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Cheapest build for 2560x1600 gaming

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January 30, 2012 3:34:17 PM



Approximate Purchase Date: 30 days

Budget Range: cheapest possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: BF3

Parts Not Required: mass HDD, keyboard, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or amazon

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel, nvidia only please

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: SLI only please (2nd card will be purchased at the same time as 30" monitor)

Monitor Resolution: current monitor Dell 2048x1152. A 2560x1600 monitor will be purchased in June. Not sure what brand yet.

Additional Comments: I'm interested in gaming BF3 on ultra settings with good fps on a 30" monitor. However, right now I'll only be able to purchase my gaming build and play on my current monitor. I'll have to wait until about June (save up) to buy a 30" monitor and purchase another GPU for an SLI setup. I really don't want to wait until June to finally play BF3 so I want to pull the trigger now on a nice but cheapest possible gaming rig. I know I'm looking at a pretty high $$ amount but I figured I would post on this forum to get feedback on the least expensive build. Your suggestions and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

My current rig is so old I'm embarrassed to post the specs. LOL
January 30, 2012 3:57:33 PM

i5-2500k
A good motherboard, try the P8Z68 PRO/GEN3 from ASUS.
8 GB of 1600 RAM
Corsair TX850 (for Cfx in the future)
Cheapest 7970 you can find
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January 30, 2012 3:58:17 PM

why only Nvidia?! 7970 blows away the 580, but whatever, you can put in a 570/580 >:( 
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January 31, 2012 12:49:35 AM

I guess because I've been a life long customer. They've never done me wrong, I've had great SLI experience with them.

As far as the PSU is concerned is 850w going to be enough for gtx 580 sli??
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January 31, 2012 1:05:01 AM

Yes, 850W is good enough.

Corsair makes great 850W PSUs, so I suggest that. I am not sure if 750W will be fine too, but I assume not. If it was, which I don't think it is, I would have recommended the Antec Earthwatts for $85. Could someone confirm this for me?

Anyway, i5-2500k is the best choice. Are you sure you're willing to spend $1.1k on a monitor of that size?
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January 31, 2012 1:09:16 AM

I'm currently on a 23" Dell 2048x1152. If I'm going to invest on gtx 580 sli might as well upgrade to to 30" monitor since it will be extreme overkill (and waste of money) to have a super high end rig if your just going to be gaming at 1080p.

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January 31, 2012 1:20:20 AM

That's a nice monitor. As for the is5 2500k. A local computer store has the i7 2600k for only $299. Is it worth the upgrade?
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January 31, 2012 1:23:49 AM

For gaming, no. Hyperthreading is not utilized in gaming nor will it be for a while.
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January 31, 2012 2:37:01 AM

After reading some suggestions and recommendations at other forums I find it odd that almost everyone recommends the i5-2500k for gaming yet they all have i7-2600k gaming rigs lol.
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January 31, 2012 2:39:09 AM

That is weird. What other forums are you referring to? Because, no offense to other forums, TH is one of the best and knows what it's talking about. :) 
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January 31, 2012 3:25:13 AM

Well so far this is what I've come up with for my high res gaming rig.

CPU: i7-2600k ($299. local store)
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 ($180. amazon)
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($35 newegg)
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB ($90 newegg)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 CLASSIFIED ULTRA, 3072MB ($549. amazon)
SSD: Samsung 830 128GB ($200 newegg)
CASE: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T ($160. amazon)
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold (SPG) 1200 Watts ($233. amazon)

TOTAL PRICE: $1748

The $299 for the is7 is to good for me to pass up, especially when I'm already investing this much on a 2560x1600 gaming rig. I could go cheaper on the gaming case but it's just calling me, I love the aesthetics of it and it doesn't look rugged like the Cooler Master HAF. I like streamline looks on a gaming case.

As far as PSU goes, I found this link that says the Corsair TX850 does NOT support SLI GTX 580s.

Proof: http://www.geforce.com/Active/en_US/en_US/pdf/PSU.pdf
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January 31, 2012 3:29:28 AM

azeem40 said:
That is weird. What other forums are you referring to? Because, no offense to other forums, TH is one of the best and knows what it's talking about. :) 


I've simply googled "$1500 gaming builds" etc. and found other forums on the net in which they recommend the i5 but reading their rig specs they all seem to have the i7. Just an observation that's all.

Forums like Nvidia, Overclock.net, Anandtech to name a few.
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January 31, 2012 11:24:49 AM

I wouldn't bother with the i7, you're going to see virtually no improvement over the i5. Other people may have i7's because they also do CAD/Rendering etc.

For this build you just need to put as much cash as possible into the graphics because even some of the most extreme (graphics) setups can struggle with 2560x1600.

16GB RAM is totally unnecessary for gaming as well, as far as I'm aware no game will use more than 4GB. RAM is cheap though so most people go with 8GB.

A good quality 850W PSU is fine for GTX 580 SLI, that link is probably just trying to get people to buy more expensive components. 1200W is what people get it they want to run 4 x GTX 580, trust me you don't need it. Try putting your build into a PSU calculator to see for yourself.
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January 31, 2012 3:46:17 PM

@azeem40

You should get the Tx850 from corsair, not sure why azeem is recommending a bottom-of-the-line PSU...
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January 31, 2012 4:46:37 PM

I wouldn't call a CP-850 bottom of the line, far from it. It's just as good as the TX-850. In some respects it's better.
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January 31, 2012 5:15:20 PM

7970 kostet 500 euro....to expensive when you see that you can bay gtx 590 charged verzion for 600 euro that blows away 7970.....
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February 1, 2012 1:53:34 AM

jmsellars1 said:


I wouldn't bother with the i7, you're going to see virtually no improvement over the i5. Other people may have i7's because they also do CAD/Rendering etc.


I keep hearing that from all my research I've done throughout the net. Most all forums I've read recommend the i5 over the i7. However, like I posted earlier, a local store has the i7 for only $299. so that's kind of tempting me to go up and stay with an i7 build.


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For this build you just need to put as much cash as possible into the graphics because even some of the most extreme (graphics) setups can struggle with 2560x1600.


I've settled on a EVGA GeForce GTX 580 CLASSIFIED ULTRA 3GB to start off using my current monitor. So I think I got that part covered.

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16GB RAM is totally unnecessary for gaming as well, as far as I'm aware no game will use more than 4GB. RAM is cheap though so most people go with 8GB.


The 8GB RAM has also been a recommendation on most forums I've researched. This I'm more tempted to drop down to and save $45.


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A good quality 850W PSU is fine for GTX 580 SLI, that link is probably just trying to get people to buy more expensive components. 1200W is what people get it they want to run 4 x GTX 580, trust me you don't need it. Try putting your build into a PSU calculator to see for yourself.



PSU calculator??
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February 1, 2012 2:10:00 AM

Ahh ok, I see what you're saying now. I'm going to input my specs now. Thanks.
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February 1, 2012 2:59:43 PM

After further research I hear the gtx 600 series will be out real soon. My build will be complete by mid-late Feb when I tax refund arrives.

I'm planning on a gtx 580 then going SLI by summer

My question now is...should I hold off for the 600 (kepler) or go ahead and shoot for the gtx 580 now?

Will I see a major price/performance by waiting for kepler??
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February 1, 2012 10:03:46 PM

You will likely get a bit more for your money then yes but it doesn't come out until April as far as I'm aware.
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