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August 13, 2011 7:22:02 AM

Budget Range: $1000-$2000 (Preferably)
Overclocking: Yes
SLI: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (possibly 1920x1080 later down the road)


This PC will primarily be used for gaming and game design. I'd like to keep the cost down but my main priority is to make sure the parts are compatible and that the PSU is a good choice (I prefer Corsair PSU's). I'm not comfortable with setting up a water cooling loop myself so I'm planning on using a closed loop liquid cooler.


Below are the parts I plan to get:
EVGA x58 Classified motherboard
Intel Core i7 950 - 3.06Ghz (Overclocked to 4.0Ghz)
Corsair 850W PSU
(x2) GeForce GTX 460 (in SLI)
G.Skills 24GB Ripjaws RAM (24GB for intensive rendering and virtual boxes)
(x4) WD 1TB HDD (Raid 10)
Cool Master HAF 932 Case
NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller
Corsair H80 CPU cooler

Current Total: $1903

Anyone have suggestions on the parts or whether the PSU will be sufficient?

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August 13, 2011 7:54:10 AM

Get the 2600k or 2500k i dont know much about game design TBH. 26XX - 329 or 25XX 229
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 219 or 169(canadacomputers.com) you never said where ur from
2x GTX 560 Ti $184-200 each or 2x 6870 200 each (I prefer AMD)
and stick with the rest
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August 13, 2011 7:56:36 AM

Also, if your doing game design, you should get a higher end Video card if you still wanna spend more

GTX 570 or 580, or AMD 6970 or 6950
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August 13, 2011 2:21:20 PM

You don't want to build on s1366, you want to build on s1155. Re-evaluate your build.
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August 13, 2011 3:17:03 PM

CPU: i7 2600k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 315$

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68 UD4- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004ZQ6F7C/ref=s... 160$

PSU: OCZ ZX 850w- http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Fully-Modular-80PLUS-Performa... 170$ this is a great psu. ocz is starting to make quality power supplies

GPU: MSI GTX 570- http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N570GTX-Twin-Frozr-Power/dp/B... 325$x3=650$

RAM: GSKILL 16gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 115$ 16gb's will be enough

HDD'S: Samsung F3 1TB- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$x4=240$

CASE: Silverstone Raven RV03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Mo... 140$ this case cools better than the HAF X thanks to its unique design

FAN CONTROLLER: Zalman MFC1- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 40$ i have that nzxt and im not impressed with it at all i wish i had gotten one like this zalman

CPU COOLER: Corsair H80- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Performance-Liquid-Cooler... 90$

Total=1920$


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August 13, 2011 10:49:18 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I've changed the HDD's to the Samsung's. I run a lot of virtual machines so about 24GB RAM is actually required. I also changed the fan controller to the Zalman MFC1.

As for the 1366 socket, anyone mind informing me why most consider it dead or not good? (and why upgrade to the 2600k CPU)
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August 14, 2011 7:42:22 AM

They arent producing anymore cpu's for the 1366 socket mobo's
With the 1155 socket, you can upgrade in the future, and for the amount of money your spending, you might as well keep a mobo that can be upgraded to the sandy bridge enthusiast class cpu's
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