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May 4, 2011 9:35:09 PM

I'm building my first "gaming" rig. Not an enthusiast, so i'm not looking to overclock (or maybe just a little). These are the components I'm planning to purchase (TigerDirect.com):

Motherboard:
ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Intel P67 Motherboard (Socket H2, LGA 1155)

CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600K BX80623I72600K Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.40 GHz, Socket H2 (LGA1155)

Memory:
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 Vengeance 8GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 2x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, 8-8-8-24

Power Supply:
Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration, 80+ Silver, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications, Vibration Dampener Included

GPU:
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Mini-HDMI, Dual DVI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready

HDD:
Western Digital WD7502AAEX Caviar Black Hard Drive - 750GB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 64MB

Optical Drive:
Asus BW-12B1LT/BLK/G/AS 12x Blu-Ray Burner - BD-R 12x, BD-R(LTH) 4x, BD-RE 2x, DVD±R 16x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD+RW 8x, DVD±R DL 8x, DVD-RAM 12x, CD-R48x, CD-RW 24x, 8MB, SATA, Black

My question? Would this be considered a decent gaming rig or am I going overboard? Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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May 4, 2011 10:03:00 PM

I think it would be better to get a cheaper cpu and better GPU. It really depends on what games you plan on playing. Why would you get a K series if you do not wnat to overclock, it's the same as the non-k except with better overclocking ability.
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May 4, 2011 10:04:20 PM

What is your budget?
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May 4, 2011 10:57:20 PM

A 2600K is a bit too much CPU for a TI 550. You're better off getting a 2500K and putting the money saved towards a better GPU along with a CPU cooler for overclocking.
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May 4, 2011 11:01:10 PM

I would change a few things... go from the 2600k to the 2500k, spinpoint f3 1tb HDD, and upgrade to a 560ti or 6950 gpu
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May 12, 2011 9:16:42 PM

flyboy86 said:
What is your budget?

My budget is around $1300 - $1500
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May 12, 2011 9:22:25 PM

cmadrid said:
I would change a few things... go from the 2600k to the 2500k, spinpoint f3 1tb HDD, and upgrade to a 560ti or 6950 gpu


Kept the i7-2600k and I'm going with the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card ( might get a second one for 2 way SLI)
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May 12, 2011 11:39:35 PM

It's not that the 2600 is too much cpu, it is simply that the 2500 will give 99.9% of the performance for $100 less....

Additionally, the GTX550 is weak for it's price. Find a GTX460(1gb) instead....do not get any GTX460 with "SE" as part of it's description.
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May 13, 2011 1:05:35 AM

you should replace that 750gb with the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hard drive and switching your gpu to a gtx 570 is a good idea. ;) 
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May 13, 2011 1:10:07 AM

gtx 570s are nice! I'd still go down to a 2500k tho and maybe ASRock extreme4 Mobo and put the savings into a SSD for your boot drive
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May 13, 2011 1:24:46 AM

does it make since for him to spend $700 on graphics if his budget is $1400. IMO a single HD6950 2GB or GTX 570 would be fine
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May 13, 2011 1:48:59 AM

the 6950(2gb) does very well, almost equaling the GTX570 in most benchmarks and defeating it in a few, and for a full $100 less than most GTX570 variants.
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May 13, 2011 1:51:43 AM

concur with 2500k over 2600k, the extra 45% in cpu cost for 100 more MHz and subsequent 1 frame/sec gain seem pointless....
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May 13, 2011 4:58:48 AM

mdd1963 said:
the 6950(2gb) does very well, almost equaling the GTX570 in most benchmarks and defeating it in a few, and for a full $100 less than most GTX570 variants.


well what games does he play in war games the 570 beats out a 6970. so it all depends on which games you play. please list them
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May 13, 2011 5:08:25 AM

For a little more than $1300 you can get a 2500k, 2x 6950s in Crossfire, and of course all the other necessary parts; for 1500 you could get the 2600k and have some left over for more storage or a super nice case.
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May 13, 2011 6:01:54 AM

id stick with the i5. Also if your planning to add another card in the future than stick with the 6950 which is $100 cheaper than the 570 and scales better with 2 or 3 cards.
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May 13, 2011 12:55:26 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock P67 Extreme4 - 159.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 cas 8 - 99.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG DVD Burner - 19.99

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-SATA-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-D...

120 GB Intel 320 SSD - 219.99

http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Overclocking-Universa...

Thermaltake Frio - 47.99

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

1TB Samsung Spinpoint f3 HDD - 61.75

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-Performance-...

Corsair 850AX PSU - 182.99

http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Steel-Computer-Window...

Silverstone Raven RV02B-EW case 178.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS radeon 6950 2GB - 304.99 - I'd get this card if you aren't going to Crossfire, but it takes up 3 slots, so I'd get something smaller if you do plan to Crossfire

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Twin Frozr III 2GB - 299.99 is nice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

another radeon 6950 - think this one can be unlocked to a 6970
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May 13, 2011 12:56:23 PM

forgot to put the CPU down.. do you have a microcenter nearby? You can get an i5 2500k for 179.99 plus tax there, otherwise i'd get one from newegg
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May 13, 2011 12:59:42 PM

With the MSI Twin Frozr 3 and the i5 2500k from Newegg at 225 it totals up to 1495.67 plus some shipping.. most of that has free shipping, but not everything!

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