merzbow noise fest at times.

    incase you don't know i am talking about Merzbow (turn down your speakers!)





    :ouch: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  11. ^ Amazing.
  12. This XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's. Windows 7 is combo'd with the motherboard. Just add a case to this build.


    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-Supply/dp/B005IUVYA2/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347949610&sr=1-4 $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1032178 $279.98 save: $10.00 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1053942 $379.98 save: $18.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
    Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK-R1 120mm Sleeve with Dual Vertical Vapor Chamber TPC 812 CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226281 $114.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 994015

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_sim_pc_3 $23.49 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=sr_1_5?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347949429&sr=1-5 $98.03 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164 $198.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685 $409.99 - $400.00 after $10.00 rebate
    MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC 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=N82E16814127685 $409.99 - $400.00 after $10.00 rebate
    MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $2,027.15 *not including shipping & rebates


    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/ <----- review of that MSI GTX 670 w/benchmarks

    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.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


    120Hz refresh rate monitor. If your going to have that much GPU firepower than 120Hz is the only way to go. It makes gaming smooth as butter.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014270 $389.99
    BenQ XL2420T Black-Red 24" 5ms (2ms GTG) HDMI Widescreen Height & Pivot Adjustable LED-Backlit 120Hz 3D-Ready LCD Monitor 350 cd/m2 DC 12M:1 (1000:1)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824116513 $469.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ViewSonic V3D245 Black 23.6" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD 120Hz 3D Monitor 300 cd/m2 20,000,000:1 w/ Speakers & 3D glasses


    Some headsets to have a look at.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826570017 $59.99 - $49.99 after $10.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Cooler Master CM Storm Sonuz 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826570018 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus S 3.5mm Connector Circumaural 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
  13. Wow! I appreciate all the posts!!! Its nice to wake you and see that people are so willing to help!

    So a couple of things are sticking out to me.

    1. Do you all think i shouldnt cool the gpus? I was under the understanding that with watercooling i could push them harder which in turn would allow me to get better performance. Also noting that some of you had 3 monitor setups i will need the exra power? This has been my dilema. :cry: I really want to run 3 monitors for the real estate but i cannot get a definitive answer as to the setup. hmm...

    2. I also noticed that a few of you recommended the 3960k. Is it honestly worth $200 more dollars? I mean i do like to run multiple applications but i doubt that i will ever use 6 cores. However it may be the way to go if i want to future proof.

    3. I also LOVED the merzbow! I do know what your talking about! After a while though its something you get used to just like with anything.

    4. Lastly im trying to go as cost efficent as possible. While i have the money it makes no sense in spending it IMHO. Its like buying a ferrari...One has power windows and one doesnt.....they are both ferraris!! I personally dont care about the bells and whistles when it going to cost more for no reason. All i want really is a computer that is semi future proof that can run 3 monitors at 50-60fps at ultra and is qiuet.

    Again thanks for all the responses! It means a lot and says a whole lot more about the community when its so eager to help! Btw im not a fanboy of nvidia or amd and i dont want this to turn into a fanboy rage. If you have stats then back them up, preferable with recent benchmarks. Ones from early in the year dont mean that much compared to what i have seen/heard from the latest drivers.

    Thanks again!
    Xt4c33
  14. Water cooling is the best thing A rig could get. Trust me.

    And also, a 3930K is more than enough. No need to get a 3960.

    Even the 3770K is great BTW. Save your money and get a 3770K.

    Processor: 3770K
    Motherboard: Maximus V Formula (Cuz it has the best audio clarity, nothing beats it)
    Graphics: 2 x GTX 670s
    Monitor: Dell Ultra sharp U2711 (Best monitor in the world but hella expensive) or 3 same monitors! I also recommend the HP x2301, ultra thin. Super clear display and very cheap too!
    SSD: ^ Whichever you think is fine amongst the ones suggested above)
    HDD: Caviar Black 1TB
    RAM: Dominator 16GB or Normal RipJaws X 1600Mhz
    Cabinet: Switch/800D
    Cooling: ^ any suggested above
  15. Only one reply since this morning? No one likes me anymore!!! Lol i keed i keed! Anyway does anyone else have anything else to add or any other thoughts?
  16. ask whether you should get an AMD or nVidia graphics card; that should bring out a few fan boys for entertainment value along with invoking somewhat of a discussion.

    more likely the former than the latter though . . . .
  17. Anonymous said:
    ask whether you should get an AMD or nVidia graphics card; that should bring out a few fan boys for entertainment value along with invoking somewhat of a discussion.

    more likely the former than the latter though . . . .

    That's usually good for a full page of fun right there. Two pages if you an get reynod and blazerthorn on the same thread.
  18. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hWUF Base 1
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hWWa Base 2

    Both these builds will suit your basic needs, but the first build is more powerful. Not by a lot though.

    Now for the monitor, GPU's and watercooling.

    I don't know a ton about custom watercooling loops, but I'm going to leave a lot of money aside for you to build one if necessary. Personally i wouldn't water cool the GPU's as i simply dont think it's worth it but by all means go for it.

    If you want the tri-1080P monitor combo, then i suggest using eyefinity.

    Here's my choice:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982 $380X2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236112 $170X3

    For a single monitor, i would use a 690
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260028 $1200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130790 $1050

    I would strongly recommend option one but you can pick.

    Good Luck!
  19. Anonymous said:
    ask whether you should get an AMD or nVidia graphics card; that should bring out a few fan boys for entertainment value along with invoking somewhat of a discussion.

    more likely the former than the latter though . . . .
    :lol: that will be a nightmare :lol:
  20. Ok im going to pull the trigger later today on this build. I took in consideration what you all said and i put together the following based on my needs. Let me know what you think!

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i6zf

    I went with 4gb cards as i have a feeling that future games will need it at 5760x1080 and with the new unreal engine.

    This also leaves me with around 650 to mess with watercooling some.However i was wondering about not watercooling and getting a third 670? im not sure how temps would be in the case though and this would require a different motherboard and maybe psu i believe. Again please let me know what you think!
  21. xt4c33 said:
    Ok im going to pull the trigger later today on this build. I took in consideration what you all said and i put together the following based on my needs. Let me know what you think!

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/i6zf

    I went with 4gb cards as i have a feeling that future games will need it at 5760x1080 and with the new unreal engine.

    This also leaves me with around 650 to mess with watercooling some.However i was wondering about not watercooling and getting a third 670? im not sure how temps would be in the case though and this would require a different motherboard and maybe psu i believe. Again please let me know what you think!
    :ouch: I would never use a mobo like that on this kind of build a third 670 wouldn't be a good idea either
  22. 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
  23. thanks for the replies!! the reason that i went with that board is it fit my color scheme which is green white and black. the gold that was on it would go well with those colors. I know that im just being picky at this point but if im going to spend this much i want it to at least be visually appealing. The board you recommended it great, is there anything that would go with my colors that is similar?

    Xt4c33
  24. xt4c33 said:
    thanks for the replies!! the reason that i went with that board is it fit my color scheme which is green white and black. the gold that was on it would go well with those colors. I know that im just being picky at this point but if im going to spend this much i want it to at least be visually appealing. The board you recommended it great, is there anything that would go with my colors that is similar?

    Xt4c33
    The reason i don't like the board you picked is Asrock try to cut corners.The only negative I have for Z77 Extreme4 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.That's total bs imo and the reason i won't mess with their products anymore.However this one they didn't skimp on and would be a decent choice mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Motherboards%20-%20Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157295&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=#top
  25. i'd like to make a suggestion on the PSU wattage; that 850 is a little large even for a 670 SLI. your total system power would be about 150 watts for cpu, chipset, RAM, SSD and hard drive. a 670 SLI power consumption is less than 300 watts when severely stressing the gpus for 450 watts total. now some folks would say thats great to keep the max load around 50% of the PSU for best efficiency.

    that maybe correct however, since systems run @ idle a lot more than fully stressed and PSUs efficiency takes a huge nosediver under 20% load (around 70-75%) then when you idle at less that 170 watts (850*.2) that money you spent on getting a silver certified PSU goes out the window.

    and since a 670 SLI uses ~30 watts and i highly doubt the system would go over 95 watts idle (145 watts) a 725 - 750 watt PSU would be more appropriate and still give you some room to add a third 670 (but really that might end up as overkill even for a 5760x1080 set up.)

    power consumption ( the 4GB cards are the same)




    just an FYI . . .
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