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I'm looking to get some advice on this build. Currently I have it built to $3500.00, I'm trying to get this build under $3000. I'm needing your guys help on this. Things I know I want to keep. I want to keep the Z68 for SSD Cache. I want to keep the 2 hardrives for RAID 0. I want to keep the 3 monitors and the stand I will need for room on my desk. Three seperate stands just seems to be a pain. The monitors I chose in this was because of the bezel size with the price. The stand is the only stand I could find that would hold upto 24 inch monitors for under 400 bux. On any of the stuff if you know of a cheaper brand or anything that I could do to knock this down to under $3000.00 please do. If you also see something that I don't have that I need please let me know so I can update this.

I really tried to clean this up with adding links, colors and pictures.

I want to thank everyone in advance for helping me out! I really want this computer mostly for gaming and want to be as future proof as possible.


11-119-225-14.jpgCOOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case--$169.99

12-191-220-02.jpgSIIG CB-DP0A11-S1 Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter - OEM --$19.99

13-157-264-06.jpgASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard --$184.99

14-102-918-03.jpgSAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity --2 FOR $699.98

17-114-174-02.jpgXTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad --$13.99

17-139-034-02.jpgCORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power --$219.99

19-115-072-02.jpgIntel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 --$199.99

20-223-103-03.jpgRosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate --$7.99

20-227-726-06.jpgOCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Instant --$149.99

20-231-428-02.jpgG.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL --$29.99

22-152-185-07.jpgSAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive-- 2 FOR $299.98

23-109-191-03.jpgMicrosoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard --$29.99

23-126-050-03.jpgLogitech G13 USB Advanced Gameboard --$39.99

24-009-255-04.jpgAcer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design----3 FOR $429.97

24-994-053-06.jpgXFX FXTRISTAND Triple Display Monitor Stand --$379.99

26-104-318-07.jpgLogitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse --$34.99

26-104-399-09.jpgLogitech G930 USB Connector Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset --$128.99

27-151-222-02.jpgSAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM --$59.99

32-116-718-21.jpgMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate Instant --$289.99

35-103-065-06.jpgCOOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel --$25.99

99-200-012-01.jpgStartech SWS100 ESD Anti Static Wrist Strap Band with Grounding Wire --$6.99

99-261-021-02.jpgRosewill RTK-ASM Anti-Static Mat --$19.99

99-997-047-02.jpgRosewill RCT4B-100 Black 4" Cable Tie --$4.49

Subtotal: --$3,498.23
post #2 of 6
I would get a Asus motherboard and get a corsair H100 or H80 since you find most of them on sale.
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Crucial M500 960GB 1.5TB Western Digital ASUS 24X XSPC Raystorm CPU Block 
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post #3 of 6
Im not really an expert but here is some suggestions
get Winows Home and buy an i7 2600k. Instead of 3 monitors buy Samsung S27A950D you will save a hunderd bux. and like dseg said get H100 or Noctua NH-U12P. for the keyboard get Tt challenger ultimate it got some nice features.

Good luck with the build.
Edited by ish7afan - 11/26/11 at 9:19am
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post #4 of 6
Everybody's preferences are different but here is what I would do.

This one wont save you any, but is there a reason you are only going with 4gb of ram? To me I prefer 8gb.

I wouldn't go with those hard drives as the are only Sata II 3Gb/s, I would go with something that is Sata III 6Gb/s. Your SSD should be fine just make sure that the Firmware is up to date.

You can save by going with a more basic version of windows.

You don't need the grounding mat or strap, just make sure your working in a static free area and frequently ground yourself (touch some metal).

If you don't really need the Blu-ray drive you can skip on that.

As for PSU you don't need that big of one, look into the 850 HX.

And as for the keyboard and mouse I wouldn't pick any of those personally, but that's all personal preference.

Hopefully some of this helps, but by no means am I an expert.
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post #5 of 6
Downgrade the HAF X to a haf 932 or the new corsair 500R
Currently the HAF X can be purchased @ amazon for 150, and the HAF 932 can be purchased for 100$ after rebate.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-SuperSpeed-RC-932-KKN5-GP/dp/B001EPUQAE/ref=sr_1_3?t=slickdeals&tag=slickdeals&ie=UTF8&qid=1322223502&sr=8-3
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/00/00/17/22/07/28/1722072890._V163583374_.pdf


Use other methods to obtain Windows 7 - aka going through your college or other online methods.

You are insane to buy HDDs with the current inflated prices, either salvage one from another computer, search cl, or go into walmart/bestbuy and pick up something cheap.

These 6970s are currently cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161356
    
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okay..as for the case/cpu that's a matter of personal preference..i'd get a cheap case and a 2600K

as for the ssds..i'd get 2 64gb crucial m4s and put them in raid 0..i had agility ssds die on me after 3 mos
<<of all my rambling in this post, this is most important.


2ms monitors are snappier..

sandy bridge supports higher-bandwidth RAM ..i suggest something like

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313203

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

faster RAM does make a difference...

you can go less on the psu,case and peripherals just noticed you were trying to shave $500

umm..xfire and eyefinity-less would save more than that..new videocards are coming out..if you hold $$ back..you can use it for upgrade money later..also..hard drive prices make me nauseous nowadays...they'll most likely come down in about 4 months..i'd get some "cheap" small storage until then..glad i bought 5 wd blue 500s before all that :kookoo.gif:

good luck!
Edited by Schmuckley - 11/26/11 at 6:32pm
 
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cheap! Newegg box panel ibeats with onboard. 
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cheap! Newegg box panel ibeats with onboard. 
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