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October 1, 2012 11:40:31 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.
October 1, 2012 11:48:29 PM

It's beatiful *.*

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October 2, 2012 12:35:42 AM

wish i could build that computer
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October 30, 2012 3:00:58 AM

Hey Mike, Have you ordered already? I built mine a few days after you posted about yours on here. I want to share what I have learned from my build if it's not to late to help you out.

You have a Barracuda Data Drive. Seaggate is the worst HDD's out there IMO, as I have lost everyone I ever bought to drive failures. Go with Western Caviar drives get the 2x1 TB drive as I have.

You have 2 680's which is way expensive, and not noticable difference from 1 GTX 690, so I went with the 690, I suggest you do as well as it will save a few bucks and the 690 essentially is two 680's in one card (saving room and energy!)

Your CPU. I went with a i7 3930k because it has 6 cores and whoops ass as overclocking going to 5Ghz! The 3960x is not worth the extra $500 as it has very little improvement, not noticeable at all.

I hope your monitor works for you. I went with a 27" Asus 3D monitor it has the Nvidia 3D Vison 2 built in to the monitor which saves cables :D 

(P.S If you do decide to go with the 3930k I have for Overclocking, than I suggest an Asus Rampage Extreme IV motherboard to match it, that is what I went with)

Anyway I hope this is still relevant and helps you out.

Take care! :hello: 
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October 30, 2012 5:12:17 AM


@Alaskanteen

Hi I am also looking to build an extreme machine could you please post me your specs and what you went with ( or what you would change today) also if I wanted to go with a 3 monitor eyefinity setup what would I change there (or do you not recomend it) Want to future proof as long as possible with room to upgrade everything, play all games on max settings too. Thanks, Felicity
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October 30, 2012 7:18:03 AM

Don't take the A50's take the PC360's I've had them both.
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October 31, 2012 4:58:39 AM

TassieSheDevil said:
@Alaskanteen

Hi I am also looking to build an extreme machine could you please post me your specs and what you went with ( or what you would change today) also if I wanted to go with a 3 monitor eyefinity setup what would I change there (or do you not recomend it) Want to future proof as long as possible with room to upgrade everything, play all games on max settings too. Thanks, Felicity



Hey there! :wahoo:  Well, with the build I went with the number one thing in my mind was future proofing so that is good news for you! The triple monitor setup is appealing to all hardcore gamers, I decided to hold off for a year so I went with the 3D 27" monitor. For you and your triple setup I recommend either the 680 (if you want to save a few bucks) or for future proofing and braggin rights the GTX 690 :sol:  . The 690 will run 3 monitors at their highest resolutions while playing 3 different games ha!! I really endorse the 690 often as I got one, and I truly believe it is worth the money-should you have the money to spend on it. If not as I said, go with the 680 definetly for the triple monitor as it supports Nvidia Surround.

Summary: Nvidia 680 for budget / Nvidia 690 for EXTREME performance-futureproofing (either will run 3 monitors)


Finally, my ridiculous awesome specs that you asked for:

Gamer Xtreme XT (NO MONITOR)
*BASE_PRICE: [+1225]
BLUETOOTH: None
CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
CAS: * Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower Gaming Case with 4 Hot Swappable HDD Cage & (4) 230MM Fans [+60]
CASUPGRADE: 12in Cold Cathode Neon Light [+10] (Blue Color)
CD: LG 14X Internal Blu-ray Burner, BD-RE, DVD+RW, 3D Playback Combo Drive [+38] (Black Color)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Six-Core 3.20 GHz 12MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified) [+300]
CS_FAN: Default case fans
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system w/ 240MM Radiator and Dual Fans (Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [+43]
FLASHMEDIA: All-in-One External USB 2.0 Card Reader/Writer (Black Color) [+11]
FREEBIE_MB: None
FREEBIE_VC1: FREE Assassins Creed III Game Coupon [+0]
FREEBIE_VC2: FREE Borderlands2 Game Coupon [+0]
GLASSES: None
HDD: 256 GB OCZ Vertex 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s - 535 MB/s Read & 380 MB/s Write [+114] (Single Drive)
HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+192] (Single Drive)
IEEE_CARD: None
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
MEMORY: 32GB (8GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory [+199] (G.SKILL Ripjaws X [+23])
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: (4-Way SLI Support) ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ ROG Connect, UEFI BIOS, BT GO, OC Key, Subzero Sense & 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 5 Gen3 PCIe X16 & 1 PCIe X1 [+265]
MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]
POWERSUPPLY: * 1,200 Watts - Cooler Master Silent Pro 80 Plus Gold Power Supply ( 80 Plus Gold) [+141]
PRINTER_CABLE1: PPA 10FT HDMI to DVI 18+1 Male Black Cable [+12] (1 piece)
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TEMP: None
TUNING: Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel [+39]
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Dual GPU Video Card [+889] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: Linksys WMP600N Wireless-N Dual-Band Adapter [+66]
_PRICE: (+3695)
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