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First time gaming pc build [ crysis 2 ]

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March 5, 2011 4:11:44 PM

case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
mobo: ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
gpu: [2x] GIGABYTE GV-N570D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
psu: hec XP1080 1080W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V / EPS12V CrossFire & SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ...
cpu: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
mem: Kingston HyperX T1 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3T1K2/8GX
cdr: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
hd: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

need help to maximize $2k budget opinions needed as well
March 5, 2011 4:32:25 PM

well, with $2k

Core i7 2600k ($330)
ASUS P8P67 PRO ($190)
G.SKILL 8 GB of DDR3 ($100)
GTX 580 ($500)
Vertex 3 120 GB SSD ($250)
Corsair TX 950 ($140 AR)

For a case, I'd look at something with a bit more airflow. I'm thinking that 800D gets most of its value from being great for water-cooled setups.

Maybe the Corsair Graphite 600 T ($140)

The Velociraptors aren't good value any more. They aren't much much faster than modern 7200 rpm drives with 500 GB platters (like the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB and 1 TB).

Use the Vertex 3 for a boot drive and then a 1 TB Spinpoint F3 for storage. ($65)

DVD drive: $20

TOTAL: $1595

Add another gtx 580 and you're at $2000.

EDIT: What are the specific features you wanted from the Maximus IV motherboard? Was it the pcie slots?
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March 5, 2011 5:34:55 PM

This mobo down below has the current record for o/c these Sandy Bridge cpu's. Not only that but it runs dual cards in SLI @ 16x & 16x. The RAM down below is low voltage (1.5v) as seeing how manufactures recommend low voltage RAM for these mobo's and not the crappy 1.64v RAM. The Zalman cpu h/s is in the top ten rated h/s @ frostytech...that and it's red LED fan matches that case nicely...along with the red memory h/s. Those factory o/c 560's down below not only run cooler and are more power efficient than the 570's and 580's for the fact they are on Nvidia's newest and latest chipset and die, but they can be o/c even more and they run just about on par with the gtx 570's. Now here's the clincher.... Intel is coming out with the new 22nm Ivy Bridge cpu's in less than a year, rumors are they o/c to 6.0ghz or even better, and with a bios flash these P67 boards will run those cpu's. So if this build is for gaming, the 2600K is a complete hose job, especially seeing how those Ivy Bridge cpu's are due to be out. btw this build also includes a 160GB SSD along with a 1tb h/d for storage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec DF-85 Black Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.excaliberpc.com/601478/gigabyte-ga-p67a-ud7-... $319.68
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 Intel P67 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-R 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Red LED

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $304.99
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX160G 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Total: $1,898.58 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..

*** Having a power gaming build such as the one posted above would be a total waste imo with a 60hz refresh rate monitor. This is a 120hz refresh rate monitor down below with a low 2ms response time. It's a refurbished monitor, but this outfit (dealspot) has a 98+% approval rating and also a few posters on here have purchased that monitor through them.

http://www.cheetahdeals.com/Acer_GD235HZ_Factory_Refurb... Price $189.00
Acer GD235HZ Black/Orange 3D 23.6in Wide 2MS 80000:1 DVI HDMI LCD Monitor
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March 5, 2011 7:10:03 PM

Here is the Blue version of that build up top. Just replace the case, cpu h/s, and RAM in that build up above with this down below.

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Full-Tower-Twelve-Hundred-V... $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Full-Tower Gaming Case Twelve Hundred V3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- *Here's that same case on newegg with pics, reviews, and info. It cost more on newegg with shipping cost.
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