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May 10, 2011 3:50:22 AM

I placed an order yesterday for a custom build system - the deed is done and I can't make any changes. Mind letting a novice know how he did?

System Purpose: Solid, stable, reliable gaming system - good for 2 to 3 years. Limited music/video library.
I run everything at 1920 x 1200 on a Dell 24" monitor.

Overclocking: Nope - once a system is working well, I don't like to mess with it.

Upgrades: Nope - I buy a system every few years, then donate previous to FreeGeek (awesome system rehab non-profit)

Amount spent: $1300.00 (parts and labor to build)

Case: Raidmax Blackstorm Mid-Tower Gaming Case -Black with Blue


Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500 3.30

Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan

Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory - Corsair

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB 16X


Power Supply: Raidmax RX-850AE 80 Plus Gold - 850 Watts

OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium

HD Primary (Boot Drive): 64 GB A-DATA S599 Gaming MLC Solid State Disk

HD Secondary: 750GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

Other: OEM basic optical drive (24x dual layer DVD writer), keyboard, mouse, card reader, a few extra LED fans for cooling, etc. Decent warranty.

That's about it. Did I get good or even excellent value for my dollar, looking for a fast, rock-solid stable gaming system? Should I have made a few different/better choices? Probably the biggest conflict I had was dropping down to i5 from i7 - but I didn't think I'd ever use the full multithreading capacity as a gamer (and I don't edit video, etc.)

I just want to know from people who know more about system builds than I do.

FYI - I had ordered an X58 system with an Asus Sabertooth mobo, but cancelled the whole thing to get the P67 rig for the same exact amount of money. Wise?

BradinPDX

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May 10, 2011 4:04:22 AM

should of gone gtx 570 better than 480, 750w psu at most, and switched to a cheaper h67 mobo since you are not overclocking. oops!
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May 10, 2011 4:19:01 AM

That 850 power supply was cheaper than any of the 750's, not sure why.

I think I have to agree with you on the 570 > 480. They run neck and neck in terms of FPS - essentially equivalent. But the 570 consumes so much less power and must run cooler as well. Yarg! Well, I did save $30.
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May 10, 2011 4:25:52 AM

$1,300 for a single 480 with no chance of SLI and a 2500 with a $150+ P67 mobo....that build is a total hose job and then some imo. It's over priced by an easy $300 - $400. That's usually the story though with peeps that buy first and then post on here asking how they did. You can tell nobody from this board recommended that build.
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May 10, 2011 4:48:13 AM

I didn't know how to tell if it's over-priced other than pricing components separately and then totalling it up. At Newegg, I reached a total of $1373 w/o shipping. At a local shop, ENU, which sells mostly OEM the total was nearing $1500.

Then I had to factor in that someone is building and testing the system and shipping it to me for free. Maybe Newegg and the local OEM seller are dramatically overpricing components. I thought it was a decent deal for everything.

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May 10, 2011 5:18:44 AM

I made two minor changes to the order:

2500 is now 2500k
GTX 480 is now a GTX 570

Will pursue limited OC, maybe 10%.

Is that better?
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May 10, 2011 11:39:39 PM

much. do they have a asrock p67 extreme4 cheaper than the pro and just as good. also with that liquid cooler dont worry about heat. i oc'd my 2500k to 4.2ghz (can go to 4.4) with just turning up the cpu multipler no voltage tweaks or anything. i dont know about oc'ing the gpu because i have a gtx 570 but just follow the evga's superclocked core clock shader clock and memory clocks they will give you a good increase in preformance and temperatures will still be very good.
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May 10, 2011 11:43:31 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
much. do they have a asrock p67 extreme4 cheaper than the pro and just as good. also with that liquid cooler dont worry about heat. i oc'd my 2500k to 4.2ghz (can go to 4.4) with just turning up the cpu multipler no voltage tweaks or anything. i dont know about oc'ing the gpu because i have a gtx 570 but just follow the evga's superclocked core clock shader clock and memory clocks they will give you a good increase in preformance and temperatures will still be very good.

Read the first post. The OP doesn't have a 2500K, and he isn't interested in o/c. Only the 2500K and 2600K can be over clocked.
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May 11, 2011 1:51:30 AM

he recently posted he will oc "10%"
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May 11, 2011 1:59:54 AM

Why_Me said:
Read the first post. The OP doesn't have a 2500K, and he isn't interested in o/c. Only the 2500K and 2600K can be over clocked.

Why are you so upset? Could you not pay for such a build, and is now upset his mother wouldn't buy him his computer?
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May 11, 2011 2:07:32 AM

?? what r u talking about?
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May 11, 2011 2:17:49 AM

taintedducky said:
Why are you so upset? Could you not pay for such a build, and is now upset his mother wouldn't buy him his computer?

Who's upset ? It's not my money, and I only post the facts. Now go troll somewhere else.
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May 11, 2011 3:32:24 AM

I made the switch to a 2500k and the GTX 570. And I do plan to do some modest over clocking. Very much appreciate the advice.

One more question: Will the PSU and Mobo take a second GTX 570 (maybe in a year or so) in SLI? Is that a decent plan to get increased longevity/value down the road?

Why_Me... do you need a hug? I think you need a hug.

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May 11, 2011 3:34:55 AM

what is ur psu size again in watts?
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May 11, 2011 3:35:41 AM

and what mobo r u using?
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May 11, 2011 3:37:43 AM

just saw 850 is plenty for 570 sli. and u r still staying with the asus pro or am i wrong?
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May 11, 2011 3:44:57 AM

Yea I've got a thing for ASUS mobos - pretty loyal to them. So I'm sticking with the P8P67 Pro.
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May 11, 2011 3:48:27 AM

Best answer selected by BradinPDX.
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