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Need Advice on a New Gaming Build

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November 14, 2011 7:03:17 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000-$1500 (30% off final price)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor (I'll be using a Plasma tv for now then upgrading to a 3D capable one later) OS, I have a few HDs laying around too

Preferred Website for Parts: Tigerdirect

Country: US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Future (unless not needed)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I've built PCs in the past but mostly for HTPC use never for gaming so help is apperciated. I have the Nvidia cards since I read that the 3D is better but not sure on this. I would also like to upgrade the fans in the case so I guess I need a splitter and some good choices on fan replacements. Here's the list I put together. Thanks for any and all help.

MB-GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cpu-Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz Quad-Core Unlocked CPU
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

PSU-OCZ OCZ-ZX1000W ZX Series Modular Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

SSD-Crucial CT128M4SSD2 m4 2.5" Solid State Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram-Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM (X2)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Bluray-Lite-On iHBS112-29 12X 3D Internal Blu-Ray Writer (OEM)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case-Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Full Tower Case
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

GPU-Sparkle SXX5801536D5NM GeForce GTX 580 Video Card - 1536MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (X2)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cpu Cooler-Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


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November 14, 2011 11:40:06 AM

Your build looks good to me but with a few minor tweaks.

PSU: $130 PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II Power Supply - 950W - Much better and cheaper power supply for GTX 580 SLI.

GPU: $489 EVGA (AR) GeForce GTX 580 - a bit more expensive, but I'll take EVGA/Asus any day ahead of Sparkle/Zotac.

HSF: $30 Cooler Master Hyper 212+

The N520 is plenty good and it looks awesome. But if you're building it yourself, be warned. It'll be a proverbial nightmare trying to mount it in the first place. Not that the 212+ will be much better, but for whatever it's worth, it can't be half as bad I don't think - and what's more, it's cheaper :) 

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November 21, 2011 5:36:52 AM

Thank you both for the comments I made the changes you've suggested and I'm ordering in the next few days. Thanks again
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November 21, 2011 5:42:44 AM

You're welcome :) 
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