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$2500-ish PC. Mainly Gaming, need advice.

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January 16, 2012 6:37:00 AM

Hey, this is my first build. It will mainly be used for gaming, but multimedia will also be needed. Just looking for any advice or opinions about the build, and would like to know what you think needs to be changed. I would prefer to buy from PC Case Gear. Thanks for your input.

PS. I am aware that the Power Supply is overkill, but I plan to SLI in the future, so it is needed.

Case
CoolerMaster HAF X - $209

CPU
Intel i5 2500k - $235

CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D14 - $95

Motherboard
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 - $175

Memory
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3 - $59

Graphics Card
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Super Overclock - $569

Power Supply
CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 1200W - $283

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $119

SSD
Corsair Force Series 3 120GB - $195

Optical Drive
LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive - $65

Mouse
Thermaltake eSPORTS Black Element 6500 DPI Gaming Mouse - $65

Keyboard
Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard - $85

Monitor
BenQ XL2410T 23.6 Inch Widescreen LED Monitor 120Hz - $359

Total Comes to: $2503

Thanks again.

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January 16, 2012 7:02:54 AM

Everything look ok.
January 16, 2012 7:18:42 AM

Replace the 580 GTX with the 7970 for starters, it's faster even at stock and cheaper, overclocks like a dream too
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January 16, 2012 7:39:16 AM

joedjnpc said:
Replace the 580 GTX with the 7970 for starters, it's faster even at stock and cheaper, overclocks like a dream too

I assume you mean the 6970, because the 7970 definitely is not cheaper than a gtx 580, and since I can only afford one card at the moment, I'd choose the 580 anyway and buy a second later
January 16, 2012 8:09:50 AM

joedjnpc said:
I meant the 7970, I got mine for 540, and you'd want to be nuts to invest in a 580 GTX when taking into account the following benchmark results:

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/01/09/amd_radeon_hd...

The 7970 OC on stock voltage is 30+% faster than an OC 580 GTX

The 7970 is a better card, but I dont know of a place where I could get it for less then a 580. A 580 is all I need to begin with, and when I need it, I'll buy a second.
January 16, 2012 8:36:34 AM

OP is in Australia, Currently in Australia 7970's are retailing for a min price of $730 and upwards near $800
which is the only reason i myself am not jumping on the 7970 boat yet
January 16, 2012 8:37:47 AM

Aha!! Sorry dude !
January 16, 2012 8:40:01 AM

I probs should have brought that up. Didn't think about that.
January 16, 2012 9:28:11 AM

As far as case goes there is a Zalman Z6PLus that includes all fans for around $60. I was very impressed for $60 and thought it could easily pass for $120. I personally own this and a big Antec Twelve hundred,

That's a lot of money for a CPU cooler. A Tuniq Tower Extreme is a better performer at only $65.

CPU is fine. But Motherboard. Asrock for a $2500 system. I always thought of them as Asus' Budget line. Why not a full Asus board?

Looking quickly an Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Power Supply can be had for $210. From experience over the past 15 years as a dealer I find Antec to be bulletproof power supplies with a rock solid 5 year warranty.

As for the SSD I'd tend to lean towards the Crucial M4 series. They seem to be the more reliable mainstream SSD.

Ditch the Optical drive and just get a Blueray burner. It's only $25 more and I already saved you well over $25.

Those monitors are NVidia 3D ready. Is this the reason for going NVidia? And if you want 3D then I guess it's good to go.

January 16, 2012 10:19:51 AM

gondo said:
As far as case goes there is a Zalman Z6PLus that includes all fans for around $60. I was very impressed for $60 and thought it could easily pass for $120. I personally own this and a big Antec Twelve hundred.

I'm happy with the HAF X (even though it is a bit pricey) due to its ample room for sli and its great airflow. Also, it looks pretty cool.

gondo said:
That's a lot of money for a CPU cooler. A Tuniq Tower Extreme is a better performer at only $65.

I chose the Noctua because its a cooling beast, which should keep my CPU cool throughout overclocking. I am open to other suggestions though. (I couldn't find a local retailer that sold the Tuniq)

gondo said:
CPU is fine. But Motherboard. Asrock for a $2500 system. I always thought of them as Asus' Budget line. Why not a full Asus board?

I thought the same, but the Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 has all the features I need for a great price.

gondo said:
Looking quickly an Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Power Supply can be had for $210. From experience over the past 15 years as a dealer I find Antec to be bulletproof power supplies with a rock solid 5 year warranty.

Where I am, the Antec is barely $20 cheaper then the CoolerMaster, and I like the CoolerMaster's silence.

gondo said:
As for the SSD I'd tend to lean towards the Crucial M4 series. They seem to be the more reliable mainstream SSD.

The two SSD's seem pretty similiar for me, but the corsair is cheaper, so I might stick with that unless anyone can convince me otherwise.

gondo said:
Ditch the Optical drive and just get a Blueray burner. It's only $25 more and I already saved you well over $25.

Could you recommend one?

gondo said:
Those monitors are NVidia 3D ready. Is this the reason for going NVidia? And if you want 3D then I guess it's good to go.

The 3D does appeal to me. Will Dual GTX 580 SOC play with 3D well? Thanks.
February 14, 2012 8:02:41 PM

You make great points. Crucial is the more reliable SSD, aside form Intel which you pay a premium for. If you wanted a full tower have you looked at something like the Antec twelve hundred V3. I love that case. Otherwise you have a nice build.
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