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March 21, 2012 1:22:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week, no rush really.

Budget Range: under 2,000

System Usage: Gaming. Mostly playing SWTOR...highest setting possiable

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: gaming

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, havent really used this option. any ideas?

Monitor Resolution: Will be using two19in monitors at the moment. Might upgrade one to like a 22in and still use the other 19in if possible

Additional Comments: Like to this built to be upgradeable and be able to last :o 

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $219
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $29

MoBo: Not for sure about motherboards..Need help here.. $129
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or??

PSU: CORSAIR 850W Should be enough with OCing? $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive: Seagate 2TB $119 Might downgrade to 1TB or 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial 128gb big enough? $164
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: 8gb $50 any tips
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or
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GPU: $469 Im still up in the air for GPU...Or should i wait for the GTX 680 to come out..coming out march
22??
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:Rosewill $90 open for ideas... like cable management, fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If i get the Rosewill...140mm fan for bottom $10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Couldnt find a 120mx18m fan for behind the motherboard [Behind motherboard 1 x 120mm Fan (18mm thickness only) (optional


This system is basically for playing SWTOR for now. But want to leave my opinions open for other uses i might need for it. Also would like to make this a system to last and able to upgrade
March 21, 2012 2:03:44 AM

I would rather have a $100 Gigabyte Z68 motherboard over those ASRock boards. Gigabyte has a much longer and better track record. AsRock is the new kid on the block of PC motherboards.

PSU - I would rather see you get an XFX 850w.

RAM - The 1600 will gain you pretty much nothing over 1333 for that $10 extra. You should consider getting CT2KIT51264BA1339 instead.

Video Card - With $2000 I would be getting a 7970 myself. I wouldn't bother waiting for Nvidia to release their next gen stuff.

Case - HAF 912 is pretty close to the ideal case. You can always spend more on cutesy stuff, but the behind the motherboard fans and the front bottom fans have not really been shown to be worth their weight in gold.

The back side of motherboards isn't usually that hot anyway, and the front bottom intake often disrupts airflow trying to get to the video card by redirecting it upwards instead of backwards.

I honestly don't see a whole lot of reason to use something other than HAF 912 unless you can get a clearly better case for the same price as it. Not something that happens often with the pretty aggressive pricing on the HAF 912.
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March 21, 2012 2:28:40 PM

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PSU - I would rather see you get an XFX 850w

Havent work with XFX before. So better then compare to the Corsairs?

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Video Card - With $2000 I would be getting a 7970 myself. I wouldn't bother waiting for Nvidia to release their next gen stuff.

Makes sense. I think i will change to the 7970. Im more of a AMD fan then Nvida products. So no sense on waiting for the kepler/680??

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I honestly don't see a whole lot of reason to use something other than HAF 912 unless you can get a clearly better case for the same price as it. Not something that happens often with the pretty aggressive pricing on the HAF 912.

The HAF 912 looks ok to me. Only thing that appeals to me is the option for a 200m top fan

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I would rather have a $100 Gigabyte Z68 motherboard over those ASRock boards. Gigabyte has a much longer and better track record. AsRock is the new kid on the block of PC motherboards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ??


Anymore recommendations

Thanks for anyone responding :D 
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March 21, 2012 3:44:33 PM

If you have no huge preference and don't want to run AMD's Eyefinity, wait for the GTX 680.
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March 21, 2012 6:16:33 PM

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If you have no huge preference and don't want to run AMD's Eyefinity, wait for the GTX 680.

Looks like its going to be tomorrow when it comes out. On some the forums i seen, seems like it back and forth between the 680 and the 7970. Since some of the specs on the 680 are lower then the 7970. I like to see some stock benchmark test before I make my final decision. Hopefully some will come out shortly after the release.

Or should I just go for the 680? And if do go for the higher end GPU, should I upgrade to a I7 and bigger PSU, since sometime in the future i will be OC both?

Anyone else have any feedback on the GPUs or the my system setup?
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March 22, 2012 12:10:21 AM

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Or should I just go for the 680? And if do go for the higher end GPU, should I upgrade to a I7 and bigger PSU, since sometime in the future i will be OC both?


After looking some other posts. Looks like the I7 is overkill, esp since i will be overclocking I5 at some time in the future. Is that correct?
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March 22, 2012 5:16:39 AM

XFX is always good, Corsair is not always good (in PSUs).

Video Card - Wait or not, whatever. Nvidia is usually more expensive for the same performance point. They have a more beloved brand name and they cash in on it just like Apple does.

HAF 912 - Its "the" case. Good for pretty much everybody. It is hard to come up with situations where you should get a better or worse case than that.

Gigabyte Z68XP Motherboard - A regular Z68AP or the UD3 are cheaper and just as good for most people.

i7 - It is indeed overkill. You gain pretty much nothing in gaming with the 2600 or 2700ks vs the 2500k.
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March 27, 2012 5:09:20 PM

you could buy a gtx 680 and x79 in your budget

my recommendation

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...


x79 seems an overkill now but if you can affort then why not beside the op wanted to future proof the build so he can upgrade the cpu to 6core one.

also in future if he is gonna sli these high end gpu then x79 is good option as it has 40 lanes of pci which means that both the cards can run at x16 without loosing bandwidth and possible performance.

lastly i would suggest to go full tower for future upgradation and cm storm trooper also has air filters which are easily removable wich saves a lot of time , and keeps your pc dust free and not slow it.

if you think to go tri sli then change the psu to seasonic x-1250w 80+ gold psu and it has the optimum amps to supply the 3 gtx 680 as well as hd 7970.

the gtx 680 will be in stock soon.

hope this helps :hello: 
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March 27, 2012 8:03:10 PM

Thank you for the great feedback. That really helps alot. I like that built alot and it looks close to mine. Here is the latest updated I made before your feedback

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

I will be go to sli something in the future and add in another 680 but that will be in the far future.

I guess the only left issue left, is deciding on the case. And i will be ready to order. Like you said hopefully the 680 will be in stock soon.

thanks again.
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March 27, 2012 8:09:32 PM

I thought x79 doesn't support PCIE 3.0?

Isn't Nvidia limiting transfer rates on the x79 boards to 5 GT/S?
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March 28, 2012 5:29:22 PM

make that wishlist public as the how to ask build says.
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March 29, 2012 12:41:38 AM

Best answer selected by thirdeye00.
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