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    Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 7:19pm
Budget:
1,500 - 2000(MAX)

Expectations:
I expect this computer to be fast, non-laggy, have about 8 gigs of ram and to be well fit for my budget!

Usage:
I will be using this computer to play a lot of video games such as minecraft, Magicka, L4D, Tf2 and all sorts whilst also recording them such as gameplays. I will also use it for editing my videos and uploading, of course also you'r casual stroll down the facebook and such.

Special Needs:
I would like the computer to be quiet, yet fast, big or small don't really care but I want it to work really well!
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Please edit around with my saved order to remove unecessary components that won't improve the performance (The monitor, keyboard, and mouse is something I need for the pc so please don't remove that) And please help me with the PC because I don't know much about pc's :C
Thanks :D

Saved Ticket #: 715558

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  Quote xii Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 7:45pm
Hello,

Welcome to the Forums!


What do you think about the ODE2? $1699

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Pre-built Digital Storm ODE V2 - Level 2
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 LX (Intel Z77 Chipset)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance Series (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
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: 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 7950 3GB
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: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
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: - 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



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Originally posted by xii


Hello,Welcome to the Forums!What do you think about the ODE2? $1699<font style="font-size:12px" size="1">Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Pre-built Digital Storm ODE V2 - Level 2Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory FinishTrim Accents: - Standard Factory FinishProcessor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX (Intel Z77 Chipset)System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance Series (High-Performance)Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)Expansion Bay: - No ThanksHard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)Set 1 Raid Options: - No ThanksHard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No ThanksHard 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: 1x AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GBAdd-on Card: - No ThanksSound Card: Integrated Motherboard AudioExtreme 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 SelectedChassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis FansInternal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)Enhancements: - No ThanksChassis Mods: - No ThanksNoise Reduction: - No ThanksLaserMark: - No ThanksBoost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHzBoost 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: - No ThanksPriority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully ProcessedWarranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty


It looks like a really good PC! I guess the one I tried to make was pretty bad then huh? Hmm, I also want a good monitor any suggestions? Also would it be a good idea if I overclocked the graphics card and processor and the OS I would like to get the maximum performance out of this. Also I don't have that great of an   internet connection, but it's fine will some tweaks to a special motherboard or internet chip be of help? Please reply A.S.A.P
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  Quote 911soljaboy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 11:11pm
Originally posted by xii


Hello,Welcome to the Forums!What do you think about the ODE2? $1699<font style="font-size:12px" size="1">Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Pre-built Digital Storm ODE V2 - Level 2Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory FinishTrim Accents: - Standard Factory FinishProcessor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX (Intel Z77 Chipset)System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance Series (High-Performance)Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)Expansion Bay: - No ThanksHard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)Set 1 Raid Options: - No ThanksHard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No ThanksHard 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: 1x AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GBAdd-on Card: - No ThanksSound Card: Integrated Motherboard AudioExtreme 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 SelectedChassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis FansInternal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)Enhancements: - No ThanksChassis Mods: - No ThanksNoise Reduction: - No ThanksLaserMark: - No ThanksBoost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHzBoost 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: - No ThanksPriority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully ProcessedWarranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty


Actually I just saw that it's already at the best it can be! Thankyou for helping me choose my PC but are you sure it can surely run a;l the things I will be using it for smoothly?
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  Quote 911soljaboy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2012 at 11:55pm
Here I edited it a bit and got quite a good price!
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Pre-built Digital Storm ODE V2 - Level 2
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 LX (Intel Z77 Chipset)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance Series (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
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: 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 7950 3GB
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: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
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: - No Thanks
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 (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
I guess it's a good build! Will it be able to play games and record them with video-recording software smoothly? If so thankyou so much! if not is there a tweak I can make to help it do so? Oh and for the monitor I'm thinking on getting this one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2382643&SRCCODE=WEBGOO0163C&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE&gclid=CJSAs8uz0rECFQHDtgodzTUAQg
I need one with 2 HDMI's so I can plug in my consoles to it too! I guess that's the cheapest price I found but it relatively fits my budget well! So yeah I thankyou for the help but please reply for the other questions!
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  Quote LaneHayes Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 12:14pm

Any changes to the prebuilt's hardware is going to cost an extra $50, + the cost of the new part. It's usually just best to take them as is (they're hard to beat for single card solutions anyway). So if you're going the ODE route, I'd leave it as is. Also, the games you list arent especially taxing, so you should be able to play + FRAPS no problem

No piece of hardware is going to improve a crappy internet connection, i found this week. Just moved into a new apartment with global wifi and the 'recommended' hardware gets worse internet service than my kindle fire and the $20 usb wifi adapter on amazon. They gave me my $100 back.
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  Quote xii Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 12:31pm
Don't forget you can always call DS and they will help you with the process - they'll help you get what you need - they do not care about just "getting another PC out the door."
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  Quote 911soljaboy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 12:40pm
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Don't forget you can always call DS and they will help you with the process - they'll help you get what you need - they do not care about just "getting another PC out the door."

Yes thankyou for the help, I have spoken with DS and it was a great of a help! He helped me actually "see" that the ODE has enough power for my needs, and I am thankful! I look forward to buying the ODE!
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  Quote 911soljaboy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 12:44pm
Originally posted by LaneHayes

Any changes to the prebuilt's hardware is going to cost an extra $50, + the cost of the new part. It's usually just best to take them as is (they're hard to beat for single card solutions anyway). So if you're going the ODE route, I'd leave it as is. Also, the games you list arent especially taxing, so you should be able to play + FRAPS no problem


No piece of hardware is going to improve a crappy internet connection, i found this week. Just moved into a new apartment with global wifi and the 'recommended' hardware gets worse internet service than my kindle fire and the $20 usb wifi adapter on amazon. They gave me my $100 back.


Yes thank's for the suggestion, do you reccomend a monitor? or know of one with HDMI, and the video source the PC has? I have been looking for one like that for a while now
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  Quote UKCoopeR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 1:07pm
My budget was similar to yours (~1.7k), also I was also considering the ODE.

Lots of folks recommended the Dell U2312HM. I got it and love it! I ended up not getting the ODE but mainly due to case style and random personal preferences nothing that was a real con.

The monitor looks and works great. Only suggestion I would make is not to bother installing the extra power saver program on the cd dell included as it doesn't help (monitor has pretty good power saving settings normally) and sometimes hurts.

It was on sale for 230 with free shipping online when I bought it a few weeks ago, which based on my research was a good deal!

I use the DVI connection for the monitor but the gtx 670 (in the standard ODE lvl 1 and what i got in mine) has also got a display port and hdmi output too.

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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Aug 2012 at 7:35am
Hi 911soljaboy,

Sorry for being late with my comments. I looked at your original build and it was right at $2600. For $2499 you can get the ODE-4 and have way more computer with dual GPUs and stage two OC. A much better system than what you built. What is the configuration number for your last build?

Frank

Here is what the ODE-4 looks like.

Configuration: 715970 Cost: $2499

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Pre-built Digital Storm ODE V2 - Level 4
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
Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)
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 (1TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
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: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 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: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
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
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 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

Edited by FrankW - 07 Aug 2012 at 7:36am
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OMG Frank... you forgot the Tshirt! Cry
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Well dang, the old guy fails again

They should send those free T-Shirts to us

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Must be the summer heat.Hahaha
 
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  Quote 911soljaboy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Aug 2012 at 3:24pm
Originally posted by FrankW

Hi 911soljaboy,

Sorry for being late with my comments. I looked at your original build and it was right at $2600. For $2499 you can get the ODE-4 and have way more computer with dual GPUs and stage two OC. A much better system than what you built. What is the configuration number for your last build?

Frank

Here is what the ODE-4 looks like.

Configuration: 715970 Cost: $2499

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Pre-built Digital Storm ODE V2 - Level 4
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
Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)
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 (1TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
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: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 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: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
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
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 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

Yeah frank that looks like a really good build but the pricing is my problem... I have been told by my father that I may only be able to spend 1500-1800 I have been saving up for a PC for quite a while now, such as not recieving gifts or birthday presents and I doubt I'll get anything for christmas as well, but I guess it'll all be worth it in the end!
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  Quote 911soljaboy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Aug 2012 at 3:27pm
Originally posted by UKCoopeR

My budget was similar to yours (~1.7k), also I was also considering the ODE.

Lots of folks recommended the Dell U2312HM. I got it and love it! I ended up not getting the ODE but mainly due to case style and random personal preferences nothing that was a real con.

The monitor looks and works great. Only suggestion I would make is not to bother installing the extra power saver program on the cd dell included as it doesn't help (monitor has pretty good power saving settings normally) and sometimes hurts.

It was on sale for 230 with free shipping online when I bought it a few weeks ago, which based on my research was a good deal!

I use the DVI connection for the monitor but the gtx 670 (in the standard ODE lvl 1 and what i got in mine) has also got a display port and hdmi output too.
What's the website where you got your monitor? And does it have an HDMI Input? and a Source button? I will be using the monitor for consoles and for the PC
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  Quote Jared Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Aug 2012 at 3:40pm
As for the comp specs, I am not the person to talk to. But I have been doing research for myself about the accessories, being the monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers. First off, the monitor. I have looked around everywhere and it all came back to the Dell Ultrasharp. You can get it from a 21.5" to a 30" and it seems to be a very popular one on the forums and an overall great monitor. As for the mouse, I have done a lot of research on this too, and the mouse I plan to get is the Razer Deathadder. It is a great overall mouse for FPS games, but if you wanted a mouse for MMO/RPG gaming purposes, the Roccat Kone+ or the Razer Naga seem to be a good choice. They have many configurable options for macros that the DA does not. The keyboard I am planning on getting is the Steel Series 6gv2. I have heard great things about it and it's simple design and mechanical keys were appealing to me. If you decide not to go with this, the Razer Blackwidow keyboards are the next best bet. I'm sure that many arguments can be made about which one rules over the other, but after looking over some reviews, I preferred the 6gv2 more. And lastly, the speakers. I found probably the cheapest set of speakers you can get that have an ok quality. They won't be full surround sound maxed out super quality speakers. But they only cost $25 for a 2.1 setup. So that'ts two front speakers and a sub woofer underneath. Hope I helped and make sure to look on sites like amazon and newegg for these (cheaper than DS).

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  Quote UKCoopeR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Aug 2012 at 3:57pm
I bought it from battery juice via ebay (looks like the price went up a bit but shipping is still free):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-DELL-U2312HM-WS-LED-LCD-FP-Monitor-3-Year-Warranty-U2312M-U2311H-/150788390836?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item231bb03fb4#ht_3493wt_904

Here are the specs:
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=soho&cs=ussoho1&sku=320-2807&ST=Monitor&dgc=ST&cid=248711&lid=4318531&acd=s_pla_SO:10,,901q5c14135

It doesn't have HDMI, I could be wrong as this is a guess but it could be that only monitors with built in speakers would have hdmi as that carries audio too? Maybe look at small tvs instead of larger monitors if you want hdmi? I am not sure of all the trade-offs that would imply as I have a tv and a monitor...
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