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December 16, 2011 5:51:54 PM

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a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2011 5:54:40 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2011 6:22:15 PM

Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

Good build, you've don your homework! Very impressive. However you didn't include information pertaining to your budget and location, those are essential. Please fill out this form and put it in your post:

Once you do that, we'll get to work! This should be relatively painless as there isn't alot I'd change.

December 16, 2011 6:33:41 PM

I've done that now :) 
December 16, 2011 6:41:58 PM

Hello, i would like some help on chosing components for a gaming build. I have been doing alot of research on parts, and decided to now ask experenced builders instead of watching/reading reviews.

My plans are to have a fairly decent gaming rig to play pretty much any title. I plan to play in 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, not to bothered about playing in 3D, but possibly would be nice to eventualy.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before next March at the latest.

Budget Range: £1600 / $2480.8 (based on current exchange rate on 16/12/11)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, graphics and possibly video editing.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any based in the UK or will ship to the UK


Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: My budget is around £1600 for the whole system (including moniter ,keyboard and mouce).

I would like to have an Asus RoG motherboard, but for a z68 chip set its @£300(i'd like to know if the extra cash is worth it for a RoG motherboard).I have been considering getting a AMD FX 6100 with a Asus Crosshair v formula, but after reading and watching some reviews on the bulldozer cpu's i'm abit shakey about the choice.

The components i'm considering at the moment are:

Intel core i5 2500k
Asus P8Z68-V PRO
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus(or EVO)
Corsair vengeance 8gb(2x4) will upgrade to 16gb depending on budget to when i do.
EVGA or MSI GTX 560ti (2gb) or EVGA or MSI GTX 580
WD 1tb, 64mb cache, 7200rpm
Blue Ray drive possibly, if not then a regular dvd drive
Coolermaster HAF X full tower
and then PSU i'm not sure on, i would like one with hybrid fan control, aswell as 1000w+ so there is room to upgrade to 2xGTX 580's

For the moniter i can't decide, preferably i'd like a asus or acer moniter.

I would appreciate any help with this choice

Thanks for reading and help if you're kind:) 
a c 463 4 Gaming
December 16, 2011 8:41:39 PM

OK, 1600 GBP is about $2500 US.....This is $2479 ..I'm not that familiar with the mail order vendors on your side of the pond so I have used one that I was familiar with.

Case - $ 290 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow
Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm
PSU - $ 150 - Corsair HX850
MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i7-2500K
Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $ 47 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White)
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
HD - $ 110 - Spinpoint F3 1TB
SSD - $ 209 - 120 GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Card Reader - $ 50 - AeroCool FP-01 55
Monitor - $ 290 - ASUS VG236HE Black 23" 120 Hz Monitor
Keyboard - $ 95 - Logitech G510
Mouse - $ 60 - Logitech G500
OS - $ 140 - Win 7-64 Home Professional

Case / PSU Alternatives:

Case - $ 115 - Corsair Carbide 500R
PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition-850

Case - $ 160 - Antec DF-85 or 1200 V3
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850

Case - $ 200 - HAF-X
PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition-850

HD Alternatives

HD - $ 255 - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB

HD - $ 240 - Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB

The Momentus is a hybrid SSD / HD

Cooler Alternatives

Cooler - $ 50 - CM Hyper 612 PWM

Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3

GFX - The question here is related to the fact that as you get to the top, the concept of "diminishing returns" gets driven home hard. The two GFX cards above get ya 862 fps in Guru3D's test suite .... I have seen them overclocked as far as 1070 which is a 30% OC over the reference speed.

Now the 580 GTX gets 953 fps for $1,000 ...... that's just 10% faster than the twin 900 MHz 560's which cost $460.....

If ya really want that 10% ....that takes 20% + from the rest of ya build and that doesn't include the necessary PSU bump that goes with it.....we can get $175 of that back with the Carbide 500R Case but we'd need an extra $80 to $140 cover a bigger PSU


I think I'd have to settle for just one 580 at the start ....and then add the 2nd later on
a c 463 4 Gaming
December 16, 2011 9:39:23 PM

Ya topic was already moved to the correct section, this is now a double post
a b 4 Gaming
December 16, 2011 10:10:07 PM

This next topics has been merged by Mousemonkey
  • Would likle help on chosing parts for a gaming rig
  • Advice on a Budget Gaming build (£1600)