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New gaming rig for $2000 - $2500

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November 6, 2011 8:09:51 PM
November 6, 2011 8:20:43 PM

What games will you play and what's your monitor's resolution?
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November 6, 2011 8:27:45 PM

Thanks for the fast reply.

I want to play bf3, metro, and other benchmarks and I play on 1920 x 1080 resolution. Also i forgot to mention, this is my first time building a computer and this website.
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November 6, 2011 8:33:20 PM




Up the SSD memory (32 GB is just too small, I'd go minimum 120 GB for such a high end machine). Decrease the RAM by half, gaming just doesn't need that much.
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November 6, 2011 8:36:43 PM

SumYungGuy said:
Thanks for the fast reply.

I want to play bf3, metro, and other benchmarks and I play on 1920 x 1080 resolution. Also i forgot to mention, this is my first time building a computer and this website.


Generally good choices then...I would go for GTX 570 SLI with a better 850W PSU...

EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 7, 2011 6:18:53 AM

+1 to michxymi- never buy a Coolermaster PSU they suck. Get an Msi Twin Frozr II if you are going to OC your video card- it has a better cooler.
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November 7, 2011 7:19:30 AM

Unless your planning on encoding videos or the like drop the 2600k for a 2500k(that you wouldn't get use out of anyway) to save $100.

Is there a reason you chose that particular motherboard? Asrock z68 extreme 4 Gen 3 is a viable alternative for near 60 dollars cheaper.

Those EVGA video cards get hot(80-85 during games), actually almost all reference cards get hot and are noisy as hell.

I personally have a MSI 580 Lightning. With fans at 80% I can't hear them over normal gaming, and are barely audible at 80% with normal room noise.

Temps: ambient of 24c (75F)
Idle: 34c
Load(100% during BF3): 69c

Current FPS in BF3(on ultra and everything up as high as possible in Nvidia Control Panel)
Absolute Min: 49
Max: 88
Average would be somewhere in the 70's it only hits 49 when there is extreme explosions with lots of smoke and stuff going on.

My cards overclocked to a core of 950 for daily use and gaming.

Changes I would go with:

Motherboard - ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 - $190 (honestly any motherboard will do but paying 250 for one these days is not worth it)
Video Card- MSI N580GTX Lightning - $525
CPU - i5 2500k - $219 (Go to local Microcenter for $179)
SSD - Crucial M4 64gb - $119
PSU - Corsair AX850 - $190

Unless you plan on going SLI drop down to a 850. Btw, BF3 is about the most graphics intensive First person shooter that will be out until 2013.
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November 7, 2011 11:40:42 AM

PS. IF your using your ssd to run the OS. Get larger than 60. I just bought a 60 and installed that and avg on it and it only had 12 mb left after all the updates. I didnt feel confortable with that...
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November 7, 2011 2:07:51 PM

SATAIII definetly.
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November 8, 2011 11:56:29 PM

Update:

SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

im not exactly sure about this one but i heard its pretty good and since the other one i had before sold out.

CPU COOLER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu is going to be the 2600k because i do encoding and multitask a lot.
although i am looking for a cooler that doesnt block ram slot..

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this time its a Corsair


and thank you everyone for the suggestions


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November 9, 2011 12:27:20 AM

SumYungGuy said:
oops meant

SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233191

it is the crucial m4 128gb because the link is broken?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... spend a little extra and get this motherboard. it is a gen3 so it can run the next series gpu's

i think the ax1200 is the best psu on the market but you should be fine with this psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it was rated a 9.5 on jonny guru the ax1200 (which jonny guru thinks is the best psu on the market) got a 9.7. 1000w is plenty for 2 580's.
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November 9, 2011 10:46:17 PM

the 510 is a little pricy. you wont see a difference in performance between the it and the crucial m4 128gb.
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