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January 1, 2012 5:53:50 PM

Hi guys, I have been doing research and am putting together my parts list to build a gaming computer.
Here is what I have put together so far.

Case:
C13-2514 ::Corsair Obsidian 800D Full Tower Case - Steel, ATX, 4x 120mm Fan Ports, 3x 140mm Fans(43 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

PSU:
C13-2517 ::Corsair CMPSU-1050HX Professional Series Modular Power Supply - 1050W, 80 Plus Silver, SLI Ready, Active PFC, Single +12V Rail(9.75 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

MOBO:
A455-3034 ::ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 TUF Edition Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel P67 Express, 1866MHz DDR3, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN, SLI/CrossFireX Ready, USB 3.0(4.15 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

CPU:
I69-2600K ::Intel Core i7-2600K BX80623I72600K Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.40 GHz (3.80 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail(0.8 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

HEATSINK:
C13-2100 ::Corsair CWCH100 Hydro H100 CPU Liquid Cooler - 120mm Fan, LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA 2011, AM2, AM3(3.8 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

MEMORY:
C13-5706 ::Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 4x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered(0.9 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

GPU: DUAL CARDS RUNNING SLI
E145-0593 ::EVGA 015-P3-1582-A1 GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked Batman Arkham City Editon Video Card - 1536MB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, SLI Ready, Includes BAC Game(5.6 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SSD:
C19-8025 ::Crucial CT128M4SSD2 m4 2.5" Solid State Drive - 128GB, SATA 6Gb/s (0.3 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

HARD DRIVE:
TSD-2000AS ::Seagate ST32000641AS Barracuda XT Hard Drive - 2TB, 7200 RPM, SATA 6G, 64MB Cache(2 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SOUND CARD:
C44-3394 ::Creative Labs 70SB088000004 SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium PCIe Sound Card(0.8 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

OPTICAL DRIVE:
A455-5031 ::Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Internal 12x Blu-Ray Burner - BD-R 12x, BD-R DL 8x, BD-R LTH 4x, BD-RE 2x, BD-RE DL 2x, DVD±R 16x, DVD+RW 8x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD±R DL 8x, DVD-RAM 12x, CD-R 48x, CD-RW 24x, SATA(1.8 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

OS:
M17-7310 ::Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD(0.5 lbs)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...



What do you guys think? any suggestions?

will be puchasing within the next week I think.

Thanks,

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January 1, 2012 6:01:40 PM

I'd get a Mid-Tower case since all those components will still fit.
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January 1, 2012 6:14:50 PM

Wow those are extremely expensive but quality parts. The parts look great, but the 800D case is a little outdated and cooling performance isn't the greatest (but still pretty good). I would recommend the HAF X or Thermaltake Level 10GT. The HAF X is only $200 and it has the best air cooling performance out of all these cases. It comes with dust filters all around, too. The Thermaltake Level 10 GT looks amazing and it's one of the most quietest cases. The 800D is a great case, too. So it's really your preference.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - HAF X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Thermaltake Level 10 GT

The Sabertooth is a good mobo but it's P67 and you don't get the features from H67 or SRT (since you have an SSD). I would go with a ASUS P8Z68 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - P8Z68

There really isn't any reason to go with a 2600K for gaming. A 2500K will do just fine and will perform the same as the 2600K when OCed. It could save you a few bucks but it really doesn't matter if you have the money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 2500K

Um, the memory is a bit of an overkill since most games use 4GB and 8GB to be future proof. But if you're running (f.e.) a Minecraft Server than I guess it would be fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

I might wait for the 7970 instead of getting the outdated 580s. The 7970 is coming out really soon.

Drop the sound card. The mobo already has HD audio. But if you need more ports or features, it would be fine.

Get a cheaper HDD. HDD prices are ridiculous these days!

Everything else looks pretty good to me.
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January 1, 2012 8:47:06 PM

e56imfg said:
Wow those are extremely expensive but quality parts. The parts look great, but the 800D case is a little outdated and cooling performance isn't the greatest (but still pretty good). I would recommend the HAF X or Thermaltake Level 10GT. The HAF X is only $200 and it has the best air cooling performance out of all these cases. It comes with dust filters all around, too. The Thermaltake Level 10 GT looks amazing and it's one of the most quietest cases. The 800D is a great case, too. So it's really your preference.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - HAF X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Thermaltake Level 10 GT

I will have a look at some of these cases. Thanks.

The Sabertooth is a good mobo but it's P67 and you don't get the features from H67 or SRT (since you have an SSD). I would go with a ASUS P8Z68 Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - P8Z68

I am not 100% sure of everything to do with the motherboards. I just want to make sure that everything will work together fine. This motherboard will work better with an SSD you say?

There really isn't any reason to go with a 2600K for gaming. A 2500K will do just fine and will perform the same as the 2600K when OCed. It could save you a few bucks but it really doesn't matter if you have the money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 2500K

I have the money so i'm not too concerned about it. I think I will stick with the I7-2600k

Um, the memory is a bit of an overkill since most games use 4GB and 8GB to be future proof. But if you're running (f.e.) a Minecraft Server than I guess it would be fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

I have read that but I figured just because Ram is so cheap it's not gonna hurt to put 16GB in

I might wait for the 7970 instead of getting the outdated 580s. The 7970 is coming out really soon.

What do you think about going with a single gtx 590 leaving me the option to SLI another one in the future instead of doing 2 - 580s right now. For some reason I can't explain i'm kind of partial to NVidia's offerings over the Radeon's.

Drop the sound card. The mobo already has HD audio. But if you need more ports or features, it would be fine.

Sound card dropped

Get a cheaper HDD. HDD prices are ridiculous these days!

How much should I be expecting to pay for a 2 TB drive?

Everything else looks pretty good to me.

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January 1, 2012 9:40:44 PM

ive actually just been doing some research on the 7970 and it looks quite promising. Maybe I should wait a week or so and see how it turns out, or if It's actually possible to get your hands on one.
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January 1, 2012 9:51:40 PM

The Sabertooth is a P67 which is one tier below the Z68. For all the differences, look on the page I link below. For the SSD, Intel has SRT only on the H67 and Z68 but on the Z68 you can OC. The Z68 combines the H67 and the P67 features so you can have the best of both worlds. Oh and SRT means the SSD will work as a cache for the HDD so games on the HDD will load crazy fast.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155 - Intel Chipset Differences

The reason I don't recommend 16GB is that more RAM sticks = trouble. If one RAM stick doesn't wok, your whole computer goes down with it. But as long as you don't do crazy and ridiculous OCing, you should be fine.

I would just go with 2 580s instead of one 590. New Nvidia GPUs are coming out soon, too (Q1 2012). It's really up to you if you want to wait or not.

HDD prices are absolutely crazy so if you had a previous HDD, I would just do a fresh Windows install on those. But it looks like you have a lot of money so you shouldn't worry about it. $250 bucks is insane for 2TB HDD. But you really can't do anything unless you want to go for a smaller, cheaper drive.
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January 1, 2012 10:14:36 PM

Thanks for all the info.

I am just getting back into PC gaming from consoles. I havnt bought a Desktop in about 6 years, so I can't even remember what size of hard drive is in that one but I'm sure it is not large enough for my purposes. I will have to purchase a new one even though they are expensive right now.

Currently I am running an ASUS g73jh lap top with a Radeon HD5870 mobility card.

It just doesn't have the UMPHH for me and I want to get into a desktop. Bigger Moniter will be nicer also.

I guess if 16GB of ram is not needed i will scale back to 8 GB. Should I be looking at 1866 Ram?



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January 1, 2012 10:37:16 PM

In general, the HX series from Corsair is excellent....the 1000/1050 is a notable exception where they garner only 8.0 / 8.5 performance ratings. I'd move to the AX1200 which gets 10.0 rating.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Consider the Corsair 500R, Antec 1200 V3, Antec DF-85 or HAF-X

I don't think much of the H series coolers.....lotta noise for no significant gain, most H series can't match air cooler performance. Thermalright Silver Arrow or Hyper 612 PWM would be my recommendation.

Drop the toothy heat sinks....they don't do anything....and no need for more than 8GB .... but it is cheap so why not.

The 2600k's hyperthreading isn't helping you in gaming, 2500k saves $80 and only loses 0.1 Ghz .... then again there's also the 2700k

The M4 is tier 5, why not tier 3 ?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendat...

No need for a sound card

Consider Windows professional....Ultimate just gives ya Bit Locker.

As for the MoBo, yes Z68 has other features that P67 doesn't have, but do you need any of them ? I think not:

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

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Z68
Launched 5 months after the P67 and H67 chipset the Z68 chipset combines the advantages of the H67 and P67 Chipset so that overclocking, dual dedicated graphics cards and use of the integrated CPU graphics is available. Whilst on the surface it would seem that this would be the chipset to go for, how many users that have 2 dedicated graphics cards will actually want to use the onboard graphics when they already have 2 more powerful graphics cards in their system anyway?

The only real advantage is for users that wish to access the HD graphics features such as quick sync, but considering it’s only supported by very few transcoding programs and there are not many people out there that need or will want to transcode, it makes it almost pointless to choose Z68 over a P67 chipset.

Same applies to users that want to overclock the CPU but use the onboard graphics card; it’s a very limited market.

Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.

If you can’t afford a decent size SSD (40GB+) then there are more cost effective ways around using a small SSD and SSD cashing like spending less on a motherboard, (H67 chipset or even a P67 chipset) and putting the saved money into a decent size SSD.


Unless you just wanna have "the latest and ...." well ya read the above .... there's no reason to completely disregard P67....especially with twin 580's. The NF200 chip in the WS Revolution for example gives your 580's x16 x16 GFX as opposed to x8 x8 on just about everything else. On anything below a 560, there's no discernable impact and when there is it' s usually small but it can be as high as 10% in games like STALKER. And lets not forget, you just paid about $680 to get 10% using those 580s over 560 Ti's .... this 10% comes a lot cheaper :)  ....though it's more likely to be 2-5% in most games.

Here's a review
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3795/asus_p8p67_ws_rev...

$425 / $525 for the MoBo and 2500k / 2600k here
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The HD is smokin.....gives SSD 's a run for their money .......The Vertex 3 Max IOPS boots the box upstairs 1n 15.6 seconds .... the Barracuda XT in just 21.2 seconds.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

GFX - Be aware that the twin 580's at $1000 get just 10% more fps (953) than twin 900 Mhz 580s (862) for $460 .... if ya need to economize, that's where's I'd start. And no, the 590 is a dog.

As to the new gen cards, I pay no attention otherwise I get case of buyer's remorse....these introductions mean a couple of things .....

1. High prices for the new thing
2. Lower prices for what just became passe
3. Revision A hardware headaches. I'm more of a Revision C guy when all the fabrication bugaboos are worked out, the defective parts of the design are weeded out, drivers are matured and, most importantly, the non-reference tweaked designs are out....that's gonna happen in late spring. The best example of this are the B1 version of the P67 MoBos with the bum SATA ports, but the GFX industry has had its share of the same.
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January 1, 2012 11:24:48 PM

Thanks for all the info guys.

Do you think it's worth getting the evga "superclocked" version of the 580 or should i stick with the standard model?
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January 2, 2012 2:28:13 AM

UPDATED BUILD LIST

What do you think?

Case: $129.99
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower CompuCase
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU: $289.99
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified ...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MOBO: $249.99
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

CPU: $309.99
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

HEATSINK: $49.99
COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

MEMORY: $61.99
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU: 2 CARDS SLI $999.98
EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SSD: $214.99
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HARD DRIVE: $249.99
Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OPTICAL: $134.99
LITE-ON Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback SATA iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

THERMAL PASTE: $12.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

OS: $149.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

TOTAL PRICE: $2854.87
PLUS SHIPPING AND TAXES



What do you guys think of this as my first build? Ive never messed around with overclocking but once i get this together I might mess around with it and learn.

Thanks for all the help.
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November 13, 2013 1:10:25 PM

you dont need an i7 just save money by getting an i5 they are same in gaming
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