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September 22, 2012 3:18:14 PM

I was thinking that I would really like a kick-ass build and was wondering if this is legit for a 3-monitor gaming rig...

TheBigTroll helped me out with most of this already but I updated it cause I think I can spend a little more.

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ibDF

I upped the MOBO to the sniper, added 8gb more memory as well as the i7 and a 850W psu.
Are any of the parts stupid? Should I indeed go with an i5-3570K instead of the i7-3770K?
Also, which 3x23" widescreen monitors would you suggest? I'd like the largest viewing angle possible but not super expensive (250CAD each?)

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September 22, 2012 3:33:12 PM

looks good to me.. a pair of 7970s in crossfire should be more then enough.
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September 22, 2012 3:38:27 PM

Ah I forgot to ask, are any of those parts actually better/cheaper to order *now* instead of in a month?

And will that RAM fit beneath the DH-14 cooler?
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September 22, 2012 3:43:54 PM

my personal favorites for monitors are the ones made by view sonic.. but thats just me ausus makes good ones too your really looking at getting a low response time .. but here is a good ausus one ... http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VS248H-P-24-Inch-Full-HD-Mon...

as for view sonic http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-VX2450WM-LED-23-6-Inch-... the one i use on my personal build .. i didnt care to much for the ausus one so i tried this one out and i like it but thats just me you might think other wise.. evga makes monitor set ups too...
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September 22, 2012 3:59:18 PM

You don't need an i7 for gaming.
Get the i5.
And what case will you get?
The Sniper is EATX. EATX is huge, and you have to get an EATX case to fit it.
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September 22, 2012 4:00:31 PM

I would spend over my budget to get 120Hz! Is this possible?
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September 22, 2012 4:07:57 PM

obsama1 said:
You don't need an i7 for gaming.
Get the i5.
And what case will you get?
The Sniper is EATX. EATX is huge, and you have to get an EATX case to fit it.


i5 it is! Thank you, that's what I've heard and I was just wondering if I should get an i7 so that my system is "balanced"

I apologize for not mentioning that I have a coolermaster Storm Trooper case!
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September 22, 2012 4:09:02 PM

The build he made you is OK really but you can just do so much more.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($63.99 @ Computer Valley)
Motherboard: MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($399.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($74.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($174.99 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($213.81 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VG23AH 23.0" Monitor ($235.99 @ Computer Valley)
Monitor: Asus VG23AH 23.0" Monitor ($235.99 @ Computer Valley)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($95.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $2765.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-22 12:08 EDT-0400)

This is a pretty huge upgrade over his PC and also includes monitors and a case.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2012 4:09:56 PM

ugh sorry but i made a really terrible mistake here.I included different monitors.They should all be Asus PA238Q
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September 22, 2012 4:17:24 PM

That's like $800 more, and you made some bad choices.

The 3820 gets beat by the cheaper 3570K.
Noctua D14 kills any non-custom loop.
And by going with the 3820 you have to get a more expensive mobo.
I'd be wary of an 8GB kit for $30.
SSD doesn't look bad, but I'd get Crucial or Samsung.
GPU is great.
1K watts? You just need 850w really.

It's basically a rig that performs a little worse than the OP posted, but it costs more.
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September 22, 2012 7:33:42 PM

obsama1 said:
That's like $800 more, and you made some bad choices.

The 3820 gets beat by the cheaper 3570K.
Noctua D14 kills any non-custom loop.
And by going with the 3820 you have to get a more expensive mobo.
I'd be wary of an 8GB kit for $30.
SSD doesn't look bad, but I'd get Crucial or Samsung.
GPU is great.
1K watts? You just need 850w really.

It's basically a rig that performs a little worse than the OP posted, but it costs more.


Thank you very much! I am pretty set on a Samsung 830 and D14 air cooling. Do you have any RAM suggestions vs the G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB? (and that will fit beneath the D14?
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57953&vpn=F3-128...

And how about this... http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67173&vpn=FX797ATDBC&... vs the sapphire?
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September 25, 2012 5:29:24 AM

Best answer selected by gar9.
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