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$3,500 Gaming System, Buying everything.

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December 20, 2010 11:04:03 PM

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=N82E168...

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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December 21, 2010 12:20:35 AM

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.
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Anonymous
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December 21, 2010 12:25:16 AM

The Mobo for the sandy bridge hasnt come out yet.So no recommendations on that

Ram:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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
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December 21, 2010 12:31:00 AM

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.
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Anonymous
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December 21, 2010 12:31:46 AM

@vibhas dont you 1200w is overkill for his system.Only 3*SLI require that much power
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December 21, 2010 12:36:12 AM

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@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 =)
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December 21, 2010 1:44:17 AM

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?
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December 21, 2010 1:59:16 AM

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
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December 21, 2010 2:16:33 AM

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Ram:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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.
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December 21, 2010 1:27:51 PM

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
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December 21, 2010 8:28:17 PM

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.
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a c 474 4 Gaming
December 21, 2010 8:48:03 PM

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?Ite...
Case Fan for SLI cards - $18 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $200 - Asus Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $295 - Intel i7-950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $69 - Prolimatech Megahalems http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader - Free
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Fan - $11 - Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
CPU Fan - $11 - Same
Fan Cable - $8 - Akasa PWM AK-CB002 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10350/cab-183/Akasa_P...
RAM - $105 - 3 x 2GB OCZ CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 SC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - Same
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BlueRay Reader / DVD Writer Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $139 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$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-car...

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?Ite...

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.
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December 21, 2010 9:12:12 PM

I will be getting a i7, it'll be the 2600K SB. And that'll affect the RAM and Mobo.
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a c 474 4 Gaming
December 21, 2010 9:24:26 PM

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/4076...
http://vr-zone.com/articles/eight-core-sandy-bridge-pic...

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.
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December 21, 2010 9:30:56 PM

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.
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December 21, 2010 10:29:41 PM

Another question, if I were to get the Prolimatech cooler, are there any fans you recommend for it?
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Anonymous
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December 22, 2010 6:01:51 AM

not tighter timings i said higher clockspeed
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