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November 11, 2012 7:58:15 PM

Will be moving my excellent running desktop with a 24" monitor on a GTX 470 card downstairs to replace a tired desktop that is used by other family members. I have the beginnings of a serious eye disease(macular degeneration) and will need a bigger, brighter more sharper monitor which hopefully will help compensate for my bogus eyesight. I have budgeted about 3000 to 3500 for the new build. I want a 27" to 30" that will give me 2560x1440 res. I'm retired, and spend a lot of time on the desktop ( markets, internet shopping, gaming(Far Cry, COD, Bioshock, Halo, etc.) I've built 4-5 units over the years, the last one about 4 years ago. But this build will require assembly help from a good friend and neighbor but alas, he is not up to date on the new components. I also want a SSD. Doing some research I've come up various components for this build. If anyone's recommendation brings my budget higher, hey, feel free. I truly appreciate an comment or observation, Thank you.

MB - Asus P9x79 Pro
CPU - i7 3770 K
Mem - 16 Gbs of Corsair Vengeance PC3-12800
Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 Adv
PSU - Coolmax 1200 ATX 12
SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB
HDD - WD 1TB Caviar
CPU cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO
Graphics - Either Asus or MSI GTX 670 in SLI if you feel the double will help the monitor be crisper.
Monitor - Either a 27" Asus BP 278Q or a 30" Syncmaster. ( My builder buddy who is an engineer uses the 27 Asus at work and he feels it will definitely suffice for the time being. He loves the clarity and colors.)
November 11, 2012 8:02:15 PM

Go with crossfire 7970's, they will crush sli 670's, especially on 2560x1440.
November 11, 2012 11:42:25 PM

You have a problem... an X79 board will not run a Z77 chip like the 3770K. You either need an X79 chip like the 3930K or a Z77 board like a Maximus V Extreme for example. Also, 1200w is huge overkill for a system that will pull 600w max. You don't really need to spend $3500 for games you want to play.
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November 12, 2012 12:31:54 AM

steelydan said:
Will be moving my excellent running desktop with a 24" monitor on a GTX 470 card downstairs to replace a tired desktop that is used by other family members. I have the beginnings of a serious eye disease(macular degeneration) and will need a bigger, brighter more sharper monitor which hopefully will help compensate for my bogus eyesight. I have budgeted about 3000 to 3500 for the new build. I want a 27" to 30" that will give me 2560x1440 res. I'm retired, and spend a lot of time on the desktop ( markets, internet shopping, gaming(Far Cry, COD, Bioshock, Halo, etc.) I've built 4-5 units over the years, the last one about 4 years ago. But this build will require assembly help from a good friend and neighbor but alas, he is not up to date on the new components. I also want a SSD. Doing some research I've come up various components for this build. If anyone's recommendation brings my budget higher, hey, feel free. I truly appreciate an comment or observation, Thank you.

MB - Asus P9x79 Pro
CPU - i7 3770 K
Mem - 16 Gbs of Corsair Vengeance PC3-12800
Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 Adv
PSU - Coolmax 1200 ATX 12
SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB
HDD - WD 1TB Caviar
CPU cooler - CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO
Graphics - Either Asus or MSI GTX 670 in SLI if you feel the double will help the monitor be crisper.
Monitor - Either a 27" Asus BP 278Q or a 30" Syncmaster. ( My builder buddy who is an engineer uses the 27 Asus at work and he feels it will definitely suffice for the time being. He loves the clarity and colors.)


i7 3770k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 320$

Asus Z77 WS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 340$ THe motherboard you picked is not compatible with the processor.

Corsair Vengeance LP 16gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 71$

Cooler Master Storm Trooper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 145$ I am a huge fan of this case. It has tons of fan filters unlike the 932 and is much more visually appealing IMO.
OR
Cooler Master Storm Stryker- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 160$
OR
NZXT Switch 810 White- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 160$

Corsair HX750 750w PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 145$ Coolmax make terrible PSU's. Quality is something you do not want to shed for more wattage (which it doesn't need 750w is plenty for 670 SLI) or price.

Samsung 830 256gb SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 189$ As fast as the Vertex 4 but more reliable and cheaper.

WD 1tb Caviar Blue- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 85$ Much cheaper than the Black, and the difference in speed is practically nothing.

Cooler Master Hyper 612- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 45$ Cooling for your CPU is another thing you don't want to skimp on. The cooler it is the longer it will last.

MSI GTX 670 2gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x2=780$

Asus PB278Q 27"- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 700$

Total=2810$ - 2825$

November 12, 2012 12:38:07 AM

With that kind of a budget, you should definitely be looking at crossfiring two Sapphire Vapor-X 7970's. They're above the performance of even a GTX 690, and you can minimize microstuttering by using a program called RadeonPro. Look in the GTX 690/7990 review article from the homepage to see how much lower the microstuttering goes. With those two cards, you'll end up being future-resilient for longer than if you had 2 670's. I won't call it future proof, because everything becomes outdated eventually, but I would say that a system with those parts and 2 7970's would last 1-2 years beyond if you used 2 670's.
November 12, 2012 12:55:20 AM

I second mjmjpfaff's build.
November 12, 2012 1:23:02 AM

Why are these builds including an i7? Even if he can budget for it, it gives NO benefit for what he's doing over an i5-3570k.
November 12, 2012 4:51:47 PM

To all I truly appreciate your input. Right off my thanks for directing me to the right MB-CPU. Will be going for the Dell 30" U3011 monitor. I think I'll end up needing it. Good health and peace of mind to you and your families. Steelydan.
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