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Post Date: 2012-07-28

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  Quote soonerscot Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: New Gaming Machine Advice
    Posted: 28 Jul 2012 at 10:28am
Hello
First time trying to configure a gaming machine so any input would be welcomed. The budget is $2500 and that does not include the monitor or peripherals. The machine will primarily be used for online gaming and I want to run on ultra settings with as high a frame rate as possible. This is the build I have come up with
 
Specifications:
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 SABERTOOTH Z77 (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Features Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested) <b></b>
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)  <b></b>
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: Corsair) (Model: Force GT Series CSSD-F120GBGT-BK) (SATA 6Gbps) <b></b>
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition) <b></b>
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 AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB <b></b>
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) <b></b>
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 Professional (64-Bit Edition) <b></b>
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 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty
 
Thanks in advance for any advice.

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jul 2012 at 1:20pm
Hi soonerscot....Welcome to the forums.
 
That is a great build.  Pretty much right on. I always, however, recommend the Dreadnought's HafX case as the best air cooled case but the 550D will work  and is a quality case and quiet as-is..  Just doesn't have the same cooling as the HafX's 230mm front  fan and 2x 200mm top and side fans.  For me the more air flow the better and the HafX is also quiet, just not as quiet I would guess.   
 
If you want to save a few $$ you could go with 8GB ram, all that gaming can use and the gtx 670 graphic card for $85 less.  Here's alink that compares the cards.
 
 
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Good luck.
 
 


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  Quote soonerscot Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Aug 2012 at 4:03pm
Thanks for the feedback. After lurking in the forums to see what I could learn ( very informative group of people) I have come up with a "final build" and will place an order this week. Just wanted to post and get one last chance for people to offer any advice.
Thanks

Specifications:
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) <b></b>
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Features Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar)
System Memory: 16GB 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 (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: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 Extreme Performance <b></b>
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 <b></b>
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 Professional (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 (Extra 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
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Aug 2012 at 5:40pm
That build is right on.   Go for it.     The 2600k is a bit different, but for $99 less over the 3770k, does give you hyperthreading and the same cache.     And since you'll probably never use the Ivy Bridge Pcie 3 benefit, why not.   Congrats.
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  Quote shot Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 1:07pm
I'm no expert but that should be a great running machine.
Intel i7 3820 3.8GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79
16GB 1600MHz Corsair Dominator
1200W Corsair Pro gold
180GB IntelSSD
1TB WD CB
1x GTX690
Auzen X-FI Forte 7.1
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  Quote Orange7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 2:04pm
And, as an added bonus, it is a Digital Storm, which means that shot won't blow it to shreds on sight.
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 8:26am
Hi soonerscot,

With your CPU selection and the D14 cooler I would go for Stage 2 OC. It is well within the performance limits of this configuration.

All your DS friends will make fun of that wimpy OC.

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 8:30am
Could have sworn I saw stage 2 OC.  Oops  Getting old I guess.    Big%20Smile
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 8:47am
bprat22, a lot of that old age stuff going around.

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 8:50am
LOL  Better than the alternative I guess.  Big%20Smile
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 8:58am
There seems to be a lot of us "old guys/gals" around here.  Hum gets me to wonder what the age statistics of DS customers would look like. Big%20Smile
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 9:02am
I think in his spare time Big%20Smile, Alex should plot that out and get back to us. 
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 11:49am
Good idea
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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 12:27pm
I would be interested in that
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