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Parts list final check, $1200 gaming setup - please critique

Some parts will be purchased through Newegg, some through Amazon - based on who has the best price/no shipping, etc.
I still haven't decided on a monitor, I need to go look at CompUSA and Best Buy to get a feel for what I want. My current laptop is 1920x1200 but the x1200 premium is a little too much for my tastes, so I will have to struggle and go down to 1080 it looks like. I'm tossing around a few ideas in the 24" or close to it category from Samsung, Asus and Dell. Opinions would be welcome. I got some input from an earlier thread but I have since changed the setup around a bit. I want to make sure I'm getting good parts for the money.


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

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=N82E16822152185

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

CORSAIR H100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

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=N82E16819115072

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127582

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=N82E16813157271

Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007

Anyone have any opinions or thoughts on some parts I should swap in or out? Thanks a ton for the help, this is my first build.
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  1. I'm still a rook at this too, but as far as i can tell, I have the exact same build as you, which seems to be the standard to go by. Only difference is a gtx580 instead. Love the case
  2. I would really like to jump up to the gtx580, but the price tag on those things are still pretty high. I MIGHT be inclined to drop the Corsair H100 cooler and pick up a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127567 for future proofing, but I don't know if its worth it - what do you think?

    I could just pick up the cooler at a later date.
  3. Don't get that water cooler. Are you going to be overclocking heavy?
  4. Probably not, I've never overclocked anything - I just think it looks way cleaner than that Coolermaster 212 air cooler. I do plan to overclock though, when I learn a little more about it so I can do it safely. I doubt it is completely necessary right now though - can be a "in the future" thing.

    Amazon has them for $475 - http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N580GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004L9MBEY/ref=lh_ni_t
  5. For power supply get this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151100
    Its cheaper AND has higher efficiency.
    although it isn't very sexy its very high quality. Its just a stripped down basic version.

    or this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    Like the corsair but cheaper and more sexier than the seasonic one.
  6. Best answer
    Refskeg said:
    Some parts will be purchased through Newegg, some through Amazon - based on who has the best price/no shipping, etc.
    I still haven't decided on a monitor, I need to go look at CompUSA and Best Buy to get a feel for what I want. My current laptop is 1920x1200 but the x1200 premium is a little too much for my tastes, so I will have to struggle and go down to 1080 it looks like. I'm tossing around a few ideas in the 24" or close to it category from Samsung, Asus and Dell. Opinions would be welcome. I got some input from an earlier thread but I have since changed the setup around a bit. I want to make sure I'm getting good parts for the money.


    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    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=N82E16822152185

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    CORSAIR H100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017

    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=N82E16819115072

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022

    MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127582

    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=N82E16813157271

    Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007

    Anyone have any opinions or thoughts on some parts I should swap in or out? Thanks a ton for the help, this is my first build.


    This cooler just came out on the market and it allows you to add another fan for a "push - pull" effect.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004X63JWS/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1317941383&sr=1-7&condition=new <----- Get that case on amazon and save some $ (shipping charges)

    This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as is that Corsair and it saves you a few more dollars.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011 $119.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate
    XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  7. Are you going to do some multimedia?
    Lower Ram latency doesn't matter much in real performance other than multimedia.
    Buy this one, faster and cheaper.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455
  8. This is going to be for strictly gaming, web browsing..
    Any opinion on the TFII GTX580 vs the TFIII GTX570? I assume I would have to bump up the PSU to handle SLI 580s where the 850w that I have in my setup will handle SLI 570s... Not sure if the increase in price with the 580 AND bigger PSU is worth it.
  9. 850w will handle it.
  10. According to guru 3d you actually only need about 600w for gtx 580.'
    AND they used high power consuming components.
  11. 850w will handle 2 580s in SLI? I thought 950w was minimum for 2 580s
  12. Refskeg said:
    850w will handle 2 580s in SLI? I thought 950w was minimum for 2 580s

    And you are correct. 950w... 900w maybe. An 850w will push two 580's but it's life span will be short for the fact it will be running balls to the walls and it will run hot hot hot. For all the peeps on here say ya...go for the 850w psu and dual 580's..take a trip over to the Nvidia and/or EVGA forums and read about it there.
  13. Oops. Thought you meant single gtx580 vs gtx570 sli.
    Here's the site I refered to.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-580-classified-review/6
    For sli it says 850w+.
  14. Best answer selected by Refskeg.
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