Help building gaming rig april 2011

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: 1100 tops, i can splurge to 1200 possibly but really want to stay under 1100 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important
: Gaming

Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard, monitor, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU socket 1155 i5 or i7?

Overclocking: Why not

SLI or Crossfire: on order most likely not but option to do so later

Monitor Resolution: mine currently goes up to 1680x1050


Additional Comments
: Wife has granted me permission to build a pc and i've cancelled my order twice this weekend! I come to you fine ladies and gents after lurking/googling to no ends! I initially built w/this combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.614427
Thermaltake VL18501W2Z :$179.99
ASUS Sabertooth X58 :$194.00
Intel BX80601950 :$279.99
Corsair CMP6GX3M3A1600C8 :$109.99
Western Digital WD1002FAEX :$94.99

Combined Total:$858.96
Combo Discounts:-$63.45
Combo Price: $795.51

I then added in a frozr II 560i, dvd drive and corsair self contained water cpu cooler to bump everything up w/shipping to 1180. I ultimately decided against the 1336 socket and want to move to 1155 . I don't have to do intel...just leaning towards it.

Thanks in advance guys!
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  1. I've been looking at this bundle

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.620531

    I just dont know if 4gb ram is enough? I'd just need to add in dvd drive, 560 ti frozr II and possibly the cpu cooler
  2. xbrandon said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

    Budget Range: 1100 tops, i can splurge to 1200 possibly but really want to stay under 1100 USD

    System Usage from Most to Least Important
    : Gaming

    Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard, monitor, mouse

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

    Country of Origin: USA

    Parts Preferences: Intel CPU socket 1155 i5 or i7?

    Overclocking: Why not

    SLI or Crossfire: on order most likely not but option to do so later

    Monitor Resolution: mine currently goes up to 1680x1050


    Additional Comments
    : Wife has granted me permission to build a pc and i've cancelled my order twice this weekend! I come to you fine ladies and gents after lurking/googling to no ends! I initially built w/this combo

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.614427
    Thermaltake VL18501W2Z :$179.99
    ASUS Sabertooth X58 :$194.00
    Intel BX80601950 :$279.99
    Corsair CMP6GX3M3A1600C8 :$109.99
    Western Digital WD1002FAEX :$94.99

    Combined Total:$858.96
    Combo Discounts:-$63.45
    Combo Price: $795.51

    I then added in a frozr II 560i, dvd drive and corsair self contained water cpu cooler to bump everything up w/shipping to 1180. I ultimately decided against the 1336 socket and want to move to 1155 . I don't have to do intel...just leaning towards it.

    Thanks in advance guys!

    use a samsung f4 hdd, cheaper and very reliable. a little slow, gets rated like a 5.4 from windows, but it gets the job done and you can get 1tb for 70-80$.
    560 is solid, i have a 460 and am a bit jealous, but i got mine for $170. you for sure need to go with the 1155 socket, a cpu cooler is not needed unless you are planning a major oc, and i mean major. and with the next gen "i" processors, the 560 will most likely be your choke point. either will be able to handle anything on a 1650x1050 rez. i5 2500k or 2600k are your best choices, k means completely unlocked and they can get oc'd to 4+ghz.
    $180 for a mid tower and thermaltake psu is too much, i wouldn't get it; unless those colors mean that much to you.
    i wouldn't recommend this pre build since the mobo/processor combo is a gen old and you're lookin at $1200 for a tower, you can get new gen.
  3. culd you suggest a curren gen?
  4. Check out my build guide. Helpful instructions all around. Check out the 1K build, w/ MIR it's only about 900 bucks!
  5. the asus rock extreme 4 board is out of stock
  6. Well you should wait, It's Asrock btw, although Asrock is a subsidiary of Asus. It is defined itself from Asus. Unless you want to spend way more money than you need to. All B3 P67 boards are in limited supply in the US if you shop off Newegg.
  7. Good, not worth it though. The Extreme4 saves you $30, performs the same and uses the newer tech. The Gigabyte board is good but uses the old BIOS which isn't as good as the newest system layout of UEFI.
  8. there has to be one in stock? i need to be able to use SLI in the future as well
  9. This combo from newegg will do evrything you need for $950:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.620612
    the PSU is probly overkill, and the case is humongous.
  10. I'm okay w/huge cases and I could still add in hdd + dvd drive to make it under 1200

    right now single items + combo for mobo / ram I've got the same things except..


    8gb ram, 1tb hdd, 620 w modular power (need to up it to at least 750 me thinks)
  11. 620 is fine for most single cards
  12. I'd like to have the option to move up to SLI later though. I've cancelled my third newegg order...thank god they dont process over the weekend.

    I don't know if faster 4gb ram or slower 8gb (slightly) will be better
  13. depending n the 620W model, it could handle lower-end SLI as well (easily 450 and 550, maybe 460/560)
  14. then perhaps im overdoing it with an 800 for sure. I've never had a modular psu so I could deal w/a non modular one.

    This is 110 right now..going to look and see if i can do a combo to save money
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
  15. that should be good up through SLI 570s
  16. If i could find a combo to bundle up any of these I think I could add in a SSD and be VERY happy


    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129066
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy



    $69.99





    ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
    Item #: N82E16814121424
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy


    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
    Item #: N82E16820145345
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
  17. I can save 30 bucks by switching to this ram

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

    Would it be much slower?
  18. not so's you'd notice. about 0.5 fps on average
  19. thats not much at all, i mean i dont do many things while im playing games. I could drop down to 4gb at the fastest speed ram if that'd be advised?
  20. Alright so I've got everything locked in but toying w/ case and ram. I COULD go with the MSI 560ti frozr II but the ASUS 560ti Cuda II got better rating and they are same price.


    Seems like best bang for buck on case is the antec 300 illusion or the cooler master storm scout. They are both at 70, scout has 10.00 off code to bump it down, its normally 100 but marked down to 80

    Would i be better to shoot for 4gb of 1800 ram or 8gb of 1333?
  21. stick with the 1333.
  22. I just have a suggestion, the cards your deciding between. The decision cannot be made based on user reviews. They are inaccurate and misleading. A better way is looking at reviews from major sites. IE Guru3D, Tom's Hardware, TechPowerUp, User reviews such as OverclockerForum or Tom's Hardware Forum. But defiantly not Newegg. Half those people don't know what the hell they're talking about. Meaning they say they're tech level is 5, but really. It's 1.

    LEGIT Twin Frozr II 560 TI Review: http://guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-frozer-ii-review/8

    LEGIT DirectCu II 560 TI Review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-gtx560-directcu-ii-review/8

    If you look at it, temp wise the MSI handles better. Keep in mind, Newegg sells the NON-TOP DirectCu, that is that the DirectCu on Newegg is NOT factory overclocked. The one Guru3D reviews IS.

    DDR3 xxxx has no effect really. In reality whats cheaper is your best bet. You won't notice the difference at all.

    I like the Scout, personal build experience, the Scout is WAY easier to cable manage, quieter and really sleek and stealth like. You want the LED's well the red is there. But if you want it off, there is a button to turn the LEDs off. Stock cooling is SO good and quiet on the Scout.
  23. im trying to find a good power supply / ram / video card combo (any of the 3)

    as everything else is already set

    i could step up to the 570 though. Any suggestions on solid PSU+card . I have roughly 530 to play with without adding an extra hdd ( i need one) , psu and gpu.

    Was thinkign about using my existing 1tb and getting a ssd or raptor.

    I'd think better vid card > ssd?
  24. I can scoop these two up for 450?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261097

    . CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W

    Palit NE5X570HF10DA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) Sonic Platinum 1280MB

    Never heard of Palit though
  25. No Raptors please, waste of money as of now. Nothing in comparison to SSDs.

    WOW REALLY? Defiantly go for it. Great company, surprised you haven't heard of them. Though their coolers do not match MSI's or Asus's.

    http://guru3d.com/article/palit-geforce-gtx-570-sonic-platinum-review/7

    Great according to Guru. I say pull the trigger. I highly recommend a 850w power supply however if you do pull the trigger.

    If you have money left after those things, then pull the trigger on the SSD. But do that later when the Vertex 3 SATA III comes out.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/vertex-3-sandforce-ssd,2869.html
  26. well now that im down to just psu/possible gpu upgrade

    it comes down to what newegg has the best deal on. I'm trying to stay w/physx supported SLI cards. Will look into buying a new one later.

    I need to get some type of drive as I really dont want to put everything on the 5400 rpm tb drive.

    without an extra hdd, psu, or gpu I'm at 653. that gives me about 500 to play with
  27. Just to let you know, you'll never need a dedicated Physx card. Though it is beneficial, a single card w/ Physx has enough power now-a-days to handle the game and physx.

    Can you list the parts you have. I'm quiet confused at what "w/o the extra HDD, PSU, and GPU means"
  28. alreayd have

    WD Caviar Green 1tb 5400 RPM drive

    buying _

    Cooler Master Scout - 70 after savigns

    gskill ripjaws 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3 1333

    Cooler Master Sickleflow 120 R4-L2R-20AR-R1 120mm silent operation Red LED case fan x2- 17.98

    XIGMATEK Cooling System Crystal Series CLF-F1452 140mm Red LED Case Fan PSU Molex Adapter/extender included - 12.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 - 35

    Lite on SATA dvd drive + 50 cdrs - 28

    i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3Ghz + GIGABYTE GA-P67A LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA - 394.98

    total shipped - $643.46


    have some codes in there. I can go to 1180 shipped if need be, I still need second hard drive, vid card, and power supply.
  29. BLEHHH Drop that drive.
    WAY BETTER AND WAY FASTER. If you can't wait for stock. Here's another link below.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=f3%201tb

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1301898577&sr=8-1


    Which GIGABYTE GA-P67A is that? Not really descriptive.

    Your going to have to sacrifice on the "Asthetic" fans for now. The stock fans on the Scout are good enough, spend the money on the GPU and PSU.

    I suggest getting two of the 570's which leaves you with about 100$ left in your budget. 100$ can be stretched to buy a 800-850w power supply.

    You should be getting a cheaper motherboard. No way in HELL that costs 160$ after a combo savings. Get the G45 or G53, your going to have to cut some corners for things and figure out priorities. Because almost all the P67, as crappy as they are, can oc a 2500K to 4.6ghz+
  30. that drive is sold out

    doing MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 in combo w/8gb Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    for 220 (theres also a 20 MiR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130582


    right now without a video card I'm at 800. about to make up my mind and hit the button so i can go to sleep
  31. alright guys its done...i need sleep...and i suck with the patience.

    Later down the road I'll toss in another 570, I went with EVGA after reading many good things and having friends w/good experiences. Got 1600 DDR3 ram 8gb, cpu cooler. My scout will have fans in every possible place to have a fan.

    I am happy as can be with my purchase..finally


    Item List:

    1 x ($224.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I5 2500K 3.3G 6M R
    $224.99


    1 x ($359.99) VGA EVGA|012-P3-1572-AR GTX570 R
    $359.99


    1 x ($34.99) CPU COOLER CM| RR-B10-212P-G1 RT
    $34.99


    2 x ($8.99) CASE FAN CM|120MM R4-L2R-20AG-R1 R
    $17.98


    1 x ($79.99) CASE CM|SGC-2000-KKN1-GP RT
    $79.99


    1 x ($139.99) MB MSI|P67A-G45 (B3) P67 LGA1155 R
    $139.99


    1 x ($139.99) PSU CORSAIR|850W CMPSU-850TXV2 R
    $139.99


    1 x ($89.99) MEM 2x4GB|PATRIOT PGV38G1600ELK R
    $89.99


    1 x ($59.99) HD 1T|ST SATA6.0 32M ST31000524AS % - OEM
    $59.99


    1 x ($22.99) DVD BURNER LITE-ON | IHAS-324-98B R
    $22.99


    1 x ($-20.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #624852
    $-20.00


    1 x ($-10.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #621749
    $-10.00


    1 x ($-5.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #623779
    $-5.00


    1 x ($-10.00) DISCOUNT FOR PROMOTION CODE
    $-10.00


    1 x ($12.99) CASE FAN XIGMATEK| CLF-F1452 RT
    $12.99
  32. total was $1156.89 before shipping
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