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Looking To Build A 3-Monitor BF3 Rig From Scratch - Movie Storage Too

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September 27, 2012 12:08:35 AM

So, it's been years since I've built my own system.. I've been slowly catching up on current technology though in terms of what's available out there. However, I am pretty much out of the "scene" since I purchased my PS3 2 years ago. I know I'd want a blu-ray burner if I'll be able to play my backups on my PS3, I also know I'll want at least a few terabytes in there to store said backups.
Or, I might consider going with a NAS setup for such things (I have a Synology DS209 at work that might very well need to be "upgraded" to suit our small office needs).
I'll also most likely choose a headset over surround system... Please keep in mind I am fairly flexible as my business will be footing the bill here.. So, I'm open to going for the tri-SLI setup, to be on the safe side for upgrades, etc. However, I'm in no way going to be competing on the global level, other than in my attempts to blow stuff/peeps up on BF3...

Here's the build on pcpartpicker: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/seaneboy/saved/#savedbuild...

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: The next two/three weeks

Budget Range: $1600-$2200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (strictly BF3 as of now), movie hosting (for home network - might just get NAS instead), surfing web, music/movie storage, some work from home - excel, email, no biggie, etc (VPN to office that is 15 mi away)

Are you buying a monitor: No, I'm buying 3 monitors...

Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: least expensive, preference to newegg, but open to anything on pricewatch basically...

Location: Southampton, NY

Parts Preferences: Intel for cpu, quality/name brand for essentials, perhaps even across the board

Overclocking: Maybe.... if it's a 2500k, how could I not?!

SLI or Crossfire: Whichever proves to be better for BF3 across 3x monitors

Your Monitor Resolution: Best while staying within budget, and suitable for up to 24" monitors, most likely between 22"-24" monitors...

Additional Comments: BF3 all day, can't even get in to any other games, probably because I've never played them. It would be nice to be on the quieter side as this unit will be in my room... Adjustable fan(s) perhaps?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Haven't built a system since my Anthlon 2200 back in 2004... I've used work laptops ever since...

So, here's the parts list (shooting from the hip here, so guidance is much appreciated!). Especially in terms of ram/latencies/etc... I've checked and both the Antec 900, and the ram are supposedly compatible with the Noctua...

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
219.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo
MSI Z77A-GD80 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS and Thunderbolt
219.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM
154.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Error made - this ram will not fit under the Noctua D14
Selected the G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-8GZH @ $79.99 - I was going to buy more ram, but figured I would upgrade.. Or should I just go for 16gb (or more) off the bat?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
84.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD
Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
149.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CDR/DVDR/BDR
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support
109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
VidCards
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
407.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU
CORSAIR HX Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
194.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
89.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total 2140.89


If you've read this far, I personally thank you for your time, and insight! Also, if you see anything that pops out at you where I can save money without dropping too much in power/value, I'm open to it!
September 27, 2012 3:48:32 AM

I would go with this ram, also 8gb is already overkill so I don't think you would need 8gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would also get this motherboard. It is cheaper and will fulfill all needs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't think that you need more than an 850 watt psu, 3 670's in sli were drawing 736 watts under load so 2 should never draw more that 500. Also consider getting an i5 3570k, it is decently more powerful. Even though you can get higher clocks with the 2500k, the 3570k is better clock for clock.
September 27, 2012 6:37:35 PM

So, I changed to the Ram you had mentioned.. Furthermore, I also went with the 3570k as you said. However, I stuck with the same motherboard, just in case I want to go 3 way sli down the line. Also, I upgraded to the 670FTW 4gb.


CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $215.98
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM $83.74
Motherboard MSI Z77A-GD80 ATX LGA1155 $219.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $38.99
Storage OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" SSD $77.99
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM $131.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB $459.99
Case Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower $106.99
Power Supply Corsair 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V $194.99
Optical Drive Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $117.11
Monitor Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" $249.95
Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" $249.95
Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" $249.95
Coming in with (1) EVGA, at $2397.61. Including all (3) monitors!
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September 27, 2012 8:17:10 PM

The Antec 900 is several generations old now and very outdated - it's hard to recommend on that budget. Also it will not fit a Noctua D14 either - an Antec 900 can barely hold a 212 Evo. It looks like you went on Newegg and just clicked the parts with the highest reviews - that's always a rookie mistake.

I'd go for something like this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHES212-08 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1773.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
September 27, 2012 8:43:19 PM

I actually just selected whichever item had the flashiest wrapping on it.. ;cP No, I did select the card based off of some reviews I had read, including (but not limited to) that on the evga.com forum... I much appreciate your insight!

Why do you go with the 7970 vs the 670 4GB? Is it due to Nvidia's 256-bit cut off?

Question, if I wanted to leave the option out there for tri-sli in the future, this motherboard would not cut it. Why would you recommend this specific board over the other? I do like Gigabyte as I had one of their mobo's back in the day last quite a long time...

Also, what about the NH-U9B vs the NH-D14?
I will definitely switch to the 1100 as you had mentioned...
September 27, 2012 8:52:04 PM

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I actually just selected whichever item had the flashiest wrapping on it.. ;cP No, I did select the card based off of some reviews I had read, including (but not limited to) that on the evga.com forum... I much appreciate your insight!


At least you're honest... :lol: 

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Why do you go with the 7970 vs the 670 4GB? Is it due to Nvidia's 256-bit cut off?


No it's because the Sapphire Flex series that I chose can run three monitors in HDMI with full 1080p resolution off a single card with no hiccups or delays.

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Question, if I wanted to leave the option out there for tri-sli in the future, this motherboard would not cut it. Why would you recommend this specific board over the other? I do like Gigabyte as I had one of their mobo's back in the day last quite a long time...


For that you'd most likely need an XL-ATX motherboard like the EVGA Z77 FTW but that will run you quite a bit more.

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Also, what about the NH-U9B vs the NH-D14?


NH-U9B is quite a bit smaller but includes two fans.
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