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$1000+ gaming PC, need advice and opinions.

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January 25, 2012 8:10:59 PM

I am building a gaming PC. High quality gaming. Ultra Settings on BF3, Crysis 2, etc. Hopefully you can help me with ideas or give me opinions on my current semi-build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sadly, its not set in stone. Hopefully within the next few months.

Budget Range: 1000 ~ 1500, depending on work situation. 1750 is probably the highest I can pay.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphic Design, Internet.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard, possibly OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com for most parts, TigerDirect for specific parts if I am unable to buy separate, rather than a combo on NewEgg.

Country: USA. Building in my own house.

Parts Preferences: I'm looking more towards Intel lately. nVidia graphics preferred.

Overclocking: Possibly

SLI or Crossfire: SLI, if possible.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: Preferably a nice case with expandability. Good heat management would be nice, too.

A few questions I have are about RAM and PCI slots.

In the specs for the motherboard I chose, it has Dual Channel support, but 4x240 slots. Would I be able to put in 4 sticks of ram, without limiting my system?

What does '(single at x16, dual at x8)' mean, exactly?

Parts I have picked out, but would like opinions on.

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi)
(Two of these for possible SLI. (Thanks to azeem40))

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
(Thanks to azeem40 again.)

Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core
(Unless a better option is given, within 200 dollars of this.)

More about : 1000 gaming advice opinions

a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2012 8:13:57 PM

The GTX 580 beats 560 Ti (Fermi) in SLI, so I'd get that.
I would highly recommend an ATX instead of mATX.
January 25, 2012 8:16:35 PM

azeem40 said:
The GTX 580 beats 560 Ti (Fermi) in SLI, so I'd get that.
I would highly recommend an ATX instead of mATX.


Only problem I have with that is the massive price jump. I don't have every part picked out yet, I still need advice on power supplies, cases, fans and heatsinks, etc.

edit: Good replacement for the mATX mobo?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2012 8:21:49 PM

So this means you are not SLIng right away? If not, the 580 is cheaper by $70 than SLI 560 of your type of GPU. Even if you were to get the cheaper 560Ti in SLI, this is only like $3 more.

EDIT: The ASRock Extreme3/4 Gen3, GIGABYTE-Z68XP-UD3, and the ASUS P8Z68 are all good ATX MOBOs.
January 25, 2012 8:29:31 PM

azeem40 said:
So this means you are not SLIng right away? If not, the 580 is cheaper by $70 than SLI 560 of your type of GPU. Even if you were to get the cheaper 560Ti in SLI, this is only like $3 more.

EDIT: The ASRock Extreme3/4 Gen3, GIGABYTE-Z68XP-UD3, and the ASUS P8Z68 are all good ATX MOBOs.


Possibly SLIng, but it depends on the MoBo I get and my overall price before a second GPU.
January 25, 2012 8:38:31 PM

Edited the MoBo and GPU into my list of options. Thank you. :) 
January 25, 2012 9:23:54 PM

Recommend getting 2 sets of those sticks for 16 gb of ram instead? Or just that set?

Also edited into my list.
a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2012 9:36:24 PM

Games utilize only 4 gb of ram. 8 gb is a good amount for that and multitasking.
January 25, 2012 9:37:18 PM

Personally,I would do this build with that budget:

Case- HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99

Mother Board- ASUS Maximus IV
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99

CPU- i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$229.99

Graphics- HD 7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$559.99

RAM- Kingston HyperX Grey Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99 Picked this because it is cheap and should get the job done properly(and also...it's Kingston)

Hard Drive- Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159.99 I would wait until the prices for these hard drives dropped. :D 

PSU- Antec 900w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.99 This can run the GTX 580 in SLI and have plenty of head room.

CD/DVD Drive- SilverStone
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$47.99 It also comes with card readers and 2 USB Drives

Tell me what I missed and I WILL :o  fix it!!


EDIT:- Forgot to say the total
Total=$1407.92

EDIT:- I adjusted it to fit the HD 7970.

a b 4 Gaming
January 25, 2012 9:41:16 PM

I would just get the asus 24x dvd burner.
January 26, 2012 1:20:31 AM

Would a PCIE 3.0 ATI be better than a 2.0 nVidia? I rather enjoy nVidia, but I've been looking at the PCIE 3.0 cards.
a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2012 1:29:44 AM

Yes, one 7970 outperforms the 580 in most games.
January 27, 2012 4:42:04 AM

Alright. I'll switch to that, then. Its not much more expensive, so I guess that's nice.

Also, can I have suggestions for a better Processor than what I chose? Or would that be the best for my budget?
January 27, 2012 8:27:23 AM

nmugavin said:
Alright. I'll switch to that, then. Its not much more expensive, so I guess that's nice.

Also, can I have suggestions for a better Processor than what I chose? Or would that be the best for my budget?

The i5 2500k is more than enough for gaming.
January 27, 2012 3:16:00 PM

agiste101 said:
The i5 2500k is more than enough for gaming.


Thank you very much then. (:
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