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December 9, 2011 8:22:59 AM


Hello, everyone! This is my first post here, but I've been reading through this site for a while now. I need some advice for my first custom gaming rig. I'm going in order of the recommended help section:

I don't have a particular budget in mind, but I would like on average at least 40 FPS w/ this system.

For the parts, I don't need a new keyboard, mouse or speakers. I'll just use the generic ones I have. As far as preferred websites, I like Newegg the best. I'm located in the USA.

These are the parts I have in mind:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k Quad http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: nVidia GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As you can see, that's about as far as I've got.
I don't know about motherboards or PSUs, but I do know I would like a quad-SLI compatible one, at the least. I won't skimp out here, so please recommend the best mobo for my rig if you can, as well as PSU. I don't really care about the case all that much. :) 

I'm not sure on a specific monitor, all I know is that I want a flatscreen capable of 1680x1050. As far as Overclocking, I don't want to spend a fortune just to be able to do it, but if it's only 40 or 50 bucks more, I won't mind.

I definitely want SLI. I plan on quad-SLI within the next year or so, but for now I want to stay with just 1 or 2 GTX 560s.

Thanks, you guys!

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December 9, 2011 8:44:39 AM

There is absolutely no reason to go SLI (be it dual, tri or quad) with a monitor running 1680x1050.

You should aim for a monitor with at least Full HD resolution (1920x1080) or above.

As for motherboard, try finding a board with an Intel Z68 chipset.

If you're going for SLI later, you should not be cheap when finding a PSU. I would recommend something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 9, 2011 8:49:00 AM

If you plan SLI, get the best GPU you can now. If budget really isn't an option, the GTX 580 is a good bet...or the GTC 590, which is 2 GTX 580 GPUs on one PCB.
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December 9, 2011 8:51:56 AM

diellur said:
If you plan SLI, get the best GPU you can now. If budget really isn't an option, the GTX 580 is a good bet...or the GTC 590, which is 2 GTX 580 GPUs on one PCB.


Two GTX 560TI 448 core cards in SLI will own anything thrown at them: http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1339/pg9/nvidia-g... , there is really no reason to spend more than that IMHO.
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December 9, 2011 8:58:30 AM

chriscornell said:
Two GTX 560TI 448 core cards in SLI will own anything thrown at them, there is really no reason to spend more than that IMHO.


2 GTX 560Tis will cost more than 1 GTX 580. The 2 cards in SLI will likely perform better, but if the OP adds another GTX 580 in SLI later on then it'll be a much better rig. In general, the best option with GPUs is to get the best card you can with the money you want to spend in the first pass, then SLI later on. The only exception to that right now is the 448 core GTX 560Ti as it's limited edition...but if the OP wants to quad-SLI later on, the 560Ti isn't the card to use as it can only dual-SLI AFAIK.
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December 9, 2011 11:41:16 AM

hi, my question is do you plan to pick up more monitors later? doing 3x and even 2x sli on 1 monitor is kind of an overkill
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December 9, 2011 12:50:05 PM

I plan on using only one monitor, but I want to be ready with SLI for when more graphically advanced future games are announced(Crysis 3 and BF4, haha).
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December 9, 2011 12:55:48 PM

If you plan on only using a single monitor a single graphic card solution will be more then enough.
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December 9, 2011 1:04:05 PM

joedastudd said:
If you plan on only using a single monitor a single graphic card solution will be more then enough.


For now yes, but I'm trying to future-proof my rig a little with a system that can run tri-SLI. Your right, I'm fine now, but I'm looking ahead. :) 
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December 9, 2011 1:10:34 PM

Don't bother with SLI with higher-end graphic cards. Those cards rarely go down in price due to low initial production levels. Plus SLI/Xfire has its fair share of problems (A lot of incidents where AAA titles failed to initially have multi GPU support) and micro-stuttering.
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December 9, 2011 2:38:47 PM

Generally what happens is the following.

Buy high end card (card a)

*a year or so passes and you can no longer max the latest games*

Card b is now out with the same performance as card a in SLI for the same price or less.

SLI'ing card a would increase power consumption and heat for the same performance as card b.
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December 9, 2011 5:01:45 PM

^ +1 I believe that to be a much closer to reality that trying to future proof with 3xsli etc

so today you're running that huge PSU just for the waste of it. later on you have to buy a card that's fraction of performance of the latest just to match the performance of the latest.

it's like you're going from point A to C. So you can go from point A to B on a horse and then from B to C in a car. Instead you're choosing to go from A to B with a horse and a wagon and from B to C you add 3 more horses to your wagon.

simply put, you're choosing to invest more today, so you can invest more in the old technology down the line instead of upgrading to newer more efficient hardware.
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December 9, 2011 9:56:05 PM

That's a good point. Yeah, the 560(s) seem like the better deal now, plus a lot less microstuttering.

So, with the i5 2500k, and 2 GTX 560s

What would be the best motherboard/PSU for it? I have this mobo in mind: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know it's a bit overkill(expensive mobo, too), but any suggestions would be welcome, because I'm not a computer 'god'. :) 

Thanks, again!
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December 20, 2011 1:06:26 AM

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