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June 21, 2011 7:42:48 PM

I am considering buying this build from Newegg.com and was wondering if anyone could give me advice such as: Is it worth the price, ability to upgrade, how should this handle the newest games such as, but not inclusive to, Rage, Starcraft 2 (with possible upcoming expansions), Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim... the full link to this is here http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... .
NOTE: THIS WOULD BE MY FIRST TIME BUILDING A PC FROM SCRATCH. (however, having been a tinkerer for quite some time, I feel confident going into such a project)
ALSO NOTE: I am building on a budget. :) 



1x COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Model:SGC-2000-KKN1-GP)

$89.99
1x ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Model:p 6X58D-E)

$219.99
2x MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Model:N550GTX-Ti Cyclone O)

$299.98
1x COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply (Model:RS650-ACAAE3-US)

$79.99
1x Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960 (Model:BX80601960)

$279.99
1x G.SKILL PI 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI (Model:F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI)

$124.99
1x Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST1500DL003)

$64.99
1x LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 (Model:iHAS124-04)

$18.99

Combined Total: $1,178.91
Combo Discounts: -$64.92
Combo Price: $1,113.99

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June 21, 2011 7:45:17 PM

ALSO NOTE (sorry)

I put this in this thread because I am building it as a gaming PC, if this is in the wrong section I will move it to whichever section I am directed to.
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June 21, 2011 7:58:35 PM

Ok your budget is very good however the setup is flawed. First why are you going for a 1366 pin setup. Go for sandybridge instead.

the mother board for sandybridge will cost you about the same price.

you can get a 2500k CPU which can easily be overclocked to 4500mhz.

next you are butchering your entire setup by going with a GTX 550 its a weak GPU for the setup you are making, i would instead recommend you buy a 6950AMD which will cost you about 230usd and can be biosed flashed to run at 6970 speeds. 6970 in most benchmarks is very close to GTX 580 level of performance.

Your overall cost should remain very close to your target. However please reconsider that GPU. GTX 550 will hamper your entire setup.

Always remember its the GPU that does bulk of the work as long as the games are concerned, you can cut cost anywhere but the GPU. Even going for a slightly slow CPU is ok (overclocking will make up for it), however nothing will make up for a slow GPU.
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June 21, 2011 8:08:13 PM

its 2x 550 running in SLI though, I am aware that the 550 alone is weak.
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June 21, 2011 8:13:17 PM

Well bro most games tbh dont take advantage of sli properly not at launch anyways. I personally have GTX 580 in sli. I would suggest go with 1 strong GPU instead of 2 weak once. Hence if a game does come out with no support you still get to play it well.

I really dont know how a 550 in sli will stack against a 6950(running at 6970 speeds), however from a personal choice i would take the stronger GPU, and later on if needed i would CF or SLI it. 6950 is very powerful though you wont need to CF it all and think of it this way if a game doesnt support SLI then a single 550 will simply be too weak.
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June 21, 2011 10:54:16 PM

I highly recommend going with a sandy bridge cpu, might as well stay as much up to date as possible. Heck I won a i7 950 from tigerdirect and sold it in favor of an i5 2500k. Also, my 570 works great, and for about the same price i second these guys and say that one gpu is better. Also, why is that ram so expensive? I got 8 gigs of 1600 for 50 less. One last thing, maybe try to get a 7200 rpm hard drive instead of 5900?
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June 22, 2011 1:46:54 AM

Yeah, 2500K for sure. Way better processor, and $60 cheaper too.
This is theoretically a good GPU setup, but as kashifme says, SLI is unfortunately not all that reliable. It will usually work, but when it doesn't you'll be stuck with one 550 ti. This is why most people don't use bad GPUs in SLI/Xfire. A 6950 would be a good choice, or a 6970 if you feel like dropping the extra $60 - maybe the $60 you'll save by going with a current-generation, higher-performance 2500K.
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June 22, 2011 9:42:48 AM

Everyone's given you great advice, I truly advise you to take it :) 

Sandybridge is far better than your current CPU for your needs. It has less cores certainly than Bloomfield, but games don't use more than 4 cores anyway (most only use 3.) It has higher clock speeds and can Overclock better due to a better architecture and heat dissipation. Don't consider the 2600k, as it's only benefit is slightly higher clock speeds and hyperthreading (which gives it four extra virtual cores) but no games make any use of hyperthreading at all, so you'd be wasting money which could be better spent elsewhere.

One 550Ti is a very average card. Whilst 2x 550Ti's would be better, as has been previously stated, SLI isn't as good as a single powerful card because of compatibility issues. Some games don't make any use of SLI at all (WoW being a very commonly played example.) Also, with SLI, there's more heat generated, so you're going to potentially need more cooling which adds up to extra costs. More cooling (and more components) also means more noise.

Your HDD is a little slow. Basically your HDD speed (forgive me if you do know, but I'll explain) governs how quickly data is loaded. You're choice is around 5200rpm I believe which is the speed of storage drives, not performance (gaming) drives. So, although your FPS wouldn't be affected, nor would your graphical settings, your loading speeds would be slower than if you got, say, a 7200rpm drive. If your OS was installed on that storage drive you're getting, it'd also load data more slowly. I highly suggest you get a 7200rpm drive just for that added OS performance and load speeds.

Stick with a P67/Z68 1155 Mobo, such as the Asus P8P67 (Pro I'd you can afford it) or the Asus Sabertooth. You could also look at Gigabyte's MoBo's, as they come highly rated.

Other than that, good setup! Good luck with your build :) 
-Nih
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June 22, 2011 7:37:32 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Video Games to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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June 22, 2011 8:02:22 PM

Oldmangamer_73 said:
Also, $300 for a power supply? That seems a bit steep.

+1 to the Sandybridge CPU

it looks like he mixed up some of the prices
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