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~$1500 gaming build looking for advice

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November 12, 2011 7:52:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $1500-1750

System Usage: gaming, work, video

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Used Newegg for pricing, anything 100% credible

Country: US

Overclocking: Maybe in future, not immediately

SLI or Crossfire: looking for opinion. Currently configured with 1 but open to changing

Monitor Resolution: high resolutions

Additional Comments: I put this together with a $1500 budget, but it has come in higher. Some key choices Im not sure on- Should I stick with a SSD, use SLI configuration, and have I picked the best motherboard? Any advice would be helpful.

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Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $499.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K - $214.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU - $25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo with SW Model iHES112-29 - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...



Total Cost: $1605.90
November 12, 2011 8:23:25 PM

All this yummy hardware and my eyes bleed when i see the CM hyper 212. If you pay all that cashload, get a decent Xigmatek Aegir or a budget goodie Corsair A70.
Also the ripjaws might get in the way of your heatsink, just get any 8gigas of low profile memory from respectable brands.
I also doubt you will need (ever) the 2 extra usb3 and 2 extra sata3 the extreme4 offers over the extreme3. Same power phases, same everything, this is their only difference.
If you don't have a 2560x1600 resolution monitor the 580 is too much. Don't get me wrong, i absolutely love it... but come next gen cards you will have spent it for nothing. If you don't have a superbig monitor then a 570 is more than enough for now to play all you want in any detail you want.
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November 12, 2011 8:38:07 PM
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November 12, 2011 8:49:18 PM

^oooh mastah
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November 12, 2011 11:56:35 PM

MoBo gets decent reviews but if I am spending $1600 on a system, it's not gonna include a MoBo w/ only a 2 year warranty.

Ya PSU won't support another 580. And with two 580s and CPU overclocking, I'd be suggesting an upgrade form the 2nd tier TX to Corsair's 1st tier HX or AX models. The smallest PSU certified by nVidia for two 580's is 900 watts

http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

So that means a bigger PSU ..... alternately, ya can get two 900 Mhz 560 Ti's fr about $40 less than the 580 ......Id put a XFX Core Edition in there at 850 watts for $30 less.....$70 in ya pocket for 40% more fps than the 580 w/ the twin 560s.

The 300 and the 912 are simply too small for 2 OC'd GX cards and CPU.

As said above, I'd up the cooler.....Hyper 212 good for a $1,000 build but at your level, I'd pick up 7C with the Scythe Mugen 3 ..... did a quick build last nite on a time deadline..... did initial boot at 103 x 46 and hit 69C under OCCT CPU torture test.

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November 14, 2011 3:57:52 PM

vx53c said:
All this yummy hardware and my eyes bleed when i see the CM hyper 212. If you pay all that cashload, get a decent Xigmatek Aegir or a budget goodie Corsair A70.
Also the ripjaws might get in the way of your heatsink, just get any 8gigas of low profile memory from respectable brands.
I also doubt you will need (ever) the 2 extra usb3 and 2 extra sata3 the extreme4 offers over the extreme3. Same power phases, same everything, this is their only difference.
If you don't have a 2560x1600 resolution monitor the 580 is too much. Don't get me wrong, i absolutely love it... but come next gen cards you will have spent it for nothing. If you don't have a superbig monitor then a 570 is more than enough for now to play all you want in any detail you want.


Hey vx53c,

Thanks for the advice on the graphics card and MoBo. Is there a specific memory you prefer?

Appreciate the help!
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November 14, 2011 5:00:37 PM

memory prices go up and down each day. In the morning it was patriot, now it is kingston.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I will generally recommend flat low profile heatsinks like the ones you see in the picture, 1.65v and lower (if you can help it to get the lower the better, but if the price goes too far don't bother.) from corsair, patriot, kingston. Geil, mushkin, gskill, pny are all good, but i tend to narrow it down to kingston and corsair for their amazing quality.
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November 15, 2011 6:24:35 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
MoBo gets decent reviews but if I am spending $1600 on a system, it's not gonna include a MoBo w/ only a 2 year warranty.

Ya PSU won't support another 580. And with two 580s and CPU overclocking, I'd be suggesting an upgrade form the 2nd tier TX to Corsair's 1st tier HX or AX models. The smallest PSU certified by nVidia for two 580's is 900 watts

http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

So that means a bigger PSU ..... alternately, ya can get two 900 Mhz 560 Ti's fr about $40 less than the 580 ......Id put a XFX Core Edition in there at 850 watts for $30 less.....$70 in ya pocket for 40% more fps than the 580 w/ the twin 560s.

The 300 and the 912 are simply too small for 2 OC'd GX cards and CPU.

As said above, I'd up the cooler.....Hyper 212 good for a $1,000 build but at your level, I'd pick up 7C with the Scythe Mugen 3 ..... did a quick build last nite on a time deadline..... did initial boot at 103 x 46 and hit 69C under OCCT CPU torture test.


Hey JackNaylorPE-

Thanks for the awesome advice. Appreciate it. I'm definitely going to go with the 850 watt PSU, and upped the cooler. I'm deciding between 2x 560 Tis or 1x 570 and then SLI in the future when I upgrade. Better to get the 2x 560s now or get the 570 and upgrade in the future - in terms of bang for my buck and fps?
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November 15, 2011 8:44:07 PM

570
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November 16, 2011 8:23:42 PM

OK. So now the build has:

swapped out the 580 for a 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Changed the cooler to Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Taken advantage of both combo deals suggested by WR2 to get best price on Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) Quad-Core Desktop CPU and
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

upgraded PSU to CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pretty sure I'm ready to roll on this. Price came in right at $1502. Thanks everyone for all your suggestions and help!
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November 16, 2011 8:59:29 PM

fire awaaaayyyy! happy building.
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