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October 8, 2012 1:55:44 AM

The title says almost all of the info you need. Only two things you should know: This $2500 must include speakers a monitor a keyboard and a mouse. Also I would highly prefer to sli two Galaxy 4gb GC edition 670's which costs $940. So that is nearly half of it right there. BUILD AWAY (and thx in advance)!

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October 8, 2012 2:12:07 AM

What are you going to be using it for? multimedia? gaming? surfing the web? Gotta know this stuff before we can fully optimize it for what you need. You can ckeck in the top post under new build to see how to format it.
October 8, 2012 2:33:32 AM

Here ya go man. Best I could do with what you told me.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jFaV

680 sli is 30 more and delivers more frames. At that kind of frame rate though I would recommend ditching this monitor for a 120hz monitor. I didn't put it in there because it exceeded your budget.

Hyper 212 is a great heat-sink, especially for the price.

Case is a full tower so you can fit the cards.

8gb 1866 memory is very fast and you should never need more than 8gb for gaming. Might change though in a few years.

ssd for your OS for blazing fast boot up

Power supply is modular and gold plus

you might think the mouse has too many buttons but I use it for fps and it is a life saver. You just have to assign an action to any button and it is immediate pressing distance for your thumb

Speakers sound godlike in real life so dont trust youtube for them.
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October 8, 2012 10:31:47 AM

^ His build but with changes:
If OP isnt doing professional editing or something, ditch the i7 for the i5 3570K
A bigger SSD. The OCZ Vertex 4 is in reach here and its no joke when it comes to speed.
Replace the 680s with Sapphire 7970 GHz Editions. If not, dual 670s. 680s just arent worth $500 over the 10% performance boost compared to the 670.
And the PSU is fine, but if you want modular, get the Corsair HX or Seasonic M12IIs, maybe the XFX XXX too.
October 8, 2012 2:37:08 PM

Alright. And FYI it will be a gaming pc, sorry.
October 8, 2012 9:36:22 PM

No build on there lol. Use the permalink they give you not the URL.

Edit: Use 1600 RAM instead of 1866. Wont notice a difference.
October 9, 2012 3:54:03 AM

occasionally though im told it makes no difference in the needs of my system.
October 9, 2012 4:07:20 AM

If gaming in 3D choose the 670 if not go with the 7970GHz

i have a 670 4GB version by galaxy, its cooling and overclocking are great but the 4GB doesn't really do much compared to my friends 2GB version.

games barley use 2GB so 4GB is going way beyond that and the 7970GHz is faster than the 670 4GB model but has 1 less GB

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.97 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ 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: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($158.08 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($147.29 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($370.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.25 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-OSMIUM Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 Wired Laser Mouse ($66.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $2585.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

instead of getting speakers you should get a headset instead. its a whole lot better and the good ones won't irritate your ears like a lot of "bad" quality ones like turtle beach

i have a PC360 it doesnt have sound proofing so you can hear outside of you pretty easy but it is very comfortable.

i would get something like a Corsair 1500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

uses usb, you can also get its bigger brother 2000 but im not to much of a wireless fan

of course if you think you are going to add a 3rd Video card that means i would upgrade the PSU and the Mobo

also for the m90, they updated the driver so it is not so buggy anymore like the reviews from back then say
October 9, 2012 5:17:38 AM

johnnyboy128 said:
occasionally though im told it makes no difference in the needs of my system.

Well at that resolution you only need 2gb's of VRam. 2 680's/670's 2gb should do just fine. 3 is just WAY overkill. Spend more money on the motherboard and heatsink, as well as a better PSU.
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