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Need Build Advice on Gaming Rig Please 1350$

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December 18, 2011 10:53:31 PM

Here is my setup it's around 1350$. Please feel free to critique/suggest other options. Also if someone could tell me all of this would be compatible / fit nicely in the case I would appreciate it as this is my first solo build. Thanks



COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior


$20.00 Mail-in Rebate

$179.99
$159.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$99.99


ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

$349.99
$339.99

OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

$109.99
$99.99


Logitech 980186-0403 Silver USB Connector USB Desktop Microphone


$23.99
$21.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

$69.99
$59.99

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G.SKILL 4GB Micro SDHC Flash Card w/ SD Adapter Model FF-TSDG4GA-C4
Item #: N82E16820231509
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116992
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$129.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
Item #: N82E16835103057
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$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

$44.99



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

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

410$ for both cpu/mobo



December 18, 2011 11:12:37 PM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.

Looks ok but defnitely needs some tweaking. That Hyper N needs to go. Same with the hard drive (there's a 500GB Hitachi for $60 on newegg) Tell you what. Fill out the form http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... Gives us a bit more information and lets us know what you need.
December 18, 2011 11:17:29 PM

I agree with this whole build except for one thing , the motherboard , I would have liked to have seen a Z-68 MB but I can understand you going for the combo deal. I just think you would be better off with the Z-68 chipset.
So your actually worried about a full tower case fitting everything? I have the Half-X and it is monstrous , it's like a cavern inside the case and this one looks like it is the same inside , so you should have absolutely no trouble fitting everything and more. You can actually mount liquid cooling radiators inside this thing.

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 18, 2011 11:26:42 PM

Yeah the z68 is what i wanted but i didn't see an i5 / z68 v-pro combo. So just to be clear all of these components should be compatible? (I'll swap to the z68 v pro)

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated as I want to pwn noobs on some bf3 on a sick gaming rig. Feel free to completely redo my entire selection!

Thanks <3 Tom's Hardware Forums
December 18, 2011 11:27:56 PM

Could you fill out above form? It really does help.
December 18, 2011 11:38:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today as some rebates/offers expire

Budget Range: 1350$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Lots of Gaming Bf3 swtor ect + Movies)

Parts Not Required: Don't need monitor/mouse/keyboard/headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel Cpu / otherwise name brand components

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the next 3 months!

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: (I like pretty gaming rigs!)

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

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ *Updated*

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Blue LED Fans-1x 230mm front fan, 1x 230mm top fan, 1x 230mm side fan, and 1x 140mm rear fan

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive *UPDATED*

ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

December 18, 2011 11:48:24 PM

AFAIK there's not much point in getting the Z68 over a P67. The only differences with the Z68 are:
1. Quick Sync
2. Support for your CPUs onboard graphics (pointless since you'll have a dedicated GPU)
3. SSD caching - since you didn't include an SSD in your build I'm guessing you won't be using this feature either.

I'm about to build a new system as well and I'm going with the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3. Also take a look at the HD 6970. It's around the same price as the GT570 and according to some benchmarks it out performs the 570 on most games. Oh and I'd go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo if your going to air cool your CPU.

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

On P67 vs Z68:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/292313-30-tomshardwar...
December 19, 2011 12:15:49 AM

Changed to the suggested Hdd and Hyper 212.

As for 2 6950's won't that cost 150$ more than 1 570?
December 19, 2011 12:16:53 AM

Yes, it will. Shouldn't it also fit in your budget?
December 19, 2011 12:20:24 AM

Well if i did do that which Brand for the 6950's sli would you go with? Your suggestions saved me about 60$ so i guess i can afford to go with two 6950's. I'd bet the performance would be 50-60% better than 1 570.
December 19, 2011 12:33:00 AM

just for reference the coolers i listed will run anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees cooler then any cooler listed by anyone else. that means a higher overclock. heat is what primarily destroys cpus and if you can keep the cpu cool you will be able to get higher more stable overclocks. those are the best air coolers on the market
December 19, 2011 12:34:44 AM

^Agreed. If you wish to push 4.5GHz, go with one of those coolers. Problem is not all chips can make it past 4.5GHz. Anything 4.5+ is lucky pretty much. A hyper 212 will do just as well to get you to that level.
December 19, 2011 12:45:32 AM

Yeah i might just stick with the 570 and get another one later as well as a ssd. My birthday is next month so wife willing i'll go order those. As for overclocking I believe 4.5 GHz will be plenty. I can run skyrim on medium settings with my current build which is way outdated: q6600 processor 4gb ram nvidia 8800gt 512 MB lanparty dk p35 mobo.
December 19, 2011 12:50:58 AM

Oh wow. You'll max it no problems xD Last suggestion. A 6970 instead of a 570. Why? 6970 CF scale better than GTX 570 SLI. Either way you'll be maxing everything though, haha.
December 19, 2011 12:51:47 AM

fade2black01 said:
Yeah i might just stick with the 570 and get another one later as well as a ssd. My birthday is next month so wife willing i'll go order those. As for overclocking I believe 4.5 GHz will be plenty. I can run skyrim on medium settings with my current build which is way outdated: q6600 processor 4gb ram nvidia 8800gt 512 MB lanparty dk p35 mobo.

if you play skyrim go with one of those coolers and overclock as high as you can. i see performance increase all the way up to and probably past 4.5ghz
December 19, 2011 12:53:05 AM

^Cbrunnem, would you like to source these claims? Most games (including skyrim) are GPU limited. Meaning the CPU can handle the game fine it's the GPU that needs upgrading.
December 19, 2011 1:06:02 AM

striker410 said:
^Cbrunnem, would you like to source these claims? Most games (including skyrim) are GPU limited. Meaning the CPU can handle the game fine it's the GPU that needs upgrading.


yeah my own rig. i7 2600k and a 6950.
plus
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...
shows gains at 4.0
December 19, 2011 1:09:07 AM

Alright Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler looks like it has the highest ratings for its price range. But will it fit my tower alot of people said it wouldn't fit their rig.

Also what do you guys think about the Lanboy Gaming Case (blue)
December 19, 2011 1:09:54 AM

Interesting. There is a significant difference between 4.0GHz an 4.5 though. I would be very intrigued to see the difference! Don't get me wrong I am by no means trying to discredit you, I hope I'm not coming across that way. it's pure interest from one enthusiast to another ;) 
December 19, 2011 1:11:40 AM

DUDE. The Lanboy is soooo sexy! I love how it looks. It's expensive and unwieldly as hell but it looks so good!

Bottom line? Looks great but ain't the best case for the money.
December 19, 2011 1:20:07 AM

the noctua is no taller then a hyper 212+ but id really check into the Phantek. it cools about 5*c better the the other two
December 19, 2011 1:34:41 AM

went with the noctua as it has 300+ feedback @ 5 eggs. The Phantek is new so not many reviews/ if any.
December 19, 2011 2:03:33 AM

good choice. it would be mine before the Phantek came out and now idk what id buy. the phantek reviews very well.
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