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Final Final Check - About to Press Buy Button on Gaming Rig

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May 24, 2011 9:19:29 AM

Hello everyone!

I think I am in the home stretch when it comes to my new build (but this is my first time so it is safe to say that I am not too knowledgeable about this). This is meant to be an extreme gaming machine.

Please point out any issues that may be problematic (I am happy with 16 GB of RAM and the 2600 over the 2500 processors). I am a little nervous about connecting everything together (which components fit with other components via cables so if there is a misstep here, please let me know). Also anything else that doesn’t fit well together (bottlenecks etc.).

Case: SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02B-W Black

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

I like the reviews and I like the sound dampening features of this case

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

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

I did consider water cooling too (CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler) but decided to go without in the end. Unless I am missing something…

Optical Drive: LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner with 3D PlaybackiHBS212 LightScribe

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

Not much to say about the optical drive…

Hard Drive 2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

It seems that everyone recommends this drive so it seemed the obvious choice for a secondary drive.

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

This mobo has HDMI and it was the best recommendation from Tom’s Hardware (over Gigabyte, ASUS etc.)

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

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

I would like to overclock at some point. Also, I believe the difference between 2500 and 2600 is only marginal but I’m comfortable with this choice.

Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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

I like this because it is a 570 and it has HDMI.

Hard Drive 1 (OS): OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

This seems like a great choice based on previous comments on these boards

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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

My primary concern regarding power supplies is that I won’t have enough if I get a second video card later on. Also, do I have the right connectors to connect this to the two video cards?

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL

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

I realize 16 is overkill but I’m ok with that. :) 


May 24, 2011 9:25:48 AM


If you buy 8GBs of RAM, a cheaper but not lower quality case, a 750W power supply and 2500k over 2600k I'm pretty sure you can get dual gpus (if not 570s, 6950s for sure) which you will make more use of in gaming perfomance than 16gb of memory and 2600k..
May 24, 2011 9:41:55 AM

I'm not sure but I think you are referring to my budget in your answer, yes? If that is the case, then no worries. I am way under budget with this build. I could get two video cards now if I wanted to but I thought I would see how things go with one card first.

Over the past few years, I have saved up about 3k to buy a gaming rig. I thought it would be enough but judging by today's prices, it seems a bit like overkill. And on a personal note, my wife has agreed to this one time purchase with the money (with a possible second video card later). :D 
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May 24, 2011 9:48:19 AM

You can play everything today at maxed settings with every filter on with a lower cost pc..My opinion is buying a cheaper and still powerful pc and save your money for updates (Ivy Bridge).
May 24, 2011 9:54:25 AM

Hehe. You don't know my wife. :D 

She doesn't want to hear or see anything to do with computers for a very long time after this. This computer is taking me through the next few years with no upgrades at all (except the 2nd video card).

To give you an example, my current computer is a six year old Alienware laptop. ;) 
May 24, 2011 10:01:08 AM

OK :D  Let me post you something that will last for a long time!
May 24, 2011 10:11:09 AM

Cool!
May 24, 2011 10:13:04 AM

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

bundled with:

CORSAIR Professional Series AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

bundled with:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Performance 3 Series CSSD-P3128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2714 $ with MIR!

May 24, 2011 10:13:54 AM

And please overclock the CPU and GPUs..It's a shame if you don't!
May 24, 2011 10:27:57 AM

Thanks! And if anyone else would like to comment on these two builds, please do. :) 
May 24, 2011 3:21:04 PM

If you can afford the second build i would go for that one but change out the Solid state for the Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS edition
May 24, 2011 6:53:59 PM

I'm thinking about it. But I must admit, I have done too much research on the parts I chose so it is hard to let go. Plus no one has pointed out any flaws in it either.

It will be kind of hard to go back to square one again...

In any case, I did have a nagging question that ultimately affects both builds but as I have done the research already for the first build, I will use that as an example:

The PSU is 850W.

Here is what the eVGA card says: "System Requirements Minimum of a 550 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 38 Amps.)"

However, in the psu calculators that I found and used, it lists a gtx 570 as 400W.

In any case, how are you supposed to have enough power to run two cards (if I go with build 2 or keep my initial build and add a second card)?
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