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January 31, 2012 8:51:51 PM

Most important thing is trying get a PC good enough to play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim at highest settings. I have set up a PC on ironsidecomputers.com that I think is nice, but if I can get more bang for my buck on newegg or get more quality products, i'll purchase parts on newegg and get my brother to help me build it.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: Around 2000. Little more is ok if necessary

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multimedia

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, printer, all peripherals basically

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (got my build from ironside computers though)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Main preference is intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe, not sure if its useful for gaming

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Most important thing is trying get a PC good enough to play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim at highest settings. I have set up a PC on ironsidecomputers.com that I think is nice, but if I can get more bang for my buck on newegg, i'll purchase parts on newegg and get my brother to help me build it.

--Here's what I have so far from my build on ironsidecomputers--------------------------------------------------------------------

Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Primary Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Secondary Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics/Video Card: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows7.
Best wireless networking i can get.
Will be buying a second GeForce GTX 580 down the road.

Is this build ok? Any suggestions?

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January 31, 2012 9:07:27 PM

chrisgeorge1019 said:
Most important thing is trying get a PC good enough to play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim at highest settings. I have set up a PC on ironsidecomputers.com that I think is nice, but if I can get more bang for my buck on newegg or get more quality products, i'll purchase parts on newegg and get my brother to help me build it.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: Around 2000. Little more is ok if necessary

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multimedia

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, printer, all peripherals basically

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (got my build from ironside computers though)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Main preference is intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe, not sure if its useful for gaming

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Most important thing is trying get a PC good enough to play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim at highest settings. I have set up a PC on ironsidecomputers.com that I think is nice, but if I can get more bang for my buck on newegg, i'll purchase parts on newegg and get my brother to help me build it.

--Here's what I have so far from my build on ironsidecomputers--------------------------------------------------------------------

Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Primary Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Secondary Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics/Video Card: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows7.
Best wireless networking i can get.
Will be buying a second GeForce GTX 580 down the road.

Is this build ok? Any suggestions?

Instead of the GTX 580 you can get an HD 7950
Performs better and is cheaper.Although it will have some driver problems for a while.

If I were you I would get a cheap HDD and then when the price of HDD's drop get the 1TB

And also the motherboard that you picked doesn't support SLI/Crossfire.I would suggest this Asrock Motherboard

Other Than That It Is Good.
January 31, 2012 9:12:33 PM

The Asus P8Z68-V or V Pro is the way to go if going asus and you are planning on SLI.

The 850W is sufficient for OC and crossfire with 7970 or 7950 but for GTX580 SLI you should be looking for 950-1000W PSU.
Seasonic X series 1050W is good for example.

Also get an after market CPU cooler for the CPU, such at Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ~$35.
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January 31, 2012 9:12:44 PM

Thank you for the motherboard information. It looks nice and i'll change that on the build.

And I'm assuming I can run dual HD 7950's for SLI then?

Do you think a 256g HDD will be enough for now then?
January 31, 2012 9:18:07 PM

The power supply should be enough according to what rvilkman said and a 256gb HDD will be good.
January 31, 2012 9:20:54 PM

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Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811156078


I would heavily advise against this choice. Companies that make flashy cases like Raidmax, Apevia, Xion, Compucase, XCLIO, etc - are all style and no substance. The Raidmax and Apevia cases we use where I work are all really cheaply made - the one I had, I shattered the front USB ports, the door fell off, and the LED lights fell off. You might want to look at getting a case similar to one of these:

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Thank you for the motherboard information. It looks nice and i'll change that on the build.

And I'm assuming I can run dual HD 7950's for SLI then?


The Radeon equivalent is called Crossfire and you'll be able to run more than one (3 max).

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Do you think a 256g HDD will be enough for now then?


Here's you how calculate that. Keep in mind that a typical format takes 10% of your drive. A Windows install takes 16GB. Then any programs you want to run are anywhere from 1GB (Adobe Acrobat, AutoCAD) to 8GB (Microsoft Office) to 16GB (CS5). Any games you want to install will take anywhere from 8GB (Skyrim) to 25GB (Battlefield 3). And then each movie rip/iTunes download will take 1 - 2GB and any album will be from 50MB each (128K MP3) to 600MB (MP4 Lossless Audio). Add those together and then find the next highest capacity and you're set.

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Instead of the GTX 580 you can get an HD 7950
Performs better and is cheaper.Although it will have some driver problems for a while


I'd second this choice.
January 31, 2012 9:21:16 PM

rvilkman said:
The Asus P8Z68-V or V Pro is the way to go if going asus and you are planning on SLI.

The 850W is sufficient for OC and crossfire with 7970 or 7950 but for GTX580 SLI you should be looking for 950-1000W PSU.
Seasonic X series 1050W is good for example.

Also get an after market CPU cooler for the CPU, such at Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ~$35.



In the long run do you think the GTX580 or 7950 is better? And can the 7950 with crossfire run newest games at ultra setting?

And thank you for the cooler recommendation. The other one on ironsidecomputers was alot more expensive and probably unnecessary.
January 31, 2012 9:24:08 PM

Can get a 7970 3gb as well for about the same price as a 580 3gb. Newer tech with the 7970 and I havent had any driver issues with mine so far. Love it.
January 31, 2012 9:25:57 PM

Thank you G-unit, that was really helpful.

And I have a 1TB external HD where I keep all my media, so I probably won't need more than the 256G then.

Also is it worth having 3 7950's at somepoint, or is two all thats really necessary? I plan on buying one videocard now, and another one in 2 weeks. And maybe a third if necessary?

And im also checking out those cases, thanks
January 31, 2012 9:29:52 PM

chrisgeorge1019 said:
Thank you G-unit, that was really helpful.

And I have a 1TB external HD where I keep all my media, so I probably won't need more than the 256G then.

Also is it worth having 3 7950's at somepoint, or is two all thats really necessary? I plan on buying one videocard now, and another one in 2 weeks. And maybe a third if necessary?

And im also checking out those cases, thanks


Having multiple cards like that all depends on what your motherboard is capable of. If it has 3 x 16 lanes you should be set. If not the most it will be able to do is 2-way SLI/Crossfire. Only like the highest end motherboards like the Gigabyte Z68-UD7 have more than two.
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