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post #31 of 51
Alright I know this thread is 3 pages already but I think my recommendations would help you so here they are:

First is the monitor. I am assuming you want IPS because you want nice colors but you should know that IPS is not so good for gaming because of the slow responce time.

I recommend this in its place:

SAMSUNG XL2370-1 Charcoal Gray 23" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 DC 5,000,000:1(1000:1)

You are obviously willing to pay for a nice monitor and I am sure that you will be happy with this. It has DVI, HDMI, Optical in, Headphone Jack out. From personal experience I can say this is the best monitor I have ever used, I get compliments when I take it to lan's.

In regards to the the sound card:

Quite frankly that sound card is crap. You would be better off with on-board. If you want a good sound card take a look at this:

HT Omega Striker 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT DTS Dolby Digital Live S/PDIF IN/OUT Coaxial

My final recommendation is with regards to your storage drive. Your motherboard supports 3tb hard drives, so why not get a 3tb hard drive?

Western Digital Caviar Green WD30EZRSDTL 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I agree with other's Black Widow suggestion for your keyboard, I own it and it is a great keyboard. The Black Widow Ultimate version is a waste of money IMO though.

I know you have a rather large budget, but you are including a lot of extras such as sound card, mouse, keyboards and such which is eating up a lot of it. Even getting a single 580 (droping the second one, or going with two 570's if you want SLI that badly) would give you the ability to max any game on the market right now and also give you an extra 500$ or so to improve your other parts. You really will not notice much of a benefit with an extra 580 for a long time, heck its the best single graphics card you can get right now.
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post #32 of 51
This is very similar to my build FYI, I just saw no point in going with GTX 580's and paying almost $200 more for a 10% increase. Of corse I went with a better mobo.
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post #33 of 51
nice monitor james.
post #34 of 51
Any further thought on a pair of 6970's? I got it for 90% of the 580 performance for $100 less and more VRAM to play with than any other card.
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post #35 of 51
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Also I'd change your HDD, no F'ing clue why people constantly keep recommending SATA2 HDD's to people. WD Black 1TB SATA3, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533
What's the point, there is no difference between SATA 2 and 3 on a spinning HDD. Save money and get the F3, or even an F4, which is almost as fast despite only being 5400 rpm. Unless... do SATA 2 drives not work in SATA 3 ports?
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post #36 of 51
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I really need to think about it more I guess. Im going to get a different monitor. I dont think I want the dual 580s yet, however. Maybe in the future when the price goes down a little bit.
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post #37 of 51
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Any further thought on a pair of 6970's? I got it for 90% of the 580 performance for $100 less and more VRAM to play with than any other card.
A single GTX 570 is only 10% less than the 580, and will rival if not flat out outperform your ATI pair.
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post #38 of 51
If I had $3000 to spend on a computer, oh my... It'd triple this computers performance.
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post #39 of 51
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First is the monitor. I am assuming you want IPS because you want nice colors but you should know that IPS is not so good for gaming because of the slow responce time.
There is no way he will notice the difference between 2-5ms GTG and 8ms. IPS monitors are quite a bit nicer than TN, but I agree with you in that the monitor he picked out is much too expensive. I would say to go with either an 24'' Asus TN or a 23'' Dell IPS if he wants something a bit nicer.

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Originally Posted by james_ant View Post
In regards to the the sound card:

Quite frankly that sound card is crap. You would be better off with on-board.
Asus Xonar's are some of the best sound cards. And a dedicated sound card beats on-board any day. The card he picked out is great.

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Originally Posted by james_ant View Post
My final recommendation is with regards to your storage drive. Your motherboard supports 3tb hard drives, so why not get a 3tb hard drive?

Western Digital Caviar Green WD30EZRSDTL 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
He probably has no need for 3TB of storage, and that's why he only got a 1TB drive. If he needed more than that, I would recommend going for a 3x F3 1TB RAID0, it would blow past a Caviar Green.

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I would go with VW_TDI_02's build, only I would switch out that Acer monitor for one of the monitors I listed above.
Edited by thisischuck01 - 1/19/11 at 7:13pm
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post #40 of 51
Quote:
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A single GTX 570 is only 10% less than the 580, and will rival if not flat out outperform your ATI pair.
The 6970 is a new architecture and will be seeing additional performance gains. Even as it is, the 6970 is still a hair faster on average and will not choke on additional samples of AA while playing games like Metro 2033.

...Unlike your nVIDIA pair.

(1234, I declare holy war)
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