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October 7, 2012 8:13:43 PM

Hello,I was just wondering if i should upgrade my current, crappy computer. Or if I should build myself one. My current computer is the hp pavilion slimline 25-1020. Which is difficult because it is only 4 inches wide... If i would upgrade/build I would want a max fps on dual monitors hd 1920x1080 with decent rendering. If i were to upgrade I would at least need a new case because a standard graphics card would not fit inside. A new power supply because it is only 220W. And most importantly a new graphics card.

If I were to build a computer I would like to follow by these guidelines:

When I am going to buy: November/October

Budget Range: $2000

Don't need a monitor

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 63-bit once windows 8 comes out.

Website: I prefer to use Newegg.com

Preference: I prefer to have an intel CPU and a Nvidia based GPU.

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI: Most likely because I have dual monitors.

Reslution(s): one monitor is 1920x1080 while my other is 1680x1050.

Comments: Highe End, Good Looking Computer


Here is what I have already picked out.

Case: NZXT Crafted Series Phantom Black / Green Trim Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Additional Case Fan: NZXT FS-200RB-GLED 200mm SILENT Green LED Fan with ON/OFF Switch
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 2 EVGA SuperClocked+ 03G-P4-3663-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




I would have those things plus the 1 TB harddrive i already have and i would add the 4GB RAM i already have to have 20GB( if that is even possible). If you guys have any other ideas please post and if you want to change/ add anything do as you please. I do not have a any prior experience to building computers before, however, I have taken apart and sold pieces from 2 old laptops and a desktop from 2000 so I do have some experience taking things apart.

I really don't have a limit on the budget, but it will need to be under $2000 between black friday, cyber monday, christmas and my birthday I think that will suffice.

Please post all of thoughts/concerns/ or ideas. I would greatly appreciate it.

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October 7, 2012 8:17:03 PM

WD is better than Seagate, in my opinion. 660Ti SLI seems good for dual-monitors, but get a an ASUS or MSI. Better cooling, and you can overclock them yourself. Do you really need the Sabertooth? Great features, will you use them? I suggest a cheaper board. Don't get the 2700K. Get the 3770K to take advantage of the chipset. Don't get the H100. The Noctua D14 is cheaper and cooler.
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October 7, 2012 8:32:40 PM

obsama1 said:
WD is better than Seagate, in my opinion. 660Ti SLI seems good for dual-monitors, but get a an ASUS or MSI. Better cooling, and you can overclock them yourself. Do you really need the Sabertooth? Great features, will you use them? I suggest a cheaper board. Don't get the 2700K. Get the 3770K to take advantage of the chipset. Don't get the H100. The Noctua D14 is cheaper and cooler.



How's this?

*HDD: Western Digital WD Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*GPU: I am going to stick with the gtx 660ti made by EVGA because it is the only big-brand graphics card with 3GB of RAM. And I was planning on using the cooling tubes from the H100 to cool them. however, I did find this:
Galaxy 66NNH7DV6WXZ GeForce GTX 660 Ti GC 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*MOBO: What do you reccomend Needs Bluetooth.

*CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*Cooling: I wanted to move the tubes around from the H100 to pass the GPU's to get cold thats why i wanted those EVGA's
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October 8, 2012 12:00:31 AM

HDD is good, but get the Caviar Blue's.

You could get 2x 7950's which would beat the 660Ti, not to mention they also have 3GB and cheaper.

Also, do you really need Bluetooth on the mobo? You could get a $10 Bluetooth USB receiver and put it in the back of the rig.
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October 12, 2012 2:51:35 AM

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