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A $1800 Gaming Build

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January 16, 2012 12:15:03 AM

I've got every component chosen after some research and I'm wondering if it's a good build or not.

Main Uses: Gaming (BF3, Crysis 2, Skyrim, MW3)

Budget: $1800

Parts Not Needed: monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse

Time of Purchase: March-April

Components are (from newegg):

Case: NZXT Phantom (black)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i5 2500k, which i'll OC to 4.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 (I'm most likely buying 2 Thermaltake 120MM LED fans instead of the in-box fans)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Extra Fans: Thermaltake 120MM SmartBlue
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 2x Asus GTX 560 Ti (here I'm open to changes, I prefer Nvidia)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB @1600MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Rosewill Lightning 1000W (or 800W)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 6GB/s, 64MB, 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BD/CD Samsung Blu-Ray
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVI to HDMI cable Linkdepot DVI Duel Link to HDMI cable (for desktop to LED TV)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All should come out to:
$1,779.88
$1,739.88 after rebates

I'm open to any input about anything on this list, GPU I dont mind changing as well as HDD, CPU cooler and motherboard. Anything else I'll probably listen to advice as well. I like cable management and a neat inside of the case.
Thanks!

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January 16, 2012 12:21:58 AM

If you're only OCing to 4.4 GHz, stick with the Hyper 212 + or the Hyper 212 EVO. The Cooler you suggestged is MAJOR overkill.

If you prefer NVIDIA, get the 580 (fermi). It beats 2x 560ti by a bit, plus is the same price.

You are spending more than you need to on that case. I highly suggest you get the HAF 912. It has great airflow and cable management, plus you can route the cables under the mobo for a tidier look.

Everything else looks good.
January 16, 2012 12:25:15 AM

mmm what about ATI Gpu's? just wondering because nvidia has physx and other goodies, whats ATI's equivelant to GTX 580/560 in SLI?
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January 16, 2012 12:25:34 AM

not 580 in sli**
January 16, 2012 12:32:02 AM

The 7970 surpasses the dual 560 ti in performance. Otherwise, 2 560 ti's will beat the single 6970. However, dual 6950 will beat dual 560 ti.
January 16, 2012 1:04:39 AM

azeem40 said:
The 7970 surpasses the dual 560 ti in performance. Otherwise, 2 560 ti's will beat the single 6970. However, dual 6950 will beat dual 560 ti.


nVidia cards are generally known to be faster overall, but are sometimes noisier, and use more power than their amd counterparts. Honestly, I would go with a gtx 580 classifed right now. The 7970's are great, but with AMD's less than stellar reputation for drivers, there are going to be lots of bugs with the drivers(if the last 3 generations of ATI cards are any indicator anyway)

AMD cards can support 3 monitors on a single card, while most nVidia cards can only support 2, so if you want to do multi monitor set up, the AMD cards would be a better bet. They also use less power, and generally speaking don't produce as much noise.

If you buy the reference GTX 580 from EVGA, you can also participate in the Step Up program. Basically what this does is let you trade your video card in for an upgrade if new technology comes out within 90 days of buying it.(and the 6 series cards should be out by then). You do have to pay the difference in price to get the better card, but it seems like a great deal for situations like this.
January 16, 2012 1:22:09 AM

A single 7970 won't beat SLI 560ti in everything, but you should still go 7970 and then add a second one. SLI 560ti's would be a shame for a $1800 gaming rig. This is NOT to say that it's a bad setup or that they're bad cards, quite to the contrary. But you could put a rig together with a single 7970 and have ~$300 left to put toward another one down the line. If you're really looking at a Mar/April timeframe, it's really too soon to know about any of this, as IB/Kepler/more HD 7xxx goodness should be arriving by then.
January 16, 2012 1:34:48 AM

My Thoughts:
- Definitely could afford to lower the wattage on the PSU. You shouldn't need anything over 700, even with two serious power hogs in there and the overclocked i7, 700 should be plenty.
- With these savings, I'd consider bumping the memory up to 16GB.
- That cooler is pretty insane. I'd probably go with the single fan radiator designs or just a classic air cooler like the CM 212+.
- With additional savings, I'd consider adding more weight to your GPU budget. As said previously, there's nothing wrong with two 560's, but with your budget, something a little more powerful should be a viable option and would make for a more balanced system.
January 16, 2012 2:49:26 AM

I've never had any day ruining problems with AMD drives. People take the fact that AMD's drivers are a little bumpy for the first couple releases, then take that as that's how they all are. The 7970s are great, and Please show me where the 560Ti SLI beats 7970 CFX, and then subtract 10 FPS off the 560Ti, because you are using a dual card setup, and that can be a PITA. First hand, I have and little to no issues with AMD drivers and also little to no issues with Nvidia drivers. I am not a fanboy of either, and I love both companies. I just think after some driver bumps are fixed the 7970s are going to wreak the competition.
January 16, 2012 3:23:35 AM

MoBo: Asus Maximus Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $180
CPU: i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $210
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100
CPU Cooler: H80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $92
Memory/RAM: 8GB DDR3 G.Skill RipJaws Series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $47
VideoCard: PowerColor ATI Radeon HD7970 3GB DDR5 http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=PC-7970_3G&c=pw&h... $574
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $56
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $375
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $130
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100

Total: $1808 - US Dollars... Shipping and Rebates are not added... Price will likely to be lower if you do rebates even if with shipping added...

EDIT: You can OC the CPU better with 2 stick of RAM so 8GB is good enough for gaming...

BTW, Since the 7970 is blowing heat out the back of the case, you dont really need a side fan, if it's overheating, you can make a hole for one of the H80's fan or the case's rear fan, both are 120mm... Make sure you make the SSD boot drive lol...
January 16, 2012 3:05:56 PM

Alright thanks for all the help guys! I appreciate it!
January 16, 2012 3:24:24 PM

ImTired said:
Alright thanks for all the help guys! I appreciate it!

Is my build good enough or what? you can change some like GPU to Nvidia but those GTx 560 Ti isn't worth getting, get the 28nm 7970, GTx 680 is said to be similar performance to 7970 and probably comes this Feb...
http://vr-zone.com/articles/rumour-nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...
You can get the GTx 680(Kepler I think) but im not sure if it's ganna come out this Feb...
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