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Another $1500 build - Need advice!

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November 14, 2011 10:05:14 PM


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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

SSD $209
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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?Ite...

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?Ite...

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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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 10:22:18 PM

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.
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 10:38:09 PM

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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
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 10:39:58 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 11:05:29 PM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=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...

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=N82E168...

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.
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November 14, 2011 11:08:19 PM

"Monitor Resolution: Doesnt matter " - it does matter and 1 or multiple monitors will impact heavily on recommendations.
-Bruce
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November 14, 2011 11:32:57 PM

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.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2011 11:35:03 PM

What resolution is your current monitor, and do you plan on moving to higher resolutions or multi-monitor setups in the future?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 15, 2011 12:09:08 AM

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=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
November 16, 2011 5:14:46 PM

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.
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November 22, 2011 11:55:34 PM

Best answer selected by gojo99.
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January 30, 2012 4:06:50 AM

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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January 30, 2012 8:36:23 AM

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