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$1700 budget. Gaming + encoding. Help get me back into the game!

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October 13, 2011 2:54:42 AM

Please help folks! I've been using a crappy rig for a few years now. Get me back into the game!


Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks

Budget Range: Between $1600-1700 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, encoding, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Mouse and keyboard, copy of Windows and an SSD. I'll buy an SSD on Black Friday.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (No CA tax) or Newegg (lots of parts but CA tax)

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: I would like an Intel 2600k processor, a very reliable and powerful modular PSU, 23"-24" LED LCD monitor and a great looking computer case with awesome cooling + USB 3.0 ports.

Overclocking: Of course! I won't go crazy at first.

SLI or Crossfire: SLI please!

Monitor Resolution: Full HD

Additional Comments: You guys rock! Love Tom's Hardware!
October 19, 2011 9:41:22 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks

Budget Range: Between $1600-1700 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, encoding, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Mouse and keyboard, CPU/GPU coolers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (No CA tax) or Newegg (lots of parts but CA tax)

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: I would like an Intel 2600k processor, a very reliable modular PSU that is SLI capable and a 23"-24" LED LCD monitor

Overclocking: Of course! I won't go crazy at first.

SLI or Crossfire: SLI please!

Monitor Resolution: Full HD

Additional Comments: You guys rock! Love Tom's Hardware!
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October 19, 2011 10:56:13 PM
October 20, 2011 1:18:41 AM



  • Looks like a great build! I'm a little worried about the GPU's and PSU. The 1GB of VRAM me thinks just won't cut it for BF3 at ultra settings. Also, if I ever decide to buy 2x GPU's that require more than 750's, I'll be screwed.

    BTW, I also forgot to mention that I won't need a copy of Windows. Last of all, I was planning on buying a Z68 motherboard since it has an SSD cache that I could use to cut down on boot times until I have enough cash for an SSD.
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    October 20, 2011 3:45:10 AM

    You can drop the price by going with dual gtx 560ti's and a 750w psu.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9... $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... $131.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020004-NA

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-6Gbps-Supported-Motherboard... $179.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 2200 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported ATX Motherboard P8Z68-V

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-2600K-Processor-3-4GHz-L... $314.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor... $49.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

    http://www.amazon.com/Lite--Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/... $23.95 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-12-Interna... $58.97 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT12... $195.92 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SAO0Z4/ref=ox_sc_a... $347.96 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI nVidia GeForce GTX570 Twin Frozr II OC 1280MB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N570GTX TWIN FROZR II/OC

    Total: $1,781.86

    ***gtx 560ti version...replace the vid cards and psu up above with this down below

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JLNZXU/ref=ox_sc_a... $244.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020003-NA

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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