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Caveat Emptor
Earth Orbit
reply to Phantasee

Re: New rig suggestions

said by Phantasee:

1080p, Kris. Can't do $2.83 over budget....

jk. Xfire looks tempting. I've never built a dual GPU rig, ever.

Here is another build, using Z77 and two 7950s (you shouldn't be capped by PCIe 3.0 x8/x8), and is top quality parts (aka "I'd build this for me"). As a bonus you get Thunderbolt on the mobo, and a 500 GB SSD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($119.34 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1981.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 16:00 EST-0500)
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