$3,500 Gaming System, Buying everything.

Approximate Purchase Date: January, as soon as Sandy Bridge comes out.

Budget Range: $3,500 give or take. I would like to stay below this.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming, and gaming.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, just the lowest price.

Country of Origin: United States

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: I plan to go SLI in the future, but not from the start.

Monitor Resolution: 2560 x 1440

Already Purchased:
Dell U2711 Monitor
Logitech Ultra Thin Keyboard
Logitech Z-5500 Speakers
OCZ Vertex 2 120gb SSD
Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB (x2)

The total for these after tax and everything has me sitting at $1,600 spent. So, I have roughly $2k left to work with.

Here is what I am looking at:
Intel Core i7 2600K
Nvidia GTX 580
Silverstone FT02
Lite-On Blu Ray Drive/Burner

I could use some recommendations on the Mobo, RAM, PSU, and CPU Fan.

How does this look for the RAM? I know Sandy Bridge will be dual-channel:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324

Also, I play WoW so I will be buying the Steelseries Cataclysm mouse (don’t make fun), but for other games I’m thinking I might want another, simpler mouse, since I’ve heard the Steelseries is a little heavy… any recommendations?

Oh, and first build!
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  1. Get another GTX 580. This will increase your performance significantly.
    $1040 gone.
    Second, Truepower Quattro 1200W for $270 is good, or the AX 1200 for $280 after MIR.
    That's 1300 gone.
  2. The Mobo for the sandy bridge hasnt come out yet.So no recommendations on that

    Ram:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL

    PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151102
    SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Cpu Cooler:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055
    COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

    Instead Of one GTX 580 I personally recommend to go for 2 Radeon 6970
    1 GTX 580 = 550$ Approx
    2 6970 = 740$
    2 6950 = 600$
    2 6970 and 2 6950 scale approximately equal to the GTX 580 SLI and can surely beatdown a GTX 580 bigtime
    If you have purchased a GTX 580 get another one for SLI
  3. Get 2nd GTX 580 and also an AX 1200 or Quattro series 1200W. The 2nd 580 will set you back another good 520 and the PSU will set you back $270 or $280 depending on which you pick.
  4. @vibhas dont you 1200w is overkill for his system.Only 3*SLI require that much power
  5. Quote:
    @vibhas dont you 1200w is overkill for his system.Only 3*SLI require that much power
    Really?

    Furmarkd SLI's only left like 300 W and idk power consumption for SB parts.
    With cash like that he might get a 3rd one later anyways =)
  6. Hey guys, thanks for the replies.

    I know 6970s would outperform one 580, but my plan was to, down the road, upgrade to one of the top end Sandy Bridge cpus and get a second 580.

    The problem with buying a second 580 now is the cash, you'll notice my total budget is $3500, but that includes my peripherals, which I have already spent $1600 on. So, 1k on graphics right now won't work.

    Also, wouldn't my CPU bottleneck two 580s?
  7. Explo said:
    Hey guys, thanks for the replies.

    I know 6970s would outperform one 580, but my plan was to, down the road, upgrade to one of the top end Sandy Bridge cpus and get a second 580.

    The problem with buying a second 580 now is the cash, you'll notice my total budget is $3500, but that includes my peripherals, which I have already spent $1600 on. So, 1k on graphics right now won't work.

    Also, wouldn't my CPU bottleneck two 580s?

    Seeing as an i5 750 doesnt come close to bottlenecking an HD 5970, i shouldnt think a sandy bridge would get screwed by 2 x 580s' which are about 50% better than the 5970
  8. Quote:

    Ram:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL


    I'm curious, since RAM is one thing I am not terribly educated on, is the benefit of these sticks their timings? The Corsair sticks that I linked had a higher frequency, but also higher latencies.
  9. @explo
    oops sorry got the wrong one.This one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231401
    you are wrong bro
    an ideal ram has lower cas latency and higher clockspeed
  10. Latencies doesnt really matter, either overclock it urself or dont worry. The only difference in performance is slight and visible only in benchmarks, and that too is very small
  11. Interesting, Ok. You guys are making me think I might buy a second 580 sooner than anticipated, especially if my CPU can handle it.

    In that case, I guess a 1000W or 1200W PSU would be the right way to go... to be safe.
  12. I really can't see a $3,500 system w/o an i7 / 1366 chipset in it.

    Case/PSU - $270 - Antec DF-85 w/ CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.572598
    Case Fan for SLI cards - $18 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209013
    MoBo - $200 - Asus Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665&
    CPU - $295 - Intel i7-950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211
    Cooler - $69 - Prolimatech Megahalems http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001
    Card Reader - Free
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    CPU Fan - $11 - Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_Slip_Stream_120mm_x_25mm_PWM_Mid_Speed_Fan_-_SY1225SL12LM-P.html?tl=g36c365s936
    CPU Fan - $11 - Same
    Fan Cable - $8 - Akasa PWM AK-CB002 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10350/cab-183/Akasa_PWM_Splitter_-_Smart_Fan_Cable_AK-CB002.html
    RAM - $105 - 3 x 2GB OCZ CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227683
    GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 SC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595
    GFX - $370 - Same
    DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BlueRay Reader / DVD Writer Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135220
    OS - $139 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758

    $1951 Total

    Other considerations:

    Twin 6950's outperform twin 570s in a lot of games and that will save you about $100 if you're willing to consider the red team. Twin 470's will also knock off about $200

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-recommendation-upgrade,2803-6.html

    Alternately, this case / PSU combo for $30 more and one 580 for $525 which will cut ya down to $1766

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.572596

    Adding the 2nd card in a 2-3 months should cost significantly less than the current $525 price since ATI is expected to introduce some competition.
  13. I will be getting a i7, it'll be the 2600K SB. And that'll affect the RAM and Mobo.
  14. Sandy Bridge (LGA 1155) is the successor to 1156

    The high end (1366) platform successor will be LGA 2011 (aka Sandy Bridge - E) which we definitely will not be coming for quite a while after January.

    http://www.nordichardware.com/news/69-cpu--chipset/40764-sandy-bridge-e-lga-2011-socket-pictured.html
    http://vr-zone.com/articles/eight-core-sandy-bridge-pictures--screenshots-leaked/9638.html

    Intel's mainstream Sandy Bridge CPUs - dual and quad core - will fit into LGA 1155. However, a different platform will be used for the enthusiast 6/8 core Sandy Bridge, around LGA 2011.
  15. Yeah I know, but based on the AnandTech preview, it seems that the 1155 SB processors will be outperforming the 1366 ones (with the exception of the 980X).

    I dunno, we'll see.
  16. Another question, if I were to get the Prolimatech cooler, are there any fans you recommend for it?
  17. Quote:
    @explo
    oops sorry got the wrong one.This one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231401
    you are wrong bro
    an ideal ram has lower cas latency and tighter timings


    There we go.
  18. not tighter timings i said higher clockspeed
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