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Hey guys. I'm a college student, and I am able to spend up to $3000 give or take on computer related purchases. I game off and on, and often do video editing and work with Photoshop. I am currently selecting which parts I would want, and I would greatly appreciate it if someone could give me some feedback/advice on adjustments that could be made.
OLD Ideas! (Click to show)
Case: Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP​ (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Black/dp/B0026FCI2U/

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series Gold 850-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performanc​e Power Supply - CMPSU-850AX
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-850-Watt-Certified-High-Performance/dp/B003PJ6QW4/

Motherboard: ASUS Intel LGA 1155 - Z68 PCIe 3.0
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-LGA-1155-Motherboards/dp/B006L6ZISG/

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Processor
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-BX80623I72600K-Core-i7-2600K-Processor/dp/B004EBUXSA/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R​1)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R1/dp/B005O65JXI/

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3072 MB GDDR5 PCB PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Mini-HDMI-Lifetime-Warranty-03G-P3-1584-AR/dp/B004YJVUBG/

Memory (RAM): G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz 240-Pin PC3-12800 Desktop Memory F3-12800CL9D-8G​BXL
http://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-Ripjaws-1600MHz-PC3-12800-F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL/dp/B004HZG4ZO/

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B0036Q7MV0/

DVD/CD Drive: Asus 24xDVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x8x16x(DVD) 48x32x48x(CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-24x8x16x-48x32x48x-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/

Monitor: Samsung S27A950D 27-Inch Class 3D LED Monitor (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-S27A950D-27-Inch-Class-Monitor/dp/B004Z75LX0/

Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Solar-Keyboard-K750/dp/B004MF11MU/

Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-ProMedia-Certified-Computer-Speaker/dp/B000062VUO/

Misc:
Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail
http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Heatpipe-Bearing-Cooler-NH-D14/dp/B002VKVZ1A/

Audio-Technica ATHM50S Professional Monitor Headphones
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATHM50S-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B004ZG9TMA/

Belkin Pivot-Plug Surge Protectors
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-BP112230-08-Pivot-Plug-Surge-Protectors/dp/B000JE9LD4/

Fiio E6 Headphone Amplifier - E6
http://www.amazon.com/Fiio-E6-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B005HJWWW8/

Allsop Metal Art Monitor Stand (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Allsop-Metal-Monitor-Stand-Black/dp/B003M2YDE2/

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-HD-Pro-Webcam-C910/dp/B003M2YT96/

Final Build pics HERE
FINAL BUILD SPECS: Final Specs (Click to show)
CPU: Intel 3930K~ Overclocked to 4.7GHz~
Motherboard: Rampage IV Extreme
Graphics: 1x Nvidia GTX 680
RAM: 32GB Samsung 32nm~Overclocked to 2133MHz [10-10-10-28-2T]~
SSD: Samsung 830 256GB
HDD: 2TB Hitachi 7200 RPM
Optical Drive: ASUS DVD-RW
External: 1TB Western Digital
Audio: ASUS Essence STX
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
Monitor: Overlord Tempest 270OC (27" IPS 120Hz)
Keyboard: Ducky DK9008S
PSU: NZXT Hale90 1000W
Case: NZXT Switch 810 White
Mouse: Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX
Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-M50S
Chair: Something on OfficeMax...
Cooling:
1x 360mm Rad & 1x 240mm Rad
1x T-Virus Res
1x Alphacool VPP655 Pump (1500L/H)
10x Gentle Typhoons AP-29 & 3x NZXT Case Fans;
Speakers: Pioneer SP-BS41-LR 130 Watt RMS 2-Way Speakers
Amp: Dayton DTA-100a
Subwoofer: Klipsch RW-12D

Edited by nzube14 - 7/30/13 at 8:44pm
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At that price range I would recommend a SSD, specifically the Samsung 830 Series and Crucial M4. Your computer will turn on and load stuff almost instantly, it's probably the best (but pretty expensive) upgrade to any system.
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Get a 7970 since its the same price.
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Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows 7 64-bit LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) 
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driftkid2323, I do have an SSD, the Corsair GT 120GB, which is faster than the ones mentioned. Thank you for the suggestion, nonetheless!
itzhoovEr, I looked at the 7970, but the only qualms I have of it is the fact that it is AMD, which doesn't have Nvidia PhysX software. I would need some convincing to let go of Nvidia. Thank you for the suggestions thus far!thumb.gif

Are there any suggestions pertaining to the case I should also consider? Maybe the HAF X instead? And also, should my CPU Cooler be the Noctua 6, and not the Hyper 212 EVO?
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Originally Posted by nzube14 View Post

driftkid2323, I do have an SSD, the Corsair GT 120GB, which is faster than the ones mentioned. Thank you for the suggestion, nonetheless!
itzhoovEr, I looked at the 7970, but the only qualms I have of it is the fact that it is AMD, which doesn't have Nvidia PhysX software. I would need some convincing to let go of Nvidia. Thank you for the suggestions thus far!thumb.gif
Are there any suggestions pertaining to the case I should also consider? Maybe the HAF X instead? And also, should my CPU Cooler be the Noctua 6, and not the Hyper 212 EVO?

I am just going to leave this here....
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=517
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2x 500GB, 1x 1TB external Windows 7 Ultimate Deep Blue 32bit 1x Asus VE248H 24" Monitor Tt eSPORTS Challenger Gaming Keyboard 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2x 500GB, 1x 1TB external Windows 7 Ultimate Deep Blue 32bit 1x Asus VE248H 24" Monitor Tt eSPORTS Challenger Gaming Keyboard 
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driftkid2323, I do have an SSD, the Corsair GT 120GB, which is faster than the ones mentioned. Thank you for the suggestion, nonetheless!
itzhoovEr, I looked at the 7970, but the only qualms I have of it is the fact that it is AMD, which doesn't have Nvidia PhysX software. I would need some convincing to let go of Nvidia. Thank you for the suggestions thus far!thumb.gif
Are there any suggestions pertaining to the case I should also consider? Maybe the HAF X instead? And also, should my CPU Cooler be the Noctua 6, and not the Hyper 212 EVO?

Get a 7970, it outperforms the 580 with no competition.

As per the SSD, I was referring to getting atleast a 256GB SSD that will be reliable and fast, I'm not so sure about the Corsair drives. If you have the drive now, run AS SSD and post your scores here, I'm curious to see what it gets.

A case is totally up to you, HAF X works I guess, I don't like the looks of it however.

The 212+ EVO will work with mild clocks, and if you don't plan on overclocking (you should) then it should be a perfect cooler. If you are overclocking, there are a variety of high end air coolers like the Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow.


edit: yeah look, corsair force gt in a REAL benchmark:

imageview.php?image=31682

vs my 830 series

503x501px-LL-8ac70cc7_as-ssd-benchSAMSUNGSSD8301.30.20121-38-45AM.png

and the fastest M4 i could find:

m4.jpg
Edited by xDriftyy - 2/1/12 at 2:42am
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Corsair GT 120GB is not anywhere near as fast as Crucial m4 with similar space. Don't get fouled by marketing numbers on the box. Sequential speeds don't matter for an SSD. Only random speeds do.
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Originally Posted by driftkidd2323 View Post

Get a 7970, it outperforms the 580 with no competition.
As per the SSD, I was referring to getting atleast a 256GB SSD that will be reliable and fast, I'm not so sure about the Corsair drives. If you have the drive now, run AS SSD and post your scores here, I'm curious to see what it gets.
A case is totally up to you, HAF X works I guess, I don't like the looks of it however.
The 212+ EVO will work with mild clocks, and if you don't plan on overclocking (you should) then it should be a perfect cooler. If you are overclocking, there are a variety of high end air coolers like the Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow.
edit: yeah look, corsair force gt in a REAL benchmark:
http://www.guru3d.com/imageview.php?image=31682
vs my 830 series
http://cdn.overclock.net/8/8a/503x501px-LL-8ac70cc7_as-ssd-benchSAMSUNGSSD8301.30.20121-38-45AM.png
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Corsair GT 120GB is not anywhere near as fast as Crucial m4 with similar space. Don't get fouled by marketing numbers on the box. Sequential speeds don't matter for an SSD. Only random speeds do.

Thanks for the screen. Hmm. I guess I was once again bamboozled by the media. Now I guess my decision is between the Crucial M4 and the 830. Thanks all!

edit: I have the Noctua NH-D14 in the Misc section, which I will happily switch in with the 212 EVO.
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I am just going to leave this here....
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/508?vs=517

I am convinced!biggrin.gif
Edited by nzube14 - 2/1/12 at 1:37pm
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Unshameful bump.

How come no one is recommending the Vertex 3 as a viable SSD?
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Unshameful bump.
How come no one is recommending the Vertex 3 as a viable SSD?

^bc it uses the same sandforce driver as the force gt so therefore it is slower than the m4
Small wonder.
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