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A $1700 Gaming pc build - I need tips

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October 30, 2011 2:53:21 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I know what to do

Budget Range: $1700-$1900 US. (£1000-£1200)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Internet. 

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor(maybe) and speakers 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Www.amazon.co.uk, www.overclocker.co.uk, www.aria.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk (the only websites I know that ship to Europe)

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Parts Preferences:  Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Yes 

SLI or Crossfire: Yes 

Monitor Resolution: Will probably purchase another monitor unless my dell ultrasharp from 2005 is good enough

Additional Comments: I'm pretty new to this, never built a rig before. Basically I want it to be able to play games like bf3 and skyrim 
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My Ideas So Far. 

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K £164.99

CPU Cooler: Noctua D14 £64.99

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 £113.00

GPU: Gainward 1024MB GDDR5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti GS Golden Sample Overclocked to 900mhz £181.16 (two of these in the future or if I can stretch my budget a little bit)

Memory: G-Skill 8GBXL Ripjaws X for Intel Sandybridge Platforms DDR3 PC12800 1600MHz 8GB Kit £41.99

PSU: CORSAIR Pro Series HX1050 $219.99 (do I need a 1050w psu to run two gtx 560ti's in sli which have been overclocked to 900mhz or could I use a antec 900w psu and save a little bit of money)

SSD: Crucial CT064M4Solid State Drive2 64GB M4 Solid State Drive
by Crucial £78.47

HDD: Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1TB internal Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache 7200RPM – OEM £87.00

Optical: Samsung SH-S222AB 22x SATA Dual Layer DVD-Rewritable Black, OEM - SH-S222AB/BEBE £13.50

O.S. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1, 64-bit, English, 1 Pack, DSP OEI (PC) - £71.31

Total: £1050 (around that I think)
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Undecided on Case. 
Maybe the corsair graphite 650t series?

Thanks in advance for your help. 

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October 30, 2011 3:52:59 PM

Is this a 'decent' setup or what
October 30, 2011 4:39:07 PM

Decent yes. A dual fan setup like the Noctua D14 - I have the Silver Arrow and it's totally ridiculous and was a huge pain to setup, I'd go for a smaller dual fan like the Corsair A70 or a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, it'll cost you way less. The SB processors are much more energy efficient and generate less heat than a lot of Intel CPUs - you don't necessarily need the gigantic fan and heat sinks anymore. I have a dual fan setup on my Hyper 212 and it's cooling my i3-2100 CPU at 19'C idle, 25'C when in full use.

And no, you don't need a 1050 watt PSU to run dual 560s, a 750 watt will run them perfectly fine. I'd actually go for a single 570 or 580 over dual 560s. If you really want a dual video card setup - I'd personally go for dual 6950s in Crossfire, but that will run you quite a bit more.

Go with a 750 like the PC Power & Cooling Silencer series, or the Seasonic X750, invest the difference between that and the fan in getting a roomier SSD - 64GB will run out pretty quickly.

Try this setup (all US parts but it will give you some ideas):

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750 Watt - $109.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $164.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Corsair A70 - $42.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC 12800 1600MHz 1.5V - $49.99
SSD: Plextor PX-128M 128GB - $229.99
HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 2TB - $139.99
Optical: LG Super Multi - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB - $339.99]
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Total: $1587
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October 30, 2011 4:59:17 PM

Thanks for the tips mate
October 30, 2011 5:36:14 PM

Dogs666 said:
Thanks for the tips mate


No problem. I have the 64GB Crucial - it's a great drive, but like I said - 64GB will run out very quickly, I have the 64GB and after installing all the main applications I use I only have 5GB left - it makes burning CDs and DVDs pretty difficult.
October 30, 2011 5:55:37 PM

I still think I should go sli with gtx 560ti's because I won't be able to afford two gtx 570s and also they outperform the gtx 580
October 30, 2011 5:57:01 PM

corsair a70 is still quite large of a cpu cooler, it blocks some of the ram slots so you will not be able to install ram that has large heatsinks. G skill sniper ram is fine, or the ram that gunit suggested is also fine.

With the A70 under load my i5-2500k (using prime95) hit 46C max and averaged about 43C with the fans at roughly 80%, oddly cranking the fans to full RPM didn't really drop the temps at all. At idle the cpu is at average 27-30C.

system cooling is 2 120mm intakes, one 200mm top exhaust, and a 120mm rear exhaust.
October 30, 2011 6:02:45 PM

Oh okay then thanks mate
October 30, 2011 6:11:50 PM

Here is another course of action. You could purchase one gtx 560 ti, which should hold you over until the nvidia 600 series, and the amd 7000 series are released later on in 2012.

Then you could upgrade in 2012, or pending benchmarks simply buy another gtx 560 ti, later when they should be significantly cheaper.

A solo 560 ti will be able to handle all modern games with high or very high details, with good FPS.

If you are not pleased with the performance of your pc from the get go, you could always buy another 560 ti right away.

I am strongly advocating the 560 ti route, be it solo, or SLI.
October 30, 2011 6:37:10 PM

-Two factory overclocked (900MHz) 560 Ti - 900 Mhz get 862 fps for $410 at a cost of $ 0.48 per frame. They can be OC'd another 10-12% where as one 580 gets 616 fps for $480 at a cost of $ 0.78 per frame. They can be OC'd another 4-6%.
October 31, 2011 7:10:23 PM

Is the gigabyte ga z68 bla bla bla better than the asrock extreme3/4 gen3 boards?
October 31, 2011 7:51:07 PM

Dogs666 said:
Is the gigabyte ga z68 bla bla bla better than the asrock extreme3/4 gen3 boards?

They are both great value for what you get. Difference is in the details about their performance.
Their real difference is that asrock is gen3 and futureproofs you while gigabyte gives you a "discount" now.
Also asrock is more "starter friendly". Better auto-OC, mouse in bios... that short of thing.
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