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Building sub $1800 gaming/everyday use computer

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October 13, 2011 12:10:12 AM

Hi all,

Pretty sure I've done my due diligence in putting this build together, but would love to get some feedback. Of course any suggestions to drop the price a tad are more than welcome. Looking to build a decent gaming rig (SWTOR, Guild Wars 2, Wow) that will double as an "everyday" computer, i.e. lots of music, pics, internet, basic use of ms office products. Making the switch back from a 3 year old iMac as I find it asinine that I would have to spend another $2k for a new iMac when a few upgrades would suffice. Lesson learned I guess.

Looking to purchase in the next month or might just wait for the deals after Thanksgiving.
Budget of about $1,800.

Intel Core i-5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz ($220)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro ($195)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 570 ($350)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not really interested in sli but who knows a year or two from now

Corsair Professional Series Gold AX750 ($150 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D ($170 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 8gb DDR3 1600 ($52)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24x DVD Burner ($20)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($35)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With the 2500K I will probably oc at some point so I'm also considering the Corsair H60

ASUS VK278Q ($350)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc would put me just north of $1800. I know I could save a few dollars on the case but I'm pretty much sold - helped a friend put his together earlier this year and it is just dreamy. Most of this seems fairly cut and dry, but the gpu and mobo research is making me dizzy. SSD seems like too much of a luxury item for its price point right now, but I would definitely plan on adding one when prices come down.

Any help, guidance, or suggestions are greatly appreciated!




October 13, 2011 12:18:52 AM

+1 to the anti-mac atmosphere

anyway, get an 850w psu, cause 570 sli will be much better off with 850w. also, get a samsung spinpoint f3, cause they're $20 cheaper.
get an asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3 board, cause it has a lot of features for only $125 (like usb 3.0 and pci-e 3.0, with sli/cfx)
other than that, it looks pretty good
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October 13, 2011 12:29:28 AM

thank you for the suggestions - what a great way to save a quick $100! i'll definitely take a closer look at that asrock. i was thinking the 750w might be a tad light for 570 sli. if i stick with the corsair professional, the 850w is only $20 more right now.
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October 13, 2011 1:19:24 AM

you should also maybe consider getting an ssd, and maybe drop to a slightly smaller monitor for it. However, I personally don't like them, cause they're expensive and don't actually affect your gaming performance in game, but they are useful if you can fit them in. besides, a single 570 should be fairly excessive for the games you've listed
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October 13, 2011 2:37:28 AM

i'm definitely planning on holding off on the ssd for now. will pick one up at some point but not until prices drop a bit. the 570 does seem a tad excessive for my use and i thought about saving a $100 and getting a 560ti or maybe 6950. not really sure how much, if anything, i'd be sacrificing going with a 560ti over 570. maybe the 570 provides for a bit more future proofing or maybe my ego is just wanting something i don't necessarily need...
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October 13, 2011 2:48:32 AM

are you planning on getting a triple monitor setup at some point? cause a 2gb 6950 would be great then
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October 13, 2011 3:08:50 AM

no plans on a triple monitor set-up. i assume the excess for the 570 isn't a bad thing, but if i won't utilize it's full potential then maybe a 560ti and oc if necessary is the better choice?
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October 13, 2011 2:11:12 PM

if you plan on playing bf3 or other gpu intensive games, then the 570 would be worth it, but you haven't stated anything about planning to
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