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October 11, 2011 9:44:44 PM

This is my first build.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: up to $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
gaming

Parts Not Required:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, dvd/cd drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
newegg, amazon, anything reliable

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences:
nvidia is a must. I would prefer an intel cpu, however price seems to just be too much.

Overclocking: doesn’t matter

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Additional Comments: fast, efficient, stays cool, easy to make future upgrades. also would like a modular power supply

I do not need that much space and just want something fast, that is why I have a SSD. I am excited to try one out, so dont try to turn me off of it.

I am open to suggestions, possible upgrades to what I have, just please give an explanation for it.

As i said before, i would prefer intel, but i cant seem to do it due to price.

Also, I like my case, as i wanted something i found pleasing.

Going to run Win 7 64 bit.

Case: Antec Lanboy air Blue Black / Blue ATX Mid Tower Computer Modular Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

MB: ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

SSD: SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA128B/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) w/ Norton Ghost 15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-12GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">


I appreciate any and all help.

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October 11, 2011 9:50:53 PM

CPU: the 2500k is much better than 1100t. 6 cores means nothing for gaming, most games are just now using 4 cores. AMD bulldozer is releasing soon though, may be worth looking into.

GPU: Get a 570 with dual fans, such as Twin Frozr III. Lower temps, noise and higher overclock

SSD: Get a SATA III SSD. Highly recommend Crucial M4 128gb

If you are going with the 2500k, then I highly recommend MSI Z68 GD55 or similar. $150 Z68 is the sweet spot.
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October 11, 2011 10:32:41 PM

I agree with ares640's cpu and gpu recommendations. As you can see from this Gaming CPU Heirarchy Chart:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-sandy-bridge...

A dual core i3 2100 will outgame the 1100t for less money, and a 2500(k) or 2600(k) will game even better. Why? Simplistically, these Intel cores clock faster and do more work per clock than the AMD cores, and games are not multi-threaded enough to make use of the 100t's advantage, more physical cores.

You might save a bit more money choosing a lower power but still high-quality psu. Since the entire system is unlikely to require 450W from the wall (<405W from the psu) even when running Furmark (446W):

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/306

OTOH, the 650W may be a bit underpowered to handle 2x570 should you care to protect against future SLI, and you should probablt consider 750W-850W eg in that case. You don't mention your screen resolution, but if you are running 1920 you don't need SLI on the current set of games.
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October 11, 2011 11:40:46 PM

Dont bother with the suggestion to use an intel cpu . For high resolution gaming a stronger cpu does nothing . The limitation is always the graphics card .
And an i3 2100 can sometimes out game a phenom x4 , or x6 but in the real world for system builders this never turns out to be true

So save yourself the money and go with AMD

But there are some changes to make .
The X4 955 phenom is the best value , and as mentioned previously it can provide all the GAMING performance of the x6 because games are not that highly threaded
And in just a few days , maybe even tomorrow , there will be new AMD Bulldozer processors released

That brings me to the second point .
Your motherboard sucks . Its a model made with a very old nVidia chipset . They were not good back then , and theyre definitely not good now .
For best performance now , and compatibility with future AMD processors you NEED a motherboard with an AMD 990X or FX chipset
These can crossfire and SLI

RAM should be 1.5 volt [ or less]
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October 12, 2011 3:55:58 AM

Hey guys thanks for all replies so far.

I have taken your suggestions and looked into them.

After my own research, I have decided to update my desired system with ares640's suggestions.

Here is the new system. Please feel free to critic and give advice on this new configuration.

The MB, GPU, CPU, and SSD have been changed. All seem to be more suitable to my liking.


Case: Antec Lanboy air Blue Black / Blue ATX Mid Tower Computer Modular Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

MB: MSI Z68A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

GPU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-12GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">

Thanks again.
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