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$1500 Gaming Rig

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December 2, 2011 12:06:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Christmas

Budget Range: $1500 or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, After Effects and Premiere, Movies, Surfing... (the internet.)

Games: BF3, Crysis 2, World of Warcraft, Hopefully I have enough for a graphics card that can max out notepad, I heard you need a GTX 590 Quad SLI to do that. :p 

Parts Not Required: My peripherals are in a separate budget, and I will post them so they can be up for debate as well.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter, Tigerdirect

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Def Intel, and still deciding, but leaning towards nvidia.

Overclocking: Indubitably

SLI or Crossfire: Most def.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would just like comments on my build, I'm real OCD about cable management, and I like to have the coolest looking machine, so window and grommets on the case, if you suggest one. Also I will eventually get an HDD, but I am just going to stick with an SDD for now because frankly I am not spending $200 on a 1TB HDD, SCREW FLOODS. Tell me if any of these links are broken and I will put the correct one up.

Parts List:

CPU:Intel i5 2500k

Cooler:Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

Thermal Goo: Arctic Silver 5

GPU: Something that will max out the games i listed. in case you forgot (BF3, Crysis 2, World of Warcraft)

MoBo:Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen 3(or no Gen 3)

RAM:Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4GB x 2) Low Profile

SDD:Corsair Force GT 120 GB

Burner:Asus 24x OEM (What else right?)

Case:Corsair Obsidian Series 650D

PSU:Corsair HX850

When I add it up it is under $1500, but I need to finish my pcpart picker excursion before I can come up with a real price.

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December 2, 2011 12:29:25 AM

Look at the new 560ti with 448 cuda cores. Its basically a dumbed down 570 ti.
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December 2, 2011 12:37:24 AM

but then it comes down to should i just get a 570? and there is a 570 ti verson?
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December 2, 2011 12:37:56 AM

Check my sig :) 
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December 2, 2011 12:47:45 AM

How can i see the builds?
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December 2, 2011 12:54:00 AM

Those are some great builds, however the $1500 build is kind of dead ended, sorry I didnt specify, I would like to have 1 GPU now, then I would like to add a second. But I really like what you did.
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December 2, 2011 12:55:40 AM

for a 1080P Res a 560 Ti or 570 should do the trick
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December 2, 2011 1:03:56 AM

mrwhit30ut said:
Those are some great builds, however the $1500 build is kind of dead ended, sorry I didnt specify, I would like to have 1 GPU now, then I would like to add a second. But I really like what you did.

Just need to swap the 2x HD6950's with a GTX580. All's cool. Maybe bump the PSU towards 900W as well.
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December 2, 2011 1:12:36 AM

Here is the problem i run into with a 580, i will sli in the future, and 2 580s are pricey. and I also have to upgrade the psu to accommodate for a 580. 580s are way to overpriced for the performance gain.
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December 2, 2011 1:32:59 AM

I think i have narrowed it down to th 560 ti 448 cores and the 570. If anyone found some helpful reviews that would be great.
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December 2, 2011 1:33:28 AM

Oh and any brand prefs? I like the asus msi and zotac ones, but then again that is almost all of them hehe.
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December 2, 2011 2:44:51 AM

Uhhh, i am so confused. okay I've broadened the spectrum, HD 6970 cfx, HD 6950 cfx, 560 ti 448 SLI, or 570 SLI? Please help. no flame wars.
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December 3, 2011 12:21:26 AM

Those 560Ti 448's are going for $280 on Amazon. Pretty good deal IMO. OC'd they would match a pair of HD6970 CFX or 570 SLI.
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December 3, 2011 3:10:17 AM

I don't know if I want to go with 6970 cfx or 570 sli, I hear alot about microstuttering on the amd cards, but they scale almost 100% in cfx, so is it worth it? For note, I will be getting the MSI twin frozr III editions of any of these cards.
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