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$1000-$1,500 gaming PC - need help quickly deciding on things

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April 28, 2011 12:11:14 AM

I'm looking to buy this within the week so any help would be appreciated!

Primary uses: Gaming, I want games to run on extreme settings with 60 frames per second while I'm streaming my gameplay. I want to be able to multitask as well (gaming while I'm streaming and listening to music and Skyping for no reason etc etc etc).

Monitor resolution: 1920x1080

Already have: Mouse, monitor, speakers, Windows

Budget: $1,000 to $1,500

Gaming keyboard??? (no idea which one)
($300) NVIDIA GTX 480 or ($200) NVIDIA GTX 460
($299) Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge OR Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge
($95) Intel 320 Series 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
($185) CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
($99) Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
($180) MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
($99) Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Concerns:

1) I'm not sure if I need a solid state drive at all, or if that is a big enough one even if I do get one.

2) I also want a computer case that has the potential to have some cool LED lighting going on, and from what I can tell that case is pretty generic and, though it seems to be great for keeping my machine cooled, looks relatively bland and uninteresting.

3) Is 7200 RPM the standard for hard drives now, or should I consider getting a faster RPM hard drive?

4) ALSO, in the future I would like to be able to add a 2nd graphics card to this machine. I'm not sure what the technical term for that is.

5) Anything else gaming-related I should know?

Thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 12:23:32 AM

Here's a build I posted yesterday on another thread. This build will rip any game out there. The case in this build just came out yesterday so there's no customer reviews on it but if you go to the Cooler Master site and click on that case, they have some professional reviews on it and they were all good. That case has size and cooling.

Down below is dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same case @ newegg + shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $459.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $439.98 FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.15 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 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.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Total: $1,348.12 *not including keyboard, shipping, and mail in rebates

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002232-Gaming-Keyboa... $64.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/device... <----- more info, specs, reviews, and pics of that keyboard

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <--- review/benchmarks of that MSI card

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/21/msi_n560gtx_t... <--- review benchmarks of that MSI card in SLI

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards in it's class

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <---- Asrock two year warranty

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
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April 28, 2011 12:31:06 AM

from experience i can tell you that AT BEST you can squeeze out $20 more value than any given why_me build, and you probably wont get anywhere near that. for example, you could save about $4 on the dvd burner on newegg............. i would just pick out a case that appeals to you if the predator aka lobster aka enforcer doesnt do it for you, and seal the deal.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 12:34:30 AM

genghiskron said:
from experience i can tell you that AT BEST you can squeeze out $20 more value than any given why_me build, and you probably wont get anywhere near that. for example, you could save about $4 on the dvd burner on newegg............. i would just pick out a case that appeals to you if the predator aka lobster aka enforcer doesnt do it for you, and seal the deal.

Ah but does that dvd burner @ newegg include "free shipping" like the one on amazon ? :p 
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April 28, 2011 12:48:13 AM

Does this processor utilize my RAM effectively or not? I've heard it can only dual channel.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 12:54:50 AM

goodasgolden said:
Does this processor utilize my RAM effectively or not? I've heard it can only dual channel.

The Intel socket 1155 boards use dual channel RAM vs the Intel socket 1336 boards that use triple channel RAM. As you can see, the 1155 Sandy Bridge cpu's / boards mop the floor with the 1336 builds.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=288 <----- Intel Core i7 950 - 3.06GHz vs Intel Core i5 2500K

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=287 <----- Intel Core i7 950 - 3.06GHz vs Intel Core i7 2600K

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-990x-extrem... <----- $1,000 Intel Core i7-990X Extreme vs $330 Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge

*Sandy Bridge reviews down below

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1501/1/

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7...
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April 28, 2011 12:57:06 AM

So if I were to go with a Sandy Bridge 2600K, I would only be able to use dual channel RAM though (so the 4 x 4 is out of the question)?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 28, 2011 1:08:06 AM

goodasgolden said:
So if I were to go with a Sandy Bridge 2600K, I would only be able to use dual channel RAM though (so the 4 x 4 is out of the question)?

Not at all. Look at that build I posted. Included in it is a set of 2x4gig sticks of dual channel RAM. Two sets give you 16 gigs of RAM for $140...not bad imo. Especially seeing how that RAM is low voltage to boot...good RAM.
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