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April 12, 2011 7:52:48 PM

My wife just gave the go ahead to spend $1500 on a gaming tower and I want to order it asap before she changes her mind. Can you guys help me with the build?

I have monitor, keyboards, mouse etc, just building a tower.

I want:
Intel System
Windows 7 64bit
Quality full size tower
SLI would be awesome, I may eventually play this on a big screen. (I prefer Nvidia but not a deal breaker)
SSD at least for the OS
The best I can get for the money,,, over kill is OK!

I dont want to wait for Z68 and I dont care about USB 3.0 crap

So , If you had $1500 to spend on a tower today what would you build for yourself?

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April 12, 2011 7:57:48 PM

Take a look at my build. Drop the Intel® Core™ I7 2600K down to the Intel Core I5 2500K and then change the board to a P67 based board maybe an Asus or Gigabyte and then use the money saved on the processor to upgrade to a newer video card. That should get you set.

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April 12, 2011 8:08:29 PM

cyric1966 said:
My wife just gave the go ahead to spend $1500 on a gaming tower and I want to order it asap before she changes her mind. Can you guys help me with the build?

I have monitor, keyboards, mouse etc, just building a tower.

I want:
Intel System
Windows 7 64bit
Quality full size tower
SLI would be awesome, I may eventually play this on a big screen. (I prefer Nvidia but not a deal breaker)
SSD at least for the OS
The best I can get for the money,,, over kill is OK!

I dont want to wait for Z68 and I dont care about USB 3.0 crap

So , If you had $1500 to spend on a tower today what would you build for yourself?

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You can add a second of the video cards now, and hit your budget, or leave it out and be under budget. Should be a solid build however.
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April 12, 2011 10:11:46 PM

Thanks guys! I just got back home and will punch these into newegg and take a look,
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April 13, 2011 2:58:55 AM

Best answer selected by cyric1966.
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April 13, 2011 3:27:04 AM

Glad we could help. You build that and you will have a nice looking slamming fast machine.
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April 13, 2011 6:24:15 AM

Other points:
- NCIX is a great place to start
- to be CLEAR, the graphics card is almost always the weak link when building a high-end gaming system. Always start designing with the graphics cards in mind. For example, my HD5870 was $450 but uses on average 30% of my CPU which was $220
- If I had $1500 I'd use two GTX 560Ti graphics cards in SLI without a doubt. Not only is this a great value, but it spreads out the heat versus a single, more powerful card which reduces noise.



*You should get some hints from some of the recent Tomshardware builds as well.

I do build computers and used to maintain Radar systems so I have some knowledge. Here's my two cents:

1) Windows 7 x64 Premium OEM
2) case: Antec 300
3) heatsink +120mm fan (CPU) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=53611&vpn=CAFA50&manu...
4) 8GB DDR3 1600MHz (2x4GB) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57078&vpn=CMZ8GX3M2A1...
5) motherboard 1155 P67 (i think the following is a good choice) http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=59317&vpn=P8P67%20PRO...
6) Intel 2500K unlocked http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I525...
7) audio card? (wait and see if onboard is good enough. I'd spend $100->$150 for audio card and $150 on 2.1 speakers)
8) DVD burner http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42349&vpn=SH-S223L%2F...
9) PSU (850W to 1000W for 2x560Ti. Look for SALES. Read comments/reviews. Quality PSU is very important. Antec, Corsair, Silverstone.)
10) 1TB WD Black hard drive (recommend a USB drive or WD Green internal for Image backup of Windows. Can use an old hard drive.)

Minor points:
- flash DVD burner firmware to latest (for disc compatibility)
- monitors: very important to read reviews, but in general it's best to get one with these specs: 1920x1080, 22" to 24", good reviews http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=35314&vpn=W2442PA-BF&... (investigate no dead-pixel warranty)
- XBox 360 wireless controller for PC (look for sales, make sure you get the correct controller). If you've never used an XBox controller they're AWESOME (use for all RACING games, Batman AA, Assassin's Creed etc. but not shooting games)
- 4xAA rechargeables and recharger for XBox 360 controller
- STEAM software (steam constantly has sales on games. I got Batman AA for $7.50 and many games for only $10)

*Summary:
Start with the graphics. The Asus DirectCU 560Ti is the best value. Get two in SLI:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-ti-...

The only tough decision is the motherboard; note what slots are left over after two graphics cards (do you need a PCIe or PCI slot for an audio card?). Also consider a better audio card but that can be done later. A good audio card only shows its quality with reasonably good speakers. I recommend a quality 2.1 setup (two front and a subwoofer). Many reviews out there.
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April 13, 2011 7:01:17 AM

Gaming comment:

1) If you have 2x560Ti you can basically run games at the highest settings. The most important settings are AA (anti-aliasing) and VSYNC.

2) AA and VSync sometimes need to be forced. You need to investigate what NVidia program exists for this; the official program may allow forcing these settings for each game or you may need an unofficial program. For example, I use "RadeonPro" to force AA for Mass Effect #1. I use 8xAA and Super-sampling and it looks WAY, WAY BETTER!

3) VSYNC. Serves two purposes. If your monitor refresh is 60Hz and you can run the game higher (say 80Hz) then your CPU and graphics work harder than the display can show which adds heat and noise unnecessarily. It also causes screen tearing which looks very bad in some games. VSYNC should always be on when possible.

Some older games require forcing VSYNC to be on. Even a few newer ones do.

4) FRAPS. I use solely to ensure I get 60FPS solid framerate (to verify VSync is on or to lower Shadows or other settings to raise framerate above 60FPS). May not need FRAPS if your NVidia program shows framerates.

Here's some games I've discovered need forcing either AA, Fraps or both:
- Mass Effect
- Max Payne
- Star Wars The Force Unleashed
- vampire the masquerade
- risen
- the Witcher (VSYNC, though I had it working in the past but it's not working now. Must investigate)
- Star Wars The Force Unleashed 1 & 2 (does NOT WORK. it desperately needs VSYNC but forcing it doesn't work. Very odd for a very new game)
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