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A (near) Future Proof Z68 Based Gaming Rig? About 3.5k. Need Opinions

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July 19, 2011 11:02:35 AM

I realized I needed a new computer soon after I played MW2 on my stock Dell 545 and got 19fps. I started looking at newspapers and flyers for new gaming computers. Then I started looking for Gaming rigs online. Then I fell in love with the Alienware Area 51. Then after looking for individual parts prices on ebay I realized how much Dell is ripping people off so i decided to build my own gaming rig. Its amazing how much money you can save and get better stuff still if u build your own rig.

After reading different reviews online, it looks to me that the z68 chipset is a better option for gaming then the x58 and they support the 2nd generation CPU's.



I have decided on getting the following :

Thermaltake Level 10 GT
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Asus Maximus Extreme IV-Z
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


i7 2600k
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


EVGA GTX 590
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


OCZ Vertex 3 x2 Raid 0 Config
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Corsair 1200W Modular 80+ Gold
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


ASUS VG236HE 23-Inch HD LCD Monitor 120hz
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VG236HE-23-Inch-LCD-Monitor/...


and get the cheapest 7200rpm 1TB HD and a CD/DVD read writer.



The level 10 gt case is expensive i was thinking of getting the MK-1 but im stuck on this case for some reason.

I plan to run this on stock cooling for now gonna have to wait another month for water cooling money

What do you guys think ? Any suggestions ? Different opinions ?




July 19, 2011 11:20:47 AM

mate, if you're speccing RAID0 SSD's, GTX590 and an i7 2600k you aren't just near future proofed.

you should be maxing out games for some time to come; additionally you'll have the option of (insanely) adding another GTX590 in SLI when your framerates drop (not any time soon)
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2011 1:56:48 PM

imo its really not good to spend so much on a Graphics card, if the past has taught us anything, its that newer cards outperform older cards by a LARGE margin, and tech gets dates (DirectX10/11) with that monitor even a GTX570 will max out on all games:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

i would reccommend two of these drives in raid0:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

that mobo is way overpriced, and doesn't even natively support 1866Mhz ram, this mobo would be a much better option:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

that case is good cheaper cases such as the antec 1200:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

or the antec 900/300 would be good choices too:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

but cases really depend on what looks you like best (as well as ofcourse good airflow).

if you decide on going for a gtx570 instead this PSU would be a good choice and would allow for SLI later on:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

the 2600K is a good choice but in gaming using a 2500K will give the same gaming performance:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

this RAM would give the same real world performance as that ram at a lower price:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

if your looking for a cooler this would be a good option (would be good even if your not overclocking since you have such a high end system):
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

i wouldn't really reccommend water cooling, if its not properly maintained it can cause some real problems.

as for HDDs i would reccommend the cavier black series. such as this:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


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a b B Homebuilt system
July 19, 2011 2:06:16 PM

first of all, I'm just going to type this before I even read any of your specs, 3500 on a computer is WAY too much.
The key to the best computers are not about crashing massive amount of money in the beginning, its about getting a decently budgeted computer at first and then upgrade it over time.
your $3500 PC might outperform a $1200 PC for a few months, I'd give it 8 month tops. after that, by just replacing some of the used parts with the better technology, the still-cheaper-than-$3500-after-the-upgrade PC is now giving 50% more FPS than your $3500.
if you don't believe me, look at the CPU, Sandy Bridge right? I'm not saying its not a good CPU, in fact, its the best CPU there is right now. but in a few months, Ivy Bridge is going to come out and out perform that CPU with probably the same price or maybe a bit higher.
so again, save that money and upgrade it over time.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
July 19, 2011 2:39:07 PM

foverosiv said:
first of all, I'm just going to type this before I even read any of your specs, 3500 on a computer is WAY too much.
The key to the best computers are not about crashing massive amount of money in the beginning, its about getting a decently budgeted computer at first and then upgrade it over time.
your $3500 PC might outperform a $1200 PC for a few months, I'd give it 8 month tops. after that, by just replacing some of the used parts with the better technology, the still-cheaper-than-$3500-after-the-upgrade PC is now giving 50% more FPS than your $3500.
if you don't believe me, look at the CPU, Sandy Bridge right? I'm not saying its not a good CPU, in fact, its the best CPU there is right now. but in a few months, Ivy Bridge is going to come out and out perform that CPU with probably the same price or maybe a bit higher.
so again, save that money and upgrade it over time.


+1 exactly what i was trying to say but failed :p .
July 19, 2011 5:12:39 PM

Hmm definitely going with the 2500k and the ssd that you suggested.

I am gonna buy the chaser mk-1 its cheaper then the level 10 gt

I couldnt get the link to open for the ram that u suggested.

I dont know about the gtx 570 though even the gtx 580 goes down to around 30 fps with ubersampling on in the witcher 2 and i was going to buy a 120hz monitor to experience the best for once. Might stick with the gtx590

I like the maximus extreme z because of its expandibility, 4 pci slots, and its integrated sound card and i/o controller for the raid 0 ssd i saw that u can get up to 1100mbs read speed.

Thanks for the reply u saved me from wasting a load of money
a b B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2011 2:02:52 AM

welcome, also try this RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">GSkill 8GB (2*4GB) DDR1333 CAS7[url\] itsa a DDR1333 which means its Compatible with the sandy bridges, and a bit cheeper. also it has a 7 latency which makes it a whole lot faster.
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