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Strong Gaming Build - Finish & Analyze & Help

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May 22, 2011 5:22:30 AM

Gaming Build
Usage - Gaming, Internet, etc
www.newegg.com
Ready to Purchase
Overclocking - Yes
Sli - Yes / Later

Operating System Windows 7 Premium (Do i need full Windows7 or will Premium work for a New Build?)
"Will put my own combos together as i purchase"
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Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
$224.99
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Motherboard - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155
$209.99
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Graphics Card - EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 580
$489.99
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Power Supply - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX
$164.99
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Case - NZXT Phantom White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower
Now: $139.99
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Processor Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
Now: $39.99
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Keyboard - Logitech G510 Black Wired Gaming Keyboard
$99.99
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Mouse - Logitech G9x Black Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
$69.99
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Microphone - Logitech Desktop Microphone
$19.99
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Mouse Pad - steelseries 4HD Gaming Pad
$20.73
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Unfinished Total - $1481.64

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ITEM(S) NEEDED
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Speakers - 2.1 Speaker System Something cheap but good quality
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DVD Drive - Something basic to READ/INSTALL Games/CDs
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Hard Drive - 7200 RPM + 1 TB
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Solid State Drive - something SMALL but STRONG to launch/run my Operating System Windows 7.
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Ram - G.SKILL 8 GB (2x4) 1600
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
or
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2011 6:00:04 AM

hi there! Looks like a good first draft. You didnt ask for a rebuild, so I wont make any comments about that GTX 580.....

For a HDD, I suggest getting a "Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB" it's a fast, reliable drive that is at an awesome price for the performance.

Bit of a no brainer here, but I saw that amazon is selling the 212+ for $30 free shipping, might wanna check it out....

I suggest getting the ripjaws ram, it seems to be the best.

for your DVD drive, have you thought about a Blu-Ray? in a top tier rig like this, you might as well future proof it a bit...

Sorry for the lack of links, I don't have access to a billion newegg tabs :p  Hope that helps you out!
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May 22, 2011 6:07:02 AM

What's wrong with 580 u suggesting something else?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2011 6:09:54 AM

Well, yes. The 580 is definitely a strong card, but it's overpriced IMO. What is your rig? You really need to be running at least 3 screens or a 2560x1600 screen to take advantage of 2 580's in SLI. I would suggest something a bit more tame, like a GTX 570, and add one later on? even a single 560 ti is a potent solution at HD resolutions.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2011 3:33:01 PM

I'd go with a 950w if you plan on overclocking.
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May 22, 2011 7:35:35 PM

just the cpu, 850 should be more than enough
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a c 204 4 Gaming
May 22, 2011 8:02:23 PM

Two 900 Mhz 560 Ti's are 40% faster than a single 580 and come in $50 cheaper for the pair. I'd be wary of EVGA factory OC's tho as they won't warrant the overclock....been there, done that.

Save $5 on the PSU by getting Corsair's newest top of the line unit ... AX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Scythe Mugen 2 outperforms the Hyper 212 by 7C
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The G500 is a worthy alternative to the 9x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Budget RAM (CAS 9) - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Performance RAM (CAS 7) - $130 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the 580 or twin 560's, the GFX system will not be the bottleneck, therefore lower CAS RAM will have an impact on minimum frame rates.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2792/12

22.3 % (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in Far Cry 2
18% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in Dawn of War
15% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in World in Conflict

SSD - The Corsair Force 3's should hit the streets any day now and match the Vertex 3's 550 Mbps performance .... once the Corsair's hit, the Vertex 3's $300 price tag should drop to the advertised Corsair's price of $220

HD - For good performance, any of these will do...pick the one that best fits the apps you use

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[3016]=on&prod[2365]=on

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Speakers - 2.1 Speaker System Something cheap but good quality


Those terms are generally mutually exclusive :) 

$40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$52 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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