$1400 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: in the next few days

Budget Range: around $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com only

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, just 500gbs of storage needed, might throw in a 64gb ssd

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Probably, later, two 580's

Additional Comments: should be pretty quiet (not a vacuum cleaner) but this isn't a priority

This is what I have so far (need motherboard help [will probably SLI later and would like USB 3.0]):

Processor
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Thuban 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103913

RAM
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315

GPU
GeForce GTX 580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

HDD
x2 (one for backup) Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795

Case
NZXT Phantom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

PSU
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057

total so far (without mobo, cpu cooler, or ssd): $1,190
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  1. Hi, replace the power supply with something like:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=HX850 as it is bigger + much higher quality! (Corsair/antec/seasonic is the best, but seasonic is very expensive so antec/corsair is the best price/perf).

    Also, 2 580's bottleneck every processor around, especially a 6 core AMD processor. I'd really have to recommend an i5 760 or an i7 950 if not a sandy bridge processor.

    Also, you should know that an AMD processor with an SLI setup (Nvidia cards) requires terrible nforce motherboards.. These totally suck ****. Any build above $1200~ should definitely have an intel processor, and for gaming the best AMD processor anyways is a 965BE... which still is worse than an i5 750 (For gaming).

    Secondly, replace the HDD's with this :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    $5 more each, but 500GB more AND its faster ... Caviar black is overpriced and slower.
    Memory:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104203

    1600MHZ ram 4gb for $20. Buy 2 sets TODAY and it'll be $40 for 8GB of DDR3 1600MHZ ram. Thats a saving of $30 compared to that xms3 1333MHZ ram.
    Basically a 40% saving and an upgrade.

    The GTX 580 is fine.. but really expensive. Perhaps 2 570s bought now would be better?
  2. vibhas said:
    Hi, replace the power supply with something like:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=HX850 as it is bigger + much higher quality! (Corsair/antec/seasonic is the best, but seasonic is very expensive so antec/corsair is the best price/perf).

    Also, 2 580's bottleneck every processor around, especially a 6 core AMD processor. I'd really have to recommend an i5 760 or an i7 950 if not a sandy bridge processor.

    Also, you should know that an AMD processor with an SLI setup (Nvidia cards) requires terrible nforce motherboards.. These totally suck ****. Any build above $1200~ should definitely have an intel processor, and for gaming the best AMD processor anyways is a 965BE... which still is worse than an i5 750 (For gaming).

    Secondly, replace the HDD's with this :

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    $5 more each, but 500GB more AND its faster ... Caviar black is overpriced and slower.
    Memory:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104203

    1600MHZ ram 4gb for $20. Buy 2 sets TODAY and it'll be $40 for 8GB of DDR3 1600MHZ ram. Thats a saving of $30 compared to that xms3 1333MHZ ram.
    Basically a 40% saving and an upgrade.

    The GTX 580 is fine.. but really expensive. Perhaps 2 570s bought now would be better?


    Good to know about the processor - I will switch to Intel. Also thanks for the PSU suggestion, I'll change that as well

    I know that the 1tb HDD is cheaper but one of the 500gbs was going to be used as a backup. If I got a 1tb HDD (too big anyways) then I would need another one for backup as well, right?

    As for the RAM... you said "Buy 2 sets TODAY and it'll be $40 for 8GB of DDR3 1600MHZ ram" but that 4gb is $50 each so it is $100, not $40. The reason I thought 2 x 4gb would be good is that in a few years I could just stick in 2 more sticks and bamn 16gbs ram. 4 x 2gbs would make that much harder.

    Any specific mobo suggestions or Intel CPU suggestions?

    EDIT: Looking at this CPU now (Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz Quad-Core) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 do you think two 580's would bottleneck it?
  3. anyone have any suggestions? :)
  4. Wait for SB to be re-released the procs are here but the mobos are coming in a couple weeks, the i7 2600K would probably be what you go for at that budget
  5. joelmartinez said:
    Wait for SB to be re-released the procs are here but the mobos are coming in a couple weeks, the i7 2600K would probably be what you go for at that budget


    It looks like I will be waiting. Question though, what mobos are people using that have posted reviews for sandy bridge processors?
  6. Search for Asus p8p67 deluxe or pro!
  7. NO, the best SB mobo for price/performance is the asrock p67 extreme 4 it overclocks extremely well and is cheaper than Asus options.

    review-> http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg1/asrock-extreme4-p67-and-fatal1ty-professional-p67-vs-x58-with-core-i7-950-review-introduction.html
  8. spend extra cash on GPU(s)
  9. joelmartinez said:
    NO, the best SB mobo for price/performance is the asrock p67 extreme 4 it overclocks extremely well and is cheaper than Asus options.

    review-> http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg1/asrock-extreme4-p67-and-fatal1ty-professional-p67-vs-x58-with-core-i7-950-review-introduction.html


    and so that could easily SLI two 580's? and do you have a specific CPU recommendation?
  10. Yes it will SLI fine, and if you go for dual 580s you probably should go for the i5 2500K, it can overclock enough to were it won't be a bottleneck. 4.2ghz is considered a low overclock on sandy bridge
  11. Do you already have Windows 7?

    I would hold off on a SSD right now - next-gen ones are coming out within the next few months, no reason you couldn't save a few hundred for one of those at that time.

    You can pick up the SB processors now but not a MB for it yet. You won't notice (maybe a 1% increase) in real gaming performance between the i7-2600k and the i5-2500k once you overclock - so I'd go with the $230 i5-2500k unless you want the best you can get with the $330 i7-2600k. You might want an after-market cooler for it - Intel shipped topend coolers with their SB processors to all the reviewers and then they ship POS ones to all the consumers - you don't get the same cooler the reviewers used.

    What you could do is make a frame-work top-end system and fill in the parts (2nd 580, SSD) at a later date. If so, I'd recommend picking up this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163162&cm_re=fortress-_-11-163-162-_-Product It's the best non-water-cooling case (with noise reduction features in it) available. They've got a version with a side-panel window too for the same price. I don't even know if you'd need an after-market cooler for the processor with this case.
  12. sathoro said:
    anyone have any suggestions? :)


    Wait 2 weeks for the SB B3 stepping boards to be released

    Case - $100 - Antec DF-35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129088
    PSU - $120 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001
    MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    RAM - $100 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $315 - EVGA GTX 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
    GFX - $315 Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221


    Total $1427

    If ya wanna OC past 4.5 GHz, spend another $45

    Cooler - - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080

    Alternates:

    Cases - For mid tower, consider a HAF-922 (+$10) but the DF's Fleet Swap bays are really growing on me. One thing I like is when beuilding a peep a new box where an SSD or 2nd HD is a "later upgrade", I can install all the cables, tie them up w/ swing ties and when the extra storage gets added, you just take outta the package and slide in .... no cables to attach. For full tower, the DF-85 is my 1st choice (+60) followed by the HAF-X (+90)

    Any PSU comparable (HX850, CP-850, SG-850) to the Black (10.0 performance rating @ jonnyguru.com) is gonna cost quite a bit more.

    MoBo - If ya want something a little "tuffer" consider the Sabertooth P67 TUF w/ militarized components and 5 year warranty.
  13. JackNaylorPE said:
    Wait 2 weeks for the SB B3 stepping boards to be released

    Case - $100 - Antec DF-35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129088
    PSU - $120 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001
    MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    RAM - $100 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $315 - EVGA GTX 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613
    GFX - $315 Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221


    Total $1427

    If ya wanna OC past 4.5 GHz, spend another $45

    Cooler - - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080

    Alternates:

    Cases - For mid tower, consider a HAF-922 (+$10) but the DF's Fleet Swap bays are really growing on me. One thing I like is when beuilding a peep a new box where an SSD or 2nd HD is a "later upgrade", I can install all the cables, tie them up w/ swing ties and when the extra storage gets added, you just take outta the package and slide in .... no cables to attach. For full tower, the DF-85 is my 1st choice (+60) followed by the HAF-X (+90)

    Any PSU comparable (HX850, CP-850, SG-850) to the Black (10.0 performance rating @ jonnyguru.com) is gonna cost quite a bit more.

    MoBo - If ya want something a little "tuffer" consider the Sabertooth P67 TUF w/ militarized components and 5 year warranty.


    Thanks man that looks like a great build - I did more research on the 570 and it is amazing how similar it is to the 580 performance wise.

    Any more news on the SB boards? I'm having a hard time getting information about them, mainly because I don't really know what to look for. I'd like to order it this week are there good boards to buy now?
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