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post #1 of 20
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Been working on a rig for me, was planning on going all out with a budget of about 3k! so far got this:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xSH5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xSH5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xSH5/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($140.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($984.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Grey) ATX Full Tower Case ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 800W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Other: NZXT 140mm Performance Case Fan FN 140RB (Black/White) ($8.99)
Other: ?CROSSOVER? 27Q LED Perfect Pixel 2560x1440 QHD DVI-D Dual LG S-IPS 27" Monitor ($489.98)
Total: $3027.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 06:33 EST-0500)

Any recomendations I heard the 3570k is basically a 3770k without HT and is actually better for gaming. Also would this setup be enough to run a smooth 60 frames on any game at a resolution of 2560x1440? I was also thinking of waiting for the gtx 780 to release sometime march maybe april, any ideas on whether it would be worth the wait? This is going to be my computer for a long time! So I wanna make sure it's fairly future proof for atleast a good 2-4 years at most if possible. Any questions feel free to ask, just trying to gather some more information before finalizing my purchase.
post #2 of 20
Hmmm, what will be the main use of the system? I'll assume Gaming due to the EVGA GeForce GTX 690 choice.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter) -- good choice
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($140.98 @ Newegg) -- can't wait to see your benchmarks with this cooler!
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg) -- much prefer ASUS
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg) -- good choice
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg) -- good choice
Storage: Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz) -- for storage I'd go with a WD Black, much cheaper
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($984.99 @ SuperBiiz) -- with the recent price drop for the 680s a pair or them will outperform the 690
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Grey) ATX Full Tower Case ($239.99 @ Microcenter) -- be sure the Kraken will bolt-in
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 800W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg) -- please consider Corsair or Antec PSU at least 1000w
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg) -- good choice
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Games = Crucial 256GB M4 SSD OS = Samsung 256GB 830 SSD Backup Western Digital HDDs  Samsung 223 
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post #3 of 20
3570k and mpower boards are 180+ 40 dollars instant off on the board if you go inside microcenter. All games currently on the market are 4 threaded applications so the 3570k is still the best option for gaming- a 690 is overkill and over priced- i would use a bigger psu like 1000w and go with a 7970 or 2 in xfire. Your 3570k will run faster with 2 2gb sticks of ram at
2000mhz 8-8-8-24 than those 4 @ 1600mhz at 9-10-9-27. I believe you will need two 7970s for 60+ fps maxed out 2560x1440 but dont quote me on it. Check out hwbot.org and do a submission search for the benchmark heaven extreme- with 3570k on air cooling- and compare the 7970vs 680 on air. That should tell you what you want to know

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Amd PHENOM II 1090T ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA EVGA GTX 295 PNY GTX 295 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
PATRIOT SECTOR 5  WD CAVIAR BLUE 640GB HYPER 612+ WINDOWS 7 64BIT ULTIMATE 
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SAMSUNG 24" 1920X1080 OCZ 1000W MOTHERBOARD BOX 
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PATRIOT SECTOR 5  WD CAVIAR BLUE 640GB HYPER 612+ WINDOWS 7 64BIT ULTIMATE 
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Msi's Mpower board is a beast for ln2 overclocking- but as for everyday use i would consider a Gigabte ud5h
   
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RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
PATRIOT SECTOR 5  WD CAVIAR BLUE 640GB HYPER 612+ WINDOWS 7 64BIT ULTIMATE 
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PATRIOT SECTOR 5  WD CAVIAR BLUE 640GB HYPER 612+ WINDOWS 7 64BIT ULTIMATE 
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post #5 of 20
Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

If i was you i would think about the samsung 840 pro it is alot better ssd
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Originally Posted by OS-Wiz View Post

Hmmm, what will be the main use of the system? I'll assume Gaming due to the EVGA GeForce GTX 690 choice.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter) -- good choice
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($140.98 @ Newegg) -- can't wait to see your benchmarks with this cooler!
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg) -- much prefer ASUS
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg) -- good choice
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg) -- good choice
Storage: Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz) -- for storage I'd go with a WD Black, much cheaper
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 690 4GB Video Card ($984.99 @ SuperBiiz) -- with the recent price drop for the 680s a pair or them will outperform the 690
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Grey) ATX Full Tower Case ($239.99 @ Microcenter) -- be sure the Kraken will bolt-in
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 800W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg) -- please consider Corsair or Antec PSU at least 1000w
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg) -- good choice

Why on earth would he need a 1000watt power supply for a 3770k and a gtx 690? Hell a quality 650watt would be plenty for a 690 or 2 680s, 800watts would be dang near overkill
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Intel i7 6700k@4.7ghz Gigabyte z170xp-sli Nvidia GTX 1080Ti 16gb Team Xtreem DDR4 @16/18/18/37 3333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
256gb M4 SSD boot 4TB Seagate - Raid 0 4TB Seagate - Raid 0 2TB Western Digital Green for storage 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
5TB Seagate 3 tb Seagate  2TB Seagate 4TB of various external storage 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H100 in push/pull Windows 10 pro ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q 27" OC Catleap Q270SE IPS 2560x1440@120hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Xarmor mechanical cherry mx-brown Hale90 1000w 80+gold EVGA DG-87 Logitech G502 
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Intel i5-2400 Intel DP67BG Nvidia GTX 950 8gb Gskill Ripjaws 1600mhz ddr3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256gb samsung SSD Asus Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Corsair H50 push/pull Windows 7 Professional 
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Vizio m60-c3 - 3840x2160 OCZ ZT 750w Silverstone Grandia gd-05 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
256gb M4 SSD boot 4TB Seagate - Raid 0 4TB Seagate - Raid 0 2TB Western Digital Green for storage 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
5TB Seagate 3 tb Seagate  2TB Seagate 4TB of various external storage 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H100 in push/pull Windows 10 pro ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q 27" OC Catleap Q270SE IPS 2560x1440@120hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Xarmor mechanical cherry mx-brown Hale90 1000w 80+gold EVGA DG-87 Logitech G502 
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Intel i5-2400 Intel DP67BG Nvidia GTX 950 8gb Gskill Ripjaws 1600mhz ddr3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256gb samsung SSD Asus Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Corsair H50 push/pull Windows 7 Professional 
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post #7 of 20
Well i would get a 7970/680 instead of a 690, change the memory with some Samsung green 30nm why you need a wd raptor for storage drive they are too noisy go for a wd black if you need the speed if not a blue is enough, like others said a good 650w PSU is more then enough i would suggest this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss660xp
post #8 of 20
If you want 16GB for some reason, you can get a 2x8GB kit for $80 or so - I'm not sure why you'd be looking at a 4x4 instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231489

I'd also save $30 and the Rosewill Capstone 750M instead of the Lightning (unless you really enjoy the lights):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264)

And I third the pointlessness of gettnig a Velociraptor - get the WD Blue or the new 1TB platter Seagate instead:
thttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
post #9 of 20
Looks great overall. I'd go with a Samsung 840 instead, should cost about the same, as well as one of those Monoprice IPS monitors instead of the Crossover. I have a Crossover and it is awesome but now that Monoprice has their own brand IPS for about the same price and much more reliable warranty, I wish they had brought it out sooner.
Gaming Rig
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Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 750GB HD753LJ Samsung F3 ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive 
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Noctua DH14 Windows 8 Professional x64 Crossover 27Q 27" IPS LED, 2560x1440 Logitech G11 
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Corsair TX750 Cooler Master HAF932 Logitech G500 Custom 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 750GB HD753LJ Samsung F3 ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua DH14 Windows 8 Professional x64 Crossover 27Q 27" IPS LED, 2560x1440 Logitech G11 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX750 Cooler Master HAF932 Logitech G500 Custom 
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post #10 of 20
830 is better then the 840 only the 840pro is worth it but is a little pricey
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