First build/ New build/ High end gaming PC.

Since this will be my first build and a very expensive one at that I am looking for any info i can get. Better/cheaper but equal quality parts? Are there any parts I have forgotten? How will This system rank in today's tech. Basically anything is interchangeable except for a few minor things.

Intel based system a must!!!!!
Don't want to spend more than $2500 but can flex to $3000 if the increase in performance justifies it.
I like red cases!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feel free to throw in your opinions/ideas for increasing future expansion.
Will be built and used in US.
I like newegg as a store but not committed to buying exclusively from them.
System use will be in order, gaming, folding@home, internet.

I have saved the full system to my new egg wishlist
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  1. I'm not sure about the power supply.. I feel like you could easily use something cheaper.
    The i7 could be switched out for an i5-3570k since your primary use is gaming. I would suggest using a SSD for main drive, and using the TB drive for storage.
  2. For gaming, an i5-3570k is all what you need and 8GB.
    Also if your resolution is 1080p a single 670 gtx will do.
    Also that motherboard is overpriced, the asus z77 pro is better and cheaper, i'd rather get an aircooler like the noctua nh-d14, my suggestion list :

    You can change for the 690 gtx if you're into a triple monitor setup.
  3. The SSD was an oversight I ment to get one thank you for pointing it out. As for the motherboard and liquid cooling vs air cooling I live in a fairly dusty neighborhood i try everything to keep the system clean but there are times I get lazy. So i figured the liquid cooling would help compensate for my lazy days. Is this incorrect? I will look into the 670gtx and i5-3570k as up till now i really just wanted top end performance for the foreseeable future.

    Thank you very much so far this is exactly what i was hoping for.
  4. It is incorrect - liquid cooling actually needs MORE frequent dusting because it's getting air pushed through small gaps in the radiator.

    We ARE giving you top end performance, by the way - there is ZERO difference in gaming between the i5 and the i7, and a 670 will max out any game out there except about three.
  5. O i believe you all are i just like to look at things and try to learn as i have been out of the technology loop for 3 years. But if i may ask a ? I currently have an alienware aurora r2(specs to follow when i get home). I would like to play starcraft 2: heart of the swarm, skyrim, and the new sim city on Max settings. If the i5 is OP than the i7 930 should be sufficent yes?

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 930 2.8ghz

    ATI Radeon HD 5670 1024MB
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 1024MB

    i forget the exact arrangement but 12GB total of DDR3 1066 memory.

    can't remember the rest and since i am outside of warranty alienware no longer has my specs and the mobo is busted so cannot fire it up to check.
  6. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($204.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $2026.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 22:06 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $2112.58
    Promo Discounts: -$20.00
    Shipping: $13.98
    Total: $2106.56

    this is a performance rig, no point in suggesting mid-range stuff when u got such a budget. this rig is future proof and is 3-way sli ready :D
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