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August 17, 2011 4:44:04 AM


I'm am currently putting together what I'm hoping to be a solid gaming build for the next few years that has no problems running current games but I'm not sure on a few of my choices...

Budget is about $1500

Thoughts? Suggestions?



Power Supply: (It's on sale for $160)

Ram: x2

Video Card: SLI

OR Cross Fire






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a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2011 5:03:13 AM

^ Good choices of parts,... Some suggestions -

CPU - The i7 is not required for gaming,... Even the i5 2500K would do, also you can overclock it pretty high later on when you feel you would need more CPU power

Mobo - Even these are good enough for SLI/ Crossffire with decent overclock headroom and features...

RAM - Better for overclocking
Mushkin 1600Mhz

CASE - Get a newer one

PSU - Why 1250W ??
Get this
Corsair AX850, actually even the 750W would have sufficed, but this is on weekly sale and also offers more headroom

Video card options -

The 560 Ti and 6950 are pretty similar when it comes to performance, so see which plays your favorite game better, choose that,...
August 17, 2011 5:10:01 AM

Hmm alright, thank you! :) 

Do you think the SLI/CrossFire is worth it, or just grab a 580 and be done with it?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2011 5:22:47 AM

^ Depends on the game,... If the game supports SLI/ Crossfire well, then the cards in SLI/ Crossfire would easily outperform the 580,...
Also nearly all the current and future games support SLI/ Crossfire so IMO it is worth to go for it,... Or you can get a GTX 570 and upgrade to another one later on,... It is about 10-15% slower than the 580, but is much cheaper and consumes less power than the 580,...

But its your call though,...
August 17, 2011 5:39:59 AM
a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2011 5:54:09 AM

^ Why you getting 2 RAM kits? IMO 8GB would suffice(actually a bit overkill) for a gaming build,... So just get 8GB for now,... Anyways you can add more RAM if you want to later on,...
August 17, 2011 7:25:12 AM

Agree with the i5 2500k. AFAIK, the HD6950 scales better in CF?

Check my sig build as well.
August 17, 2011 7:26:22 AM

z68 chipset would be the preferred card
August 17, 2011 6:30:57 PM

Anyone got any thoughts on the last build I posted? I'm planning on ordering it soon and I just want to make sure I'm not overlooking something completely obvious!
a c 474 4 Gaming
August 17, 2011 8:56:20 PM

1st Suggestion - The name of the component is more important than the link .... ideally provide both but if you are only going to do one, the name will save us the Repetitive Stress Injury clicking on all the links.

GFX Card - I wouldn't spend the extra money on the 570. The 900 Mhz 560 is way cheaper and is right on its heels in performance. You can also get away w/ a 750 watt power supply w/ twin 560's.

SSD - Vertex 2 is last generation.....I don't see the cost savings for "old tech" being worth the speed crimp

HD - recognize that "green" = slow.,2261...

This is it: the world’s first 2 TB or 2,000 GB hard drive. It is not a high-performance 7,200 RPM drive, but a 5,400 RPM energy-efficient drive .... Western Digital doesn’t talk about its actual spindle speeds and prefers to refer to IntelliPower, which is the marketing name for the balance between spindle speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms, as part of its effort to design drives with the best balance between performance and power consumption. Insiders still say the speed is 5,400 RPM.

They ain't cheap but I'm finding the 2TB and 3TB Barracuda XT's to be stellar performers. Game load times for the Vertex 3 and off the XT in my son's new box are comparable in my tests.

$10 cheaper on newegg $140 for 2TB and $200 for 3TB as compared to ncix's $170 and $210

As to the last build, I like the previously posted one better. As for the GTX 580 for $480 .... I don't think so. Ya 850 watt PSU is a great one but it won't do twin 580's so future SLI there is outta the picture. On the other hand, you can get twin 900 Mhz 560 Ti's for less than a single 580, you can power both w/ a 750 watter and they will toast the single 580.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 220.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862)
$ 320.00 570 (524/873)
$ 480.00 580 (616/953)

So for $480, you can get a single 580 and get 616 fps. Twin 560 Ti's at the factory set 900 Mhz gets you 862 fps (40% increase in speed) for $40 less. Jumping to twin 580s at $960 gets you 11% more than the twin 560's but at more than 220% of the 560's cost since ya gotta buy a bigger PSU

I'd also add a CPU cooler such as the Mugen 2 or 3

$50 Mugen 3
$40 Mugen 2

And I'd read these: