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First Gaming Build- Need Advice-$1200 Budget

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May 28, 2011 7:43:34 AM

Closed...I got all the answers I needed and appreciate everyone's advice! Thank you!

May 28, 2011 2:25:38 PM

First off, big ups to you for using the system builder template. Makes our job of giving advice pretty easy.

As for your build, here are my thoughts:

CPU: good choice

Is there a reason you are going with EVGA other than you are thinking of going with two 560Ti's? If it were me, I would go with something like this:
mainly for the UEFI bios and the fact I have had a pretty good history with using ASUS mobo's. Also saves you about $15ish from newegg over the EVGA.

RAM: good choice

GPU: how about a couple of these puppies instead of the 560Ti's
Power, noise, and performance comparison here:
there are also these models which are a bit cheaper:

PSU: It's up to you and your overclocking, but if it were me this is the PSU I would use.
Nothing worse than random system instability because your PSU just ain't cutting it. you can calculate your PSU requirements here: but it is just a rough guide. Be careful to add on some capacitor ageing. If you want to keep your system for 2-3 years then crank it up to 30-40%. if you really wanna skimp then go the AX750 instead of the AX850.

HDD: any reason you want the caviar black and not just a green or blue drive? the green drives use a fair bit less power and are cheaper. only real reason for getting the black drive is if you plan to install your games on there, or any other performance task which you can't manage on your SSD. i recommend this if u want to just use it for storing media/files etc: Saves you 20-30 bucks.

Case: cool choice. me likey.


Total spent with my main recommendations here (not including what you have already bought): $961
May 28, 2011 3:16:58 PM

mobo- asrock p67 extreme4 (running your cards at x8/x8 will not bottleneck them i am 100% sure of that)
psu- good choice
cpu- uh oh you already purchased a 2600k why dont you burn the money since you wont use hyperthreading in gaming. the i5 2500k will give you 100% the performance a 2600k will in gaming
i agree get that hdd curryj02 put down
dvd burner-
how much do you have to spend on a monitor?
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May 28, 2011 4:47:30 PM

I have been reading a lot of great things about the Asrock p67 Board but looks to be impossible to find. Edit: I am thinking of the Asrock Extreme z68.

The i7 Processor I was able to pick up for only $99 so It was the best choice for me even if I do not take full advantage of it!

I will definitely take note on using a 5400RPM HDD then!'

I was thinking on the monitor anywhere between $150-$200. I am flexible though! I just will need it before BF3 is released.

Do you know if the Asus Mobo can run 2 GPU's @ x8/x8?
May 28, 2011 5:08:02 PM

xrodney said:
Hard to find ?

Asrock P67 EXTREME4

haha i editted my post! I was thinking of the z68 mobo lol! I have been doing to much research recently!
May 28, 2011 5:32:54 PM

Wil I need any extra cooling with how open the case is with the airflow?
May 28, 2011 5:36:17 PM

You should be fine with decent case, at most you will need add some fans to it.
May 28, 2011 10:11:48 PM

100$ for a 2600k thats a steal
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May 29, 2011 12:27:52 AM


Case - $100 - Antec 902 V3
PSU - $100 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU
MoBo - $385 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - inc - Intel Core i5-2500K included w/ above
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
SSD - $220 - Corsair Force 3 120 GB SSD To be released next week
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS

Case / PSU at great price at the moment

MoBo / PSU - Mobo is excellent and has full 3 year warranty (unlike Asrock whose B3 boards have 2 years, Z68 boards only 1 year)

Cooler - outperforms units twice the price (Prolimatech Megahalems, Noctua DH-14)

GFX - At 1920 x 1200,m take the 900 MHz 560 ..... at 2560 x 1600, the 6950 2GB Frozr

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$245.00 6950 (479/751) $0.51 - $0.65
$265.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $0.55 - $0.70
$210.00 560 Ti (455/792) $0.46 - $0.53
$315.00 6970 (526/825) $0.60 - $0.76
$220.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.44 - $0.51
$335.00 570 (524/873) $0.64 - $0.77
May 29, 2011 4:17:08 AM

same gpu for less because of free shipping at amazon
i switched over from an asus pro board to the extreme4 after i got 2 faulty asus p8p67 pro b3 boards.
case- i recommended the nzxt phantom
jack that psu is out of stock go with the corsair tx 750 v2
that hd is 5$ cheaper at amazon jack but i agree with the choice
corsair force 3 is released another ssd to try is the ocz solid 3 or the ocz agility 3 both are very close to the vertex 3's performance but less expensive
also stay with that dvd drive i posted earlier