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July 6, 2011 8:34:55 AM

Hey everyone. I am sort of at an impasse right now whether to build or buy premade, as the parts that I selected will cost just about as much as buying a premade PC.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week.


Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800): $1500-$1800


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Rift, WoW, CoD,)


Parts Not Required: Monitors, Keyboard, Mouse, Computer Case


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I would like to use a Z68 chipset mobo, Intel CPU


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1980x1011 1080p


Additional Comments: I would like to know if my build is better or worse than the prebuilt machine linked at the bottom.
Thanks!

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $259.99

CPU: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $314.99

GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $164.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99

RAM: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT51264BA160A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

HEATSINK: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

CD-ROM: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A few SATA cables and some Arctic Silver for around $20.00 Total Price: $1524.86

Alternatively, I could buy this premade system: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for around the same price and it seems to have all the parts that I want, minus the slower RAM, which can be easily replaced. The premade system has a water cooled 2600K, a blue ray drive, and a TWO TB HDD, for $1529.00.

So, which would you guys do, build, or buy premade? Also, how is my build? Please comment. Thanks!!!
July 6, 2011 9:10:42 AM

^You should know that they are using a mATX board so adding 1 more GTX 570 will block rest of the slots,... Also I dont think you will get full warranty for the parts,(like HDD 3 years, GPU - Lifetime limited,...)

Here is a build,...
i7 + MSI Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

PSU - Same or even this would be good,
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Same

Graphics card -
EVGA 012-P3-1577-KR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD DoubleShot
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Corsair H60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - Same

Total - ~$1290
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July 6, 2011 9:45:37 AM

How were you able to determine that they are using a mATX mb?
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July 6, 2011 5:23:17 PM

Good catch gkay09!
There is no mention of the psu used either. Is it a quality psu of what wattage?

Unless budget is not an issue, the 2600K is not the most cost effective pick for a gamer.
The 2500K will os just as high, and the hyperthreading value is not much since few games use more than three cores.
The extra $100 spent would let you get a GTX580 which would help performance much more.

A GTX580 needs 600w with 42a on the 12v rails plus one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI-E power lead.

A psu much stronger than that is planning for sli. But, are you likely to need More than a GTX580 at 1080P?
Not likely, I think. Even then there will be new 28nm cards out at the end of the year. At that time, you could just sell the GTX580 and replace it with the next best thing. A replacement upgrade strategy saves you up front on the psu, and motherboard.

If you have the budget, consider a SSD for the os and some games. It will make everthing much faster.
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July 12, 2011 6:14:45 PM

gkay09 said:
^You should know that they are using a mATX board so adding 1 more GTX 570 will block rest of the slots,... Also I dont think you will get full warranty for the parts,(like HDD 3 years, GPU - Lifetime limited,...)

Here is a build,...
i7 + MSI Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

PSU - Same or even this would be good,
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Same

Graphics card -
EVGA 012-P3-1577-KR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD DoubleShot
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Corsair H60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - Same

Total - ~$1290



Thank you for this. I bought all the parts and completed the build yesterday. This system is all I ever could have hoped for and thank you for your guidance.
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July 14, 2011 4:07:13 AM

^ Glad it came out well,... Enjoy your build,... :) 
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