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$850 Gaming Rig, advice wanted.

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September 14, 2011 3:53:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month or two.

Budget Range: 850 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, UDK usage.

Parts Not Required: Mouse/Keyboard/OS/Speakers/Monitor/DVD drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, although I really have no problem going elsewhere for a better buy.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: No preference, just want performance. The build I've constructed is an Intel build, however.

Overclocking: Hoping I shouldn't have to, but I see no reason not to if need be.

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future if need be.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Looking for a gaming computer that can run any game I throw at it from now until a few years down the road on pretty much max settings flawlessly (Namely BF3, Borderlands 2, Diablo 3, etc). Doesn't have to be 200 fps, 60 would suffice. Also, I work a lot with UDK so I want that to run smoothly.

This is the build I've put together and I wanted some feedback. Trying as hard as possible to stick with an 850 build:

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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 Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My total comes out to 849 bucks. About as close as possible. I'm trying to put the most money into the graphics card obviously. Open to all suggestions, looking to see what you guys think. Thanks for your time.


September 14, 2011 4:19:41 AM

750w to push two of those cards in SLI also that EVGA you have up there is a hose job. You can get a gtx 560ti for that price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $147.98 FREE SHIPPING 10% off w/ promo code EMCKAKA24, ends 9/15
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

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA160A

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.amazon.com/ENGTX560-DCII-OC-2DI-1GD5/dp/B005... $199.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 - Geforce GTX 560 DCII OC - 1 G GDDR5 Video Card
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September 14, 2011 4:41:45 AM

Thanks for the reply. I don't really plan on using SLI anytime soon because I don't think it's necessary as of now. As for the card I picked being a "hose job", as you put it, you're saying the 560 ti would be the better buy? Considering they are at the same price, roughly.
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September 14, 2011 4:43:09 AM

i5 2500K + MSI 560 Ti TFII OC $449 ($20 MIR + $15 EMCKAJG23 Promo code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600 $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 $125 ($10 EMCKAKA32 code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ZS 750w $100 ($25 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate S3 1TB + Lite-On CD/DVD burner $72
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Rosewill Challenger $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $816 before rebates after codes
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September 14, 2011 4:56:16 AM

^Best builder on tomshardware, i think. I almost never look at those combos..
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September 14, 2011 5:00:46 AM

MerkBird said:
Thanks for the reply. I don't really plan on using SLI anytime soon because I don't think it's necessary as of now. As for the card I picked being a "hose job", as you put it, you're saying the 560 ti would be the better buy? Considering they are at the same price, roughly.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp... <----- gtx 560 vs gtx 560ti
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September 14, 2011 5:36:23 AM

Ah, okay I see that table now that explains why the gtx 560 isn't as good as the TI. Although, the cards compared on that table all have 1gb. The 560 I had selected had 2gigs. Is that still not as good as the ti with 1gb? It would seem to me that the additional gb would be better. Can you clear that up for me?
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September 14, 2011 5:38:37 AM

1GB vs 2GB VRAM = about 1-8% improvement. Mostly in the case of super-HD and by that I mean 2560x1200 and some cases the 1920x1080. But even then, not even worth it and it's rare a person needs that much dedicated VRAM. Especially since Nvidia charges so much for the extra gig.
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September 14, 2011 5:43:20 AM

Oh, well that certainly clears that up for me. Thank you all for your input, I appreciate it greatly. Azn thanks for setting me straight on the VRAM debate. I'll get the MSI 560ti you recommended, seems like the best card for the money.
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September 14, 2011 5:44:28 AM

Well the entire build I just setup would be fine for you... so... just saying saves you some money too.
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September 14, 2011 5:50:18 AM

I have rebuilt my entire build to match that one you sent me. Got the Challenger case, the MSI card/i5 combo. Although, I don't need a cd/dvd so that combo deal with the hard drive wouldn't matter for me. You think I'd need a stronger psu though? I see you recommended the 750.
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September 14, 2011 5:52:37 AM

The 750 would allow for a large headroom for future overclocks as well as future SLI, though it may not be in the near future. It'll defiantly be worth future proofing rather than spending even more money in the future.
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September 14, 2011 5:57:24 AM

Noted. Thanks man, you've been a major help to me. I guess I'm not a total idiot, I had the motherboard, processor, hard drive, and ram you had in your build lol. Again, thanks man. Keep doing this, you're clearly knowledgeable.
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