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September 12, 2011 5:14:32 AM

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1

i7-2600k 3.4ghz

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2x GeForce GTX 460 SLI

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply


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September 12, 2011 5:36:42 AM

What you have listed surely would be good for gaming, but you can do even better for the same money. I'd grab a 2500k instead of the 2600k, as the 2500k matches or even beats the 2600k in most gaming benchmarks.

8GB is plenty of RAM for a gaming build. This kit costs a lot less and is slightly faster (lower latency):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the savings of $140, you can nearly upgrade to dual 6950s, and if that's not feasible right now (dunno how flexible your budget is) I'd recommend grabbing one 6950, 570, 0r 6970 instead of grabbing two midrange last-gen cards, even though the 460s will outperform any of those single cards.
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September 12, 2011 5:38:30 AM

I wouldnt go for a velociRaptor...SSD with a storage drive instead. If it is just for gaming, get the 2500K and save yourself $100 there. You dont need 16gb of ram...just get 8gb.

If you can wait I would go wait for the new 28nm GPU's, either get one or they will drive prices down.

And that is a great PSU but I would look at the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also great quality, but with 2 more years of warranty and 80 plus silver and more than $10 cheaper, but be sure to use the promo code PCPowerSep1 for 10% off
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September 12, 2011 5:42:36 AM

the 2600k is no better in games than the 2500k. they perform the exact same.
if you dont plan on using intel graphics out of games to save power or using an ssd as HDD cache, id pass on the Z68 and save some money with a P67 board.
im no fan of the velociraptor drives mostly because they tend to be loud. and for a primary drive thats not much space. games are 3-15GB per game now a days averaging around 5 so you might run out quicker than you think. i would say get a small ssd 30-64 GB and keep the z68 with the ssd as cache, then get a western digital black 1 TB, overall this would be quicker. much quicker and you will have a full terabyte of space. for just $40 or so more. which you surely have now that the processor is the 2500k.
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September 12, 2011 5:42:39 AM

gonemtbiking123 said:
I wouldnt go for a velociRaptor...SSD with a storage drive instead. If it is just for gaming, get the 2500K and save yourself $100 there. You dont need 16gb of ram...just get 8gb.

If you can wait I would go wait for the new 28nm GPU's, either get one or they will drive prices down.

And that is a great PSU but I would look at the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also great quality, but with 2 more years of warranty and 80 plus silver and more than $10 cheaper, but be sure to use the promo code PCPowerSep1 for 10% off


Thanks for the quick replies! The reason that I'm going with the dual 460s SLI is because I'm building 2 computers (one for me and one for my wife) so I was trying to save some money there. I could always upgrade in the future. As far as the 2500k, is that an i5? I kind of figured 16gig was overkill. Thanks a lot for this info. =)
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September 12, 2011 5:49:11 AM

Yes the 2500K is an i5 but in gaming it will perform basically the exact same, the 2600K will stand out in tasks such as video rendering with its hyperthreading ability.
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September 12, 2011 5:51:40 AM

gonemtbiking123 said:
Yes the 2500K is an i5 but in gaming it will perform basically the exact same, the 2600K will stand out in tasks such as video rendering with its hyperthreading ability.



I see, thanks! I was also wondering about the SSDs using them as cache? I've never done anything like that before, so do you know how to set it up or know of a guide I could follow?

Thanks a lot.
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September 12, 2011 5:53:27 AM

If your MB supports it, I have heard good things "4x better performance in everyday tasks" but I have never tried it myself.
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