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Hey guys, I am buying a custom gaming rig (my third one) very soon. I am using it mainly for gaming but also for everything else. I have everything picked out I just want some input from you guys before I buy it. The rig will run me 2k and my budget is less than 2500. So if you guys would give me input or maybe see something that is not compatible it would be tremendously appreciated.

Processor: Intel Core i7-2700K Quad-Core 3.5-3.9GHz TB, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST HT VT-x XD

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 13 CPU Cooling Fan, Socket 1155/1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Aluminum/Copper,

Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling, MX-2 High-Performance Thermal compound

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3, LGA1155, Intel® Z68, DDR3-2200 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /3, VGA+DVI+HDMI+DP, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, ATX

RAM: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) XMS3 PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.65V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

Vid Card: ASUS HD7970-3GD5-3DI2S, Radeon™ HD 7970 925MHz

HDD: SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache

Sound Card: CREATIVE Sound Blaster® X-Fi Titanium, 7.1 channels, 24-bit 96KHz, PCIe x1

Card Reader/Floppy: SABRENT CRW-UINB Black 65-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Drive, 3.5" Bay, Internal USB

Optical Drive: SONY AD-7261S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM

PCI Wireless Network Cards: D-LINK DWA-556 Xtreme N™ Adapter, Draft 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, PCIe x1, Full-Height/Low-Profile

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M 850W Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Bronze, ATX12V 2.3 EPS12V 2.92, 6x 8/6-pin PCIe, SLI® Certified

LCD monitor: ASUS VE228H Black WideScreen LCD Monitor, 21.5" TFT Full HD LED, 1920x1080, 0.248mm, 250cd/m², 5ms, VGA/DVI/HDMI, VESA, w/ Speakers
Edited by opi - 1/29/12 at 10:44am
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Hey guys, I am buying a custom gaming rig (my third one) very soon. I am using it mainly for gaming but also for everything else. I have everything picked out I just want some input from you guys before I buy it. The rig will run me 2k and my budget is less than 2500. So if you guys would give me input or maybe see something that is not compatible it would be tremendously appreciated.
Processor: Intel Core i7-2700K Quad-Core 3.5-3.9GHz TB, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST HT VT-x XD
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 13 CPU Cooling Fan, Socket 1155/1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Aluminum/Copper,
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling, MX-2 High-Performance Thermal compound
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3, LGA1155, Intel® Z68, DDR3-2200 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /3, VGA+DVI+HDMI+DP, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, ATX
RAM: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) XMS3 PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.65V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
Vid Card: ASUS HD7970-3GD5-3DI2S, Radeon™ HD 7970 925MHz
HDD: SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
Sound Card: CREATIVE Sound Blaster® X-Fi Titanium, 7.1 channels, 24-bit 96KHz, PCIe x1
Card Reader/Floppy: SABRENT CRW-UINB Black 65-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Drive, 3.5" Bay, Internal USB
Optical Drive: SONY AD-7261S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
PCI Wireless Network Cards: D-LINK DWA-556 Xtreme N™ Adapter, Draft 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, PCIe x1, Full-Height/Low-Profile
Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M 850W Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Bronze, ATX12V 2.3 EPS12V 2.92, 6x 8/6-pin PCIe, SLI® Certified
LCD monitor: ASUS VE228H Black WideScreen LCD Monitor, 21.5" TFT Full HD LED, 1920x1080, 0.248mm, 250cd/m², 5ms, VGA/DVI/HDMI, VESA, w/ Speakers

Drop the 2700k in favor of the 2600k, and get an SSD.
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Grab a decent Corsair or Seasonic power supply. You don't wanna skimp out and buy a Coolermaster PSU for your "dream machine".
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I agree with TomashT. The difference between the 2700K and the 2600K is so minimal especially for gaming. Better yet, the 2500k would save you roughly 150 bucks with minimal gaming performance difference and you could get a 120GB SSD for around $150....Great looking build otherwise!
    
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Originally Posted by opi View Post

Hey guys, I am buying a custom gaming rig (my third one) very soon. I am using it mainly for gaming but also for everything else. I have everything picked out I just want some input from you guys before I buy it. The rig will run me 2k and my budget is less than 2500. So if you guys would give me input or maybe see something that is not compatible it would be tremendously appreciated.
Processor: Intel Core i7-2700K Quad-Core 3.5-3.9GHz TB, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST HT VT-x XD
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 13 CPU Cooling Fan, Socket 1155/1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Aluminum/Copper,
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling, MX-2 High-Performance Thermal compound
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3, LGA1155, Intel® Z68, DDR3-2200 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /3, VGA+DVI+HDMI+DP, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, ATX
RAM: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) XMS3 PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.65V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
Vid Card: ASUS HD7970-3GD5-3DI2S, Radeon™ HD 7970 925MHz
HDD: SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
Sound Card: CREATIVE Sound Blaster® X-Fi Titanium, 7.1 channels, 24-bit 96KHz, PCIe x1
Card Reader/Floppy: SABRENT CRW-UINB Black 65-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Drive, 3.5" Bay, Internal USB
Optical Drive: SONY AD-7261S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM
PCI Wireless Network Cards: D-LINK DWA-556 Xtreme N™ Adapter, Draft 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, PCIe x1, Full-Height/Low-Profile
Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M 850W Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Bronze, ATX12V 2.3 EPS12V 2.92, 6x 8/6-pin PCIe, SLI® Certified
LCD monitor: ASUS VE228H Black WideScreen LCD Monitor, 21.5" TFT Full HD LED, 1920x1080, 0.248mm, 250cd/m², 5ms, VGA/DVI/HDMI, VESA, w/ Speakers

What, no case?
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Originally Posted by TomashT View Post

Drop the 2700k in favor of the 2600k, and get an SSD.

Agree. Unless he wants to jump the new socket 2011... Those chips are pretty dreamy.
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Originally Posted by jackofhearts495 View Post

Grab a decent Corsair or Seasonic power supply. You don't wanna skimp out and buy a Coolermaster PSU for your "dream machine".

Not like they are the only ones that have good parts. The NZXT Hale is basically a Corsair TX V2, but with modular cable design, and it is cheaper.
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Definitely grab an SSD. What you have there looks excellent, an SSD would be a cherry on top! Go for a Crucial M4 thumb.gif
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Go with a better monitor. Don't know if you have nice keyboard and mouse already, but you are going to be using these components all day everyday. Better to invest in them.

Monitor: Dell U2412M is a good one I think.

I would also suggest that it's time to get an SSD.
If you can afford it, get Crucial M4/ Samsung 830/ Intel 256GB or 128 GB depending how big your boot drive usually is. If size is a problem, get seagate's momentus XT.

+1 for getting 2600k instead of 2700k, Seriously doesn't make much of a difference.

PSU: Actually the cooler master is pretty good. But this one is better, with the same price tag. You can actually go cheaper if you want.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151108

Sound card: Do you have a 7.1 set up to take advantage of the soundcard?

No case?
Edited by flexium - 1/29/12 at 11:35am
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post #8 of 30
Like most guys have said,drop the 2700K and get the 2600K.Use that money to get an SSD for faster boots and loads.If you think storage is too small then grab a used Veloci here on OCN marketplace.It's got a good balance of speed and storage.Other than that your build looks solid.I'm assuming that you are re-using a case that you currently own since it's not listed.
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Have you also budgeted for a copy of Win 7 or do you already have it? You'd be surprised how often it gets forgotten!
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ok I dropped the 2700 for a 2600. Got a CRUCIAL 128GB M4 SSD. Also got a NZXT HALE90 850W power supply. They dont have the ASUS HD7970 in stock so I will just get the integrated and buy it off amazon and install it. Keyboard/Mouse I am set. Speakers I will buy later. I forgot to add the case. It's between a NZXT, Alpha Black Mid-tower or an Antec Dark fleet DF-35
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