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Post Date: 2012-05-22

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    Posted: 22 May 2012 at 10:49am
Budget:
i am comfortable spending 2500 to 3500

Expectations:
not really into upgrading computers, so i do look for higher end hardware to hold me for years.

Usage:
mostly online gaming, wow, guild wars 2, diablo 3, and on occasions with the right amount a coffee a wicked game of solitare

Special Needs:
i am a little concerned about noise level, not so sure how to judge how loud the machine is with just the little red bar under the picture during selection, also i am no expert by any means on power supply and mother board options, that would be great if someone could pass along some knowledge, also, ....sorry lol....do these motherboards come with the wifi already built in ? or is that a seperate purchase. and any suggestions on the monitor would be great, i never had an asus or a samsung and was wondering what people prefer.. i have been stalking digital storm for three months looking at configs and today the coffee, weather, off of work, stars lined up seems to point too JUST DO IT ALREADY!

Saved Ticket #: 691252

» Computer Specification Summary
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 3930K 3.2GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Six-Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 850W Corsair TX850 V2 (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: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs)
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 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 240mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (Extreme-Performance Edition)
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
CPU Boost: Standard Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Automatic Overclocking
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: Asus 24 inch VE248H (Widescreen) (Black) (2ms Response Time) (LED Backlight)
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: Logitech Media Combo MK200 Keyboard and Mouse
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Medium)
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

Specifications:
thanks in advance for any suggestions , i am a little nooby when it comes to certain computer tech stuff but i see that there is a huge family here thats very helpful and knowledgable and would love to be part of it. happy hunting!
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 11:08am
Hi dms13......   Welcome to the forums.
 
That build is really more than you need for gaming.  The X79 mobo and 3930k chip are for those that need the quad channel ram and 6 core processor for video editing, rendering, 3D modeling, etc.  For gaming it's not needed.
 
Take a look at this config.
 
Config # 691267       Cost $ 2611
 
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 P8Z77-V DELUXE (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Higher Overclocks and Unique Wi-Fi Features)
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: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB (Includes PhysX)
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/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

 
I changed gtx680 to gtx670 to save you $259.  The 680 is only about 5-10% better in gaming and for a 24" monitor and your gaming you'll never see the difference.
 
Changed Vortex cooler to the Noctua D14.  It's a air cooler that is tops in reliability and for that cpu will cool it great and it's quiet.  The 240mm cooler you put in is also very good, but air coolers have very little to go wrong.
 
 Along with the D14, I put in stage 2 overclocking.  It's a boost in gaming and the D14 will handle it no problem.
 
This motherboard does have WiFi built in.
 
For a monitor alot of us game on the Dell UltraSharp U2312HM.  An IPS monitor that games great.  There are other very good IPS monitors out there also.
 
See what you think and good luck.Big%20SmileBig%20Smile
 
 


Edited by bprat22 - 22 May 2012 at 11:13am
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  Quote dms13 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 12:14pm
thanks bprat22! i didnt realize the processor was for things like that, that was a big help. i was also doing research on the dell monitors, seems people do enjoy gaming on that particular monitor. i was still going to keep the video card at the 680, i dont know if its the latest and greatest with me , or just something i feel might last me a little longer down the road not sure.. i did change the motherboard to the one you suggested, thank you. now with all of this, the power supply will be more then enough correct?

and to people who own the cooler master haf series, how is the noise level? i have a computer now and it is very silent and i love it, my computer before this one sounded like a truck and was very annoying. thank you in advance
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The power supply is very good.    These gaming pcs are not silent. The case fans do make some fan noise and the gpu fans also add to it.    If you compare this to a box store pc with a single fan in the back then this is noisier.     The HafX's larger fans move slower and do make less noise then other cases with multiple small fans.   

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  Quote BF3Addict Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 1:08pm
Originally posted by bprat22

The power supply is very good.    These gaming pcs are not silent. The case fans do make some fan noise and the gpu fans also add to it.    If you compare this to a box store pc with a single fan in the back then this is noisier.     The HafX's larger fans move slower and do make less noise then other cases with multiple small fans.   


Just to add to what bprat22 said, my HAF X is very quiet.  At least the case fans themselves.  I do get quite a bit of noise from the GPU fans when I'm playing BF3.  If you're not pushing the GPU's hard then the noise level will be low but not silent.

I'm using three gtx 570's.  The newer cards are reportedly a bit quieter, especially the 680's.
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  Quote dms13 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 1:10pm
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thanks BF3Addict and bprat22 !
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wait - should there be a recomendation for a bigger power supply that can handle a second 670 for future upgrade?
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  Quote dms13 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 3:40pm
ok i was concerned with airflow and noise but alot of these machines have great cooling and fans, and i am not one to go crazy on overclocking, taking these suggestions into consideration i came up wit this. wondering if this is a good build? the only thing i dont know about is the power supply. if its too much or too little. i will not be putting in a 2nd graphic card . thanks
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Corsair Obsidian 550D
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 P8Z77-V DELUXE (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Higher Overclocks and Unique Wi-Fi Features)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 850W Corsair TX850 V2 (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: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs)
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: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 120mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (High-Performance Edition)
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 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
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: Samsung 27 inch 350 Series LED (Widescreen) (Black) (2ms Response Time)
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: Logitech Media Combo MK200 Keyboard and Mouse
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Medium)
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
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That power supply will handle this rig with no problem.     My suggestion would be, if you go with this case I would change the cpu cooler to the Vortex 240mm rad.    That case has no top fans where the heat builds and the 240mm rad would mount to the top to give it better air flow.    I beleve the 120 mm rad mounts to the back but you can ask DS.     It's a great build and best of luck.   

Edited by bprat22 - 22 May 2012 at 4:11pm
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