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July 4, 2011 4:45:14 AM

OK I've almost completed my gaming rig
Here are the specs

CPU : i5 2500k 3.4 GHz OC'ED to 4.0 GHz $ 219.00

GPU : GTX 570 or 6970 help me decide around $350.00

Mother Board : http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite... $190.00

PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $165.00

RAM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $ 85.00

Case : Cooler Master HAF 932 $150.00

DVD Burner : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $ 20.00

Hdd : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $85.00

Windows 7 home premium $175.00

Monitor : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $ 220.00

Key board and mouse : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35.00

Cooler http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite... $35.00

Total Price 1,729 dollars







Thats it Im gonna use this build for heavy gaming and some video editing , not ordering until October so if the i7 2600k becomes like 50 or 60 dolars cheaper im gonna get that instead , for now this is my build what do you think

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July 4, 2011 5:48:21 AM

I think I couldn't be bothered clicking all your links

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July 4, 2011 6:51:25 AM

I would go for the HD 6970, personally.
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July 4, 2011 6:57:02 AM

With that kind of budget you should be able to squeeze in dual graphics cards, have you looked through all the builds posted here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/312826-31-bestconfigs...

Not sure why you picked that ram, this is much cheaper and will easily run @ 1333 cas7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cm_re=g_skill_8gb-_-20-231-416-_-Product

Samsung f3 would be a better hard drive from amazon.

In my opinion the hyper 212+ is better than the n520 and can be bought from amazon for $29.51.

The M/B you listed is now cheaper on newegg than tiger just fyi
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July 4, 2011 8:44:01 AM

You can save some money by getting combos :

CPU & Optical Drive : $228- i5-2500K & Asus DRW B4 (Great Processor & Decent DVD Writer)

Motherboard & SSD : $230- Gigabyte GA Z68X & OCZ Agility 3 64 GB ( SLI/Crossfire capable motherboard )

Cooler: $30- Xigmatek Gaia (Cheap and performs well)

OS : $95- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64bit)

RAM : $75- GSkill Sniper (2X 4GB) ($15 off with promo code)

Power Supply: $100 -Antec High Current Gamer 750 Watts (Capable to power 2 Graphic cards)

HDD: $60-Seagate Barracuda 1TB(Same) or samsung spinpoint 1TB from Amazon(spinpoint is faster though)

Monitor : $200- Asus 24" VE248H 2ms response (1920X1080)

Graphic card: $700 (2X $350)- Sapphire Radeon 6970 (Great Card . Crossfire Performance)

Keyboard & Mouse : $30- Logitech EX100

Case: $90- Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

Total (Excluding Rebates) : 1840 USD

Rebates: 70 USD

IF this goes overbudget. Possible suggestion include :
1. Drop to Single 6970 . It still offers exceptional performance. Save $350.
2. Drop SSD. Save $130.
That should be enough . If you still want Crossfire . Try with 2X MSI Twin Frozr II 6950 worth $280. Save $140.
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July 4, 2011 8:57:01 AM

what seagate? can you trust them after 7200.11? what about WD black or Samsung spinpoint F3? F4?
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July 4, 2011 4:25:40 PM

1) 2500K is as good as it gets for gaming. The 2600K is $100 more, but will OC to the same levels as the 2500K. Not much worth it.
Unless you have some heavily threaded apps, stick with the 2500K

2) The graphics card is the most critical component of a gaming PC. More important than the cpu.
To that end, get the strongest one you can afford.
6950 and GX570 are comparable in performance. If your budget allows, get the GTX580.
Some dual sli/cf configurations will benchmark higher, but you will pay more for a stronger psu, motherboard, and perhaps cooling.

The GTX570/6970 will play any game very well on a single 1080P monitor.
More than a GTX580 will bring very little more in return. I do not much favor planning for sli/cf when a single card will do the job. By the time you need an upgrade, if ever, the 28nm cards will be out, about the end of the year. They will be faster, cooler, and cheaper. At that time, just sell your old card in favor of the next best thing.

3) That P67 motherboard is expensive. I suggest a Z68 based motherboard, they are similarly priced as P67. There are some capabilities of the Z68 which aid in video editing. No expert there, do do sime research on quick sync.
There are a number of Z68 boards available for less. All will OC to decent limits(4.0-4.5). The high priced boards are meant for competitive overclockers.
Here is a biostar Z68 for $99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) The Corsair850w is a fine psu. It is capable of driving multiple cards. It is also twice as expensive as you need for any one card.
A 650w psu will drive a GTX580. A 700w psu will drive a GTX590.
XFX currently has some of the best psu prices.
A XFX650w unit will cost you $60 after rebate. The difference will pay for a stronger card like the GTX580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A 750 w unit is $95,
a 850w unit is $99.

5) If you love the cm haf 932 get it.
but, for 1/3 the price you can get a Antec 300 illusion model:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6) If you have room in your budget, get a SSD of 80-120gb. It will make everything feel much quicker.
Plan on $2/gb. Look at the Intel units since they seem to have a better history of reliability.


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July 4, 2011 10:02:21 PM

geofelt said:
1) 2500K is as good as it gets for gaming. The 2600K is $100 more, but will OC to the same levels as the 2500K. Not much worth it.
Unless you have some heavily threaded apps, stick with the 2500K

2) The graphics card is the most critical component of a gaming PC. More important than the cpu.
To that end, get the strongest one you can afford.
6950 and GX570 are comparable in performance. If your budget allows, get the GTX580.
Some dual sli/cf configurations will benchmark higher, but you will pay more for a stronger psu, motherboard, and perhaps cooling.

The GTX570/6970 will play any game very well on a single 1080P monitor.
More than a GTX580 will bring very little more in return. I do not much favor planning for sli/cf when a single card will do the job. By the time you need an upgrade, if ever, the 28nm cards will be out, about the end of the year. They will be faster, cooler, and cheaper. At that time, just sell your old card in favor of the next best thing.

3) That P67 motherboard is expensive. I suggest a Z68 based motherboard, they are similarly priced as P67. There are some capabilities of the Z68 which aid in video editing. No expert there, do do sime research on quick sync.
There are a number of Z68 boards available for less. All will OC to decent limits(4.0-4.5). The high priced boards are meant for competitive overclockers.
Here is a biostar Z68 for $99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) The Corsair850w is a fine psu. It is capable of driving multiple cards. It is also twice as expensive as you need for any one card.
A 650w psu will drive a GTX580. A 700w psu will drive a GTX590.
XFX currently has some of the best psu prices.
A XFX650w unit will cost you $60 after rebate. The difference will pay for a stronger card like the GTX580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A 750 w unit is $95,
a 850w unit is $99.

5) If you love the cm haf 932 get it.
but, for 1/3 the price you can get a Antec 300 illusion model:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6) If you have room in your budget, get a SSD of 80-120gb. It will make everything feel much quicker.
Plan on $2/gb. Look at the Intel units since they seem to have a better history of reliability.




Thanks geofelt Im gonna go for a cheaper psu and look into getting a z68 instead and im gonna get the 6970 and i will not CF thanks for the help and i cant afford the ssd will I be ok without it ? thanks
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July 4, 2011 11:30:06 PM

Fallen 388 said:
Thanks geofelt Im gonna go for a cheaper psu and look into getting a z68 instead and im gonna get the 6970 and i will not CF thanks for the help and i cant afford the ssd will I be ok without it ? thanks


Looks like a good plan to me.
You can always get a ssd later. SSD prices will be coming down.
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July 5, 2011 8:09:18 AM

when you get a cheaper PSU make sure its a good unit, no point having one that "explodes" on you, check it out on sites like jonny guru first
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July 5, 2011 6:04:33 PM

z_4 said:
You can save some money by getting combos :

CPU & Optical Drive : $228- i5-2500K & Asus DRW B4 (Great Processor & Decent DVD Writer)

Motherboard & SSD : $230- Gigabyte GA Z68X & OCZ Agility 3 64 GB ( SLI/Crossfire capable motherboard )

Cooler: $30- Xigmatek Gaia (Cheap and performs well)

OS : $95- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64bit)

RAM : $75- GSkill Sniper (2X 4GB) ($15 off with promo code)

Power Supply: $100 -Antec High Current Gamer 750 Watts (Capable to power 2 Graphic cards)

HDD: $60-Seagate Barracuda 1TB(Same) or samsung spinpoint 1TB from Amazon(spinpoint is faster though)

Monitor : $200- Asus 24" VE248H 2ms response (1920X1080)

Graphic card: $700 (2X $350)- Sapphire Radeon 6970 (Great Card . Crossfire Performance)

Keyboard & Mouse : $30- Logitech EX100

Case: $90- Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

Total (Excluding Rebates) : 1840 USD

Rebates: 70 USD

IF this goes overbudget. Possible suggestion include :
1. Drop to Single 6970 . It still offers exceptional performance. Save $350.
2. Drop SSD. Save $130.
That should be enough . If you still want Crossfire . Try with 2X MSI Twin Frozr II 6950 worth $280. Save $140.



thanks
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July 5, 2011 6:07:10 PM

wenqi said:
when you get a cheaper PSU make sure its a good unit, no point having one that "explodes" on you, check it out on sites like jonny guru first


I'm only gonna go down to a 700w PSU if there not much cheaper I might stick with the 850w and I read the reviews a lot and If there's a lot of bad reviews then I wont get that PSU , thanks
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July 5, 2011 6:08:13 PM

Best answer selected by Fallen 388.
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