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August 28, 2011 7:57:35 AM

Hello everyone. :) 

I'm a little new to the PC building game, but I've been a PC gamer for quite some time now, and I believe the time is now for a new rig.

This rig is intended for heavy gaming - Battlefield 3, MW3, Rage, Black Ops - all the epic and hardware intensive games I've been wanting to run will be handled by this PC on the highest of settings.

Here's the computer itself.

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Corsair TX750W
Corsair XMS3 8GB
WD Caviar Black 1TB
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB (Secondary)
Windows 7 Home Premium
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced

And, the peripherals.

Razer BlackWidow
Razer Deathadder
SteelSeries QcK
Sennheiser PC 350
HP 2511

So, not counting tax and shipping, this rig should cost me around $2086. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thanks!

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August 28, 2011 8:16:31 AM

I5 2500K equals the 2600K in gaming money saved can be put against GTX570 for more gaming performance.
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August 28, 2011 8:18:47 AM

What resolution is your monitor?

plus another vote for the 2500K
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August 28, 2011 8:24:33 AM

Monitor is at 1920x1080.

And I'll go ahead and put the 2500K in effect. Thanks. :) 
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August 28, 2011 9:04:22 AM

With the Deluxe at $220, I'd spring for an extra $20 and get the WS Revolution.....same as Deluxe but w/ NF200 chip thereby providing x16 x16 GFX as opposed to deluxe's x8 x8. Now ya get the $20 back by buying it in combo w/ the 2500k, so ya getting x16 x16 for free.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The 212 is great bargain cooler but it's by no means at the top of the pack. The 212 now has a sibling called the 612 and it kicks some tail. I use the Silver Arrow for the most part but at $80, the 612 is only 0.5C behind in this test making it look attractive at $50 MSRP....OTOH, it didn't fare quite so well in tests at other sites (i.e tweaktown)

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Consider ....

HAF-X w/ Corsair AX850 - $350 for both
Antec DF-85 w/ CP-850 - $235 for both

I have built with the HAF-32, HAF-X and DF-85 (11 build total among the 3) and the DF-85 is easily my favorite. The CP-850 is as good electrically as anything twice the price and extremely quiet.

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August 28, 2011 9:12:35 AM

Go for ASRock Z68 Gen3 boards with PCIe 3.0 slots.
I also vote for i7 2600K. Who knows future games won't be able to utilise more than 4 threads?
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August 28, 2011 10:44:21 AM

008Rohit said:
Go for ASRock Z68 Gen3 boards with PCIe 3.0 slots.
I also vote for i7 2600K. Who knows future games won't be able to utilise more than 4 threads?

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- PCI-E 3.0 is supported by the Ivy Bridge cpu's due out next spring, but not by the Sandy Bridge cpu's.

I wouldn't be spending money on a 2600K right now seeing how all the goodies will be with the new Ivy Bridge. So with that said....

@ the OP. If you can't do better than a single gtx 560 with a budget of $2,000 then something is very very wrong.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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/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... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S511 Series AS511S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <----- Recent article done here on Toms in regards to how having NF200 Bridge board to reduce micro stuttering for dual cards in SLI.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board
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August 28, 2011 7:50:59 PM
August 28, 2011 10:06:57 PM

Thank you all for your responses and help. I really appreciate it, and I'll take every bit of advice into consideration. My final revision looks like this.

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3, $190
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz, $220
Cooler Master Hyper 212+, $28
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi), $480
Corsair TX750W, $120
Corsair XMS3 8GB, $75
WD Caviar Black 1TB, $80
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB, $55
Windows 7 OEM, $92
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced, $160
Total $1500
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August 28, 2011 10:34:32 PM

That gtx 570 price looks way off...typo? Should be like $300, unless you meant a GTX 580.
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August 28, 2011 10:54:21 PM

lucuis said:
That gtx 570 price looks way off...typo? Should be like $300, unless you meant a GTX 580.

Ah yes, I meant for it to be 580.
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August 29, 2011 12:44:46 AM

no ssd and chance to sli that is sad :(  . btw the silverstone raven rv03 i posted cools better than the HAF X with the fans on high and it is still quieter. why is that ram so expensive? the pny card i posted has a life time warranty like the evga
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August 29, 2011 12:53:38 AM

Yeah, go for the i7 2500k and the 570/6970.. or the 580/6990 if you want to go all out.
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August 29, 2011 12:14:42 PM

@ Why_me

I know that very well. That is the reason why I told the OP to get a ASRock Gen3 processor because he can easily upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU next year, IF necessary.
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