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April 8, 2012 7:10:22 AM

Hi. Stark here, as you have noticed I am in the proccess of building my own gaming computer, and would like your opinion/suggestion on the parts i've picked for my build. My budge is around 1500-2000 USD and I'd like something that can MAX out any game, specially those multiplayers coming out like Guild wars 2 and Diablo 3. Even tough I want something future proof I don't want to wait for ivy bridge because the boost isn't really worth it (for me, please give me your opinion on this. I am a bit confused about it). I am a bit stingy when it comes to money but I don't mind overspending if it means a noticeable boost on overall performance. Well here's my build judge it and tell me where I am doing good and where i need improvement.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6AfS

As you can notice I am not including an SSD which is a must for a fast gaming rig. I am planning to get one but all I see are bad experiences so I'd like your opinions on that also. 128gb will do it and I have a 1TB hard drive at home. I will be getting a cheap DVD-drive, mouse, keyboard and headset ( not to be included on the build) well folks that's about it, please give me as many suggestions as you can, I dont mind re-doing the build if it means a better gaming experience and if something needs to be improved also please comment on that.

Thanks a lot.

Stark

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April 8, 2012 7:23:49 AM

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th.

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... <----- Here's a price run down of the Ivy Bridge cpu's in $USD

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa... <----- Z77 boards already for sale in Australia. In the past few years the Aussies have been getting the goodies a month ahead of the US and Canada including Sandy Bridge and the 1155 boards. The Aussies have already pulled some of the 1155 Cougar Point boards (H61/H67/P67/Z68) from their site. In fact a lot of those boards are no longer for sale on that site compared to last month.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5166/ivy-bridge-overview <----- Line-up of Ivy Bridge desktop cpu's to date.

Z77/Z75 motherboards (Panther Point chipset w/native USB 3.0) and PCI-E 3.0

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 <---- Asrocks Z77 and Z75 boards to date. They all get released with Ivy Bridge.

http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Inte... <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date.

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=2&p=... <----- Gigabyte Z77 board lineup to date.

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/#/?sk=Socket%201155%20(Intel%20i3/i5/i7) <----- MSI Z77 board lineup to date.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c... <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with 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... $160 +/- $15 is a close guess imo
ASRock Z77 Extreme4

http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Proce... $225
Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K 3.4GHz

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.64 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

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.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.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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

Total: $1,301.32 *not including motherboard


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

http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/... <---- a better look at that case
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April 8, 2012 7:37:53 AM

Same price, future proof and what a beautiful case. I guess I dont need to ask whether or not it will max any game thrown at it. I Guess I was just rushing things it is actually worth it to wait for ivy bridge but now my head is about to explode for reading too much.
Thank you very much why_me, I will wait for ivy bridge and I hope you can help me in the future, more like april 29. Thanks again.
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April 8, 2012 7:38:17 AM

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