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$1500 gaming build review

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January 22, 2012 2:30:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $1500ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: intel o/w no set prefs

Overclocking: Maybe (would like to have capability in future once I figure out what the heck I'm doing)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (future option)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: 1st build and am looking for a foundation that is potentially upgradeable over the next couple of years. Biggests questions are mobo and GPU choice. GTX 570 vs 580 with potential upgrade cred for 580 in near future through EVGA or SLI 580 when prices drop vs saving $$ for some drop in performance with 570. From a PSU standpoint...750w should be adequate for current build but if I SLI in future is it smarter so go ahead and have some wattage buffer? Thanks in advance for the advice.

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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Carbide Series 400R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

vs

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

vs

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
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...

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...





January 22, 2012 2:38:48 AM

Great build! The only thing I would suggest is consider Crucial M4 SSDs.

As for the GPU, I would go with the 580 unless you can fit a 7970 AMD GPU in to your build. I am pretty sure you can because I have. :) 
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January 22, 2012 3:08:16 AM

azeem40 said:
Great build! The only thing I would suggest is consider Crucial M4 SSDs.

As for the GPU, I would go with the 580 unless you can fit a 7970 AMD GPU in to your build. I am pretty sure you can because I have. :) 


Is the 7970 actually better than the stock version of the 580? Someone suggested the 7970 in my potential build thread over a GTX 570 2.5GB.. From the forums and stuff that I had browsed I came to the conclusion that (not to start a debate) the nVidia cards were better at the moment..
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January 22, 2012 11:16:15 PM

azeem40 said:
Great build! The only thing I would suggest is consider Crucial M4 SSDs.

As for the GPU, I would go with the 580 unless you can fit a 7970 AMD GPU in to your build. I am pretty sure you can because I have. :) 



Thanks for the recs :) 
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