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June 18, 2011 12:37:20 AM

Ok, I'm about to build a new gaming rig. This is what I'm thinking. Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Am I missing anything? Anything not matched up for perfection???

COCOOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

JUST ONE CARD FOR NOW, MAY SLI LATER... ASUS ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5 GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) 3072MB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

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

CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory with Airflow Fan Model CMT8GX3M2A2000C9

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

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


One thing I am unsure of is the ram...
June 18, 2011 1:51:49 AM

Great selection of components. Few points :

1. The sniper case front panel USB ports do not support USB3.0 - you may want to get a case with USB3.0 support if this is important to you. (Awesome case though, just built my second rig using a sniper a few days ago)

2. You may want to go for a slightly 'modified' GPU ie. not one which uses the reference cooler design. Eg. MSI Twin Frozr range, Asus DirectCU, etc. - this depends on when you are planning on getting your components because as far as I know there are only reference design gtx590's available.

3. The ram you listed is fine. 2000mhz may be a bit unecessary though - 1600mhz ram is more than enough since the Sandy Bridge default is 1333mhz. I read an article where the performance gains from 1333mhz to 2133mhz ram is compared on a Sandy Bridge setup, and the differences were marginal and limited to certain applications.

4. Seeing that the rest of your system is very high end, why not look into getting a SSD?

5. Do you plan on overclocking? If yes, then look at getting an aftermarket CPU heatsink cooler.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
June 18, 2011 9:13:22 AM

Exactly, this is such a high end system, and I don't think that the storm sniper will adequately cool two GTX 590s.

Where is your SSD?

Why not a full tower case, you should get the HAF 932 case.



GTX 590 is sorta overkill, do you really need a $700 graphics card.




Why don't you just get the Tom's hardware $2000 build?


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/build-a-computer-high-end...




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June 18, 2011 6:09:54 PM

Thanks for the info. USB 3.0 would be nice. Just tryin to keep it kinda small and partially mobile. You are correct about the GTX590. Not many options out there yet. After reading your comments on the ram I will probably back off to something a little cheaper and slower. I've never used an ssd drive. Are the gains really worth the extra money? Probably won't do much over clocking.

abdul89 said:
Great selection of components. Few points :

1. The sniper case front panel USB ports do not support USB3.0 - you may want to get a case with USB3.0 support if this is important to you. (Awesome case though, just built my second rig using a sniper a few days ago)

2. You may want to go for a slightly 'modified' GPU ie. not one which uses the reference cooler design. Eg. MSI Twin Frozr range, Asus DirectCU, etc. - this depends on when you are planning on getting your components because as far as I know there are only reference design gtx590's available.

3. The ram you listed is fine. 2000mhz may be a bit unecessary though - 1600mhz ram is more than enough since the Sandy Bridge default is 1333mhz. I read an article where the performance gains from 1333mhz to 2133mhz ram is compared on a Sandy Bridge setup, and the differences were marginal and limited to certain applications.

4. Seeing that the rest of your system is very high end, why not look into getting a SSD?

5. Do you plan on overclocking? If yes, then look at getting an aftermarket CPU heatsink cooler.


June 18, 2011 6:16:54 PM

I've never built one with ssd. Are the gains really worth the money?

I chose the sniper to try to keep it kinda small and mobile. But, if it wont cool I may need to rethink.

The video card is expensive. I just hate not being able to run good FPS. LOL... I am playing RIFT on a GTX 460M and I cant get but 22 FPS on ultra. That's best case senario without much going on. In a major Rift its really slow. Guild wars 3 comes out in December and it looks really graphic intense. Just want to make sure i'm ready.

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Exactly, this is such a high end system, and I don't think that the storm sniper will adequately cool two GTX 590s.

Where is your SSD?

Why not a full tower case, you should get the HAF 932 case.



GTX 590 is sorta overkill, do you really need a $700 graphics card.




Why don't you just get the Tom's hardware $2000 build?


http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/build-a-computer-high-end...

June 19, 2011 12:52:09 AM

That's gotta be because you're running it on a mobile chip. If you're playing RIFT and will be playing GW2 a GPU that's half the price of the one you have there should suffice. As graphics-intensive as GW2 may look to ya, it's got nothing on the Crysis series - and $350 GPUs can max those titles with relative ease.
June 19, 2011 4:14:15 AM

SLI a pair of 560's, or Xfire a pair of 6950's and you'll get better performance than that single card at a lower price.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
June 29, 2011 6:14:03 PM

Just get the tom's hardware $2000 build on the HOMEPAGE, it's the best you can get for $2000, it was made by tom's hardware staff for people like you. You will not get anything better for your money.
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