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Intel Gaming Build Around 1000

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September 2, 2011 11:48:42 PM

Dear All,

Thanks for reading!

I'm looking for a build for gaming, around $1000 and come up with this build for now:

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 * Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD695XZDDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's 1046$ before rebates and combos. Could be easily comboed to 900~950.

Here's my questions:

Case, MB and PSU good enough for my build?
Any suggestion on other parts?
Compatibility?

Thank you!
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September 3, 2011 12:55:34 AM

Mr Pizza said:
you can get the 2600k


There's no reason to get the 2600K for gaming. The biggest difference between the 2500K and the 2600K is the hyperthreading and there aren't any games yet that are heavily multithreaded. There's also a difference of .1Ghz and 2mb cache, but that's essentially nothing for an extra $100. There are few programs that can use hyperthreading and if your primary use is gaming then there's no reason to put a 2600K in a $1000 build.

Case and mobo are good. OCZ isn't the best brand of psu so maybe go antec or corsair. Also, 700W is a little much for one card so you could save yourself some money by going a little lower or pay the same price for a smaller one with a better brand.
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September 3, 2011 1:08:59 AM

i would get P67 mobo and 6950 2gb version
also drop one of SSDs
and might whanna get CM hyper 212+ for ur CPU and some fans for a case
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September 3, 2011 1:23:45 AM

danraies said:
There's no reason to get the 2600K for gaming. The biggest difference between the 2500K and the 2600K is the hyperthreading and there aren't any games yet that are heavily multithreaded. There's also a difference of .1Ghz and 2mb cache, but that's essentially nothing for an extra $100. There are few programs that can use hyperthreading and if your primary use is gaming then there's no reason to put a 2600K in a $1000 build.

Case and mobo are good. OCZ isn't the best brand of psu so maybe go antec or corsair. Also, 700W is a little much for one card so you could save yourself some money by going a little lower or pay the same price for a smaller one with a better brand.


I would take a good look at other PSUs. Thanks! I'm having a corsair 650W in mind.
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September 3, 2011 1:26:12 AM

madchemist83 said:
i would get P67 mobo and 6950 2gb version
also drop one of SSDs
and might whanna get CM hyper 212+ for ur CPU and some fans for a case


1. Will 2GB version better 1GB much?

2. Get two SSDs simply because they're cheaper than 1 128g. One for booting, one for gaming.

3. Great advice! I'd look into it.

Thanks, really!
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September 3, 2011 1:32:35 AM

2gb will be better on higher resolutions or if u plan on using multi monitor set up. BTW what is ur resolution?
I would just get one for booting. U will not see much performance increase in gaming .. just loading .. I mean do u want to wait 1 min for game to load or 2?
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September 3, 2011 1:37:21 AM

Here's a build you might want to check out. Just add a case to it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $147.98 - $15.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKAKH34, ends 9/5
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX $214.99 Free Shipping
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU, Retail - BX80623I52500K

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKBGK32, ends 9/5
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-6950_3R&c=F... $264.99 - after MIR $244.99 Free Shipping
Sapphire Radeon HD6950 2GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card (Dirt3 Edition) - 100312-3SR

Total: $861.02 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board
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September 3, 2011 1:38:24 AM

madchemist83 said:
2gb will be better on higher resolutions or if u plan on using multi monitor set up. BTW what is ur resolution?
I would just get one for booting. U will not see much performance increase in gaming .. just loading .. I mean do u want to wait 1 min for game to load or 2?


I have two monitors, 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080. 1920 for gaming and 2 together for coding.

For the SSD, good point. I'll take away 1 SSD.
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September 3, 2011 1:48:18 AM

allenlinyi said:
I have two monitors, 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080. 1920 for gaming and 2 together for coding.

For the SSD, good point. I'll take away 1 SSD.

If you have dual monitors than you want a 2GB card for vRAM. I edited that build up above.
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September 3, 2011 1:58:00 AM

^ that build is solid as a rock .. except mobo muahahaha
don't mind me Why_me but this is As rock into ur yard
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September 3, 2011 2:15:24 AM

cgleckman said:
Wouldnt it be better to spend spend $20 more and get a mobo with connectors for usb 3.0, your mobo only has external ports?

For front USB 3.0 without running through the back? Ya if it's in the budget.
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