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Proposal for 1700$ gaming rig, what do you think?

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May 16, 2011 11:50:16 PM

This is what I had in mind:


1 x Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
1 x Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM
1 x MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E 2PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3 Motherboard
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
1 x ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II Fermi 782MHZ 1536MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DX11 *IR-$38.74*
1 x Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio - Black
1 x Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PF *IR-$9.00*
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
Please note that Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit only supports up to 16GB of RAM.
1 x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
1 x LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM
1 x Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Audio 24BIT Sound Card 7.1 PCI OEM
1 x Intel PRO/1000 CT Desktop Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter PCI Express NIC OEM
May 18, 2011 4:36:56 AM

All looks pretty good but do you really need a sound card and an Ethernet card when the motherboard has the equivalent built in already.

I would get the Samsung f3 from amazon over the W.D. black but the performance should be similar anyways.
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May 18, 2011 5:26:19 AM

I would switch to the MSI GTX 580 Lightning. It's the fastest and most overclockable version of the GTX 580 and is only about $25 more than the ASUS. Also, it won't take up 3 slots like the ASUS.
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May 18, 2011 6:13:10 AM

Also if it were me.. i would slap another 4 gig on memory on there..4 gigs should be enough.. BUT a friend of mine just recently got into the beta for SW:TOR and running the same amount of memory (actually the exact same memory brand/speed/ect) hes running at ~95% memory usage with virtual memory turned off.. and is looking at adding another 8 gigs to his setup.. and when your talking ~$1700 whats another $50 to double that 4 gigs to 8gig?
May 18, 2011 6:27:02 AM

I bought a sound card thinking it'd do wonders but it doesn't really do much unless you have the extra money and want everything perfect. I noticed the difference in sound performance, music sounds better but that's about it. I don't have shitty speakers either, mine were: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Yeah, I don't recommend it unless you're rich or some kind of music pro who needs crystal clarity.
May 18, 2011 5:36:33 PM

ya I realized I didn't need those extra cards. I've revised things quite a bit:

1 x Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
1 x Zalman CNPS9900A LED CPU Cooler 120MM Blue LED Fan LGA1366 1156 1155 775 AM3 AM2 754 *IR-$10.99*
1 x ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX SLI Motherboard
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
1 x EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card *IR-$15.00*
1 x Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio - Black
1 x Seasonic M12D 850W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS 8PIN PCI-E 120MM Fan
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
Please note that Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit only supports up to 16GB of RAM.
1 x Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 Retail Box 1 Year Subscription for 3 PCs
1 x Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
1 x LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM
1 x Addesso AKB-131UB 104 QUIET-KEY Wired Keyboard USB Black *IR-$5.00*
1 x Steelseries Kinzu Optical 3 Button Gaming Mouse USB
1 x Please Use The Onboard Sound Card Integrated On My Motherboard
1 x Please Use The Onboard Network Ethernet Card Integrated On My Motherboard

Decided I didn't quite need the 580, maybe down the road ill go sli with 570...
May 18, 2011 11:00:49 PM

Well newegg just put the 24x LG burner on sale for 19.99. I've always used free anti-virus without any issue. All looks good, only thing left to consider is a z68 M/B if you haven't already.
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