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Advice on new build ($1300-$2000 gaming build)

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September 24, 2012 5:59:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (when all has been said and done about my build)

Budget Range: ($1300 - $2000) buying a new monitor(s) is what really pushes the budget but budget doesn't have to be limited to $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy and OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no particular preference but newegg and amazon seem convenient maybe even microcenter if the price is better compared to any online since the microcenter is about an hour and a half ride away..but will go there if ever

Location: Long Island, New York of the U S of A

Parts Preferences: trying to go the intel route

Overclocking: Yes but not anytime soon..

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if anyone can advice me when it comes to those bigger monitors that do 2560 X 1400 if not a three monitor setup..if my setup can even push such graphics on such big monitors or even the 3 monitor setup

Additional Comments: i mostly am building this for those FPS-PVP games

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: tired of playing games on low to mid-range graphics and low fps..this HP pavilion elite m9515y won't cut it for me anymore..has a 9800gt with it now since the 9600gs that came with it died on me

OK...Current parts are based on the recommendations from the wish list thread i did a while back.
I need advice on parts since i can't seem to choose between what my wallet wants and what my mind wants =p..if it would also be okay if you would mention why you recommend the part you mentioned over the other parts i have on the list since i would be posting multiple versions/brands of the same type of part...

I will most likely do custom loops but not in the near future just for the hell of it and to learn..will try the custom loops/system/rigs from the likes of (frozencpu or koolance)

I'm also trying to see how far i can push this build without having to spend enthusiast level money..

Also some parts seem to be overkill since i would like some headroom for overclocking and an SLI setup

My current part are:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core BX80637I53570K [...] 6819116504

Motherboard: choices are between the following

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


ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

unless you guys have a better recommendation

Memory: choices are between (corsair unless you guys recommend another brand that are better for overclocking and if based on your advice..if overclocking memory makes a difference

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8R

CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD8GX3M2A1600C9

CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4X1600C8

Storage: no hdd's for now since i won't be putting much on it for now..thinking of adding another ssd instead when prices fall even further since i don't even use 200 gigs from the 700 gig's on my current pc

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) [...] 6820227792

Case: choices are between the following unless you guys can recommend better cases that will show of the red and black theme of my build but most importantly fit the motherboards i picked and leave room for sli setups and custom cooling setups as mentioned

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case [...] 6811119225


COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan

Power Supply: need your advice if the PSU i have is too much or if there are better deals...others said that a 750 watt is sufficient for a dual/sli

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply [...] 6817139015

GPU: buying 1 for now but will add another later when money is available or if 1 is more than enough

MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Monitor: need help choosing if not any recommendations when it comes to buying monitors that can pull what the graphics cards i have can push out...should i go the 1920 X 1080/1920 X 1200, or the 2560 X 1400 or the 3 monitor setup

others said that theres not much difference between the 60hz and 120hz unless i do 3d but if the price is right why not..
and i'm trying to balance between IPS and good latency (or whatever they call the delay from graphics card to monitor and back) as well as long as its not too high a price

choices are as follows:

LG IPS231B-BN Black 23" 5ms Height,Swivel & Title Adjustable Full HD IPS Panel LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 DFC 5,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers

Acer GD235HZbid Black / Orange 23.6" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 1080p NVIDIA LCD 120Hz 3D Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 80000:1

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)

ASUS VG Series VG23AH Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 3D LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 80,000,000:1, IPS Panel, Height & Swivel Adjustable with Speaker and 3D Glasses

ASUS PA248Q Black 24.1" 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 80,000,000:1, IPS Panel, Height pivot swivel adjustable

as well as any 27" monitors you guys recommend..or any size for that matter in regards to gaming and multi-monitor setups

thanks again for any recommendations and advice i receive..will hopefully post again when i start building
September 24, 2012 6:05:53 PM

Go with the Asrock motherboard (or the Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH) and the Dominator RAM isn't worth the money. Get the HAF XM for your case as it's about 1/2 the cost and size of the HAF X. You also need a good cooler like a Noctua D14 for the 3570K.