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Need Advice - Gaming Rig

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March 20, 2012 4:52:01 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks

Budget Range: 2500.00 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.....gaming

Parts Not Required: Just building the tower

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memory Express http://www.memoryexpress.com/

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: GeForce

Overclocking: Likely yes, never actually tried before.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Would like it to be quiet and the cable management to be neat. Also looking for some recomendations regarding CPU cooling.

Thanks in advance.

TMH

Parts:

Corsair - Carbide Series 500R Case, Black

INTEL - Core™ i7-2600K Processor, 3.40GHz w/ 8MB Cache

MSI - Z68A-GD55 w/ DDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E, CrossFireX / SLI

Corsair - Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB), Racing Red

Corsair - Force Series GT SATA III Solid State Drive, 120GB

Western Digital - 1.5TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache

LG - BH12 Super Multi Blue 12x Internal SATA Blu-ray Disc Writer, Black w/ Lightscribe

2 x EVGA - GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI

OCZ - ZX Series 1000W Modular Power Supply

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March 20, 2012 1:54:59 PM

2500$ for playing at 1080p??? way overkill man. did you already buy a monitor?
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March 20, 2012 2:51:44 PM

wait for kepler gpus dont buy the 580's
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March 20, 2012 3:14:50 PM

As sosofm said, grab the i5-2500k over the i7-2600k, you wont notice any difference, because there is none when it comes to gaming.

Secondly, DO NOT go out and buy GTX 580's, especially not TWO of them.

Either take a look at a single 7970 (you can buy another later on if you really think you need it) OR, wait until the Nvidia 6xx series of GPU's.

1000w PSU is probably going to be over-kill for new GPU's too. Crossfire 7970's require only a 750w PSU, although id probably grab an 850w just for some headroom. I have a feeling the same standards will occur with the Nvidia 6xx series. So hold out on spending so much on a PSU until you know a) how much power you'll need, and b) what GPU's your getting.

Not a huge fan of the MSI motherboard myself, with such a nice budget and the components you plan on running, id recommend the ASUS P8Z68-v PRO GEN3.
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March 21, 2012 3:25:46 AM

Thanks for all the advice everyone. 1080 is my old monitor, new one is already on order so it looks like I have reworking to do. I heard MSI was a board to start of for overclocking and I 'll check out the ASUS one as well

Thanks again,

TMH


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March 21, 2012 9:56:20 AM

ASUS motherboard comes with great Auto-over-clocking features if you don't feel confident to play about with your own settings. I'm fairly sure it won Tom's Hardware Z68 motherboard of choice award at some point too.

Solid board when comes to features and reliability.

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March 22, 2012 8:12:32 PM

The Mad Hatter said:
Thanks for all the advice everyone. 1080 is my old monitor, new one is already on order so it looks like I have reworking to do. I heard MSI was a board to start of for overclocking and I 'll check out the ASUS one as well

Thanks again,

TMH

whats the new monitor's resolution?
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