(I am a computer parts and build consultant. If you would like to have a one on one consultation please feel free to contact me on my website): Here: www.IamApropos.com - This Build was completed October 4th 2012.
[Edit] as of 4/23/2013 My system has changed yet again - I no longer have SLI Gigabyte GTX 670OC cards, I have reverted to a single EVGA GTX 670 FTW Sig 2. - I will eventually upgrade to a second card and a 120Hz / 144Hz monitor. [/Edit]
(old build notes) This system is for heavy gaming - since gaming does not take advantage of hyper threading I chose the 3570k. Also went with 8GB of 1600 ram because a gaming machine will barely use 8GB which would make 16GB a waste. If I need to, the system will allow me to add more later. No need for optical drive since I download all the games + content off of steam or origin. I figured I'd throw this back up here with the addition I put into my system. SLI'd the GPU!!! Now I'll just start looking around for a great sale on a 120Hz monitor and use the 60Hz monitor for surfing the web / chatting with people while I stream live game play and live computer builds. The Extra storage I use my laptop to rip DVD's and store them and have it setup as a shared drive for my network so that anyone anywhere in the house can watch movies.
Most items I have in my system were purchased at a discount, with coupons, and combos. CPU:$200 MB: $145 GPU: $410 h100i: $99 Case: $99 SSD: $99 HDD: $65 PSU: $105 after rebate Win 8: $39 K90 KB: $89 *RAT 7 mouse: $75
To locate some great deals check out this website: http://www.techbargains.com it helped me get some great deals. Happy Building!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$200.00|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$100.00|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155||$145.00|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$55.00|
|Storage||Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$99.00|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$65.00|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB||$410.00|
|Case||NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower||$99.00|
|Power Supply||Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$105.00|
|Monitor||Asus VS238H-P 23.0"||$125.00|
|Keyboard||Corsair Vengeance K90||$89.99|
|Mouse||Mad Catz CCB4370800B1/04/1 Wired Laser|
|Custom||Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 Headset||$69.99|
|Windows 8 PRO||$39.99|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||60.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P9563|