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$1,700 Gaming Rig

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February 11, 2012 8:45:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1,500-$2,000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (FPS), video streaming, internet, Office

Parts Not Required: Mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences:by brand or type: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes... but can be talked out of it fairly easily

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: As usual... looking for bang for the buck. I started with a $1,200 target and killed that quickly. $1,500 would be ideal. $2,000 possible, but not enjoyable. Will probably end up at about $1,700 with your help!

Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 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...
$199.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$229.99

XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99

2X SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$339.98

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$174.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18.99

2X CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.98

Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$12.98

ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$199.99

Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$14.99

$1,857 shipped, $1,816 after mail ins.

Thanks in advance for the help. Look forward to hearing your advice!!!

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February 11, 2012 9:12:38 PM

The Carbide is a better choice. It is future ready with USB 3.0 headers, has excelent cable management and same airflow.
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February 11, 2012 9:14:17 PM

It also has a 2.5" drive bay for your SSD, so no need for a bracket. :) 
February 11, 2012 9:22:09 PM

K... It just kinda 'looked' worse in the pics... It's back in!

What about the mobo? Any other choices? I picked it because I have no problem with ASUS and it was around $200.

Thanks!
February 11, 2012 9:33:42 PM

If you are not interested in OC'ing the cpu, go with the i5 2400. Same minus Hyper-Threading (overrated).

and with that switch. switch to a gtx 570 or a 6970. It'll get you similar performance to that crossfire, at a similar price, yet much fewer driver/compatability/micro-stuttering issues.
February 11, 2012 9:35:47 PM

Also, you can later upgrade to Ivy bridge, so shelling out that much on a cpu right now, seems kind of redundant.

Crossfiring 6900 series is much more efficient and effective than the 6800 series, due to the diferent core.
February 11, 2012 9:49:13 PM

So... I'd be a bit under $200 on the processor. I don't NOT want to OC, but it is more of a value driven thing. If I can get more performance out of the K I will do that. What do you think?

I think I agree on the 6900 switch... I just always wanted to have a crossfired rig... :wahoo:  Why does it hinge on the processor switch?

The micro-stutter does scare me a lot. Have not witnessed it, but I can imagine how pissed I'd be if I saw it after I bought the cards.
February 11, 2012 9:50:41 PM

i5-2500k Oc's to 4+ at stock voltage + after market cpu cooler

Single gpu...less power...fewer headaches...smaller psu...less money...equal performance

Mobo: No reason to spend more than $150-$175 for a Z68

Psu: 650w is plenty so long as it is a top tier brand
February 11, 2012 10:03:31 PM

Yeah, if you are getting two 6950s, might as well get one 7950.
February 11, 2012 10:08:35 PM

@azeem40 I can't go with 2 6950s... thinking one 6970 (HIS IceQ Turbo H697QT2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support $320 after mail in). Decent?

@QuietPC mobo reccomendations?
February 13, 2012 2:58:52 PM

I have seen a lot of builds in the forum with only 8MB of RAM (even $2,000+ builds). Is the extra 8MB a waste? I have also considered changing the mobo to a Gigabyte that I saw in another build. Never had one... Are they similar to the ASUS as far as bios and overclock interface?

EDIT: the only reason I selected the mobo I did was bluetooth. I'm thinking that $80 isn't worth it anymore.

Thanks again.
February 13, 2012 6:01:05 PM

Pressing the button soon. I changed the SSD to the 64GB version. Changed the RAM to 8GB. Funny how I showed my age on the last post with 8MB.

Other than that... having second thoughts about the monitor for a better one. Still open to thoughts on saving on the mobo.

Thanks!
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