First Gaming Rig

EDIT: Sorry forgot to add this part Dx

Approximate Purchase Date: November

Budget Range: 1.5k - 1.6k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing net, Watching 1080p movies

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I get all the parts from Mercadolibre.com.mx since im in Mexico :sweat:

Country of Origin: Mexico

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, Cooler Master

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 (for now)

Additional Comments: Noise is not much a of a problem but i dont want it to be noisy like a hairdryer


Well I got the parts im gonna order so far, it's gonna be intended for gaming mostly, So far im trying to decide what CPU Cooler i need Since im gonna be overclocking to 4.5ghz on a i7 2600k, Nothing extreme like 5ghz and so on.

So im just wondering if an AIR cooler is enough or should i just get watercooling

Thinking about the Noctua NH-D14 (Air) or the Corsair H80 Liquid Cooling

My Budget is 1.5k at max maybe 1.6k, Here's the Specs:

Intel Core i7-2600k
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB SLI
Cooler Master GX-750W PSU
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
LG DVD-RW 22x Sata (Dont know exact model number)

So im only missing the CPU cooler, Let me know your opinions.

Thanks.
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  1. The Noctua D14 or C14 would be great choices, just check for clearance issues as I don't think CPU coolers get much bigger.

    You may wish to take a look at www.frostytech.com to see if something else appeals.

    I'd say the build looks pretty good. I'd get the Samsung F3 1TB instead.
  2. Looks good, like above post said, get a f3
  3. 460's in SLI doesn't seem too much of a smart move. Your really limiting potential future upgrades. Surely your better off using the money from SLI 460's to buy the best single card affordable? 560Ti or 570 maybe? This will give you, more than likely, comparable performance and allow for a second card to be easily added if you ever need to.

    Its also my understanding Cooler Master PSU's have a rather big question mark over their name? Recommended PSU brands usually follow something like: Corsair, OCZ, Antec, XFX, SeaSonic - to name a few.
  4. CoolerMaster PSUs (except their Silent Pro series) aren't that reliable. I'd recommend an Antec, Seasonic or Corsair unit.
  5. Well, I don't have many options here in mexico, The only PSU alternatives i could find was (Also found a Corsair HX 1000W but that gets out of my budget range sadly)

    this Silent Pro M850 from Cooler Master
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6627

    And

    Enthusiast Series™ TX750 V2 from Corsair
    http://www.corsair.com/power-supply-units/enthusiast-series/enthusiast-series-tx750-v2-80-plus-bronze-certified-750-watt-high-performance-power-supply.html

    About the Video cards, you gave me a lot to think about now, If i should go with a Single GTX 560 Ti (Since its a bit more expensive than a single GTX 460) or just stay 2x GTX 460

    But from what i seen, 2x GTX 460 outperforms most single cards and its on par with a single GTX 580 while being more affordable.

    Thanks for the comments by the way.
  6. I plan on overclocking the GTX 460's if i do get them in end.

    (The forum didn't let me edit my last message sorry.)
  7. Get that TX750.
  8. Your right about SLI 460's being great performers, im just making sure you realise your limiting your options in a few months/year down the line.

    If you had a single GTX 560Ti now for example, you could play all current games on high settings with a good FPS, as you could with SLI 460's, but then if a game comes out in 3/6/9 months time and the 460's cant max it out, the only option you have is to buy a whole new set of cards.

    Where-as if you bought a single 560Ti now, you could add another later on. And SLI 560Ti's are obviously going to out-perform SLI 460's.

    Note: 750w PSU would be enough for SLI 460's or 560's and i7-2600k build + overclocking.

    Forgot to say before, other than the GPU issue mentioned, you've got a really solid build there.
  9. Well, you have a point, and i made a decision.

    So i'm going with a single GTX 560 Ti for now and later add another one for SLi.

    Also changing the PSU with the Corsair TX750 one

    The Samsung F3 Spinpoint seems to be Unavailable anywhere i search, So i will stick with the Seagate one for now Unless i find the F3 somewhere since i got plenty of time before i put this build together.


    Intel Core i7-2600k
    Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
    Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti
    Corsair Enthusiast Series™ TX750 V2
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
    Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
    LG DVD-RW 22x Sata

    The only missing part in the build is the CPU Cooler, I might just take the CM Hyper 212 Plus or the Noctua NH-D14

    Quote:
    Forgot to say before, other than the GPU issue mentioned, you've got a really solid build there.


    Thanks! It's my first time building a PC so i'm trying to do it right.
  10. I've also noticed, if this build is primarily for gaming, the i5-2500k performs at the same level as the i7-2600k and you can save yourself alot of money by buying the i5.

    Taking this into consideration you could then leave yourself enough money to once again improve that GPU and jump for a 6970 or GTX 570 (bear in mind 850w PSU would be recommended to crossfire/SLI though).

    In the same instance, buying the Hyper 212+ over the Noctua would save you enough to easily upgrade to a good 850w PSU

    Something more like:
    Intel Core i5-2500k
    GTX 570
    Corsair/XFX/SeaSonic/Antec/OCZ 850w PSU
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
    Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
    LG DVD-RW 22x Sata
    Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler

    ----

    The above would give better gaming performance at a similar price
  11. If they are the same price get the 850M The silent pro's are great power supplies. Most of the time TX750's are overpriced and the Silent Pros are on sale which give it a better deal. Since they are modular and actually quite silent. (I have a 700w myself)

    Do you have a M700? What is the price of that?

    You don't need the i7 2600K. An i5 2500K performs at 98% of the 2600K in gaming which is the only real thing that you require the CPU for. In things like Video editing it may matter A LITTLE but even then, not enough to justify the price hike.
  12. Oh Also, if you can get the Mugen 3. Get it, it's a lot better than the Hyper 212+ but also quiet, as well as cheap compared to Noctua's
  13. Yeah, The CM Silent Pro 850w is actually a bit cheaper than the Corsair 750w TX, Silent Pro 700w is way more cheaper than both of them tho.

    Also i'm gonna stick with the i7-2600k because i might be working with Photoshop and video rendering occasionally

    and since i'm not going to make a whole new pc for awhile and the price difference between the 2600k and 2500k doesn't hurt at all, might as well keep it.

    CPU Cooler is gonna be CM Hyper 212+

    Having doubts about the PSU :sweat:
  14. ^ The 850M is going to be a solid choice if you plan to SLI/CF, if not go with the 700M. Trust me it's a solid PSU.

    As for PS5 and Video rendering, are those professional uses? If not, then the 2500K is a better choice, with the money saved you'd could come close to getting another 560 Ti.

    To your doubts:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Silent-Pro-M-850-W-Power-Supply-Review/810/10
  15. Well now im just deciding between what processor i should get, if just the 2500k or just the 2600k cause its nice to have,

    I'm more at the side of the i5-2500k at the moment and might just stay with it, here's the final build for now


    Intel Core i5-2500k
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
    Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
    Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 1GB (Getting the second one later for SLi)
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
    Cooler Master HAF 922 Case (Ordered this case today)
    Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
    LG DVD-RW 22x Sata

    Thanks everyone.
  16. Def stick with the 2500K, it's defiantly good enough.
  17. Solid build there and nice case choice :)

    Gigabytes 560Ti is a nice card as well with some great OC potential :) Enjoy it (Y)
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