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Post Date: 2012-02-24

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    Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 6:40pm
Budget:
$2,300 Give or take a small amount.

Expectations:
Would love for it to hold me 3-6 years and stability when playing most, if not all games.

Usage:
STRICTLY gaming. Modern RPG's & FPS's.

Special Needs:
Would like it to hold 50-125 games. Some bigger / smaller than others.

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Ironclad
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 2700K 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (Intel P67 Chipset) (New & Improved B3 Revision Without SATA 3G Issue)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 2000MHz GTX-8 Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended)
Power Supply: 850W Corsair TX850 V2 (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (750GB Seagate Barracuda (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (Model: HD-ST3750528AS)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: Corsair) (Model: Force GT Series CSSD-F120GBGT-BK) (SATA 6Gbps)
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(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology) (EVGA 012-P3-1571-BR)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Corsair A50 120mm Fan High Performance Cooler
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Green) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - 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: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

Thank you for your time. =)
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 7:00pm
Hi HeavyToolbox.    Welcome to the forums.    I can't configure tonight, not at my Pc.   I can tomorrow.   In the meantime, take a look at the ODE level 3. For your budget it is a great deal.    If you want a custom configure your mobo, case, Cpu and cooler are not the best for the buck.        What size monitor and resolution will you be gaming at.    That makes all the difference.   Others may chime in to help, otherwise I be back tomorrow.      Need to sign off soon.

Edited by bprat22 - 24 Feb 2012 at 7:02pm
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  Quote HeavyToolbox Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 7:04pm
Originally posted by bprat22

Hi HeavyToolbox.    Welcome to the forums.    I can't configure tonight, not at my Pc.   I can tomorrow.   In the meantime, take a look at the ODE level 3. For your budget it is a great deal.    If you want a custom configure your mobo, case, Cpu and cooler are not the best for the buck.        What size monitor and resolution will you be gaming at.    That makes all the difference.   Others may chime in to help, otherwise I be back tomorrow.      Need to sign off soon.


Thank you for the reply! I'll be gaming on a 1920x1080 27" LED Monitor.
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My total is $2,276 with this rig by the way.
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For that monitor and resolution a sli, two gpu, setup is needed to Max out games like BF3,etc.   For gaming on medium and high, a single gpu would do.   Depends on the level of gaming you like.   Your budget could do sli with changes or ODE 3 as is.    Things to think about.         See ya later.
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  Quote HeavyToolbox Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 7:16pm
Originally posted by bprat22

For that monitor and resolution a sli, two gpu, setup is needed to Max out games like BF3,etc.   For gaming on medium and high, a single gpu would do.   Depends on the level of gaming you like.   Your budget could do sli with changes or ODE 3 as is.    Things to think about.         See ya later.


Cool, thank you again. Say I do go for the ODE 3, would that be recommended over the one I have listed above?
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2012 at 4:06am
This is a custom config to compare to ODE 3
 
Config # 659427     Cost $ 2653
 
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 2600K 3.40GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 (Intel Z68 Chipset) (Features Intel Quick Sync Technology)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (120GB 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: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Tech) (EVGA 012-P3-1571-BR)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 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 or Deluxe Series 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 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

 
 
This builds is $300 more than ODE 3 for basically the same gaming performance.
 
What you get with the custom config is a better case for cooling, the HafX......
 
....a psu, the 1050HX, with a 7 year warranty and more power for future upgrade.
 
 and a better cpu cooler, D14,, very reliable and tops.
 
You'd have to decide if the added cost is worth it.  The ODE 3"s psu and case and cooler are very good and will definitely do the job, no worries there. 
 
Compared to your build, The ODE 3 gives you sli gtx 570 for the same cost. 
 Your i7-2700k is no better than the i7-2600k. 
Your psu is better rated, but the 800W is good and comes with a 5 year warranty.  The ODE case I would prefer over your pick.  The ironclad would be noisy with the 120mm fans front, top and back.  Larger fans like the HafX and ODE's  200mm fans spin slower for the same air flow  thus less noise.
And the Extreme mobo is lots of $$$ for features you might never use.  You'd have to compare features on Asus website and see for your own needs.  For most the Extreme mobo is just the best but not the most practical.
 
Check it out and see what you think.   Big%20SmileBig%20Smile


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Originally posted by bprat22



This is a custom config to compare to ODE 3
 
Config # 659427     Cost $ 2653
 
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF XExterior Finish: - Standard Factory FinishTrim Accents: - Standard Factory FinishProcessor: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 (Intel Z68 Chipset) (Features Intel Quick Sync Technology)System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) Expansion Bay: - No ThanksHard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series)Set 1 Raid Options: - No ThanksHard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No ThanksOptical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)Optical Drive 2: - No ThanksInternet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)Video Card: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Tech) (EVGA 012-P3-1571-BR)Add-on Card: - No ThanksSound Card: Integrated Motherboard AudioExtreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 Extreme PerformanceH20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System SelectedChassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis FansInternal Lighting: - No ThanksEnhancements: - No ThanksChassis Mods: - No ThanksNoise Reduction: - No ThanksLaserMark: - No ThanksBoost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro or Deluxe Series Motherboard)Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memoryBoost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating systemWindows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)Virus Protection: - No ThanksOffice: - No ThanksGame: - No ThanksDisplay: - No ThanksSurge Shield: - No ThanksSpeakers: - No ThanksKeyboard: - No ThanksMouse: - No ThanksExternal Storage: - No ThanksExclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large)Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully ProcessedWarranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty 
 
This builds is $300 more than ODE 3 for basically the same gaming performance.
 
What you get with the custom config is a better case for cooling, the HafX......
 
....a psu, the 1050HX, with a 7 year warranty and more power for future upgrade.
 
 and a better cpu cooler, D14,, very reliable and tops.
 
You'd have to decide if the added cost is worth it.  The ODE 3"s psu and case and cooler are very good and will definitely do the job, no worries there. 
 
Compared to your build, The ODE 3 gives you sli gtx 570 for the same cost. 
 Your i7-2700k is no better than the i7-2600k. 
Your psu is better rated, but the 800W is good and comes with a 5 year warranty.  The ODE case I would prefer over your pick.  The ironclad would be noisy with the 120mm fans front, top and back.  Larger fans like the HafX and ODE's  200mm fans spin slower for the same air flow  thus less noise.
And the Extreme mobo is lots of $$$ for features you might never use.  You'd have to compare features on Asus website and see for your own needs.  For most the Extreme mobo is just the best but not the most practical.
 
Check it out and see what you think.   Big%20SmileBig%20Smile





Wow very cool. I would like to keep my budget within the $1,700 - $1,800 range now that some personal issues came about. Can ya help me configure the best parts for that cost while still getting the performance I'm looking for?
Sorry for the bother but I have a limited amount of time I can buy a rig.

And by the way, I've had this PC in mind for a while now. Can ya give me a review on it please?

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Hi HeavyToolbox....I understand budget problems. And no bother at all.   For your budget the best way to go is the Dreadnought Level 3 but change cooling from A50 to H100 and overclock to stage 1 or 2.    This build is real nice and still allows you to add a second gpu if you ever feel the need.       The ODE1 is also nice for your $$$, but no real upgrade potential but the same gaming performance.     I don't normally comment on other builders.   Never really checked them out. DS reputation and service has kept me here.    Just me.      Good luck with your decision and feel free to ask for help.    

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