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Patient gamer asking for help with 1500 Budget

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November 28, 2011 5:29:43 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Cyber Monday-XMAS (is there any items I should buy right now, and is there some I could wait till later for cheaper? I'm in no rush) I have a moderate desktop right now that I got from Costco and is still in the exchange time frame, but realized I wanted more power for gaming.

Budget Range: 1500 after rebates hopefully.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (LOL and WOW for now, in the future D3 and BF3), stream movies, blah blah

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mousem, and speakers. I have a monitor, (Samsung SyncMaster AS300, willing to accept recommendations), I could yank out the old HDD from and old desktop.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: i have no preference really, only been browsing around newegg and amazon

Country: USofA

Parts Preferences: I've read in many threads the 15-2500 is the popular choice. For GPU, I was thinking of getting of one 6950 right now, and the other later. Maybe both at the same time. suggestions?

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe - not right away, in the future yes.

Thanks in advance!

November 28, 2011 5:36:37 AM

May I add, this will be my first time putting a computer together, again thanks in advance! I really don't have much knowledge about parts and such.
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November 28, 2011 6:15:33 AM

CPU - Core i5-2500k: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I5250...
CPU Cooling - Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - MSI GTX 580 Lightning: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo - Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - 16gb Corsair DDR3-1600 Vengeance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Vertex 3 120gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - PC P&C 950w: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Optical - Samsung 22x DVD/CD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case - Antec Lanboy Air: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1565.91 before rebates, $1470.91 after

2500k is out of stock on newegg which is why I went with NCIX. This system would be ready to handle another GTX 580 in SLI whenever you want to. You could go with a 2600k for a little less than $100 more, which I would if you are going to be doing anything else heavy besides gaming.
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November 28, 2011 6:36:54 AM

^ lol at the 16 gigs of RAM. sick build btw.
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November 28, 2011 6:37:35 AM

thanks for the quick reply gmcizzle. The heaviest use will probably be mainly gaming, maybe some editing here and there, but not too often. I play more MMO than FPS.

would this system be overdoing it? or can I cut down somewhere?
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November 28, 2011 6:39:49 AM

@ Zero I have gone through your blog, pretty nice! really helpful!
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November 28, 2011 6:41:36 AM

On second thought, you might want to get a full tower case because I'm not 100% sure if those 580s will fit. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want portability though then stick with the lanboy, it will probably fit if you remove a couple HDD bays.

Heh yeah I know 8gb is enough, but why not :)  I have a feeling he's not going to be upgrading for a long time (besides a second 580).
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November 28, 2011 6:42:40 AM

rockbush said:
thanks for the quick reply gmcizzle. The heaviest use will probably be mainly gaming, maybe some editing here and there, but not too often. I play more MMO than FPS.

would this system be overdoing it? or can I cut down somewhere?

Oh yeah of course it can be cut down some, eg. 8gb like zero pointed out, but this is an all-out beast mode $1500 build.

Also, I should mention that for the same price as the 580 you can get 2x 560 Ti in SLI, which will be faster, however it's not upgradeable since you can't run them in 3x SLI (unless you sell the 560 Ti's of course and get another card).
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November 28, 2011 7:11:14 AM

thanks a lot of gmcizzle, maybe i'll start with off the with 8gb of and the 2x 560 Ti then build up from there. your build is beast, can't wait to put it together!
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November 28, 2011 7:59:31 AM

which 560 Ti would you suggest? or what about cf 6950's? or should I wait for the new releases? thanks for being so helpful!
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November 28, 2011 8:16:43 AM

560 Ti: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
6950 1gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
6950 2gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 560 Ti and the first 6950 both have 1gb of VRAM. 1gb is probably enough for a while longer still at 1080p, but obviously 2gb is ideal for future-proofing. The 560 Ti refresh card is coming out in a few days I believe, and it will probably be priced between a 560 Ti and a 570, and between them in performance, although it still will have 1gb of VRAM. Mid-range models of the next-gen cards might be out before this year is over, with the higher end models following a bit later.
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