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How is this build - Getting ready for Battlefield 3....

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October 21, 2011 3:08:16 AM

Just put this together, without rush shipping its about $1400

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 Mid-Tower Gaming Case with Side Panel Window [-28]
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K 3.40 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Cooling Fan: Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan [+14]
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GigaByte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 mATX MB w/ Lucid Virtu Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X4 & 1 PCIe X1 (All Venom OC Certified) [+23]
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None
Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+263] (EVGA Superclocked)
Freebies: FREE Just Cause 2 Game Coupon
FREE Game Coupon Batman: Arkham City
Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: W0319RU [+82]
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-47] (Single Hard Drive)
Optical Drive: Sony - 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO ( I Have my own sound card )
Speakers: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
Operating System: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY [-83]
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT


I think it seems pretty good. I know its probably $100-200 cheaper if I were to build it my own but I just down have the time or resources.

Thoughts? Anything I should change?
October 21, 2011 3:29:41 AM

Is there a reason for the 2600k cpu , you can save $100 by going with the 2500k and get the same overcloking and virtually the same performance. The main difference between the two cpu's is the 2600k has hyperthreading and games just don't take advantage of the feature. Are you considering a SSD for the OS , I don't see one listed.
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October 21, 2011 3:40:31 AM

Wow that was a mistake, thanks for catching that!

Also, no I do not want a SSD.

How does it look otherwise? With the 2500k obviously.
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October 21, 2011 5:14:42 PM

Any other thoughts on this build? I dropped the 2600k down to a i5 2500k instead to save a hundred bucks.
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October 21, 2011 7:16:56 PM

Dump the 2600k in favor of 2500k for gaming

Corsair H series coolers don't really even keep up with the better air coolers.

If I was gettinga Z68 MoBo, I'd confirm it was GEN3

Twin 560 Ti's (900MHz factor OC'd versions) are about $70 cheaper than a single 580 and outperform it by 40%

Don't like the PSU

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-TR2-...

Quote:
Thermaltake TR2 RX 750 W is, according to our methodology, a flawed product that must be avoided at all costs. It can’t deliver its labeled wattage at high temperatures, but this is not the worst of it: ripple and noise level are way above the maximum allowed when you pull 80% or more from the unit’s labeled capacity (i.e., 600 W and above), overloading your components (especially electrolytic capacitors from the motherboard and video cards), which can cause your PC to present an erratic behavior (crashes and random resets) and, under extreme conditions, damage components.


This fixes everything, PSU is 10.0 performance rated, increases fps by 40% and adds Blue Ray for less money....plus loads of expansion room and MoBo is Gen3

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 - $ 190 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - 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 - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later - Corsair Force Series GT 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
Keyboard - Existing - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - Existing - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - Existing - ASUS VH246H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - None - Win 7-64 Home Premium OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1379
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