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First Gaming Build ~ $1000

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August 10, 2011 7:09:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next.

Budget Range: $1000 but can go slightly over

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Netflix, Internet usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website: Newegg.com and Amazon.com

Country: US

Parts Preference: None

OC: Yes

SLI/Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: N/A, still undecided on the Monitor(If you have any suggestions for a monitor <$300 let me know)

Plan on Playing BF3 and MW3

Here is what I am thinking so far and this is my first build so let me know if there is anything you would change and your opinions about this build.


CPU: i5 2500k, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

Mobo: Gigabyye GA-z68XP, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128512

Case: Antec Nine Hundred, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021

GCU: GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2 GB, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130683

Ram: G.Skill 8gb(2 x 4 GB), http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231426

HDD: Western Digital Caviar 1.5 TB Sata 6 GB/s 3.5", http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136892

Power: Antec TruePower 550W, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371020

DVD: ASUS 24X, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204

CPU Cooler: Need One.

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August 10, 2011 2:52:57 PM

does the $1000 include the monitor? if not, id try and see if you can getter a better graphics card in there. For example, a GTX 570 is going to be a far better choice than that 2gb 560 ti.

some combo deals that might interest you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


for example you could do the ram+mobo and the cpu+cooler, or you could do ram+cpu, mobo+os, with the hyper 212+
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August 11, 2011 7:15:47 AM

Thanks and no the budget is not with the monitor, im looking for a Monitor probably in the range of 200-300. Thanks for all of these suggestions. I didnt want to skimp out on the monitor and make the 570 (which ive decided to go with), and the rest of these parts not able the quality of picture they can. Im looking to play FPS n fast past games so most likely a high max FPS and also a fast response time.
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August 11, 2011 7:20:16 AM

Also, i already switched to 650W power supply for the 570, a mobo/ram combo, and i got a very nice fan from one of my friends who switched to a water cooler system.
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August 11, 2011 10:00:38 AM

Will having the 580 make that much of a difference? with a lot of the charts i saw both the 570 and the 580 were producing FPS that were more than 60 when running on max settings, unless I was mistaken (which could easily be the case)
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August 11, 2011 10:28:12 AM

Thanks, and also just I saw this other tower that another person recommend,
Same company but the First Knight series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Which i notice had a 1 less 140mm fan, but do you thank that'd be a problem and i notice it has an additional USB port frontside.
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August 11, 2011 11:18:08 AM

Why not go with CF/SLI? 2 560 Ti's could easily kill a single 580 for the same cost. Not to mention those 560 Ti's can OC (come stock OC'd) at the level of the 570. So in essence you get cooler running 570s.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...
Those aren't OC'd FYI.

Also BF3 is going to require more than just a single 580. According to EA/Dice, BF3 was run with a 580 at the E3 demo, but the game was not at max. So with that indication SLI 560 Ti's should be a better bet, plus most FPS games tend to favor SLI/CF such as Crysis and BC2.
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August 11, 2011 1:07:12 PM

Well true, but an overclocked 560 Ti is pretty much capable of getting higher OC than the 6950, plus running cooler. The 6950 2GB, AT STOCK, is better than the 560 Ti, but after OC the 6950 2GB can only get to the similar performance of the 6970, while the 560 Ti can surpass the 570 at which point it is pretty much a little better than the 6950 2GB. Course that's just my 2 cents.
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August 11, 2011 3:00:45 PM

I am buying a similar build. For $1,200 my build will have a msi gtx 580. What is not to like? You should get one gtx 580 now and maybe buy another one later. Or you can wait until the 6xx series come out and buy one when you have enough money. If you crossfire, or sli now, you wont be able to future proof your computer later.
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August 11, 2011 5:35:22 PM

aznshinobi said:
P07H34D, do you realize manufacturers stock OC the 560 Ti to the 570's performance. Gigabyte and MSI are just a few of the brands that have 560 Ti's stock OC'd to match/beat the 570.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/gigabyte-gtx-560-ti-soc-r...

And if someone wanted to run three of those 560 ti's (tri SLI)...well this board comes out on the market sometime next week.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- One bad a$$ board. Looks better than the Asus NF200 boards, and has better spacing than the Gigabyte UD7. The Asrock P67 extreme4 version of this board just showed up on newegg yesterday. :sol: 
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August 11, 2011 6:04:05 PM

OMG WHY ME HOW MUCH DOES THAT COST?!?!?!?! It looks so sexy.
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August 11, 2011 6:20:02 PM

aznshinobi said:
OMG WHY ME HOW MUCH DOES THAT COST?!?!?!?! It looks so sexy.

Rumor has it...right around the $250 range. Asrock is now #3 on the market behind Asus and Gigabyte and gaining fast.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <----- All the boards on there that say Gen3

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?2739...**Official**-Asrock-Z68-Gen3-Extreme7-amp-Extreme4-thread <----- Thread on it here

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&cp=24&gs_id=n&xhr=t&q=ASRo... <----- more on it here

http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z68_extreme... <----- review of the new Asrock extreme4 Gen3 board here
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August 12, 2011 5:25:22 AM

Hope they make a Gen3 BD board. Man I'd get that.
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August 12, 2011 2:02:26 PM

aznshinobi said:
Hope they make a Gen3 BD board. Man I'd get that.

I'm sure they will. I wouldn't see why not.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- This board ...this is the one I'm after. I'm guessing it's going to be cheaper than the extreme4, yet it supports SLI and has good spacing. I'd like to know the cost on this baby.
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August 12, 2011 2:30:06 PM

if youre looking for a BD board, why does your profile say "Need money for i5-2500k"...
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August 12, 2011 2:36:13 PM

aznshinobi said:
Haha we're derailing the thread but OP has replied yet. I am going after this board though for BD
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=970%20Extre...

Nice board. $180 is a bit stiff, but that board is nice.

genghiskron said:
if youre looking for a BD board, why does your profile say "Need money for i5-2500k"...


LOL...ya I'm wondering that myself.
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August 12, 2011 2:39:37 PM

Haha if you've been on the forums long enough. And I know you haven't since I was posting with Why_Me a year ago (maybe even more than that). That "status" was during the January SB review craze. The 2500K's high OCs got me hooked. But seeing as its been awhile and BD is almost out. I'm looking at the BD quad since it's cheaper than the 2500K but can still OC. Plus the BD board is cheaper for the performance. (8x/8x/4x) for the Extreme4 970 @ only $105
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August 12, 2011 2:53:17 PM

aznshinobi said:
Haha if you've been on the forums long enough. And I know you haven't since I was posting with Why_Me a year ago (maybe even more than that). That "status" was during the January SB review craze. The 2500K's high OCs got me hooked. But seeing as its been awhile and BD is almost out. I'm looking at the BD quad since it's cheaper than the 2500K but can still OC. Plus the BD board is cheaper for the performance. (8x/8x/4x) for the Extreme4 970 @ only $105

OK...I was thinking the 990FX extreme4 for some reason.

That last board I linked should come in somewhere around $135 - $145 I'm going to guess. If a guy was to pick up a 2500K on a combo deal ...vid card, RAM...something..that would take some of the bite off the cost.
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August 12, 2011 3:01:51 PM

Ahhh Welll... I changed it HAPPY? Gawd.
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