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Gaming System - Would appreciate feedback on spec

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August 27, 2011 1:47:44 PM
August 27, 2011 2:01:30 PM

Personally i would give this build a complete overhaul:

CPU - The i5-2500k beats the i7-990x in games for a fraction of the price, that seems like the obvious choice. If you need hyperthreading get the i7-2600k.

RAM - That stuff looks expensive and the fan is pretty overkill, seems like unnecessary noise and cost to me. I would go for dual channel Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz, 8GB would probably be best.

MOBO - Obviously with a 1155 chip you need a 1155 board. Getting a dual SLI x8/x8 capable board is going to be a lot cheaper and should give ample performance. The ASRock Z68 Extreme is a good board.

GPU - GTX 580 is a bit pricey but your budget seems high so that one is up to you, if it was me i would probably get a couple of GTX 570's or HD 6970's

HDD - The Velociraptor seems incredibly expensive for a drive that is going to be idle most of the time, a couple of Spinpoint F3's in RAID 0 would give a lot more space with good performance and be much cheaper.

Monitor - I would never buy a monitor with speakers, especially for a system like this. Even a $30 pair of PC speakers will sound a lot better.
August 27, 2011 2:02:06 PM

Get an i7 2600K or wait for Ivy Bridge and Socket 2011.
1366 processors are useless in gaming.
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August 27, 2011 2:08:12 PM

Thanks for useful info.

I'll will certainly be re thinking my build.

August 27, 2011 2:20:16 PM

what is your budget? you can probably have a 3 screen setup for how much you are spending.

just some quick math and you are spending over 3k

Asus VS series 23" monitor- 176$x3=528$

Corsair 8gb 1866mhz & Corsair ax1200- 340$ 1866mhz ram is fast enough to get you through any game and the best psu on the market

i5 2500k & Gigabyte p67 ud7- 490$ the best gaming cpu for the money

Corsair H80- 92$

Those fans on the h80 are loud- x2=17$

Corsair Force GT 120gb- 215$

Samsung f3 1tb- 60$

ASUS DVD Burner- 21$

Silverstone Raven RV02- 160$ cools better than the haf x thanks to its unique design

EVGA GTX 590- 750$

& GTX 580- 500$ this paired with a 590 is tri sli 580. the 590 is made up of 2 580's

this is probably overkill for even 3 screens. another good option is 3 570's- 350x3=1050$
Total for 3 570's=2973$
August 27, 2011 2:21:13 PM

Get ASRock Gen3 Z68 boards if you plan getting a LGA1155 CPU.
August 27, 2011 2:22:22 PM

008Rohit said:
Get an i7 2600K or wait for Ivy Bridge and Socket 2011.
1366 processors are useless in gaming.

You should have phrased that a little bit different. It is not viable to make a 1366 build anymore, due to sandy bridge being superior, but they are in no way useless.
August 27, 2011 2:27:25 PM

You could get this build for a lot less and it is still going to max any game for a while, on a single monitor anyway:

8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz
ASRock Z68 Extreme4
2 x Gigabyte GTX 570 (Tri fan version)
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB in RAID 0
Corsair H100
850W Seasonic 80PLUS Silver
Samsung 27'' 1ms Monitor
Logitech Z623 Speakers

That should give better performance and presumably cost a lot less.

($2256.87 before shipping and rebates.)
August 27, 2011 2:42:58 PM

Budget is $3500

Not really concerned about 3D and havn't really considered a multiple screen set up.

I am slightly handicapped in what components are available to me as i've recently moved to the UAE. So i'm just using newegg as a rough guide to pricing.

Is the Asus GTX 580 a worth while buy and seeing as i'm saving money on the processor would it be worth buying 2 and having them in SLI that is if the ASRock68 Extreme 4 could support 2 large cards.

Is a 1500W PSU overkill even for the above cards in SLI?

Again many thanks for your help.
August 27, 2011 3:41:53 PM

jmsellars1 correct... 990x is no better than i5 2500k for gaming... i think you don't need a 1.5k watts to power two gfx cards... even in a heavily overclocked state... for such a high price build... to include only a 120gb ssd seems like not a good idea... for graphics card... even for a custom design card... i would only choose a card that will only takes up two slot... not 2.5 or 3... such as msi twin frozr iii series... here is list of recommendation.... i hope it helps






cpu cooler:

graphic card:



August 27, 2011 4:37:00 PM

Oh i thought you were planning on 3 way SLI, 1500W would even be a bit overkill for that to be honest. I think 850W would be enough for GTX 580 SLI, possibly 900-950.

As for the GTX 580, get them if you want since you have a high budget. I don't know if you would actually notice the difference between GTX 570 SLI and GTX 580 SLI on a single 1080P monitor though.