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    Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 6:45pm
Budget:
$3500 (give or take 200$)

Expectations:
PLAY SWTOR, DIABLO 3, and BF3 on ultra settings.

Should i get the ODE lvl 4 or this custom build?

Ticket Number: 658227
Total Price with Instant Savings: $3,541.00

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Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X <b></b>
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: 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)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (750GB Seagate Barracuda (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (Model: HD-ST3750528AS) <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: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB (PhysX) (Overclocked EVGA 015-P3-1582-BR) <b></b>
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Cooler (240mm Radiator) (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: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue) <b></b>
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) <b></b>
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: Memory Fan Kit Only (Does not include memory overclocking service) <b></b>
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit Edition) <b></b>
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
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Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
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Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large) <b></b>
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:05pm
Ok, we need to know a few things as there some things in your build that need to be change. Most important being what resolution will you be playing at? 1680x1050? 1900x1200? It makes a big difference. Unless you are playing at a large enough resolution the x79 platform is not needed or recommended.

Also I noticed you chose the Blue internal lighting. Choosing that will not change the fact that the HAF X has a red LED front fan. The light for that fan can be turned off if you don't want both colors. If you really want a blue case there is the HAF X Blue Edition that DS can special order for you or you can order it and have it shipped to DS. You'll have to call for special pricing. The HAF X Blue Edition will have blue front, side and rear fans.

Almost forgot, why did you choose Win7 Ultimate. It's an added expense that you can avoid unless there is a specific reason you need it.


Edited by jmaster299 - 21 Feb 2012 at 7:11pm

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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:11pm
to be honest im going to wait for the new 30" OLED tvs/monitors to come out either the end of this year or the beg of next year so i guess my best answer is im going to buy the best screen to fit my computer. i plan on getting three of them within the next 2 years
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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:13pm
i can spend about 700$ per monitor if that helps but i saw an OLED tv and it was AMAZING but i dont know what there res. will be for that price when they come out
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:14pm
A couple things, avoid using a TV as a monitor. They are in no way the same thing and a proper monitor will provide better quality.

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Ok for your budget you are going to have to go with the ODE 4. To do a proper custom build you're looking at over $4,000. The only issue is that even x2 7970's will not handle multiple 30" monitors. You're going to need to add a third 7970 later when you get additional monitors.

But in order to add a third 7970 you will also have to upgrade your power supply to a 1200w or better unit.


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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:16pm
do u need to uprgade ur OS to take advantage of the X79? or do i not know what the hell im talkin about lol cause that could totally be the case as i dont know alot hahah
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:19pm
Read my edited post, I had to rethink things due to your budget. Win7 Home Premium does not suffer from RAM issues like XP used to. You can use a full 16GB of system RAM plus your VRAM on Win7 Home Premium. The 16GB limit does not include VRAM like the old XP limits did.

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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:24pm
O ok cool. Unnecessary expense avoided thanks. Ya i totally need help im lost
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:27pm
The thing is the 7970 is not bad, it's just not all that powerful for it's price. A x3 GTX 570 2.5GB set up will beat a x2 7970 set up in both performance and cost (based on retail price of the cards) but due to the deep discounts on the ODE line the ODE 4 will actually fit in your budget.

I personally would recommend a custom build but again it's going to be around $4k.


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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:32pm
Ok, take a look at Build 658243

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 P9X79 PRO (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s) <b></b>
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1200W Corsair Pro Gold Series (CMPSU-1200AX) (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)  <b></b>
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series) <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: 3x SLI Triple (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB (Includes PhysX) (EVGA 025-P3-1579-BR) <b></b>
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Cooler (240mm Radiator) (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 or Deluxe Series Motherboard) <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 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

It has a better case with better air cooling for the GPUs. A better SSD, and better HDD and a better GPU set up with x3 SLI. It's not too far over your budget and it is what I would recommend over the ODE 4.

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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:36pm
well if i have to save up for a couple more weeks thats ok if its going to be worth it. i look it as im already having to spend 3500$. ill bite the bullet for the extra 500 if ill be happier for the next 5 or so years!! i want to make my friends come over and HATE ME tho, so for 4000$ make this thing a beast lol thanks alot jmaster299 ur alot of help!!!
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:39pm
You're more then welcome. That custom build I linked will crush anything you throw at it and will out perform the ODE 4. IMO it looks better too. The HAF X is an imposing case. Just make sure to go and select your lighting options, I did not check anything for that so you could choose it yourself.


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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:39pm
Ok cool... 1 question. Is paying the extra 250$ for stage 4 LC worth it? for $3800 i dont mind paying more for it to look a lot more bad ass even if it adds a slight performance boost.
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Yes Stage 4 LC is very much worth it. It has better temps then the H100 and looks much better.

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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:43pm
thats that same build with stage 4 and id have them add a small uv light to light up the tubes? no?
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:46pm
You selected red lighting. Did you want red or UV?

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i know im breaking the bank lol but i got WAY more on my tax return than i thought so this pc will only cost me like
1500$ if i got that last config with the stage 4 LC? should i go for that or save up and send the computer back in to have stage 6 with all GPU LC too? thats like a year or two down the line?
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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:48pm
well id have them put a big red one in the case but then id have them put a small UV to light up the tubes. it would be awsome if i could get that blue HAF X case and have uv light green tubes with a bright blues case light but dam... i like red and blue theme too what do u think?
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  Quote jmaster299 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:51pm
If you are going to wait that long everything going to change because the new Nvidia GPUs will be out by then and that will affect the pricing. So it's up to you if you want to wait and risk it no longer being in your price range because the new Nvidia GPUs will be more expensive.

I think the build you linked with the Stage 4 will be sufficient for your uses. Going with LC on the GPUs can be tricky if you don't know how to deal with the LC in the off chance you need to remove one of the GPUs or something.

Going with LC on the CPU fine since you are not going to remove the CPU on your own. But say 2 years from now when it's time to upgrade your GPUs you would have to mess with the LC which is not fun.

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  Quote SCDOOM Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 7:55pm
OK cool. thanks mad im glad you decided to spend time helping me out its 30 min for you but its the next 5 years of my GAMING life lol thanks so if i got the blue haf x case and blue light in the case with green tubing. adding a small UV light to light up the tubes. do you think that would look awesome? a blue green theme
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There is one option that would look even better. The is a special Nvidia HAF X Edition that is green and black with a green fan light. If you add the UV light to that you would have green + purple which makes me think of the Joker.

The side panel is also tinted green instead of clear and has the Nvidia logo on it. If I was going to special order a case that's what I'd get.


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