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Extreme Gaming Build (Need Opinions plz :D)

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February 8, 2011 1:56:14 AM

Hey Guys im looking to build my Second PC here very soon using an Intel Core I7 950. I hope to Accomplish Extreme performance in gaming.

Here is What i came up with and i need opions plz :) 

Intel Core I7 950
Asus Rampage III Formula or Asus P6X58D-E
2 Evga Gtx 580's Sli
Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1000 Watt psu
Western Digital Black Caviar 640 Gb Sata 6 Gbs 64 mb Cache
6 Gigs DDR3 Coarsair 1600 Mhz 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Xms Series
Thermaltake Element V Nvidia Edition Case
Xzigmatek Loki 92mm Cpu Cooler
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition
Samsung 23" 1920x1080 LED LCD Full HD monitor

Pls Comment and thanks :D 
February 8, 2011 6:53:42 AM

You can get EXTREME performance in gaming with an i5 just fine and put the saved $$$ into a larger monitor. With 2 580's you can run the worst C2D and still be good lol

But if you can wait 2 months you should follow Why's advice as you will surely benefit from it.
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February 8, 2011 11:58:57 AM

Hello Xzurin;

For your Extreme Performance in gaming goal Im also thinking a Sandy Bridge CPU and P67 motherboard too.

Can you fit a SSD into your budget? That's an extreme preformance part as well. OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD boot drive

Upgrade the Loki 92mm CPU cooler to one of the better 120mm models. Maybe the XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 Double HDT 120mm HSF
Xigmatek S128264 Aegir Stacked Heatpipe Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech Also check out the Top5 list there. Aegir is #8
February 8, 2011 1:40:56 PM

You don't need more than 1 580 to run anything at 1080p.
Waste of money there unless you're using multiple monitors or 3d.

You don't have links or prices listed for parts either.
For ex, you can prob get a better G Skill kit for less than that corsair.

Element V is not a very good case for this build. A HAF 922, CM 690II, Antec 900/902 are all good ~$100 options.

Unless you're getting a super low price That CM PSU is pretty fail performance wise. Ripple on that thing is stupidly high.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Grab a XFX 850 BE, Seasonic 850 x series or Corsair 950tx instead.

Waiting for SB is also a good idea as mentioned. If, not go with an Asus sabertooth mobo.

That Caviar black 640's are horrible value, and poor performance.
Grab a spinpoint F3 or 7200.12 instead.

As WR2 mentioned, much better HSF options out there.

SSD wise, I wouldn't go less than 80gb.

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February 8, 2011 3:09:13 PM
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Don't bother with a physx card. Physx is the redhaired bastard stepchild of Nvidia (ie ignored and left out to die).

You can a better build for less.

Optical
LG $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 1tb $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD
Vertex 2 120gb $220 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
EVGA GTX 570 x2 $700 total w/ $20 MIR total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Corsair AX850 $190 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G SKill Pi ddr31600 cas 7 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HS
Megahalem $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

won't conflict with RAM w/ heat spreaders

Fan
Scythe Slipstream $14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/Mobo
i7-950 and asus sabertooth $470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OS
win 7 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Compound
AS MTX $6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better than AS 5 as it's non conductive.

Wireless
asus $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there any reason you're using wireless over a Cat 5e/Cat 6?

Total including shipping: $1985
$1935 AR


You should probably get a second monitor with the savings.
February 8, 2011 4:26:04 PM

Extreme Gaming by definition canNOT relate to 1080 gaming !
You could sell that 1080p monitor of yours and get:
- a proper 2560*1600 monitor (look for a second hand deal) orrrr
- a 3d 1080p monitor that will put the 580's to good use

Alternatively you could retain the current monitor and buy another two 1080p monitors and voila! - surround gaming (which falls under the extreme gaming category as well)

So the components of a gaming machine are there to serve the visual delight - for an Extreme Gaming Machine that is :) 
All the best
February 8, 2011 9:49:52 PM

^+1 your just wasting your money unless you get a 2560x1600 monitor
February 17, 2011 11:52:20 PM

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February 18, 2011 4:07:31 AM

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