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Does this build look about right? ~$1000, gaming + media

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November 22, 2012 6:45:19 PM

I do a decent amount of gaming (Civilization V, Portal 2, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown at the moment). Other than that and the usual word processing/Internet browsing, I watch a lot of TV/movies and occasionally do some statistical work.

The place where the PC will live has rather poor airflow, which is why I went for a couple cooling upgrades; being relatively quiet is somewhat important, too. I plan to pick up an external USB HDD for media storage.


In any case, for $980.35 ($1053, -5% from code, -$20 MIR for power supply, before tax and shipping):

GAMER XTREME 2200 (NO MONITOR)
*BASE_PRICE: [+739]
CAS: Cooler Master Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window [-11]
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-24]
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan [+14] (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29])
HDD: 256 GB OCZ Agility 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 420MB/s Read & 410MB/s Write [+47] (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory [Free upgrade from 1600 + Double Memory] (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600 + Double Memory])
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI (Extreme OC Certified) [+3]
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+0] (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+91, -20 MIR]
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+146] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card [+19]

(In case I deleted something important by accident,
Spoiler
GAMER XTREME 2200 (NO MONITOR)
$1,053.00 × QtyTotal: $1,053.00
Configuration
*BASE_PRICE: [+739]
BLUETOOTH: None
CAS: Cooler Master Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window [-11]
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-24]
CS_FAN: Default case fans
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan [+14] (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29])
FLASHMEDIA: None
FREEBIE_MB: None
FREEBIE_VC: FREE AMD Pitcairn Verde Bundle Game Coupon [+0]
FREEBIE_VC2: None
GLASSES: None
HDD: 256 GB OCZ Agility 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 420MB/s Read & 410MB/s Write [+47] (Single Drive)
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
MB_SRT: None
MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory [Free upgrade from 1600 + Double Memory] (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600 + Double Memory])
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI (Extreme OC Certified) [+3]
MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+0] (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+91]
RUSH: No Rush Service, Estimate Ship date by 12/10/2012
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TABLET: None
TEMP: None
TUNING: None
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+146] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card [+19]
_PRICE: (+1053)

)

Thanks in advance for the help! :) 
a b 4 Gaming
November 22, 2012 7:15:12 PM

16GB of RAM is unnecessary.

And this build is overpriced for what you are receiving. Building it yourself would yield a much lower price or much faster components.
November 23, 2012 8:23:55 PM

awefawe said:
I do a decent amount of gaming (Civilization V, Portal 2, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown at the moment). Other than that and the usual word processing/Internet browsing, I watch a lot of TV/movies and occasionally do some statistical work.

The place where the PC will live has rather poor airflow, which is why I went for a couple cooling upgrades; being relatively quiet is somewhat important, too. I plan to pick up an external USB HDD for media storage.


In any case, for $980.35 ($1053, -5% from code, -$20 MIR for power supply, before tax and shipping):

GAMER XTREME 2200 (NO MONITOR)
*BASE_PRICE: [+739]
CAS: Cooler Master Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window [-11]
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-24]
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan [+14] (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29])
HDD: 256 GB OCZ Agility 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 420MB/s Read & 410MB/s Write [+47] (Single Drive)
MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory [Free upgrade from 1600 + Double Memory] (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600 + Double Memory])
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI (Extreme OC Certified) [+3]
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+0] (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+91, -20 MIR]
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+146] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card [+19]

(In case I deleted something important by accident,
Spoiler
GAMER XTREME 2200 (NO MONITOR)
$1,053.00 × QtyTotal: $1,053.00
Configuration
*BASE_PRICE: [+739]
BLUETOOTH: None
CAS: Cooler Master Elite 431 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window [-11]
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 [-24]
CS_FAN: Default case fans
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan [+14] (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29])
FLASHMEDIA: None
FREEBIE_MB: None
FREEBIE_VC: FREE AMD Pitcairn Verde Bundle Game Coupon [+0]
FREEBIE_VC2: None
GLASSES: None
HDD: 256 GB OCZ Agility 4 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 420MB/s Read & 410MB/s Write [+47] (Single Drive)
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
MB_SRT: None
MEMORY: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory [Free upgrade from 1600 + Double Memory] (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600 + Double Memory])
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI (Extreme OC Certified) [+3]
MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+0] (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+91]
RUSH: No Rush Service, Estimate Ship date by 12/10/2012
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TABLET: None
TEMP: None
TUNING: None
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+146] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card [+19]
_PRICE: (+1053)

)

Thanks in advance for the help! :) 

Gamer Ultra CrossFireX FX (NO MONITOR)

*BASE_PRICE: [+1055]
BLUETOOTH: None
CAS: Zalman Z9 Plus Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Fan Controller, Temperature Display & Side panel Window [-69]
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.00 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [+90]
CS_FAN: Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM T.B. Silence Black Color with Blue LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA [+0])
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Enermax Enlobal Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29])
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_CS: None
FREEBIE_MB: GIGABYTE GC-WB300D Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi PCIe Expansion Card [+0]
FREEBIE_VC: FREE AMD Pitcairn Verde Bundle Game Coupon [+0]
GLASSES: None
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/2133MHz Dual Channel Memory [+17] (Corsair Vengeance [+15])
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ On/Off Charge, Ultra Durable™3, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, IEEE1394a, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+6]
MOUSE: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 8 (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more) [+19]
POWERSUPPLY: 800 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
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
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO2: AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+1191)
is the one i went with...
a b 4 Gaming
November 24, 2012 8:47:53 PM

Euh, that's not the build I would go for for sure. Single video card solutions are generally a little smoother and more reliable than multi-card setups.
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