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$159.99 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ..

$129.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$149.99 CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...

$44.99 G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

$204.99 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

$224.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

$99.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

$34.99 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...

$49.99 LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM

$149.99 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$479.37 Sapphire 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card Is saphire a decent brand, i could not find MSI in stock, and i was told not to get XFX, ASUS, or Gigabyte, and i wasn't sure what reference cards were :/

Subtotal: $1,728.37

some people are saying 2 gpus is not optional, that it is required, some are. I am not planning on getting any better of a monitor for a while, a 32" 1080p TV suits me fine for a long time (until a couple months ago all i've had was a 14 inch 768 pos with bad color). considering i am happy with 1080p, but that i want to run games at ultra/high/best settings, is 1 GPU going to be enough? Or should i upgrade to a 7970 vs a 7950?

also i have 2 conflicting posts, one saying the mobo i picked mobo is indeed future proof, the other saying it isnt. . . which is it LOL?

i don't plan on doing a lot with adobe cs 5.5 at home (i hate bringing work home) i just wanted a computer that could handle the basics just in case which from what i gather this one can.

Thank you for also keeping in mind i want to spend less than the 2500$ and understanding that i want to save money if i can

This forum is GREAT btw, never had such a nice community before, all other forums were full or cursing and trolls and all sort of crud.

One last question to all of these above, some people are saying "WAIT!!!!!!, buy when XYZ comes out". . . is that really worth it to wait, will it be That much better? or should i just say meh, and buy now lol?
post #63 of 97
If u are a fan of instant gratification go for now rofl. but if u wait prices of certain things mite go down and u mite save some more money. Also people have different ideas about future proof. Some say future proofing is allowing for upgrades others say that future proofing is like u dont need to buy again for like 5 or so years.
Ur build is really solid u rely shudnt need to upgrade for some time thumb.gif
    
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BF3 is a third game. If you use custom ultra instead of the preset ultra you won't be seeing a constant 60 FPS at that resolution with any single GPU.

I get 80-90 with a single overclocked 580...
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LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner - $17.99
Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl - $149.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB - $249.99 (HDs are insanely overpriced right now so you don't have to get this right now)
2x HIS H795F3G2M Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $929.98
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR00 Low Profil3 16 - $49.99
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - $204.99 (Could maybe change this for a Gigabyte board to save some money ** But they've been having some problems with boot loops**)
Crucial M4 128GB SATA III - $149.99
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 + Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $504.98 (Whether or not you need the HT you can change this with a 2500k)
Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler - $79.95 (One of the top CPU coolers and also considered one of the most quiet)

Comes out to $2337.85 before shipping. If you need an OS just throw in another $90 for windows 7.
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post #66 of 97
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Originally Posted by piskooooo View Post

I get 80-90 with a single overclocked 580...

Go play a 64 player map on CUSTOM ULTRA, not preset ultra because preset is way easier to max. There is no way you will sustain 60 FPS. Assuming your res is 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, of course. A single 7970 would even dip into the 30's.
post #67 of 97
i would suggest you a 25ook if it for pure gaming
25ook 180$
2TB seagate HDD 120$
XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit 155$
480
Total 2373$ before rebate and shipping biggrin.gif
thats call futureproof wink.gif
guys pls feel free the comment and make changes in the above config redface.gif
Hope that helped thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by itzhoovEr View Post

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner - $17.99
Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl - $149.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB - $249.99 (HDs are insanely overpriced right now so you don't have to get this right now)
2x HIS H795F3G2M Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $929.98
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR00 Low Profil3 16 - $49.99
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - $204.99 (Could maybe change this for a Gigabyte board to save some money ** But they've been having some problems with boot loops**)
Crucial M4 128GB SATA III - $149.99
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 + Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $504.98 (Whether or not you need the HT you can change this with a 2500k)
Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler - $79.95 (One of the top CPU coolers and also considered one of the most quiet)
Comes out to $2337.85 before shipping. If you need an OS just throw in another $90 for windows 7.
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Originally Posted by Tarun View Post

i would suggest you a 25ook if it for pure gaming
25ook 180$
2TB seagate HDD 120$
XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit 155$
480
Total 2373$ before rebate and shipping biggrin.gif
thats call futureproof wink.gif
guys pls feel free the comment and make changes in the above config redface.gif
Hope that helped thumb.gif

Why do you people keep suggesting more expensive builds or even a Watercooling build, you guys didn't even read the thread and go suggesting something that's gets near his limit budget.

Hes fine with the build he has so far.
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Originally Posted by Grayswandir View Post

$159.99 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ..
$129.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$149.99 CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...
$44.99 G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$204.99 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$224.99 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
$99.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$34.99 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
$49.99 LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM
$149.99 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$479.37 Sapphire 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB DDR5 HDMI / DVI-I / Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card Is saphire a decent brand, i could not find MSI in stock, and i was told not to get XFX, ASUS, or Gigabyte, and i wasn't sure what reference cards were :/
Subtotal: $1,728.37
some people are saying 2 gpus is not optional, that it is required, some are. I am not planning on getting any better of a monitor for a while, a 32" 1080p TV suits me fine for a long time (until a couple months ago all i've had was a 14 inch 768 pos with bad color). considering i am happy with 1080p, but that i want to run games at ultra/high/best settings, is 1 GPU going to be enough? Or should i upgrade to a 7970 vs a 7950?
also i have 2 conflicting posts, one saying the mobo i picked mobo is indeed future proof, the other saying it isnt. . . which is it LOL?

i don't plan on doing a lot with adobe cs 5.5 at home (i hate bringing work home) i just wanted a computer that could handle the basics just in case which from what i gather this one can.
Thank you for also keeping in mind i want to spend less than the 2500$ and understanding that i want to save money if i can
This forum is GREAT btw, never had such a nice community before, all other forums were full or cursing and trolls and all sort of crud.
One last question to all of these above, some people are saying "WAIT!!!!!!, buy when XYZ comes out". . . is that really worth it to wait, will it be That much better? or should i just say meh, and buy now lol?

That build looks solid, about the cards, if you just want the best of the best 7970 it is then, Just search some benchmarks with the 7950/70 in them so you get more informed biggrin.gif the 750w power supply is fine, you can crossfire it later no worries thumb.gif

Also, i would feel more comfortable with a SATA III drive (6.0Gb/s) Like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 (It even has a 25$ off code that ends tomorrow + Seagate drives are reliable, been using 1TB one for months without problems now biggrin.gif )
but since you are using an SSD as a main drive It really doesn't affect that much.
Edited by Aazelion - 2/26/12 at 5:49pm
post #70 of 97
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Originally Posted by Aazelion View Post

Why do you people keep suggesting more expensive builds or even a Watercooling build, you guys didn't even read the thread and go suggesting something that's gets near his limit budget.
Hes fine with the build he has so far.
That build looks solid, about the cards, if you just want the best of the best 7970 it is then, Just search some benchmarks with the 7950/70 in them so you get more informed biggrin.gif the 750w power supply is fine, you can crossfire it later no worries thumb.gif
Also, i would feel more comfortable with a SATA III drive (6.0Gb/s) Like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 (It even has a 25$ off code that ends tomorrow + Seagate drives are reliable, been using 1TB one for months without problems now biggrin.gif )
but since you are using an SSD as a main drive It really doesn't affect that much.
because thats the best he can get in his budget here on OCN if you have it then spend it for the best bang for buck wink.gif
he wants it FUTUREPROOF so to game at 1080p a 7970 with give about 30 to 40FPS at max out
about water cooling OP can always add a GPU block later and a rad it possible and overclock a hell of the the monster biggrin.gif
5 yrs down to line many thing are going to come so to keep track with the latest tech and games i recommended him a 7970 CF and lastly about expensive it in his budget of 2500$ buddy
hope that answered you questions redface.gif
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