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Please advise: Building a gaming machine

Hi all

I'm putting together a gaming machine, mainly for the SWTOR game coming out in a couple of months. I'd like to get something within $1500 if possible, but I don't want to skimp on a component that would vastly increase the performance. I've pulled together the following spec, it's more than what I wanted to spend but looks like a good configuration to me. I'd appreciate your advice on whether this is an optimal build for around $1500 range, and where I could save (or spend slightly more for a high return on performance). Ideally I'd like to build a system around $1200:


Hard Drive $299.99 Intel 320 Series 160 GB SATA 3.0

CPU $314.99 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Memory $99.99 Corsair Dominator 8 GB 2 x 4 GB PC3-12800

GPU $489.99 EVGA GeForce GTX 580

Audio $79.99 Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

DVD Drive $25.99 Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98

PSU $84.99 Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus

Board $214.99 ASUS P8P67 DELUXE REV 3.0 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Case $80.46 Cooler Master Computer Case RC-692-KKN2

CPU Fan $85.87 Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe

TOTAL: $1777.25


thanks!!
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  1. seattlemindcandy said:
    Hi all

    I'm putting together a gaming machine, mainly for the SWTOR game coming out in a couple of months. I'd like to get something within $1500 if possible, but I don't want to skimp on a component that would vastly increase the performance. I've pulled together the following spec, it's more than what I wanted to spend but looks like a good configuration to me. I'd appreciate your advice on whether this is an optimal build for around $1500 range, and where I could save (or spend slightly more for a high return on performance). Ideally I'd like to build a system around $1200:


    Hard Drive $299.99 Intel 320 Series 160 GB SATA 3.0

    CPU $314.99 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

    Memory $99.99 Corsair Dominator 8 GB 2 x 4 GB PC3-12800

    GPU $489.99 EVGA GeForce GTX 580

    Audio $79.99 Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

    DVD Drive $25.99 Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98

    PSU $84.99 Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus

    Board $214.99 ASUS P8P67 DELUXE REV 3.0 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    Case $80.46 Cooler Master Computer Case RC-692-KKN2

    CPU Fan $85.87 Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe

    TOTAL: $1777.25


    thanks!!


    Get the i5 2500k instead of the i7 , you don't get many more FPS for $150.
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    The Intel 320s have a firmware issue. Google on <intel 320 firmware brick>. Get a Crucial M4 128GB for a hundred dollars less.

    Steer clear of Creative. If you don't have a specific use for a sound card, use onboard and save 80 bucks.

    You don't need an aftermarket cooler. Save 86 dollars.
  3. Petrofsky said:
    The Intel 320s have a firmware issue. Google on <intel 320 firmware brick>. Get a Crucial M4 128GB for a hundred dollars less.

    Steer clear of Creative. If you don't have a specific use for a sound card, use onboard and save 80 bucks.

    You don't need an aftermarket cooler. Save 86 dollars.


    I would buy an after market cooler , The best one is the Hyper 212 and it's only $25.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  4. I agree with the three above, but definitely get that cooler. =)
  5. Best answer selected by seattlemindcandy.
  6. seattlemindcandy said:



    CPU Fan $85.87 Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe




    Isn't NH-D14 a better aftermaket cooler? 212+ is the most cost effective and cheap but if you want better performance then go for it. :P

    I5 2500k would be a the idea CPU for gaming.

    Really, cut can be made Motherboard, GPU, Audio, and heatsink and you will still get good gaming at maxed setting. See the monthly $1000 build.
  7. zhihao50 said:
    Isn't NH-D14 a better aftermaket cooler? 212+ is the most cost effective and cheap but if you want better performance then go for it. :P

    I5 2500k would be a the idea CPU for gaming.

    Really, cut can be made Motherboard, GPU, Audio, and heatsink and you will still get good gaming at maxed setting. See the monthly $1000 build.


    Why Pay $87 for a CPU cooler? It's stupid , The Hyper 212 does just as good and it's cheaper by allot. If he doesn't plan to OC , then just stick with the Hyper 212 or the Stock intel one.
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