What do you think of this for a gaming rig?

Hi everyone :hello:

I just wanted to ask for your opinions on this rig i am soon building and whether i should change any parts etc. I also need a hand with deciding on a case, psu, and monitor size!

Thanks a lot in advance!

Here are the parts so far I am thinking of buying:

Motherboard:
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V-PRO-GEN3-Motherboard/dp/B005T3TLM6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1P1S0KG0GOA4&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

CPU:
Intel Sandybridge i7-2600K Unlocked Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB Cache, Socket 1155) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i7-2600K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B004FA8NOQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IM6NDF05CXRTE&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

GFX Card:
EVGA Nvidia GTX 580 1.5 GB - www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GTX580-1536MB-384-Bit-Graphics/dp/B004X9B2VU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I19Z4O72XJ7KHB&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

RAM:
Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B-1600MHz-Vengeance-Memory/dp/B004RFBIUU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1SQK5E3LHJQ6C&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U
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  1. ReZon4ce said:
    Hi everyone :hello:

    I just wanted to ask for your opinions on this rig i am soon building and whether i should change any parts etc. I also need a hand with deciding on a case, psu, and monitor size!

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    Here are the parts so far I am thinking of buying:

    Motherboard:
    Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V-PRO-GEN3-Motherboard/dp/B005T3TLM6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1P1S0KG0GOA4&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

    CPU:
    Intel Sandybridge i7-2600K Unlocked Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB Cache, Socket 1155) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i7-2600K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B004FA8NOQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IM6NDF05CXRTE&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

    GFX Card:
    EVGA Nvidia GTX 580 1.5 GB - www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GTX580-1536MB-384-Bit-Graphics/dp/B004X9B2VU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I19Z4O72XJ7KHB&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

    RAM:
    Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B-1600MHz-Vengeance-Memory/dp/B004RFBIUU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1SQK5E3LHJQ6C&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U



    For a gaming rig, the i7-2600k offers almost no advantage over the i5-2500k. Games right now dont use hyperthrading, so there is really no advantage.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i5-2500K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B004FA8NX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330197296&sr=8-1


    Also, for gaming you really really do not need more then 8gb.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/G-Skill-Ripjaws-DDR3-1333-Dual/dp/B002X578GE/ref=sr_1_8?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330197438&sr=1-8

    Case, you could try the 912, its highly recommended.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-HAF-Plus--SATA/dp/B003XEDTLM/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330197492&sr=1-1

    PSU, definitely dont skimp on it. Corsair is very trusted.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-650TXV2UK-Enthusiast-Performance-Supply/dp/B004O0P9TO/ref=sr_1_3?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330197548&sr=1-3

    A good 21.5" monitor is good normally.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-S22A300H-21-5-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B0060KBY7C/ref=sr_1_7?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1330197648&sr=1-7


    Hope it helps!
  2. case: cooler master haf x
    its a great case with lots of space and looks cool
    mobo: asus p8z68
    its a very popular motherboard
    cpu: intel i5 2500k
    the 2600k is ZERO% better than it
    cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
    you should be able to oc a 2500k up to like 4.6
    video card: sapphire amd radeon hd 7970
    its the best single gpu card on the planet
    ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
    games only use about 8gb and corsair is a little taller im told
    psu: corsair ax850
    very nice psu
    hhd: western digital caviar black 1.5tb
    its very popular very reliable and if u want u can get the 1tb version
    ssd: corsair foce series 3 60gb
    you can get more gb if you want
    optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
    if you dont care about blu-ray you can get a sony 24x optical drive

    if you need help trimmin the costs tell me and ill try to make it cheaper

    edit:

    monitor: asus vs238h-p 23" monitor
    it has a 2ms response time 16.7 million color variations and its only 175$
  3. It also has low input lag, which is good. :P
  4. Thanks for the prompt reply lads! I appreciate the support! Justdoit thanks for that man it helped me change some stuff around and save money!
  5. xtremegamer2da-max said:
    case: cooler master haf x
    its a great case with lots of space and looks cool
    mobo: asus p8z68
    its a very popular motherboard
    cpu: intel i5 2500k
    the 2600k is ZERO% better than it
    cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
    you should be able to oc a 2500k up to like 4.6
    video card: sapphire amd radeon hd 7970
    its the best single gpu card on the planet
    ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
    games only use about 8gb and corsair is a little taller im told
    psu: corsair ax850
    very nice psu
    hhd: western digital caviar black 1.5tb
    its very popular very reliable and if u want u can get the 1tb version
    ssd: corsair foce series 3 60gb
    you can get more gb if you want
    optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
    if you dont care about blu-ray you can get a sony 24x optical drive

    if you need help trimmin the costs tell me and ill try to make it cheaper

    edit:

    monitor: asus vs238h-p 23" monitor
    it has a 2ms response time 16.7 million color variations and its only 175$


    Thanks man that really helped! The price is just £700 so far, haven't added teh GFX card yet because now im stuck between getting an Nvidia GTX 580 (i have ALWAYS gone with Nvidia cards) Or the sapphire one you mentioned! I would like the best performance with no lag but though!
  6. Do you have a budget for your system? If you can spend all the money in the world, then go for all the top of the line products!

    If you are on a tight budget, I would go for an i5 like the others said. But an i7 is nice for bragging rights. If you plan on doing other intensive applications other than gaming, then an i7 might be a good investment.

    You have a good choice for your motherboard. It will be compatible with the upcoming Ivy Bridge processors and has more than enough PCIe slots.

    16GB is overkill for RAM. If you are planning on making a RAM disk, then 16GB is good. Otherwise, you will not encounter any hiccups with just 8GB of RAM. Corsair is a good brand. If you want to save money, I would chose the same type of memory but 2 x 4GB instead of 4 x 4GB.

    With a graphics card like that, you could have dual monitors or run a game in 3D. I don't know if you care for 3D or not (many people don't), but if you can afford it, I would go with ASUS VG Series VG278H Black 27" 3D monitor.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236206

    If you don't care for 3D and have money to spend on a monitor go for Dell's UltraSharp U2711 27" monitor. Its pricey but well worth the money. It has a very high pixel density. 1440p instead of your standard 1080p.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260038

    If you have the room, I would go for a 27" monitor. I like bigger screens because you can have multiple windows open and multitask much easier. I feel so cramped on anything smaller.

    Definitely do not skimp out on your power supply! A cheap power supply may short circuit some of your components or may break after a short time. 850W should be more than enough to power your system. I recommend Corsair.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    I would go for a full tower case over a mid tower because you have more room to work with which will be easier for a beginner. There won't be any issues with any of your parts not fitting. There are a plethora of case designs to chose from and most of them do the same things. Personally, I would go with the COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    Some other noteable options.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001&Tpk=corsair%20800d
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163178

    But I would look around at some of the designs and see which one matches your style. Just browse around a bit and see which case looks the coolest to you. Here is a head start.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006304&IsNodeId=1&name=ATX%20Full%20Tower

    You didn't mention anything for storage. I recommend Seagate or Western Digital for hard drives. 7200rpm is a good speed. If you can afford an SSD, go for it. They are way faster than HDDs.
  7. Metroidam11 said:
    Do you have a budget for your system? If you can spend all the money in the world, then go for all the top of the line products!

    If you are on a tight budget, I would go for an i5 like the others said. But an i7 is nice for bragging rights. If you plan on doing other intensive applications other than gaming, then an i7 might be a good investment.

    You have a good choice for your motherboard. It will be compatible with the upcoming Ivy Bridge processors and has more than enough PCIe slots.

    16GB is overkill for RAM. If you are planning on making a RAM disk, then 16GB is good. Otherwise, you will not encounter any hiccups with just 8GB of RAM. Corsair is a good brand. If you want to save money, I would chose the same type of memory but 2 x 4GB instead of 4 x 4GB.

    With a graphics card like that, you could have dual monitors or run a game in 3D. I don't know if you care for 3D or not (many people don't), but if you can afford it, I would go with ASUS VG Series VG278H Black 27" 3D monitor.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236206

    If you don't care for 3D and have money to spend on a monitor go for Dell's UltraSharp U2711 27" monitor. Its pricey but well worth the money. It has a very high pixel density. 1440p instead of your standard 1080p.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260038

    If you have the room, I would go for a 27" monitor. I like bigger screens because you can have multiple windows open and multitask much easier. I feel so cramped on anything smaller.

    Definitely do not skimp out on your power supply! A cheap power supply may short circuit some of your components or may break after a short time. 850W should be more than enough to power your system. I recommend Corsair.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    I would go for a full tower case over a mid tower because you have more room to work with which will be easier for a beginner. There won't be any issues with any of your parts not fitting. There are a plethora of case designs to chose from and most of them do the same things. Personally, I would go with the COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

    But I would look around at some of the designs and see which one matches your style. Just browse around a bit and see which case looks the coolest to you. Here is a head start.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%20600006304&IsNodeId=1&name=ATX%20Full%20Tower

    You didn't mention anything for storage. I recommend Seagate or Western Digital for hard drives. 7200rpm is a good speed. If you can afford an SSD, go for it. They are way faster than HDDs.


    Hi man thanks for that!

    The last computer i build was over 5 years ago so much has changed!!

    My budget is no more than say £1200 that alone would kill my months pay haha! But worth it!

    I would like the best quad core processor to date which i hear is the i7 2600k but most people are saying its not worth it.
    I will be editing and rendering high defenition videos on sony vegas, would 8 gb ram still suffice?

    Also, I'm more of a 20" monitor guy myself (without 3D as i cant stand it)

    Glad i picked the right motherboard i was struggling quite a lot! And that case you mentioned is the one i am getting haha so that's good!


    Now its just a matter of Nvidia or Sapphire...
  8. ReZon4ce said:
    Hi everyone :hello:

    I just wanted to ask for your opinions on this rig i am soon building and whether i should change any parts etc. I also need a hand with deciding on a case, psu, and monitor size!

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    Here are the parts so far I am thinking of buying:

    Motherboard:
    Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V-PRO-GEN3-Motherboard/dp/B005T3TLM6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1P1S0KG0GOA4&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

    CPU:
    Intel Sandybridge i7-2600K Unlocked Core i7 Quad-Core Processor (3.40GHz, 8MB Cache, Socket 1155) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Sandybridge-i7-2600K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B004FA8NOQ/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=IM6NDF05CXRTE&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

    GFX Card:
    EVGA Nvidia GTX 580 1.5 GB - www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GTX580-1536MB-384-Bit-Graphics/dp/B004X9B2VU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I19Z4O72XJ7KHB&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

    RAM:
    Corsair 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B-1600MHz-Vengeance-Memory/dp/B004RFBIUU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1SQK5E3LHJQ6C&colid=1L7IVCG9ZX44U

    The 7950 is more powerful and uses less power.
  9. ReZon4ce said:

    Now its just a matter of Nvidia or Sapphire...


    Nvidia is the name of the GPU manufacturers. Sapphire produces the whole graphics card itself. Sapphire makes card with AMD's GPU. I think you are trying to decide between Nvidia and AMD.

    I don't want to get into the whole argument of which GPU is better but from what I've read, Nvidia is good for all around graphics. Meaning that it excels in giving you performance outside of games in applications like Photoshop as well as in games. Many games also support Nvidia PhysX which will enhance the experience of some games. AMD would be a better option if you had an AMD CPU.

    An example of PhysX in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_UNRp7Wrog

    Selecting a graphics card can be a little overwhelming with all the options. Many people trust EVGA so you can't go wrong with selecting them. They are not the cheapest brand but they're probably one of the most reliable brands.

    If you are only planning to purchase one monitor, then I think going with a GTX 580 might be too much. You can save yourself over $100 if you go with a 570 or a 560ti. I don't think that you will see too much of a difference. Here is my choice.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593

    8GB of RAM would be enough even if you are planning to edit video in Vegas. Unless if you are planning to edit multiple videos and play Battlfield 3 on ultra settings, then 8GB should be enough.

    I would go for an i7 if you can afford it. The 2700k is not worth the extra .1GHz. The 2600k is the way to go.
  10. this is how amd and nvidia work example: say amd makes the 7970 and then nvidia makes the 680 then amd makes 8970 and nvidia makes the 780 and so on and so on its called the leapfrog game and amd is the last one to make a vid card so amd has the better card. simple as that. and amds card looks cooler. 'nuf said.
  11. xtremegamer2da-max Makes a good point about new cards constantly coming out with slight differences. But I wouldn't base your purchase decision just on the design of the graphics cards.
    Quote:
    and amds card looks cooler.
    This is just an opinion. My favorite color is green, so... :P

    Anyways, I would not get the top of the line graphics card like the 7970 if you are only going to use one 20" monitor and not going to do 3D. Save yourself some dough and go with a mid range AMD or Nvidia card. Both are good card manufacturers. You can't go wrong with either manufacturer. Btw, PhysX is not supported on many games, so don't make your decision based on that.

    But if you want the best that there is, get the 7970. It is currently the best.
  12. I have decided to go with the HD 7970 as i will be using this pc for a LONG time and would like to future proof it for gaming etc, plus i have the PCIe 3.0 motherboard so i might as well use it! It means i wont need to upgarde for a good half or whole year which is good news for my wallet!

    Who needs Physx anyway!? :P I hear there is a mod for ATI to utilize the feature anyway!

    Thanks for all the help guys its really useful! i will post a link to my rig once i have bought all the parts, halfway there now! :D
  13. Good luck! Hopefully you face no problems. :P
  14. azeem40 said:
    Good luck! Hopefully you face no problems. :P


    Touch wood! :P
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