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If you want this to be a kick ass rig (and i know you do) you will do whatever it takes to get that GTX 680 in there.....
Also I agree on the pre-assembled water cooling units. They are all assembled already, cheaper than you could buy the parts to make it(by a lot) and if they do leak and ruin your stuff they have a warranty(3 years I think) that will cover all of the damage. I'm using one now to cool my video card, which in my setup needs the cooling much more than the processor.
I definitely think you could make this build, even with a GTX 680 and all the peripherals you need, well within your listed budget. It might take some shopping, and some ignoring posts from people who just can't stand to see you take home anything less than a ________. (whatever it is they think you just have to have, that happens to be really expensive)
If you went with the i5 2500k you would not be needing to upgrade it even if you bought a second GTX 680 later for SLI, but you would probably want to have it overclocked at that point. Probably don't need a motherboard that can detect aliens in space, so if you wanted to save some money you could go as cheap as this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130583R without sacrificing anything.(please forum people help me out if this motherboard is missing some "must have" feature) It even has support for a second GTX 680 in the future if you wanted to add one. Granted it's not going to support Ivy Bridge, but that processor is all hype anyway.(in my opinon) You are looking at like 5% more speed, assuming the chip doesn't run so hot that it fails to overclock anywhere close to the typical i5 2500k.(IB is well known to run hot, in some reviews very hot)

I really appreciate that you pulled me back to earth, I can understand why a 300$ mobo is kind of unnecessary. The motherboard that you listed, why is it not IB compatible though I am really hoping that when IB comes out SB prices will drop dramatically.
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I don't know exactly why it is not, but I know that they came out with a new series of boards specifically to add support for IB, and that board is not one of those models. I think the ones that support IB are the 77 models, but because they just came out you will pay a premium for adding IB support. I believe it has something to do with PCIE 3.0, but don't worry even the GTX 680 fails to max out PCIE 2.0 and they are all cross compatible.(PCIE 1.0 cards work with PCIE 3.0 boards, and PCIE 3.0 card work with PCIE 1.0 boards, so assume 2.0 is a given both ways)
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post #23 of 42
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Thank you so much for the time you spent into writing a response to my question. When you spent ~$1600 on parts was it including a monitor? \
Also, I need a little more time to digest this info if I have more questions (which i will for sure) I'll get back to you. Thanks again!

Good call, yes it was including a monitor! I forgot about that. The total was lower than we expected, thanks to the great feed back from OCN members on better deals, so we got an ASUS VS229H-P IPS panel monitor that was highly recommended but other art/media/designers here for only $164.99 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236205 ) so without the monitor it was only $1529.89. If you want to pm me an email address I'll email you the full build from newegg. My only regret is that we went with a 64G SSD to save some cash. It is enough for all programs we intended to put on it but it only has like 11g free now. The only problem I have with this computer is how envious it makes me biggrin.gif Now I need to build me a new computer.

I would definatly get 1 ssd, and you will love it, just a 128, and then a big drive for everything else. you can still install and run other programs from the 2nd drive and they will probably run so much better than on your current rig you won't notice a difference from the ones on the SSD. All I know is when I push the power button on this new build windows in open and completely ready to use in about 15 seconds. Also I seriously was just messing around with some stuff, and ran PCMark 7 without realizing I had the CPU overclocked to 4.8Ghz...

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I think in a post your PCMark 7 scores thread here on OCN ( http://www.overclock.net/t/1014803/pcmark7-scores/60#post_17035112 ) that 5700 marks is like 7th place... and that was accidental, and it ran like a dream. I want to see what I could really push it to, but I don't want to mess with my lil sisters brand new computer. thumb.gif
Edited by Zetsumei - 4/20/12 at 8:57pm
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post #25 of 42
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Thanks Tarun, really appreciate it. Being from Canada though the $1500 will become at least $1700, but in a month or 2 who knows, fingers crossed for a significant price drop
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i will make one tomorrow morning its pretty late here
post #27 of 42
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Don't worry about it, it converts everything as soon as I go onto the Canadian site. Thanks!

I made some changes: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/7aRA let me know what you think after a good nights sleep =)

Edit: change in permalink
Edited by cataly5t - 4/22/12 at 10:42am
post #28 of 42
it seem i cnt sleep tongue.gif anyways
i see that there are not many shops in Canada who sell WC part so i guess going air would be better another thing i noticed you changed the CPU to i7 2600k y is that for gaming i5 2500k is more then enough buddy rolleyes.gif lastly going with 1333 Mhz is not recommend 1600 mhz is what you should get and 8GB is more then enough thumb.gif
post #29 of 42
there i reconfigured it and i would say you could go with 7970 which are 50$ cheaper and perform almost at par the GTX 680 any ways here is what i came up with
Part list permalink

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.69 @ DirectCanada)

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Memory Express)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($509.99 @ NCIX)

Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ NCIX)

Power Supply: XFX 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX)

Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($72.49 @ Vuugo)

Monitor: Asus ML228H 21.5" Monitor ($143.81 @ DirectCanada)

Total:$1592.92 Shipped and after MIR $1517.92

or if you dont want the monitor you can have something like

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.69 @ DirectCanada)

CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X Performa CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Memory Express)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($459.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($459.99 @ Newegg Canada)

Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX)

Power Supply: XFX 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX)

Total: $1621.61 Shipped and After MIR $1581.61

let me tell you the Mushkin SSD has better write timings then the M4and is cheaper then M4 so y not go with its thumb.gif
Edited by Tarun - 4/22/12 at 12:20pm
post #30 of 42
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I put in the 2600 because I expect a drop in price after IB comes out, I wasnt planning to build this till June as i will be busy till then. But if the new IB 2500k replacement is around the current 2500k price I might get that but i'll need a z77 board.

Also I've had bad experiences with AMD graphics, ive heard they are much better now but it left a really bad taste in my mouth last time. 16gb of ram is only slightly more, i dont mind investing into it with that said, I changed it to 4x4gb instead of 2x8gb.

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/7bOh $1561 no case.
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