[New Build] - Gaming/Development (Dual Boot)

New System Guidelines

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP


Budget Range: <$3000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
- Games
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- World of Warcraft
- StarCraft II
- Guild Wars II
- Development
- SaaS, SOA, Rails, Java, .NET (Prefer Hackintosh over Linux)


Parts Not Required: None.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon & NewEgg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, nVidia

Overclocking: Moderate Experience

SLI or Crossfire: Every intention to get 2 Gfx Cards

Monitor Resolution: Would like to get dual monitors. Preferably 30" Range. 2560 x 1450?

Additional Comments: I don't intend to expand once I purchase this, so expansion isn't as important as performance, I usually do a hand me down to wife/kids and build a new one. Found this article, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/microatx-gaming-overclocked,3039.html, wondering if it can be improved upon in any fashion.. lowering price without affecting performance, or increasing performance for the same price.

I was looking at potentially changing out the SSD drive for an OCZ one, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QJM1HG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER, and looking for Graphic Card alternatives because they are out of stock of the -CPU one at Amazon.

Finally, I'm not sold on this build it just seems like a very sweet build without much tweaking needed.

Build Configuration

Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini Black
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z - LGA 1155 - Z68 - Republic of Gamer Series
Graphics #1: PNY XLR8 Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 DVI-I+DVI-I+HDMI mini Liquid Cooled w/ CPU Cooling Overclocked Graphics Card VCGGTX580XPB-LC-CPU
Graphics #2: PNY XLR8 Liquid Cooled GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 DVI-I+DVI-I+HDMI mini Liquid Cooled Overclocked Graphics Card VCGGTX580XPB-LC
Hard Drives x2 (One per OS?): OCZ Technology 240 GB Vertex 3 SATA III 6.0 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive VTX3-25SAT3-240G
Memory: 8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-17600 2200MHz RipjawsX Series + Cooling fan for Sandy Bridge (9-11-9-28) Dual Channel
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Processor
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series Gold 850-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-850AX
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth
Mouse: Razer Mamba
Monitors: Not sure about this.. would like 30" x2.
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  1. With such budget I would build 2 machines, especially If you're developing for living. Workstation and gaming pc are two sepperate things
  2. michxymi said:
    With such budget I would build 2 machines, especially If you're developing for living. Workstation and gaming pc are two sepperate things


    I'm tired of having two machines. It's a pain to be honest. I have to deal with a KVM switch or multiple monitors, keyboards, mouse.. which leads to a second desk... and I really don't like dealing with the latency in KVM switches.
  3. Altonymous said:
    I'm tired of having two machines. It's a pain to be honest. I have to deal with a KVM switch or multiple monitors, keyboards, mouse.. which leads to a second desk... and I really don't like dealing with the latency in KVM switches.


    OK then. I'll post my build in a moment
  4. Oh also I'm wondering.. will I be able to fit 16GB in with this setup or will the video cards block the slots?
  5. CPU - At this point, if ya looking at 16GB or RAM cause ya development apps will benefit from it, perhaps ya wanna consider the 2700k or i7-39xx.

    PSU - An 850 watter ain't gonna cut it for twin OC'd 580's.....look at nVdia's certified PSU's, not one 850 watter on the list.
    http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

    Case - Small case for a big build....I don't see where ya gonna mount all the radiators.

    MoBo - I don't see Mini ATX for SLI, overclocked system

    CPU Cooler - missing

    GFX - I'm not liking the look of those radiators. Looks like difficult mounting two adjacent t one another and it bother same that none of the big brands used that design.. There's no games there on ya list that really even would warm up a single 560 on single screen ..... not sure what ya doing with 2nd one.....if that intended for gaming ? Typically gamers using 1 or 3 .....2 more common for video work, development work CAD etc. The GFX cards aren't located anywhere near the RAM slots. Note the new 560 Ti comes out on November 29th which will be the same price and is described here:

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/geforce-gtx-560-ti-448-core-gets-detailed-launches-nov-29/

    HD - I'd wait till the, prices return to normal.

    Monitor - 30" is a bit big if you are sitting at normal monitor viewing distances

    Looking first to maintain the 850 watt limit.....this is $2,815

    Case - $ 290 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133192
    Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106149
    PSU - $ 160 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 370 - Intel Core i7-2700K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115095
    Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Thermalright_Silver_Arrow_Dual_160mm_x_140mm_Fan_Universal_CPU_Cooler_Sockets_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3.html
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 62 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair White CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233199
    RAM - Later Same
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - $ 230 - Same
    HD - Later - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148736
    SSD - $ 470 - 240 GB Vertex 3 Max IOPS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227715
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    Card Reader $ 50 AeroCool FP-01 55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820314001
    Monitor $ 290 ASUS VG236HE Black 23" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236104
    Keyboard - $ 95 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126100
    Mouse - $ 60 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104318
    OS - $ 140 - Win 7-64 Home Professional http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

    Alternative 1 (Adds $400:

    Case - $ 160 - Antec 1200 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100
    Case Fans - $17 - Antec Blue 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209011
    PSU - $ 150 - Antec CP-1000 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371036
    GFX - $ 500 - EVGA Superclocked 580 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130615
    GFX - $ 500 - EVGA Superclocked 580 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130615

    Alternative 2 (Adds $388):
    (Only if ya development work will benefit)

    MoBo - $340 - Sabertooth X79 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131801
    CPU - $600 - Intel i7-3930 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492
    RAM - $90 - 16GB Quad Set - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198
    Adapter Kit - http://www.thermalright.com/news/?act=data&id=28
  6. Let me read through this.. but just so you know all of this has already been done in that case with great results. See the link in my original post. Also the CPU cooler is not missing it's with one of the gfx cards.

    JackNaylorPE said:
    CPU - At this point, if ya looking at 16GB or RAM cause ya development apps will benefit from it, perhaps ya wanna consider the 2700k or i7-39xx.

    PSU - An 850 watter ain't gonna cut it for twin OC'd 580's.....look at nVdia's certified PSU's, not one 850 watter on the list.
    http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

    Case - Small case for a big build....I don't see where ya gonna mount all the radiators.

    MoBo - I don't see Mini ATX for SLI, overclocked system

    CPU Cooler - missing

    GFX - I'm not liking the look of those radiators. Looks like difficult mounting two adjacent t one another and it bother same that none of the big brands used that design.. There's no games there that really even would warm up a single 560 on single screen ..... not sure what ya doing with 2nd one.....if that intended for gaming ? Typically gamers using 1 or 3 .....2 more common for video work, development work CAD etc. The GFX cards aren't located anywhere near the RAM slots. Note the new 560 Ti comes out on November 29th which will be the same price and is described here:

    http://www.guru3d.com/news/geforce-gtx-560-ti-448-core-gets-detailed-launches-nov-29/

    HD - I'd wait till the, prices return to normal.

    Monitor - 30" is a bit big if you are sitting at normal monitor viewing distances
  7. I have to say, I don't see any added benefit to your build. Seems like a lot more work to build it, no performance gains, no price breaks? Maybe I'm just missing something.
  8. I'm really stuck here. I think the only reason this build works is because of the graphics cards. In particular the one with the CPU cooler added on. However, that card is sold out EVERYWHERE! So I'm trying to figure out another way to achieve cooling on this rig without those cards. Because it's a small case it's very space limited and if I remove those cards I'm not sure I can get enough air flow through the box or if there's enough room for a separate liquid cooling system.

    What do you guys think?
  9. Question about memory...

    All I am having a problem finding the memory in my price range..

    At first I was going to go with this...
    8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-17600 2200MHz RipjawsX Series + Cooling fan for Sandy Bridge (9-11-9-28) Dual Channel

    However, I'm not sure if the rest of my components merit that? I'd like get 16GB as I run multiple virtual machines when I am doing development.

    So I was looking at this...
    8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-17000 2133MHz RipjawsX Series for Intel Z68/P67 (9-11-10-28) Dual Channel kit

    But then I realized that it doesn't say "for Sandy Bridge" so that scared me a little which led me to this...
    8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-17000 2133MHz RipjawsX Series + Cooling fan for Sandy Bridge (9-11-9-28) Dual Channel

    But again I'd like to get 16GB so do I need to buy two sets and just toss one of the fans?

    I plan on overclocking the machine so I want to make sure every component will be able to support it.

    Can anyone offer an alternative recommendations?
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