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$2000 budget gaming pc built around the Asus GTX560ti 900mhz

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February 13, 2012 8:28:21 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: March 2012
Budget Range: $2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, Tiger direct.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences:none

Overclocking: No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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I recently purchased an Alienwares OptX AW2310 23 inch 3D Full HD Widescreen Monitor and an Asus GTX560ti 900mhz gpu to upgrade my current system but now I have decided to do a new build using the monitor and gpu as my base.I will be using my old system as a HTPC as it was.In the new system I would like an i7 cpu, 2 of the Asus GTX560ti 900mhz gpu and at least 16gb of memory.Games currently being played are NFS Hot Pursuit,Dead Island,Batman Arkham city,Left4Dead2,Fear3,Arma2 and Skyrim The Elder Scrolls.The new system will need two play Arma3 and Battlefield3 in high or better.I would also like to make use of the 3D features of the monitor.So lets spend my money what are my options for one kickass system.
February 13, 2012 8:38:54 AM

wait till march.hopefully nvidia will release newer cards with lower price and higher performance in 3D too.try to sell your gtx 560 for a good price.i would not recommend
gtx 5xx cards unless necessary.BTW you get a sweet monitor pal! :D 
February 13, 2012 8:51:01 AM

Whats wrong with the gtx 560 i did alot of reading and thought it was the best bang for the buck
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February 13, 2012 9:33:45 AM

It is, but the new cards are coming out in about 2 months. You could have the 580 performance for the price of a 560Ti now
February 13, 2012 10:13:53 AM

OP already said he is getting it in March.

I infer that the $2000 is canadian dolars, eh?

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...





February 13, 2012 1:08:00 PM

i would still suggest waiting.you can't wait for your gfx card if your build is ready.maybe rices fall of the current products.
February 13, 2012 1:09:33 PM

EDIT: Prices.
a b 4 Gaming
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February 13, 2012 2:55:40 PM

Case - $ 105 - Corsair 500R Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 127 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 205 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 230 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 43 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 95 - (4 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Already have - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
HD - $ 125 - Seagate Barracuda1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 170 - Patriot Wildfire 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - Already have
Keyboard - $ 100 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $ 62 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $ 1,655

Consider the case in white for a few bucks more.

February 13, 2012 3:16:55 PM

^ gfx setup is horrible IMO.no good reason to buy gtx 560 SLi.it's a dead end.no upgrades.i know your guru3d rule but still a single powerful card(7970) is better than similar SLi setup.
a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2012 3:41:10 PM

Actually if you wait a few months, Kepler will not be the only new technology you will place. Ivybridge will be at the corner too. I dont know why but it seems intel and nvidia planning on releasing their new products very close.
So with $2000 budget in around 1 month you could get a monster pc combining both Ivybridge and Kepler.
Something like i5 3570K with GTX 660 (or more). (edit: or maybe a GTX680 since it should be at your budget :D )


February 13, 2012 5:39:01 PM

Ok thanks i will wait and just leave the 560 in my current set up and start from scratch
February 13, 2012 5:50:45 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Case - $ 105 - Corsair 500R Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 127 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 205 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 230 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 43 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 95 - (4 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Already have - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
HD - $ 125 - Seagate Barracuda1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 170 - Patriot Wildfire 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - Already have
Keyboard - $ 100 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $ 62 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $ 1,655

Consider the case in white for a few bucks more.

All this looks good and i highly recommend all of this, only point i'd make is which are you pulling? I5 2500K or I7 2600K. You said i7 2500K
February 13, 2012 5:54:18 PM

Yap a wise choice. I myself is curious what kepler brings. Almost got 7970 but then rumor surfaced about nvidia's monster performance. I just hope these are not rumors and that it delivers.
February 13, 2012 6:54:48 PM

The 560Ti is a good card. Not too expensive, great value. You need NVidia to match the 3d of your monitor so ATI is out of the question. Adding a second card for SLI will be a great value and way cheaper that starting from scratch. You'd need to spend $500+ to match the performance of adding just a second 560 for under $200. I'd say go for the second 560 and sli. Take the money saved and use it on other goodies like a sound card, SSD hard drive, network storage for your home theatre.

Case, for $2000 I'd get a full tower. I like the Antec TwelveHundred V3. Match it with an Antec CPX 850W. To save money go for the Zalman Z6 Plus. Amazing little case for $60. Make sure your video cards fit though. No probs with the twelvehundred.

CPU get the I5 2500k or I7 2600k. The I7 is $100 more but has 8mb of cache compared to 6mb on the I5. The I5 is plenty good enough and can be overclocked. Save your money on disposable items like CPU. Put that money into sound card, storage, case....stuff that lasts way more than 2 years.

For motherboard choose an Asus with a z68 chipset that has the options you want.

Now if you want to go all out you could get an X67 based board with the new LGA2011 Intel CPUs. But it's very expensive. There will be no money left for toys like a nice SSD. Definitely a waste of money unless your loaded and don't give a hoot.

For RAM just pick a good brand like Corsair, OCZ, Gskill, etc... Get some good timings, it's only $80 for 16GB.

All that is left are hard drives. Get yourself an SSD as a boot drive. I recommend the Crucial M4 256GB. It's got the space required to install all those games, also a 3 year warranty and good performance, and not too expensive compared to other top end SSDs. Now jsut get a 1TB hard drive for storage. Seagote, WD black, whatever floats your boat. If you don't have enough money get a 128gb for now. Still plenty for your OS and quite a few games.

Since your doing a home theatre PC I wouldn't even bother with a second hard drive. I'd get a networking storage box and put a hard drive in it to start. Add more as required. Definitely the synology ones are best. Then you can access your library form the home theatre without even having your computer turned on.

I'd also recommend a sound card. The Asus STX is pretty good if you want a headphone amp. Otherwise the Asus Xonar DS 7.1 is good. Both are PCI Express so watch that you have an extra usable slot after 2 double width video cards are installed. The fans sometime cover all PCI-E slots leaving only regular PCI usable.
In that case a PCI soundcard is required.
a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2012 6:58:18 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Case - $ 105 - Corsair 500R Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 127 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 205 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 230 - Intel Core i7-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 43 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 95 - (4 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Already have - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 900Mhz Same
HD - $ 125 - Seagate Barracuda1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 170 - Patriot Wildfire 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - Already have
Keyboard - $ 100 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $ 62 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $ 1,655

Consider the case in white for a few bucks more.


Rockdpm said:
All this looks good and i highly recommend all of this, only point i'd make is which are you pulling? I5 2500K or I7 2600K. You said i7 2500K


Just how does this build looks good? It has some flaws for sure.
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is the same and the only thing it misses is firewire... Onboard 1394 2x1394a so you can gain $25 from here.
RAM: I am not sure for this but, the (4 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) has 1,35V but its the black that is hotlinked :p 
OS: I see that I am not the only one that some times dont read what the people wants xD. He doesnt want an OS :) .
ps: No offense, its just what I saw.
ps2: the rest are good/great choices.

maxinexus said:
Yap a wise choice. I myself is curious what kepler brings. Almost got 7970 but then rumor surfaced about nvidia's monster performance. I just hope these are not rumors and that it delivers.


Lets hope for our own sake (customers) the Keplers will have this performance so the pricewars will begin in our benefit :D 
February 13, 2012 7:37:21 PM

Memnarchon said:
Just how does this build looks good? It has some flaws for sure.
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is the same and the only thing it misses is firewire... Onboard 1394 2x1394a so you can gain $25 from here.
RAM: I am not sure for this but, the (4 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (White) has 1,35V but its the black that is hotlinked :p 
OS: I see that I am not the only one that some times dont read what the people wants xD. He doesnt want an OS :) .
ps: No offense, its just what I saw.
ps2: the rest are good/great choices.



Lets hope for our own sake (customers) the Keplers will have this performance so the pricewars will begin in our benefit :D 

I hope you know, not many people want firewire now adays. because if you havn't noticed, USB 3.0 is the thing now adays for Input Devices incase you don't know, and another thing apprentice. Whats wrong with that build?. Nothing. I have said this before countless times, If he wants a Core I5 with a ASUS P8Z68 whatever, he can do it. its his Money. None of us Control, force or Mind control him into getting what we want him to have, Only we can make Suggestions or recommendations. So think about that next time before you cut someone else's point to raise yourself up on the ranks
a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2012 7:47:17 PM

Rockdpm said:
I hope you know, not many people want firewire now adays. because if you havn't noticed, USB 3.0 is the thing now adays for Input Devices incase you don't know, and another thing apprentice. Whats wrong with that build?. Nothing. I have said this before countless times, If he wants a Core I5 with a ASUS P8Z68 whatever, he can do it. its his Money. None of us Control, force or Mind control him into getting what we want him to have, Only we can make Suggestions or recommendations. So think about that next time before you cut someone else's point to raise yourself up on the ranks

And now who is trying to raise himself up on the ranks? We are saying the same thing mate.
The mobo I posted has no firewire and cost $25 less. And like you said "USB 3.0 is the thing now adays for Input Devices"
February 13, 2012 7:49:45 PM

I guess i over reacted. My fault mate. And no i'd hope no one is here just to raise themselves amongst the ranks, forgive me friend. As long as were on the same page. I am not here to look better. i am here to help people
a b 4 Gaming
February 13, 2012 7:55:53 PM

Rockdpm said:
I guess i over reacted. My fault mate. And no i'd hope no one is here just to raise themselves amongst the ranks, forgive me friend. As long as were on the same page. I am not here to look better. i am here to help people


No problem, as I typed before I sometimes misread too :D .
a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2012 2:41:27 AM

lols
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