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February 3, 2013 4:23:25 AM

First I want to say THANK YOU. This forum gave my husband and I the courage to build our first computer 2 years ago. Which is now wasted on me because I no longer play World of Warcraft. I dont want to trade him computers because his is >5 years old and work permitting I will resume gaming soon.

I'm looking to surprise my husband with our second computer that is self built because for the money we can build better.

Approximate Purchase Date: next 2 weeks

Budget Range: 1200-1400 total

System Usage: gaming and iTunes

Are you buying a monitor: We have 3

Do you need to buy OES: want windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for parts: no preference

Location: we have a Frys within an hour drive

Parts Preferences: corsair command memory, nvidia, intel, and asus

Overclocking: Yes please

SLI: maybe

Additional Comments: he's set on corsair memory

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to surprise my husband with a new toy he deserves.

This is the build I have now

(If I knew how to do the pretty posts I have seen I would)

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a b 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 4:36:56 AM

Sm1372 said:

Are you buying a monitor: We have 3

Is this for a triple monitor setup ?
If it is i'd get two cards for it, a single might not cut it, my suggestion :
It has two 7950 for triple monitor setup, if you add two 79xx series you get six games free :

If it's just for one single monitor gaming, my other suggestion :
With a good ssd, and a good single card with two free games.
About the original build, there's a lot of things that are wrong, like the overpriced ram, the wrong cpu for overclocking, the wrong board, a expensive closed loop watercooler, an overpriced hdd, a not so good case,etc.

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a c 295 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 4:49:39 AM

If it is i'd get two cards for it, a single might not cut it, my suggestion :
It has two 7950 for triple monitor setup, if you add two 79xx series you get six games free :

A single 7950 will handle 3 monitors fine.

That build I think I would trash the whole thing - Raidmax cases are horrendous and not worth purchasing. Cooler Master PSUs have a really iffy reputation and the Dominator RAM is ridiculously overpriced for what you get. You also can't pair a B75 motherboard with a 3570K because you forfeit access to the multiplier which defeats the purpose of the 3570K. And if you're not going to overclock an H100 is kind of a wasted purchase.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1261.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 01:49 EST-0500)
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a c 295 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 4:57:54 AM

djangoringo said:
A single 7950 won't do for 5760x1080(usually that).
Here's an example :

I couldn't imagine far cry 3 or other demanding games.
For a single card, either a 670 or 7970.

Yeah that's true - a game like Crysis or BF3 would be really sluggish on that resolution.
February 3, 2013 3:03:52 PM

Best answer selected by Sm1372.
February 3, 2013 3:16:30 PM

You can currently get the Corsair H100i water cooler for the same price as the H100 on Newegg

The i version is newer and improved version. Better cold plate, better pump, better tubing...just generally better :) 

Good luck with the build!
a c 295 4 Gaming
February 3, 2013 6:28:36 PM

Sm1372 said:
Thanks for the advice. There will be over-clocking involved.

This is what I ended up with.

That's much better but you don't really need an H100 - a Noctua D14 will overclock just as well if not better than the H100 and it's air based.