Budget Range: Around $1500 / Before Rebates. I can adjust the budget though if needed
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming Videos, Surfing the net
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse and speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon (Prime member @ Amazon)
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia
Overclocking: Yes, Later
SLI or Crossfire: Yes/SLI
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This is a build for my son as a Gaming PC. I want it to be as quiet as possible but I know you have to keep the horsepower cool too! He does play alot of different games but I guess BF3, WoW, MW3 (soon) and others are the most demanding.
What I have found so far from Newegg. I didn't look at Amazon though because they didn't have that Mobo.
$1489.10 Total so far. No optical drive but they are pretty cheap and open to suggestions on that. I don't need Blu-ray, just CD/DVD.
Please adjust/suggest as you will. My big problem is that my son loves the Alienware PC's (The look and name I guess) and one thing drawing me that way is through my company I have gained a total of $900 in Gift cards for Dell. I could add to that and get a very nice Alienware PC or build my own and use it for a TV or something later on.
I have combed the threads and I think i'm overloaded! This will be my first build but I don't think I will have any problems as the Forums here have helped alot reading those.
So there it is and I just want to be as future proofed as I can be. I'm not sure if that PSU will be enough but I'm sure you will all chime in! Thanks so much in advance.
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crap. That is a ridiculously nice build. it's perfect. I mean, you could drop to 750w psu, but gtx 570 sli gets to be a bit much for that wattage.
probably the best way to get your son off alienware is to show him how much it would cost to get an alienware with similar specs. The main thing I hate about them is that you have no choice in your motherboard or power supply, so you're kinda limited on pci-e slots.
anyways, that is probably the best build i've seen that was the original post.
GFX - As ya can see in the reviews below comparing the performance in the various games, due to the 560's bigger OC headroom, the 560 is able to match and even sneak slightly ahead of the 570 when both are OC'd to the max. The 560 also scales better (174% to 166%)
Can perhaps a better review sample have changed the results ? .... have other sites come up w/ numbers more favorable to the 570 ?.... probably .... but enough to offset the price difference from $410 to $720 ?
PSU - The TX series (2nd tier) will be just fine for moderate OC's .... Only if ya looking ti squeeze that last 0.1 or 0.2 GHz, a stable MoBo multi-phase voltage control circuit and 1st tier PSU is where ya might wanna go.
Cooler - Hyper 212 was great in its day and its still a great "budget" cooler ..... but it comes up short next to the Hyper 612, Silver Arrow and other newer designs.
Any suggestions on a 560 ti as far as brand/model? Going from the 570 to the 560, should I still upgrade the PSU as well? That Mobo isn't in stock at Newegg so I will look elsewhere and see what I can find.
I am sticking with the Cooler Master HAF 922. My son likes it a lot and with the new Mobo, I will still have front panel USB 3.0 if I understand that correctly.
I own the extreme4 myself and it's a much better at OCing than the extreme3 (which I exchanged for the extreme4). Yes, it has a front usb 3.0 panel included. Those GPUs will be tons of fun, i went with CF 6950's myself for a 3x 25in. monitor EyeFinity setup. Enjoy
I assume I should OC as soon as I get it together and running?
Get all the latest patches, drivers and updates before you do. Then make a backup image / repair disc and OC to your heart's content. You may want to run memtest to be extra safe, in case you need to RMA the RAM. Same with checking your SSD/HDD for bad sectors, but that can take a handful of time.