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i5 2500k @ 4.5 ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 EVGA GTX 970 Ripsaw 16GB ddr3 
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i5 2500k @ 4.5 ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 EVGA GTX 970 Ripsaw 16GB ddr3 
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256 840 PRO Windows ME ASUS MG MG278Q 27" G710+ 
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^ Pretty nice. I'd cut the HAF X to a Phantom and save $75 more. Then just forget about the 3.5 to 2.5 drive bay converter, saving a total of $87. Oh that monitor is on Shell Shocker so chalk up another $40 in savings. $127 less than above now.
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i5 6600k MSI Gaming Z170A EVGA GTX 980 Classified Crucial Ballistix Tactical (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2666 
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Samsung Pro 950 Cryorig H7 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 CrossOver 2560x1440 IPS 
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Rosewill Capstone 550-M Phanteks Enthoo Pro RAZER Abyssus Mirror Special Edition XTRAC Ripper 
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Asus Xonar Essence STX Dayton Audio B652 Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier 8 Inch 60-Watt Powered Subwoofer 
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Intel q9300 Intel DP45SG MSI TFII GTX 660 Corsair Dominator 1333 
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Samsung Pro 950 Cryorig H7 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 CrossOver 2560x1440 IPS 
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Rosewill Capstone 550-M Phanteks Enthoo Pro RAZER Abyssus Mirror Special Edition XTRAC Ripper 
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Intel q9300 Intel DP45SG MSI TFII GTX 660 Corsair Dominator 1333 
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post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by EmoPopsicle View Post
You will definitely need an SSD. Also, you can't have 12gb RAM on a p67 MOBO, I would go for 8gb, since 8 is plenty enough to run games.
What the hell are you talking about. Boards for P67 support a ton of memory, a lot more than 8GB's. Tons of users have more than 8GB's in their P67 setups. Guys, what is this guy talking about? Never heard anything like this before this post. Any merit?
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Originally Posted by toMsons1987 View Post
What the hell are you talking about. Boards for P67 support a ton of memory, a lot more than 8GB's. Tons of users have more than 8GB's in their P67 setups. Guys, what is this guy talking about? Never heard anything like this before this post. Any merit?
I think his point was that it was a dual channel setup. In which case you'd run 8GB or 16GB. Not sure though if that is where he was going...
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Samsung 840 Series 256gb Corsair H80i Corsair H100i Windows 8 Pro x64 
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Asus PB278Q Leopold Tenkeyless SILVERSTONE ST45SF Compact Splash 
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Core i7 3770k ASRock Z77E-ITX Galaxy GTX 670 Vengeance Low Profile 
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Logitech G700s Steelseries Razer Tiamat 2.2 Behringer HA400 Headphone Amplifier 
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So here is what I ended up getting:






I also picked up Win7 Home Premium 64bit and a tube of Arctic Silver 5.

What do you think? With shipping and after the rebates this rig comes in a little over the $1500 mark minus the monitor.
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I would be proud of that system. Good call on the PSU. You will be fine for a second 580 down the road, or dual GPUs in the next generation too.
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Noctua NF-A9x14 Windows 10 Pro x64 Dell U2715H Logitech G710+ 
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Silverstone SX600-G NCASE M1 v4 Logitech G700s eVGA GTX 590 Mouse Mat 
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post #38 of 38
GFX Cards: 2 x GTX 570 (SLI)
Case: CM HAF X (for air cooling) or Corsair Obsidian (for water cooling)..btw my Antec 1200 is a little outdated but it's a beast at air cooling...perhaps even better than the CM HAF X.
CPU: Intel i5 2500K
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 (but there are many other choices)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600
PSU: 750W or higher (find a good brand)
SSD: Crucial m4 128gb or 256gb
HDD: Just use an old one..or get a 1TB one for like $50 or something, when prices go back down.
Heatsink (Air): Corsair CAFA70 Heatsink (can be had for $22). If you want to spend $60 you can get the Thermaltake Frio or for $80 get the DH-14..both a little overkill imo. For water cooling..no idea.

I believe that should a little over $1.5k. That is what I'd go with..best bang for buck imo.

Others

Monitor: Best 120hz gaming monitor is Samsung S23A750D (need displayport tho)
Mouse: Logitech G400
Mousepad: SteelSeries QcK+
Soundcard: X-Fi Titanium HD (best gaming soundcard)
Speakers: Corsair SP2500 (best 2.1 speakers imo)
Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling Arctic MX-4
Edited by malikq86 - 11/8/11 at 10:16am
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