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$1500 Gaming Rig

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August 16, 2011 3:55:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1600 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: High-end Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: OS, mouse, keyboard, Display

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, frys(offline)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular

Overclocking: Yes, to 4.5 GHz

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need to have a window

Hey guys.. I've done a TON of research and ended up choosing these parts so what do you think? I'll probably change 1 or 2 depending on sales, but until then, what do you think?



Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ($210)

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($220)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus ($30)

Extra fan for push and pull: Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue ($17)

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB 1600 ($60)

Video Card: ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 ($500)

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ($65)

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X OEM DVDRW ($21)

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ($160)

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 ($200)

Extra Fans: 2x APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue ($16)


There are a few things that I might change.. Like these

Case: Coolermaster HAF 932

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

CPU: Intel i7 2500k

Video Card: 2x MSI gtx 560 ti


What do you think? :o 

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August 16, 2011 7:42:15 AM

You've done great research. My only complaint would be the overpriced GTX 580.

Why not a pair of 6950s?
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August 16, 2011 10:11:36 AM

2x 6950's is the way to go for a $1500 budget. Much better scaling than the 2x 560Ti's. Also, an SSD is well within that budget.

Check the $1500 build in my sig.
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August 16, 2011 2:22:59 PM

Mabe because he doesnt want to deal with the heat issues and possibly SLI later on? He also said that he wasnt sure if he wanted to SLI or Crossfire so....
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August 16, 2011 3:47:16 PM

i5 2500k & Scythe Mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 257$ this is a better cooler than a push pull 212+. it will easily take on a 4.5ghz oc.

Corsair HX 750w & Corsair 8gb 1600mhz ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 190$ the hx750 is a great psu.

Gigabyte Z68 UD4- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004ZQ6F7C/ref=s... 160$ 20+2 phases so you can easily hit 4.5ghz

Samsung F3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$ nice choice on the hdd

Silverstone RV03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Mo... 140$ full tower, window, great cooling, and great cable management

OCZ Vertex 3 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 200$ an ssd will speed up your whole system.

Asus 24x DVD Burner- http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD%C2%B1RW-DVD-RAM-Internal... 21$

Sapphire 6950 2gb- http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex... 265$x2=530-20$=510$ all you will need for 1080p

Total=1566$

Do you need speakers/headset?





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August 17, 2011 2:35:37 AM

Proximon said:
You've done great research. My only complaint would be the overpriced GTX 580.

Why not a pair of 6950s?



Yes I was thinking about the 6950s, but about overclocking it... I heard that people can fully unlock it with a flash bios. http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/159 Is there a risk in it?

Thanks in advance! :bounce: 
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August 17, 2011 2:35:48 AM

Zero_ said:
2x 6950's is the way to go for a $1500 budget. Much better scaling than the 2x 560Ti's. Also, an SSD is well within that budget.

Check the $1500 build in my sig.



Yes I was thinking about the 6950s, but about overclocking it... I heard that people can fully unlock it with a flash bios. http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/159 Is there a risk in it?

Thanks in advance! :bounce: 
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August 17, 2011 2:40:04 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
i5 2500k & Scythe Mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 257$ this is a better cooler than a push pull 212+. it will easily take on a 4.5ghz oc.

Corsair HX 750w & Corsair 8gb 1600mhz ram- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 190$ the hx750 is a great psu.

Gigabyte Z68 UD4- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004ZQ6F7C/ref=s... 160$ 20+2 phases so you can easily hit 4.5ghz

Samsung F3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$ nice choice on the hdd

Silverstone RV03- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Mo... 140$ full tower, window, great cooling, and great cable management

OCZ Vertex 3 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 200$ an ssd will speed up your whole system.

Asus 24x DVD Burner- http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD%C2%B1RW-DVD-RAM-Internal... 21$

Sapphire 6950 2gb- http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex... 265$x2=530-20$=510$ all you will need for 1080p

Total=1566$

Do you need speakers/headset?



Thank you very much for all those advice, especially the bundles! As for the case, I don't really like the style =_= and I don't need a SSD. But thanks anyways! Also, which brands would you recommend for the videos cards? XFX http://www.frys.com/product/6575973?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... , Diamond http://www.frys.com/product/6490922?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... , or MSI http://www.frys.com/product/6559683?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
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August 17, 2011 3:42:37 AM

Darknesss said:
I don't need a SSD.

That's something you don't know until you have tried.
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August 17, 2011 3:50:29 AM

Darknesss said:
Thank you very much for all those advice, especially the bundles! As for the case, I don't really like the style =_= and I don't need a SSD. But thanks anyways! Also, which brands would you recommend for the videos cards? XFX http://www.frys.com/product/6575973?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... , Diamond http://www.frys.com/product/6490922?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN... , or MSI http://www.frys.com/product/6559683?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

i recommend the one i posted the sapphire dirt 3 edition. are you looking to unlock it to a 6970? most of them dont unlock.

you dont like the 600t?!?! you are 1 in 1000 especially since the case has amazing cable management sufficient cooling and is made by corsair. what about this case?- http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Mo... cools better than the HAF X great cable management and is made by silverstone another great case maker

all gaming builds over 1200$ i think should have at least a 60gb ssd. just for your os and games. games will load much faster and you will be first on the maps by about 5 seconds. just enough time to call a mortor strike haha

if you think upgrading to 2 580's in the future is still overkill and overpriced for 1080p gaming. 2 6950's will be fine for years
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August 18, 2011 3:39:51 AM

Well, I thought about the cases, but the exterior just doesn't appeal to me =_= And there's not a lot of cooling... And what about an Asus gtx 580? Are those any good? This is my build now.( As for SSDs, is it really worth the money? I use my computer about 2 hours on weekdays and 3-5 hours on the weekends)




Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 ($170)

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($220)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus ($30)

Extra fan for push and pull: Antec TriCool 120mm Fan ($13)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB ($66)

Video Card: ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 ($500)

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ($65)

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X OEM DVDRW ($23)

Case: Cooler Master HAF X ($190)

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 ($175)

Prices are from Frys
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August 18, 2011 4:46:25 AM

So what do you guys think of the build?
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August 19, 2011 1:40:54 AM

Anyone want to reply? -_-
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August 19, 2011 1:58:38 AM

Seems OK, though you are likely to get better prices from newegg, at least you are supporting your government through taxes.
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August 19, 2011 2:04:53 AM

Lol... no really, newegg has taxes for me too (California) and amazon has taxes too now (a new law just pasted -_-) and I don't want to pay shipping. BTW is the motherboard any good? I heard of something of a problem called a "boot loop" for it
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August 19, 2011 2:59:24 AM

Just asking... Does a Hyper 212+ ,with push and pull, generally can handle a i5 2500k overclocked to 4.5 Ghz? Also, would a CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 be any good? Last question, do you prefer the Haf X, Corsair 600t, or the Antec Twelve Hundred?
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August 19, 2011 3:40:24 AM

I haven't heard anything about the board and haven't used it myself.

Probably the cooler will be fine.

I think you'll want at least a Corsair TX 850, HX850, XFX 850W, something in that range. GS800 is Ok in a pinch, but do try to get modular.

The HAF X is going to be hard to beat for performance and features, but lacks in style.

If I were buying an air cooled case I would look at the Siverstone Raven series:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or the more traditional Lian Li A70F
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or the more expensive Corsair cases.
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