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April 13, 2012 11:11:10 PM

I'm working on piecing out a new rig, I need it to be able to run any game on the market at full settings and also have it be a decent work horse for excel and statistical analysis software. This is what I am looking at building now:

CPU:
Intel Core i-5 2500k processor ($220)

Motherboard:
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 ($260)

Video Card:
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 CLASSIFIED ULTRA, 3072MB GDDR5 ($525)

HDD1 (Boot Drive):
Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive ($147)

HDD2 (Storage Drive):
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM ($75)

Case:
Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T ($167)

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz ($55)

Optical Drive:
Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive ($28)

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE ($105)

I would like to optimize this for what I want without breaking the bank. What are the best ways to make this build better without spending too much more. Could I save by going down to two 560ti video cards without losing too much performance? Should I upgrade the processor to an i-7. Are the benefits of using a SSD for a boot drive worth it?

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April 13, 2012 11:12:56 PM

2 560tis will not be too far off one 580. If you can deal with the pains of SLI, get it. However, I highly recommend the Radeon 7950. It is around the same price, performs better, and is cooler.
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April 13, 2012 11:20:42 PM

If you're near a Microcenter, they have the Intel i7 2600K for only $200, compared to the i5's $220-$230 price.
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April 13, 2012 11:23:43 PM

And microcenter has the i5-2500k for $180. No need for an i7-2600k for gaming or small software like that.
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April 13, 2012 11:30:42 PM

But for $20 price difference, might as well. I would get the 2600k if it was only $20 extra.
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April 13, 2012 11:30:50 PM

I would get a 2600k for 200$ in the heartbeat. Why not?
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April 13, 2012 11:35:02 PM

Yeah, but $20 more, you can't go wrong. 2MB more cache(6MB to 8MB is pretty tangible, Hyper threading, etc.) I mean, the difference isn't THAT big, but more futureproof, and if you can cut the build by $20(cheaper PSU for one), then you can EASILY squeeze it into your budget. However, they are hoing FAST, and I mean fast. Call your local store if you have one, and ask if they have in stock. If they do, order online, the price will show up in the cart, and you'll be able to pickup in store. The i7 also pwns in multithreaded applications:


http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7...
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April 13, 2012 11:45:08 PM

Since when is statistical analysis multi-threaded?
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April 13, 2012 11:47:02 PM

azeem, why wouldn't you get a more powerful CPU for 20$ more. That's like 4 happy meals.
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April 13, 2012 11:50:12 PM

In games, it will be the same, but in video encoding, multithreaded software, it OWNS. PWNS. Look the i5 is $220, so by getting the i7 he saves money, so nothing wrong with that. If he gets an $80 PSU, he can easily get it.
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April 13, 2012 11:53:15 PM

I am also getting a fairly pricy case. Should I consider cutting that doing and going with an antec nine hundred for $100 instead? Also should I keep or cut out the SSD
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April 13, 2012 11:55:52 PM

More powerful for WHAT?
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April 13, 2012 11:57:30 PM

And also should I think about bumping down my motherboard at all?
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April 13, 2012 11:58:27 PM

Yeah, the Rampage is overkill for gaming. I recommend the P8Z68-V/Gen3.
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April 13, 2012 11:59:43 PM

It's $20 more. Get the i7 2600k. There is no reason not to. Even if it's a complete wash, you will have at most wasted $20 over the entire lifetime of your system.
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April 14, 2012 12:01:05 AM

Make sure you disable HT, as that hurts gaming performance.
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April 14, 2012 12:01:42 AM

Okay well i'm not near a microcenter so therefore the difference in cost is more like $80 between the two, unless there is somewhere else to get it for that cheap. I thought the 2500k was supposed to be superior for gaming anyway?
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April 14, 2012 12:04:34 AM

It is better price/performance, even if the difference in price was $20. They are saying $20 is worth getting an unneeded processor.
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April 14, 2012 12:09:05 AM

Not near Microcenter? i5 2500K FTW!!! For $20, it's worth it, but $80 is NOT worth it. It's really OK though. The difference is only really noticible in video editing/mltithreaded apps. In gaming the difference is like 2fps.
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April 14, 2012 12:14:41 AM

And 2 fps in certain situations means the difference between playable and unplayable.
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April 14, 2012 12:19:07 AM

Now as for the video card should I go with the 580 classified or a HD7950 for about $50 less? or go another route and SLI two 560ti's?
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April 14, 2012 12:19:48 AM

I am also getting a fairly pricy case. Should I consider cutting that doing and going with an antec nine hundred for $100 instead? Also should I keep or cut out the SSD
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April 14, 2012 12:25:18 AM

Yeah, that's probably a good idea, the 900 or the HAF 922 are good. Keep the SSD, maybe move it down to 64 but I would keep 128. I like mine. However, I would not get that GPU. If you are spending that much already.. Get this card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 14, 2012 1:22:56 AM

Okay here is the new setup, what are the thoughts on this versus the original?

CPU:
Intel Core i-5 2500k processor ($220)

Motherboard:
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 Motherboards P8Z68-V/GEN3 ($180)

Video Card:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB DDR5 ($550)

HDD1 (Boot Drive):
Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive ($147)

HDD2 (Storage Drive):
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM ($75)

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX ($100)

RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz ($55)

Optical Drive:
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal ($23)

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE ($105)

This rig is about $125 cheaper
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April 14, 2012 1:42:35 AM

I will probably OC, so i'll have to add the better heatsink. Right now this is about a $1500 rig. With the specs it should last me a little while
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April 14, 2012 2:36:10 PM

I have pretty close build and I would suggest adding Artic5 to lower your CPU temp further (though the suggested cooler may have good thermal compound included). I regret not getting a 120GB SSD, so you did good there. I'm only half way full on my 64GB, but I disabled quite a number of things to save space. Just FYI, the 600T is almost as big as a full Tower. I got a faulty 400R, but Corsair has great CS, that helped me fix the issue. Watch out for cases with two many gaping grates for fans. They are dust pits. I had to buy a bunch of 140 & 120mm fans/filters to close it up and the cases don't come with any screws for the fans or way to close up the gaps.

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
Sapphire HD 6850 GPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Overclocked to 4.5Ghz (w/ Temps hovering around 28 Celsius w/ regular use)
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm After Market CPU Cooler w/ Artic5
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (mobo defaulted to 1600/changed to 1866)
SAMSUNG 830 64GB SATA III (Boot-Up/OS)
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1250 Tuner Card
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Corsair Carbide 400R Case (Great cable management/dust pit w/o extra fans)
LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray Writer
Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Blue
Western Digital 300 GB
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6
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April 14, 2012 2:47:12 PM

lol i7 2600k for 200bucks is a freaking steal at least for people in my country.

it's 13,500php in my local stores and it's 1$ us = 43php

i7 2600k = 313.95$ us

big difference there. If I were in your shoes(sadly I'm not) I would even get 2 or so of those beast
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April 14, 2012 11:04:23 PM

He said it is $80 difference.
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