1,000-1,500 gaming Skyrim / 3ds max rig

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month (Nov 2011)

Budget Range: 1,000-1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games (specifically Skyrim at ultra settings), 3ds max modeling and rendering

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, sound card, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : intel 2600k, I prefer nvidia for video cards, a small SSD for the OS

Overclocking: Heck Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

I was wondering if this combo on newegg is any good:

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  1. That is a very goodcombo. the only thing you will need (to overclock) is a good eatsink such as the Corsair H100.
  2. I would be looking at adding a cpu heatsink, however that h100 is pretty expensive. Is there anything in the 50 dollar range that's good? I'm not looking to overclock to the highest extreme possible, just somewhere 4.6Ghz to 5Ghz, whatever is stable. Thanks for the reply!
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    the maximus iv gene-z is a micro atx board. it also isn't gen3
    the gfx card is fantastic
    the cougar psu is solid
    the i7 is an overkill
    the ssd is perfect, see if you can up it to 128giga
    the memory is high profile and the speed is next to useless.
    the hdd is good but the price it has is forbidding. see if you can find the same drive in a store near you that has it in stock and probably for about 60-70$

    As other people mentioned before this setup is bereft of cpu cooler.
    I like the Corsair A70.
  4. I know there are some things I'd like to switch out but if you get that exact combo you get $111.93 off of the price.
    I don't know if 760w would be future proof enough for 2 OC gtx570's in SLI and OC i7.
    The reason I wanted i7 2600k is because of the improvement in multi-threading for my 3ds max work over the 2500k, otherwise if it was just for gaming I'd go the 2500k.
    I also have a 22' 1680 x 1050 monitor and I'm wondering if I should update that to a 1920 x 1080 one.

    Thank you so much for your reply.
  5. Its true you save a little money with the bundle deals. Personally, comparing the savings of a bundle to the complete customization you get from piecing it together yourself, I prefer the customization. As a previous responder mentioned, not a fan of the microATX board.

    About the PSU and future proofing for a second 570, this an approximation so you shouldn't take these numbers literally:

    TDP of an OC'd 570 is roughly 250W. So, if you're thinking SLi in the future, 500W for the 570 OC SLi setup alone.
    2600K OC maybe 120W.
    Motherboard, 50W.
    Miscellaneous: ram, drives, extra fans, another 50W.
    Best case scenario if the PSU is actually able to put out 760W (I don't know if this holds true), it would work out.

    The 2600K makes sense for your 3ds Max use.

    As far as screen real estate goes, 1680x1050 to 1920x1080 wouldn't be a big jump, its like 0.3 megapixels difference. If you just want a larger screen it might be worthwhile, but I would probably go with a jump to 1920x1200 at minimum , keeping the 16:10 ratio.

    Good luck, whatever you decide.
  6. I am also not a fan of mATX boards, especially at $170. I doubt SLI will even be physically possible because those ASUS Direct CU II cards are huge.
  7. Thank you gmkos and gmcizzle for your input. All things to take into consideration.
  8. Best answer selected by dbutt.
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