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$4k Eyefinity Gaming Build

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February 15, 2013 7:29:32 PM

Hi Everyone,

It's about that time again- time to build a new system (Hooray!).

Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions.

Budget: 4k
Purpose: Eyefinity Gaming (and assorted stuff). I do play games like EVE with multiple (10) accounts, so the extra RAM helps.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($260.01 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition ATX Full Tower Case ($283.61 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($165.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Keyboard: Cyborg S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($310.59 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $3455.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 16:28 EST-0500)

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February 15, 2013 7:33:26 PM



Also, forgot to mention, this build was definitely inspired by the Tom's article on illuminated PCs. I will likely include the LED lighting and fan controls in this build- PC Part Picker didn't have them (or I'm blind and didn't feel like manually adding them).
February 15, 2013 7:39:08 PM

Wouldn't really recommend single channel memory. Personally, I would take a 410 Phantom or 650D Obsidian over that case. Looks cool, but you don't need it. With this kind of build, I would get a custom water cooling system going, or you can set it up yourself by purchasing a kit. Another personal thing, I would poop my pants using that keyboard. Too many features I don't need. Unless this is something you're comfortable with, I wouldn't advice it.
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February 15, 2013 7:39:40 PM

Also, the 650D has a fan controller built in.
February 15, 2013 7:49:27 PM

SHORYUKEN said:
Wouldn't really recommend single channel memory. Personally, I would take a 410 Phantom or 650D Obsidian over that case. Looks cool, but you don't need it. With this kind of build, I would get a custom water cooling system going, or you can set it up yourself by purchasing a kit. Another personal thing, I would poop my pants using that keyboard. Too many features I don't need. Unless this is something you're comfortable with, I wouldn't advice it.


Good point- I am aiming for 2x4gb kits of the tracers (similar to the Tom's article).

I just saw the 10GT Snow case and pretty much fell in love with it, which is why I listed the tracers there and the fan control (thinking of the white case with blue LED theme).

I listed that keyboard there but do need to go try it out- Luckily I live close to Fry's and Microcenter so I should be able to find one there that I can get my hands on. I just love keyboards with the touchscreen displays!
February 15, 2013 7:52:41 PM

i have had two of these cases you mentioned. just wanted to warn you they are very easy to scratch the white off....
February 15, 2013 7:56:03 PM

That build is just a huge waste of money. You can save money in so many ways and end with a better computer.

For the memory because you want the lights you are paying double compared to what you should be paying.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl11q...

For the motherboard I doubt you'll ever add in the 4 cards it can hold so just get one that is SLI.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77vlep...

For the CPU cooler you chose a budget model
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14

The case is over $100 more than one with better cooling
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc942kk...

The SSD is by no means the best (when it should be in this price range).
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...

You're also paying $300 for a keyboard. I love my razer blackwidow (and you can get the backlit edition for a bit over $100).
http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-keyboards-keypads/razer...

Lastly get one of the best PSU's made when you're dropping this much on a PC.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-plat...
February 15, 2013 7:59:22 PM

+1 to the 650D

there is no reason to spend that much money on a rig (i understand for the monitors but i would reduce the price as much as possible without affecting performance)

Stick with an i5 CPU 3570k its not worth the extra $100 for a small performance gain

Paying way too much for RAM, go with this one:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml16gx3m2a...

Make sure your 100% positive with that keyboard and your going to be using most of the functions if not find a cheaper one

If you never gamed on a 27" before I would suggest checking it out first and seeing how you like it if you find out you dont lower the size of them

Again just ways to save some money no reason to blow your whole banking account for 'gaming purposes'
February 15, 2013 8:03:51 PM

Being the paranoid sysadmin that I am, I say double up on the HDDs and mirror them. Nothing is worse than powering up your system to a dead hard drive and having to wait for a replacement.
February 15, 2013 8:10:43 PM

Yeah I suggest maybe a $1500-$2000 build, and maybe spend like $500 on games, if you really want to spend more money. Other than that, if I had 4k, I would spend like $1500, and use the other money, if I really wanted to be dedicating the money to PC related, to purchase games.
February 15, 2013 8:59:42 PM

Thank you all for the advice.

I did some more research on that case and have found some similar concerns. While it looks awesome, I'm familiar with the HAF series (and I like them), so I think i'll junk the 10 GT and get the HAF X.

I currently have a 27" that I game on (not eyefinity), so I'm used to gaming on a larger monitor. The one I currently have isn't great and has a thick bezel, so I'm getting all new ones for the eyefinity setup.

Because I changed the case, I also heeded recommendations and swapped out RAM. While it would have been awesome to have a themed case, it does add a lot of unnecessary cost for temporary flair.

I am sticking with the i7 because I live near MicroCenter ($230 for i7- at that price, why not).

Lastly, the keyboard. I really want a touchscreen and did some more research. I like the Deathstalker Ultimate (that youtube app looks awesome)- yes, I will have 3 large monitors, but I am always on youtube for music/etc, so that will be an awesome feature.

Here's the newest build result:

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 ($80.54 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Touchpad ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $3275.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 17:53 EST-0500)
February 15, 2013 11:43:19 PM

Omniblivion said:
Thank you all for the advice.

I did some more research on that case and have found some similar concerns. While it looks awesome, I'm familiar with the HAF series (and I like them), so I think i'll junk the 10 GT and get the HAF X.

I currently have a 27" that I game on (not eyefinity), so I'm used to gaming on a larger monitor. The one I currently have isn't great and has a thick bezel, so I'm getting all new ones for the eyefinity setup.

Because I changed the case, I also heeded recommendations and swapped out RAM. While it would have been awesome to have a themed case, it does add a lot of unnecessary cost for temporary flair.

I am sticking with the i7 because I live near MicroCenter ($230 for i7- at that price, why not).

Lastly, the keyboard. I really want a touchscreen and did some more research. I like the Deathstalker Ultimate (that youtube app looks awesome)- yes, I will have 3 large monitors, but I am always on youtube for music/etc, so that will be an awesome feature.

Here's the newest build result:

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 ($80.54 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Ultimate Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Touchpad ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $3275.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 17:53 EST-0500)


Why that RAM?
February 16, 2013 3:33:45 AM

It's great ram, why not? But anyways the performance went up and total price went down, so win, win.

Although I guess if you really want you could switch to this ram.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c11d16...
Performance wouldn't change but you would have two more spots free.

I highly recommend a death adder mouse (what I have).
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/razer-mouse-rz0100840100r3...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/razer-mouse-rz0100840100r3...
February 16, 2013 3:56:24 AM

I have always gone with 8 CAS 1600mHZ for overclocking, figured I'd try the faster mHZ/9CAS to see how that overclocked, based on above recommendations. Unless someone can explain otherwise, that'd be the route that I'd take with this build. RAM is pretty cheap anyways and I don't see myself needing more than 16gigs, so in my opinion it's worth the little extra.

I have large hands, so I don't think the Death Adder would work (it's pretty small if I recall). Large hands as in NBA sized hands, heh. I currently have the MS Sidewinder, which is good, but it's outdated and I'm starting to have some minor issues with it- the wired magnet keeps disconnecting, and I'm not a huge fan of wireless (I'm a twitch shooter) :) 
February 16, 2013 4:27:34 AM

I would take wired components over the wireless any day too. I have large hands (but by no means NBA size) and love the feel of the death adder. I'd say go to a store and try it out if you have the chance, it's sold everywhere. Maybe when you pick up the i7 at microcenter.
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