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Forward Thinking Gaming Computer Build

Looking for advice on a prospective build that I have been considering. I want to build a computer that won't be a dinosaur in the next four years (yes, i understand that it will be aged by that time). Looking to have the options to upgrade as needed in the future. Anyhow, this is what I have put together but I'm sure I will be told where I am wrong.

Case: SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02S-W Silver Aluminum/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $234.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163183

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 X 2 $499.98 (249.99 each)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

Power Supply: CORSAIR Pro Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $88.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA III $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0GB/s $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

Blu-ray Drive: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive $57.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64 bit - OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018


Total: $2,156.88

Approximate Purchase Date: A few weeks.

Budget Range: $1000 - 2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU, NVIDIA Video Card

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would also consider water cooling my system.
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  1. On reading Outlander's post below, I agree that it's hopeless to try to get graphics hardware that'll be decent in four years' time. I do think the 2600K'll hold, though. I also think a 750W is warranted, as you may find yourself in a high-end SLI situation at some point.

    Drop that Noctua. It's just not worth spending the money. A $50 Mugen 3 would be perfectly good.
    That case is pretty wildly expensive. Expensive cases barely perform better, so you should just choose yours by stylistic preference. Trawl Newegg and see what catches your eye. Most cases over $60, and many under too, will perform perfectly well. Just check it here. If you love the look of the Fortress, go for it.
    I'd actually advise going 2600K. Games currently don't use more than three threads, so the 2500K's great for everything that's around now, but I would be surprised if we didn't have 6- or 8-threaded games in three or four years.'
    This MSI board's got overclocking performance very close to the Asus, and it's much cheaper.
    You should hold off on the big HDD. Get a 500gb one now, and you'll be able to get a 2tb for the same price in a few months.
    Whole thing:
    $300 2600K
    ~$120ish case?
    $180 Force GT 120gb
    $100 Windows
    $190 MSI Z68A-GD80
    $83 Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500gb
    ~$550 7970, in a couple of weeks
    $90 Ripjaws 16gb 1600
    $95 Corsair TX750W V2
    $50 Scythe Mugen 3

    That's $1758. Save the rest for future upgrades, or maybe get a mechanical keyboard. Try one of these if you can; it may blow your fingers' minds. $80 Razer BlackWidow.
  2. There is no computer that you can build that is not going to be a dinosaur in 4 years time .
    Its never been possible to do that , and it probably never will be possible to do that

    spend less . Budget on $1200 or so . Get a quality case , and a more appropriately sized 650 watt psu .

    In 2 years time upgrade cpu/mb/RAM/ graphics with the money you have saved by not building what is an expensive and not better performing build
  3. Nice build dude, but you should really go for the Silverstone Raven RV03 as it would make a lot more sense for you build. Drop the Noctua and opt for COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO, with some really good thermal paste (noctua NT-H1). For SSD's I would go with the good old Crucial M4, plextor M2P or if possible get the Samsung 830.
  4. streetd70 said:
    Looking for advice on a prospective build that I have been considering. I want to build a computer that won't be a dinosaur in the next four years (yes, i understand that it will be aged by that time). Looking to have the options to upgrade as needed in the future. Anyhow, this is what I have put together but I'm sure I will be told where I am wrong.

    Case: SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02S-W Silver Aluminum/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $234.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163183

    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel $269.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

    Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 X 2 $499.98 (249.99 each)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Pro Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $88.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429

    SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA III $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

    HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0GB/s $249.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

    Blu-ray Drive: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive $57.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64 bit - OEM $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018


    Total: $2,156.88

    Approximate Purchase Date: A few weeks.

    Budget Range: $1000 - 2500

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

    Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

    Country: USA

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU, NVIDIA Video Card

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: I would also consider water cooling my system.

    Because AMD 8150FX has the same power of 2500K and has 8 cores = more future resilient and is the best choice regardless of all the bad publicization thrown around by fickle fan boys IMHO. More cores is the way of the future.
  5. with an oversized budget certainly it isn't hurt to try sli/crossfire... but being in the position right now i would recommend going for single card first... as a powerful, single gpu would be enough for 1920 x 1080 resolution.... the next gen amd radeon hd 7970 will be available in just a few weeks time.... nvidia might launch its next gen kepler based gpu sometime in 1st half of 2012... by that time you can upgrade from your single card...

    case: SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02S-W Silver

    mobo: asrock z68 extreme4 gen3

    cpu: intel core i5 2500k

    ram: gskill sniper low voltage series 1.25v 2x4gb 1600mhz cl9

    gpu: evga gtx 580

    psu: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W

    ssd: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB

    hdd: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB

    cpu cooler: corsair a70
  6. Case Option:

    Antec DF-85 Black steel/plastic ATX full tower $134.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087


    CPU Cooler Options:

    Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat pipe CPU Cooler $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185168

    or

    COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103

    CPU Change from i5 2500K to:

    Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $299.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071

    Making my total now $2,116.88 vice $2,156.88

    Any other advice?
  7. streetd70 said:
    Case Option:

    Antec DF-85 Black steel/plastic ATX full tower $134.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087


    CPU Cooler Options:

    Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat pipe CPU Cooler $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185168

    or

    COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103

    CPU Change from i5 2500K to:

    Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 $299.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071

    Making my total now $2,116.88 vice $2,156.88

    Any other advice?

    Hyper 212+ is a better and cheaper cooler to boot.
  8. Best answer
    If Im spending + $200 on a case, it's gonna be a Level 10 GT. Black one is a steal at $210. $30 off w/ promo code TTGTBLK1, ends 1/31

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=843&Itemid=61

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050001379%2040000007&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=7|11-133-192^11-133-192-TS%2C11-133-188^11-133-188-TS

    If ya wanna save some money, nothing can touch the price / performance of this combo .... $15 off w/ promo code EMCKJKG38, ends 1/9 ....10.0 performance rated PSU by jonnyguru ..... extremely silent and cool running combination (DF-85 is a 1200 w/a different skin.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

    $ 120 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    $235 for the pair can't be touched by anything that even comes close.

    Add the fan if doing SLI
    $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209013

    $270 on a Asrock MoBo ? At leats on this model they don't stick ya w/ a chinsy 2 year warranty

    -The GFX card is only 850 Mhz.....this one is 900Mhz and generally OC'ds higher and it's better cooled. And yes get 2
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424

    -Skip the toothy heat sinks on the RAM and get something low profile that won;t make CPU cooler installation a PITA

    $79 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198
    $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220629
    $89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226272
    $89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197

    But I don't think ya will notice w/ 8 GB ....OTOH, its so dang cheap why not.

    -SSD - That's a tier 6 SSD.....Tier 3 (33% fatser, gonna cost ya $25 or so

    $215 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225
    $210 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147134
    $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227714
    $182 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220599

    Looks like the last one for $2 more is ya baby

    -If I am spending $250 on a HD, it's gonna be this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148506
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=708&Itemid=60&limit=1&limitstart=10

    -The Noc has seen it's day .... the best LGA 775 cooler just hasn't taken the top honors on 1366/1156/1155. Not to take anything away from the 212 ....it is a great budget cooler....but I'm not seeing a budget cooler in a $2k box .... these are the big boys and with more money comes more cooling.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=797&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4'

    I like the Arrow cause it's dead silent at 4.8 GHz with all fans on low and temps in low 70s.

    Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185168
    Cooler - $ 50 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Thermalright_Silver_Arrow_Dual_160mm_x_140mm_Fan_Universal_CPU_Cooler_Sockets_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3.html

    I hadda move ya up to 1 256 GB SSSD to break $2k .... build cuda easily been $1800ish w/ a 120 GB model

    $2,057 Total

    Case - $ 120 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    Case Fans - $ 15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209013
    PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    MoBo - $ 200 - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro /GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
    CPU - $ 210 - Intel Core i5-2700K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073
    Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Thermalright_Silver_Arrow_Dual_160mm_x_140mm_Fan_Universal_CPU_Cooler_Sockets_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3.html
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 160 - (4 x 4GB) Mushkin Redline CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226282
    GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    GFX - $ 230 - Same
    HD - $ 230 - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148506
    SSD - $ 400 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226
    DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
  9. Best answer selected by streetd70.
  10. You've persuaded (the benchmarkreviews helped) me to make a few changes.

    Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (i like the white) $289.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133192

    Video: ASUS GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) $244.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    (I went with only 1 card at the moment as I can easily add a second in the near future)

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengenace 16GB (4 x GB) $78.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

    SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120GB $214.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
    (Opted for 500GB as i don't have an immediate need for a large drive, besides I could easily add a larger one later)

    MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen 3 LGA 1155 $269.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

    PS: CORSAIR Pro Series HX850 $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz $319.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

    OD: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive $55.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    OS: MS Win 7 Home 64bit $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow $83.00
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/ [...] 2_AM3.html

    Total being $1912.90
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