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January 14, 2012 11:04:40 PM

First off, any word on new processors/chipsets coming out within the next year?

I already have a build wishlist, but was curious what you guys thought and would change to make the best possible gaming rig for $3000 max. I do want to stay with the I5-2500K though.. no need to go i7

My Build:

Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT (Cant completely decide if I want this or the Antec Lanboy Air, which holds 15 fans!)

Cpu: Intel i5-2500K (3.3ghz, turbo to 3.7)

Mobo: Asus Sabertooth P67

Gpu: MSi N570GTX x2 in SLi

Psu: Kingwin Mach 1 1000watt

Ram: 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600

HD: WD 1TB 7200

Monitor: Asus 24" LED (might go to 27")

Drive: Asus Blu Ray

Cpu cooler: Corsair H100

Total: $2460.30


January 15, 2012 12:34:57 AM

Looks like you're building a dream machine!

The Kingwin Mach 1 1000watt got an 8/10 at Jonny Guru. Not bad, but some power ripple problems that in such a high end system you'd probably want to avoid.

The Kingwin Lazer 1000W platinum and Enermax Revolution 87+ 1000W both got 9.4 and were recommended, but I can't seem to find them for sale anywhere.

The XFX Pro P11000BELX 1000W Limited Black Edition Full Modular Power Supply is available at the same price as the Kingwin Mach 1 and received a 9.4 from Jonny Guru.

Hope you love your new rig!
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January 15, 2012 3:06:52 AM

Well, sadly..... Im not able to build it right now.. I really wish I was. But I have a deployment coming up in 3 months, so It'll have to wait about a year, which sucks big time!! Im just day dreaming and shopping due to boredom.
That's why I asked if any word on major changes to the PC world coming up.. but I know when I build it in 10-12 months, I'll need to change a few things... like video cards due to new stuff being out.. but Im excited! I want to spend the cash this time and build something that will be future proof or to where I can change out parts 1 year after I build it, unlike the machine I have now.. cant really upgrade it.

Currently, Im running

Core 2 Duo @ 3.6ghz, GTX285 black edition, 4gb ddr2 that I built 2 years ago..
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January 15, 2012 4:12:43 AM

also, thanks for the heads up on the psu!
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January 15, 2012 4:29:38 AM

I'd suggest against the kingwin PSU's, regardless of reviews they're known for very poor build quality. You also don't need anywhere close to a 1000 watt psu. Repost in a year because there is going to be a lot of new stuff of by then.
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January 15, 2012 4:39:59 AM

farsuka said:
I'd suggest against the kingwin PSU's, regardless of reviews they're known for very poor build quality. You also don't need anywhere close to a 1000 watt psu. Repost in a year because there is going to be a lot of new stuff of by then.


You think 850?
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January 15, 2012 4:40:27 AM

If it's not going to be built till a year from now, much less used, I would wait till you are ready to build. Who knows what will be out by next year?
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January 16, 2012 1:23:11 AM

2487124,1,359603 said:
First off, any word on new processors/chipsets coming out within the next year?

I already have a build wishlist, but was curious what you guys thought and would change to make the best possible gaming rig for $3000 max. I do want to stay with the I5-2500K though.. no need to go i7

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Gpu: MSi N570GTX x2 in SLi

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I have exactly the same dual-GPU setup picked for my build with the same kind of budget, but someone suggested I look at a pair of 7970s. Suggest you consider the same question? I'm unsure myself of what the right answer is, but I'm erring on the side of the 2x580s because of a possible slight advantage in terms of stability/drivers etc when running in a dual setup.
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January 16, 2012 2:19:18 PM

Beitzel15 said:
Well, sadly..... Im not able to build it right now.. I really wish I was. But I have a deployment coming up in 3 months, so It'll have to wait about a year, which sucks big time!! Im just day dreaming and shopping due to boredom.
That's why I asked if any word on major changes to the PC world coming up.. but I know when I build it in 10-12 months, I'll need to change a few things... like video cards due to new stuff being out.. but Im excited! I want to spend the cash this time and build something that will be future proof or to where I can change out parts 1 year after I build it, unlike the machine I have now.. cant really upgrade it.

Currently, Im running

Core 2 Duo @ 3.6ghz, GTX285 black edition, 4gb ddr2 that I built 2 years ago..

Ivy Bridge is coming out in first quarter this year and maybe when you build it they will have the higher end ivy bridge cpu's out. By the time you build the amd hd 7xxx series will have been out for a while and same with the Nvidia 6xx series. Faster ssd's will probably be out too and the hard drive prices will have dropped down to normal prices. you should look into amd eyefinity and nvidia surround with your budget. here is a comparision of amd eyefinity to a single monitor setup- http://promos.asus.com/US/Eyefinity/index.htm
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January 17, 2012 10:42:55 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
Ivy Bridge is coming out in first quarter this year and maybe when you build it they will have the higher end ivy bridge cpu's out. By the time you build the amd hd 7xxx series will have been out for a while and same with the Nvidia 6xx series. Faster ssd's will probably be out too and the hard drive prices will have dropped down to normal prices. you should look into amd eyefinity and nvidia surround with your budget. here is a comparision of amd eyefinity to a single monitor setup- http://promos.asus.com/US/Eyefinity/index.htm


I've never really been into multi monitors... Dont like the black lines from the monitor edges seperating it.. That's why I was probably going to run a 32" tv.
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January 17, 2012 11:22:58 PM

Actually, after looking up some youtube videos of people playing with 3 screens... I may go that route!! Looks so amazing!!

Will 1 card, for example, say a 570.. do 3 screens or would i notice a difference using 570 in 2xSLI
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January 18, 2012 1:46:41 AM

well you are going to want a card with more VRAM to play at the high resolution so the new 7970 3gb will be very good for your setup. and using them in crossfire will enable you to max out almost all games with the resolution a tri monitor setup produces. by the time you buy the price will go way down and a lot of things will have changed. Ivy bridge will have replaced sandy bridge by the time you buy so i would not make a parts list now. you should close the thread and make a new one when you are ready to buy.
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