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August 27, 2011 7:13:40 PM

Hello, I'm looking spend ~$1000 on a new gaming build:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a couple weeks


Budget Range: $900-$1100 before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, media, surfing the web


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: no preference

Overclocking:Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Probably sli


Monitor Resolution:1920x1080


Additional Comments: I want this mostly to just be a good gaming pc that will last me a few years. I'd like to spend $900-$1100 so whatever gets me a good value I'd go with. Below are the parts I've got picked out from various build I've seen around. I'm most unsure with the ssd/mobo/dual 560. How does this look?

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

x2 ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 190$ x 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" 28$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Onyx SSD 32gb 60$

Barracuda 7200rpm 1tb and sony drive 72$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

i5-2500 and 4gb ram 237$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This comes out to $1060 with around $100 of mail in rebates I think. Will these parts work and do you think I'm getting the best deal possible? Thanks for any advice.

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August 27, 2011 7:53:06 PM

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.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp... <----- gtx 560 vs gtx 560ti

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.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- A better look at that Asrock board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html
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August 27, 2011 9:56:57 PM

Hm if I got two of the gtx 560ti, I'm pretty sure I'd be over my budget. What would be the best gpu setup if my budget for that was around 350$?
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August 27, 2011 10:52:25 PM

matt12345 said:
Hm if I got two of the gtx 560ti, I'm pretty sure I'd be over my budget. What would be the best gpu setup if my budget for that was around 350$?

I might go with a stronger gpu at first, and add another one later on. Either way...dual 560's or single card, you can't go wrong. It's a tough call on that one.
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August 27, 2011 11:33:05 PM

so it would be a good idea to go with the gtx570 now so then when I wanna upgrade in the future just get another one instead of splurging for something better than 560 x2?
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August 27, 2011 11:44:28 PM

yes. One GTX570 is better than two GTX560 (non Ti). And its cheaper. More scale-ability than the two GTX560s.
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August 27, 2011 11:46:59 PM

matt12345 said:
so it would be a good idea to go with the gtx570 now so then when I wanna upgrade in the future just get another one instead of splurging for something better than 560 x2?

I would. I mean a single 570 is a strong card. If you feel you need more later on you have the option to get another.

For a psu to push two of those cards, this one down below is worth taking a look at. It's got killer reviews and LEPA connected to Enermax.

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
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August 27, 2011 11:49:37 PM

ok Why_me that looks good. So would the ssd and ram work with the mobo and possibly eventual sli 570?
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August 27, 2011 11:55:32 PM

matt12345 said:
ok Why_me that looks good. So would the ssd and ram work with the mobo and possibly eventual sli 570?

Yep it all works together, and with the Z68 board you have the SSD caching to look forward to. :) 
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August 28, 2011 12:13:07 AM


Hi,
My first suggestion is a single GPU. For a $1000 budget, get a good single double card. The second is 8 GB of ram.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1. SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $244.99 after mail-in rebate card

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

2. G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory $69.99 on sale

That should put you about $800 - $850. I would also spend a little more on the case. If you like the HAF series, pick up a 932 advanced or HAF X on sale (they are constantly on sale).

Then after a month or six, decide if you need the extra GPU. Two SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB cards would make an extreme gaming machine (assuming you can keep it cool).





















matt12345 said:
Hello, I'm looking spend ~$1000 on a new gaming build:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a couple weeks


Budget Range: $900-$1100 before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, media, surfing the web


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: no preference

Overclocking:Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Probably sli


Monitor Resolution:1920x1080


Additional Comments: I want this mostly to just be a good gaming pc that will last me a few years. I'd like to spend $900-$1100 so whatever gets me a good value I'd go with. Below are the parts I've got picked out from various build I've seen around. I'm most unsure with the ssd/mobo/dual 560. How does this look?

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

x2 ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 190$ x 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" 28$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Onyx SSD 32gb 60$

Barracuda 7200rpm 1tb and sony drive 72$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

i5-2500 and 4gb ram 237$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

This comes out to $1060 with around $100 of mail in rebates I think. Will these parts work and do you think I'm getting the best deal possible? Thanks for any advice.

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August 28, 2011 1:10:31 AM

it's better to get a stronger single gpu first and add another one in the future....

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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...
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB PGD38G1600ELK - $37.99 after MIR

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular - $124.99 after MIR

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill THOR V2 - $129.99

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

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

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

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


total: $1014.34 excluding shipping...


if you want to include an ssd in your build i suggest that you either expand your budget to $1250 and get at least 120gb model to start with... or if your budget is already maxed out you can hold off buying an ssd first... save more money an get a 120gb capacity as 60gb is certainly not enough to play with... after install OS you won't have much space left.... you will regret by then why not get a larger one...

since you want to do sli is better to have plenty of power to spare from your psu... a good one should last a few builds... you never know how much your pc will use if you do sli and overclocking at the same time... just remember... do not save money on buying a cheaper but compromise on quality or lower wattage psu unless you are going to stick on one vga card only... the model that i've listed above can definitely runs gtx 570 sli and have much to spare...

the reason why i choose this casing which is much more expensive than your selected ones is because it comes with all included fans(8 fans to be exact)... and also it is larger and easier to work with.... and not to mention you can fit just about anything without neccesity to remove hdd cage... with this case you don't have to worry any upgrade in the future... you can even fit radiator up to 360mm at the top of the case(if you wanna try some water cooling)...
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August 28, 2011 1:14:48 AM

the LEPA 850w that they listed is also great value if you want to save some money...
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August 28, 2011 1:15:05 AM

phenom90 said:
it's better to get a stronger single gpu first and add another one in the future....

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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...
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB PGD38G1600ELK - $37.99 after MIR

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular - $124.99 after MIR

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill THOR V2 - $129.99

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

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

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

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


total: $1014.34 excluding shipping...


if you want to include an ssd in your build i suggest that you either expand your budget to $1250 and get at least 120gb model to start with... or if your budget is already maxed out you can hold off buying an ssd first... save more money an get a 120gb capacity as 60gb is certainly not enough to play with... after install OS you won't have much space left.... you will regret by then why not get a larger one...

since you want to do sli is better to have plenty of power to spare from your psu... a good one should last a few builds... you never know how much your pc will use if you do sli and overclocking at the same time... just remember... do not save money on buying a cheaper but compromise on quality or lower wattage psu unless you are going to stick on one vga card only... the model that i've listed above can definitely runs gtx 570 sli and have much to spare...

the reason why i choose this casing which is much more expensive than your selected ones is because it comes with all included fans(8 fans to be exact)... and also it is larger and easier to work with.... and not to mention you can fit just about anything without neccesity to remove hdd cage... with this case you don't have to worry any upgrade in the future... you can even fit radiator up to 360mm at the top of the case(if you wanna try some water cooling)...

Not bad, but you could combo a few things.

But this is like the second or third time I have caught you recommending 1.65v RAM. I don't know how many times I have to post this, but these socket 1155 boards are made for low voltage RAM...like EVERY manufacture of these boards states. 1.5v or less.

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August 28, 2011 1:19:16 AM

Why_Me said:
I would. I mean a single 570 is a strong card. If you feel you need more later on you have the option to get another.

For a psu to push two of those cards, this one down below is worth taking a look at. It's got killer reviews and LEPA connected to Enermax.

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


I am currently useing that PSU.

I will make a note: All the cables with the molex/sata power only have one molex at the end. So you have 4 molexs, 1 at the end of the cord each.

Ofc there are adapters from sata to molex :) 
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August 28, 2011 1:52:49 AM

phenom90 said:
it's better to get a stronger single gpu first and add another one in the future....

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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...
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB PGD38G1600ELK - $37.99 after MIR

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular - $124.99 after MIR

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill THOR V2 - $129.99

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

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

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

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


total: $1014.34 excluding shipping...


if you want to include an ssd in your build i suggest that you either expand your budget to $1250 and get at least 120gb model to start with... or if your budget is already maxed out you can hold off buying an ssd first... save more money an get a 120gb capacity as 60gb is certainly not enough to play with... after install OS you won't have much space left.... you will regret by then why not get a larger one...

since you want to do sli is better to have plenty of power to spare from your psu... a good one should last a few builds... you never know how much your pc will use if you do sli and overclocking at the same time... just remember... do not save money on buying a cheaper but compromise on quality or lower wattage psu unless you are going to stick on one vga card only... the model that i've listed above can definitely runs gtx 570 sli and have much to spare...

the reason why i choose this casing which is much more expensive than your selected ones is because it comes with all included fans(8 fans to be exact)... and also it is larger and easier to work with.... and not to mention you can fit just about anything without neccesity to remove hdd cage... with this case you don't have to worry any upgrade in the future... you can even fit radiator up to 360mm at the top of the case(if you wanna try some water cooling)...


Hi,
I think matt12345 was asking for advice on his build. What you offered was your build. That is not quite the same thing.

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August 28, 2011 2:15:35 AM

you should say some recommendations and advice... i didn't just listed out everything and tell him/her to buy and nothing else anymore....
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August 28, 2011 2:17:02 AM

what i'm trying to say is his/her money can be spent on better stuffs... i don't know what is so different about it... and of course i know this is his/her build... he/she did ask for whether this is a good deal... and i'm trying to say here there is better deals out there...
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August 28, 2011 2:28:07 AM

phenom90 said:
what i'm trying to say is his/her money can be spent on better stuffs... i don't know what is so different about it...

Hi,
It isn't personal. Matt12345 put some effort into his post. Submitting your build changes the post to remarks on your build not his.
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August 28, 2011 5:29:20 AM

Alright I've taken the posts into consideration and came up with this as maybe a final build, comes out to $1090 and after rebates $940.

HAF 912-$60

GeForce GTX 570 320$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lepa 850w $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 30$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

kingston 64bg ssd 120$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd and drive 72$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

i5-2500k and 4gb ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

how does this sound?
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August 28, 2011 6:53:16 AM

terry4536 said:
Hi,
It isn't personal. Matt12345 put some effort into his post. Submitting your build changes the post to remarks on your build not his.



ok... i knw...
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August 28, 2011 6:55:18 AM

matt12345 said:
Alright I've taken the posts into consideration and came up with this as maybe a final build, comes out to $1090 and after rebates $940.

HAF 912-$60

GeForce GTX 570 320$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lepa 850w $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 30$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

kingston 64bg ssd 120$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd and drive 72$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

i5-2500k and 4gb ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

how does this sound?




a very good value build....
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August 28, 2011 12:51:37 PM

matt12345 said:
Alright I've taken the posts into consideration and came up with this as maybe a final build, comes out to $1090 and after rebates $940.

HAF 912-$60

GeForce GTX 570 320$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lepa 850w $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 30$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

kingston 64bg ssd 120$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd and drive 72$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

i5-2500k and 4gb ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

how does this sound?

Hi,
It sounds fine. Have fun putting it together.
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September 3, 2011 4:53:36 PM

Thank you everyone, the parts are ordered.
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