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$1700 Gaming System Critique

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May 24, 2011 11:23:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: $1500-$1900 before shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, rendering, browsing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, windows 7
Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: No real preference
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I'm building my second computer and after some research, I've picked out a parts list for critique or advice. I'll be extensively using it for gaming but it will also be used for rendering scenes in 3ds max.

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: i7-960
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: (12GB) CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3072MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

System Drive: None, but maybe a SSD

Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: ASUS Black 24x DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-129-...

Right now this machine is looking at $1700 after shipping.
May 25, 2011 2:01:34 AM

Welcome to the forum. I would recommend a Sandy Bridge 1155 platform instead - better performance, longevity, and cost. You could keep most of the parts except the mobo, cpu, and ram. Also that 580 a bit much at 1080p and you won't see any benefit from that more expensive 6Gb/s HDD.
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May 25, 2011 2:50:40 AM

Agree with jbakerlent. The sandy bridge cpu are much better then the older i7s.
I'd recommend crossfiring 2 6950's right now. That should fit in your budget perfect and its the best bang for your buck right now. Stick with 8gb of ram right now, 4 will even be enough. You can some money by getting a spinpoint f3 1tb instead of the cav back which is just as good.
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May 25, 2011 2:56:33 AM

Yeah, coming from someone with a 1366 build you don't want that right now.

A 2500K + a Z68/P67 SLI/CF capable motherboard, and 8GB(3x4GB) of RAM would be a much better choice.

Do you know if any of the programs you use benefit from CUDA?
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May 25, 2011 6:34:31 AM

I think 3ds max and mudbox support CUDA, but I don't know how much they benefit from it.
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May 25, 2011 5:54:30 PM

580 is not enough at 1080p for that budget IMO, Crossfire 6950s will do you much better for not too much more. And of course, go with an 2500k, even with a 212 you'll have no problem hitting 4.6Ghz (from a stock 3.3!!).

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Agree with jbakerlent. The sandy bridge cpu are much better then the older i7s.
I'd recommend crossfiring 2 6950's right now. That should fit in your budget perfect and its the best bang for your buck right now. Stick with 8gb of ram right now, 4 will even be enough. You can some money by getting a spinpoint f3 1tb instead of the cav back which is just as good.


This. And I would add that it's quality, not quantity on the RAM. Get a 4gb or 8gb kit that's rated for PC3 2000/CL7 or better; DDR3 prices have dropped a lot recently.
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May 25, 2011 6:22:25 PM

In almost every area the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K will outperform the Intel Core i7-960 and that is just at stock. Once you start to overclock with the Intel Core i7-2600K you will outperform the Intel Core i7-960 by a good margin. For gaming and rendering work that you are going to want to match the Intel Core i7-2600K up with a good Z68 board like the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-D3H-B3 or the Asus P8Z68-V PRO. One last thing the Intel Core i7-2600K supports only dual channel memory so you are going to want to select your memory as DDR3 1600 and at 1.5v in even number of sticks (so 2 or 4).

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 25, 2011 6:35:36 PM

I was originally considering the DF85, but after reading much reviews & forum posts, the build quality & potential gaps for dust to flow in diverted me from getting it.

If you're going to spend that kind of money on a full atx tower, the Haf 932, Haf X, RAVEN RV02B-EW are very popular choices for under $200.

This is the system I just finished building yesterday after doing a lot of research & some input on this forum. Price came to $2000 after everything was said & done. It may help you as I built this system for gaming & rendering.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/310886-31-would-opini...

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