New gaming rig...


Iv been using AMD products for sometime and with the recent news with AMD and the "disappointment" of bulldozer, I think I will try Intel for my next build. The main purpose will be gaming(bf3 for example) but I will have other less demanding uses for it. With that said, I am a bit of an enthusiast and I like knowing I have some power and enjoy the idea I dont have to buy a new computer every year. I do plan of OC as well. Here is the build I plan to purchase in early January, any suggestions or changes are helpful as id like to get the most bang for my buck. I would like to spend about $2k...

Case: Antec DF-85

Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68

GPU: GTX 570 (Undecided on brand, but I intend to SLI later but not with intial purchase...suggestions?)

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W

Cooling: CORSAIR H80

I have a hard drive already that I will be using in this build. Also I plan to use dual monitors as well. Thanks ahead of time for any input!
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  1. If gaming is your main prrpose of this computer then you could get the i5-2500k and save yourself about $90 bucks , which you can put towards a GTX 580 also you can get a much cheaper motherboard and still have a lot of good features (more savings). I would also not go with Cooler Master for the psu , Antec would be a better choice.
  2. If you plan to overclock then go with i7 2600k , i have an i7 2600 and i can oveclock him more then 4.2Ghz because is limited form factory.
    Psu can go with this : you don't need 1200w , so i sugest you 1000w is enough even for 570 SLI.
  3. I would steer clear of the coolermaster brand psu's and go for either a SeaSonic, Corsair or Antec.


    SILVERSTONE ST1200 1200W

    Also I'd spend a few extra and get the Corsair H100. Tigerdirect has it for $99.00, I'm not sure about the shipping. I was in the store (Compusa) and it was the same price in the store.
    With the full tower you should have no problem mounting the H100.
  4. Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Continuous Power with PowerCache Technology SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

    The total for these components is $709.97 and the total for the components that you listed is $868.97 , so there is a $159 difference which you could put towards this;

    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $499.99 and a $10 rebate for $489.99.

    A GTX 570 would have cost around $350 and now you can get a 580 and still have basicly the same components for less money and in fact a much better power supply and a great motherboard and a cpu that will perform at least the same as what you had.
  5. Thanks for the input so far everyone. I will definitely look at the PSUs, but I do think I want to stay with the I7 2600k. I guess the biggest item im up in the air about is the mobo. I want a good mobo but I dont think i want to pay $340 for one. I will look into that ASRock but iv noticed there seems to be complaints about quality of the boards based on reviews.
  6. asus p8z68-v pro/gen3
    best mobo for the money
  7. as for case the latest addition of antec eleven hundred also offers many great features while retaining simpler looks compared to df-85 which is really worth considering...

    this board is smaller while still has many great features for the price...

    as for cpu i5 2500k is the best bang for buck cpu for overclocking...

    as for power supply even a good 850watts is enough to power even two 580s

    a cpu cooler at this price is too good to miss...

    if i were you i would left the graphics card area empty until next year because really isn't far from new releases... perhaps you can grab two 570s on cheap at those time... but since this is your new build... and you can even willing to buy a expensive motherboard like maximus iv extreme z while there are many choices available so why bother spending more on better... latest graphics card... compared to cheaper solutions...
  8. if asking me to choose between two 570s on a cheap and lets say one hd 7970 on a expensive i would rather choose the latter...
  9. What's wrong with your current case? As a few other have stated the i5-2500k is more bang for your buck. Also the new 560ti 448 core gpus are really nice. Slightly cheaper then the 570 and overclocked can be better.
  10. Iv made a few adjustments...still kinda stuck with the mobo so I still have it in the build but newegg has it in a combo deal for $25 off. As for cases...I like full tower cases but I dont like to spend over 150-160 for one. I have an old coolmaster HAF, takes in alot of dust tho, even for cleaning it out every few weeks.

    Mobo & CPU: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z with i5-2500k

    GPU: SLI(x2) EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified

    PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850

    Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

    Cooling: cooler master hyper 212 EVO
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