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600-700USD Gaming Rig - First Timer.

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May 31, 2012 6:43:07 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Planning to buy it next week or at the end of the month of June.

Budget Range: 600-700USD Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies and Surfing the net.

Parts Not Required: Peripherals.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or any site that offer cheap prices.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Nvidia and Intel's I series.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: Planning to go up to 1920x1080 but not more I think.

Additional Comments:

This is my first time to build my own Gaming Rig. Been in the interwebs for quite awhile now lots of reviews and benchmarks. Just want to know if I got all of them right.

Been on a 5-6 year old Dell Inspiron E1505 that I use to play WoW on Low settings. Would like to experience new titles such as Crysis 2 and Skyrim on high details if not superb with decent FPS. But most likely I'll use it on Guild Wars 2 :) .

I want a 600-700 USD gaming rig that has a lot of upgrade potentials such as:

- Ivy Bridge Compatible (maybe)

- Can OC

- Can take advantage of Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge iGPUs

- PSU that can accomodate those upgrades in the future

- Best budget CPU chassis that has great airflow to accomodate additional hardware in the future

- Can add more RAM in the future

What I came up with:

Chassis: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = 54.99usd

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive = 74.99usd

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card(1pc atm, SLI after I saved up enough money) = 189.99usd

PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply = 47.99usd

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 (will upgrade to 8gb 2x4 after I saved up enough money) = 32.99usd

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS or ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (which one is better for its price?) = 142.99usd and 121.99usd respectively.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 (will upgrade to i5-2600k after I saved up enough money) = 119.99usd

Aftermarket Cooler: COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible (is this really necessary for my current set up? or should I get one after acquiring i5-2600k and OC it?) = 49.99usd

Total cost: 698.93USD with the ASUS mobo and 692.92USD with the ASrock mobo. (Rebates not included)

So.. any room for improvement? Any reduction with the price is welcome as long it doesn't compromise performance.

Thanks!

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May 31, 2012 7:20:18 AM

Dont use that cooler, A HYPER212 Plus is the best way to go.


You will want to go to 8gb ram because that HYPER212 is about 20$ less.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

If you want a better quality case all around get the Coolermaster HAF 912 for 5 bucks more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Im not a genius on PSU's but i would probably get a higher wattage one...

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May 31, 2012 7:22:53 AM

BTW dont forget WINDOWS 7 or whatever OS you want to run. It will bump you up 100$
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May 31, 2012 7:27:55 AM

abhop26 said:
BTW dont forget WINDOWS 7 or whatever OS you want to run. It will bump you up 100$


Oh I forgot to mention, I already have a copy of win7 ultimate so that wouldn't be an issue. Btw, you might want to read it again I kinda edited it. Anyways, thanks for the advice I'll check it out.

How about the Mobo? should I get the Asus or the ASrock?
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May 31, 2012 7:43:22 AM

bossinno said:
Oh I forgot to mention, I already have a copy of win7 ultimate so that wouldn't be an issue. Btw, you might want to read it again I kinda edited it. Anyways, thanks for the advice I'll check it out.

How about the Mobo? should I get the Asus or the ASrock?


They are both reputable companies, Both have pretty much the same connections. In this case I would go with the one that has best reviews, and honestly I have heard more about the ASrock Z68 than the Asus
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May 31, 2012 7:57:24 AM

Get the Z77 Extreme4.
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May 31, 2012 9:05:02 AM

azeem40 said:
Get the Z77 Extreme4.


Is it worth the additional price tag on Z77 Extreme4 compared to ASrock Z68?
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May 31, 2012 9:06:26 AM

Yes. And it gives you full use of IB.
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May 31, 2012 10:03:44 AM

As of now my gaming rig would be:

Chassis: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = 59.99usd

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive = 74.99usd

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card(1pc atm, SLI after I saved up enough money) = 189.99usd

PSU: I'm still clueless on what PSU to get. I'm looking for a PSU that can accomodate additional hardware for future upgrades such as additional GTX560 for SLI and an OC i5-2500k, well ofcourse, after I saved up enough money.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL = 46.99usd

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard = 121.99usd (still undecided if I'll get the asrock z77 extreme4 instead of this)

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 (will upgrade to i5-2600k after I saved up enough money) = 119.99usd

Aftermarket Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 (still.. is this really necessary for my current set up? or should I get one after acquiring i5-2600k and OC it?) = 29.99usd

So.. what do you think guys?
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June 1, 2012 12:10:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Other:
Total: $598.80
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-01 08:05 EDT-0400)


An update to my rig.. Just wanna know some opinions about it and any upgrades that I can get but will still be in my budget range.. Thanks!
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June 12, 2012 12:26:31 PM

Best answer selected by bossinno.
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