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January 2, 2012 2:24:38 AM

Hey Guys,
First time builder here wanting some input on my selection for a new Gaming PC.

Approximate Purchase Date: March 2012

Budget Range: Approx. $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet

Parts Not Required: I will be purchasing everything (Desk too, haha)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Silverstone Case, Asus Mobo and Monitor, Corsair Ram and PSU, Intel CPU, Noctua Fans and CPU Cooler...

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I have been researching the parts on my free time for the last two to three weeks... we're talking 30-40 hours of obsession here. I know that it may not all be perfect or necessary but I am still so new to it all. I am looking to build a great Air Cooling rig, I am not interested with Water cooling as that will come later. I've absolutely no knowledge on Overclocking but I want to leave that as a possibility as I love to tinker with my toys :) 

Case : Silverstone RV02B-EW http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU : Intel Core i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler : Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO : ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : CORSAIR Veng. 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 Low Profile http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : X2 HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : CORSAIR HX1050 1050W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive : Sony Optiarc DVD/CD Combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fan : Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor : ASUS VH242H Black 23.6 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I appreciate all the help :D 



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January 2, 2012 2:36:35 AM

Yeah everything looks pretty good there. I would say definitely hold out for the 7000 series of GPU's though they will be much more powerful, also do yourself a favor and get an aftermarket GPU such as the MSI twin frozr cards. They will be much quieter, cooler, and have a higher overclocking headroom. Also might want to look into a z68 board because you could add in an SSD to your hard drive and use it as a cache to significantly speed up your system.
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January 2, 2012 9:28:13 PM

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Ivy Bridge processors are coming out with a similar price point to the Sandy Bridges when they released. Radeon 7970s are coming out on Jan 9th for about $500 a piece. 1x 7970 with a high overclock could possibly beat a 6990 so yeah..


IB isn't being released until late 2012 (I want to say August, but with the way Intel releases these things, it's about as reliable as airline flight schedules... :lol:  ). And the thing is - SB-E proved that more isn't always better - you're paying more for maybe a 10% increase in CPU performance. SB set a new standard for CPUs and it's going to stay that way for at least the next three - four years. I'm expecting IB to be an improvement, but it's not going to be the massive improvement everyone is expecting it to be. It's going to be like P55 was to X58 - it's a good start in the right direction but it needs a lot of work for major improvements.

Even if the OP wanted to, Intel has revealed that the Z68 and P67 motherboards will support IB as it will use the 1155 socket. So he could buy the system and upgrade the CPU when it's fit to do so.

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Even 2x 7950s would be epic.


The 7970 is amazing... I can imagine the next Radeons are going to be a huge improvement over the 6XXXs available now.

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MOBO : ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131702


Ugh... I like Asus boards, but I hate the Sabertooth - it was a bad design and it makes upgrading and replacing parts incredibly difficult.

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I am looking to build a great Air Cooling rig, I am not interested with Water cooling as that will come later


You're definitely better off going with air cooling. Water cooling is, IMO, still experimental. The thing is it's mainly for the hardest hardcore OC'ers who want to push their CPUs beyond 5+GHz, but on a normal rig, having +- .2GHz on your CPU won't make that much of a difference.

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Yeah everything looks pretty good there. I would say definitely hold out for the 7000 series of GPU's though they will be much more powerful, also do yourself a favor and get an aftermarket GPU such as the MSI twin frozr cards. They will be much quieter, cooler, and have a higher overclocking headroom. Also might want to look into a z68 board because you could add in an SSD to your hard drive and use it as a cache to significantly speed up your system.


I'm not a big fan of the Twin FROZR - in fact I've learned that having dual fans on your video card actually hurts your airflow in your case as it will recycle air before pushing it out. Although I do agree about SSD in a $2K+ rig that will make a huge difference in how it performs.

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Case Fan : Noctua NF-P12-130javascript:%20void(0);0 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835608004


You don't need this - especially on a $180 case - it should include plenty of fans to begin with.

Here's a build I would suggest:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $159.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 - $209.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B - $59.99
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC12800 1600MHz 1.5V - $48.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $199.99
HD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB - $149.99
Optical: LG Blu-Ray Burner - $59.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 580 - $499.99
Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK520 - $50.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit - $99.99
Monitor: Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED - $149.99

Total: $1829.83
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