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Post Date: 2012-08-16

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    Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 8:38pm
I'm looking to get a new rig, total cost under ~$3000 - already have the displays and accessories.

I use my PC to do web development (Dreamweaver, photoshop, flash on multiple monitors) and gaming (MMO's and games like Arkham City, Skyrim and Civ - not really into shooters like Crysis)

I have two 27" monitors running at 1920x1080 on a Radeon HD 4870 - I'd like to be able to go higher. I also have 2 SSDs which is why I included the hot swap bay.

Ticket Number: 719149
Total Price with Instant Savings: $2,465.00

Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Black OPS HailStorm Edition
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 3820 3.6GHz (Turbo Mode up to 3.8GHz) (Quad 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: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: Dual Solid State Hard Drive Hot Swap Bay
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: - No Thanks
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 660 Ti 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 (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: - 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

I appreciate any advice, it's been a while since I've really looked at new parts and am behind on what's good right now.
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  Quote SpicierMire Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 12:47am
Hi there Sharv

All looking good, and when you add those SSD's will be one mean machine!

One question though: Are you planning on adding another monitor to the mix for surround vision gaming? If so, you might want to pay the extra to switch from the Pr/Perf king 660 Ti to the Gtx 680's in SLI; the increase in price will go a long way.
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 8:02am
Hi Sharv,

Take a look at this system. This will give you more GPU power for not too much more money. A better PSU and case for air cooling the GPUs. You need to move up to Windows Pro or you won't be able to add more memory in the future with out changing the Windows version first. Win-7 Home is limited to 16GBs. You can't get Stage-2 OC with the 3820 CPU.

Frank

Configuration: 719253 Cost: $2735

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 3820 3.6GHz (Turbo Mode up to 3.8GHz) (Quad 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)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
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: 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: - 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 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 (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

Edited by FrankW - 17 Aug 2012 at 8:07am
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6GB DS Certified
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 8:41am
Frank's build is much better and still in budget.  Win...Win..Big%20Smile
 
Everyone lately seems to migrate to the Hailstorm's 800D case but the HafX has much better airflow, but the top 240mm rad with its two fans will help.   HafX is the best for air cooling and the 800D is a great water cooled case. 
 
Sharv...The 800w psu will work with your build, but even DS has recommended at least a 1000w psu with oc'd sli cards.and the X79's chipset.  Your build isn't video card oc'd, but if overclocking makes it that close then more headroom with the 1050HX is the way to go, plus the HX has a 7 year warranty and is modular.  If you ever have to swap it, only the two mobo cables have to be re-routed.
 
Just some thoughts.   Good Luck.  Big%20Smile
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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 12:26pm
First off the 3820 can do stage 2 just call ds and ask them, they will oc it to 4.5 just like every other processor. The 800d already has 4 hot swap bays so unless you have 6 drives the extra hot swap bays in the 5.25 inch bays is a waste. I think you will be fine with the hailstorm and its a beautiful case
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2012 at 4:48pm
tju75,
 
I know you really like the 800D Hailstorm case.  But it really is designed with full liquid cooling in mind.  The HAF X is a much better case for air cooling.  To cool the graphics cards in the 800D with air you would need to add extra fans.  There is an option to add 120mm side fans to the 800D but the HAF X already comes with a 200mm side fan for the graphics cards.  Also the HAF X has 2 hotswap bays. 
 
I actually have 2 DS systems.  One has a dual loop full liquid cooling system with the 800D case and I love it.  The other is an air cooled system using the HAF X and I love it too.
 
I like both cases but for air cooling or partial air cooling the HAF X has the 800D beat hands down in my opinion. 
 
That doesn't mean that the 800D can't be made to work with air cooling if you like the looks or all the hot swap bays.
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