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New Computer Build seeking advice

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June 21, 2011 9:22:48 PM

Hey guys,

Looking for some advice on my new build that I plan on making in the next couple of weeks. Hoping to overclock CPU & RAM and use this machine for when Diablo 3 comes out.

Should I spend the extra money on a GTX 590? Is there a better Motherboard? I heard the Z68 chipset has SSD caching, so I thought I'd go with it. Is Corsair still the best RAM chip maker? Saw a lot of people going with G Skill, which is substantially cheaper.

Hoping this system lasts 4+ years.

DD's Intel Gaming Build

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K - 314.99
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Intel Z68 - 189.99
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) with Airflow Fan Model - 189.99
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX480 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB GDDR5 Vi - 299.99
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 120GB SATAIII VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G - 309.95
Case: NZXT ZERO 2 Crafted Series CS-NT-ZERO-2 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 119.99
Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular - 139.99
Cooling: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED - 69.99
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - 20.99

Total $1,665.91


I'll also be porting over the following from my old computer
Main Monitor #1: SAMSUNG 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor
Monitor #2: SAMSUNG 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor
Monitor #3: SAMSUNG 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
Video Card #2: GeForce 8600 GTS
Hard Drive #2: 1TB Western Digital WD1001FALS

I don't think monitor technology has changed much in the past 4 years.

June 21, 2011 9:36:55 PM

I would swap the GPU for GTX570 which has similar performance but runs cooler. Corsair and Gskill are the most popular brands at the moment and similar in quality.
June 22, 2011 2:55:12 PM

Why have so much money spent on RAM? Here's a cheaper one by Kingston.

Have your SSD switched with OCZ Agility 3. It's cheaper and performs almost the same Have a look at this link

Don't buy that Video Card. It generates a lot of heat(link)

Alternate option include a Radeon 6970 2GB or GTX 570. Out of them I would recommend a 6970 because of more memory and it's subsequent help in multi-monitor setup.

Considering the fact that you will be using three monitors, Why not think about a Crossfire setup of 6970. Here's the build with screenshot.

Case( Same as yours ) : NZXT Zero 2

CPU: i5-2500k. Here's a review of it.

Motherboard : Gigabyte GA Z68X

Graphic Card : 2X Sapphire 6970

Cooler : Xigmatek Gaia

Optical Drive : Asus DVD

HDD : Seagate Barracuda(1 TB)

Power Supply : Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750

RAM : Kingston Hyper (2X4 GB)

SSD : OCZ Agility 120 GB

Uploaded with

Here a link on crossfire performance of 6970.

Total cost : 1707 USD. (This one include a HDD as well.)

If you want to save some money, remove the hard disk as you already own one.
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June 22, 2011 8:17:48 PM

z_4 - Thanks for the reply

Hows the quality of Kingston? I've had RAM go bad before and don't mind spending more for a computer that lasts.

Thanks for the heads up on the heat of the 480 i'll be switching that out for the 570,580, or 590. I just like nvidia.

I thought i'd go with that SSD after seeing this: This is the MAX IOPS edition so i think its different from the one in the other benchmark you linked to.

I already have a 8600 GT, so going CrossFire or SLI seems very costy, plus the games I play only use 1 monitor, so 1 beefy GPU should do the trick and the weak 8600 GT can handle the 3rd monitor.

I also have a 8800 GTX, but its starting to show its age with blue spots and lines so I'm going to leave that in the old machine.
June 22, 2011 9:15:36 PM

Kingston is one of the older ram manufacturers and known for quality products!
June 22, 2011 11:33:42 PM

for a gaming build the best cpu for you is a 2500k


ssd- pretty much the same speeds for a lot less: dont mind the bad reviews they fixed the problem

case: , or

gpu: x2

psu: gold rated and the reviewers on newegg rate it very well and tomshardware trusts the brand (dont ask me to find that article i will be online all night)

cpu cooler-scythe mugen 3:


June 23, 2011 12:07:21 AM

sorry i didnt mean x2 for the gpu's. only if you can afford it.