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$3k Gaming build - Feb 2012 Purchase Time
12-07-2011, 01:32 AM,
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$3k Gaming build - Feb 2012 Purchase Time
Greetings,

I've been following the site for a few months now as I plan out my PC build. I plan on buying the parts around Feb 1st 2012 and I am looking for recommendations and general changes due to upcoming hardware, or expected price drops.

CPU Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4-3.8GHz Turbo HT Unlocked Multiplier
MB ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
RAM Corsair 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Video Card Two Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 2 GB in Crossfire
SSD 1 SSD Drive for OS & Games
HD Samsung F3 1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s
Power Supply ENERMAX MAXREVO 1350W 80 PLUS GOLD Modular
Case CM HAF X 1x140mm 1x200mm 2×240mm + GPU Duct
Cooling Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler
Cooling Sunbeamtech Fan Controller, 6 Channels, Up to 30W each
Cooling Panaflo 120mm x 38mm
Sound Creative X-Fi Titanium 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI-e 1x

The build is basically the Tier 10 build, with the Tier 12 Power supply upgraded. I am not going to have multiple SSD's, just one for the OS and System.

This is a Gaming machine. With the current prices, and 400 for a SSD, that leaves me $500 for a monitor. I don't want a monitor that has speakers. I would like to get one that is excellant for gaming. Desktop space doesn't really matter. I will not be watching movies on this monitor.

What recommendations would you have due to upcoming hardware changes over the next three months?

Thank you for your time,

Gruzzen
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12-07-2011, 02:11 AM,
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RE: $3k Gaming build - Feb 2012 Purchase Time
If its in Feb. isn't there a possibility of Ivy Bridge coming out? You can always grab something like the GPU earlier which is usually the quickest component to age. same with the PSU, and case. But I'd wait for Ivy bridge/sandy bridge price drops if your gonna wait until Feb to buy everything.
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12-07-2011, 02:41 AM,
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RE: $3k Gaming build - Feb 2012 Purchase Time
If anything, I'd recommend waiting for the Radeon HD 7xxx series, which will be announced anytime now.

Ivy Bridge will be most likely launched sometime in April, and will bring moderate performance improvements, something like 10-20%, so nothing Earth shattering. Also, Intel does not have the habit of having massive price cuts on older CPUs. Besides, with the right motherboard, an Ivy Bridge CPU would be a drop-in upgrade, perhaps requiring a BIOS update at worse.

I'd change the motherboard to the ASRock Extreme 4 P67 Gen 3, which supports PCI-Express 3.0 and Intel's future processors, Ivy Bridge.

For the SSD, I'd recommend a Samsung 830 series 256GB. Hard Drive wise, a Seagate Barraduca 1TB model ST1000DM003 is the new top-performer for hard drives as I pointed out in the latest edition of "The Best SSDs and Hard Drives For Your Money: December 2011"

The rest of the build looks good.

Monitor wise, I'd go with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6824236104
2ms/120Hz, full 1080p, 3D support

Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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