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Planning a 2k-2.5k$ build -- need opinions

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October 29, 2011 4:09:07 AM

i'm looking for advice on this potential build... i read some reviews lately and here's what i came up with... please tell me if i'm totally wasting money on some parts (or not spending enough), of if i'm making unforgivable mistakes on my choices so far...

Cheers;

Approximate Purchase Date: somewhere during next weeks

Budget Range: 2000-2500 tax in, so around max 2250$ after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (skyrim, diablo3, assassins creed revelations has to run smoothly), surfing the net, watching movies

Parts Not Required: monitors, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: intel for cpu, nvidia for gpu, corsair or antec for psu, pretty open minded for the rest(!)

Overclocking: yes, but later

SLI : very likely, but later

Monitor Resolution: 1=1680x1050; 2= 1280x1024

Additional Comments: since i'm willing to invest that kind of money on this rig, i probably want to keep it for a long time...
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Case: Coolermaster Storm Sniper Black Edition Mid Tower ATX

PSU: Antec High Current Pro 1200W -- here, i know one will say it might be overkill, but i want to keep the load on the PSU between 50% and 70% to get optimal efficiency and lifespan

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus

Video: here i hesitate between these;
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 Rog Matrix Platinum 816MHZ 1.5GB GDDR5
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Fermi 772MHZ 3GB GDDR5

UPS: APC BACK-UPS 1500VA/865W

RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) -- here i'd like advice on the brand/model/specs that i should want in my rig

HDD: hesitation between;
RAID0 with 2x WD caviar Blue or Black
or
System: Some SSD ~120GB + Storage: Existing Seagate 300GB SATA2 3GB/s

Sound: is a PCI sound card really worth it or if the onboard adapter will do the job ??

Optic Drive: i guess any Combo CD +-RW/DVD +-RW will be good?

October 29, 2011 4:46:42 AM

drop the CPU to 2500k.2600k and 2500k are same in term of gaming.get 2500k for now and later upgrade to ivy bridge.get a motherboard with pci-e 3.0.e.g.-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
change the case to this one-
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=54030&vpn=DF-85&manufa...
yeah your PSU is overkill.but if you plan to do quad sli or 3 way sli stick with it.
good cpu cooler but i suggest 212 "EVO" version.
get this one-
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=61543&vpn=N580GTX%20Li...
it has better cooling and overclocking poteential.i am using this one.no problems at all.
onboard sound is enough unless you are going to buy $400 speakers.
16 gb RAM is super overkill.dont waste money.get this ne-
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3-12800CL9D...
for your OS-
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=60444&vpn=CT064M4SSD2&...
for data-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
get any cheap burner.

October 30, 2011 4:12:19 AM
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October 30, 2011 7:27:58 AM



That motherboard you chose has only got 1 Pci-e 16x slot, so you wouldn't be able to Crossfire or SLI on it.
A better one would be http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 as hellfire24 said

The 1200w Psu is a huge overkill, a 850w Psu would be plenty, this should be a good choice
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
October 30, 2011 8:19:20 AM

s**t i never realised the mobo . my mistake.
are you sure 3 x 580 's can run on 850w
October 30, 2011 11:52:12 AM

9_breaker said:

are you sure 3 x 580 's can run on 850w



+1.
October 30, 2011 11:52:21 AM

9_breaker said:

are you sure 3 x 580 's can run on 850w



+1.
by the way you cannot run 3-way sli on that mobo.
BTW i can because i have maximus iv extreme.i am smiling.oooooo yeahhhh!!!
but who the hell cares about 3-way sli.i don't have pci-e 3.0 slots!!!!DAMN
you are lucky.
October 30, 2011 2:05:00 PM

9_breaker said:
s**t i never realised the mobo . my mistake.
are you sure 3 x 580 's can run on 850w


Is he doing three way sli?
October 31, 2011 1:38:09 PM

Hell YEAH!!!!one of my favorite.
October 31, 2011 2:35:44 PM

based on your needs... you don't need the extra power of hyperthreading from i7 2600k... for that purpose.... i5 2500k is more than enough...

as for graphics card... this is very good deal...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

as for cases... this case can house almost any hardware you can throw at... while remain inexpensive for most builders...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

an ssd + hdd would be a better option...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

while for ram i don't see why you need more than 8gb...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

October 31, 2011 11:29:22 PM

hellfire24 said:
drop the CPU to 2500k.2600k and 2500k are same in term of gaming.get 2500k for now and later upgrade to ivy bridge.get a motherboard with pci-e 3.0.e.g.-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
change the case to this one-
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=54030&vpn=DF-85&manufa...
yeah your PSU is overkill.but if you plan to do quad sli or 3 way sli stick with it.
good cpu cooler but i suggest 212 "EVO" version.
get this one-
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=61543&vpn=N580GTX%20Li...
it has better cooling and overclocking poteential.i am using this one.no problems at all.
onboard sound is enough unless you are going to buy $400 speakers.
16 gb RAM is super overkill.dont waste money.get this ne-
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3-12800CL9D...
for your OS-
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=60444&vpn=CT064M4SSD2&...
for data-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
get any cheap burner.



thanks all for the answers!

CPU; i think everyone agrees that 2600k isn't worth the extra 100$ for now, with that i think i agree as well... but if i don't plan to upgrade it for the next 2-3 years or so, would it change something?

mobo; is there any reasonably priced that can do 3-way sli and have pci-e 3.0 slots? i don't know yet if i'll go 2-way or 3-way though... but i'm wondering, all the graphics cards i looked at are pci-e 2.0... so is pci-e support really a must for now?

graphic card(s); from what i saw so far, i thought asus and evga were the way to go... isn't it? at all?

case; phenom90, that case sure looks great! i like the fan speed knobs on the front panel to control noise level (there is one on the storm sniper as well, but yours have usb 3 on front)... but i read a lot of good stuff about CM cases, and in the beginning i hesitated between the HAF X and the storm sniper; i chose the later because of the front panel and for the fan/led control (and i did not realize the lack of usb 3.0)... still not sure about this now -- one thing i forgot to mention... noise level has its importance... the girlfriend will use the system as well, and she'd like it as quiet as it can be! ;) 

storage; i think i'd go with something like the crucial M4 128GB for OS and games plus either a new or my existing hdd...

PSU; i know i'll have plenty of extra watts, but i think i'm willing to pay for that... i don't wanna roam anywhere near the limits of a PSU anymore, one already took my whole system when it died a while ago. plus, if i decide to 3-SLI later on, i'll have plenty of room for that.

RAM; i'll go with 8GB G.Skill... whats the difference between the 1.5v ripjaws and 1.25v sniper? what does it means, both have the same timing...

Cheers,
November 1, 2011 11:13:17 AM

LastYearsChamp said:
thanks all for the answers!

CPU; i think everyone agrees that 2600k isn't worth the extra 100$ for now, with that i think i agree as well... but if i don't plan to upgrade it for the next 2-3 years or so, would it change something?

mobo; is there any reasonably priced that can do 3-way sli and have pci-e 3.0 slots? i don't know yet if i'll go 2-way or 3-way though... but i'm wondering, all the graphics cards i looked at are pci-e 2.0... so is pci-e support really a must for now?

graphic card(s); from what i saw so far, i thought asus and evga were the way to go... isn't it? at all?

case; phenom90, that case sure looks great! i like the fan speed knobs on the front panel to control noise level (there is one on the storm sniper as well, but yours have usb 3 on front)... but i read a lot of good stuff about CM cases, and in the beginning i hesitated between the HAF X and the storm sniper; i chose the later because of the front panel and for the fan/led control (and i did not realize the lack of usb 3.0)... still not sure about this now -- one thing i forgot to mention... noise level has its importance... the girlfriend will use the system as well, and she'd like it as quiet as it can be! ;) 

storage; i think i'd go with something like the crucial M4 128GB for OS and games plus either a new or my existing hdd...

PSU; i know i'll have plenty of extra watts, but i think i'm willing to pay for that... i don't wanna roam anywhere near the limits of a PSU anymore, one already took my whole system when it died a while ago. plus, if i decide to 3-SLI later on, i'll have plenty of room for that.

RAM; i'll go with 8GB G.Skill... whats the difference between the 1.5v ripjaws and 1.25v sniper? what does it means, both have the same timing...




2500k is better value for money product in comparison to 2600k.it is enough for almost anything from video editing to gaming.
why do you need 3-way sli????i am having a 3-way sli capable motherboard but i find it useless(cause i am using a single card).gtx 580 2-way sli will crack any game to max settings maintaining 75+ fps.pci-e 3.0 is a good feature because it increases your data transfer speeds.
EVGA and Asus are great but MSI is good tooo.MSI graphics run cool,better overclocked,long life etc.
this case is an excellent choice-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
fully feature packed full tower at great price.
m4 128 is a great SSD,add something like caviar black or spinpoint 1 tb HDD.
8GB G.skill is enough.
choose wisely.


Have a good time. ;) 

November 2, 2011 5:22:00 AM

zhongyan said:
Is he doing three way sli?


the build i suggested had 3 way sli but like everyone said the board cant do 3 way sli.
November 14, 2011 12:31:58 AM

thanks for the answers guys! it really helped a lot to re-evaluate my initial choices... i changed my mind for some of the components as you'll see (i received all components but the CPU so far -- should receive it tomorrow or the day after -- then i'll start the build) :bounce: 

so, here's the final rig for now... (comments are welcome even if it's too late :sol:  )

Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Special Edition White

PSU: Antec High Current Pro 1200W

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro GEN3

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K

CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B Nickel Plated Copper Headsink Blue LED 135mm

Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked Fermi 797MHZ 1536MB

UPS: APC Back UPS pro 1500 VA / 865Watts

RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP CL9 blue

Storage (OS): Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN
Storage (data): Existing Seagate ~300GB SATA2 3GB/s

Sound: onboard sound adapter

Optic Drive: ASUS 24X Internal Super Multi DVD-RW Lightscribe DVD Writer SATA Black

i got this for around 2150$ out of my pocket...
!