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New build for gaming / overclocking - $1.500~

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November 13, 2011 12:30:53 AM

(First of all, I'm sorry for the bad english... its my 2nd language)

Hello,

Its my second time building a computer on my own and I'm kinda lost... The last few weeks I have been reading reviews about every single possible piece, and when I think I found the right pieces, I find topics saying it has some kind of weird problem and the manufaturer doesn't offer decent suport...
Anyway, I want to build a computer mainly for gaming, but I would like to be able to overclock it (never did it before)

Money "isn't" a problem, but I don't have the need to go EXTREME, I just want good pieces to be able to play with (perfomance + value for money).
And as a last comment, I don't know if it affects anything, but... I'm from Brazil, and all the hardware here costs 2x or 3x more (as a example, a sabertooth p67 that costs 225$ shipped on the US, here its 500$ shipped), BUT, I will be going to the US in 2 weeks, so I can buy all the stuff I want for a fair price (the problem is, I wont be able to request replacements if something doesnt work when I arrive, but still worths ;o, thats why Im looking for the "best possible choice")

Making long short:
Money: No specific limit, if the hardware is expensive but has some freature that justify the price, I'm fine with it, but I'm looking for a misc of Performance/Value for money
Computer use: Gaming / Overclocking (more like learning how to do it, I would love to say "enthusiast", but I guess thats only for people who know what they are doing already )
My actual config is: i7-930, x58a-ud3r rev 2.0, 3x2gb Corsair XMS3 1600mhz, GTX470sc, Corsair hx650w, Corsair SSD 120gb Force Series, 1tb Seagate 720rpm, case Thermaltake Shark
At this point people will be thinking "why are you selling that comp if you want to learn how to overclock / gaming..." Well, as I said at the start, the prices here are 2x / 3x higher, so, I will be selling this computer for a fair price and this upgrade will be almost free (I can't waste the oportunity to update the hardware for "free").

This is what I have in mind, but as you can see, I don't know what to pick ;[. HELP (What are the best options)

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, Corsair Graphite 600T White Version or HAF X (I really don't know yet ;o)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth p67 / Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 / Gigabyte P67A-UD7 (looking for a motherboard that has the internal USB 3.0 connector, SATA III and is good for overclocking, the 2x pci-E 16x (for SLI) would be a plus, not a must have)
CPU: i5 2500k (this is the only piece that I think I'm sure...)
RAM: Dunno yet, I would like to get 2x4gb 1866mhz or higher, but I dont know how the speed / latency helps or even what brand / model to pick!
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 or a Noctua NH-D14
PSU: Corsair AX850W (I think this isn't a necessary upgrade, but, since I don't know when I will have another chance to get it... I tough 850W would be enough for a few years ;o)
GPU: Evga GTX 570sc (A friend of mine bough this for me already, so I can't change it unless there is a huge problem with it that I'm not aware off... I hope there isnt)
SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 120gb
HD: Prolly getting a Seagate / WD with SATA III since mine is SATA II




I was about to start ordering the items when I started reading the reviews from people who bought the motherboard (on newegg) and they were having problems to wake up from hybernate / sleep (caused by the motherboard, a 31 pages topic on the asus boards), so I decided to come to the forums ask for help!

Well, thats my main idea, nothing is write on rock, I just want to get a good build, thats why I'm here! to get help =D


ps: I Hope this is the right place for this kind of topic D:
Im sorry for the long post :fou:  :fou: 

ps2: Just found the tutorial "how to post" :D 

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Approximate Purchase Date: 18 november (in a week)

Budget Range: 1500$ (just a estimation, it can be more / less if necessary ;o)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Overclocking

Parts Not Required: Keyboard / Mouse / Headset / Monitor / OS (Windows 7 professiona 64bits) / GPU (gtx 570sc)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (since newegg doesn't accept international credit cards

Country: I'm from Brazil, but I will be buying most of the pieces on the U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, the rest Im up for any brand :D 

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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November 13, 2011 2:47:08 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $215
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: N/A

MoBo: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ ZS Series 750W $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink+Fan: Corsair Hydro Series H100 $105
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extreme-Performance-Liqui...

DVD-ROM: Sony Optiarc Black 12X Blu-ray Writer BD-5300S $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1070

If you can visit a microcenter, then you should definitely visit it to buy the stuff, since Microcenters sell at around 90% of retail prices.
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November 13, 2011 4:44:32 AM

Just to start off, your current PC is a pretty powerful machine. Upgrading would be a waste of money and won't give much of a performance boost IMO. The GTX 470 is roughly equal to a GTX 560 Ti (though you already have a GTX 570, so use the GTX 470 as a Physx card) and the i7 930 OCed to at least 3.0GHz can meet up to an i5 2500K in terms of performance. If you truly want to upgrade, here's what you should go with:

CPU: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-2500K-Socket-LGA1155-Pro...

CPU Cooler: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Extreme-Performance-Liqui...

MoBo: http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA-1155-Motherboards-P8Z68-...

Case: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-White-Gaming-CC-9...

PSU: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-Certified-10...

RAM: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-PC3-12800-1600m...

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern...

Optical Drive: http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD%C2%B1RW-DVD-RAM-Internal...

Total: About $1052

I still highly recommend not spending your money on this upgrade. Your current system is enough-if not more than enough-to max out most games. Just get a great aftermarket cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, Noctua ND-H14, etc.), a larger PSU (AX850 is fine), and a second GTX 570. Spending more is never a good thing. With a few small changes (not a whole new system), you'll be maxing out any game.

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November 13, 2011 11:03:02 AM

Thanks for the sugestions!

AbdullahG said:
I still highly recommend not spending your money on this upgrade. Your current system is enough-if not more than enough-to max out most games. Just get a great aftermarket cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, Noctua ND-H14, etc.), a larger PSU (AX850 is fine), and a second GTX 570. Spending more is never a good thing. With a few small changes (not a whole new system), you'll be maxing out any game.



I totally agree, the upgrade is not needed (only a good cooler would be cool enough), but, since I can sell my actual config for $2.000+ really easily because everything here (in Brazil) is overly expensive, the only reason I would like to do this upgrade its because I'm going to the US in a week and I would have a chance to buy a new build without wasting any more money, to be exactly, I would keep 948$ (or 890$ after the credit card taxes) if I get the build you sugested ;o... Another reason is, if I upgrade now, the next time I decide to buy new stuff, I will be selling a more actual build (I tend to belive the prices of the i7 config will drop faster then the actual one I want to build)
If this build is just a sidegrade, tell me what to do to get it better :D , as I said, I still have a 900$ window (not that I need to burn it, but its the money from the old pc)
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November 13, 2011 5:32:11 PM

Phoenixz said:
Thanks for the sugestions!




I totally agree, the upgrade is not needed (only a good cooler would be cool enough), but, since I can sell my actual config for $2.000+ really easily because everything here (in Brazil) is overly expensive, the only reason I would like to do this upgrade its because I'm going to the US in a week and I would have a chance to buy a new build without wasting any more money, to be exactly, I would keep 948$ (or 890$ after the credit card taxes) if I get the build you sugested ;o... Another reason is, if I upgrade now, the next time I decide to buy new stuff, I will be selling a more actual build (I tend to belive the prices of the i7 config will drop faster then the actual one I want to build)
If this build is just a sidegrade, tell me what to do to get it better :D , as I said, I still have a 900$ window (not that I need to burn it, but its the money from the old pc)

Then in that case, it's fine. You'll make some sort of profit, so I guess it is worth it. It's not really a side grade, but more of an upgrade. The i5 2500K can OC higher than an i7 930 (you can reach 5.0GHz on air with a great air cooler, with a great MoBo as well). You also have an upgrade path to Ivy Bridge (though an i5 2500K will last many years, especially when OCed).
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