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Which High-End Intel Gaming PC do you like the best?

Total: 228 votes (70 blank votes)

  • iRaiden's $2000 Intel Gaming Rig
  • 26 %
  • SADAMS04's Intel Gaming Build
  • 40 %
  • Wolfram's Eyefinity Build
  • 35 %
August 1, 2011 2:58:38 PM

It's time to vote on your favorite build for this category!

Please see below for a list of the choices available.

iRaiden's $2000 Intel Gaming Rig

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $219.99

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $259.99

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory $94.99

Graphics Card: 3x HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $249.99 each ($749.97)

Boot Drive: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $119.99

Storage Drive: Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs $79.99

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $189.99

Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $149.99

Cooling: CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $69.98

DVD Burner: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA With Lightscribe Support $64.99

Total Price: $1999.88


SADAMS04's Intel Gaming Build

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k - $215

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Z68 20GB SLC SSD - $240

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 1.5v CL7 - $85

Graphics Card: 2 x Galaxy GTX 580 - $420 / $840 ($460 - $40MIR)

Boot Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III SSD - $210 ($230 - $20MIR)

Storage Disk: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB - $80

Case: Rosewill FUTURE Gaming ATX Mid Tower Front USB 3.0 - $80

Case Fans: 2 x COOLER MASTER 120mm Blue 69CFM (max) @ 19dBA- $10 / $20

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX950 - $140 ($155 - $15MIR)

Blu-Ray Burner: LG Black 12X - $94

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30

CPU Cooler Replacement Fans: 2 x KINGWIN 120mm 40CFM @ 19dBA - $7 / $14

Total Price: $2048

Wolfram's Eyefinity Build

CPU: i5 2500k $223.99
Heatsink: COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler $52.99
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $209.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CL8 1.5V $74.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $89.99
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive $199.99
CASE + PSU: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case + CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX $404.98
DVD/RW: LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X $18.99
GPU 1: GIGABYTE GV-R697OC2-2GD Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $354.99
GPU 2: GIGABYTE GV-R697OC2-2GD Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $354.99

Total Price: $1982.90

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August 1, 2011 3:33:45 PM

iraiden's build is the most powerful one listed for sure. i guess my tri sli 570's got thrown under the bus.n :D 
August 1, 2011 9:31:44 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
iraiden's build is the most powerful one listed for sure. i guess my tri sli 570's got thrown under the bus.n :D 

Of course his build is better BUT his SSD isn't enough for these 10GB+ games when you play like 3-5 of them...
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August 1, 2011 9:40:39 PM

how fast do you need your games to load? haha. are you that impatient? this is a gaming build so try to remember that when you are voting
August 1, 2011 10:03:11 PM

Wow my build made it to voting. Right on!

(Obviously) I think mine is the most well rounded and will still give amazing gaming performance so you should all vote option 3 :D 

Although, I do wish I had gone back and revised now that most of the parts I picked are cheaper :sweat: 
August 1, 2011 10:10:50 PM

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I use a 120gb intel 320 ssd for my pc and I put my win7 hp 64bit + 4-5games on it. My OS loads in under 30 seconds, I am always first into every new map.

I would have put bf2 on it for the fact that it used to take forever to load that game, but with my new gpu/ram/os and an old hdd that holds like 80gbs lol, it loads super fast because its the only thing being used on the hdd at the time.

The benifits from having a SSD for a few programs and os is superb. I have never seen a faster loading os lol.

From the moment I hit restart, my computer takes 45 seconds in total, 15 seconds to get to when the os loads and then 30 seconds to load os (or less) In real time it feels like a flash when you just go by the sounds.

To not include atleast a 120gb ssd in the top performance gaming builds of this year is silly.

i am first on the map on bc2 with a spinpoint f3 1tb (if i click right when it shows up). it really is used when loading the games. loading the maps online is all your internet speed.....
August 1, 2011 10:13:25 PM

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I like the all around look of your choices and all the pieces are quality products that go good together.

That is the build I am going to be copying when I decide to get my next case/mobo/cpu ^_^

+1 to you good sir!


I voted for his build too. Everyone else skimped on the case.
August 1, 2011 10:52:38 PM

I can't vote, It's showing me the poll results but it won't let me vote. I tried logging in through another browser, and it's still not working..... ?!?!

I want to vote for SADAMS04's Intel Gaming Build...

I can vote on the other systems, but this one isn't letting me.....
August 2, 2011 12:49:05 AM

I would go for the 2nd build, but the graphics might be overkill already (unless you got your hands on a copy of Samaritan). :-)) An SSD may do you a world of good instead.
August 2, 2011 1:34:48 AM

+$1xxx dollars for the 2560x1600 display! :D 

haha all nice builds, i like the 2 graphics card setups w/ more space between them.
August 2, 2011 2:30:29 AM

Voted for low-latency RAM and stereo 580s.
August 2, 2011 4:39:59 AM

hmp_goose said:
Voted for low-latency RAM and stereo 580s.


Keep in mind 1600mhz CL8 is faster than 1333mhz CL7...
August 2, 2011 12:10:30 PM

Will you see a big difference from 3 video cards (build #1) to 2 video cards (build #3)?
August 2, 2011 12:42:14 PM

Wolfram, PM sent.
August 2, 2011 1:37:30 PM

Wolfram nice build!!!!!!!!!!!
August 2, 2011 8:25:36 PM
August 2, 2011 8:28:12 PM

what do you guys think?
August 3, 2011 1:37:19 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
what do you guys think?


i actually find yours more balanced than the "top three". They all have something or the other missing. But three cards? :ouch: 

iRaiden's 6950 seems to be a mixed bag, tri-crossfire scaling is "kind of bad" according to newegg reviews, and the card seems to be either noisy or hot. SSD's kind of small for a $2k rig...are three monitors+3 GPUs 2k territory? I dunno...three seems to be overkill. I'd prefer two 580s or something, like-

SADAMS04's build, but it has one major issue: The graphics cards are three-slot cards apparently and newegg reviews warn about potential problems for SLI on mobos that don't have enough spacing. The galaxy mobo he uses does seem to have two slots b/w the 16x slots, i wonder if it'll be enough, seeing that one person seemed to think that it needs almost four slots. Having said that, the GPU seems to run cool and quiet, so that's a plus. I wish the case was a bit more fancy too (could have cut down on the BD drive, DVD is far more common). Could have also used the Vertex 3, though agility 3 is good enough.

Wolfram's case seems to have done most things right, except that the GPU didn't have good reviews on newegg, and it's deactivated. Maybe the EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 would have been a better (and cheaper) choice, if i ignore the Eyefinity theme of the build. Could have used a Vertex 3/ Agility 3 in place of the Vertex 2.


Cheers, may the best one win.
August 3, 2011 3:46:43 PM

Quote:
i actually find yours more balanced than the "top three". They all have something or the other missing. But three cards? :ouch: 

three cards isnt that crazy when considering this article- http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1084/pg18/xfx-rad... on the forum before this one i actually posted a gtx 570 tri sli build....
maxed out bf bc2 with 3 1080p screens gets an average of only 61fps
August 3, 2011 4:10:06 PM

ojas said:


Wolfram's case seems to have done most things right, except that the GPU didn't have good reviews on newegg, and it's deactivated. Maybe the EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 would have been a better (and cheaper) choice, if i ignore the Eyefinity theme of the build. Could have used a Vertex 3/ Agility 3 in place of the Vertex 2.


Cheers, may the best one win.


To be honest, the only major change I would have liked to make is the SSD upgrade to the Agility 3. Unfortunately, the price at the time that I made the build was much higher for it. It's also unfortunate that several other things have changed in regards to prices and such, as I made the build at the start of this Best Configs thing and more than a month passed before voting started.
August 3, 2011 8:09:18 PM

ojas said:
SADAMS04's build, but it has one major issue: The graphics cards are three-slot cards apparently and newegg reviews warn about potential problems for SLI on mobos that don't have enough spacing. The galaxy mobo he uses does seem to have two slots b/w the 16x slots, i wonder if it'll be enough, seeing that one person seemed to think that it needs almost four slots. Having said that, the GPU seems to run cool and quiet, so that's a plus. I wish the case was a bit more fancy too (could have cut down on the BD drive, DVD is far more common). Could have also used the Vertex 3, though agility 3 is good enough.


The spacing on the Gigabyte motherboard should be just fine. The problem with the dual three-slot cards is that none of the other PCI slots are going to be usable as they "covered up" (not uncommon). As you noted, the 580 does not have a knack for building up heat and the case fans should dissipate any high heat.

I agree that the Vertex would have been a better choice, and with updated pricing this would be an easy swap keeping within budget. The Agility should still perform very well...

The case was another budget decision, however I stand by it. Four quiet 120mm fans, dual air filters, front USB 3.0, screw-less 3.5" and 5.25" drive mounting, 2.5" SSD mounting adapter, accommodates tall CPU coolers and big GPUs, etc. I guess someone could paint racing stripes on it for more bling outside the case...
August 3, 2011 8:49:03 PM

Very hard to choose one, there are elements in each build that I like. Wolfram used a combo though so I'm going with sadamso4.
August 3, 2011 10:41:34 PM

Proximon said:
Very hard to choose one, there are elements in each build that I like. Wolfram used a combo though so I'm going with sadamso4.

combo's werent against the rules....
August 3, 2011 11:01:06 PM

Consider it my way of protest :)  It's clear that any combo used in a contest that takes two months is likely to be expired.

My understanding is that they wanted to keep it free of rules as much as possible. Civil discussion and disagreement is healthy here, of course. I would like to see some rules though, because I think it helps the conversation rather than limits it.

For instance, no combos, no shellshocker deals, etc. Clearly defined usage for the particular category. Eyefinity? 3D?

Once you take care of those things then we can start having better discussions about USB 3.0 and SSDs, because the pricing is not so dependent on the time of the month or the daily deal.
August 3, 2011 11:04:54 PM

Proximon said:
Consider it my way of protest :)  It's clear that any combo used in a contest that takes two months is likely to be expired.

My understanding is that they wanted to keep it free of rules as much as possible. Civil discussion and disagreement is healthy here, of course. I would like to see some rules though, because I think it helps the conversation rather than limits it.

For instance, no combos, no shellshocker deals, etc. Clearly defined usage for the particular category. Eyefinity? 3D?

Once you take care of those things then we can start having better discussions about USB 3.0 and SSDs, because the pricing is not so dependent on the time of the month or the daily deal.

i couldnt agree with you more
August 3, 2011 11:48:17 PM

Proximon said:
Consider it my way of protest :)  It's clear that any combo used in a contest that takes two months is likely to be expired.

My understanding is that they wanted to keep it free of rules as much as possible. Civil discussion and disagreement is healthy here, of course. I would like to see some rules though, because I think it helps the conversation rather than limits it.

For instance, no combos, no shellshocker deals, etc. Clearly defined usage for the particular category. Eyefinity? 3D?

Once you take care of those things then we can start having better discussions about USB 3.0 and SSDs, because the pricing is not so dependent on the time of the month or the daily deal.


While I do agree that this could use better rules, I find it interesting that you chose a build that is actually $2163 without the use of MIRs against one that used a combo. I think if he wanted to stay under budget with "standard pricing" rules, he'd have to drop the SSD...
August 4, 2011 4:18:03 AM

Well there you have it. His total included MIRs... If I had realized that I would likely have voted differently :p 
August 4, 2011 4:32:54 AM

im sorry but since there is no rules to this why are you basing your vote off of rules that dont exist. if i were u id just vote for the best build and then state your opinion on how there should be rules. i totally agree with you on that but basing your pick off of rules that are non existent is kind of ridiculous
August 4, 2011 4:53:03 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
im sorry but since there is no rules to this why are you basing your vote off of rules that dont exist. if i were u id just vote for the best build and then state your opinion on how there should be rules. i totally agree with you on that but basing your pick off of rules that are non existent is kind of ridiculous


Well... not really. I mean we all live by our own rules. Some are law, some are just us doing what we think we should do. Nothing wrong with that :D 
August 4, 2011 4:53:58 AM

Well, throwing all other considerations out I have to say I would rather own Wolf's build.

However, for 2K I would rather see a bit more sacrifice in the GPU area so that some other features could be added.

-Fully modular PSU
-Intel 510 120GB debatable obviously, my preference.
-Blu-ray combo drive, or even a burner.
August 4, 2011 5:38:52 AM

I'm surprised there's no use of the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB here. The Caviar Black's a waste of cash. I'd have gone with:

CPU: $215 i5-2500K. It's always available for $215 on Amazon.

Cooler: $27 Xigmatek Gaia

Mobo: $195 ASRock Z68 Extreme4

RAM: $65 G.Skill 1866CL9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $60 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

SSD: $200 120GB OCZ Agility 3

Graphics: $680 2x MSI Radeon 6970

PhysX: $52 GT 240 or similar ($40 if you do rebates)

PSU: $120 850W XFX or similar (this is $90 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

Case: $95 Thermaltake V9 or similar ($70 after rebate)

DVD: $20 Anything

TOTAL: $1729

This would match or beat everything up there in nearly all tasks since SLI GTX 580's are kinda useless at resolutions they're useful for with that 1.5GB frame buffer (buy the 3GB version), and 3x Radeon 6950 2GB's don't scale too well.

I only posted this to illustrate my disappointment with the choices. With the extra $270, I'd get an i7-2600K, spend $50 more on the case, and switch the SSDs to 2x OCZ 60GB Vertex 3's for RAID 0 (over 1GB/s read/write!). Then I've got $67 in rebates to hope for.

I guess I'll randomly pick a disappointing build above to vote for...next time I'll post myself.
August 4, 2011 5:42:45 AM

Btw, I didn't vote for SADAMS04's build because he went over budget on what was already a ridiculously generous budget.
August 4, 2011 6:03:42 AM

dalauder said:
I'm surprised there's no use of the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB here. The Caviar Black's a waste of cash. I'd have gone with:

CPU: $215 i5-2500K. It's always available for $215 on Amazon.

Cooler: $27 Xigmatek Gaia

Mobo: $195 ASRock Z68 Extreme4

RAM: $65 G.Skill 1866CL9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $60 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

SSD: $200 120GB OCZ Agility 3

Graphics: $680 2x MSI Radeon 6970

PhysX: $52 GT 240 or similar ($40 if you do rebates)

PSU: $120 850W XFX or similar (this is $90 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

Case: $95 Thermaltake V9 or similar ($70 after rebate)

DVD: $20 Anything

TOTAL: $1729

This would match or beat everything up there in nearly all tasks since SLI GTX 580's are kinda useless at resolutions they're useful for with that 1.5GB frame buffer (buy the 3GB version), and 3x Radeon 6950 2GB's don't scale too well.

I only posted this to illustrate my disappointment with the choices. With the extra $270, I'd get an i7-2600K, spend $50 more on the case, and switch the SSDs to 2x OCZ 60GB Vertex 3's for RAID 0 (over 1GB/s read/write!). Then I've got $67 in rebates to hope for.

I guess I'll randomly pick a disappointing build above to vote for...next time I'll post myself.

so you are pretty much copying the tomshardware 2000$ build. in terms of performance.
August 4, 2011 12:22:55 PM

mjmjpfaff said:

three cards isnt that crazy when considering this article- http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1084/pg18/xfx-rad... on the forum before this one i actually posted a gtx 570 tri sli build....
maxed out bf bc2 with 3 1080p screens gets an average of only 61fps


hmmm....i see...but are tri-Xfire/SLI setups (meant for 3+ screen gaming) $2000 material? As in, you can get them for that price, sure, but then you're making other sacrifices...i mean i don't know if people set up 3 HD screens just to game and then spend $2k on their system....those people would probably be spending more, as they would probably have a lot of money :D 
If it's not a gaming only rig, then you'd want more all-round performance, so the budget would be around $2500 anyway...
just my opinion, maybe this varies from place to place, depending on the economic position of the people buying the stuff...kind of complex, actually... :p 

wolfram23 said:
To be honest, the only major change I would have liked to make is the SSD upgrade to the Agility 3. Unfortunately, the price at the time that I made the build was much higher for it. It's also unfortunate that several other things have changed in regards to prices and such, as I made the build at the start of this Best Configs thing and more than a month passed before voting started.


Yeah i know, Tom's was very late this time...i updated my builds quite a few times as the prices fluctuated, then just gave up after a point in time. lol. I guess anyone active enough on this forum and web site would choose a newer SnadForce drive anyway...

sadams04 said:
The spacing on the Gigabyte motherboard should be just fine. The problem with the dual three-slot cards is that none of the other PCI slots are going to be usable as they "covered up" (not uncommon). As you noted, the 580 does not have a knack for building up heat and the case fans should dissipate any high heat.

I agree that the Vertex would have been a better choice, and with updated pricing this would be an easy swap keeping within budget. The Agility should still perform very well...

The case was another budget decision, however I stand by it. Four quiet 120mm fans, dual air filters, front USB 3.0, screw-less 3.5" and 5.25" drive mounting, 2.5" SSD mounting adapter, accommodates tall CPU coolers and big GPUs, etc. I guess someone could paint racing stripes on it for more bling outside the case...



i see...so no issues with the cards then...agility is great...i know, costs tend to fill the budget available to them ;) 

hmmm i see the point of the case, can't really complain...it deserves racing stripes, i say...on the outside? duh :p  :D 
August 4, 2011 6:47:20 PM

This isn't the place to post new builds guys, that time has passed... Just saying.
August 4, 2011 11:04:17 PM

I mostly was just saying that I wasn't a fan of the choices...but you're right...my build was very similar to yours anyways...you just used the extra $300 on a case and I left it off. $2000 is a lousy budget point for this competition.
August 4, 2011 11:25:29 PM

ojas said:
hmmm....i see...but are tri-Xfire/SLI setups (meant for 3+ screen gaming) $2000 material? As in, you can get them for that price, sure, but then you're making other sacrifices...i mean i don't know if people set up 3 HD screens just to game and then spend $2k on their system....those people would probably be spending more, as they would probably have a lot of money :D 
If it's not a gaming only rig, then you'd want more all-round performance, so the budget would be around $2500 anyway...
just my opinion, maybe this varies from place to place, depending on the economic position of the people buying the stuff...kind of complex, actually... :p 

you have got a point.....maybe they should label these builds for usage. but since this is a gaming build i gave it the best performance i could without sacrificing ssd size, cooling, a quality case. the only thing i sacrificed is a blu-ray burner really.....but since this is a gaming build its isnt needed. id say 2000$ (including mail in rebates) is plenty for a quality 3 1080p monitor gaming setup.
August 5, 2011 3:31:04 AM

I really think $400, $800, & $1600 gaming builds would yield much more interesting builds. $2000 just causes a waste on lots of extravagant things that really only can be decided by the purchaser. It would be fun to see people squeeze 2x 6970's into $1600 or 2x GTX 560Ti into $800 builds.

And whether or not rebates are allowed should be stated straight out.

EDIT: Hahaha...2x GTX 560Ti in an $800 build. That requires a Phenom II x4 925 for $80 with a $95 AM3+ mobo and rebates on a 650W PSU or an i3-2310M w/ H67...OR a Micro Center. But that's the fun of tight price points--builds will be radically different.
August 5, 2011 2:45:25 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
you have got a point.....maybe they should label these builds for usage. but since this is a gaming build i gave it the best performance i could without sacrificing ssd size, cooling, a quality case. the only thing i sacrificed is a blu-ray burner really.....but since this is a gaming build its isnt needed. id say 2000$ (including mail in rebates) is plenty for a quality 3 1080p monitor gaming setup.



you did very well mjm, couldn't complain really, having more for less is never a bad thing! was just wondering if 2 580s or 570s would be better for a single screen. But i don't really suppose they would be better than three 6950s on that mobo...with 16x, 8x and 8x PCI lanes...actually, the more i think about it, the more my argument doesn't make sense lol...only thing i could throw your way is you probably could have spared some money and still not sacrificed performance for a single screen by using two GTX 570s or 6970s in SLI...but then again, that doesn't make sense since this is a $2K build.

And seeing that it should be able to handle 3 screens too, all for $2k...

...my conclusion is: your build is badass. :sol: 


p.s. Yeah BD is a waste for a gaming build, imo. PC games aren't sold on Blu-ray disks...
August 5, 2011 3:49:58 PM

1 580/2 560ti's is better for a single screen. and for lets just say for refernece a asrock p67 extreme4. when pc games are sold on blu-ray disks that is when they will become the standard.
August 5, 2011 4:48:44 PM

ojas said:
you did very well mjm, couldn't complain really, having more for less is never a bad thing! was just wondering if 2 580s or 570s would be better for a single screen. But i don't really suppose they would be better than three 6950s on that mobo...with 16x, 8x and 8x PCI lanes...actually, the more i think about it, the more my argument doesn't make sense lol...only thing i could throw your way is you probably could have spared some money and still not sacrificed performance for a single screen by using two GTX 570s or 6970s in SLI...but then again, that doesn't make sense since this is a $2K build.

And seeing that it should be able to handle 3 screens too, all for $2k...

...my conclusion is: your build is badass. :sol: 


p.s. Yeah BD is a waste for a gaming build, imo. PC games aren't sold on Blu-ray disks...

ya only if tomshardware gave us a warning of when it would be i couldve updated my build. that was pretty much the build i posted btw.
August 6, 2011 5:12:23 AM

i know it was like they'd never start...strange, i think it was a good build...anyway, i found mine good too ;) 

but don't you think that PC games on blu-ray is too far away to make a difference to anyone in 2011? They could always add a Blu ray burner later when it becomes the standard...from what i know CD drive>DVD drive>BD drive for reading/writing CDs, and DVD drive>BD drive when it comes to reading/writing DVDs and CDs. By > i meant faster.

BTW, wasn't a tiny 4x third lane the limiting factor in other 3-way multicard setups? Or does the third simply not matter for a single screen?

August 6, 2011 5:14:01 AM

ojas said:
i know it was like they'd never start...strange, i think it was a good build...anyway, i found mine good too ;) 

but don't you think that PC games on blu-ray is too far away to make a difference to anyone in 2011? They could always add a Blu ray burner later when it becomes the standard...from what i know CD drive>DVD drive>BD drive for reading/writing CDs, and DVD drive>BD drive when it comes to reading/writing DVDs and CDs. By > i meant faster.

BTW, wasn't a tiny 4x third lane the limiting factor in other 3-way multicard setups? Or does the third simply not matter for a single screen?

i dont think so. everyone with 3 card setups had motherboards like the ws revolution
August 6, 2011 5:44:30 AM

A 4x lane would hinder a 3x CF or SLI setup definitely. You need basically an NF200 board for 3x cards. The WS Revolution is the cheapest one, but definitely not the best. There's a couple good Z68 NF200 boards on Newegg, which support up to 8x/8x/8x/8x. Initially I tried to incorporate that, but it meant too many sacrifices everywhere else to have the $300 mobo and 3 or 4 $300 GPUs. I'd personally rather a very nice all around $2000 PC with a pair of top cards and a nice case, mobo, ssd, etc than a sheer FPS pusher with no thoughts to having a system you'd actually have a good time just dicking around on and not to mention showing your friends (nice case, nice cooler, etc). Plus if you need the horsepower for more than 3 1080p monitors, you'll be spending several grand on the monitors alone so you could/should realistically be spending more like $3000 on the PC anyway.
August 6, 2011 11:51:49 AM

^Yeah that was exactly my point initially...the build i had posted tried to do the same thing, two cards and balance...but if you look at it from the standpoint of having a pure gaming PC for the money intended only to game (push the highest FPS on any resolution at any setting for almost any game), then mjmj's build makes sense.

Knew about the NF200 thingy, what i was saying was:

^^I know they would, i meant why would 3 top-of-mid-range cards get beaten by two high end cards for a single screen with enough lanes? Two 560Ti-s can beat a 580, so 3 560Ti-s should be able to beat two 580s, i guess...(similar argument for the 6950s).
August 7, 2011 4:49:17 AM

I don't see computer games ever being sold on Blu-ray. It's just not a widely used enough medium to do it. Really, what portion of gamers have a Blu-ray drive? 25% or less? I don't. Who has Internet? EVERYONE.

They'll sell them with 3 DVDs or online exclusively before Blu-rays catch on--even if an isolated developer does it here or there.
August 7, 2011 6:37:37 AM

As a pure gaming system that's true. I happen to like watching BR movies on my computer though ;) 
August 7, 2011 5:09:34 PM

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I wouldn't see any increase in performance with a br dvd instead of a regular one when dling the games..


the point of blu-ray is the larger capacity really...otherwise you'd see a performance decrease, because from what i know their read/write times are slower than DVDs. So i guess stuff would install\load slower.

I think there should be some sort of "extra options" thingy that we could post along with out builds, so as to offer the reader other ideas of what he/she could incorporate into his/her build. That would allow someone to write something like: "Optionally use Blu-Ray Burner from bla bla -$xxx.yy". This way it just becomes more complete, but still keeps the core build free of any extras that depend specifically on the way the rig will be used.
August 8, 2011 10:47:37 PM

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August 24, 2011 12:06:59 PM

dalauder said:
I don't see computer games ever being sold on Blu-ray. It's just not a widely used enough medium to do it. Really, what portion of gamers have a Blu-ray drive? 25% or less? I don't. Who has Internet? EVERYONE.

They'll sell them with 3 DVDs or online exclusively before Blu-rays catch on--even if an isolated developer does it here or there.



I don't see the game developers take full advantage of sli either . u have 1 gtx 590 that will do the same if not better then most sli.. not OC'ed but i am off topic.

I'm looking to build a high end gaming puter looking for ur coments.


case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $179.99

PSU: PSCORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power SupplyU: $259.99


CPU: Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.46GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7990X $999.99

CPU FAN: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564 $57.99


Mobo: EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, 4-Way SLI Ready, Ready, Triple Channel DDR3, RAID, Hyperthreading $369.99

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 $114.99


SSD: 2x: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $239.99


GPU: EVGA 03G-P3-1596-AR GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) 3072MB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $729.99



Bluray: LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Suppor $124.99


This is what i'm looking to build, if u guys see any thing wrong or a bottleneck somewhere please post.
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