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Old 02-24-2012, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help/Feedback on my new gaming rig 1800 budget

So its time that I built my own gaming computer and I've been doing a lot of research and have put a build together. I choose intel over amd due to the sandybridge which has been getting alot of good feedback. I was quite confused on which motherboard/graphics card to pick so any feedback on my choices would be much appreciated. Also if you see anything that I should swap out for better performance but doesnt affect the price that much that would be great. Currently my shopping cart is at 1417$ without shipping and I also still need dual monitors and mouse/keyboard which i expect to be around 350$. My budget is around 1800.

Case - Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan

DVD/CD drive - Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners

Hard drive - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive I dont see the need for ssd(to my knowledge it doesnt improve performance just loads stuff faster)

Graphics Card - Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

power supply - Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Ram - Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

motherboard - Newegg.com - ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU - Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

os - Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems


Im open to any constructive criticism because im new to this stuff. Also, games I will be playing will be diablo 3, tera online, minecraft, deus ex, Lol, dota 2, and more. Thank you.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont think you need that much of a psu, try this one and save $40
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-40 $130, $110 after rebate

with a budget like that, get this:
Newegg.com - XFX FX-795A-TNBC Radeon HD 7950 Black 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
+$210 $450

i7 2600k is overkill for gaming, go with the 2500k
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
-105 $225

i am enjoying this motherboard. get some super permormance with an ssd, unless there was something in that motherboard that you needed for that much more money.
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
-70 $140

but then again, if you don't plan on playing anything more advanced than what you currently are, you can probably disregard upgrading the gpu.
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Default Re: Help/Feedback on my new gaming rig 1800 budget

wait.. your budget is $1800?

just making sure before i take 30 minutes to put a build together for you.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes my budget is 1800 but that is including dual monitors and keyboard/mouse which was not included in my original post.
Jason thank you for pointing out that the cpu/psu are overkill. The link to the mobo isnt working though. Also I heard good things about gtx 500 series so I wanted to stick to that unless the card you linked is much better.
After reading your post I did some revisions and this is where im at now.

Same case,ram,dvd drive,hard drive,win7

mobo - Newegg.com - ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

graphics card - Newegg.com - EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

psu/cpu - Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

Tell me what ya think and im curious to see what you had in mind sean. Thank you.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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the motherboard link works for me?
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

I don't know first hand, but i don't think that anyone particularly recommends the asrock motherboards.
heres a comparison between them. if asrock are infact ok to buy, compare them here
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

but it looks like theres a few more usb and other friendly things on the one i listed to justify $20 more. i also dont know how the asrock does on oc'ing.


if you like nvidia, thats fine. but with a budget like that, you might as well get the best gpu you can, unless you really don't plan on playing games made in the last year and on.



that psu cpu combo looked good until i saw that it wasnt the 2500 K the k unlocks the multiplier and justifies the $20 increase in chip price or so to get the overclock.

you would also want a HSF to get those overclocks too. i dont have any recommendations there, but the zalman that im using is quiet and cool.
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alright man,

here it is, this will max out any game on the market with a minnumum of 60FPS, on the COD series youd be looking at well over 100FPS. i wanted to give you crossfire of 2 7950s, but i just couldnt get it with in budget, so i went with the BEST graphics card on the graphics card on the current market. i just did the computer, i came $300 under budget, so you can use that for any of your periferials. just a side note, i have been in compititions in COD4, and won a lot of them. and i use my Dads old office keyboard and mouse that i got from him about 6 years ago. so you DO NOT need super 31ite 006ber awesome expensive mouse and keyboard to game with. but thats for you to decide, thats just my input. but, here is the computer i came up with for you.

Case: $100
Corsair 400R
Newegg.com - Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Motherboard: $165
MSI P67A-GD55
Newegg.com - MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: $225
Intel Core i5-2500K
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Memory: $50
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

Power Supply: $170
CORSAIR HX850
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Graphic cards: $580
ASUS HD7970 DirectCU II
Amazon.com: ASUS HD7970 DirectCU II 1000MHz Overclocked GPU and GPU Tweak Graphics Cards HD7970-DC2T-3GD5: Computers & Accessories

HDD: $160
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD burner: $20
Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners

CPU COoler: $40
Corsair A70
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Total: $1510
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just a side note, i have been in compititions in COD4, and won a lot of them.
Attachment 5143 on a serious note it is a very nice build and very true about the keyboard and mouse.

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Yea I dont know why I picked the asrcock but sean that build looks really good the only thing that worries me is the HDD. To my knowledge WD is the most reliable brand but I am mostly concerned because I thought that F4 was the newest series for samsung and the F3 wasn't that good. Is it worth it to knock up to a 64mb cache and sata 6.0gb/s?
Btw thank your for all the help everyone.
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ive never heard/read anything bad about the samsung F3, but at the end of the day, its your computer i was just pointing you in the right direction.
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