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Looking for Advice on a mid range gaming rig

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September 24, 2011 1:24:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months
Budget Range: $1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING, watching movies, composing music.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers, printer, keyboard, monitors
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia preferably, needs to have dual monitor support
Overclocking: Maybe but not likely
SLI or Crossfire: Prefer not to but I'll leave that open ended
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 x2
Additional Comments: Biggest thing is it needs to support dual monitor for my audio editing but still be able to run newer games at high settings, beyond that I'm open. Wouldn't mind a SSD for OS+2-3 games and disk drive for the majority of the storage but with current life expectancy on SSDs I'm not sure if it's worth it.



Looking to build a new gaming system, have a budget of around $1400, and was looking for experience and input on it.

Case:
Antech Lanboy Air
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS Sabertooth
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel i7-960 3.4ghz quad
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
Corsair XMS3 4x 2gb sticks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink:
Coolmaster hyper212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX:
EVGA GeForce 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 24, 2011 4:37:53 PM

nobody has any input on the build?
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September 24, 2011 5:04:32 PM
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September 25, 2011 12:43:28 AM

You can get decent monitors between $150-200 so that leaves about $900-1000 for the machine.

CPU: i5 2500k $219.99
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $29.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3 $129.99
Mem: Corsair/Gskill/Kingston/Mushkin 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $55
GPU: NVidia 560Ti $239 ( before $20 MIR ) - several choices around this price
Case: Lanboy air $119 ( with CC before $20 MIR )
PSU: Corsair HX750 $140 ( before $20 MIR )
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $59.99
DVD: 20-24x DVD writer $20

~$1000

Monitors: 2x 23" FullHD from Asus, LG, Samsung etc <$400

Total: $1400:ish.
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September 25, 2011 12:53:56 AM

Will you game on 2 monitors or just one at a time?
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September 25, 2011 8:26:42 AM

I assumed just one, cos the having the bars in the middle of the point of view would be awkward, as usually people go with the full 3 displays if they decide to Eyefinity/NVSurround.

The 2 monitors would be just for more real estate for the editing stuff.

But i'm sure Dark will let us know.
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September 25, 2011 9:06:54 AM

rvilkman said:
I assumed just one, cos the having the bars in the middle of the point of view would be awkward, as usually people go with the full 3 displays if they decide to Eyefinity/NVSurround.

The 2 monitors would be just for more real estate for the editing stuff.

But i'm sure Dark will let us know.

uh, with my current rig i'm usually gaming on one with youtube vid/music up on the other. and for the post a few up i coulda swore i listed monitor as not needed but double checked and i didnt :\ the tower alone is my budget, the monitor i can worry about later/salvage from my current.
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September 25, 2011 9:14:46 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $108.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code OCZSEPSAVING, ends 9/30
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $219.98 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $304.98 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex... $264.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code EMCKAHH23, ends 9/28
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-22-Inch-Ultra-Slim-Widescr... $154.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

Total: $1,208.90 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes
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September 25, 2011 11:09:56 AM

Well in that case my suggestion would be ok, and you can add a 120GB Sata III SSD to it.

CPU: i5 2500k $219.99
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $29.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3 $129.99
Mem: Corsair/Gskill/Kingston/Mushkin 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $55
GPU: NVidia 560Ti $239 ( before $20 MIR ) - several choices around this price
Case: Lanboy air $119 ( with CC before $20 MIR )
PSU: Corsair HX750 $140 ( before $20 MIR )
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $59.99
DVD: 20-24x DVD writer $20
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB ~$200

$1200 or so.
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