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May 23, 2011 8:19:17 AM

Hi guys,

I'm a total noob who wants to build a new gaming pc, having sold his e8400 / 8800 GT.
The monitor is the LG W2363D-PF, so 120Hz and 1080p.
My objective is to have a very capable computer right off the bat, and being able to have an upgrade path in the future.
What about this setup? I'm italian, so don't worry about the € prices and strange names ^_^

Assemblaggio e Test PC € 35,00
Hard Disk Interno Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200rpm 32MB SATA2 HD103SJ € 43,70
Case Midi Cooler Master 690 II LITE ATX Pure Black € 77,00
Masterizzatore Interno Sony AD-5260S 24x DVD/CD SATA Bulk Nero € 17,70
Alimentatore PC Corsair Gaming Series GS800 800W 80plus € 81,20
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Socket 1155 95W con GPU Sandy Bridge Boxed BX80623I52500K € 178,00
RAM DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 1600MHz 8GB (2x4GB) CL9 1.5v € 77,00
SSD Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB 2.5" Lettura 355MB/s Scrittura 140MB/s Sata3 CTFDDAA128MAG-1G1 € 169,90
VGA Gainward GeForce GTX 570 GS-GLH Core 800MHz Memory GDDR5 4000MHz 1280MB 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort € 283,10
Scheda Madre Gigabyte Z68X-UD3-B3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 SATA3 USB3 ATX € 130,60

TOTALE: 1.093,20 €

Thanks for your valued help! :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2011 9:58:25 AM

^ It does look like a very good build,... CPU Cooler ??
If not partial towards Nvidia, then the AMD 6950 would offer similar performance for less and the 6970 would be a very good alternative,...
May 23, 2011 10:15:31 AM

Yeah, maybe I should put in a CPU cooler even if I'll not immediately overclock... is it worth it?

As for Nvidia / ATI... I reckon Nvidia tend to work better atm with 120Hz monitors (and have Physix). I read around that ATI can use the full 120Hz only with DirectX 9.0 cause a bug or something...
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May 23, 2011 10:20:59 AM

Oh, and for the case should I go for a full tower instead, like the HAF 932?
I was thinking of a later SLI, but it's not sure I'll ever do that...
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2011 11:00:52 AM

^ The 690 is a very big mid-tower case, so even if you go SLI, it will have enough space and air flow to handle it,...

That cooler is very similar to the stock, so no point going with that one, instead wait and get a better cooler,... In that website, the Corsair A50 is a decent one,...
Any other webstores??
May 23, 2011 12:21:31 PM

Could I go with the standard cooler and then apply an aftermarket one when I decide to OC?
That store does not mount aftermarket coolers anyway, so...
I'll check again other stores, but it appears that one has the best prices overall.

As for the case, tnx! I was undecided between the 690 II and Fractal R3 but that went out of stock so... here's my decision. ;-)

Do you think it could be worth it to spend more money on a 580?
And also: that mobo is Z68 but I'm not sure it supports Virtu and all that jazz... and does not have eSata... maybe I'd be better with a P67?

Thanks again!
May 23, 2011 12:33:26 PM

I see for example the Asrock P67 Extreme4 rev.B3 has eSata and 2 frontal usb 3.0
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2011 12:34:41 PM

^ Yes you could go with the stock for now and later on replace it with an aftermarket cooler, but just be careful when you do so, also there are many guide in the internet that you can refer to,...

IMO if Nvidia, then the 570 is the best option in the high-end when comparing price/performance, so stick with that,...

Mobo - Check this board -
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 - Not much costlier than that Gigabyte, but has got pretty good reviews and features,...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-z68-extreme4...
May 23, 2011 12:39:16 PM

That is a GREAT reccomendation, a bit costly but seems really good... So your opinion is that Z68 is worth it on P67, right?
May 23, 2011 12:54:43 PM

Mumble mumble... I usually don't decode that much video, and as for caching... if I get a 120 gb SSD I plan to use it as a boot disk with major games / programs installed there...
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2011 1:04:57 PM

^ Well like I said, if you dont feel like Z68 is a better option, the P67 would do,...But do read through some articles about that chipset,...
May 23, 2011 1:11:55 PM

I'm reading, I'm reading ;-) It's only that I planned on spending something like 800 € and now I'm over 1.100 :-)
Damn, I should have known better. When you start looking into things there's always something "just a little better" to try.
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