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June 29, 2011 2:17:31 AM

Hello everyone.

This will be my first time building a gaming dedicated PC and would like your help in putting it together.

My goal for this gaming rig is for it to be "high-end" enough that it'll still be decent in 2-3 yrs. time, and be able to upgrade and expand in between. Basically i want to have a powerful enough rig that i wont need to completely rebuild within that 2-3 yr. time frame. Price wise, i would like the best bang for my buck BUT am willing to shed more money where it will be best spent. Let me know if this goal is difficult to achieve. That being said, here is where im leaning towards with regards to hardware.

CPU - intel based. Since this is mainly for gaming, an i5 2500k processor should suffice?

Mobo - A P67 mobo. Perhaps a ASROck p67 Fatal1ty or p67 Extreme4. Or a P8P67 Pro or Deluxe perhaps?

VID card - My bro is crossfiring 2 XFX HD6850's. I have the option of taking one and adding another in the future. OR, you guys can suggest a better longer lasting option. I'm not too concerned about the manufacturer, and i dont want anything too high-end either. Options would be great.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL???

CPU cooling - looking at a corsair h60, but open to suggestions

POWER SUPPLY - Bang for buck and will last

CASE - An ATX mid-tower. Not too concerned about style and flashiness. I want something that can hold everything, big enough that the inside wont be crowded, and great cooling features. Everything else comes second.

MONITOR - A 24" Widescreen with 1080p, 1920x1080 res, etc. Wont be dual displaying.

HARD DRIVE - looking at a Western Digital Caviar Green (WD20EARS) 2000GB (2TB) SATA 3 Gb/s 64MB (OEM).

BLUE-RAY DRIVE - Bang for buck.


I think thats about it. hopefully i was thorough enough and didnt forget anything. Pls also suggest other viable options where possible. I know its a lot of things to put together but any help is greatly appreciated. Again i'm looking for high end, energy efficient and bang for the buck at the same time...If thats even possible. :S



-Sid

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June 29, 2011 3:40:36 AM

it depends on how future proof ur future proof is. some peoples non upgradeable 2-3yrs is different then others so maybe give some specifics on what u need to keep up with in the future and so on
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June 29, 2011 3:49:57 AM

mrSID said:
Hello everyone.

This will be my first time building a gaming dedicated PC and would like your help in putting it together.

My goal for this gaming rig is for it to be "high-end" enough that it'll still be decent in 2-3 yrs. time, and be able to upgrade and expand in between. Basically i want to have a powerful enough rig that i wont need to completely rebuild within that 2-3 yr. time frame. Price wise, i would like the best bang for my buck BUT am willing to shed more money where it will be best spent. Let me know if this goal is difficult to achieve. That being said, here is where im leaning towards with regards to hardware.

CPU - intel based. Since this is mainly for gaming, an i5 2500k processor should suffice?

Mobo - A P67 mobo. Perhaps a ASROck p67 Fatal1ty or p67 Extreme4. Or a P8P67 Pro or Deluxe perhaps?

VID card - My bro is crossfiring 2 XFX HD6850's. I have the option of taking one and adding another in the future. OR, you guys can suggest a better longer lasting option. I'm not too concerned about the manufacturer, and i dont want anything too high-end either. Options would be great.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL???

CPU cooling - looking at a corsair h60, but open to suggestions

POWER SUPPLY - Bang for buck and will last

CASE - An ATX mid-tower. Not too concerned about style and flashiness. I want something that can hold everything, big enough that the inside wont be crowded, and great cooling features. Everything else comes second.

MONITOR - A 24" Widescreen with 1080p, 1920x1080 res, etc. Wont be dual displaying.

HARD DRIVE - looking at a Western Digital Caviar Green (WD20EARS) 2000GB (2TB) SATA 3 Gb/s 64MB (OEM).

BLUE-RAY DRIVE - Bang for buck.


I think thats about it. hopefully i was thorough enough and didnt forget anything. Pls also suggest other viable options where possible. I know its a lot of things to put together but any help is greatly appreciated. Again i'm looking for high end, energy efficient and bang for the buck at the same time...If thats even possible. :S



-Sid

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <----- What's your budget?
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June 29, 2011 3:52:16 AM
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If you're willing to overclock go for the i5-2500k. I can't imagine you'll run out of computing power with a 4.5ghz SB in 2-3 years. Even at stock it'll probably still be sufficient 3 years down the line.

If you won't be using multiple displays the best performing card without overspending is the GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you insist on AMD the HD 6950 1GB is an excellent choice.

Your cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your PSU (notice promo code):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just get any BD burner that has good ratings for cheap.
June 29, 2011 2:37:47 PM

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it depends on how future proof ur future proof is. some peoples non upgradeable 2-3yrs is different then others so maybe give some specifics on what u need to keep up with in the future and so on


Good point. Well, i guess the vid card would obviously be the one i'd like to stick around for roughly that long, but at the same time not so overkill on it. For example as awesome and top of the line a GTX590 is, perhaps a 560 Ti would perform just as well but wont give me as many fps. Just looking for balance. Umm and i guess a PSU, that'll last even after crossfiring. For example getting a 850W when a 750 would do because if in the future i decide to crossfire 2 newer/better vid cards, i wont have to buy a better power supply. I hope that answered your question.


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http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] ild-advice <----- What's your budget?


I purposely stayed away from a set budget as not to limit myself, because I'm open to spending more on a piece of hardware which will be a better choice not only at the moment but in the long run. I'm willing to sacrifice cheap($) for quality, practicality and longevity. But at the same time for example i wont take a $500 vid card over a $300 even if its better in every way. If the cheaper is high-end enough that it makes the more expensive "better" one overkill, then i'd prefer the cheaper. I hope this explains my reasoning for not giving a set budget. BUT just to put one out there, i'd say roughly $1500-$2000 including the monitor. Again i'm looking for a balance between bang for buck and quality, longevity etc.


Quote:
If you're willing to overclock go for the i5-2500k. I can't imagine you'll run out of computing power with a 4.5ghz SB in 2-3 years. Even at stock it'll probably still be sufficient 3 years down the line.

If you won't be using multiple displays the best performing card without overspending is the GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

If you insist on AMD the HD 6950 1GB is an excellent choice.

Your cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] tek%20loki

Your PSU (notice promo code):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] atts%20650

Your case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] challenger

Just get any BD burner that has good ratings for cheap.



Thats exactly the reasoning i was going for with what vid card to choose. Thanks. In terms of overall performance,and longevity it would probably be a wiser choice to go with the 560 no? And how about MoBo and RAM. Are the ones i suggested sufficient?



Thanks guys for replying. Again i appreciate the advice given.
July 6, 2011 12:44:06 AM

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