Finalising $1500 Gaming Rig Ordering On Sunday

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week-/-End - Till CyberMonday

Budget Range: 1500$ with Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming , Internet Watching Movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, HHD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: - -

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Going with i5 2500k

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes In the Future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want something that is future proof.

Here r the parts i picked out. Open to suggestions.

Case: NZXT Phantom Newegg Edition 99$

PSU: COUGAR-SX850 850W 139$

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) getting 16gb since ram is cheap rit now. 74.99$

CPUFan: Noctua NH-D14 84.99$ I also wanted to know if the ram will fit under the this cpu fan.

SSD: SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB dont really know if this a good SSD for 169.99$

OS: Windows 7

GPU: 580 or a 6970 dont know yet.

And Here is the CPU+Mobo: i5 2500k Sandy Bridge + ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 419.98$

Is it worth getting that Mobo or the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
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  1. Get the i5 and the Extreme3, it's cheaper but has most of the functions as the Pro one. I would also recommend you getting the GTX580 because it is normally better (more FPS) than the 6970.
  2. Since you said this build is for gaming drop the RAM down to 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 1.5V, no reason to waste money on something that is not needed.

    For SSD I would go with a Crucial M4 not as many complaints or issues compared to other brands

    GTX 580 is better than the 6970 so grab it if you can

    850W PSU will not be able to handle 2 580s so you might want to bump it up to a 1000W that is if you ever plan to SLI/CF
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    Case - For twin 580's, I'd want a case with more cooling:

    Antec DF-85, 1200 V3 or if price is an issue the new Antec 1100

    HAF -X

    Corsair Carbide 500R

    This newegg price is a steal $79 in white and $89 in black ....this case is a steal !

    PSU - In the Antec 1200 or DF-85, the CP-850 is a no brainer for up to twin 570's / 6970's with it's $115 cost and 10.0 jonnyguru rating but it won't fit in the other cases. For twin 580's ya would need the CP-1000. In the other cases, I'd look at the CorsairHX850, XFX Core Edition 850 (a steal at $90).

    At 1000 watts, I'd skip the HX1050 becaiuse of its meager jonnyguru performance rating. The AX1200 is a bit pricey but so are all the other decent 1200 watters.

    RAM - No, the tall toothy heat sinks will hit most of the better air coolers, but they are totally unnecessary. The only cooling effect of these big coolers is that they "look cool". While they served a purpose (when they were effective) w/ DDR2, they are absolutely useless on DDR3.
    At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.

    The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.

    For gaming, grab 8 GB of the very same RAM but in the low profile version .... the ones the author above talks about Corsair "correcting". That will eliminate the interference issue and provide the exact same performance.|20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

    The Noc was the champ on LGA 775 but the crown's been taken by other coolers on SB. The Thermalright Silver Arrow combines outstanding performance with inaudible fans.

    Watch out for the US release of the Hyper 612 PWM tho....available across the pond and down under, I haven't yet seen it here . Not quite the performer that the Arrow is but it's $30 cheaper.

    SSD - At 120/128 GB, I'd pick a "Tier 3" model. The Mushkin is just $40 more and its twice as fast as the Sandisk,3070-6.html

    -Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB
    -OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB
    -Patriot WildFire 120 GB
    -Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB
    -Other 120 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Toggle NAND

    MoBo - You mentioned "future - proofing, but ya basing your build an a MoBo that only offers a 2 year warranty when just about everybody else offers at least 3 years. My money and confidence is with the guys offering 3 and 5 years....Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, etc. Yes, a 2 year warranty will undoubtedly lower the price, but XMas 2013 could mean buying a new MoBo.

    GFX - If ya go w/ the 580, here's a nice combo w/ CPU

    But twin 560's top the single 580 by 40% (also tops twin 6970's by 5%) so it's a very popular choice of late at 1920 x 1200. However, with the hybrid 560/570 coming out on Tuesday, reportedly at 560 prices, I'd be sitting and waiting for that.

    If ya must buy now .....

    If ya can wait 5 days .....
  4. Okay guys so after looking at everyones post.. n look on other threads. this is were im sitting at. let me know wat u guys think.

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

    CPUFan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact"

    SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    PSU: Mushkin Enhanced MKNPSJL1000 1000W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    GPU: ZOTAC ZT-50101-10P GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)

    MoBo: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Case: i dont know yet.. but im looking at the COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    And the Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    With the Storm Trooper the total price is $1453.02 with Shipping, and with the Rosewill Thor V2 the total price is $1,343.03

    if i do go with the Rosewill then i can fit a Monitor: Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1000:1)

    Total price with Monitor is $1,463.02
    Total price wth Storm Trooper $1,453.02
    Total Price w/o Monitor But with the Rosewill THOR V2 is $1,343.03

    Let me know what u guys think of this now.
  5. Check amazon also, prices are pretty low there too. I'd suggest going for the CM case, rosewill is pretty generic
  6. Okay guys so i think im done with this build... gonna order it on sunday, most likely gonna go with the Rosewill THOR v2 with the monitor. if any prices drop or i see better deal il hope on those.
  7. It has been order^^ should arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday. thx guys!
  8. Best answer selected by Malist0.
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