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March 29, 2012 10:42:48 PM

hey guys i recently built a gaming computer for a friend with 700 dollars and you guys here helped me out soo much with the build but know since my client and me were so impressed with the performance of that build! me and my wife want to invest 2500 into a gaming computer since we both game, but i have no idea where to start can i afford dual gtx 590's? or should i go with radeon 6990's? core i7's? xeon's? we really have never delt with a gaming computer of this magnitude? air cooling ? intercooling or water cooled? like can anyone offer us any parts we might want to incorporate? or instead of crossfiring or sly could i just get a radeon 7970 with like 3gb of memory? or a gtx 600 series? or could i afford 2? i am lost lol sorry about this question since i dont even have a starter build to offer we just dont know where to start


P.S. !!HERE IS THE VIDEO OF ME UNPACKING THE 700 DOLLAR BUILDS PARTS SORRY FOR THE SOUND BEING OFF BUT I DID GIVE THANKS TO YOU GUYS ON TOMSHARDWARE AROUND THE END!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdayG6KPeG4



Here is the thread:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...



Parts i have decided to get :
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b 4 Gaming
March 29, 2012 10:45:29 PM

Will be back with abuild in a min...
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March 29, 2012 10:46:49 PM

You should go with neither 6990s nor 590s. What resolution are you going to be playing at?
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March 29, 2012 10:55:32 PM

hopefully on a 1920 x 1200 28 inch or even maybe a 25 inch 1920 x 1080. aka the second one is what i have right know the first one is what we are trying to get on the side we were going to go with like 2 monitors but we just dont need it personally
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a b 4 Gaming
March 29, 2012 10:57:23 PM

^^^^ The build will last for years. Also added CPU cooler to cool CPU.

Also, you can build a computer that will game on 1200p/1080p for less than $1750.
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March 29, 2012 10:59:30 PM

well obsama1 could i just upgrade the memory to this ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that is personally a bit low on the price i said 2500 because that is what around minnimum what we want to spend we can stretch it to 3000? i am going to mess with it but if you can add anything with more money that would increase performance feel free too we really want a enthusiast build :)  we dont want to have to upgrade anytime soon
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March 29, 2012 11:00:11 PM

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D $189. 99

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 $154.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $224.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard
$149.99


G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $46.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI $149.99

EVGA GTX 680 499.99 out of stock good luck


Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $164.99

Corsair H80 or H100 $90-113 out of stock

There you go dude this system is config is beastly
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a b 4 Gaming
March 29, 2012 11:07:06 PM

Not bad, but are you going to overlock?
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March 29, 2012 11:09:04 PM

that is the case!
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March 29, 2012 11:13:02 PM

obsama1 said:
Not bad, but are you going to overlock?

well we didnt think we would have too but we would like our computer's cooling system to handle the heat threash hold incase we decide to overclock you know? i dont want to overclock it and have it crash due to high temp's lol
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a b 4 Gaming
March 29, 2012 11:13:40 PM

How much? 5GHz, 4.5 GHZ, etc. If you are going over 4.5GHz, get liquid cooling, if nor, stick with the Hyper 212 Evo.
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March 29, 2012 11:32:47 PM

For $2500 you could build two I5-2500k, HD 7870, 8gb ram,CM 212 evo, 500w bronze PSU,dvd drv, 500gb HD, $50 case gaming rigs and have enough to get the display you want, keyboard, mouse, speakers and an OS.Then you and the wife can game together.
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March 30, 2012 12:50:38 AM

davidit said:
hey guys i recently built a gaming computer for a friend with 700 dollars and you guys here helped me out soo much with the build but know since my client and me were so impressed with the performance of that build! me and my wife want to invest 2500 into a gaming computer since we both game, but i have no idea where to start can i afford dual gtx 590's? or should i go with radeon 6990's? core i7's? xeon's? we really have never delt with a gaming computer of this magnitude? air cooling ? intercooling or water cooled? like can anyone offer us any parts we might want to incorporate? or instead of crossfiring or sly could i just get a radeon 7970 with like 3gb of memory? or a gtx 600 series? or could i afford 2? i am lost lol sorry about this question since i dont even have a starter build to offer we just dont know where to start


P.S. !!HERE IS THE VIDEO OF ME UNPACKING THE 700 DOLLAR BUILDS PARTS SORRY FOR THE SOUND BEING OFF BUT I DID GIVE THANKS TO YOU GUYS ON TOMSHARDWARE AROUND THE END!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdayG6KPeG4



Here is the thread:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...



Parts i have decided to get :
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

probably the most important part of a gaming pc is deciding what resolution you want to play at and then building around what you need to play at that resolution.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2012 2:15:03 AM

This RAM is better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, if you want, as suggested above, I can adjust the build for 2 gaming computers.

Also, the 3960X is a ripoff, if you're OK with 2MB less cache and 100MHz downlock get the 3930K for 1/2 the price. Really, for gaming, you only need an i5 2500K, an i7 2600K is overkill a LGA 2011 CPU is major, major overkill. What games are you playing? Get the 3930K/3820/2700K and use the money to buy another 680 for tri-SLI, or get a better mobo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2012 2:40:30 AM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards.


http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <---- Those are Asrocks Z77 and Z75 board line up so far...although they are going to add more boards here soon. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI also have their boards ready to go. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- full review with benchmarks



http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-680-overclock... <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks




http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Gaming-CC-... $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-850-Power-Supply/dp/B0050... $122.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... $200 or less
ASRock Z77 Extreme4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $128.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D... $136.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Intern... $19.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $499.99
ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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March 30, 2012 4:11:35 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Overall should be somewhere around $2500-$2700. This is just the PC itself. This is what I would build personally if I had that budget.

* Notes :

I opted for a 1155 socket, so that I could upgrade to Ivy Bridge. That's what I would do personally. I believe it to be a better option than 2011.


Edit* I included the Blu-Ray drive only because I wasn't sure if you wanted, so just covered it...personally I'd just get a DVD combo drive and save about $120
Also, if you don't need super features you can just get the Home Premium 64bit Windows 7....save $40
Only picked the H100 cooler for aesthetics and because it fits perfectly.....you could go with something just as good performance wise for about 50...saving $50
I am a media freak, That's why I like the 2TB drive...but you can save around $70 - $100 if you prefer just 1 TB
Went with 2700k...cuz only 15 bucks higher than 2600k....so you can save there as well and really won't see performance hit....it's your preference thats why I point it out.


So with absolutely ZERO performance loss, you can actually subtract around $ 300 from my listed parts....... do what you please with it....It sure does let you add bells and whistles though....like super cool misc. Items like mice, keyboard, Monitor etc...or more expensive Case if you so desire....since the looks are something many tend to disagree on. I love the simple look hence the 650D.

Just wanted to give the heads up.
Happy Building!!!
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March 30, 2012 4:33:21 PM

Cpu- Core i7-2600k
Mother Board- Gigabyte z68-xp-ud4(it also support ivy bridge and pci expp 3.0)
Ram- corsair dominator 8Gb 1866 MHz\ Gskill -1866 MHZ
Case- corsair 500R
HDD- WD 1TB cavier Black
SSd- OCZ VERTEX 3 120GB
GPU- EVGA GTX_680
PSU- AX - 850
monitor- ASUS VG278H (3d)27" inch
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March 30, 2012 4:34:20 PM

Dude you should invest in a nice 30" monitor with 2560x1600 resolution there is nothing better than that. I know it costs but these are the money worth spending
Go for i5 2500k or i72600k they are fast enough no need to loose arm and a leg for x79 mb and 2011 CPU which performs almost the same as 2600k

So buy a really really nice case, great 30"monitor, 680, i7 2600k, beautiful mouse and keaboard and you are set for the next 2-3 years
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a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2012 4:56:55 PM

+1 for ips monitor.

I would go for the 27" ips monitor hp and dell are available in your budget for 27-30" ips monitor
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a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2012 5:08:55 PM

obsama1 said:
How much? 5GHz, 4.5 GHZ, etc. If you are going over 4.5GHz, get liquid cooling, if nor, stick with the Hyper 212 Evo.

If he is going over 4.5 GHz, he still won't need liquid cooling. The Noctua D14 can go to 5+ GHz.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2012 6:38:37 PM

obsama1 said:
How much? 5GHz, 4.5 GHZ, etc. If you are going over 4.5GHz, get liquid cooling, if nor, stick with the Hyper 212 Evo.

Anything over 4.4ghz - 4.5ghz nets you pretty much a big zero and is for bragging rights only. From 4.4ghz - 5.0ghz is maybe a gain of 2 - 3 FPS not to mention the extra volts you have to throw at that cpu to get it that high.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 30, 2012 6:41:11 PM

Yes the pinacle performance a cpu gives is upto 4.7 ghz max
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April 4, 2012 2:04:55 PM

I could not break 4.4 on liquid with my 2500K...maybe I got the chip from the side buffer :( 
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a b 4 Gaming
April 4, 2012 3:46:53 PM

maxinexus said:
I could not break 4.4 on liquid with my 2500K...maybe I got the chip from the side buffer :( 

With Sandy Bridge any gain past 4.4Ghz - 4.5Ghz is minimal at best.
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April 4, 2012 5:24:37 PM

wait for the Ivy to come out and as you said previously you will not upgrade the Rig for another few years wheres what i would recommend is

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ NCIX US )(will have to replace it with 3770K)

Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg) (replace it with a Z77 motherboard )

Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ B&H)

Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ B&H)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)

Solid State Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Newegg)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($507.86 @ Newegg)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($507.86 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.98 @ Amazon)

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($87.46 @ discountmountain)

Total: $2238.07

and for cooling go for
XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit $129.99

Grand Total : 2368.06
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