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May 20, 2011 3:06:08 PM

I am looking at building a new machine after 5 years. Details and price are below, or can be seen here. Essentially I am a bit out of touch with everything across the board but I do want a powerful machine, this machine + parts I can resuse like hard drives comes to about $1700 and is based off readings and a machine built by CPU Magazine with some parts changed. For the most part I do light office work on this machine, but this will be my new gaming machine. As of now, I'm more so dedicated to the Call of Duty Suite, not having a lot of time to play with other games so I get my fix with COD.

My question is overall how's this sound as a primary machine? Anything that I could upgrade or downgrade?

Here are the details so far with links to Newegg, but I may purchase some from locally from MicroCenter:

Case (Purchased due to Sale Price $30 off)
Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Power Supply
ENERMAX SGALAXY EVO EGX1250EWT 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Compatible w/Core i7 Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Memory
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

Video Card
SPARKLE Calibre Series X580 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

CPU Cooler
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System

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May 20, 2011 3:13:36 PM

This is a 2100 dollar build. Not even close to your budget.
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May 20, 2011 3:18:29 PM

Okay, after your update its within reach of the 1700 dollar budget, when I saw 1200 I was shocked.

I really would have saved on the case, way to expensive for a build unless you have money to burn. The MOBO should be a Gigabyte UD3 or ASUS P8P67 PRO or ASRock Extreme4. Save you a boatload there, and you could save on the PSU by moving down to a Corsair HX1000, if you plan to SLI with another 580 later. I would downgrade to a HX 850W, and get two Radeon 6950 2GB.
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May 20, 2011 3:22:58 PM

@ raptorjesus - yes your fast, after I posted it I realized that total was from what I can pick up locally.


Ok, well "technically" you are right. I am not counting the case because I already purchased it. Minus the case I get $1784.94. You can see review in my spreadsheet here... This Google Speadsheet shows the other prices, what's in grey are Newegg costs, the columns to the right are MicroCenters prices.

https://spreadsheets1.google.com/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&...

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May 20, 2011 3:28:38 PM

@ raptorjesus - Checking out the hardware you suggested... Thanks, I'll post back with any questions.
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May 20, 2011 3:48:58 PM

raptorjesus said:
Okay, after your update its within reach of the 1700 dollar budget, when I saw 1200 I was shocked.

I really would have saved on the case, way to expensive for a build unless you have money to burn. The MOBO should be a Gigabyte UD3 or ASUS P8P67 PRO or ASRock Extreme4. Save you a boatload there, and you could save on the PSU by moving down to a Corsair HX1000, if you plan to SLI with another 580 later. I would downgrade to a HX 850W, and get two Radeon 6950 2GB.


Thanks, In looking at your suggestions I have the following follow up questions.

1. What's the best way for me to compare the Gigabyte UD3 or ASUS P8P67 PRO or ASRock Extreme4 to the mobo that I suggested? I see the price looks much better but what am I loosing when compared to the card I chose vs. your suggestion?

2. In the future when my 580 gets old I would likely drop another one in later. I am going from a HIS 4870 so I expect a huge increase with the 580. With the dual Radeon 6950 2GB's as you have suggested how would that compare in a year from now? What's the noise difference between these cards? A part of my interest in the Sparkle card is its reviewed by Overclockers as running rather cool and quiet.

3. Would a 1000 watt PSU be able to handle another 580 in the future, is 1250 more power that I will really ever need? I have a 750W now.
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May 20, 2011 4:12:49 PM

sixty4 said:
Thanks, In looking at your suggestions I have the following follow up questions.

1. What's the best way for me to compare the Gigabyte UD3 or ASUS P8P67 PRO or ASRock Extreme4 to the mobo that I suggested? I see the price looks much better but what am I loosing when compared to the card I chose vs. your suggestion?

2. In the future when my 580 gets old I would likely drop another one in later. I am going from a HIS 4870 so I expect a huge increase with the 580. With the dual Radeon 6950 2GB's as you have suggested how would that compare in a year from now? What's the noise difference between these cards? A part of my interest in the Sparkle card is its reviewed by Overclockers as running rather cool and quiet.

3. Would a 1000 watt PSU be able to handle another 580 in the future, is 1250 more power that I will really ever need? I have a 750W now.


The 2x 6950s will outperform a 580 right now, but the 2x 580s will outperform anything until the new Kepler cards, and 7xxx gen cards come out. I'm of the mind that you buy the best single GPU you can afford now, and then upgrade later with SLI. So in that case I would stick to a 580, though which one I'm not as sure on. I've seen some reference 580s sell for around 480ish so that might be an option to shave about 80 bucks from your price. That card will cool better, but since it vents into the case and not out the back of teh card I'm not sure how it will perform in a Level 10.

The best way to compare the boards is to look at the features, don't worry about having 2 x16 PCI-e lanes, performance vs. two x8 lanes is negligible less than a few % points different.
Check out this benchmark that was done comparing x16 to x4 and x8.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/08/25/gtx_480_sli_p...
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May 27, 2011 1:09:02 AM

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