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Is this a good build for around $1600?

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December 5, 2011 6:22:37 PM

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67

GPU: EVGA GTX 570

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)

CD-ROM: HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer 24X

Case: HAF 932 Advanced

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 1000w

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P

OS: Windows 7 home premium 64bit

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus




So is that a pretty good gaming computer? I tried keeping it around $1600... If you have any recommendations or anything please tell me....

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December 5, 2011 7:50:24 PM

That actually is an excellent build.

The only thing I'd recommend would be to drop the PSU to 800-900W, and that's about it.

If you want a couple of suggestions, for the case - take a look at the Corsair Carbide 400R and the NZXT Phantom.

For PSUs - try the PC Power & Cooling Silencer series, the Seasonic X750 Gold, and the Corsair TX750 and 850.
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December 5, 2011 8:01:58 PM

Pretty good.... 16GB of memory is a bit much for gaming and a 750w / 850w is plenty of power. The build below is something to consider with similar parts...

MB - ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.1) - $135

CPU - i5-2500k - $220 (currently sold out)

CPU Cooler - Hyper 212+ - $26

GPU - GIGABYTE GTX 570 Rev2.0 - $325

MEM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3-1600 CL8 - $65

HD - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB - $140

OPTICAL - LG Black 12X BD-RW - $80

PSU - XFX Core Edition PRO750W - $90

CASE - Rosewill CRUISER Mid - $65

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100

$1250ish without monitor.
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December 5, 2011 8:07:10 PM

8gb is plenty for gaming, so unless you were planning on some video editing or something other then gaming/internet stuff then you could probably drop that down and save 30 bucks

1000w psu is over the top even if you plan to sli 2x 570's, so I second the recomendation of a good 750-850 psu.
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December 5, 2011 8:07:26 PM

^^ +1
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December 5, 2011 8:09:38 PM

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CASE - Rosewill CRUISER Mid - $65


A build this good I would *NOT* under any circumstances recommend skimping on the case - and I am not the biggest fan of Rosewill products. Check out the ones I recommended.
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December 5, 2011 8:10:47 PM

Considering the currently inflated prices of HDDs, it might be better to put the cash spent on the 1TB drive towards an SSD. Use the drives from your last desktop (if any) to act as simple storage. Otherwise, the other replies are solid.
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December 5, 2011 8:38:58 PM

Thanks for the help guys, I also should of mentioned I already purchased the case so can't really change that...

Also, Does anyone have any good SSD's they can recommend? Preferably around $150? I would like to have one I can store my OS on and possibly a game or two... I guess for $150 you can probably only get a 60GB SSD.... But do any of you know a good SSD?
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December 5, 2011 8:41:33 PM

Go for a Crucial M4 or Intel 320 drive. Right now they're the best value for the money because they are currently the most reliable. Though OCZ is fast, their drives have had widespread failure issues. It's hard to tout how fast your SSD is when it doesn't work at all... ;) 
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December 5, 2011 8:42:58 PM

Well done..... some alternatives to consider.....

Drop the RAM down to 2 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance, less money and if ya have a problem, Corsair support is great
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengenace 8GB, better company, lower price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical - I'd get an Asus model, if for no other reason than if ya have to call tech support, they won't be able to tell ya to call the MoBo guys as it's same guys.

Case / PSU - Great case, poor PSU and it costs $310 ... and ya don't need 1000 watts for two 570's.

Antec DF-85 / Antec 1200 V3 w/ CP-850 PSU - Having built with the HAF and both of these, I personally prefer the Antec's over the 932. However, the clincher is the CP-850 fits in both of the Antec's and it doesn't fit in the 932. It;s quieter and cooler than just about any PSU on the market, get's a 10.0 performnace rating from jonnyguru who says

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It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.


http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

The Case / PSU combo has an unfair advantage in quieteness and cooling according to the review here:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article993-page7.html

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The above is an obviously unfair advantage for the CP-850... but what of it? Antec has used an integrated systems approach for its CP-850 and its best cases, and if that approach is an advantage over all other case/PSU combinations, then, all the more power to Antec!


Again, for the most part peeps choose cases for how they look and if u like something ya like it...... but the ability to fit CPX form factor PSU's is worth serious consideration. Failing that, I'd put an HX850 in ya HAF but I'd make it an HAF-X or the Corsair 500R.

MoBo - I'd invest a few $ more in the P8P67 Pro since it has a good rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - If money is tight, consider that the 560 Ti (900Mhz) gets just a 29 fps less in Guru3D's gane test suite (524 versus 495) but is $100 cheaper. In SLI, that difference drops from 873 for the twin 570's to 862 fps for the twin 560's. The 560-448 is another option.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


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