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January 4, 2012 1:35:28 PM

So I've been having issues with my laptop just got it back from having it repaired and it's in worse shape then it was when I sent it out :fou: . I've been planning on building a gaming pc for a while now. I can spend between $1000-$1800. I have a general idea of everything I want, just looking for some suggestions/feedback. I plan on doing a lot of gaming and some overclocking.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week.

Budget Range: $1000-1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Programming, Minor video editing

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, bestbuy.com($225 in gift cards going towards processor)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Country: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Looking to run SWTOR, BF3, Mass Effect 1/2/3, Batman: Arkham City at High-Max Settings with good FPS.

What I'm looking at so far.

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Intel%26%23174%3B+-+Core%26...

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...

Kingston HyperX SH100S3B/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVERCOOL FAN-EC5010M12CA 50mm Case Fan (assist fan for Sabertooth Board)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This isn't set in stone, wouldn't mind cutting the price down. I plan on using the ssd for the os and games, possibly adding 2 more 4GB sticks of RAM for 16GB which i'm finding out might cause issues with using that cpu cooler with both fans attached. I also plan on adding a second GTX 570 at some point in the future. I would most likely need to upgrade the PSU correct?

Any suggestions or feedback is appreciated :D 

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January 4, 2012 1:47:15 PM

Looks pretty good.

MB - Good board, but there isn't any reason not to go with Z68. Consider the ASUS board below..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - The 2600k won't game any better than the 2500k. If you aren't doing any type of intense video work then consier the 2500k. It'll perform the same and save you some money.

SSD - Good memory controller in the Kingston, but the Corsair Force 3 120GB has the same controller, will perform the same, and is $170.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Um... no. Stick with Corsair, Antec, XFX or Seasonic. Also, modular is fine and all, but there is plenty of places to put the extra cables. And, if you are like most people, you will put your extra modular cables in the case so they don't get lost. Modular has its place in tiny / cramped cases, but IMHO is not necessary at all. Regardless, stick the four manufacturers above. The XFX PRO850W is a great deal @ $90.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 4, 2012 1:55:38 PM

For that monitor resolution a 560Ti is more than enough. Buy an 23'' - 24'' fullhd monitor to take the full advantage on that 570.
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January 4, 2012 2:17:48 PM

well you can build a good rig with that budget.i would suggest these changes-
good case
CPU-i5 2500k-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo-P8Z68-V PRO-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
good cooler
this RAM-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
video card-GTX 580-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
good HDD IMO
top class SSD
keep that optical drive you want to watch bluray movies other wise go with any $20 burner
well,i think that an aftermarket an on mobo is not a good place to spend
i have no experience with Silent pro 800w but i am using 1000w silent pro gold and it's working like a charm.i have same opinion for this 800w unit too.

Explanation-you don't need 2600k for gaming.hyperthreading is not necessary for gaimng.2500k is a very powerful cpu.overclocks like a champ and runs cool.
sabertooth is a good mobo but it has 'a little older' P67 chipset.Z68 is newer and better.the mobo i suggested is very reliable and popular.
you were spending too much on RAM.the one i suggested is good enough.
in case of video card,yeah! 580 is a super overkill.in fact anything above a 6870 or 560 is waste on that resolution.the reason that i suggested 580 was future proofing for your new monitor.you may also drop down to a 6950 2GB or 560ti 2GB if you think that you are not going to upgrade your monitor soon and want to max out AA and all at the moment.
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January 4, 2012 2:19:55 PM

Whats the difference between the p67 and z68? Yea I wont be doing any intense video work. I'll probably just go with the i5 and end up just paying like 20 bucks for it. I've seen that suggested in other threads as well. Ill also look into that power supply and ssd drive. I'm not dead set on a modular supply that case seems to have plenty of room.

Yea I plan on upgrading my monitor maybe ill use some the money I'll save going with the i5. :D 

Thanks for the replies
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January 4, 2012 2:20:57 PM

+1 for XFX PSU!
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January 4, 2012 2:25:03 PM

if you are going to upgrade soon then save money and go with gtx 580.BF3 is a very demanding and Batman needs a powerful gpu to max out Physx.
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January 4, 2012 2:39:51 PM

hellfire24 said:
well you can build a good rig with that budget.i would suggest these changes-
good case
CPU-i5 2500k-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo-P8Z68-V PRO-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
good cooler
this RAM-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
video card-GTX 580-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
good HDD IMO
top class SSD
keep that optical drive you want to watch bluray movies other wise go with any $20 burner
well,i think that an aftermarket an on mobo is not a good place to spend
i have no experience with Silent pro 800w but i am using 1000w silent pro gold and it's working like a charm.i have same opinion for this 800w unit too.

Explanation-you don't need 2600k for gaming.hyperthreading is not necessary for gaimng.2500k is a very powerful cpu.overclocks like a champ and runs cool.
sabertooth is a good mobo but it has 'a little older' P67 chipset.Z68 is newer and better.the mobo i suggested is very reliable and popular.
you were spending too much on RAM.the one i suggested is good enough.
in case of video card,yeah! 580 is a super overkill.in fact anything above a 6870 or 560 is waste on that resolution.the reason that i suggested 580 was future proofing for your new monitor.you may also drop down to a 6950 2GB or 560ti 2GB if you think that you are not going to upgrade your monitor soon and want to max out AA and all at the moment.



That board was one of the ones I was checking out while narrowing down my list, glad I came on here to get some info looks like I should be lookin into the z68 boards. Is it not that much of difference between the Cas 8 vs Cas 9 versions of that RAM? I will definitely be upgrading the monitor. 2 570s vs 1 580, do you think my best bet would be just to go with 580?

Again thanks for the replies.
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January 4, 2012 2:50:37 PM

Your best bet is to wait the new AMD 7970 Jan 9th. You can buy it, or buy a lower priced GTX 580. (Have in mind that AMD 7970 do not support Physx).

If you decide for the Nvidia side, go for the GTX 580, doing this you leave a path upgrade open, when performance not convincing anymore you could buy a new high-end card, or buy another GTX 580.
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January 4, 2012 2:58:47 PM

there's negligible difference between CAS 8 and 9.go with cheaper one.2x570s will roughly cost you about $700.they are going to be better than a single gtx 580.but there are also going to make several issues-more power consumption,noise,heat,mico-stuttring(i donno much about this :(  ).one more drwback is that 1.2 VRAM on a single gtx 570 won't let you max out AA/MSAA.it needs atleast 1400MB of VRAM.Metro 2033 eats upto 1400+MB on 1080p@max setttings.i would suggest either 2.5GB version of 570 or HD 6970.another good choice is to wait for HD 7970.it is almost 30~40% faster than a single 580.it is going to be almost same as 570 SLi.
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