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Old 05-03-2011, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New i7 gaming build!

Well its been a few years since my last build which my wife has now took over. So now i think its time to build another rig. This will continually be updated with new parts and pieces based on what you guys say and what i think.

Build Wishlist: I plan on doing a fair amount of gaming and i usually stream to justin.tv so i need this to be able to handle the demands of gaming/livestreaming without lag on my end.

I am fairly certain i want a i7 2600k because i do plan to oveclock this (stick with air coolers because i have never done anything water before and dont want to break it )

Two monitors is a must! I'm looking for around 1080p 20-24inch monitors 1920x1200 is perferred so if i need to go bigger to reach that res id do it

USB 3.0 is pretty much a req because i want to use a usb 3.0 capture card to stream console games

Ram i currently have 6GB in my current build but i think ill go with 2x4GB sticks?

Optical drives im looking for is DVD DL writer not really into blue ray players.

Im looking to do a SSD for my OS and possibly a few of my most played games. so maybe like 64+GB.

Also for the gpu on my last build i went with a gtx 295 and then DX11 came out XD So i dont need a top of the line gpu if SLI'ing two gpus will give me around the same perfomance for the same price.

As for the case i had an antec 1200 and im fairly prone to that case, the amount of space/ease of access was really really nice. Just would be nice if the case had built in usb3.0 on the front


Budget: 1400-2200

CASE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119225 $189.99

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151100 $124.99

MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...tem=13-157-231 $209.99

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070 $314.99

COOLER:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065 $34.99

GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102929 $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102929 $279.99
Bought on amazon so i can unlock them

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233147 $114.99

HDDs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533 $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227706 $299.99

OPTICAL DRIVES:

MONITORS:

MOUSE/KEYBOARD:


TOTAL: $1938

Im not looking to order the parts today as ill be out of the country for a few weeks and wont be back until the end of the month. I can wait longer if better SSD's are about to be released or a better MOBO revision is comming out in the next few months. I made the misteak of buying the first set of MOBOS for my 920 build and i had a few problems with usb drivers and such.

As always thanks to those that help me with this and im really excited for this build
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do you really need the i7 2600k? to me it seems like a waste of money if you going to be gaming mainly as the i5 2500k can OC to the same levels, the only major difference is the hyper threading which only makes a difference if you are doing alot of rendering. To me that seems like a waste of $100
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Default Re: New i7 gaming build!

Personally if I was going to use just air, I would go for either the Tuniq 120 (Which I have)
Newegg.com - Tuniq Tower 120 Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Cooling Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink
or the Noctua NH-D14
Newegg.com - Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
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do you really need the i7 2600k? to me it seems like a waste of money if you going to be gaming mainly as the i5 2500k can OC to the same levels, the only major difference is the hyper threading which only makes a difference if you are doing alot of rendering. To me that seems like a waste of $100
Well i do plan on streaming around 720p content to justin.tv so capturing/ compressing and encoding the video and playing whatever game im playing at the time may create some issues. I just dont want it to be a possibility and if i have to spend an extra 100 to get a warm fuzzy i will even if i do go over budget
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