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Need Advise on First time Building a Gaming PC.

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January 26, 2011 3:47:52 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 or 2 weeks

Budget Range: Within $2,000 (Trying to be)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (FPS & Driving games)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: Houston TX

Parts Preferences: See Below

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Need to know about the Hardware I put here if its all good!! Need to change some stuff (e.g. Dont need that much Ram (no use) or You can be better of without an Sli on this Mobo or Change some hardware to higher/lower config etc etc

P.S.This is my first build ever so need some guideline on what is the best way to go forward. I am a pretty techy guy but never got time to do it before.
Need some info on things like what the difference on different RAMs, What is the best Mobo for Sli right now (within budget) and HOW I CAN ACHEIVE THE MAX OUTPUT WITHIN THIS BUDGET. +++THANKS IN ADVANCE+++

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AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 Black SECC Japanese Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case LINK

ASUS P8P67-M PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard LINK

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ... X 2 On Sli LINK

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active ... LINK

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K LINK

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) LINK

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 LINK

Nippon Labs Delux Internal Card Reader with Floppy Drive 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & FDD1.44" ... LINK

Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive LINK

LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM LINK

Thermaltake CL-W0075 Liquid Cooling System LINK





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January 26, 2011 5:43:25 AM

OK... I see a few changes I would make on that build...otherwise it looks to be a solid build. :) 

First off you want a full size ATX mobo for a SLI set up, and not the microATX you have up there. Size counts when running dual cards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $152.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Next I would ditch the water cooling. It's a dying thing these past few years, and especially with these 1155 cpu's seeing how the run cooler than most. Also if something goes wrong with water cooling you have just cooked your mobo and god only knows what else. Ya, so nix the water cooling. Down below is a combo on a decent middle of the road after market h/s that will get you up to 4.6ghz and still give you nice reasonable temps.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $341.98
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

Next is the psu you have chosen. Cooler Master doesn't have the greatest of reps for psu's like they do for their cases and h/s, also 1000w would be fine if you were running dual 580's with a half dozen hard drives and o/c to boot...but ya it's a waste. This psu down below will run both of those 570's and give you more than plenty of head room for o/c and extra hard drives.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 - $134.99 after mail-in rebate
SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

That Corsair memory you have is fine, but those giant cake cutter heat sinks screw ya on room for a cpu h/s, They look cool but they aren't practical by any means.

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

Cases are a personal thing, but after reading the reviews on that AZZA I see that the fans they run are slow and the cooling isn't near what it should be for a case of that size running that many fans. Maybe something that cools great yet is a bit more practical and still gives you plenty of room to work with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.98 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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January 26, 2011 3:07:13 PM

Hi Why Me,

thanks for the reply.

I add your mentioned items in my wish list and defineltly look into when buying the hardware.

One thing I wanna say is I dont want to go with a Mid Tower (You put a Link for a Mid tower case) as my current gaming Rig is mId tower and It feels to cramped up. I dont move my PC for LAN etc so dont bother with Size or weight.

How about this or this!

Plus any suggestions to bring the price down without reducing too much Performance!

Thanks.
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January 26, 2011 3:23:45 PM

Houston Z51 said:
Hi Why Me,

thanks for the reply.

I add your mentioned items in my wish list and defineltly look into when buying the hardware.

One thing I wanna say is I dont want to go with a Mid Tower (You put a Link for a Mid tower case) as my current gaming Rig is mId tower and It feels to cramped up. I dont move my PC for LAN etc so dont bother with Size or weight.

How about this or this!

Plus any suggestions to bring the price down without reducing too much Performance!

Thanks.

That Antec is a beaut! I haven't worked with it but I have heard nothing but good about that case.
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January 26, 2011 3:41:43 PM

Personally, I dont think you should change the brand just the form factor. The ASUS P8P67 PRO is a fantastic board with some compelling features like integrated bluetooth, Intel LAN and 2 extra warranty years. My opinion is that its worth the $29 difference in price over the ASRock.

Otherwise, I agree with everything else Why_Me said.
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January 26, 2011 4:54:27 PM

Yeah I am very comfortable with Asus as my current Rig is Asus. They are one of the first ones offering Sli.

Yeah I like that Antec too but its a little on the Expensive side.

As I mentioned before please give any suggestions to lower the price. The reason why I am thinking on going for higher ends items is then you can use your PC for a longer time.

I got a custom built PC thru Visious PCs back in 2005 and it still plays a lot of Newer games. But my Single Core processor giving me hard time for some games.

AMD Athlon 64 Processor 4000+ @ 2.4GHz,Cooler Master Titanium Silver
Asus A8N32-SLI Delux nVIDIA Force4 SLI-16 2000 MT/S FSB, PCI-E, DDR400 w/ RAID
Kingston HyperX 2GB X 512MB) PC-4000 DDR 500MHz Memory Western Digital 250GB SATA 3.0 Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive X 2
nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB DDR3 PCI Express, DVI and TV Out X 2 (Sli)
Creative Fatality SB Pro Sound card
Seasonic S-12 600W SLI P/S + TyphoonTM Cooling System w/5 surround Case Fans
Saitek PZ30AU Eclipse (Blue LED Key Illumination) USB Gaming Keyboard
Razer Laser Gaming Mouse

Thanks
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January 26, 2011 5:05:42 PM

How about this one frenetic!
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January 26, 2011 8:19:08 PM

Hey Why Me,

Man thanks for all your useful advise.

Can you please elaborate on the ASrock Mobo in comparison to Asus, (Specially the one I posted last).

Should I downgrade to i5 2500k and 1 GPU for now to drop the price!

How big is the difference specially in long run for the CPU!!

Regards
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January 27, 2011 1:59:26 AM

Why Me!!
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January 27, 2011 2:32:05 AM

Houston Z51 said:
Hey Why Me,

Man thanks for all your useful advise.

Can you please elaborate on the ASrock Mobo in comparison to Asus, (Specially the one I posted last).

Should I downgrade to i5 2500k and 1 GPU for now to drop the price!

How big is the difference specially in long run for the CPU!!

Regards

No games to my knowledge other than FSX take advantage of hyper threading. Now that board down below also combo's with the 2600K...it comes down to price point. But for your budget, and as the frenetic pointed out in regards to the warranty... Asus Pro imo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $389.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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January 27, 2011 9:40:46 AM

Houston Z51 said:
How about this one frenetic!


Yep...that's the one. Have Fun!
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February 3, 2011 3:00:45 PM

Best answer selected by Houston Z51.
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