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February 6, 2013 1:44:02 AM

Hello all,

I've been reading a lot of threads on building my own, versus using like CyberPower or iBuyPower. I have not home built a computer in quite some time, however, am certainly not afraid to do so. I have never personally overclocked anything, but again, am not afraid to learn and do so. I

I am looking for a gaming build. I prefer a SSD for the OS, and then hard drives for the data. I will also be using this PC for web development (both sites, mysql, php, etc..) but gaming will be the primary purpose.

I would like some advice on some builds that would come in at around $2500 or so. In going through all the configurations on the above 2 sites, my head hurts trying to figure out if this PSU is big enough, if this motherboard is good for overclocking, if I have enough cooling, control panel to see if fans are all running ok and what internal temps are, etc....

So while I'll still be reading a lot of threads, I'd appreciate you who have the knowledge can chime in with a good sound system that can run games (I'm a big Battlefield3 fan, as well as RPG's, and combat simulations), has all the overclocking bells and whistles, and can drive 3 27" monitors, or when the wife is not home, a 60" plasma.

Thank you all, I appreciate it very much.

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February 6, 2013 1:58:36 AM

GPU heavy, 1 7970 for 1 screen :p 
Get an extra set of fans to do push pull on the h100 to get more out of it

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2511.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 23:07 EST-0500)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2492.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 23:08 EST-0500)

Somewhat cheaper build that is pretty much just as good (CPU OC limited to 4.4ghz due to multiplier) (can't run 3 x 7970 due to PSU limit)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1240 V2 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($260.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.68 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1965.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 23:11 EST-0500)
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February 6, 2013 2:00:27 AM

Try picking some components then ask the community for opinions on achieving your goals with it.
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February 6, 2013 12:14:24 PM

Thank you....

And thank you Stickmansam for taking the time for those configs, I will definitely look them over.

Here is a config I did on CyberPower..

Case: Thermaltake Level 10GT Full Tower Wide Body Gaming Case
Noise Reduction Technology: Sound Absorbing Foam on Side, Top And Bottom panels [+29]
Power Supply Gasket [+5]
Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9]
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more)

Cooling Fan: Dual Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator
Silent High Performance 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+29])

Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Intel Z77
Memory: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [+29])
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)
Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)
Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready Hard Drive: 120 GB SAMSUNG 840 Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 530MB/s Read & 130MB/s Write [+21] Data Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [-34] (BLACK COLOR)
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Extra Thermal Display: Aerocool Touch 2000 Dual Bay Touch Screen Fan Control [+39]
External Wireless Network Card: * ASUS USB-N53 802.11a/b/g/n 300Mbps Dual-Band Wireless N300 USB Operating System: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY [-60]
Ultra Care Option: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation
[+10]
Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your
System [+19]


Any critiques would be welcome. If I get it from them prebuilt, it comes to $2631
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February 6, 2013 2:56:56 PM

Ok, I've decided to build it myself, and here is a configuration I put together. I think I picked out a solid well balanced system. Would like some comments please as this is my first build I'm doing from scratch.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2350.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 11:55 EST-0500)

FYI, I don't need an OS as I get them via my MSDN subscription, but will be putting Windows 7 Pro 64 bit on it. Not (yet) a fan of Win8 until I play with it some more.
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February 6, 2013 4:51:45 PM

You want comments? hmmm. How about you give this rig to me for say a ...year and I'll get back to you on how good it is. I need time to digest it.

But I gotta ask. What are your monitors? (most overlooked piece in a build) not just size but quality.
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February 6, 2013 5:26:32 PM

^^ yep that build looks good :) 
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February 6, 2013 5:56:12 PM

Thank you....

I have 3 Samsung 27" (1920x1080 at 2ms) monitors for this build. I use Samsung monitors throughout my home office (have 2 more connected to my laptop and 2 others connected to my dev system hooked up to a KVM switch so I can switch between machines in my dev enviroment) and I've never had an issue with any of them, so I'm sort of loyal to Samsung monitors.
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February 6, 2013 7:05:20 PM

I would opt for a i5 3570k instead to save money because it does not seem like you will be using the HT that often anyways(seriously PC dev things don't take a whole lot, a i5 3570k will be more than enough)

(get this if ordering today
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=64540&promoid=1292
and ask for a 1155 kit from noctua)

Also 3-way SLI/CFX is not very optimal for 1155 because it can block the connectors and such on the 3rd slot(unless you want to spend about $250+ on a motherboard) and because the i5/i7(1155) does not have enough processing power(will bottleneck but not to hard) compared to the 2011 boards that can fully harness the power for 3-4way sli/CFX(should overclock when you do, ofc should OC whenever you do SLI/CFX)
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February 6, 2013 7:36:10 PM

well the gigabyte board will do fine for 3 way cf, only issue of 1155 is memory bandwidth
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February 6, 2013 7:48:28 PM

stickmansam said:
well the gigabyte board will do fine for 3 way cf, only issue of 1155 is memory bandwidth


it will not, i personally have the UD5H and i wanted to see if i can actually try to fit my 670 in the last slot because i wanted to see if i could actually do a 3-way SLI on my rig in the future, and it does not fit without taking out the connectors from the bottom of the board unless you are willing to do watercooling
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February 6, 2013 7:50:38 PM

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
x 2 GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ODD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,673.89

I added in two 7970's due to fact you said three monitors. I only recommend you get two if you will be playing on all three, if only playing on one and using the others for multi-tasking then just get the one card and save $380.

The Phanteks cooler will actually perform like a $80 and not like a crappy AiO liquid cooling unit. It can perform on par, if not better than a H100 at a lower cost. Plus it also looks very nice in my opinion.

If you will not be getting the two cards and only one then there is no need for the 750W PSU, you can get the 650W version of the PSU for $20 less. If you will not be going CrossFire now but will down the line then you may want to keep the 750W PSU.

Use the SSD for your boot drive, programs and even games which will increase game loading times.

As for the HDD, use that as the storage drive.

The reason I went with the 3570K over a 3770K is because I very much doubt your web development programs will utilize the extra threads of an i7. Plus it's the best $200 CPU you can get and has a great price:p erformance ratio. No point in spending an extra $100 if it's not going to benefit you.
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February 6, 2013 8:26:16 PM

boulbox said:
it will not, i personally have the UD5H and i wanted to see if i can actually try to fit my 670 in the last slot because i wanted to see if i could actually do a 3-way SLI on my rig in the future, and it does not fit without taking out the connectors from the bottom of the board unless you are willing to do watercooling


ahh I see what you mean, in order to do 3 way to have to give up on those connectors at the bottom of the board
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February 6, 2013 8:45:27 PM

nerdSoul said:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
x 2 GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ODD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,673.89

I added in two 7970's due to fact you said three monitors. I only recommend you get two if you will be playing on all three, if only playing on one and using the others for multi-tasking then just get the one card and save $380.

The Phanteks cooler will actually perform like a $80 and not like a crappy AiO liquid cooling unit. It can perform on par, if not better than a H100 at a lower cost. Plus it also looks very nice in my opinion.

If you will not be getting the two cards and only one then there is no need for the 750W PSU, you can get the 650W version of the PSU for $20 less. If you will not be going CrossFire now but will down the line then you may want to keep the 750W PSU.

Use the SSD for your boot drive, programs and even games which will increase game loading times.

As for the HDD, use that as the storage drive.

The reason I went with the 3570K over a 3770K is because I very much doubt your web development programs will utilize the extra threads of an i7. Plus it's the best $200 CPU you can get and has a great price:p erformance ratio. No point in spending an extra $100 if it's not going to benefit you.


That MSI mobo is utter crap, mosfets are terrible, power phases is about 1/2 of an asrock extreme4, and uses a analog power delivery.

no need for WD black, it won't give much more performance than blue/barracuda if you have an SSD

You can get better quality cases at $100 price point

$10 more for the gold version capstone PSU and will make back its money in a year or 2, you should actually get a 850W because OCed 2x7970s take a lot of power. recommend this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bnlg...

Heatsink is decent, i would rather get the noctua D-14 because it is much easier to install and the fans are much quieter

also it is not that hard to beat a H100
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMB93_upUmI
here is xigmatek dark knight getting close to the same temps with 1 fan and then getting better temps than it from adding in a second fan
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February 6, 2013 8:53:31 PM

The asrock extreme 4 is pretty much the same, it uses doubled pahses and the base VRM is the same



I am using the g45 and its fine as long as you're OCing past 4.5
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February 6, 2013 9:10:05 PM

I am just saying you can get much better with the price he has for his budget. Like even getting an ASrock extreme6 would be a much better choice than the G45
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February 6, 2013 9:34:13 PM

I certainly appreciate all the feedback everyone is giving, it is very much appreciated!! So much to learn.......

What about this? After reading a ton of mobo reviews, updated the mobo.

I am contemplating reducing the number of GPU's to 2 (should still be good enough to drive 3 monitors right?)

One problem I have, is not knowing about the case itself. What fans are worth ugprading? What optional cooling items can I put in to help with temp control besides the liquid cpu cooler?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($135.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) ($392.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($170.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($209.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2536.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 18:53 EST-0500)
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February 7, 2013 6:14:08 PM

Best answer selected by Fishwagon.
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nI appreciate your input very much everyone, and thank you. Wish I could have giving you both credit for "best answer".
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February 7, 2013 7:14:03 PM

Have fun building :D 
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