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August 26, 2011 11:43:01 PM

can anyone build me or link me to a good gaming computer that costs around $1500?

The main game i will be playing on it will be Guild Wars 2, and Battlefield 3

i will edit this in a sec
a b 4 Gaming
August 26, 2011 11:47:25 PM

it really helps if you ask in the format suggested in the thread about how to ask for advice . You will find it at the top of the messageboard
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August 27, 2011 1:44:46 AM

Here you go :

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-Z68-XP UD3
RAM : Gskill Ripjaws 2x4GB DDR3 1600
Hard Disk : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm
PSU : Antec Earthwatts EA-650 Green
Case : Rosewill Challenger Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Bytec 6ft power cord.

Total : $552.99

www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=C...

Now,

Graphics Card : 2x EVGA GTX 560Ti Overclocked - $510
Monitor : 200$

Total : $1260
August 27, 2011 1:46:45 AM

Forgot one thing.

HSF : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $29.99

so, add $30 more to it. You haven't mentioned if you need monitor or not.
August 27, 2011 2:26:51 AM

Outlander_04 said:
it really helps if you ask in the format suggested in the thread about how to ask for advice . You will find it at the top of the messageboard


sorry my computer crashed earlier..i really need a new one haha

Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 months

Budget Range: aiming for $1500 flexible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: no mouse or keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type no preference

Overclocking: no..maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: i would like to max out games like guild wars 2 and battlefield 3
August 27, 2011 2:28:39 AM

yes monitor included...i would like a beautiful monitor so i am willing to push up budget for a 27 inch...or a really nice 21.5 inch
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 3:01:25 AM

This board down below has the new PCI-E 3.0 slots for the new generation vid cards due out whenever. It just hit the shelves a few days ago. btw if you notice on newegg...the one bad review the moron purchased a cpu that doesn't o/c (non "K" cpu).

This build is set up to add another one of those cards later on for SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 + $7.87 Shipping
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $264.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $72.48
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 - $219.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,040.10 *not including shipping and rebates

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $469.99
SAMSUNG S23A750D Black 23" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 3:24:44 AM

Why_me thats a really good build, but but to run good frame rates and good image quality in 3D its going to need more graphics power than a single 560 ti
Id swing back the other way and get a $300 25/25/27 inch monitor and GTX 570 .
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 3:37:06 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Why_me thats a really good build, but but to run good frame rates and good image quality in 3D its going to need more graphics power than a single 560 ti
Id swing back the other way and get a $300 25/25/27 inch monitor and GTX 570 .

+1

But the OP may be able to get that monitor and the gtx 570.

Here's some solid yet reasonably priced psu's to push dual 570's in SLI...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
LEPA B850-MA 850W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- matched up with one of those.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <--- and this RAM + cpu combo saves even more money than the Corsair RAM + cpu combo I posted up above.
a c 230 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 4:10:35 AM

$1400

Case - $ 140 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 95 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - Later - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 380 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - $ 40 - Scythe Mugen 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 Shin Etsu 751 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 60 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 220 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - as above
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 240 - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 60 - Samsung BR Combo Drive w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Huge, well cooled case with air filters, hot swap 2.5" drive and PSU that jonnyguru says next best thing is twice the cost. case / PSU combo extremely quiet

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

I'd stay away from any MoBo that doesn't offer industry standard 3 year warranty.

Mugen 2 outperforms the Hyper 212 by 7C but the "mew and improved" Hyper 612 should be hitting shelves any day now.
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Given the performance of the factory OC'd 560 Ti's the 570 loses its luster. The 570's don't have the robust VR circuitry that the 560 does.....(a google search will reveal lotta toasted ones tho to be fair they from peeps exceeding voltage limits to get their desired OC's. OTOH, the 560 oft gets to 1000 MHz w/o touching the voltage.

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) $ 0.44 - $ 0.51
$ 335.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.64 - $ 0.77

With a single card, you pay 52% more for a 6% increase in performance. In SLI, you pay the same 52% more for a whopping 11 fps (1.2 %).

If ya don't need the OS, ya total is $1520 w/ two 900 Mhz 560's
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 4:36:24 AM

There's your gtx 570 with the option to add another one later on in SLI. Best part is this build includes that 120hz LED 3D Samsung monitor. :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
LEPA B850-MA 850W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 + $7.87 Shipping
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $256.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH21

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $72.48
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $319.99 - $289.99 after mail-in rebate card
EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $469.99
SAMSUNG S23A750D Black 23" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

Total: $1,577.39 *not including shipping and rebates
August 27, 2011 6:53:44 AM

Why_Me said:
There's your gtx 570 with the option to add another one later on in SLI. Best part is this build includes that 120hz LED 3D Samsung monitor. :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate
XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
LEPA B850-MA 850W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 + $7.87 Shipping
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $256.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH21

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $72.48
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $319.99 - $289.99 after mail-in rebate card
EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $469.99
SAMSUNG S23A750D Black 23" 2ms Full HD 3D LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

Total: $1,577.39 *not including shipping and rebates


this build looks good but someone above said something about the 570 not being worth it? what about the 6970 or 6870? sorry i cant remember which is in the same ball park

any help is appreciated

-thanks
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 7:31:25 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
this build looks good but someone above said something about the 570 not being worth it? what about the 6970 or 6870? sorry i cant remember which is in the same ball park

any help is appreciated

-thanks

The 570 doesn't o/c as well as a 560, but no card o/c's as well as a 560. But for raw power right out of the box, the 570 has the 560 beat, that and it has more vRAM. As far as the AMD cards are concerned, those 6950 2GB cards are nice cards, but I'm not big on AMD drivers....that and most games seems to favor Nvidia cards these days.

You can run dual 6950's with a 750w psu, and an 850w psu for dual 570's. Nvidia cards use more power, but they run cooler than AMD cards and generally o/c better.

August 27, 2011 6:04:27 PM

Why_Me said:
The 570 doesn't o/c as well as a 560, but no card o/c's as well as a 560. But for raw power right out of the box, the 570 has the 560 beat, that and it has more vRAM. As far as the AMD cards are concerned, those 6950 2GB cards are nice cards, but I'm not big on AMD drivers....that and most games seems to favor Nvidia cards these days.

You can run dual 6950's with a 750w psu, and an 850w psu for dual 570's. Nvidia cards use more power, but they run cooler than AMD cards and generally o/c better.


so you suggest the 570?

idk if i would go sli/crossfire 570s, maybe if it fit the budget...but you say the 560s o/c better? im not going to o/c..maybe in the future.

what about a single 580?
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 6:43:43 PM

ForeverHeartless said:
so you suggest the 570?

idk if i would go sli/crossfire 570s, maybe if it fit the budget...but you say the 560s o/c better? im not going to o/c..maybe in the future.

what about a single 580?

A single 580 is an excellent choice imo. You can pick one up these days for under $500.

Here's a quality non modular psu if you ever feel like pushing two 580's cards later on in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $109.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

And this modular psu down below is manufactured by Enermax for LEPA.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card
LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
August 27, 2011 8:47:01 PM

Why_Me said:
A single 580 is an excellent choice imo. You can pick one up these days for under $500.

Here's a quality non modular psu if you ever feel like pushing two 580's cards later on in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $109.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

And this modular psu down below is manufactured by Enermax for LEPA.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card
LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


ok cool, can you link me to a quality 580?

and what is the difference between modular psu and non modular psu?

sorry im new to this haha

-thanks
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 10:56:15 PM

ForeverHeartless said:
ok cool, can you link me to a quality 580?

and what is the difference between modular psu and non modular psu?

sorry im new to this haha

-thanks

Any of those down below. Modular = the cables plug into the psu...you only use the cables you need and it makes less clutter in the case...but they cost more. With a non modular you take a plastic zip tie and tuck them away.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

August 27, 2011 11:24:51 PM

Why_Me said:
Any of those down below. Modular = the cables plug into the psu...you only use the cables you need and it makes less clutter in the case...but they cost more. With a non modular you take a plastic zip tie and tuck them away.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


okay thanks, i think i would go with the asus 580, and if i purchased these parts for 2 months would it be fine or would i be looking for newer components?

im still not sure when i will be able to buy, hopefully soon
August 27, 2011 11:29:21 PM

actually i may go the evga 580, is it just me or does that one look thinner in size?
a b 4 Gaming
August 27, 2011 11:42:58 PM

ForeverHeartless said:
actually i may go the evga 580, is it just me or does that one look thinner in size?

Good call. That Asus card is as wide as a small house. Iv'e never seen a card that wide.
August 28, 2011 1:14:18 AM

Why_Me said:
Good call. That Asus card is as wide as a small house. Iv'e never seen a card that wide.


haha can that mobo run sli 580s? im willing to pay a little more for a better one if need be

mobo
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 1:44:57 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
okay, is asrock a solid brand? Im willing to shell out a little more for better quality parts if necessary

-thanks

Yep it's solid. It's the #3 board manufacture in sales behind Asus and Gigabyte, and if they keep going like they have been the past few years their going to catch Asus and Gigabyte in sales no time flat. Asrock used to be affiliated with Asus and then they parted ways over a year ago and Asrock has never looked back since then.
August 28, 2011 1:46:45 AM

Why_Me said:
Yep it's solid. It's the #3 board manufacture in sales behind Asus and Gigabyte, and if they keep going like they have been the past few years their going to catch Asus and Gigabyte in sales no time flat. Asrock used to be affiliated with Asus and then they parted ways over a year ago and Asrock has never looked back since then.


alright sweet, that monitor you linked me looks pretty sick, do you know any others you could reference me to?
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 2:03:40 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
alright sweet, that monitor you linked me looks pretty sick, do you know any others you could reference me to?

There's only a handful of 120hz LED 3D monitors....in fact the only ones I know of are those new Samsung's that just came out and the BenQ that came out last year. Asus is supposed to come out with a few sometime after x-mas.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- That BenQ that came out last year

http://www.benq.us/product/monitor/xl2410t <--- a better look at that monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- And the four monitors on there that say 3D. (The expensive ones on that link). :p 

As far as recommending one over the other I can't honestly say.
August 28, 2011 2:19:18 AM

Why_Me said:
There's only a handful of 120hz LED 3D monitors....in fact the only ones I know of are those new Samsung's that just came out and the BenQ that came out last year. Asus is supposed to come out with a few sometime after x-mas.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- That BenQ that came out last year

http://www.benq.us/product/monitor/xl2410t <--- a better look at that monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- And the four monitors on there that say 3D. (The expensive ones on that link). :p 

As far as recommending one over the other I can't honestly say.


okay, so the 900W is enough to go sli 580s in the future?

and that case can fit two 580s right?

-thanks a bunch :) 
August 28, 2011 2:27:40 AM

also, im not sure if i will do 3D gaming or not, since that monitor has 3D is that more expensive....or is it just 3D compatible because its new?

and will the 3D significantly put a heavier load on the 580?
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 2:31:05 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
okay, so the 900W is enough to go sli 580s in the future?

and that case can fit two 580s right?

-thanks a bunch :) 

The LEPA and Antec posted up above will push two of those cards without breaking a sweat.

I posted that CM Storm Enforcer for price point. For a case that's not only larger but has way better airflow/cooling...then this one down below paired up with the optional 200mm case fan. You can also add a 120mm/140mm fan to the bottom of that case, but I wouldn't recommend adding the bottom fan ... it just pushes dust into it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

You can also grab this fan off of amazon for $14 and free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- If and when they actually ever come out with something that utilizes the USB 3.0 ports then there's several of them to fit on that case. This one down below is just an example of one of many.

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <--- a better look at that case

a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 2:35:48 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
also, im not sure if i will do 3D gaming or not, since that monitor has 3D is that more expensive....or is it just 3D compatible because its new?

and will the 3D significantly put a heavier load on the 580?

Screw the 3D is my opinion. It's all about the 120hz refresh rate and LED all in one. 99.9% of all monitors have a 60hz refresh rate. 120hz refresh rate makes gaming....especially FPS like BF3, CoD, etc.. smooth as a baby's a$$. I mean like butter smooth. No hiccups, no stutter, just smooth and then you have the LED on top of it.

I put 3D right up there with tri monitors....as in I have no use for either.
August 28, 2011 2:38:09 AM

Why_Me said:
The LEPA and Antec posted up above will push two of those cards without breaking a sweat.

I posted that CM Storm Enforcer for price point. For a case that's not only larger but has way better airflow/cooling...then this one down below paired up with the optional 200mm case fan. You can also add a 120mm/140mm fan to the bottom of that case, but I wouldn't recommend adding the bottom fan ... it just pushes dust into it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

You can also grab this fan off of amazon for $14 and free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- If and when they actually ever come out with something that utilizes the USB 3.0 ports then there's several of them to fit on that case. This one down below is just an example of one of many.

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <--- a better look at that case


i see..i was looking at benchmarks for video cards and do you think a single 580 can handle 3D at max settings? because i cannot afford 2x 580s right now. Am i better off going sli 560s? i might end up buying these components in 2-3 months...if i had to wait that long do you think that newer video cards will be out?

-thanks bro :) 

and theres a 95% chance ill just toss the 3D glasses that come with the monitor and forget 3D
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 2:51:12 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
i see..i was looking at benchmarks for video cards and do you think a single 580 can handle 3D at max settings? because i cannot afford 2x 580s right now. Am i better off going sli 560s? i might end up buying these components in 2-3 months...if i had to wait that long do you think that newer video cards will be out?

-thanks bro :) 

and theres a 95% chance ill just toss the 3D glasses that come with the monitor and forget 3D

3D puts more stress on it and slows it down a bit, but that 580 shouldnt' have any problem maxing games with it. Personally I wouldn't run it in 3D for the fact you have to get the Nvidia 3D emitter and glasses which is another $150 on top of that.

Another option is to get a decent 2ms LED Asus gaming monitor for under $200 ...and theirs some great ones, and then get a SSD with the remaining budget. In fact that sounds better than forking out $370+ on a monitor.

This Asus came out a few months ago and it's solid as solid gets for gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 - $154.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

Then load up windows and maps in near record time with this SSD down below...which just went on sale a few days ago.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD
August 28, 2011 2:55:01 AM

how does an SSD affect anything? ive never owned or researched on one. And arent the new video cards for AMD and nvidia due out soon?

and the monitor up top is so gorgeous i might just have to buy it anyways
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 3:08:33 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
how does an SSD affect anything? ive never owned or researched on one. And arent the new video cards for AMD and nvidia due out soon?

and the monitor up top is so gorgeous i might just have to buy it anyways

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/319248-31-build-money... <---- 7th or 8th post from the bottom of that thread ... by the poster "p07h34d".

Quote:
The storage drives won't have any impact on your frame rate but what they do impact is how fast you join into games / load maps / load or close programs. (That is what I was lead to believe)

When I play l4d2 with my SSD, going from map 1 to map 2 of a campaign I load into the game before anyone else. I will be able to get all my gear and be out of the saferoom before most people can even get into the game lol.

It makes teamswitching so easy so if you ever get stuck on the opposite team of a friend you just wait till the next map of the campaign or w/e and switch before anyone can join on that team

Usually you need your friend to have a fast loading pc as well or you might take his spot lol
August 28, 2011 4:20:59 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/319248-31-build-money... <---- 7th or 8th post from the bottom of that thread ... by the poster "p07h34d".

Quote:
The storage drives won't have any impact on your frame rate but what they do impact is how fast you join into games / load maps / load or close programs. (That is what I was lead to believe)

When I play l4d2 with my SSD, going from map 1 to map 2 of a campaign I load into the game before anyone else. I will be able to get all my gear and be out of the saferoom before most people can even get into the game lol.

It makes teamswitching so easy so if you ever get stuck on the opposite team of a friend you just wait till the next map of the campaign or w/e and switch before anyone can join on that team

Usually you need your friend to have a fast loading pc as well or you might take his spot lol


what exactly is an SSD? more storage?

lol

-thanks
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 4:29:21 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
what exactly is an SSD? more storage?

lol

-thanks

SSD = Solid State Drive...it's a h/d. The usual proggy's loaded on it are Windows, Desktop, and if you game, then the 2-3 games you play the most...depending on the size of the SSD of course. The regular h/d you use for storage. Movies, pics..whatever.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive <---- if you scroll down to the middle of that page is compares an SSD to a regular h/d. These new SATA III SSD's are faster than blazes.
August 28, 2011 5:08:26 AM

so you would use both an SSD and a hard drive..but the SSD would store the most used stuff ya? imight try to hold off until the new video cards come out...idk if i can wait that long
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 5:51:10 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
so you would use both an SSD and a hard drive..but the SSD would store the most used stuff ya? imight try to hold off until the new video cards come out...idk if i can wait that long

There isn't even a release date yet for those cards. The SSD holds the stuff you use the most...speed for booting, desktop and games. and the 1tb drive is storage for pics, movies, pr0n, and other stuff that you don't need loaded up in the blink of an eye.
August 28, 2011 6:12:58 AM

Why_Me said:
There isn't even a release date yet for those cards. The SSD holds the stuff you use the most...speed for booting, desktop and games. and the 1tb drive is storage for pics, movies, pr0n, and other stuff that you don't need loaded up in the blink of an eye.


who says i dont need pr0n in the blink of an eye haha :p 

and i heard they were coming out Q4 of 2011 which would be within 4 months...am i mistaken?

and does the SSD automatically decide what you use most or do you have to input what you want saved on there?
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 6:25:14 AM

ForeverHeartless said:
who says i dont need pr0n in the blink of an eye haha :p 

and i heard they were coming out Q4 of 2011 which would be within 4 months...am i mistaken?

and does the SSD automatically decide what you use most or do you have to input what you want saved on there?

http://lenzfire.com/2011/08/powercolor-finalizes-amd-ra... <---- there's something on those cards...

You install the o/s on the SSD and make that your boot drive. Anything else you install and/or dl you make sure it ask your first where you want it installed / downloaded.
August 28, 2011 6:31:27 AM

Does SATA III really improve normal hard disk performance? My cheap board doesn't have a single SATA III slot.
August 28, 2011 6:36:20 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats $410 for a GTX 580 - ECS is a decent brand from what I've heard.
Chuck out the 3D monitor as you've suggested; an SSD is a better buy ;) .
A single gtx 580 will eat up and spit out any game on max settings that you play for the next 2-3 years, as long as its on a 1920x1080/ 1920x1200 monitor.
August 28, 2011 7:36:20 AM

vibhas said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats $410 for a GTX 580 - ECS is a decent brand from what I've heard.
Chuck out the 3D monitor as you've suggested; an SSD is a better buy ;) .
A single gtx 580 will eat up and spit out any game on max settings that you play for the next 2-3 years, as long as its on a 1920x1080/ 1920x1200 monitor.


what monitor do you suggest?
August 28, 2011 1:20:45 PM

for $1500... you can get this....

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
intel core i5 2500k - $219.99

mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $129.99

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR - $69.99

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LEPA B850-MA 850W - $69.99 after MIR

graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ECS NGTX570-1280PI-F GeForce GTX 570 - $269.99 after MIR

casing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 Black - $129.99 after MIR

cpu cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CAFA70 - $21.42 after MIR

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $59.99

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 120GB - $184.99 after MIR

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner 24X GH24NS70 - $19.99

lcd monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ViewSonic VP2365wb Black 23"IPS LCD Monitor - $299.99

total: $1476.32 after MIR

i hope this helps...

August 28, 2011 5:43:32 PM

is an SSD worth it? because if i didnt get the SSD i would be able to go 580 instead of 570
August 28, 2011 5:46:20 PM

or i could go no monitor and use my 720p 32 inch LCD tv....but its 2 years old and im not sure it would do justice to the amount of money but into this build.

thoughts?
August 28, 2011 5:48:08 PM

ForeverHeartless said:
what monitor do you suggest?



since you don't really care about 3 screen gaming... my advice is to invest in a good quality, ips panel... ips stands for in-plane switching... this type of panel... compared to the usually tn panel(twisted nematic)... has better colour accuracy... not to mention has better image quality... also boasting wide viewing angle... the only tradeoff is has slower response time... typical tn monitor has response time ranging from 1ms to 5ms... which is good for fast-paced game... while an ips monitor has a slower response time ranging from 6ms to 14ms if not mistaken... and some monitor may have ghosting while playing a fast-paced game... so you have to look carefully.... meanwhile... tn panel is good for gaming... but the downside of this type of panel it has poorer colour reproduction compared to ips counterpart... also its poor viewing angle not a suitable monitor for photo editing/movie.... after looking at several reviews... the model that i've listed above has no problem playing games.... i also listed one alternative should you really decide to invest on ips panel...

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2311H-Widescreen...

i couldn't find this model on newegg... so i found it at amazon...

a monitor is one of those thing which you will be looking at all the time when you use computer... so find a good one that can or should last a few years....
August 28, 2011 6:02:48 PM

ForeverHeartless said:
is an SSD worth it? because if i didnt get the SSD i would be able to go 580 instead of 570


that depends on your judgment about how a fast gaming pc should be... with an ssd in your system as your boot drive... you get into windows faster than when you use traditional hdd as boot drive... for now ssd will not boost your favourite game's fps... but you can load game level faster... as an example... will be useful when you play multiplayer games... as you can prepare your items/weapons earlier than players who don't use an ssd for gaming(although i wouldn't buy an ssd based on this advantage)... you can read/write data faster... but if all you care about a fast pc is the number that shows in fps... while can compromise on the slowness of hdd... you don't mind wait a little longer to get into the game(because eventually you will be able to play as well)... you don't mind boot slower into windows... then congratulations.... you can take gtx 580 home as you want to... generally gtx 580 is faster than gtx 570... but gtx 570 has better value for money... but i will still take gtx 580 anyway if i have the money to do so...
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2011 6:04:43 PM

phenom90 said:
since you don't really care about 3 screen gaming... my advice is to invest in a good quality, ips panel... ips stands for in-plane switching... this type of panel... compared to the usually tn panel(twisted nematic)... has better colour accuracy... not to mention has better image quality... also boasting wide viewing angle... the only tradeoff is has slower response time... typical tn monitor has response time ranging from 1ms to 5ms... which is good for fast-paced game... while an ips monitor has a slower response time ranging from 6ms to 14ms if not mistaken... and some monitor may have ghosting while playing a fast-paced game... so you have to look carefully.... meanwhile... tn panel is good for gaming... but the downside of this type of panel it has poorer colour reproduction compared to ips counterpart... also its poor viewing angle not a suitable monitor for photo editing/movie.... after looking at several reviews... the model that i've listed above has no problem playing games.... i also listed one alternative should you really decide to invest on ips panel...

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2311H-Widescreen...

i couldn't find this model on newegg... so i found it at amazon...

a monitor is one of those thing which you will be looking at all the time when you use computer... so find a good one that can or should last a few years....

IPS panels suck for gaming for the fact they have high response times which leads to ghosting, hence the reason all your low response time gaming monitors are TN panels.
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