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1600$ for FPS gaming and video production

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October 12, 2011 12:03:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this should happen between 20-60 days from now on.

Budget Range: <1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3 :) , powerdirector 9

Parts Not Required: Monitor (Dell U2311h IPS 23"), mice, keyboard

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: usa (buying in USA + living in Lithuania (East Europe) = saving ~500$)

Parts Preferences: not into names, but i do prefer quality first. It pays to pay more for a well made product, always. Though AMD is something i'd like to leave for the past unless you prove me different.

Overclocking: Yes, after a few years, when Moore's law kicks in and my awesom 1500$ rig becomes "awesom" 150$ rig.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Well, working with powerdirector is ok even with my Athlon 64 x2 6000+ and 8800GT. Though rendering or ripping VHS to DVD is time consuming with such specs. But the saddest part was watching slideshow (ok, maybe 10-15 fps) at lowest settings in BF3 on my pc, then watching reviews in ULTRA settings in youtube and then watching slideshow again. Though I don't need ULTRA settings on every corner. Few extra shadows don't make a big deal to me. I just don't want to be humiliated so badly again in at least 3-5 years:) 

So these are main two tasks for a new rig to deal with: video processing and new GPU hungry FPS games like BF3.
The third thing and also very important is future-proof. 5+ years, please. During those years one extra video card can be added in SLI/CFire mode, but nothing more than that.
And this 1.5k baby should be economical too! Since i spend half of my time at PC just reading stuff and watching movies

And i have a list:
CPU - Intel Core i7 2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOB - Maximus IV GENE-Z
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - EVGA N580GTX (Fermi) 3072MB (10y warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3 2133 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And this list is open for the changes since i'm not very into the BEST-stuff-for-money, or what new candy is going to hit the market in week or two. Hope you can help me out here. Thanks in advance.


October 12, 2011 12:06:40 AM

Get a 570 instead of a 580, and use the extra money to buy an SSD for your OS and other programs.
October 12, 2011 3:56:51 AM

A few changes to be made that I can see.

1) Those 3GB cards are for a triple monitor set up. They will actually get lower FPS on a single monitor set up due to latency. You can google the reviews on them.

2) The psu. A 850w psu will push two of those cards in SLI, but it will stress it to the max and shorten the life span due to the fact it will be running maxed out and HOT. You want a psu with more watts and amps.

3) That Asus motherboard is a mATX and has horrible spacing for dual cards, especially decent sized cards. Get a motherboard with good spacing for your vid cards. This Asrock down below is set up for Ivy Bridge and the new generation vid cards (PCI-E 3.0).

4) That CM cpu h/s down below is new on the market, comes with excellent thermal compound and allows you to add another fan for a "push - pull" effect.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99 - $474.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 - $129.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code PCP1010, ends 10/23
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
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... $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MAST01ER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/IntelZ68/index.asp <---- Z68 features
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