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Motherboard: ASUS Deluxe Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V DELUXE
$278.96 @ (

Processor: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-3570K 3.4GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, OEM
$257.85 @ (

Liquid Cooling: Corsair H80
$109.99 @ (

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2048MB GDDR5, DVI, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, 4-way SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2680-KR
$599.99 @ (

Memory(ram): g. skill ripjaws x series (2x4gb)

Power supply(PSU): CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
$174.95 @ (

Hard disk Drive*+(HDD): Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001
$169.00 @ (

dvd rom: Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-12B1ST)
$88.99 @ (

SDD: Samsung 830 - Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 128 GB 2.5 Inch SATA III MLC Internal SSD Laptop Kit with Norton Ghost 15
$140.00 @ (

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower
$189.99 @ (

Operating system:(X) Window 7 64 bit

Monitor: ASUS VE276Q Black 27" Full HD HDMI
$269.99 @ (

Keyboard and mouse: Logitech G9x and Logitech G19
$69.99/$169.00 @ ( (

Headset:(X) Sennheiser pc360
LGA 2011 socket processor in a LGA 1155 socket motherboard isn't going to work. EDIT: And when I mean isn't going to work, I mean that quite literally. You either need an X79 chipset LGA 2011 socket mainboard or you need to switch that processor to an LGA 1155 chip.

The GTX 680 is a powerful card, but what are you going to use all that power with? It's been proven time and time again that for most games the best experience can be had by buying in the $150-$250 range every two-three years.

Buying 8GB DIMMs for a gaming machine is a waste. You're better off with a 2x4GB kit for a third of the price.

An 850w power supply is likely overkill for most people's needs, and truth be told the standards for power draw will likely change before you hit the danger zone on an 850w unit. The actual brand is good though, at least you did your research there.

27" 1080p 60Hz TN display? I mean it's not bad for $270, but I'd prefer either higher image quality with an IPS display or 120Hz with this kind of setup. 1080p just doesn't look that impressive on a 27" unit from the normal viewing distance at a desk.

I owned a Logitech G9 for some time. The mouse is entirely too heavy for its size, the Avago ADNS-9500 sensor has a very low max tracking speed and introduces acceleration at even moderate speeds. Not a big deal in Diablo 3, but for $70 you can get a much better mouse. The G19 is a complete POS for $169. You can get a Deck Legend for that price which makes the G19 look like the overpriced toy that it is.
As said by RayvinAzn, the Intel 3930K LGA2011 socket is simply not compatible with that motherboard; you'll need an X79 motherboard, such as the Intel DX79SR, for example. Keep in mind that with the X79 motherboards you will need quad-channel RAM.

The GTX680 is definitely a good choice for a gaming system, so I have no complaints about that. As far as the PSU goes, 850 watts should give a decent amount of overhead space so you don't run into any system instability issues, such as if you plan on overclocking, although I would advise against doing so.

I've heard good things about Samsung's SSDs, I'm currently using an Intel 320 series and it's blazing fast, so I can only speculate how the Samsung drives will perform.

Regarding the case, I'm using the HAF X as well and it definitely lives up to its "High Airflow" name. I mounted an extra 200mm chassis fan on top for some more ventilation, but adding any more fans is entirely up to you since its factory setup is already enough for keeping most systems cool. For CPU cooling, I have a Cooler Master 612 PVM with two fans in a push-pull configuration, and it surprisingly keeps the CPU at pretty low temperatures - at least, in my opinion they're low temperatures. At idle, the CPU is typically at 23 degrees Celsius. If you're into more extreme cooling methods, I would recommend going with Corsair's liquid cooling solutions, something like the H100. Unlike regular fans, Corsair's liquid cooling systems are more like radiators in that they actually pull heat away from your CPU and expels it outward, rather than just moving it around your case and hope it gets blown out by one of the chassis fans.

I hope this helps!
05/15/2012 01:27 AMPosted by Priceless
Memory(ram): G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)

Instead of 2 8 gig sticks try 4 4 gig sticks, runs smoother and timings are going to be better and I'd try or before going to so many other websites.

Here's my setup and I bought it all form newegg except for my speakers:

asus 18.5 vga LED monitor- 100 (cheaper now)
NZXT White phantom full tower case - 140
Intel i5-2400 3.1 GhZ 3.3 turbo boost - 185
Thermaltake 34 cpu cooler (35 bucks)
g.Skill Ripjaw 8 gigs (4x2 gig sticks) 1600 mghz -one set for 60 another for 35)
750 watt psu -got on sale for 50
Gigabyte mothebroard -140 (dont remember which)
Gigabyte amd radeon hd 6850 factory oc'd -185
Western Digital Blue 320 gig hdd - 70 ish
gigabyte keyboard + mouse - 35
Insignia 57 watt 2.1 speakers - 70
Razer rabuto mousepad -18 bucks

I bought everything with the exception to my speakers off You can usually find some pretty good deals especially if you combo items together, not to mention their customer support is fantastic. Just my 2 cents though.
1. Is this really a gaming computer?
Because in 99% of gaming cases, a difference between i5-3570k vs. i7-3930K is about 1~2 FPS.

2. GTX 670 comes close to GTX 680 performance for $100 less once overclocked. Keep that in mind.

3. No need for more than 2x 4GB DDR3-1600, 1.5v for Sandy Bridge setup.

4. 850W overkill unless if you will SLi.

5. Is HAF X really required? You can make do with HAF 912.

6. I recommend Intel 520, but that's just me for the SSD.

7. 27" and it's 1080p? Go big or go home imo; find one with 1440p, or just buy a 24".
Dont listen to him I have that monitor and its gorgeous. Sorry a similar monitor mine is a big more expensive. Most monitors are the same anyways but if you have enough money the higher resolution is always nice.
What are your thoughts on the x79? What would you recommend for my motherboard and processor?
How much would "Corsair's liquid cooling solutions" cost me? Which would you prefer?
X79 + SB-E is total waste of $ if all you will do is gaming with it.

It's much better to go with i5-3570K + Z77 combo.

Corsair H80 if I were to go with one. They cost about $90ish.

Check this topic out:
I will switch to +2 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL. I like the cheapest price around. That's why there's so many different site.
which z77 do you recommend?
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX, currently $130 from NewEgg, good OC capacity as well as true SLi/CrossFireX support if you ever want to do it

You do not need more than 8GB total of system RAM for a gaming PC
Personally, I would save a little of the money on the graphics card, and put it towards the processor. You can get an i7 for the money you would save by switching to the 580.
05/15/2012 10:51 PMPosted by CaptainLeif
Personally, I would save a little of the money on the graphics card, and put it towards the processor. You can get an i7 for the money you would save by switching to the 580.

What's the best processor for my motherboard?
i5-3570k (for that Z77 board I recommended)
Is there something wrong with having an i7 if you are saving money, since a two year old graphics card can max out the game?
Because gaming performance difference between i5 and i7 is extremely tiny.

Why waste $100+ on what is at best, 1~3 FPS in most games?
I guess if gaming is all you do with it, that's fine. Just thinking that it would be nice to have so you don't have to upgrade your processor as soon in the future.
I suppose as well that I got lucky that tiger direct had a special for an i7 and i5 for about the same price, so I'm probably not the best judge in this case.. In any matter, the i5 is a very good processor, so don't think that I'm downing it at all. It's what I'm using in my gaming laptop right now.
Ah. Well, it's a bit different in laptops.
While desktop i5 is all native quad-core, on laptops, i5s are dual-cores.

Because of this, my gaming laptop also uses an i7 because that's the only way to get a native quad-core on a laptop. :<

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