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First time builder - High end gaming rig 3500$

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October 16, 2011 6:02:05 PM

Hey all,

I am looking for some help in building a computer for the first time. I have very basic knowledge of how it's done and want to make sure I get everything right! The rig will be for my girlfriend who also plays a lot of video games and wants a machine that can easily handle games like Skyrim at max settings and high res textures.

I already have 2x 580 GTX waiting for her and will just need the other parts. My budget is 2500$ (vid cards not included!) so in total looking for around 3500$ rig

I really want liquid cooling in this machine. Where we live it tends to get a bit hot and I want to make sure that I can achieve maximum overcloks on my CPU and GPU. I hear that custom liquid cooling is a pretty tough to do and I have no idea where to start and have no idea what parts I need to get or where to buy. If someone could shoot me some links to everything I need to buy it would be great!

Thanks in advanced

October 16, 2011 6:22:52 PM

Liquid cooling days have pretty much come and gone ..... CPU / GPU designs have just become so much more efficient that we hit electronic walls before we hit temperature walls these days. Here's something I think a lady will like:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

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It's almost ironic that coolers like this are becoming available just as processors transition to designs that may ultimately render them unnecessary; even overclocked to 5GHz, an Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K doesn't need anywhere near this level of cooling.


Case - $ 290 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - $ 260 - Corsair AX1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Took it over the Antec HCP-1200 cause of the $20 rebate. Both scored equally well at jonnyguru.com

MoBo - $ 220 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313179...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...

CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2600k provides Hyperthreading which games don't use .... save $100 and get the 2500k

Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Ther...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $ 65 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair White CAS 8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $ 180 - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

SSD - $ 230 - 120 GB Vertex 3 Max IOPS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-nand-reliabilit...

DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader $ 50 AeroCool FP-01 55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard - $ 100 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse - $ 50 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - $ 320 - ASUS VG236HE Black 23" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $ 2,229

I left $270 on the table ..... $353 when ya eliminate the air cooler which should leave ya enough for ya water cooling if ya go that way.

But if ya don't, it gets me half way to my 1st upgrade suggestion

+$640 Add Two (2) more 120 Mhz monitors
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-surround-technol...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Water cooled GFX cards gonna cost ya closer around $400 more than the than $1000 ya set aside
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Get in touch w/ dangerden.com folks for ya WC set up if ya go that way. The self contained units made by Asetec and sold by Antec and Corsair offer little to no advantage over air coolers for greater cost and much greater noise. Most of the kits ya gonna find for $200-300 will cool ya CPU but that leaves ya GFX cards. But again, when ya can hit 5.0 - 5.2 GHz on air with SB, what's the point of investing in WC for just the CPU
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October 16, 2011 6:40:36 PM

cheebamaster said:
Hey all,

I am looking for some help in building a computer for the first time. I have very basic knowledge of how it's done and want to make sure I get everything right! The rig will be for my girlfriend who also plays a lot of video games and wants a machine that can easily handle games like Skyrim at max settings and high res textures.

I already have 2x 580 GTX waiting for her and will just need the other parts. My budget is 2500$ (vid cards not included!) so in total looking for around 3500$ rig

I really want liquid cooling in this machine. Where we live it tends to get a bit hot and I want to make sure that I can achieve maximum overcloks on my CPU and GPU. I hear that custom liquid cooling is a pretty tough to do and I have no idea where to start and have no idea what parts I need to get or where to buy. If someone could shoot me some links to everything I need to buy it would be great!

Thanks in advanced



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - processor - $220

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - mobo. $180

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - memory - $52

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - case - $140

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - PSU - $200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Water cooling rig $120

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - SSD boot drive - $205

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Gaming HDD - $85

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Storage HDD - $155

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Blueray burner - $100

Alternate H2O cooling - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11705/ex-wat-158/Swif... $340

Total: $1457 with H100 cooling
Total: $1677 with Swiftech cooling.

PSU at 1K due to dual 580s and fans for water cooling.
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October 16, 2011 11:20:10 PM

Thanks guys this stuff looks great
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