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Another $1500 build - Need advice!

Forgive me fellow technophiles, it's been almost 4 years since my last gaming rig build....

Here's my goals:

Approximate Purchase Date: imminent
Budget Range: Around 1.5k
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (most) Work (least)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, HD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country: America
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: Maybe, probably not
SLI or Crossfire: Will consider if it's WAY better
Monitor Resolution: Doesnt matter

I've read until my eyes are about to burn out. Here's what I've come up with so far:

Case $89.00 (today only)
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112320

Video Card $349
EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130620

SSD $209
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

PSW & RAM $119 (Combo)
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.761043

MB & CPU $450 (Combo)
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.764354

I really like this build so far. I would appreciate any critiques or more importantly, any mistakes or incompatibilities.
Thanks so much!
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  1. Monitor? Optical drive?

    If it's purely a gaming PC, then a i5-2500k will perform similarly and save you $100 you can put towards a GTX 580, which will give you better gaming performance overall. If you are using this for more than gaming, like Adobe stuff, video encoding, etc. then stick with the i7-2600k. Everything else looks good though.
  2. any HD's?

    go with SSD's!!

    http://www.eio.com/c-762-solid-state-drives.aspx

    SSD is the way to go!
  3. Quote:
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (most) Work (least)


    :lol:

    Here's a build I put together earlier. Yours does look pretty good for the most part - but you don't need the i7-2600K if you aren't going to be using applications that require hyper threading (CS5, Revit, and so on). Just the i5-2500K will do fine, spend the difference on getting a 580 or a higher PSU - the 570 is definitely a power-eating card. Do you need OS or monitor as well? I didn't see that included.

    Check this build out:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $89.99
    PSU: Seasonic X850 Gold - $210.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $169.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $48.99
    Cooler: EVGA M020 - $49.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $219.99
    Optical: Lite On 24 X DVD Burner - $19.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 570 - $349.99

    Total: $1369
  4. g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (most) Work (least)


    :lol:

    Here's a build I put together earlier. Yours does look pretty good for the most part - but you don't need the i7-2600K if you aren't going to be using applications that require hyper threading (CS5, Revit, and so on). Just the i5-2500K will do fine, spend the difference on getting a 580 or a higher PSU - the 570 is definitely a power-eating card. Do you need OS or monitor as well? I didn't see that included.

    Check this build out:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 400R - $89.99
    PSU: Seasonic X850 Gold - $210.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $169.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $48.99
    Cooler: EVGA M020 - $49.99
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $219.99
    Optical: Lite On 24 X DVD Burner - $19.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 570 - $349.99

    Total: $1369


    You could get a good 750w PSU for $100 less, and put that towards a GTX 580.
  5. Best answer
    If you have any intensions of doing SLI later on and you don't want to upgrade your psu at that time as well then you should do it now. You can save about $110 by going with the 2500k and put some of that towards a 580 and some towards a power supply.

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 $54.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $139.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371050

    ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $499.99 and a $30 rebate = $469.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121429

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    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=N82E16819115072

    COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible $34.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057

    With your case and the SSD added in to this the total so far is $1347.94 which is under your budget and it will include an awsome Asus GTX 580.
  6. "Monitor Resolution: Doesnt matter " - it does matter and 1 or multiple monitors will impact heavily on recommendations.
    -Bruce
  7. Thank you all for the feedback!

    I be using my existing Monitor, HDD, Optical, keyboard & mouse so don't need any of those.


    I picked the i7 because I didn't want to upgrade for another 3-4 years and figured this would give me more 'life'. I'm certainly not opposed to the i5 & GTX580 but need this system to last me awhile.
  8. What resolution is your current monitor, and do you plan on moving to higher resolutions or multi-monitor setups in the future?
  9. Here's the monitor I'm using
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

    Recommended resolution: 1920 x 1080

    I will not be using 2 monitors (sadly)
  10. A i5-2500k GTX 580 setup will do very nicely then. If you don't plan to go SLI with another 580 for a long time, or never, I would get a nice non-reference card as that will give you the best air cooling.

    Go with one of these cards:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127579
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121429
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162073&Tpk=galaxy%20gtx%20580
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125379
  11. gmcizzle said:
    You could get a good 750w PSU for $100 less, and put that towards a GTX 580.


    That wouldn't be a bad tradeoff at all, actually.
  12. Best answer selected by gojo99.
  13. just wondering I'm new to this building a computer thing and i was wondering if the case size was big enough to fit the graphics card
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