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May 14, 2011 7:04:58 AM

[Update 1] :bolded part
Hi!

Straight to the point,
I am building a PC that has a price range of: $2500
I am new to this sort of things and this is my 1st gaming rig that I am building.

The parts are from NCIX,

I need people's advice and feel free to change the parts to max the performance.

Here is the build:

CPU: Core i7-2600k
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD9917&v...
$309.69

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=47090&vpn=NH-D14&manufact...
$89.99

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] cture=ASUS
$190.32
or
Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 ATX
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD6695&v...
$181.00

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] re=G.SKILL
$80.62

GPU: 2x XFX HD 6970
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] acture=XFX
$714.88

SSD: Intel 510 120GB
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] ture=INTEL
$275.56

HDD: WD Black 1TB
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] gital%20WD
$84.69

Optical: ASUS 24x DVD Writer
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] cture=ASUS
$21.32

PSU: Corsair 850HX
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] re=CORSAIR
$158.24

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
http://www.directcanada.com/produc [...] OLERMASTER
$159.85

No Monitor: since I want the full $2500 in pure gaming performance and video rendering

Update 1 Total: $2085.16


So, I am asking:
"What can I change to have more better performance while keeping the price range on $ 2500?"

Which motherboard is better? (for the total price I used the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro)
It seems I have $300.00 more, and I would want this to go to performance of the PC
Anything I should change to get the full advantage i can get from $2500?


Thx for your help in advance!

P.S. Advice about this build will also help me

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May 14, 2011 8:22:08 AM

Might not be better performance, but, the following will save you $300-$400, and, offer 99.5% of the performance...

2500k instead of 2600k, saving approx $100

pair of 6950's instead of 6990, saving approx $200....(alternatively, at least get a pair of 6970's for the same gpu budget, and get 'better than 6990' performance)

You could probably save a few more hundred by ditching the water cooling, and lving with a mere 4.5 GHz-4.7 Ghz on the cpu overclock....
May 14, 2011 2:16:07 PM

i agree with mdd get the 2500k and with *** 4.5ghz overclock that will take on any game with ease. the 6990 is *** joke go with 2 560ti's in sli or 6950 which ever card yo prefer.
get this cpu cooler it is quiet and cools really well probably as well as that liquid cooling:
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-V6GT-220-Watt-RR-V6...
and this hard drive:
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern...
with the money you saved i would get *** 120gb vertex 3 ssd *** lot better than the one you have posted
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May 14, 2011 2:18:32 PM

also i think that motherboard is *** waste of money go with the asus p8p67 evo or the asrock p67 extreme6. they are pretty much the same motherboard.
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May 14, 2011 4:41:22 PM

zoids956 said:
Hi!

Straight to the point,
I am building a PC that has a price range of: $2500
I am new to this sort of things and this is my 1st gaming rig that I am building.

The parts are from NCIX,

I need people's advice and feel free to change the parts to max the performance.

Here is the build:

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB

Cooling: Coolit Systems Eco CPU Water Cooling System AUTO-REGULATED & Maintenance Free LGA1366/1156/1155/AM3

Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme REV3.0 EATX LGA1155 P67 4PCI-E16 PCI-E4 PCI-E Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6990 830MHZ 4GB 5.0GHZ GDDR5 4XMINIDP DVI PCI-E DIRECTX11 Video Card

Case: Cooler Master Haf 932 Advanced Full Tower EATX Case 7X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT USB3.0 eSATA 1394 Black

PSU: Seasonic M12D 850W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 8PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

w/ SSD: Corsair Performance 3 Series 64GB SATA3 6GB/S Marvell 2.5IN Solid State Disk Drive SSD


In total of: $2455.79



So, I am asking:
"What can I change to have more better performance while keeping the price range on $ 2500?"

Thx for your help in advance!

P.S. Advice about this build will also help me

What's your monitors resolution and do you plan on using a single or multiple monitor set up ?
May 14, 2011 4:43:16 PM

Do you have to go through NCIX? Directcanada.com offers free shipping on orders over $50. Here's what I would do with $2500.

CPU: Core i5-2500k
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v...
$220.20

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14660AC7712&v...
$55.08

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2499&v...
$190.32

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v...
$80.62

GPU: 2x XFX HD 6970
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180BD6791&v...
$714.88

SSD: Intel 510 120GB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200DR9815&v...
$275.56

HDD: WD Black 1TB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0783&v...
$84.69

Optical: ASUS 24x DVD Writer
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v...
$21.32

PSU: Corsair 850HX
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC2373&v...
$158.24

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0874&v...
$159.85

Monitor: 3x ASUS VE247H
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1186&v...
$539.07

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Total: $2499.83 shipped
May 14, 2011 4:56:58 PM

nice build nd_hunter
May 14, 2011 9:39:33 PM

agreed very good build
May 14, 2011 10:28:45 PM

Don't believe that had Lucid Virtu. But then again I don't know that he'll benefit from it...
May 15, 2011 2:12:50 PM

*Don't get one of those water cooling systems in a can. They don't perform any better than a regular air cooler and some are even noisier. Plus you are adding the risk of it leaking onto that 6990, are you sure you wanna take that chance?

*Keep the 2600k, the 2500k is great for budget builds but clearly you can afford an extra $100 for hyper-threading so I say go for it.

*That's a great board by the way, not even in the same ballpark as the ASrock, but if this is your first build it might be more than you need. But if you don't mind spending for more than you need that is one sexy board, it is an extended ATX so it will fill out your case more and the red & black will contrast very well with the black interior of that HAF 932.

*I would get larger sized SSD's however, 64Gb is fine for the OS only, but if you start adding other programs it'll fill quickly. I've read for optimal performance you should keep about half of the SSD empty, though I don't have one myself as I'm still waiting for prices to come down a good bit.
May 15, 2011 2:23:39 PM

if you read nd_hunter's build he had a 120gb intel ssd and a z68 board. i think that asus maximus board is a waste of money when you could get a mainstream board that works just as well. i dont see anything on his original forum justifying that i7 2600k is for him like video editing and such so what would be the point in having hyperthreading when he doesnt even use it?
May 17, 2011 11:38:02 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
if you read nd_hunter's build he had a 120gb intel ssd and a z68 board. i think that asus maximus board is a waste of money when you could get a mainstream board that works just as well. i dont see anything on his original forum justifying that i7 2600k is for him like video editing and such so what would be the point in having hyperthreading when he doesnt even use it?

I was not responding to nd_hunter because that is not the original poster. I know you think the maximus board is a waste of money but if overclocking is your main goal you can't go any better than that. The motherboard is the most important aspect of a PC build and you're really going to argue he should go with a cheap "mainstream" board? You get what you pay for and his budget clearly allows for a quality board. Let's not forget about the fact that aside from its performance it is an absolutely stunning board. Most people spending $2500 on a new build want it to look good, ya know?

As for hyper-threading, Windows 7 uses hyper threading regardless if you are using multi-threaded apps or not. It most certainly will improve performance in all PC usage aspects just not as noticeably as in multi-threaded apps. It's just $100 more, 2500k is only a better option for those on a tight budget. That's why I said he can clearly afford it so he should go for it. I did and I'm glad I went with the 2600k.

Now if you want to continue to argue that he should be building a slower PC just because you think you are better at building computers then go right ahead but I don't think my recommendations were at all excessive and are well within the OP's budget.
May 17, 2011 12:20:39 PM

That ROG board is way overpriced. Overclocking isn't what it used to be and I doubt the OP would attempt to push that CPU to its limits. The board, CPU, and cooler above will allow for a very nice, stable overclock. Performance is so vastly improved on the 1155 platform that there is no reason to spend this much money on a build for gaming on a single monitor. The build I proposed is very well balanced and puts his budget to better use than a 2600k paired with a ROG mobo. The OP wants a gaming build, not a workstation or editing machine. A 2500k is no slouch and suited better for gaming because it frees up $100 that is better utilized elsewhere.
May 17, 2011 2:13:48 PM

Another nd_hunter homerun!
May 17, 2011 5:44:28 PM

ammar711 said:
For the SSD I Recommend OCZ Vertex 3 it is only 25$ more than the intel 510
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You do realize it's $25 more for a lower-quality product that has slightly faster read speeds...a difference that won't be noticed in real-world use...right?
May 17, 2011 10:21:58 PM

ammar711 said:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-510-solid-state-6gbps...

OCZ is not lower quality than intel in SSDs!!


First off, that page you linked doesn't say anything about reliability other than the OCZ drive's 25nm NAND reliability being in question. And in overall quality (not just SSDs) I think it's a valid argument that Intel>OCZ. OCZ's power supplies stink and their DDR2 and DDR3 memory sticks were known to have many issues. Go read about all the drive failures and DOA units OCZ has produced on their own forums or in Newegg reviews. One would think they've increased their QC with this go-around of drives, but their history makes me leery.
May 18, 2011 2:02:06 AM

Wow! I haven't been on for awhile
anyways, thanks for all of your suggestions and advices
I really appreciate all of your comments
I will try to update the build based on all your comments
If I have time
It seems I am busy this whole month but keep commenting
You guys are giving me valuable knowledge that i don't know yet
!