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December 2, 2011 9:10:30 PM

I use to do this quite a bit then I became a programmer and really fell out of the hardware world. I am looking to put together a new gaming rig and this is kind of what I have come up with. Any advice on do's or do not's would be awesome. I want to leave it a little open so I can possibly add a nother video card for SLI in the future. It totals to about $2400, but should last for quite awhile.


Intel 3.4GHz Core i7-2600K
$320

GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z6
$361

1x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked
$509.99

COOLER MASTER HAF X
$199

Corsair 16GB Vengeance
$89.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US
$225

Corsair Hydro Series H100
$120

OCZ Vertex 3 Series
$224.99

2 x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS
$300 ($149.99 each)

COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex
$33.98 ($16.99 each)

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
$13

Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier
$10

Thanks for any tips or recommendations!

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December 2, 2011 9:15:02 PM

Sorry, More info:

Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and the end of the year

Budget Range: ~ $2000 - 2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Programming

Parts Not Required / Already owned: Mouse and keyboard, Monitor, Microsoft Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, amazon.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, quality brands.

Overclocking: Yes - CPU, Maybe Video cards later

SLI or Crossfire: SLI maybe later

Monitor Resolution: dual monitors, 1920 x 1080
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December 2, 2011 9:33:23 PM

The i7 will probably be overkill for a gaming machine, although I am unfamiliar with what kind of resources/technology a programmer would need. The performance boost between the i5 and i7 is like 5% in terms of gaming, so I'd recommend downgrading to the i5-2500k and oc'ing it to 4.5 (can be easily done with a hyper 212 heatsink {$30}) Again this is speaking in terms of gaming performance

if you have hard drives available currently i would hold off on purchasing new ones until the price comes down. Prices basically doubled a month or 2 ago and won't be dropping until mid next year it looks like

I feel the motherboard is a bit overkill, but that depends if you want all the extra features, but if you won't use them definitely choose a different z68 board. I'd recommend asrock or asus, you can get a solid one from them for around 150-200. (if you plan on sticking with ddr3 1600 you definitely don't need a board that costly)

For ram, 16gb is overkill at this time, so it would come down to preference. It will obviously be nice to have later down to road, but right now it wont give you an increase in performance. I would also recommend going with a CL8 or 7 set, regardless if you go with 8gb or 16

Power supply is pretty beefy, you probably don't need a 1200w psu but I will let someone else make a recommendation there, as my knowledge in power consumption isn't very strong.

You can replace the h100 with a hyper212 or another air cooler and it will handle oc'ing just fine (unless you go higher than 4.5, in which case the performance gains from taking it further than 4.5 are not worth it)

Everything else looks solid, and nice choice on the SSD. I recently bought the crucial m4 and it was a toss up between the v3 max iops and that one


If you take any of these suggestions into consideration you could easily drop the price by $300-400, maybe even further. Before you purchase, check newegg for combo deals on your components to save a few more $$$
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December 2, 2011 9:41:46 PM

ElitistSquirrel said:
I use to do this quite a bit then I became a programmer and really fell out of the hardware world. I am looking to put together a new gaming rig and this is kind of what I have come up with. Any advice on do's or do not's would be awesome. I want to leave it a little open so I can possibly add a nother video card for SLI in the future. It totals to about $2400, but should last for quite awhile.


Intel 3.4GHz Core i7-2600K
$320

GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z6
$361

1x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked
$509.99

COOLER MASTER HAF X
$199

Corsair 16GB Vengeance
$89.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US
$225

Corsair Hydro Series H100
$120

OCZ Vertex 3 Series
$224.99

2 x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS
$300 ($149.99 each)

COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex
$33.98 ($16.99 each)

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
$13

Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier
$10

Thanks for any tips or recommendations!


I'd say if you decide to get the 2600k or the 2500k, either would work just fine, you should get a better heatsink. Especially if you plan on OC'ing. Corsair makes some good built in liquid coolers such as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... of if you decide air cooling, Zalman and Coolermaster make good ones for air heatsinks. Just make sure you read the dimensions if you decide to go air because they get big and may not fit in your case. One other thing to note, I wouldnt spend $23 on thermal paste and remover... Jus tgo to a local computer store or radioshack to get the thermal paste for like 2 bucks, and get isotropy alcohol, make sure its 91% isotropy alcohol, you can get a big bottle of that for a couple bucks at any chain store like a target or walmart and it will last you forever, and its the best way to remove thermal paste because its more pure than that remover crap. Otherwise good selections
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December 2, 2011 9:42:41 PM

also, I think newegg still might have the Gskill ripjaw X series on sale right now for about half the price you'd pay for the corsair memory.
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December 2, 2011 9:59:55 PM

The PSU you have listed is overkill, even for dual GTX 580s. ~1000W is more than enough, as two GTX 580s pull about 720 watts. Any of these three would be great options
1000W version of the one you listed:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Enermax Revolution:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Lightning (Jonnyguru recommended): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Unless you plan on putting on your CPU cooler multiple times, don't worry about the thermal interface remover.

Again, overkill with the mobo. Unless you need all those features, there are just as good options for less. see: Asus Z68 Deluxe (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) or AsRock Z68 Professional (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Because hard drive prices are so high right now sue to supply issues as a result of the flooding in Thailand, if you can do without one of the 1TB mechanical drives, just use one and when prices drop supplement it with another. No point in overpaying for nothing. If you need the full 2 TB, by all means purchase.

The Intel processors are so efficient that a good air cooler can push them just as much as self-contained water coolers now. The H100 is certainly a great cooler, but why spend that much for limited improvement compared to either the cheaper H80/H70 or a good air cooler? http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-H100-CPU...
H80: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hyper612: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hyper 212 EVO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But there is nothing wrong the H100, certainly!

Other than these comments, which are mostly about value, rather than performance, its looks good to me.
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December 3, 2011 1:07:29 AM

Wow thanks for all the great advice! I will definately look at cutting back a few components. I also forgot to mention that I would like it to be a fairly quiet rig. That was the main reason for the water cooling. That is also one of the reasons I chose that power supply, it is supposed to be a fairly quiet one. I will look at the lower power cooler master. I wasn't sure how much power I would need if I added another gpu eventually.
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December 3, 2011 1:15:04 AM

I'm going to add my comments here, not so much because they are needed but because I have read the entire thread and so might as well.

I approve of the H100 as it beats out any air cooler and can be made fairly quiet if installed with slower fans in a push/pull config.

If you are a heavy multi-tasker or are programming specifically to use hyperthreading, then the i7 makes sense.

I too am a bit skeptical about the high-end motherboard. I think the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe is about as much as most anyone needs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you really just wanted a black board, the ASRock Z68 EXTREME4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the PSU, Seasonic X650 for the single GPU config
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or Corsair AX850 for two GTX 580s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here are actual figures on power usage:
http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264

So if your GPUs were aggressively overclocked a good 100W might be in order.

Seasonic Platinum 1000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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