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February 2, 2013 8:01:30 PM

I'm wanting to build a gaming rig that will last me a few years I want to overclock and maybe sli/crossfire in the future just want to check if this build will suffice I do need a monitor but no keyboard/mouse or OS I live in the U.S

Any advice is more than welcome

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($80.25 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($116.72 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix BFC-CLS-500-KKWR1-RP (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($295.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1932.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 16:56 EST-0500)

Edit : forgot to mention $2,000 budget (including monitor)

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February 2, 2013 8:08:20 PM

I'd change the cooler for NH-D14, get a cheaper motherboard (there are boards for half the price that overclock just as good) and get a bigger SSD for the money saved on it.
That's if you aren't set on the Formula, though.
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February 2, 2013 8:28:49 PM

Thanks for the advice on the cooler as for the monitor I have REALLY bad vision so the bigger the better I will probably stay with the 27" thank you for the input though I'm not completly sold on the formula motherboard if Someone wants to sell me on a diffrent one I'm all ears. I know it's kinda silly reasoning but the over all theme is red and black and that's a red and black mobo with good reviews so any advice?
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February 2, 2013 8:52:06 PM

Hmm I see where the mini could be nice but I might want to add another card later and don't want to buy another motherboard
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February 3, 2013 4:02:00 AM

max budget and reason u need an asus maximus?

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February 3, 2013 9:14:56 AM

Max budget is $2000 (including monitor) and as for the asus maximus it got good reviews and I like asus this is my first time building so any advice on a diffrent motherboard is welcome
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February 3, 2013 1:56:13 PM

do u require sli or crossfire. do u want a fulltower or mid-tower. need monitor+windows?
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February 3, 2013 5:24:02 PM

I want a full tower I want to sli/crossfire but not nessiceraly right away but if it can fit in the budget then yes and I need a monitor 27" preferred I do not need windows/mouse/keyboard
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February 3, 2013 5:25:23 PM

any amd or intel preferrence?

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February 3, 2013 5:27:15 PM

Intel
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February 3, 2013 5:42:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Bhj2
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($80.72 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang - XPower II XL ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2770Smh-LED 27.0" Monitor ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1923.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 14:40 EST-0500)

Base Total: $2000.60
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $12.99
Total: $1983.59

quad channel ram. possibility to 6cores later.

better cooler. and solid mobo having up to 128gb :)  of ram



better ssd.

2tb instead of 1.

just as good powersupply. but for crossfire 7970s id get a 850 as i recommanded.

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February 3, 2013 5:48:57 PM

Couple of questions just based off what I have read

1. I see you have 32gb of ram I heard 8 is plenty
2. I also read that the i5 is really the better option for gaming

So with that being said would those changes and adding say another video card be better? Like I said first time building so I could be completly out of line here so my apologies if I am
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February 3, 2013 5:56:28 PM

not really. 32gb would future proof it, also i could suggest running 8x2gbs for 16gbs but u wouldnt be running in quad-channel ram setup.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quad-channel_architecture

also this thing is mad fast and has 4cores+4hyper-threading cores.

the 7970 is fast enought for a while and blast tru games. unless ur gonna run multi-screen setup. will u?

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February 3, 2013 5:58:17 PM

No not right now only will have the one monitor I'm upgrading from a really shitty all in one computer
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February 3, 2013 5:58:39 PM

will u be using tri-monitors or dual?

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February 3, 2013 5:59:45 PM

Right now just the one
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February 3, 2013 6:00:57 PM

but do u plan on using more?

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February 3, 2013 6:03:51 PM

In the future probably 2-3 years down the road probably upgrade to 3
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February 3, 2013 6:15:40 PM

Best answer selected by Tolab.
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February 3, 2013 6:18:46 PM

sounds good. in a few years slap in a 7970 or we avaible than :) .

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February 3, 2013 6:19:05 PM

I will take your advice thanks a lot I should have the baddest computer on the block : ) when I upgrade to a multi monitor setup ill get another card to go with it
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February 3, 2013 6:19:59 PM

im jealous ur pcs gonna blow mine up.

lol

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