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Building a Gaming and Database Computer, $2000 maximum

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January 25, 2011 1:39:59 AM

Hello this is my first post here, hope it isn't rude to be asking such a common question.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few days

Budget Range: $1500-$2k would rather spend towards the lower end unless I'm getting a very nice bump in performance and "future-proofing"(I hate this concept for the most part but it is essentially what I'm trying to do).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming(SC2, FF14, new games as they come out), Poker hand history databases, poker

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon(probably prefer newegg)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Monitor Resolution: 2560x1600

Additional Comments: I would like to get a single graphics card for now, and then later on down the road add another in SLI or Crossfire, I feel this gives me the best bang for my buck long term. I also want the ability to upgrade the RAM down the road, so would prefer to have open slots available for the future(IE. if I decide on 8GB RAM, I would rather have 2x4GB than 4x2GB). In the very near future I may be upgrading to a dual monitor set up instead of the single monitor setup I currently plan on, if I do this I will add another 30" monitor.

The only part that I am for sure about is this monitor:
HP 30" 2560x1600 monitor

which I have already purchased.

All help is very much appreciated, I am mostly lost at this point, as there seem to be so many options, and I'm unsure how I want to go about building this rig, I'm all for performance, but I also don't want to pay through the nose for parts that are going to be coming down drastically in price in the near future.

Cheers!
John

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January 25, 2011 1:52:24 AM

Case and PSU sized for future upgrades

Case - $160 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - Later - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $495 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $62 - Prolimatech Megahalems http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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 - $77 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - - Same
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1793

Add the 2nd GFX card and case fan come XMas 2011 or 2012.

I don't get many build requests for that resolution and if you really are going to get a 2nd $1200 monitor, look at how the ATI 6970 does compared to 570 at higher resolutions. The 570 has a 6-7% or so edge at 1920 x 1200 in SLI according tot he folks at Guru3D but I haven't researched twin 2560 x 1600 performance
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January 25, 2011 2:19:37 AM

Hello, thanks so much for your response, I'm going to have to go over that list in the morning when I wake up and have a cup of coffee next to me =P. And yes I realize that that monitor's resolution is a bit higher than most people really need, and I also realize that most games probably will not support that resolution, but I do need it for work, and yea I will probably be adding a 2nd one sometime this year. I will only need 1 monitor for gaming though.
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January 25, 2011 2:25:06 AM

Also when I was initially going through parts I was looking at this case:
Antec 1200

Is that Antec 85 an upgrade over that one?
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January 27, 2011 8:42:34 PM

Hello again,
After a lot of thought and research, I have come up with the following build. If anybody would be kind enough to look it over and ensure I am not overlooking anything or making any errors that would be wonderful. I really appreciate Jack's initial response it really helped me on the way to coming up with this build.

Case: Cooler Master HAF X
PSU: CORSAIR HX 850
MoBo: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B CPU Cooler
TIM: MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu
CPU Fan: Scythe Slip Stream 120mmx25mm PWM Mid-Speed Fan
CPU Fan: Scythe Slip Stream 120mmx25mm PWM Mid-Speed Fan
Fan Cable: Akasa PWM Splitter
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
GFX: SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
GFX: SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Blu-Ray: LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM

I have decided to go with the Radeons because of my screen resolution of 2560x1600, and the fact I will be moving to 5120x1600 sometime this year or early next year. I believe that the 6950s will give me the best results at these resolutions compared to the 570s. I think that after a year or 2 I will be flashing my 6950 to unlock them to 6970s but I will be very patient with this as there is no rush in my mind. I would love to hear all comments/problems with my build.

Thanks everybody so much!
John
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January 27, 2011 11:43:33 PM

shameless bump =P, really would like to hear some opinions, hoping to purchase this tonight or tomorrow morning.
Cheers!
John
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January 28, 2011 11:56:47 AM

Buehler?

I am worried that I have made some really bad decisions in my setup and nobody wants to correct me =(, could any of the forums regulars give me some feedback on my build?

Cheers!
John
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January 29, 2011 2:37:47 AM

Could anybody provide some comments/advice?
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January 29, 2011 3:56:51 AM

Simbera said:
Could anybody provide some comments/advice?


Your build looks solid...but I would go with the heat sink JackNaylor posted...the scythe mugen II over the promlimatech and then I would combo that psu with the cpu to save $30.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $369.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $359.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

And then combo that h/d with the o/s to save some more $

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $154.98
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM




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January 29, 2011 2:42:58 PM

Why_Me said:
Your build looks solid...but I would go with the heat sink JackNaylor posted...the scythe mugen II over the promlimatech and then I would combo that psu with the cpu to save $30.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $369.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $359.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

And then combo that h/d with the o/s to save some more $

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $154.98
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM



Thank you so much for your commments, indeed I already have those exact 2 combos in my cart, I should have specified that. Also the heat sink JackNaylor posted was the Prolimatech Megahalem, you would recommend the scythe mugen II instead, do I just buy it stock or do I need to buy some fans and fan splitters to go with it? Thanks ssoooooooo much for your response!

Cheers!
John

EDIT: Also I would prefer to go with the better of the 2 coolers between the scythe and the prolimatech, regardless of price, There is a chance in the future I may overclock the 2500k once I feel comfortable.
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January 30, 2011 12:54:01 AM

Best answer selected by Simbera.
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