Spoof Check This Build

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PLEXTOR Internal DVD Super Multi Black SATA Model PX-L890SA LightScribe $37.99

Thermaltake Element V Black Edition Steel Full Tower Computer Case Colorshift Fans VL200K1W2Z $99.99

ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers $169.99

ASUS GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $539.99

SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD $189.99

GIGABYTE GK-OSMIUM Black USB Wired Gaming Aivia Osmium Mechanical Keyboard $129.99

Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse $69.99

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G $9.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 $43.99

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $207.99

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $229.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium $179.99

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit $219.99

Comes to the whopping total of $2,129.87 after all available sales and promotions.


How I can justify it, correct me if I am off the mark:

It will run every game out right now at max settings while still maintaining playability. I opted to go with the CPU cooler that should come with the i5 for now. I decided the practicality of a hyperthreading i7 just wasnt there and debated going i5 3470 but decided on the 3570k so I can eventually overclock if I absolutely had to and lets face it...I probably will. The chances of finding a better processor for LGA1155 4 years from now for less then a CPU cooler? But Seriously what are they? I am going with the z77-pro for the PCI-E 3.0x16. This gives me 1 future proof socket. I dont need the thunderbolt or the overkill of the premium version... I dont think anyway. I am thinking if I need to I can go Sli gtx 680 in a few years and then a few years latter move to a single high end card again, at which time I will probably have to buy a CPU cooler and start OC'ing. I maintain the ability to add RAM when more would be a benefit and made sure to shy away from lower latency/higher clock ram as I am using Ivy Bridge. I am hoping to nurse this thing for 6 years while only spending under $900 in upgrades. $250ish on second GTX 680, $25ish on RAM, $75ish on CPU Cooler, $550ish on high end GPU 4 years from now...maybe utilizing my PCI-E 3.0x16 I paid so much to have.

The thing I worry about most is that the monitor I selected wont scale very well in the future. From what I have seen the higher resolution monitors are only on the 30"+ now, which is way to big for what I want, but eventually should be available on the 21"-24" monitors. Funny how tech never seems to align perfectly for us new buyers...Thats the real reason we struggle so hard.

Hope to here something positive back, bracing for the negative.
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  1. Your build looks good here are my recommendation for cost/performance would be the MSI GTX 670 Power Edition. It's easily the best buy out there currently for gaming at 1920x1080 resolution. If you think you might move to a higher resolution or 2-3 monitors in the next year or two get the 7970.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685 <---This is the best deal out there in my opinion. MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.
    nVidia itself recommend 500W for a single 670. Add 170W for SLI & recommended is 670W.
    http://www.nvidia.in/object/geforce-gtx-670-in.html#pdpContent=2


    For testing conducted for SLI 670, the resulting system consumption for SLI is 433W of which 293W are attributed to the gpu cards.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-2-and-3way-sli-review/4


    If you use this psu calculator considering your components, the result is 664W (overclocked processor & used 680x2 to simulate gpu OC:
    http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine


    All points out to 750W being more than enough.
  2. alright Ill check into the GPU... as for the power supply... well I have my heart set. More is always better!
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