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October 17, 2011 11:24:22 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Month or maybe X-mas

Budget Range: $1500 tops, cannot be over

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, homework

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular

Overclocking: Yes (only if using a unlocked processor) (Probably around 4.0-4.5 GHZ)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 for games. Watching movies on a 60in Sony 1080p TV.

Additional Comments: Like the rig to cool somewhat eye-catching. Not to much bing please. Like a SSD to be in there


Hey Guys, I'm going to build a rig soon, a month or two, and I want to see what good rigs you guys can suggest for me. Speed is a big thing for me, and so is video. I do not use my computer 24/7 if that means anything. I use it about 2 hours on weekdays and 5 hours on weekends. (Yes unforunalty I still have school. I'm getting Battlefield 3 and Assassin's Creed 4 so the Video card has to be good too. So think you can help a guy like me? :pt1cable: 

Any suggestions are very well! :bounce: 

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October 18, 2011 12:03:57 AM

CPU - $220 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K

GPU - $480->$440 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PNY SuperClocked VCGGTX580XPB-OC GeForce GTX 580

Mobo - $160->$150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67

PSU - $130->$115 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W

RAM - $52 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

SSD - $198 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III

HDD - $60 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

Optical - $70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache

Total (w/o case): $1370 before rebate, $1305 after

I didn't include the case because you should pick out something you like the look of, as long as it's a proven case.

That mobo and PSU will support 580s in SLI if you plan on getting another in the future.
October 18, 2011 12:11:17 AM

gmcizzle said:
CPU - $220 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K

GPU - $480->$440 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PNY SuperClocked VCGGTX580XPB-OC GeForce GTX 580

Mobo - $160->$150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67

PSU - $130->$115 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W

RAM - $52 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

SSD - $198 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III

HDD - $60 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

Optical - $70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache

Total (w/o case): $1370 before rebate, $1305 after

I didn't include the case because you should pick out something you like the look of, as long as it's a proven case.

That mobo and PSU will support 580s in SLI if you plan on getting another in the future.



Thanks for the reply! Just one question. How is the Asrock P67 EXTREME4 Gen3 different from the B3? Do they have the same functions?
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October 18, 2011 12:15:30 AM

The only thing I would add to cizzle's opinion is that NCIX has i5 2500ks for 189.99 I just bought one last week the price is good until the 19th so jump on it here's the link-

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...

other than that you can save yourself some money if you just get a 570, overclocked you can get it past a stock 580, not a super clocked 580 but its also 100$ cheaper

Also be ready for massive taxes, you may want to try amazon to avoid um :D 
October 18, 2011 12:17:51 AM

I'm not sure what B3 is to be honest heh. Also, I forgot to include a heatsink which you will need if you plan on OCing.

HS - $25 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you go over budget, you can save $20 with another 120/128gb SSD. Also, the optical drive I suggested can burn blu-rays if you ever want to. You could probably save $20 if you only care about reading blu-rays.
October 18, 2011 12:19:08 AM

JeffDGF said:
The only thing I would add to cizzle's opinion is that NCIX has i5 2500ks for 189.99 I just bought one last week the price is good until the 19th so jump on it here's the link-

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...

other than that you can save yourself some money if you just get a 570, overclocked you can get it past a stock 580, not a super clocked 580 but its also 100$ cheaper

Also be ready for massive taxes, you may want to try amazon to avoid um :D 


lol... That's why I might use amazon, but some of the price are way too overpriced. So the price of the product makes up for the taxes. -_-
October 18, 2011 12:20:04 AM

It depends on your state. Newegg only taxes certain states.
October 18, 2011 12:23:42 AM

gmcizzle said:
It depends on your state. Newegg only taxes certain states.


I live in California. T_T But Amazon doesn't have taxes for California last time I checked.
October 18, 2011 12:27:37 AM

JeffDGF said:
The only thing I would add to cizzle's opinion is that NCIX has i5 2500ks for 189.99 I just bought one last week the price is good until the 19th so jump on it here's the link-

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...

other than that you can save yourself some money if you just get a 570, overclocked you can get it past a stock 580, not a super clocked 580 but its also 100$ cheaper

Also be ready for massive taxes, you may want to try amazon to avoid um :D 

gtx 580 is terrible price/performance, 570 is much better
October 18, 2011 1:05:10 AM

jackyalvin said:
Then how is two AMD 6950 Crossfire?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or two GTX 560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would those be better chooses than 1 GTX 580?
(My friends say I should just get a GTX 580 better SLI=microstudding...is it true?)

sli/cfx can cause microstuttering, but it isn't noticeable by everyone.
I'd suggest getting a gtx 570, cause it can sometimes be oc'ed to be slightly better than the 580
still, it's like ~$100 for +5 fps...not really worth it.
October 18, 2011 1:15:51 AM

2x 560 ti SLI or 2x 6950 CF would give you the best performance now, but you won't be able to add another later to upgrade. GTX 580 will give you very good performance now, and you can add another later. The GTX 580 does carry a premium price, but it is a much better OCer than the 570, which cannot safely run voltage beyond 1100mv, unlike the 580.
October 18, 2011 1:40:44 AM

Case - $ 155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 220 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313179...
CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 25 - Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - inc - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 205 - Gigabyte GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 205 - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 198 - 128GB Crucual M4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Game Free Batman incl w/ GFX Card

Total $1512

yeah, I know ya said I can't go over $1500 but $12 ....sheesh ..... if ya watch newegg, ya can get below that on the 1st combo special

If ya still sticky about the $12, drop to a non - Blue Ray optical and ya drop $41 ... for a new total of $1,471. Though I'd spend $25 of that upgrading to the Scythe Mugen 3 cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Huge case w/ massive air flow / PSI is 1st tier (10.0 jonnyguru performance rating) / MoBo is GEN3 with full 3 year warranty, twin GFX cards top the single 580 by 40% and easily OC to 1000MHz, RAM is low profile.

Microstuttering isn't really an issue in the above $200 segment and much less pronounced on nVidia cards (see THG article). Have 120Hz monitor w/ twin 560's at home (as well as a single 580 box) and nobody's noticed anything yet .... and yes, the twin 560's provides the better image and gameplay.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...

I didn't mention the 570 cause it just doesn't have a lot of OC headroom. It also was a weaker VRM which a search on "fried 570's" will highlight. Compare the 570 overclocked to the max stable setting and the 560 overclocked to the max stable setting in the links below. You will be quite surprised what card ekes out a narrow win.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx...
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx570_rev...
October 18, 2011 2:30:04 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
Case - $ 155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 220 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313179...
CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 25 - Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - inc - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 205 - Gigabyte GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 205 - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 198 - 128GB Crucual M4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Game Free Batman incl w/ GFX Card

Total $1512

yeah, I know ya said I can't go over $1500 but $12 ....sheesh ..... if ya watch newegg, ya can get below that on the 1st combo special

If ya still sticky about the $12, drop to a non - Blue Ray optical and ya drop $41 ... for a new total of $1,471. Though I'd spend $25 of that upgrading to the Scythe Mugen 3 cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Huge case w/ massive air flow / PSI is 1st tier (10.0 jonnyguru performance rating) / MoBo is GEN3 with full 3 year warranty, twin GFX cards top the single 580 by 40% and easily OC to 1000MHz, RAM is low profile.

Microstuttering isn't really an issue in the above $200 segment and much less pronounced on nVidia cards (see THG article). Have 120Hz monitor w/ twin 560's at home (as well as a single 580 box) and nobody's noticed anything yet .... and yes, the twin 560's provides the better image and gameplay.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut...

I didn't mention the 570 cause it just doesn't have a lot of OC headroom. It also was a weaker VRM which a search on "fried 570's" will highlight. Compare the 570 overclocked to the max stable setting and the 560 overclocked to the max stable setting in the links below. You will be quite surprised what card ekes out a narrow win.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx...
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_gtx570_rev...



SO MUCH INFORMATION! But thanks, it gave me 2nd thoughts about the products. By the way, how is the Antec 1200? It looks, to me, a bit better than the DF-85. DF-85, to me, looks plain ugly. But which is better in performence?

Again THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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