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Advice on First Build! - Performance Gaming/Digital Media Machine

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March 30, 2011 6:26:30 PM

Hey Guys,

So, I'm trying to build a very nice gaming rig/digital media performance machine. I'm in the video game industry, and as such need a computer that will be able to handle large storage needs, rendering, high-end gaming, editing, coding, and general 3d art asset creation.

I have a wishlist on newegg.com that I'd like people to take a look at.

Approximate Purchase Date: The next two-three weeks. The earlier, the better.

Budget Range: No more than $2,000, preferably closer to $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet/emails, 3d art, watching movies, coding, editing, rendering

Parts Not Required: OS, going to but Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit from a local computing store

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Parts Preferences: I'm an Intel guy, and I prefer nVIDIA and ASUS

Overclocking: Maybe - not right this moment, but perhaps down the road

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - not right this moment, but perhaps down the road

RAID: Right now, I'm going with a 120 gb SSD for boot drive and a 1 TB HDD for storage. Was planning on someday RAID 10ing or RAID 5ing the SSD.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, assuming the monitor I chose is the correct monitor.

Additional Comments: I want this to be a beautiful machine. I want it to be powerful and upgradable first though. Also, should I get an aftermarket heatsink/CPU Fan? (i.e. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

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WISHLIST:

CASE
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PROCESSOR
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARD DRIVE
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EXTRA HARD DRIVE
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO CARD
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR 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...

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD BURNER
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

PERIPHERALS - MONITOR, MOUSE, KEYBOARD
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Targus AKB24US Black&Silver 103 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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This is my first attempt at building a computer. I realize that it is a bit ambitious of a project, but I'm asking for advice because I don't want to make any huge mistakes.

My priorities are - Stability(Cooling and not falling apart), Upgradability, Performance, Aesthetics

Thanks in advance!
March 30, 2011 6:30:03 PM

Yay for messing up hyperlink... :p 
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March 30, 2011 6:32:08 PM

SSD: Nice.
Processor: Get an i5-2500K.
Motherboard: Get an 1155 motherboard for the 2500K such as the P8P67-Pro.
Power Supply: That is awesome but $140 for a 650w is quite steep, I know it's Seasonic but an XFX 'Core Pro' 650w will do the same and is also manufactured by Seasonic.
RAM: I highly doubt you're going to use a full 12GB, perhaps 2x 4GB until later?
Graphics: Nice choice.
HDD: Get the Samsung HD103SJ, it will give you more for the price.
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March 30, 2011 6:55:09 PM

omnisome said:
SSD: Nice.
Processor: Get an i5-2500K.
Motherboard: Get an 1155 motherboard for the 2500K such as the P8P67-Pro.
Power Supply: That is awesome but $140 for a 650w is quite steep, I know it's Seasonic but an XFX 'Core Pro' 650w will do the same and is also manufactured by Seasonic.
RAM: I highly doubt you're going to use a full 12GB, perhaps 2x 4GB until later?
Graphics: Nice choice.
HDD: Get the Samsung HD103SJ, it will give you more for the price.



Thanks for the feedback!

I looked into i5 2500k on your recommendation and it does seem to be excellent for my needs. The problem is that the only 1155 high-end MOBOs that are in stock on Newegg are all MSI, such as MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Is it still worth the 2500k if I can't get the Mobo that I want?

Power Supply you're probably completely correct on. There is a discount code that they were offering that made me see blurry.

HDD I honestly haven't even looked at yet.
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March 30, 2011 7:17:26 PM

Also, should I get an aftermarket CPU fan? Like a CoolerMaster 212?

I've also decided to switch the power supply over to:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
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March 30, 2011 8:14:11 PM

If you are really worried about saving money, you should hold off on the after-market CPU cooler until you are ready to over-clock. I know you said you were maybe going to over-clock down the road. And if you are going to SLI or CrossFire later down the road as well, you might want to consider a more powerful PSU.
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March 30, 2011 8:17:58 PM

durand1035 said:
If you are really worried about saving money, you should hold off on the after-market CPU cooler until you are ready to over-clock. I know you said you were maybe going to over-clock down the road. And if you are going to SLI or CrossFire later down the road as well, you might want to consider a more powerful PSU.


How powerful of a PSU would I need, do you think?
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April 8, 2011 2:04:05 PM

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