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$2300 gaming rig Suggestions?

Hi guys, heres the info:

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 months.

Budget Range: $2200 - ~$2300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, work, college.

Parts Not Required: Case (NZXT Phantom), mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, headset.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com, newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, MOBO must be Asus Maximus IV.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I insert an image of 3 possible builds that I made, what do you think about them? I'll thank any suggestions :D Thanks!

http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/2213/rigconfigs.jpg
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  1. For 1920x1080, I like the 2500k with the 560Ti's in SLI. save about $400, for no noticeable difference in performance. or even just 1 590, to give you an upgrade path.
  2. What do you think about this one? I think it's better.

    http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/4259/rigconfigs2.jpg
  3. Agreed with clarkjd... 560's in SLI, but that mobo is a total hose job, a 750w for dual 560's, and the noctua is over kill....you can max that cpu out on a $60 Corsair V6...the V8's are sucky, and you don't want 1.65v RAM like that Mushkin...look at the G.Skill 1.5v for the same speed and rating.
  4. I'd say B offerered the best value. Although i think you could save money on the CM V8, A Scythe mugen 2 should be more than enough. $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3899435&SID=skim1402X558040X7d113e3ac30d84bbe249eaf1c4832cc1

    Maybe cheaper RAM modules: $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455&cm_re=ripjaws_x-_-20-231-455-_-Product
    While taller than the silverlines should still fit with Scythe Mugen

    As said above i would advise against the Mobo, but if its what you want it's your choice.

    ASUS p8p67 deluxe i'd have thought would be enough for anyone $230
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701&Tpk=p8p67%20deluxe

    Those savings takes you down to around $2100 for the build
  5. Quote:
    Approximate Purchase Date: 2 months.


    Tis too soon to plan a rig. Intel's Z68 and AMD's Bulldozer will be out by then. :whistle:
  6. DXRick said:
    Quote:
    Approximate Purchase Date: 2 months.


    Tis too soon to plan a rig. Intel's Z68 and AMD's Bulldozer will be out by then. :whistle:


    Yes, if I haven't build my rig yet for when the z68 chipset arrives then I'll have in mind a new MoBo, thanks.

    Thank you all for the input. I made some changes to the possible configs based on you opinions, what do you think? any other suggestion pls?

    http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/408/rigconfigs3.jpg

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  7. That's looking a lot better now.

    Try this with two of those 560's.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632378 $554.98 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 i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

    This psu down below will provide more than enough juice for two of those cards, and leave you plenty left over for o/c, extra drives, fans, etc...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 $139.99
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twinfrozr_2/ <----- review/benchmarks of that MSI 560
  8. Thanks for the link Why_Me, looks like a nice offer indeed but I would prefer that my GPUs where EVGA because of their lifetime warranty and excellent customer support. About the PSU, I know that 850W may be overkill for some of the configs but I'm thinking ahead, maybe in a future I'll buy a more consuming GPU config or piece of hardware.

    I'm discarding the 590 config because of the excessive price and the limited availability. I'll replace that config with one that has a single 580. I know that dual 560's and, obviously, 570's beat the single 580 but again, I'm thinking ahead. If I buy the single 580 config then that would mean that I'll buy a 2nd 580 in a future. What do you think guys? Buy a single 580 now and a 2nd later, or get SLI from the beginning with 560's / 570's? I'm planning to game with a single monitor for a while so, maybe the SLI is not needed too much?

    EDIT: Maybe adding a Vertex 3 120GB, it would still be inside the budget, total of $2011.42.

    http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/5338/rigconfigs4.jpg

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  9. There's two groups on here ...one group that says buy one now and get another one later on...like in one 580 now, and one later. Then there is the other group (the one I'm a member of) that says.. ; "do it and do it now!" That would be do the SLI now (560's) and in a few years ebay those cards ...give em away whatever...and purchase whatever's the hot item out there atm. But again a lot of that depends on how often a person upgrades/over hauls their rig.

    As far as the EVGA cards go...the life time warranty is great. The only problem EVGA is running into is that MSI and Gigabyte provide better cooling for their cards and those cards over clock way better than the EVGA cards because of that. In essence, those cards are stomping EVGA into the ground when it comes to pushing your card to the max. You can take an MSI and/or Gigabyte 560 and o/c them to where they run almost dead even with a 570.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-review/ <---- That's benchmarks of gtx 560's @ stock settings. Those MSI cards on the other hand not only come factory over clocked, they can be pushed to the 1000mhz mark.
  10. Thanks for the review link, reading it right now.
  11. Best answer
    The 1.5 volt thing is simply bogus. Look at THG's memory roundup for Sandy Bridge ... only 2 of the 8 modules are 1.5 volt. Since there has been no change since Nehalem/Westmere to Sandy Bridge why has this 1.5 volt thing suddenly become an issue.....all that's changed is the labels, hardware remains the same.

    http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/overclocking/39184-p67-sandy-bridge-overclocking-guide-beginners.html#post110904
    Quote:
    Sandy Bridge does not demand only 1.5v modules, it will be perfectly happy with 1.65v modules too. If someone tries to tell you that you must have 1.5v modules, then they are either trying to sell them to you, or they have been reading misinformation, or both! Another point to consider here, is that in your BIOS, if you head to the memory voltage setting, and enter 1.5v, the text will remain white/grey, if you enter 1.65v, it will turn yellow, and it isn't until 1.73v that it turns red, so at the moment, I'd rest assured that 1.65v modules are OK to use, and I have had this confirmed by Asus, Gigabyte and Corsair so far, as soon as I hear from anyone else, I will update this again.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-vengeance-crucial-ballistix-kingston-hyperX,2907.html
    Quote:
    We started getting email announcements of a new generation of LGA 1155-compatible RAM right around the same time as details of Intel's second-gen Core processors surfaced. The funny thing was that Intel’s memory requirements didn't change from Nehalem/Westmere to Sandy Bridge.

    The former platform’s documented maximum 1.575 V limit remains, with the same wink-and-a-nod from engineers that up to 1.65 V is safe.....The hardware itself didn’t change; just the labels (both internal and external).


    -Coolermaster V6 GT is really really loud.....the Thermalright Silver Arrow and Archon are the two top air coolers at the moment .... but both are way more cooler than is necessary for SB.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=674&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=5
    Quote:
    I think the Silver Arrow represents the ultimate air cooler than can be built and still fit within the constraints of an ATX motherboard and a standard computer case..... It's almost ironic that coolers like this are becoming available just as processors transition to designs that may ultimately render them unnecessary; even overclocked to 5GHz, an Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K doesn't need anywhere near this level of cooling. Still, it wouldn't hurt, and as I noted earlier, there are still CPUs out there that can benefit from it.


    -Asus Deluxe drops you down to x8 x8, you were better off before, x8 is gonna squeeze a second 580 ....or even a 560

    -850 watter can't do twin 580's ....smallest SLI certified PSU for twin 580's is a 900 watter...and that doesn't inlcude OC'ing GFX or CPU
    http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

    XFX Black Edition gets same 10.0 rating as Corsair AX/HX series but saves a bit of money.

    GFX - Twin 560 's (900Mhz) beat a single 580 by 862 fps to 616 fps in Guru3D's game test suite and cost less money.

    PSU - $150 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001
    MoBo - $260 - ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131694
    CPU - $315 - Intel Core i5-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $145 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226178
    GFX - $230 - Gigabyte GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - $230 - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $300 - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    DVD Writer - $90 - Plextor BR Combo Drive w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249055
    OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    $1950 .... $95 less if you get the 2500.

    Can save another $20 with an XFX Black Edition 750 watter if ya want .... but for the $20, I'ds take the headroom
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003
  12. Thanks for the head-ups about the ram voltage JackNaylorPE, I grabbed some mushkin bars again. That article just convinced me Why_Me , I like the gigabyte GPU more though. Here's the new possible configurations:

    http://img861.imageshack.us/img861/3921/rigconfigs5.jpg

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  13. After some more thinking I came up with this:


    By aliened at 2011-05-01
  14. Well seems like no one has any more advices, I'll stick to the final build. Thanks!
  15. Best answer selected by aliened.
  16. JackNaylorPE said:
    The 1.5 volt thing is simply bogus. Look at THG's memory roundup for Sandy Bridge ... only 2 of the 8 modules are 1.5 volt. Since there has been no change since Nehalem/Westmere to Sandy Bridge why has this 1.5 volt thing suddenly become an issue.....all that's changed is the labels, hardware remains the same.

    http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/overclocking/39184-p67-sandy-bridge-overclocking-guide-beginners.html#post110904
    Quote:
    Sandy Bridge does not demand only 1.5v modules, it will be perfectly happy with 1.65v modules too. If someone tries to tell you that you must have 1.5v modules, then they are either trying to sell them to you, or they have been reading misinformation, or both! Another point to consider here, is that in your BIOS, if you head to the memory voltage setting, and enter 1.5v, the text will remain white/grey, if you enter 1.65v, it will turn yellow, and it isn't until 1.73v that it turns red, so at the moment, I'd rest assured that 1.65v modules are OK to use, and I have had this confirmed by Asus, Gigabyte and Corsair so far, as soon as I hear from anyone else, I will update this again.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-vengeance-crucial-ballistix-kingston-hyperX,2907.html
    Quote:
    We started getting email announcements of a new generation of LGA 1155-compatible RAM right around the same time as details of Intel's second-gen Core processors surfaced. The funny thing was that Intel’s memory requirements didn't change from Nehalem/Westmere to Sandy Bridge.

    The former platform’s documented maximum 1.575 V limit remains, with the same wink-and-a-nod from engineers that up to 1.65 V is safe.....The hardware itself didn’t change; just the labels (both internal and external).


    -Coolermaster V6 GT is really really loud.....the Thermalright Silver Arrow and Archon are the two top air coolers at the moment .... but both are way more cooler than is necessary for SB.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=674&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=5
    Quote:
    I think the Silver Arrow represents the ultimate air cooler than can be built and still fit within the constraints of an ATX motherboard and a standard computer case..... It's almost ironic that coolers like this are becoming available just as processors transition to designs that may ultimately render them unnecessary; even overclocked to 5GHz, an Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K doesn't need anywhere near this level of cooling. Still, it wouldn't hurt, and as I noted earlier, there are still CPUs out there that can benefit from it.


    -Asus Deluxe drops you down to x8 x8, you were better off before, x8 is gonna squeeze a second 580 ....or even a 560

    -850 watter can't do twin 580's ....smallest SLI certified PSU for twin 580's is a 900 watter...and that doesn't inlcude OC'ing GFX or CPU
    http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

    XFX Black Edition gets same 10.0 rating as Corsair AX/HX series but saves a bit of money.

    GFX - Twin 560 's (900Mhz) beat a single 580 by 862 fps to 616 fps in Guru3D's game test suite and cost less money.

    PSU - $150 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001
    MoBo - $260 - ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131694
    CPU - $315 - Intel Core i5-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $145 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226178
    GFX - $230 - Gigabyte GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - $230 - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $300 - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    DVD Writer - $90 - Plextor BR Combo Drive w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249055
    OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    $1950 .... $95 less if you get the 2500.

    Can save another $20 with an XFX Black Edition 750 watter if ya want .... but for the $20, I'ds take the headroom
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003


    I just wanted to say think you for the work you put into this post. I am planning an almost identical build, and you really helped affirm some of my choices, as well as plant a few new ideas in my head. Should you head back here, I'm wondering your thoughts about going with a more powerful card like the 570 or 6970 and adding the 2nd on later, as opposed to the dual-lesser card solution offered here. Thanks again.

    ~Spock
  17. Quote:
    I just wanted to say think you for the work you put into this post. I am planning an almost identical build, and you really helped affirm some of my choices, as well as plant a few new ideas in my head. Should you head back here, I'm wondering your thoughts about going with a more powerful card like the 570 or 6970 and adding the 2nd on later, as opposed to the dual-lesser card solution offered here. Thanks again.

    ~Spock


    Hi Spock,

    Actually, after some more research, I went for a more powerful GPU config too, a single OC GTX580 (and another one in the future). By changing other parts I managed to even squeeze a monitor into the budget :D . Hope this new config gives you some more ideas.

    http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/4412/rigconfigfinal.jpg
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