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September 30, 2012 9:12:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: October 7, 2012

Budget Range: $2850 starting, currently $1,490 remaining (max cap for Hard Drive, Monitor, Keyboard, OS, Videocard, RAM, Optical Drive, and a few other tid-bits)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Internet (normal stuff)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, already aiming at the Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with PremierColor – $449.99

Parts Already Purchased

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU: COOLER MASTER RS-A50-SPHA-D3 Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W Intel ATX 12V V2.3 & SSI EPS 12V V2.92
CPU / Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Extreme LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel
Solid-State Drive: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
Mouse: Logitech Performance Black Tilt Wheel 2.4 GHz Wireless Laser Mouse MX (Darkfield Tech)

Parts I’m pretty set on

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda or WD Black Edition 1 – 3 TB at $80 > $150 expected
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with PremierColor – $449.99
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless K350
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium / Professional 64-bit (not planning on upgrading to Windows 8 until I feel it’s been proven, personal prejudice

Parts to be purchased, Vague ideas only

GPU / Videocard: Nothing here as yet, hoping there might be some recommendations based on my videogame choices
RAM: Nothing set here as yet but I’m looking at getting 8 – 16 GB of memory, currently thinking Corsair or Gskill
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray Reader required, not gonna gripe over getting a Blu-Ray Burner
System Cooling: Any recommendations or real requirements to start off with?
Surge Protector: The Calamari Power Squid or Something (Belkin, APC, whatever) – Not necessarily required, but right now I have an old one (so, new system, new Surge Protector).
+ Subtract the price for Dragon Age: Origins, the Ultimate Edition ) a necessary purchase ;) 

Full Spec List

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU: COOLER MASTER RS-A50-SPHA-D3 Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W Intel ATX 12V V2.3 & SSI EPS 12V V2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Panel Power Supply with Fan Control CPU / Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Extreme LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel
RAM: Nothing set here as yet but I’m looking at getting 8 – 16 GB of memory, currently thinking Corsair or Gskill
GPU / Videocard: Nothing here as yet, hoping there might be some recommendations based on my videogame choices
Solid-State Drive: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda or WD Black Edition 1 – 3 TB
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray Reader required, not gonna gripe over getting a Blu-Ray Burner
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with PremierColor – $449.99
Mouse: Logitech Performance Black Tilt Wheel 2.4 GHz Wireless Laser Mouse MX (Darkfield Tech)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless K350
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium / Professional 64-bit (not planning on upgrading to Windows 8 until I feel it’s been proven, personal prejudice
System Cooling: Any recommendations or real requirements to start off with?
Surge Protector: The Calamari Power Squid or Something (Belkin, APC, whatever)
Dragon Age: Origins, Ultimate Edition to be purchased

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, pretty much already selected, only concern is, should I get the retail or OEM?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, Dell, TigerDirect, whatever really

Location: City, State/Region, Country – Portland, OR, USA

Overclocking: Yes, but not to start, unless recommended

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but not to start

My Monitor Resolution: Pretty set with my Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen, 1920 x 1200 res

Additional Comments
- Games I’ll be playing: Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition (2008), Dragon Age: Origins (Pre-order Collector’s Edition with Ultimate Edition tagged on), Half Life 2 Orange Box & Doom 3 (where possible for Doom 3), and later on, Skyrim & the Crysis series
- Look forward to having Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010, will use 2007 to start (already own); will be using at some point the Cyberlink PowerDVD, and RealPlayer, depending (VLC to start)
- AV: Really liked Miscrosoft Security Essentials, but for this & malware very eagerly accepting recommendations
- TuneUp utility software; all recommendations accepted, freeware, whatever
September 30, 2012 10:37:20 PM

First question is, do you need such an overkill system for playing games at your resolution? I think you can save plenty from your budget, e.g., what features will you be using from that MB?
If you put your entire build into www.pcpartpicker.com what's the cost?
I can recommend the Noctua NH-D14 for the CPU cooler.
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September 30, 2012 11:09:07 PM

GPU: 2 x GTX 670s. There are many great versions out there
RAM: 4x4 1600MHz, CL9 Gskill Ripjaw
Optical Drive: Lite-on makes a good one
System Cooling: Coolermast 212+ EVO for cost or the Noctura D14.
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September 30, 2012 11:14:06 PM

I would recommend not going over $2000, unless if you are spending extra on long term parts such as PSU, case, and monitor.

The monitor you picked is rated at 1920 x 1200 resolution. A single OC'ed GTX 650 or Radeon 7950 can handle such graphic load.
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September 30, 2012 11:51:13 PM

Stansfield said:
Approximate Purchase Date: October 7, 2012

Budget Range: $2850 starting, currently $1,490 remaining (max cap for Hard Drive, Monitor, Keyboard, OS, Videocard, RAM, Optical Drive, and a few other tid-bits)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Internet (normal stuff)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, already aiming at the Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with PremierColor – $449.99

Parts Already Purchased

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU: COOLER MASTER RS-A50-SPHA-D3 Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W Intel ATX 12V V2.3 & SSI EPS 12V V2.92
CPU / Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Extreme LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel
Solid-State Drive: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
Mouse: Logitech Performance Black Tilt Wheel 2.4 GHz Wireless Laser Mouse MX (Darkfield Tech)

Parts I’m pretty set on

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda or WD Black Edition 1 – 3 TB at $80 > $150 expected
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with PremierColor – $449.99
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless K350
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium / Professional 64-bit (not planning on upgrading to Windows 8 until I feel it’s been proven, personal prejudice

Parts to be purchased, Vague ideas only

GPU / Videocard: Nothing here as yet, hoping there might be some recommendations based on my videogame choices
RAM: Nothing set here as yet but I’m looking at getting 8 – 16 GB of memory, currently thinking Corsair or Gskill
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray Reader required, not gonna gripe over getting a Blu-Ray Burner
System Cooling: Any recommendations or real requirements to start off with?
Surge Protector: The Calamari Power Squid or Something (Belkin, APC, whatever) – Not necessarily required, but right now I have an old one (so, new system, new Surge Protector).
+ Subtract the price for Dragon Age: Origins, the Ultimate Edition ) a necessary purchase ;) 

Full Spec List

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU: COOLER MASTER RS-A50-SPHA-D3 Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W Intel ATX 12V V2.3 & SSI EPS 12V V2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Panel Power Supply with Fan Control CPU / Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Extreme LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel
RAM: Nothing set here as yet but I’m looking at getting 8 – 16 GB of memory, currently thinking Corsair or Gskill
GPU / Videocard: Nothing here as yet, hoping there might be some recommendations based on my videogame choices
Solid-State Drive: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda or WD Black Edition 1 – 3 TB
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray Reader required, not gonna gripe over getting a Blu-Ray Burner
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with PremierColor – $449.99
Mouse: Logitech Performance Black Tilt Wheel 2.4 GHz Wireless Laser Mouse MX (Darkfield Tech)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless K350
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium / Professional 64-bit (not planning on upgrading to Windows 8 until I feel it’s been proven, personal prejudice
System Cooling: Any recommendations or real requirements to start off with?
Surge Protector: The Calamari Power Squid or Something (Belkin, APC, whatever)
Dragon Age: Origins, Ultimate Edition to be purchased

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, pretty much already selected, only concern is, should I get the retail or OEM?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, Dell, TigerDirect, whatever really

Location: City, State/Region, Country – Portland, OR, USA

Overclocking: Yes, but not to start, unless recommended

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, but not to start

My Monitor Resolution: Pretty set with my Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen, 1920 x 1200 res

Additional Comments
- Games I’ll be playing: Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition (2008), Dragon Age: Origins (Pre-order Collector’s Edition with Ultimate Edition tagged on), Half Life 2 Orange Box & Doom 3 (where possible for Doom 3), and later on, Skyrim & the Crysis series
- Look forward to having Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010, will use 2007 to start (already own); will be using at some point the Cyberlink PowerDVD, and RealPlayer, depending (VLC to start)
- AV: Really liked Miscrosoft Security Essentials, but for this & malware very eagerly accepting recommendations
- TuneUp utility software; all recommendations accepted, freeware, whatever

Of the parts you've already bought, I wish you hadn't got that PSU. The wrong size, and rubbish make. Still, I suppose you're stuck with that, unless you can do a deal to swap it, for something smaller, but better. The rest of your purchases are fine.
The Dell U2410 is VERY good monitor, so stick with that.
When it comes to GPU, if you were going to stick with a single card, and single monitor, I would say choice was between GTX670, and Radeon HD7970.
If you seriously intend going to a 3 monitor set-up, then it might be worth thinking of a GTX680, now, with the intention of adding a second later. A GTX680 is not really justified, in terms of value for money, for a single 1080p monitor.
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October 1, 2012 12:24:12 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Definitely go with this for memory. It can be oc'd to 1866 9-9-9-24 on the stock volts of 1.35v, and up to 2200-2400 with voltage increases. Plus it's cheap and really low profile so they will never be in the way of your cpu cooler.
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October 1, 2012 12:35:13 AM

The Dell Ultrasharp's are the best monitors for photo editing by far in their price range on the market today and have held that position for several years. Why people think that somehow makes them good gaming monitors is something I don't quite get. They make rather average gaming monitors.

I have a U2410 and I love it, my son uses it for photo editing and its color accuracy is astounding. It lags and looks washed out and generally gets it's arse kicked in gaming by the Asus 120Hz model which is in the next room.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Barracuda XT is a great HD and widely reported as the fastest 7200 rpm drive around. The barracuda (w/o the XT) not so much and it has a chinsy warranty .....invest in the XT or get the WD Black

Ixksnay on the wireless KB and mouse ... wireless simply can't match wired and is more trouble than the convenience of the missing wire.

Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM:

8 GB choice - RAM - $52 - (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16GB choice - $90 - (2 x 8GB) Muskin Blackline DDR3 1600 CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $70 - Asus Model BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Things to reconsider......

Case was not reviewed well (8.8 rating)
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

For a lot less money .... a 9.55 rating
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

And with matching KB, Mouse and Headset
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - 8.5 performance rating would keep it of my list for even a budget build
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Here's a appropriately sized unit w/ a 10.0 performance rating
PSU - $165 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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October 3, 2012 1:33:05 AM

First off, just wanted to say thanks to all of you for responding and give me some great feedback. I'm saying that upfront due to the fact that I'm somewhat limited in the time I have available.

As a reply to robertrobert:
See, part of the reason for the computer being a bit overkill for my actual usage is that I am currently using a $2000 Dell ... from the year 2001. That, plus I've not had internet at my place to help save money + a combination of an all around crap 18 months prior to April '12, led me to justify an overkill, somewhat glitzy (in PC gaming eyes) gaming computer. Using a library computer for scant time I have available to get the measurements of the responses.

As a reply to malbluff and JackNaylorPE:
PSU I picked up was part of a combo deal, so ... yeah. I was considering the corsair HX 850 or the 1050, but, what can I say, it was a pretty good combo deal, so ... yeah. Looks like a possible part to switch out as time goes on.

For Malbluff & JackNaylorPE, thanks a bunch for the recommendations you made on video card and alternative parts to switch out for / upgrade as time goes on. JackNaylorPE, much appreciation on recommendation for the Asus brand of Monitors or at least that one, was considering it, but I had a Dell monitor from some time ago that I liked that looked a lot like this, and I'm not a real tech'spert, so I just went with it. The tower's workability is definitely somethign I'm keeping in mind when i go through it with my moms cousin who is helping me assemble goliath, so it's in mind. Still, wasn't overly concerned when it came to the weight, or the value rating, so that knocks it up a bit in my eyes.

In regards Seagate Barracuda XT (prior to search) is that the external variation for Seagate's Barracuda?

So, Corsair for a better PSU, Asus for a better monitor, and a wired gaming mouse and keyboard. Good thoughts all around (Note that I've used those wireless pieces and loved 'em, so that's part of my reasoning there, admitted.). Thanks all.
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October 3, 2012 3:11:52 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/357664-31-gaming-buil...

Here is a link to my build. Why_Me came up with it for me. The only changes I made were that I bought a mechanical keyboard and different mouse. I also added 4 fans. I chose the asus 670s non-top versions.

I went with a nice Samsung 120hz monitor. Although it is a bit overkill for gaming at 1080, I place a higher premium on smooth FPS than sharp picture quality. However, I think 670 sli is a good option for 120hz because a lot of the most demanding games really only run at about 111 + fps even on my rig, even with SLI 670.

Also, I hear good things about those Korean IPS monitors, if you are more into image sharpness than FPS. Still, I love my 120hz monitor.

I am totally happy with this rig and it ran me about 2,500 including all of the peripherals. I highly reccomend it!
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