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Feedback for soon to be built rig. 3000$

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December 23, 2011 3:50:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 week.

Budget Range: 2800-3200

Usage: Gaming on a large screen. Right now it is being purchase with a 23" monitor and I want to use a considerably larger screen in the near future 27"+

Overclocking: Not immediately.

SLI: Yes, 2 cards.

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080 .

Additional Comments: Future proof. I want to make no additions/modifications for three years.

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

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

(x2) EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

OCZ RevoDrive 3 series RVD3-FHPX4-120G PCI-E 120GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

GeIL Enhance CORSA 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model GEC316GB1600C9QC
(Not QVL)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Model ihes112-04 - OEM

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)
December 23, 2011 4:09:27 AM

Putting together a top-notch build is no reason to sort motherboards by price and pick the first one that comes up. You could just get an MSI Z68A-GD80 for $200:

This ADATA 256gb SSD (don't know how you found such an expensive one before at half the capacity):

580 SLI with EVGA Superclocked models, external exhaust, $510 each:
December 23, 2011 4:33:05 AM

I'm at my limit with the build I gave prior so if I need add somewhere I need to take away from somewhere else.

The ADATA SSD has read/write of 355MB/s whereas the OCZ PCIe SSD has a read/write of up to 975 MB/s. I am getting it for the speed. Do you think its relevant?

The 580's will require 300 more out of me - should I reduce and go for the msi board and go for the 580's? Do the 580's matter that much more than the 570's?

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December 23, 2011 3:48:08 PM

ya with that budget look into eyefinity/nvidia surround.

Asus VS Series 23" 2ms- x3=480$

Logitech 5.1 Z506 Speakers- 75$

i7 2600k- 315$

MSI Z68 GD80- 230$

Seagate 500gb HDD- 95$

Plextor 256gb ssd- 340$ not as fast but much more space and way more reliable

Sapphire 6950 2gb- 840$

Seasonic X-1250 1250w- 270$

Thermaltake Chaser- 155$

Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL- 100$ this cpu cooler pretty much matches the h100 for 20$ less

Corsair 16gb 1600mhz- 78$

LG 12x Blu Ray Burner- 90$

Powercolor Display Port Adapter- 25$


December 23, 2011 4:43:53 PM

You are overkilling. Save $1500 for retirement!!! For 1440p, you need much less power.
December 23, 2011 6:17:09 PM

-The build is a mix of very expensive, not necessarily max performance components w/ some slow performing components.

- A 27" monitor at 1920 x 1200 will be grainy at normal viewing distances ....PPI is down around can see individual pixels at 96

-Caviar blue is a slow drive

-Why 2 opticals ?

At $2k, this will give you 95% of the fps as the original build and 3 D capability

Case - $ 115 - Corsair 500R White
PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition 850 PSU
MoBo - $ 210 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i7-2500K
Cooler - $ 42 - Hyper 612 PWM
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White)
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
HD - $ 240 - Barracuda XT 2TB
SSD - $ 210 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB
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

Bumping up to the 570's with the same PSU for an extra $240
December 23, 2011 7:40:59 PM

^I support this last. If you don't want 3D, get a cheaper monitor.
I still recommend the Z68A-GD80, though, for its 5-year warranty.
Trawl Newegg and choose your case by stylistic preference.
Go 570s.
December 23, 2011 7:58:42 PM

How far into the near future do you plan to build this rig of yours??
Anyway go with the MSI Z68A-GD80 its a much better board regardless of what other may say.

For graphics i would wait for the 7970's to come out. Buy an ssd with a marvell controller for relability 900mb/s vs 400mb/s wont make any difference to be honest.

For $3000 i would build a Sandy Bridge E system complete with a 7970 or a 6990.
December 23, 2011 8:00:23 PM

SB-E is just a waste of money. The 2600K won't bottleneck even 2x590, I think.
December 23, 2011 11:48:51 PM

kajabla said:
SB-E is just a waste of money. The 2600K won't bottleneck even 2x590, I think.

"SB-E is just a waste of money at typical monitor resolutions."

There fixed it for you. At Eyefinity/Surround resolutuions there is very real evidence that current x8 lanes do indeed have a very real bottle neck. This was done with GTX480s in SLI. Two years later and we have cards that are 2-3 times as powerful.

Having not only true 40 lanes of pci-e (non-nf200) but also double the pci-e bandwidth so that in 3/4 card setups the cards in the PCI-e 3.0 x8 slots will have the same bandwidth as x16 today.

X79 is an enthusiast chipset and should only be considered by those that are running in a multiple gpus and/or multiple monitors environment. Otherwise I'd agree, it's a waste of money.