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BestConfigs: High-End Intel Gaming PC

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November 15, 2012 4:25:30 PM

It's that time again! Time to update the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs! Once again, we are opening the field to user recommendations to get the best consensus for the absolute best of the best in each category. Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 of the best to be put up to a public vote right here in the Systems forum. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with a special credit in the feature article.

Post your entries to this thread for the category of:
High-End Intel Gaming PC

Stay within $2,000 (without shipping) and no need to include OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard. To keep things fair and level the playing field, we ask that you restrict your product links to Newegg or Amazon. Please be sure to format your list of components as follows:

Joe's Crysis 8 Minspec Build
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: Component Name and Component Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: Component Name and Component Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price

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  1. [b]Joe's Crysis 8 Minspec Build[/b]
  2. Processor: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  3. Motherboard: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  4. RAM: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  5. Graphics Card: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  6. Hard Drive: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  7. Case: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  8. Power Supply: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  9. Cooling: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
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Good luck, and may the best builds win!
November 15, 2012 4:41:54 PM

G-Unit's White Knight Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1997.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 14:52 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 5:42:10 PM

Mrdowntownkiller "Apocalyptic gamer" build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1882.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 14:41 EST-0500)
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November 15, 2012 6:23:44 PM

I will put in my two cents.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ATX Full Tower Case ($133.02 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1845.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 21:06 EST-0500)

EDIT: Formatting.
November 15, 2012 6:30:05 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($102.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.42 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US) ($99.99 on newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 on newegg)
Total: $1986.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 15:32 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 9:28:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.04 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1947.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 18:28 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 10:55:29 PM

use us.ncix.com next time. offers price match

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nSok
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nSok/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nSok/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.72 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1828.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 19:55 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 11:46:14 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($479.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1989.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 20:45 EST-0500)

This is actually very close to the system i run :p 
November 16, 2012 12:53:37 AM
November 16, 2012 2:19:29 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nTQV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nTQV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nTQV/benchmarks/

The Blue Beast

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 60.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($95.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($207.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($444.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($104.95 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1936.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 23:23 EST-0500)
November 16, 2012 3:53:05 AM
November 16, 2012 7:45:23 AM
November 16, 2012 1:19:50 PM

Brandon402's "Coolest Gaming Rig Ever"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Antec KUHLER H2O 920 110.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($131.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($306.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($306.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($234.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1965.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 10:19 EST-0500)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nW35
November 17, 2012 5:00:57 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($173.37 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($120.43 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1909.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 02:00 EST-0500)
November 17, 2012 7:49:48 AM

The "Apropos" Gaming Rig:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler ($119.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($477.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($477.86 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.88 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1920.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 04:43 EST-0500)
November 17, 2012 5:25:31 PM
November 17, 2012 8:59:06 PM

G-Unit's "Max Power" Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($211.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1963.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 15:16 EST-0500)

Named for Homer Simpson's "Max Power" alter ego - this features a high powered Seasonic X1050 with an i5-3570K and a pair of GTX 680's.
November 18, 2012 12:24:42 PM
November 19, 2012 7:30:45 AM
November 19, 2012 1:32:06 PM
November 19, 2012 7:13:00 PM

My "Why The Hell Not" build

As with ckholt83, this has a huge helping of "why the hell not"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1964.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 15:52 EST-0500)
November 19, 2012 11:54:26 PM

mox141 said:
My "Why The Hell Not" build

As with ckholt83, this has a huge helping of "why the hell not"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1964.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 15:52 EST-0500)



the stores are limited to amazon and newegg only
November 20, 2012 12:51:50 PM

Updated:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($477.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($477.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1943.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 09:43 EST-0500)

Thanks
November 20, 2012 3:14:35 PM

Low Latency Platinum Build
MB - ASUS P8Z77-M GEN3 - $125
CPU - i5-3570k - $220
CPU COOLER - Hyper 212 EVO - $30
CPU COOLER 2nd Fan - Blade Master 120mm - $9
MEM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3-1866 8-9-9-24 1.5v - $75
SSD - Samsung 840 Pro 128GB - $140
HD - Samsung F4 2TB - $110
GPU - EVGA GTX 690 - $1000
BD-RW - LG 14x - $70
PSU - SeaSonic SS-660W Platinum - $140
CASE - Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 USB 3.0 eSATA 3 Fans - $60

$1979

Single PCIe 3.0 motherboard with GTX 690 simply for variety. There are plenty of dual GPU setups here already.
November 22, 2012 10:59:01 PM
November 24, 2012 6:37:21 AM

Ohio:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: FSP Group 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2008.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 03:36 EST-0500)
November 27, 2012 6:24:08 PM

This is just my current wish list, for 2012... which is quickly going into 2013... as I'm poor. :cry: 

COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
2 x ASUS GTX680-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 ...
Rosewill RX-C200 2.5" SSD / HDD Aluminum Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLT2KIT8G3D1608DT1TX0
OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-512G.M 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HP ZR30w Black 30" S-IPS Panel Height &Swivel Adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor w/USB Ports
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000) 5.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
ASUS USB-N13 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter
Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
November 27, 2012 6:34:03 PM



I'd suggest 3GB for a configuration of graphics cards that powerful. Here's one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... It also has meaty after-market cooling.
November 27, 2012 7:17:42 PM

This is the "Black & White" build, focusing on products that are solely black or use white and black, like the case, etc. If I built this for someone, I'd also sleeve up all case wiring in white, add a window mod, and so on. Red memory for a punch of color.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($1049.99 @ Amazon)
Solid State Drive: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.77 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($147.29 @ Amazon)
Cooling: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($65.99 @ Newegg)
DVD Burner: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1994.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 17:00 EST-0500)

My other optional ram choice would be:
Memory: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-16GTX Model #:F3-2400C10D-16GTX for $139.99
November 27, 2012 7:17:56 PM

Bejusek CAS8 FTW build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($125.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($170.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1994.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 16:19 EST-0500)
November 27, 2012 8:06:53 PM

*Dream build by uneducated.* ;) 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($437.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: FSP Group 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1432.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 17:03 EST-0500)
November 27, 2012 9:13:37 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pQTx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pQTx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pQTx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: EVGA Z77 FTW EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE2 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Sentey GS-6510 BURTON PLUS (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($90.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($205.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1984.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 18:22 EST-0500)
November 27, 2012 10:14:15 PM

removed
November 27, 2012 10:26:59 PM

clonazepam said:
idk bro, u got an estimated wattage of 1021W, and you gave yourself a 1050w PSU, and that's before overclocking, etc. Impressive still.


Yeah, but I think pcpartpicker makes allowances for overclocking. Anyways, Quad CrossFire!!! Who Yea!!!
November 27, 2012 10:39:40 PM

babernet_1 said:
Yeah, but I think pcpartpicker makes allowances for overclocking. Anyways, Quad CrossFire!!! Who Yea!!!

You won't fit the 4 graphics cards in that case, based on what I saw. It has 7 expansion slots, the 1st one isn't used, so that leaves you 6 slots devided by 2-slot cards, = 3. I didn't want to be negative towards a build, and thats why I removed it... found more issues. :) 
November 27, 2012 10:42:02 PM

clonazepam said:
You won't fit the 4 graphics cards in that case, based on what I saw. It has 7 expansion slots, the 1st one isn't used, so that leaves you 6 slots devided by 2-slot cards, = 3. I didn't want to be negative towards a build, and thats why I removed it... found more issues. :) 


Yes, but every man can dream.

;< )
November 28, 2012 3:27:34 AM
November 28, 2012 5:46:27 AM

The Magic Pants Min/Max Speed Build:

(All from newegg)
Processor: Core i5-3570k $219.99
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V LK $139.99
Ram: Mushkin Blackline 2x8Gb ddr3 1600 $79.99
Graphics: 2x ECS GTX680 in sli $838.98
Harddrive: None
Ssd: OCZ Vertex 4 512gb $474.99
Case: BitFenix Outlaw $59.99
Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $30.99
Power Supply: Corsair TX850 V2 $134.99
Optical Drive: Samsung Sata DVD $17.99

Total build price $1998.90
November 28, 2012 5:56:38 AM

PC Componenten
Basis onderdelen:
Behuizing: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black and White Edition (RC-692A-KKN5-BW)
Voeding: FSP Aurum Gold 700W, zwart (PPA7001600) inclusief bijbehorend zwarte 220V-stroomkabel
Moederbord: MSI Z77 MPower (Z77 MPOWER)
Geheugen: G.Skill Ares 8GB DDR3-1866 CL9 kit (F3-1866C9D-8GAB)
Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Boxed (BX80637I53570K) koeler NIET plaatsen/aansluiten
Processor-koeler: Cooler Master TPC-800 (RR-T800-FLNN-R1)
Processor-koeler-ventilator: Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 1450rpm (D1225C12B4AP-14)
Beeld:
Videokaart: MSI R7870 Hawk (R7870-HAWK) in eerste PCIe x16-slot
Opslag:
Harde schijven: Seagate Barracuda, 2TB (ST2000DM001) twee op SATAIII-600
Harde schijven: Seagate Barracuda, 2TB (ST2000DM001) twee op SATAIII-300
DVD brander: Lite-On IT iHAS524, zwart (IHAS524-32) op SATAII-300, in 5.25”-bay 1/4
BR speler: Lite-On IT iHOS104, zwart (IHOS104-37) op SATAII-300, in 5.25”-bay 2/4
Randapparatuur
Invoerapparatuur:
Gamecontrollers: Razer Onza Tournament Edition (RZ06-00470100-R3G1) twee
Toetsenbord: Logitech Media Keyboard K200 (920-002731)
Muis: Logitech G500, zwart (910-001262)
Opslag:
Optische media DVD+R: Verbatim DVD+R 16x, 50pk spindle (43550)
USB3.0-flash-drive: Kingston DataTraveler Elite, 32GB (DTE30/32GB)
PC randapparatuur:
Monitor: iiyama ProLite G2773HS, zwart (G2773HS-GB1)
PC speakerset: Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System (980-000116)
PC accessoires:
Muis-mat: Razer Goliathus Fragged Alpha Control, Oversized, zwart (RZ02-00211000-R3M1-R)
Overige
Media-tassen:
CD-houder: Case Logic CDW-320 (CDW-320)
Software:
Besturingssysteem: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit EN OEM (GLC-01844)
November 29, 2012 5:54:48 PM

I think Micro Center should be strongly considered since their prices on cpu's and motherboards are simply unbeatable. I know that everyone doesn't have access to them, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be considered as a viable option. With Micro Center pricing I should be just around the 2k mark( excluding taxes ). With the overclocking headroom provided by this build I am confident it can best any other build here.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2141.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 16:45 EST-0500)

Just in case the above isn't considered then I would tweak it and go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1992.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 16:33 EST-0500)
November 29, 2012 6:36:28 PM

I wouldn't owe any taxes at all as long as I ordered from Amazon. I believe that's a reason taxes aren't figured into the price limit.
November 29, 2012 8:14:21 PM

tennurai said:
I think Micro Center should be strongly considered since their prices on cpu's and motherboards are simply unbeatable. I know that everyone doesn't have access to them, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be considered as a viable option. With Micro Center pricing I should be just around the 2k mark( excluding taxes ). With the overclocking headroom provided by this build I am confident it can best any other build here.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2141.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 16:45 EST-0500)

Just in case the above isn't considered then I would tweak it and go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.77 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1992.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 16:33 EST-0500)



Dam cocky much. Microcenter isnt considered because it is not everywhere.

I would like to see them add NCIX though taxes and shipping is included in Pcpartpicker. And nice editing before i quoted the whole post. BTW you are overspending on a few parts like that Coolmax 1200w and underspending on case like a NZXT 210. I think you should revise your things and read the rules
November 29, 2012 8:55:15 PM

X79 RED
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $299.99

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 $409.99 Free 2x4GB memory w/ purchase, limited offer

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL] G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $ free with purchase of M/B
purchased a 2nd Kit G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $39.99

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HIS H797F3G2M Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 $389.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HIS H797F3G2M Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 $389.99

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $69.99

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... COOLER MASTER CM Storm Scout 2 SGC-2100-KWN1 $99.99

Power Supply:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... KINGWIN ABT-1050MM 1050W $79.99

Cooling:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Hydro Series H80 $89.99

DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG CD/DVD Burner 24X GH24NS72 - OEM $17.99

i did not count any of the 3 rebates all for $10 each ($30 total rebates)
i did count the free Ram with purchase and bought another of the same kit just to push luck.
there are free games with each graphics card so AMD Gift - 4-in-1 Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800995140, that is a very nice bonus.

i am not sure on the PSU i read bad things about it's minimalist approach to using it's fan, with the rebates i would have selected a better model and 3 different PSU calculators came up with different results so i went towards the higher wattage that i am unsettled at selecting due to 1 PSU calculator saying i needed 1150W but it only had the i7-965 extreme as it's highest CPU so i flipped a coin on making it correct vs the other 2 totals recommended. if this PSU works sufficent i would have just added 3 coolermaster sickle flow 120mm fans to the order (2 for the vga side panels 1 for the top and the included case fan to the front as the cpu cooler i'd mount to the back.)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan $8.99(picture is red comes up as blue? there are red ones i bought 2 from them 2 weeks ago)
November 30, 2012 5:39:41 AM

Throw in some real watercooling... :) 
November 30, 2012 12:33:24 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($120.43 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1768.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-30 09:32 EST-0500)

Could remove one 7970GHz and lower the wattage on the PSU for a lower price.

Looks like that is $1836.09 on Newegg & Amazon only at the time of writing.
December 1, 2012 1:23:03 AM

The Gigatron Omega eXtreme 4000 Ultra Z Plus
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core -- $219.99
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS -- $199.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL -- $0.00 (Free with motherboard, $39.99 normally)
Graphics Card: 2x MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card -- $1,059.98 ($529.99 each)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -- $69.99
Hard Drive: ADATA Premier Pro SP900 ASP900S3-128GM-C 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive -- $99.99
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case -- $99.99
Power Supply: SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply -- $199.99
Cooling: XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating -- $49.99 ($29.99 with CPU combo)
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM -- $19.99

Reasoning:

Processor: The only reason to get a K-version CPU is to overclock, and the Ivy Bridge CPUs are gimped when it comes to overclocking because of the poor heat dissipation due to the internal solder. IMO It is better to go Sandy Bridge, even though it offers ~3-5% less performance than an Ivy Bridge CPU at a given frequency, the higher frequency you will be able to (safely) attain with your OC will net you more performance. You're going to need every last bit of CPU power with a system like this to be sure it won't be bottlenecking your framerates with 120Hz monitors. If you were not overclocking or were concerned about power consumption then Ivy Bridge would make sense. I really wanted to put a 3930K in this build but that would have meant either sacrificing a video card, or the SSD along with skimping on a bunch other components, and that's just not acceptable for a high-end gaming build when a 2500K is going to perform almost exactly the same in almost every game anyway.

Motherboard: This is a good quality motherboard, it's pretty much all black, which is what I tried to go for with this build, and it comes with free RAM (which happens to be red, though), and it has plenty of SATA/USB 3.0 connectivity

RAM: It's free. I was going to try and squeeze in a 16GB dual-channel kit that was black and had a low profile, such as Patriot Viper 3 or G.Skill Sniper, but those weren't free and I would have had to scale back on the motherboard, PSU, or SSD. If it was one of the latter 2 that I changed I still would have been stuck with this kit anyway and would have had all 4 DIMM slots populated with 24 GB of mismatched pairs. That would just be wrong and 16 GB is probably overkill anyway.

Graphics Cards: A setup this powerful is going to need another $2000 worth of 120Hz/3D monitors for full effect, so I decided on nVidia for 3D Vision, and I wanted 4GB cards to be certain they would handle all that resolution in the most demanding games. I would have went with a 690 but they don't come in 8GB versions, and the ASUS Mars III is vaporware. EVGA Classifieds looked good, but they were out of stock (not to mention another $30 per). These Twin Frozr 4s have a decent factory clock (I don't think I would want to void my warranty on $1000 worth of hardware by overclocking), are mostly grey, but grey goes well with black, and the hint of red makes the RAM a little less lonely.

Hard Drives: The Seagate is a good storage drive for a good price too. The SSD should have enough room for Windows and a good amount of apps and games, and it even got a recommendation from Tom's recently I think (well the 256GB version anyway). I'm not sure if they were only recommending the XPG SX 900 or the Premier Pro SP900 as well, but regardless they perform practically the same, except in 128 Kb sequential writes of incompressible data.

Case: This case is not only black, but it has places to mount all of your hardware and fans and protects your components from accidental mechanical damage as opposed to having them sit on an end-table next to your computer desk. It does cost $100, but we do have a $2000 budget after all.

Power Supply: You just can't cheap out on the PSU (especially in a build this expensive) so I went with top quality here. It may not be totally black, but 80 plus black is not a certification that I know of. A kilowatt may be over-kill for this build with Kepler being so power-efficient and all, but if you're the person that actually buys a system such as this, you never know when you might get tired of SLI 680s and want to blow another $1000 on a couple of power-hungry beasts. nVidia could have the GK110 chip in a consumer card by March....

Cooling: It's black and it was $20 off with the CPU. It also does a good job and doesn't make too much noise either. I looked at water cooling...but it seems unless you build your own pricey custom loop with a reservoir and a large radiator, the closed-loop kits you can get such as the Corsair H80 aren't really any better than air cooling anyway.

DVD Burner: Well the part that you see from the outside of the case is black at least.

Total system cost is $1999.90. Here's a pic of my shopping cart for proof of the prices at the time this was put together:



EDIT: Oh right forgot about the games again. You get 2 free games (and 2 copies of each so I guess you could give your PC gamer buddy a copy of each and school him while swinging around your massive e-peen you have from owning this system)

EDIT2: If someone preferred an i5-3570k it could be swapped in for the same price.
December 1, 2012 1:29:20 AM

None of this is high end!
December 1, 2012 10:25:19 AM

ThatMoose said:
None of this is high end!

A high end Intel PC will never have anything above the 3570K, as of now, and 2 7970GHz cards in Crossfire are more than classified for a high-end build in my opinion.
December 1, 2012 2:23:32 PM

nafoni said:
A high end Intel PC will never have anything above the 3570K, as of now, and 2 7970GHz cards in Crossfire are more than classified for a high-end build in my opinion.

High end gaming build. To people other than gamers the rig you just described is overpriced and under preforming.
December 2, 2012 6:01:39 PM

The All Rounder

Target Resolution: 2560x1600
Target Purpose: Gaming + Anything you want to do. A strictly gaming build would have used a 3570K, 8GB of DDR3-2133 RAM along with faster GPUs, but i wanted to do something different.

Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K - $330

Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77 - $240

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24 - $80

Graphics Card: 2x MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $320 each= $640 (both have a $15 MIR each)

Primary SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2BAA 128GB - $120

Games SSD: ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-256GM-C 256GB - $190

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $85

Case: IN WIN Dragon Rider - $120

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 - $130

Cooling: CORSAIR Hydro series H50 - $65

DVD Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - $20

Total: $2000
With Rebates: $1970


Freebies: 2x gift pack from AMD, including GC3, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and a 20% off on MoH, amounting to a total of $340 ($170 each): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note:
1)The Dragon Rider's normal price is $135, this is a "limited offer" apparently, i don't know how long it's going to last so it's up to the Eds to decide what price they'd like to use.

2) Prices are up, rebates are off, stuff's out of stock...what the heck. Some promo codes are available, don't know if they count.
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