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What do you think about my going-to-build gaming pc?

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September 4, 2011 1:44:58 AM

Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL ($250)

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($215)

CPU COOLER: Cooler master hyper 212+ ($25)

Extra cpu fan for push and pull: Cooler Master 120mm Fan ($10)

RAM: Corsair DDR3 8GB 1600MHz DUAL CORSAIR Vengeance Low Profile ($65)

Video Card: Zotac GTX580 3GB DDR5 ($510)

Sound Card: Motherboard Integrated (N/A)

Hard Drive: Samsung spinpoint f3 ($60)

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 24X OEM DVD-RW ($20)

Case: Cooler Master HAF X ($190)

Power supply : CORSAIR Professional Series AX850W ($175)


This is my (first) build for now. What do you think? And about the motherboard, it's the only item NOT from Fry's, I would like if anyone would suggest a different motherboard. One that is more commmon. (Like an Asus sabertooth or p8p67, or MSI P67A-GD80 B3, or Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3)
Any suggestions is appreciated.

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September 4, 2011 2:16:53 AM

Any suggestiions?
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September 4, 2011 2:18:11 AM

a budget would be nice info...
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September 4, 2011 2:29:11 AM

Sorry!

Approximate Purchase Date: Christmas

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, work

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Frys(Offline)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Nothing in specific

Overclocking: Yes to 4.5 Ghz or at least to stable

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (not with two gtx 580, maybe with two gtx 560 or gtx 570)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL ($250)

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K ($215)

CPU COOLER: Cooler master hyper 212+ ($25)

Extra cpu fan for push and pull: Cooler Master 120mm Fan ($10)

RAM: Corsair DDR3 8GB 1600MHz DUAL CORSAIR Vengeance Low Profile ($65)

Video Card: Zotac GTX580 3GB DDR5 ($510)

Sound Card: Motherboard Integrated (N/A)

Hard Drive: Samsung spinpoint f3 ($60)

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 24X OEM DVD-RW ($20)

Case: Cooler Master HAF X ($190)

Power supply : CORSAIR Professional Series AX850W ($175)
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September 4, 2011 5:53:47 AM

Anyone want to help me?
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September 4, 2011 5:58:09 AM

I would skimp on the mobo, bit pricey for your layout, and you can find a GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (HAF 922 Knock-off) $35 @ amazon.
Use the savings to get a SLI Setup. Just make sure your PSU can handle it.
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September 4, 2011 6:19:51 AM

It's too early to be planning a build for xmas time. Your looking at the new 28nm vid cards coming out before then, Bulldozer, and Ivy Bridge right around the corner in April.
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September 4, 2011 11:58:43 AM

steelbeast said:
I would skimp on the mobo, bit pricey for your layout, and you can find a GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (HAF 922 Knock-off) $35 @ amazon.
Use the savings to get a SLI Setup. Just make sure your PSU can handle it.



He already has a GTX580 on a single 1920x1080 screen in his initial build. SLI 580 at that resolution is just overkill, and will be overkill for the next 3-4 years.

I agree he can probably use a less expensive mobo and case, and only needs a 750W PSU for a single 580.
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September 4, 2011 4:09:41 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
He already has a GTX580 on a single 1920x1080 screen in his initial build. SLI 580 at that resolution is just overkill, and will be overkill for the next 3-4 years.

I agree he can probably use a less expensive mobo and case, and only needs a 750W PSU for a single 580.



Thank you for your reply, but which motherboards do you recommend? I'll overclock my cpu to 4.5 Ghz
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September 4, 2011 4:39:10 PM

an asrock z68 gen3 board.
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September 4, 2011 6:28:34 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
an asrock z68 gen3 board.


But that's even more expensive than the Asrock Fatal1ty P67. But how about the ASUS Sabertooth, the P8P67 EVO, Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, or MSI P67A-GD80 B3?
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September 4, 2011 6:50:24 PM

jackyalvin said:
But that's even more expensive than the Asrock Fatal1ty P67. But how about the ASUS Sabertooth, the P8P67 EVO, Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, or MSI P67A-GD80 B3?

not the extreme3. which board were you thinking of?
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September 4, 2011 7:04:38 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
not the extreme3. which board were you thinking of?



Well, do you have any recomendations for a common company? (ASUS, Giagabyte, MSI)
because I want to buy from an offline store, (FRYS)
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September 4, 2011 7:21:03 PM

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

I believe this is the MOBO hes recommending for you..

BTW why do you want to buy offline? Gigabyte and Asus both make great MOBO imo.. Asrock is good but im not sure if you can find them at any common store.
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September 4, 2011 7:27:02 PM

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

I believe this is the MOBO hes recommending for you..

BTW why do you want to buy offline? Gigabyte and Asus both make great MOBO imo.. Asrock is good but im not sure if you can find them at any common store.



Thanks a lot for your response. I like to buy offline because of the easy return policy. Take to store, they check and money back. 2. I don't like the shipping of online store. Take FOREVER and there is a big charge for overnight chipping. 3. If I need to return something, I got to get a RMA and go through a butch of steps and I got to ship it back.

But thanks for the link. It looks like a really good board. But do you have any other recommendations?

Thank you in advance! :bounce: 
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September 4, 2011 7:30:14 PM

This is the closest your going to get to the ASRock board if you buy through frys..

Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard $124.99
http://www.frys.com/product/6646194?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

However I recommend spending the extra $25 and getting

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard $169.99
http://www.frys.com/product/6672554?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

Mainly because you get USB 3 Internal connections with the second but you can compare the 2 and decide as well.
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September 4, 2011 7:47:02 PM

cgleckman said:
This is the closest your going to get to the ASRock board if you buy through frys..

Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard $124.99
http://www.frys.com/product/6646194?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

However I recommend spending the extra $25 and getting

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 1155 Motherboard $169.99
http://www.frys.com/product/6672554?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

Mainly because you get USB 3 Internal connections with the second but you can compare the 2 and decide as well.


Thank you very much! I will probably get the second. But is it good? Not a whole butch not a ratings from newegg.
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September 4, 2011 7:49:36 PM

By the way, how are the ASUS motherboards? I seem to like their other products.
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September 4, 2011 7:53:07 PM

Display: 3x Acer 25in DisplayPort Monitors (Eyefinity) $689 (Newegg)

GPU: (Crossfire) 2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB Dual Mini-DisplayPort $495/AR
(TigerDirect-Allows 2x Rebates!)

CPU: Intel i5 2500k $217 (Newegg)

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB $224 (Newegg)

RAM: GSkill 8GB DDR3 1600 $54 (Newegg)

PSU: 1000W COOLER MASTER Silent Pro $130/AR (Newegg)

MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $125 (Newegg) (ASUS Sister Company- Way better ATM)

DVD: Sony DVD+/-RW Drive $20 (Amazon)

Case: GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower $35 (Amazon)

HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $27 (Amazon)

Additional PWM 120mm Fan (Push/Pull) $9 (Amazon)

PWM Fan 4 Pin Y Cable $8 (Amazon)

2x 140mm Case Fans $18 (Amazon)

3x 120mm Case Fans $21 (Amazon)

3x DisplayPort Cables $38 (Amazon)

Total: $ $2,083

Take out the monitors and DisplayPort cables and you're well within your budget, but I would keep them for sake of DisplayPort Eyefinity sexiness!
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September 4, 2011 7:55:14 PM

jackyalvin said:
By the way, how are the ASUS motherboards? I seem to like their other products.

I dont seem to see any good asus motherboards from frys. Gigabyte and Asus are both good brands (asus just has gigabyte beat on customer support IMO) but its nothing major and frys is good about helping you with anything involving products bought from them so your double covered there.
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September 4, 2011 8:05:30 PM

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September 4, 2011 8:14:13 PM

cgleckman said:
I dont seem to see any good asus motherboards from frys. Gigabyte and Asus are both good brands (asus just has gigabyte beat on customer support IMO) but its nothing major and frys is good about helping you with anything involving products bought from them so your double covered there.

asus's customer service is crap. how much worse can gigabyte be?
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September 5, 2011 1:47:18 AM

LOL I disagree ive always had a great experience with ASUS
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September 5, 2011 2:48:58 AM

cgleckman said:
LOL I disagree ive always had a great experience with ASUS

they sent me to fry's 3 times with the p8p67 pro because they insisted it wasnt the board. (a board that had lots or RMA's on newegg but i ignored it :cry:  )
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