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May 24, 2011 9:44:26 AM

Hey guys. Got around $2600 to spend on a new gaming rig. This is what I've come up with so far. Please feel free to post suggestions on it, if I should change anything, and all that etc etc. Thanks :) 


Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case

Intel Core i7 2600K - 3.40GHz

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB

OCZ Vertex 2 - 180GB SATA II 2.5" MLC Solid State Drive (For OS and frequently played games, applications, etc)

ASUS P8P67 EVO New B3 Revision - LGA1155 - Dual DDR3-2200(OC)

OCZ Z Series Gold 1000W Power Supply

G.Skill 4GB (4x 2GB) Trident Dual Channel Memory Kit - PC3 16000 (2000Mhz) DDR3

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit

2x in SLI - ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II Video Cards

Antec KUHLER H2O 620 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

PS. Not sure about the motherboard but there isn't much I can find that supports DDR3 2000Mhz with a L1155 socket ;/

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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2011 10:26:58 AM

^ From where are you buying the parts ??
Check the newer Z68 boards from Intel,...
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May 24, 2011 10:29:49 AM

Here's a better one for this budget!

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack

bundled with:

Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

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

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

bundled with:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 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...

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

2170$ with MIR
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May 24, 2011 11:18:26 AM

but... MSY is so much cheaper... msy.com.au
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May 24, 2011 11:19:19 AM

Been screwing around with some more parts and I found one that turns out even cheaper. Let me know what you think.

Antec Nine Hundred Two Version 3 Gaming Case

Intel Core i7 2600K - 3.40GHz - Quad Core

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB

OCZ Vertex 2 - 60GB SATA II 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 Motherboard

OCZ Z Series Gold 1000W Power Supply

G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB(2x 4GB) Memory Kit

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit

2x in SLI ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II Video Cards

Comes to $2300AUD. Seems like a great deal for a great machine imo.
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May 24, 2011 11:20:51 AM

I'll check it out. Thanks!
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May 24, 2011 11:27:39 AM

Had a look through msy. They don't have half of what I want. :( 
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2011 11:29:51 AM

^ Some suggestions -
1. CASE - The 900 is a older design, get the NZXT Tempest EVO, which very much similar to the 900, but has more fans,...
Or CM HAF 922/ CM 690 Advanced would also be good

2. PSU - I doubt you would need a 1KW PSU, a very good 850W PSU should do,... XFX Black Edition 850W is a very good option - Seasonic build and 80+ Silver, which actually performs as good or better than the OCZ Z series PSU,...
Or the Corsair TX-850 V2 is also a very good option, but is non-modular though that wont be much of an issue with the above cases as they have very good cable management...

3. SSD - Why not the newer faster SSD ? Get the 120GB version, which is cheaper, much faster and IMO 120GB would suffice for OS, some games and apps...
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22140513-OCZ_Agility_3_120G...(AGT3_2
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May 24, 2011 11:36:24 AM

Hey gkay thanks for the replay. That SSD is $279 which is more than I want to spend on one. But will take that advice into consideration. I'll go check those cases and PSU's out right now. Thanks!
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May 24, 2011 11:41:51 AM

Will the Corsair TX-850 V2 850W support 2 GTX 570's?
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May 24, 2011 12:17:54 PM

Rad. Well this is what I've got now.

Core i7 2600K
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 Motherboard
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced nVidia Edition Case
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB(2x 4GB) Memory Kit
Win7 Pro 64bit
2x in SLI GTX 570's
OCZ Agility 3 - 60GB - 2.5" SATA3 SSD
Antec KUHLER H2O 620 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Comes to $2300 roughly. Anything else I should change? How long will this system last me?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2011 12:36:20 PM

^ You could save some money going with HD 6950s instead of the GTX 570s, would offer similar performance...
CPU Cooler - You can go with air coolers instead of that one because even coolers which are half the price would offer similar performance - CM Hyper 212+/ Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B

CPU - If only gaming, then even the i5 2500K would suffice IMO,..
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May 24, 2011 12:40:19 PM

I'll check out some reviews and benchmarks for the 6950. I'll also look up the coolers you recommended. But I'm definitely staying with the i7 2600K.
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May 24, 2011 2:22:44 PM

If you game at 2560x1600 the 2GB 6950s offer better performance over 570s due to the greater amount of VRAM, but they don't overclock as well so if you will be at 1920x1080 the 570s will be faster. I have my 570s OCed easily to 850/1900 and they absolutely blaze through any game I throw at them. Crysis Warhead runs at a stable 70-80 fps with Enthusiast settings on and max AA/AF.
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May 24, 2011 2:29:05 PM

I'm on 1920x1080 and I doubt I'll ever go over that cause I just got a new monitor. I'll stick with the 570's :) 
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