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December 24, 2010 4:28:16 AM

Well my plans of creating my pc are slowly coming together and two things are for sure; I love the HAF X case and want to go with the gtx 570 single card for now and later on sli. I plan to use this as a gaming rig/bluray player and even some school work (office/word/etc). I would like some recommendations as to what you guys think a nice build would be without changing the case/card. I will also need a very nice 3d ready monitor (samsung preferably). For now lets keep the cash limit to about 2,000 roughly thanks for any input guys :hello:  :hello:  .

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December 24, 2010 4:32:32 AM

This is what I have setup so far.

VIDEO CARD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU (WITH SOME EXTRA ROOM) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/BLURAY DRIVE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

THIS COMBO IS VERY INTERESTING TO ME (ASUS SABERTOOTH/HAFX/I7950) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I have done a bit of research but would like to know what you guys think. Thanks in advance =).
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December 24, 2010 4:24:01 PM

Hello,

So far, you've made very good choices.

For the HAF X case, just so you know, the included fans are very cheap. I replaced them all on my machine. I bought 4 CoolerMaster Megaflow 200mm RED, 1 Noctua NF-S12B for the VGA fan duct and 1 CoolerMaster 80mm fan for the VGA bracket. The rear fan was replaced with 2 Noctua NF-P14FLX (attached to my H70)

As far as PSU and RAM go, Corsair is the best IMO. If you want an even better PSU, you could go with the Corsair 1200AX. As for the RAM, you if you plan on having a CPU base clock of 200MHz or more, you could really profit from 2000MHz memory, like the Corsair Dominator GT 12Gb kit or the 6Gb kit. For the ratio price/performance, the 12Gb kit is WAY better. Both kits come with a fan to cool your RAM.

Also, you could really profit from a fan controller, like the Scythe Kaze Master Pro.

Their H70 is also excellent, going as far as to beat the NH-D14 in some reviews. I have a rig very similar to what you will buy, and I own an H70. If you overclock your CPU to 4-4.6Ghz, you might find that it becomes really loud though. That's why I changed the two fans with Noctua NF-P14FLX. They run quieter and have better airflow.

The Core i7 950 is the best CPU out there IMO (price/performance ratio). Also, it can run very cool (only 1v at stock settings !). You can easily overclock it to 4GHz.

The first thing I'd suggest, with a rig like this, is an SSD boot drive. A very good one out there is the OCZ Vertex Series 30Gb.

Also, you might want a 2TB hard drive, because games take a lot of place very quickly. As do Blu-Rays if you rip them to your PC. You might want to consider the Seagate Barracuda XT. The reason for it's higher price tag is that it's got 64Mb of cache (which is really good), is SATA III ready and has 2TB of storage.

As for the best 3D monitor out there, you should really go with the Asus VG236H 23.6". As of now, there are no PC 3D monitors bigger than 23.6". Also, with this monitor is included the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit (a 200$ value). If you want to do 3D Surround (when you get a second card), go with the Asus VG236HE for the two others. To use Nvidia Surround technology, you must have a minimum of 2 cards in SLI.

Your choice of video card is excellent. Also, with the 500 series, the SLI scaling is almost 100%. I don't know if you planned on doing triple SLI, but with the Sabertooth, you can't. You'd need the Rampage III Formula. As for the brand, I really recommend the EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked. They've got a very good customer support and a Lifetime warranty with registration made within 30 days of purchase (if you don't register it, you've got a 2 years warranty).

Also, you might consider eventually buying a sound card/sound system. Gamers often forget these important components. The Asus Xonar Xense is a very good deal. You get a 200$ sound card and a 200$ headset for 300$. I wouldn't go with a Creative sound card...their driver support is really bad. Asus is the way to go IMO !

As for the speakers themselves, there usually isn't much difference between a 500$ system and a 200-300$ one. Read reviews carefully, and you'll be a happy customer.

For a gaming mouse, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 is excellent. The Microsoft SideWinder X4 is a really good gaming keyboard. If you want to go overkill, get the Logitech G19.

I hope this helped,
al360ex
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December 24, 2010 6:15:38 PM

Love the advice I really really appreciate it. Thanks alot.
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February 12, 2011 4:14:43 AM

For a gaming PC, an SSD adds no real major benefit... You can boot your PC a bit quicker but you can do just fine without it.

Games take up alot of space so unless you spend loads on one, they are only for OS and a few applications...

It adds no real benefit to gaming.

But if boot/load speed is your thing id highly recommend one... Id wait for a Vertex 3 :)  Your budget of $2,000 could accomodate somewhere between an 80-120gb SSD if you felt it was necessary, but if not then as al360ex recommended, get a small SSD (30gb or so) just for booting and maybe 1 or 2 other apps.

Also the only Samsung monitor that is 3d enabled that i know of is:

Samsung SM2233RZ 22"

Its 120hz and 3D ready

(sorry no link, im from UK but on newegg couldnt quickly find it)

Id recommend the LG W2363D 23"

Review:

http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfu...

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February 12, 2011 4:53:17 AM

Ouch Nehalem after SB was out is anything but bang for buck for a gaming rig

Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: January 2011
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i5-2500k-amd-e350,2843.html

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Past the Point of Reason:

CPUs priced over $225 offer rapidly diminishing returns when it comes to game performance. As such, we have a hard time recommending anything more expensive than the Core i5-2500K


So either
a. Wait for chipset flaw fixed and mobos available
b. 955BE-1090T depending on needs outside games

and lastly if u thinking multi GPU i'd rather hit HD 6950CF as well


HD6950 CF Toms
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-rade...
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But wait, there’s more. What about the Radeon HD 6900s in CrossFire? After all, AMD claims to have made some notable improvements to its scaling.
You’re only going to buy two high-end graphics cards if you’re running at the top resolutions with visual details maxed out. That’s where the 2 GB frame buffers featured on both 6900-series cards come in handy. In many cases, two $300 Radeon HD 6950s outperform a pair of $350 GeForce GTX 570s, saving you $100 total for better frame rates.

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February 12, 2011 8:16:01 PM

nonstickrudy said:
Well my plans of creating my pc are slowly coming together and two things are for sure; I love the HAF X case and want to go with the gtx 570 single card for now and later on sli. I plan to use this as a gaming rig/bluray player and even some school work (office/word/etc). I would like some recommendations as to what you guys think a nice build would be without changing the case/card. I will also need a very nice 3d ready monitor (samsung preferably). For now lets keep the cash limit to about 2,000 roughly thanks for any input guys :hello:  :hello:  .


If you size down to a o/c gtx 560 that takes the cost of the build down, along with letting you size down to a solid 750w psu. An over clocked 560 will run just about on par with a 570, and two of those 560's blow a $500 gtx 580 away and then some. Also it cost less to get another one of those cards later on down the road. I included the monitor, 3d kit, SSD, blu-ray burner, 8 gigs of RAM, etc... in this build.


http://www.benq.us/products/product_detail.cfm?product=... <--- More info. on that monitor

http://apcmag.com/first-look-the-benq-xl2410t-.htm <--- Review on that monitor

http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=&source=h... <--- more reviews

http://www.amazingcellulars.com/BenQ-XL2410T-236-LED-LC... $395.08
BenQ XL2410T 23.6" LED LCD Monitor

http://www.amazon.com/NVIDIA-GeForce-Glasses-Emitter-St... $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
NVIDIA GeForce 3D Stereo Glasses Kit with Emitter with Starcraft II Trial key

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 - $109.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-2600KBX&tit... $329.99 Free Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-2600K 3.4GHz 8MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I72600K

Asus Pro P67 1155 Mother Board goes here $190...less if combo with 2600K on newegg.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=s9_simh... $28.05 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99
LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature Model iHBS112 - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 - $209.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Total: $2,328.04 n *not including shipping, rebates, etc..





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