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1500 Gaming PC - Need review and advice

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February 28, 2012 8:18:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Buying pieces here and there with completion July 2012. The delay is for 2 reasons.
1. I have a wife and spending 1500 on something she cares little for takes some charm
2. I hope to get lucky and run into some parts on sale along the way.

Budget Range: flexible 1500. Less is awesome. More is not impossible.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming. Period. RPG, MMOs, newest games.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers (I gots these)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon (gogo prime), and open to suggestions on locating sales.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: (I guess I’ll put current build thoughts in this section)
CASE: I am in love with Corsair’s Obsidian line. I need help determining how big I need to go. I am open to recommendations, but it will be hard to go with another due to what I perceive as good air flow, cable management, and simplistic but intimidating appearance.

Examples: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UE1W9K/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...
too big?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...
too small?

CPU: From reading these forums and based on my usage: overclocked i5 2500K. I feel more comfortable with Intel, but that could just be the commercials with that robot. Ivy Bridge? My research leads me to think I don’t need to wait on it… : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004EBUXHQ/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...

PSU: Not 100% on power requirements. I read a fair amount in the power supply section, but would like recommendations with consideration of overclocking and SLI/crossfire in the future. 80plus silver+ seems good. But thinking: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MYFODI/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...

GPU: I would like to budget $500. SLI/crossfire or not to SLI/crossfire that is the question. 2 560 ti’s or a $500 single card with dreams to SLI/crossfire later…? I need suggestions on $500 single card recommendations.
Examples: SLI - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004KZHRAM/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...
Solo - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0070APVQ6/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...
Any difference in performance?

SSD: Just for OS. Crucial 100$.
Example: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W2JKWG/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...

HDD: 1TB.
Example: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...
Can you get this RPM for $100? Linked is 150.

Optical Drive: nothing special. Why blue ray? I have a ps3 and a TV!

RAM: Probably 8GB corsair vengeance. Is there much difference in performance between brands? Also, my understanding is 16GB is not getting me anything extra? Why not? Its so cheap.
What is special about this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00592002W/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_a...

CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Fan Hyper 212. This ok?

Motherboard: Really at a loss on this one……ASUS or Gigabyte seem to be most respected brand. And for some unknown reason ASrock to a lesser degree. I would like the option to SLI/Crossfire and overclock (once I learn about that!). Price seems to very a lot on this item.
Example: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=13-157-... $150
EXAMPLE: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=13-131-... $250
(these links may not work. If so, I'll update)

I have little understanding of what I am getting for 100 bucks extra in the second one. Suggestions?

Overclocking: Maybe, I need to read up.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, eventually.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This is my first build. I am still learning so all information will be greatly appreciated. I am currently running a dell dimension with a GeFroce 9500 gt! I upgraded that myself! The PC is about 6 years old…looking to be wowed with my creation. I have been dealing with 15-25 FPS for too long.
February 28, 2012 8:35:58 PM

well first off you should buy all parts at once so that you can get a refund if there are some bad parts

second, heres a build i think youll like

case: cooler master haf x
mobo: asus p8z68-v pro
cpu: intel i5 2500k
cpu cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo
video card: nvidia gtx 560 ti
ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
hhd: western digital caviar black 500gb
(you can also get 1tb 1.5tb or 2tb if you want more)
ssd: crucial m4 64gb
psu: corsair ax850
optical drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
(if you dont care about blu-ray you can get the sony 24x multi)



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February 28, 2012 8:50:56 PM

CASE: I personally like the smaller case, but only because both side panels come off. I have the Coolermaster HAF 922 (I recommend it), which is enormous to me, but I love that I can access the case completely from both sides. That said, the larger of those two cases has a cutout for some limited access from the other side (for your Hyper 212). But the smaller case comes with no fans, while the larger comes with 2.

CPU: I have also heard that there's no point in waiting for Ivy Bridge.

PSU: You picked a nice one, but it might be on the low borderline for an OC/crossfire build. There are online calculators to help you determine how much you'll need, but you won't know for certain until everything's finalized. Stick with Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic.

GPU: Since this won't be done until July, your GPU is probably the last thing I'd buy. I would in every way recommend that you DON'T Crossfire/SLI. There are just too many issues and visual performance, besides framerate, isn't as good as a single GPU. Right now the Radeon 7950 is pretty darn good, but by July the 7970 might be down near $500. Plus, nVidia's Kepler line is due out sometime soon, and that can potentially change the whole game. Summed up: a single card, wait as long as possible to make your decision.

SSD: Nice.

HDD: You can get a 1TB down near $100, but you have to wait for the sales. That said, wait on this, as there's a small chance prices overall might come down as the year progresses.

RAM: You selected a good brand. And for gaming you don't need more than 8GB. There are just no games out there that use that much space, and few that use more than 4. 8 gives you breathing room for the next couple of years at least.

CPU cooler: Excellent choice. I've heard the Plus is nearly as good as the EVO and for quite a bit cheaper.

Mobo: ASRock's reputation is definitely improving. There's tons more port options on the Asus that you linked, but the ASRock is frankly just fine, even if you decide to crossfire, which hopefully you won't.

Final note: If you can, just wait until July to buy everything. However, if you're spacing it out for other reasons, then leave the GPU and storage for last.
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February 28, 2012 9:40:10 PM

So obvious and so didn't think of it! Thanks for the heads up regarding faulty parts and the possibility of needing a refund. Thanks for the recommendations re: build.

ringzero, thanks for the answers to my questions!

I am not super patient so if I am looking to get all the parts at one it might be within the next week.
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February 28, 2012 10:26:21 PM

Alright, I'll give you the parts list for my new rig I just got. Mine totaled out to be about $1500.

Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Mobo - ASUS P8Z68 V-PRO/GEN3
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked
RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM (PC3 12800)
PSU - Corsair HX850 (750W if you don't plan to SLI)
SSD - Crucial 64GB
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB SATA III 6Gb/s
Disc Drive - LITE-ON DVD Burner (iHAS124-04)

My rig has been outstanding so far, plays every game.

As for you not being patient, you could always sign up for a month of ShopRunner on newegg for free and get that 2 day shipping! Just cancel the membership before the 30 days! :D 
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February 29, 2012 10:37:43 AM
February 29, 2012 1:20:34 PM

^can I get a review on what I purchased?

Should I send anything back?

Thanks.
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February 29, 2012 2:33:20 PM

athalin said:
^can I get a review on what I purchased?

Should I send anything back?

Thanks.

Looks great, dude. I wouldn't change a thing :D .
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February 29, 2012 3:54:49 PM

athalin said:
^can I get a review on what I purchased?

Should I send anything back?

Thanks.


Yeah, looks like a very nice system. Although I still thank that mobo is a bit of overkill. But if you don't mind the extra cash, then why not!
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