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Old 08-26-2011, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Gaming Build for my Son's

Hello Everyone...

I am building a Gaming computer for my Son's as they want to play games like Crysis 2, Metro 2033 and Deadspace...

Approximate Purchase Date: Today or Tomorrow

Budget Range: 2k... A little more if needed!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming Movies, Music and Surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Parts Preferences: I was thinking of using -

Case - NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case (Black) - [...] _id=034308

Motherboard - EVGA P67 SLI 130-SB-E675-KR LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- [...] 6813188073

CPU - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K - [...] 6819115070

CPU Cooling - Scythe Ninja 3 SCNJ-3000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - [...] 6835185147

Memory - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-[COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]Pin[/COLOR][/COLOR] DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBSR - [...] 6820231459

Video - EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - [...] 6814130613

HDD - Western [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]Digital[/COLOR][/COLOR] Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - [...] 6822136284

SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - [...] 6820227737

Power Supply - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - [...] 6817139021

Network Adapter - EnGenius EUB-9603H, Wireless N USB Adapter - 802.11b/g/n, High Power 27dBm w/ External Antenna - [...] _id=032913

Overclocking: Yes - But not absolutely needed

SLI or Crossfire: Yes - Want it, but again not absolutely needed

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I just want something that will run highend games such as Metro 2033 & Crysis 2 at high to max settings! Also I am a little concerned about the mobo, CPU, Ram as well as it overheating! I was told that it would be best to change the CPU to an I7-2500k and to get another Mobo... What should I get instead?

Looking forward to your suggestions!
Thank you!

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Old 08-26-2011, 06:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yes, get the i5 2500k. the i7-2700k doesnt get you much more for a lot more money if gaming and streaming are your priorities. save the money and buy an even better gpu in a year with the $100 you save. - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

that cooler is huge. ill let someone else say if its good or not.

imo, you are always better off with a single good gpu than sli or crossfire.

i think you can do better on the motherboard as well. maybe im misunderstanding it, but it seems to only natively support ddr3 1333 ram?

either way, this ram is a lot cheaper: - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

watch the case, it is a piano black finish = you will see every fingerprint.

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Old 08-26-2011, 06:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: New Gaming Build for my Son's - MSI 970A-G45 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
150.00 price difference between the sandy bridge quadcore, also it does very well with gaming and multi-tasks very quickly.
If your son is not into highly advanced chemistry at a local or state college this will handle his needs and more. - MSI 970A-G45 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
99.00 - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
59.99 I recommend this to keep the airflow going through computer quite easily and your not dealing with hot parts during spring through summer time.
Also they are quite easy to clean up and the case is sturdy enough to take a accidental falls.

Also if you live in canada will ship it to you with no hassle.
If you need this by monday... I recommend you tell them to ship it 2 day expree with UPS and signature confirmation, not knock on the door and run off somewhere with your parts on the street. - Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX
29.99 these do very well with OC and system support wether it is AMD or Intel wise systems.

Also check into mushkin rams also, some people here would prefer it over the kingston anyday, choice is up to you. - Computer Hardware, Memory, Desktop Memory, Mushkin Enhanced, 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM, DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
59.99 - Galaxy 55NGH8HX4NXK GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
134.99 - Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Grand total for all of this will be under 2000 (560.99 with shipping and handling factored in)
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: New Gaming Build for my Son's

My generic Intel gaming build + your specific items = $1,556 (before rebates/shipping/combos).
This should be more than enough to blow away any current games, and those in the near future.

CPU: $220 Intel i5 2500k.
MB: $180 Asus P8P67 Pro (REV 3.1).
RAM: $51 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600.
GPU: $480 EVGA GTX 580 Superclocked.
ODD: $21 Asus 24x DVD/CD Burner.
PSU: $150 Corsair HX750.
HD: $85 1TB WD Caviar Black.
SSD: $145 60GB OCZ Vertex 3.
Wireless: $37 EnGenius 802.11b/g/n.
CPU Cooler: $50 Scythe Ninja 3.
Case: $137 NZXT Phantom.

None of the builds showed an optical drive, assuming this was just an oversight so I included one.
That CPU Cooler will fit in the case; however, the stock Intel cooler is good enough to overclock the 2500k to 3.7-4.0GHz, up to you if you're planning on going higher.
That case comes with 3x 120mm and 1x 200mm fans, you should be fine for cooling, but you can always pick up a 140mm for the front intake if you're worried.

If you are interested in using more of your budget I would suggest a larger SSD. With 120GB the boys would have enough room for some/most of their games as well as Windows, good for faster load times.
+ $105 120GB OCZ Vertex 3.
+ $225 240GB OCZ Agility 3 (240GB if you're feeling saucy).
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