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Gaming build for 1400$

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May 9, 2011 2:31:58 PM

I am building this rig for my friend. he will overclock maybe go sli and parts are preferred from amazon and tigerdirect. he will play mostly war games bf3 bfbc2 crysis 2 ....
will probably purchace this week, budget is 1400$, mostly used for gaming, listening to music, some web surfing, and microsoft office. parts he does not need is monitor, keyboard and speakers. resolution 1080p on a 47 in. t.v. just wondering your thoughts on it and what i could do better.

here is the parts list iv'e come up with so far:

asrock p67 extreme4 for $178.54- http://www.compuvest.com/Search.jsp?Search=P67EXTREME4B...:

From tigerdirect
psu: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... -is 850w enough for 570's in sli?
gpu: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
total price from tigerdirect=454.14$ (shipped)-50$ in mir=404.14$

From amazon
NZXT SENTRY 2 Accessories 5.25-Inch Touch Screen Fan Controller (Black)
$24.99

SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad (Black) - SteelSeries
$14.99

Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500K - Intel
$224.99

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 - Cooler Master USA, Inc.
$29.51

Hitachi Deskstar 3.5 Inch 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA II 32 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive 0S02860 - Hitachi
$61.34

Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 - Cooler Master USA, Inc. extra fan for hyper 212+
$11.36

OCZ Technology 50 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2VTX50G - OCZ Technology os drive
$99.88

PNY Optima 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3 Desktop DIMMs Memory Kit MD8192KD3-1333 - PNY will oc it to 1600Mhz
$84.99

Liteon 24X DVDrw Sata Retail - Lite On
$22.99

Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse - Logitech, Inc
$54.99

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) OEM System Builder DVD 1 Pack - Microsoft Software; DVD-ROM
$99.99

Cooler Master 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - (R4-L2R-20AC-GP) - Cooler Master USA, Inc. extra fan for case
$9.99

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2) - Cooler Master USA, Inc.
$89.99

everything from amazon: 830.00$- 20$ mir=810$

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May 9, 2011 2:41:23 PM

Looks like a great build, i have that mouse myself and it's great. Personally i'd go for Corsair/OCZ/G.Skill RAM though. Also yes 850W should be enough for 2 570's.
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May 9, 2011 2:51:48 PM

750 is enough but I would get Antec, XFX, Seasonic, or Corsair before Thermaltake. It isn't considered a top-tier PSU manufacturer. Also, does your friend know that two HD 6950s in Crossfire will give 99% of the framerates of SLI'd 570s for $100+ less?

For memory, I like Mushkin, G.Skill, Corsair, and Kingston. Personal preference maybe, but I've used these brands and feel I can recommend them with confidence.

If you go with an SSD that small, wait for the ASRock Z68 Extreme4. The OS and those games will fill it before he knows it. Read this article about SSD caching.

Samsung F3, WD Black, and Seagate 7200.12 are all drives I would get before that Hitachi HDD.

Just a word of advice, rebates are notorious for being denied for any reason they can think of, even if it's wrong. Don't count them into your budget.
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May 9, 2011 4:03:23 PM

I just built a similar system with a slightly higher budget because I need a Monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers. I would switchout for a Samsung F3 too, and go with CAS 7 RAM. I got a 850W modular psu, one because it was given a stelar review by johnnyguru as super efficient, it has enough overhead to run SLI 570s safely which I will be getting another in short order, as well as being modular which really helps with case cable management. Can't say enough good things about the ASUS bios though, so a P8P67 Pro or Deluxe would be a great pick up, but the ASRock will be great too. Don't believe the hype about PCI lane speeds, a x8/x8 SLI setup will run as fast as a much more expensive x16/x16 board. i5-2500k is just a killer chip too, so much value for its performance level, though I'd be interested in seeing the performance/pricing of the new Bulldozer AMD chips slotted to come out soon.
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May 9, 2011 10:45:08 PM

i changed the hard drive to a segate and the psu to an xfx thanks for the advice. also caching is pretty cool finally understand it but it sucks it cannot do much at bootup
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May 10, 2011 4:48:55 AM

When getting HDDs above 500GB, I'd avoid Seagate.Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 instead.
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May 10, 2011 11:43:13 PM

k got it found a good deal on a f3 anyways
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