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Help with parts for $4000 pc i will be building please!

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October 1, 2012 10:46:01 PM

Hey guys! So it is my first time building a P.C. and i want to really go all out as it is something I seem to have quite a liking for. I want to get the absolutest BEST gaming/partial music entertainment system possible for my $4000 budget (this is going to be quite an investment for me). Basically I was just wondering if you experts could all let me know if any of my parts are incompatible and give me advice on how to make it better while sill maintaining the same relative price (if that is possible). Thanks in advance

Case: HAF X Blu Edition ($185) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119239
RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengeance ($86) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233143
SSD: Samsung 128gb ($100) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820147163
HDD: Barracuda 3tb 7200rpm ($150) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148844
PSU: CoolMax 1200w Modular ($160) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817159123
O.D. Standard DVD reader/writer ($18) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106289
O.S.: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit($90) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986
Monitor: Benq XL2420T 120hz 3d monitor ($390) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824014270
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO ($320) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131800
Mouse: Logitech G600 ($70) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6826104674
Keyboard: Osmium backlit mechanical ($130) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] Tpk=osmium
CPU: i7 3770k ($330) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116502
GPU: 2 X Sli GTX 680 FTW 4g edition ($1260) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130794
Heatsink: H100 ($115) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835181017
Speakers: Corsair SP2500 ($200) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] Tpk=sp2500
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX ($200) http://www.amazon.com/Xonar-Essenc [...] =xonar+stx
Headphones: Asto A50's ($300) http://www.astrogaming.com/a50/a50-wireless-system
Additional Accessories: Nvidia 3d vision 2 kit ($130) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814998061

TOTAL PRICE = $4119

P.S. I am quite reluctant even after deciding on the astro A50's because they are so expensive if any headphone specialists are abl to advise similar or better quality headphones for cheaper PLEASE let me know!

Once again thank you for anyone who takes time out of their day to help me.

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October 1, 2012 10:55:05 PM

Overkill.

Case - fine.
RAM - Get 8GB.
SSD - good.
HDD - Seagate is so-so. Get WD.
PSU - Overkill. Get a decent 600w.
OD - good.
OS - fine.
Monitor - best to get a 60hz IMHO.
Mobo - Not even compatible w/ CPU.... Get an ASRock Extreme 6.
Mouse/KB - good.
CPU - Get an i5-3570K,
GPU - For 1080p 60Hz, get a 670.
HS - Get a Noctua D14.
Speakers - good
Sound card - Definitely not needed unless you're a hardcore audiophile.
Headphones - Great.
3D Vision - not nceesary
October 1, 2012 11:02:00 PM

Yes, I am an audiophile. Also, how by any means is 60hz better? Thirdly, on benchmarks the h100 outperformed the noctua. Why is it better?
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October 1, 2012 11:49:10 PM

Swap to a 750 watt Corsair PSU
Get an Extreme6 or Extreme9
With an Extreme9 a sound card isn't really needed
Use a d-14 for the CPU. It's much quieter. If you want water-cooling, get the real thing.
If you only using one monitor, a 670 is more than enough. You could rock three of those monitors for an unbelievable experience but that would lead you over budget. Even if you choose to use one monitor with SLI GPU's, get the 670's. 4GB if you plan on a tri-monitor setup in the future.

Good Luck!

October 1, 2012 11:53:37 PM

Nothing wrong with the cooling of the H100. The fans, supplied with it though, are pretty c**p, and noisy. You can swap them out, for something better, but the time you've done that, you end up with a cooler that's cost you twice the price of a perfectly adequate air cooler. Liquid coolers make for a "neat" installation, it's just a question of whether that's worth the cost.
When thinking about high performance motherboard, check out the Asus "Republic of Gamers" boards. I'm not saying they perform better than the Extreme 6, but the quality is excellent.
October 2, 2012 12:03:46 AM

A $200 sound card seems extreme. You can get an ASUS Xonar for $30, IIRC.
For the price of that single 120Hz monitor, you could get 2x 1080p 60Hz monitors, in which case, 2x 670's are justified. The Noctua is cheaper, and as you ramp up the voltage, it stays cool. For 2x 670's, you just need an 850w.
October 2, 2012 2:57:05 AM

obsama1 said:
A $200 sound card seems extreme. You can get an ASUS Xonar for $30, IIRC.
For the price of that single 120Hz monitor, you could get 2x 1080p 60Hz monitors, in which case, 2x 670's are justified. The Noctua is cheaper, and as you ramp up the voltage, it stays cool. For 2x 670's, you just need an 850w.


You don't even need to spend $30 on a sound card anymore - you can skip that entirely. I'd also skip the H100 - it's complete junk compared to what a real liquid cooler can do. It's like a Tonka truck vs. a real bulldozer. :lol: 

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Yes, I am an audiophile. Also, how by any means is 60hz better? Thirdly, on benchmarks the h100 outperformed the noctua. Why is it better?


I have *NEVER*, ever seen any benchmarks that prove an H100 is better than a D14 - just about everything I've seen people complain about it in some way.

For that price I'd get 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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($355.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2334.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I know the PSU is overkill but on that kind of budget you want the best of the best. :lol: 

And then the difference allows you to get two or three nice monitors and whatever peripherals you want.
October 2, 2012 5:18:23 AM

Higher wattage and Platinum rating is not "best" for him. I can get 1.5 TB for $40-50 less.
October 2, 2012 6:30:47 AM

azeem40 said:
Higher wattage and Platinum rating is not "best" for him. I can get 1.5 TB for $40-50 less.


I was thinking more in terms of the unit's full digital control than anything else. Jonnyguru gave it a 9.9 rating: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Also the PC PAC Silencer MKIII got really high remarks as well: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

I'm also interested in the Rosewill Fortress series: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

I also forgot optical drive and OS, I'll adjust accordingly.
October 2, 2012 7:13:16 AM

What type of audiophile are you, do you like the pure audio from professional audio equipment, or do you like added bass and treble from consumer products?
October 2, 2012 5:11:52 PM

italiasian said:
What type of audiophile are you, do you like the pure audio from professional audio equipment, or do you like added bass and treble from consumer products?


Unless you're hooking up to professional microphones and recording equipment, the onboard audio will handle all your needs.
October 2, 2012 10:57:19 PM

I am the kind that likes both pure audio from pro equipment AND added base/treble when it sounds good.
October 2, 2012 11:00:39 PM

Also, is three monitors really better than 120hz? What would you guys reccomend more for gaming as well as movie watching: an ips 1440p or a tn 1080p 120hz with 3d?
October 2, 2012 11:04:11 PM

I love your emoticon XD. Also I am certain i do NOT want more than one monitor and therefore that build would be about $2000 short of my budget. If there are any 120hz 1440p monitors now that is a different story!
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