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Advice on my new build [$2500 Gaming PC]

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May 30, 2011 10:01:31 PM

So, this is my first time trying to build a PC.
Any advice would be excellent!

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon ( Before August )

Budget Range: $2500 - Willing to go a little over if it makes a huge difference

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Just about everything, I am a heavy gamer. I want to be able to run almost anything thrown at me in the next 6 months - year on max settings without hiccups

Parts Not Required: I don't need Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, DVD Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Probably overclocking CPU, ( i7 2600k)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Tower: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

CPU + RAM Bundle:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXLD

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

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply:
XION AXP Lan-Party Edition AXP-1000R14HE 1000W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS 12V 2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

GIGABYTE G1.Sniper LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Heat Sink:
ZALMAN CNPS11X Extreme V-Shaped Dual Heatpipe Design w/120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000BLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Enterprise Hard Drive
May 30, 2011 10:17:06 PM

Case / PSU - I'd consider moving up the the HAF-X w/ Corsair AX1200 or am Antec DF-85 W/ CP-1000

MoBo / CPU - You have a 1366 MoBo w/ an 1155 CPU .... no go. With the 580's, I suggest an 1155 board board capable of x16 x16.


RAM - That cooler is definitely not going to fit .... will hit your CPU cooler. Even the tall heatsinks can be an issue.

GFX - Consider twin 560's instead of the single 580 and save $20
Twin 560's 900Mhz $220 x 2
Single 580 $460

The single 580 gets 616 total fps in Guru3D's game suite, 953 in SLI .... The 560 gets 862 fps in SLI (49 in metro 2033). This woulkd also allow you to drop down to a 750 or 850 watt PSU (ANtec CP-850 in DF, AXF Black Edition 750 in HAF).

Cooler :
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu

HD - Seagate XT

SSD - Corsair Force 3 ($235) or Vertex 3 ($260)

May 30, 2011 10:45:11 PM

Thanks Jack, some questions.

I would like to keep the 2600k, would this board work?

RAM - The cooler won't fit ok, would you recomend different ram or cooler? I'm not sure what to do here, neve had a cooler on my ram.

HD: I have large HDs already available for space, i'm mostly just looking for speed, I noticed the seagate is only 7200, over the 10k velociraptor.

Would it be best just to get one of the SSD in this situation?
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May 30, 2011 11:27:54 PM

dont spend the extra money on the i7 2600k when you cant even use the extras it comes with

i agree with jack's cpu cooler decision

get this ram you dont need 2133 ram- just use the 2 & 4 spots on the motherboard and the cpu cooler wont get in the way

ssd-use this for speeding up loading times and put your os on it-

get this hdd- -it is 5$ cheaper at amazon


decide between 6950 cf and 560 ti sli by looking at benchmarks of the games you play and see which one performs the best

get this psu- it is only 7$ more than the hx version

get the stuff i posted form amazon on
May 30, 2011 11:39:54 PM

I also think the i7-2600K is not worth it (and will loose the top performance crown to Ivy Bridge in 6-8 months anyway), for 100$ you get 100Mhz, 2MB cache and HyperThreading which might result in a big 0.25 FPS in games at most.

Moreover, unless you plan on using 3-4 video cards, I don't think you need a 1000W PSU (unless you can get it for really cheap), go for quality.
May 30, 2011 11:42:43 PM

Let me start off by saying, if you don't have THREE monitors you are wasting your money!!!!!!!!

Eyefinity or 2d surround is the future. You can play at 1080p with a $300 ps3. Go big.
May 30, 2011 11:46:38 PM

Ok, So here's what I got so far then.

Tower: HAF x

CPU: i5 2500k

GPU: 2x SLI GTX560 Ti

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PS: 850w Corsair

RAM: 8GB 1600 Gskill Ripsaw

CPU Cooler: Sycthe

HD: SSD Corsair Force 3

With shipping and tax looking around $2000. Is anything over this not worth it then?
May 30, 2011 11:49:40 PM

Oh, also check NCIX (Canadian), they will price match anyway and you might save on shipping, but they don't have so much selection.
May 30, 2011 11:53:23 PM

I would add a 2TB green "mechanical" HDD just for bulk storage (multimedia, backup, ...).
May 30, 2011 11:54:46 PM

I have several TB Drives laying around and external drives already
May 31, 2011 12:08:37 AM

@ the OP...if your Canadian then stay away from

Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25EXT 6X3.5INT Front Audio USB *No PS* $4.95
Coolermaster R4-L2R-20 120MM Red LED Case Fan 2000RPM 69CFM 19DBA 3/4 Pin $95.99
XFX 750W PRO750W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze $154.79
Gigabyte P67X-UD3-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67 DDR3 3PCI-E1 2PCI 2PCI-E16 CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard $21.68
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM $76.47
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory $21.32
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $68.20
Seagate SV35.5 Series 1TB 32MB Cache 7200RPM SATA3 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive

*** and...dual 6950's or 560's