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April 8, 2012 8:57:08 PM

Hello everyone ,

It would be nice if you guys can help me out with my new gaming pc , it is my first time that i would build one and i would like to be 100% sure of what i'll purchase .

Thanks you in advanced.


Approximate Purchase Date : In 4 - 5 months
Budget Range : ~ 1500 $
System Usage : Hardcore Gaming
Country : MRU
Parts Preferences : Nvidia / intel / Asus
Overclocking : As an option
SLI : Sure

Parts Spec:


MoBo : ASUS X58 ATX Motherboard Rampage III Formula
Video : Nvidia 580 x 2 ( x3 later )
Ram : CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB ( or G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB )
Core : i7-2600k
Power : COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3
Cooler :COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
HDD : Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX 300GB
Case : ??? ( or COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 )


Comments please

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April 8, 2012 9:07:23 PM

omegasama said:
Hello everyone ,

It would be nice if you guys can help me out with my new gaming pc , it is my first time that i would build one and i would like to be 100% sure of what i'll purchase .

Thanks you in advanced.


Approximate Purchase Date : In 4 - 5 months
Budget Range : ~ 1500 $
System Usage : Hardcore Gaming
Country : MRU
Parts Preferences : Nvidia / intel / Asus
Overclocking : As an option
SLI : Sure

Parts Spec:


MoBo : ASUS X58 ATX Motherboard Rampage III Formula
Video : Nvidia 580 x 2 ( x3 later )
Ram : CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB ( or G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB )
Core : i7-2600k
Power : COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3
Cooler :COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
HDD : Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX 300GB
Case : ??? ( or COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 )


Comments please




You should get the Corsair 800t/600t case, great cable management and plenty of room to work with.
a b B Homebuilt system
April 8, 2012 9:16:37 PM

The i7 2600k is not an LGA 1366 processor; it has 1155 contacts, so you need a Z68 or Z77 motherboard (there are others, but you want Z68 and Z77)

Is the gtx 680 available in your country?

Where will you be buying parts and at what resolution will you be playing games?

You don't want a Cooler Master PSU; they usually don't do well with voltage regulation as Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, PC Power and Cooling, or Enermax PSU's.

I would recommend something like a Corsair TX 850 if you want the ability to SLI gtx 680's in the future.

Velociraptors are old news. A slightly smaller SSD at around the same price would give you much more speed. Maybe a 128 GB Pyro SE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and then buy a 1 TB mechancal drive (Western Digital Caviar Black FAEX or Samsung Spinpoint F3) for less-used programs and storage.
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April 9, 2012 1:45:17 AM

mortonww said:
The i7 2600k is not an LGA 1366 processor; it has 1155 contacts, so you need a Z68 or Z77 motherboard (there are others, but you want Z68 and Z77)

Is the gtx 680 available in your country?

Where will you be buying parts and at what resolution will you be playing games?

You don't want a Cooler Master PSU; they usually don't do well with voltage regulation as Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, PC Power and Cooling, or Enermax PSU's.

I would recommend something like a Corsair TX 850 if you want the ability to SLI gtx 680's in the future.

Velociraptors are old news. A slightly smaller SSD at around the same price would give you much more speed. Maybe a 128 GB Pyro SE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and then buy a 1 TB mechancal drive (Western Digital Caviar Black FAEX or Samsung Spinpoint F3) for less-used programs and storage.




For buying, i will have to buy it from ebay/amazone etc... ( somehow, cause some parts cannot be found in my country)

For th SSD sure ill buy the link you shown above , its a nice disk :) 

Can you suggest me another board kinda similar to the Rampage III , or i was thinking to buy an I7-970 /980 , but the prices are so high


a b B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 3:47:04 AM

I don't think you can go wrong with a Gigabyte UD3H z77 board. I've used the UD3 z68 and before then, the P67 version and neither client has had any problems with them. I use an ASUS sabertooth x58 board, but it's probably needlessly expensive. I think the Sabertooth z77 is going for $240 on newegg whereas the UD3H is $170.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
April 9, 2012 3:50:02 AM

For gaming, an i5 3570K will be perfect. You wouldn't want a 970 or 980 at this budget. It would be too large a portion spent on CPU with no gain in gaming performance. None.
April 10, 2012 5:47:08 PM

<<<< P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 vs Sabertooth z77 vs ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z >>>>



Personally i prefer a RoG board, specially the maximus or sabertooth , but i cannot decide which board is the best so far.

As from Gigabyte , i own a very old board and i remember having several issues with it , that's why ill skip Gigabyte for a long time

Also I've been googling for some quit hours about a good board that will fit my exigences , and i found something called " Hydra chip " and " lucid something", strangely i do not know at all what are these 2 thing :S


Thanks you [mortonww, theshiznut] for your replies
April 11, 2012 4:39:52 PM

This is what i came up to at the moment. I think its a pretty nice combination, but i really dont know if each parts are compatible to each other.

MoBo : P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 vs Sabertooth z77 vs ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z ( one of those 3 , any advise?)

Core : i7-2600k

Video : Nvidia 580 x 2 ( x3 later )

Ram : CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB or G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB

Power : Corsair TX950 / Corsair AX1200

Cooler : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1

HDD : Corsair Force Series GT 120gb or Pyro SE 128gb (the one mention by mortonww)
: got a samsung 1TB already so xd...

Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 or any better suggestion ?


By the way i forgot to say that i'll buy only a single monitor , so you think sli is a good option ?
a b B Homebuilt system
April 17, 2012 12:24:58 AM

Two 580's is overkill for a single monitor. Get one gtx 680 for now. That card performs in the ballpark of a 590 and should be unstoppable at 1080p. If you think you'll be going 3D, multimonitor, or both in the future, you will be fine with a Corsair TX 750 for SLI gtx 680's because the 680's are 195 Watt TDP cards. Case looks good, P8Z68-V PRO will be fine.

One thing, though: Intel just pushed the Ivy Bridge release date to April 23rd. Can you wait 7 days to build this?
April 17, 2012 9:08:38 PM

MoBo : Asus P8Z77
RaM : G.Skill Sniper Series 8gb ( a cheap 16gb if i can find one )
PSU : Corsair Pro series HX1050 1050w
CPU : i7-3770K
SSD : Corsair force series 3
GPU :
Cooler : Noctua NH-D14
Case : Cooler Master HAF 932 advanced


Currently at $ 1209 without gpu, what you thing sir ?
a b B Homebuilt system
April 17, 2012 9:19:36 PM

omegasama said:
MoBo : Asus P8Z77
RaM : G.Skill Sniper Series 8gb ( a cheap 16gb if i can find one )
PSU : Corsair Pro series HX1050 1050w
CPU : i7-3770K
SSD : Corsair force series 3
GPU :
Cooler : Noctua NH-D14
Case : Cooler Master HAF 932 advanced


Currently at $ 1209 without gpu, what you thing sir ?


At 1209, that only leaves you about 300 for the GPU. That means you can only get either a radeon 7850 or gtx 570. I would say drop the i7 to an i5 and invest the extra money to a better gpu such as the radeon 7870.
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