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I am trying to build a gaming computer for around $2000. I have done some research and some price comparisons, and this is what I have so far.

Motherboard: MSI X79MA-GD45 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$204.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130623
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
$309.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229
Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2683-KR GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked, Signature 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI...
$529.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130779
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$239.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233182
RAM: Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
$104.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104169
Power Supply: XION XON-1000P14F High Performance 1000W Power Supply, compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3/i5 /i7 and AMD Phenom...
$109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817190030
Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM
$64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222
Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$129.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067
Keyboard: RAZER Black USB Wired Lycosa Mirror Special Edition Gaming Keyboard
$79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114008
Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
$46.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153055
Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
$174.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

+=$1,996.89

What are your thoughts on this build? I am especially uncertain of the processor, due to ivy bridge coming out so soon. Also the gtx 690 could be calling my name, depending on the price.

Note: I want the computer to be able to play high end games for the next few years, which means I need expand-ability; such as room for another video card, and RAM if necessary. Also, I already have a 2tb external hard drive.
post #2 of 53
Thread Starter 
Sorry about the formatting. It looked completely different when I was typing it.
post #3 of 53
it all looks good. The only thing I have an issue with is the keyboard. For gaming I really suggest getting a mechanical keyboard because there is anti-ghosting on all keys. Razer keyboards like to only do it around the wsad cluster. Also the lycosa mirror edition is a HUGE finger print magnet. You will be wiping that thing off forever. I suggest going for the steel series 6hv2. Great mechanical keyboard. Also really sturdy. Watched a video of this guy just going ham on one hitting stuff with it and bashing it. Plugged it back in and worked flawlessly.
post #4 of 53
Thread Starter 
I have done some more research and come up with another build.
These Prices include current deals, mail in rebates, and shipping; but no taxes.

Old Build + minor change for the RAM
Motherboard: MSI X79MA-GD45 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX
$182.55 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130623
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820
$309.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229
Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2683-KR GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked
$537.86 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130779
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$109.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145357
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III SSD
$239.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233182
Power Supply: XION XON-1000P14F High Performance 1000W
$105.98 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817190030
Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support
$54.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222
Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower
$129.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067
Keyboard: RAZER Lycosa
$84.98 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114008
Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder
$46.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153055
Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
$149.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117
+=$1953.30

New Build
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
$234.00 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131804
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820
$309.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229
Video Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2683-KR GeForce GTX 680 Superclocked
$537.86 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130779
RAM: 2 x Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
2 x $40.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220569
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III SSD
$239.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233182
Power Supply: XION XON-1000P14F High Performance 1000W
$105.98 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817190030
Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support
$54.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222
Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower
$79.98 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070
Keyboard: RAZER BlackWidow Ultimate
$139.47 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114012
Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder
$46.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153055
Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
$149.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117
+=$1981.22

Please tell me your opinions, and also answer the following questions if you can.
Thank you.

Questions:
Will the MSI motherboard be able to handle two GeForce GTX 680s?
Will the ASUS motherboard be able to handle three GeForce GTX 680s?
Will the power supply be able to handle everything including up to three GeForce GTX 680s?
Will I need any extra cooling? If so, for what configurations?
Will the NZXT mid tower hold everything?
Will either machine be able to handle faster RAM even though the spec sheet for the
processor says it can only handle up to DDR3 1600?
post #5 of 53
As far as I know...

The MSI board will handle two GTX 680s.
The ASUS board will handle 3 as long as your case has 8 expansion slots.
You might want to try a better regarded PSU brand such as Corsair, Antec, or Silverstone, just to name a few.
If you do want to tri-SLI, you will need a case with 8 expansion slots.
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4690k Asrock Z97 Extreme6/ac EVGA GTX 970 SSC Klevv 8GB @ 1866 
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Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Seagate 1TB @ 7200RPM Corsair H100i Corsair RM 650 
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Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Seagate 1TB @ 7200RPM Corsair H100i Corsair RM 650 
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post #6 of 53
I can't find anything on that PSU. There are no reviews of it, but all I see about Xion PSUs are not good things.

A $100, ,1000W PSU immediately raises flags. It can't be very good quality, and this is not something you want to buy cheap on. Get a good quality one (which doesn't mean only Corsair BTW).
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K MSI P67A-G43 MSI GTX 460 Cyclone Ripjaws X 
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Vertex 2 WD Green ASUS Windows 7 
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Antec TruePower New 750 HAF 922 
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post #7 of 53
Thread Starter 
Updated case: Corsair CC-9011012-WW Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower
$114.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009

Updated Power Supply: OCZ ZX Series 1000W
$139.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341045
However, if 1000w is not enough for tri-SLI GeForce GTX 680s
then I would go with this power supply: SILVERSTONE ST1200 1200W
$186.82 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256041

//Prices include shipping, special offers, and mail in rebates; but not taxes.
post #8 of 53
But that case is le ugly :[
post #9 of 53
i personally would just go with the silverstone PSU because of its awesome quality. you could also get a nice corsair PSU. 1000 watts should be plenty, even with 3 GTX 680s. no point in skimping out on the part that will supply power to the rest of the $2000 rig. Good choice on the case with the 500R if thats your style.

As for the motherboard, i would stay away from MSI. Great video cards, but from most people i hear from, MSI boards arent the best quality. I am also partial to Asus boards, ive owned many over the years and never had a single one fail.

For the ram, i would look at something a little higher speed. the intel systems seems to run faster with the higher freq ram with a little higher timings. I think it would still work with that CPU but i cant say for sure. better look into it more if you want the higher speed ram.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231511

you didnt mention anything for CPU cooling but i would suggest maybe like an H60 or better depending on what you want from it. and ofcourse, always max out your case fans. there is no reason to have a place to mount a fan and one not installed.
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post #10 of 53
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Is CPU cooling necessary if the CPU is not overclocked?
As it turns out, the case that I picked out seems to have been designed with a slot for a Corsair H100 cooler.
This, however, would replace two 140mm fans. Is that a good trade off?

//And yes I know the case doesn't look good. I chose function over looks.
//I was lacking a lot of options due to the need for eight expansion slots.
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