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February 3, 2011 9:46:27 PM


Hello Guys,
This is my current build :-
Its built for the best gaming setup within the budget.
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Case - $160 Antec DF-85

Case Fan - Later Antec Red 120 mm

PSU - $120 - Antec CP850

MoBo - $495 - ASUS P8P67 Pro

CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2600K

Cooler - $62 - Prolimatech Megahalems

CPU Fan - $11 - Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P

CPU Fan - $11 - Same

Fan Cable - $8 - Akasa PWM AK-CB002

RAM - $77 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 9

GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclock

HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm

DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT

OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM

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- This will cost me around $1700 , but i was wondering if i could possibly make it better, my budget max is ~2100.
- Also, since Intel are calling back their CPU's is there a great replacement or upgrade for that? (hopefully it says in the budget range).
- Would a cooler be necessary with this setup?
- Is a SSD also necessary for a powerful gaming rig?

Thank you.

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February 4, 2011 4:13:40 AM

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- Would a cooler be necessary with this setup?


You already have a cooler setup consisting of the Megahalems, twin scythe fans and cable

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Also, since Intel are calling back their CPU's is there a great replacement or upgrade for that? (hopefully it says in the budget range).


I'd hold off on the Sandy Bridge stuff until they fix the defect ... figure April.

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Is a SSD also necessary for a powerful gaming rig?


Necessary no, does it belong in a $2k rig , yes.

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This will cost me around $1700 , but i was wondering if i could possibly make it better, my budget max is ~2100.


Hmmm....that's my build .... so ya want me to spend another 400 of ya dollars ... :) 

Note that ya left out the TIM - Shin Etsu $5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That brings ya $1589 build up to $1594

Option 1 is easy .... covers $385 bringing new total to $1979

Add the stuff marked "later", the 2nd GFX card in SLI (same as 1st) and case door fan

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

Could even throw in a small SSD for $105 and still be under $2100 ($2084)

Option 2 - Here's some other ideas you can pick and choose from

Throw in the Vertex 2 120GB SSD for $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Switch to CAS 7 RAM for another $78
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3D Vision Setup $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That would come to $2,097
February 4, 2011 3:16:33 PM

What about the AMD CPU's ? maybe the Six core AMD?
Also, i came here since you didn't reply to any previous question on my previous topic post.
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February 5, 2011 2:10:13 AM

No, AMD doesn't exist until bulldozer or your spending less than $200 on a CPU.

ATM nothing beats sandy bridge both the 2700k and the 2500k which can both be OC'd to over 5ghz on air beat the i7-980x.

if just gaming on a resolution below 1920 x 1080 budget i wouldn't be spending anymore than $1300 on this build.
February 5, 2011 7:20:15 AM

Excuse me but what is Bulldozer?
Still didn't get an explanation why a SSD is a necessarily important for a 2k budget pc.
Most of the expensive parts on the pc that push the budget over 1300, are for instance CPU and GPU, what do you mean you wouldn't spend 1300 for this build?
Thank you for reading.
February 5, 2011 8:54:55 AM

At this point in time, things have become so dirt cheap, my old budget build of 1500 could be done at 1250$ for 2x the CPU performance and 1.5x the GPU power. That is what he means. It used to be 45nm with the i5 750 being the ideal for a 1500$ build. But now the 2500K and 69xx, 68xx, 560 Ti, and 570. Have brought a cheaper aspect to builds.

Refer to my page in my siggy.

Anyway, if you willing to risk it, 1200$ would be enough, even a 1300$ build. I had a budget build for the 2500K but I took it off because I don't want to advertise something that has a flaw. I would hold off until the fix.

Bulldozer... is the 32nm CPU for AMD. It would be a comeback into the CPU game for them as before all they could do is price war. But because of the P67 game, that screwed them up. However the SATA II issue has helped AMD because now both are on even playing field. Bulldozer will be released in Q2 Late. SB will be re-released in April-May area.
February 5, 2011 11:00:30 AM

Thanks for the reply, that helped a lot.
February 5, 2011 8:40:07 PM

No problem, here to help.
February 6, 2011 10:19:58 AM

I guess its better to wait for th Bulldozer, considering its release is the same time intel sends out its CPU's again, but the bulldozer will be a way better option and possibly at a good price, Anyone can give a price estimate on it ?
February 6, 2011 5:40:29 PM

Welll.... There releases are seperated by 2 months. BD releases in late Q2 almost early Q3. So June says AMD. While SB releases in April.

Pricing has not been announced.
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