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December 31, 2011 7:02:42 PM

Im about to build a gaming rig in about a month and I need some input on the components I chose. Maybe if there is some things I can upgrade to be cheaper or things I can upgrade that are a little more (which i dont mind). Components I plan to buy at Newegg:

Case: A red NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i7 2600k @3.4GHz which I plan to clock at 4.4GHz $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Silverstone Strider 750W 80+ Gold 100% modular $139.99 (a little overkill but I do prefer modular) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Bare HDD 1TB 6GB/s 7200RPM $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 60GB SATA III $104.99 (Boot Up drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws x Series 8GB DDR3 @2133MHz $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe w/ UEFI Bios $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Zotac GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray Burner $99.99 (Deffinetely can change this)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And thats it so far, I'm open to upgrades/cheaper things but I prefer Intel and Nvidia GPU's. My main things I will be doing with this build is gaming on Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, and other major games. Thanks! any input is really helpfull :) 



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December 31, 2011 7:19:18 PM
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For strict gaming, i5-2500K will perform nearly the same as i7-2600K. So pick up the i5-2500K with the H100 here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair has proven PSU quality and it's overkill for 2133Mhz RAM with not much noticeable performance:

Corsair HX750 (modular, 80+ silver) + Corsair 1600Mhz Low Profile RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Drop that motherboard for an updated ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3:

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

I'd recommend a bigger SSD for OS + regular games/apps. Crucial M4 has proven reliability:

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

Drop the sound card unless you have a nice sound setup (doesn't hurt to try out onboard audio first and buying sound card later).

Case and BD burner is fine.

Jump for a GTX 580: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Should all come out to ~$1780.
December 31, 2011 7:25:43 PM

Alright thanks for the advice man! GTX 580 sounds great! I appreciate this :D !
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December 31, 2011 7:31:06 PM

Best answer selected by ImTired.
December 31, 2011 7:58:37 PM

I'd do a 2500k and save the cost differnce for other components

I'd do a Corsairr 500R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

The H100 is a noisy thing and barely tops the air coolers..... not worth the cost or noise IMO.

The 750 is a lil undersized if ya gonna OC ya GPU in SLI and CPU ..... I'd get an 850

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a little overkill but I do prefer modular


Why introduce failure points, decreased efficiency and cost for no benefit ? Why make modular connectors for cables that you can't possibly not connect ?
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/power-supplies-psu,801...

Hybrid modular is the way to go if ya need modular.....in this instance only the necessary cables (24 pin, 8 pin EPS, 1st PCI-E and 1 SATA) are hard wired, and the optional ones are modular.

If ya stickin w/P67 and I see no reason not to ....reading the article below

http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/difference-between-h...

I'd spend another $15 and get the WS Revolution ..... the NF200 chip gives full x16 x16 GFX bandwidth (as opposed to x8 x8) and while it doesn't affect average FPS to a great extent in most games, the impact on minimum fps is more pronounced.....however in some games (i.e. STALKER, the increase can be as great as 10%.

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


Here's some combos to Consider....

w/ Corsair TX850 PSU ... saves $30 on combo + $35 in MIR's + $10 off w/ promo code EMCJHHD24, ends 1/1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

W/ WD Black HD (5 yr warranty) ... saves $30 on combo + $20 in MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

w/ Corsair 500 R case ... saves $30 on combo + $30 in MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

These 2 save $20 in MIR + $20 in combo
w/ 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
w/ 2600k http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Comparing the WS w/ the competition here, it seems easy to justify the $15

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3795/asus_p8p67_ws_rev...

The Barracuda XT is a fantastic drive .... the Barracuda w/o the XT, not so much.

I was in love with the idea of the 560-448 pre-release....but at that price, I can't make a case for it. And as a limited edition product, gonna be real hard to find a 2nd one when ya wanna SLI. I'd get two of these instead which will give ya about 50-60% more fps than the single 560-448 ....and 40% more (for $40 less) than a single 580

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

Given the price of BR media, Id get a unit that plays BR but writes DVD's
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't think the sound card investment is worth it over on board audio
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