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Post Date: 2012-05-07

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    Posted: 07 May 2012 at 1:25pm
Am I coming in too low with the CPU? What could I change to save a little $?
Budget:
~3K
Expectations:
"Perfect" gaming experience for the newest games, BF3, Need For Speed, SWtOR, and whatever else looks good.
Usage:
This would be a dedicated gaming rig, nothing else.
Saved Ticket #: 685378
Specifications:
Chassis Model:Cooler Master Elite 430
Processor:Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz
Motherboard:ASUS P8Z77-V LX (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Does Not Support SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory:8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series
Power Supply:500W Digital Storm Certified
Hard Drive Set 1:1x (180GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series)
Internet Access:Killer 2100
Video Card(s):1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Sound Card:Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion
Extreme Cooling:Standard Factory Heat-sink and Fan
Edit: Made some significant changes.

Edited by amiro - 07 May 2012 at 1:41pm
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  Quote amiro Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 May 2012 at 1:30pm
Also, I have not picked out a monitor.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 May 2012 at 2:50pm
Hi amiro... Welcome to the forums.
 
Here's a build to check out and I'll explain.  It meets your budget but is more than your initial config.
 
Config # 685397    Cost $ 2985
 
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Features Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair HX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (180GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion (Includes Front I/O) (PCI-Express Slot Based)
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Phanteks PH-TC14PE Extreme Performance
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro/Deluxe/Sabertooth Motherboard)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty
 
The HafX case is the best for air cooled rigs, much better than the 430.
 
The i7-3770k cpu is the latest.
 
The 500 w psu wouldn't do it so changed it to the 750Hx.
 
The SSD is right on but I did add the HDD for storing data files, games not used as much. etc.
 
The gtx680 you picked is right on.  It will play BF3 at ultra settings in the 50 fps and above .  Smooth game play.
 
The Phanteks cpu cooler and stage 2 overclocking give a good boost in gaming with the cooler keeping things cool
 I dropped the Killer card.  All reports say it does little.
 
The added audio card you included i also included, although onboard audio does a very good job.  Nor sure what speaker system you have so your call as usual.
 
See what you think and good luckBig%20SmileBig%20Smile
 
 
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