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Hi everyone,

I am looking at building myself an entirely new gaming rig within the next month or two. I've put together a list over the past few months, adding and replacing components as they were announced/released. My ideal build is one that will last me 4-5 years, as my current pc has, without too much modification. It should be (relatively) silent but powerful, good enough to run current as well as future games at high to ultra settings, and frequent Photoshop usage. I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to overclocking but not afraid to try, as long as it doesn't go into the extreme and won't affect the lifespan of the hardware. Quality > price, if the premium is justified.

So here's the list:

Case: Corsair Obsidian 550D
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K
Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE (blue or silver, not sure yet)
Memory: Corsair Low-Profile 4x4GB 1600MHz CL9, blue (CML16GX3M4A1600C9B)
Power: Seasonic Platinum 860W
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB (CT256M4SSD2 - for OS and programs/games)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB 7200rpm 64MB SATA 6Gb/s (ST2000DM001 - for storage)
Graphics: EVGA GTX 680 FTW 4GB (release mid-May)
Monitor: 2x BenQ XL2420T
Sound: Asus Xonar DX
Speakers: Corsair SP2500

I would very much like to hear any comments, suggestions and/or recommendations you guys may have smile.gif

Thanks for reading!


Ylaana

Edit: I meant to post this in the Intel - General forum, not with the build logs - can someone move it for me please blushsmiley.gif
Edited by Ylaana - 4/26/12 at 7:23am
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Monitor: 2x BenQ XL2420T
Three 1920x1080 LCDs thumb.gif
I just went three screens for gaming, and it's wicked biggrin.gif

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post #3 of 9
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Thanks for replying!

I should probably have noted that I've already bought a dual monitor desk mount, and that I mainly play games like WoW, Portal 2 and Magicka. Diablo 3 will soon be added to that list. I agree that a triple monitor setup sounds (and looks) awesome, but isn't that much screen real estate only really used in driving games and first person shooters? Also, with three monitors, isn't SLI pretty much mandatory if you want decent frame rates?
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The 7970 and 680 are the first cards that can actually play most games on high settings with a triple monitor setup, but it's personal preference, I've tried Eyefinity and while it's awesome, it's too much to take in for me, hard to focus. I think you'd be happy with two 120hz monitors. I don't have any experience with the BenQ brand of monitors, but everything else in the list looks moi bien.
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post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Ylaana View Post

Thanks for replying!
I should probably have noted that I've already bought a dual monitor desk mount, and that I mainly play games like WoW, Portal 2 and Magicka. Diablo 3 will soon be added to that list. I agree that a triple monitor setup sounds (and looks) awesome, but isn't that much screen real estate only really used in driving games and first person shooters? Also, with three monitors, isn't SLI pretty much mandatory if you want decent frame rates?

not with 3 1080p monitors. mabye with 3 1600p monitors you might run into framerate issues due to lack of V -Ram but with the 4 gig 680 that wont be a issue really the gtx 680 is one monster card and these days even mid ranged cards (mainly amd cards) use 3 displays just fine. so i think your safe as far as framerate is concerned.
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The 7970 and 680 are the first cards that can actually play most games on high settings with a triple monitor setup, but it's personal preference, I've tried Eyefinity and while it's awesome, it's too much to take in for me, hard to focus. I think you'd be happy with two 120hz monitors. I don't have any experience with the BenQ brand of monitors, but everything else in the list looks moi bien.

benq monitors are normally very good.
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So apart from the number of monitors (I think I'll stick with 2), is there anything else that should be addressed? This is my first build in quite some time, and I refuse to believe I've put together the perfect rig lol. Is the power supply going to be overkill or is it a good choice? Does anyone have any experience with Barracuda hard drives? Are there any other sound card manufacturers (not Creative) that are worth looking at?
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Ive always used and enjoyed Barracuda hard drives.
maybe go for the Kingston HyperX 240 GB SSD
personally i would go with asus sabertooth z77
and other then that thats.. REALLY good all around
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I've heard some bad things about the Sandforce controller, which is why I've opted for a Crucial drive instead.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good blu-ray writer btw? It'd be nice if it supported lightscribe - or should I look for a separate dvd writer for that?
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