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post #1 of 10
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First of all hello to all folks at OCN. Been reading the place for quite some time now and liking it alot.

The time has come for me to change my old PC and this will be my first time buying and building my own rig part by part. So after alot of reading on reviews and forums I though to share what I'm thinking of getting:

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 240$

CPU:
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 - 225$

CPU Cooler:
CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler - 65$

Memory:
G.SKILL ECO 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBECO - 110$

HDD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive x 2 for RAID 0 - 130$

SSD:
G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-120GBSR 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 210$

Videocard:
MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card x 2 for SLI - 710$

PSU:
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - 160$

Case:
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 140$

Overall: ~2000$

So this is pretty much what I've stopped on at the moment. I'll use my PC generally for gaming on 1080p, movies/internet browsing and from time to time video editing (just for fun). My budget is about 2 grand, so I can't really go too much above it. So guys please share your opinions on my build and if there is something to change/improve. Thanks for your time.
post #2 of 10
I would suggest dropping the SSD. They are nice, but for the price, it simply isn't worth it. I have a 30gb for boot (wish I had used a 60gb for boot) and a 60gb for a few games. Not a whole lot of a performence boost (OCZ Agility 1st gen). But if you get your hands on a 40gb or 60gb SSD for a boot drive, then I would highly suggest that. Also, think about dropping the sli 570's and get a 580. I max out all my games in 1080 (Black Ops, BFBC2, Dirt 2/3, Shogun 2. Don't own Crysis 2 or Metro 2033 so can't give input on that) And I usually average 60fps'ish. Very smooth. Also, I used a H50 for my cpu (was in my sigrig). If you plan on overclocking then do yourself a favor and get something better. If you aren't OCing, it will be fine. But at 4ghz with my 920, I was getting 50c idle with the h50. Not sure how the 1155 chipset will differ. But if you don't make any changes, it looks like it will be a very solid rig for gaming. Not sure how video editing will run, but I don't forsee you running into any problems if it isn't anything heavy. From what I understand if you wanna do video editing/coding 1366 is the way to go. But 1155 is supposedly best for gaming atm. If time isn't of the essence and you have a decent rig now, maybe wait for bulldozer or ivy bridge?

Oh, also, if it is a gaming rig, no soundcard/audio setup dude?? If your looking for a budget audio setup for gaming. G930 is phenominal for the price range. I have one myself and use it very often. No sound card needed (wireless usb), sounds great for the price, music sounds decent. But if you wear glasses like I do, may not be the best thing. I am constantly adjusting my glasses because of the headphones. Partially the reason I am upgrading my sound system to some A900's with Xonar STX. Hit my pocket pretty hard, but I can't wait for them to come in next week so I can try it.
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i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
Asus Xonar STX A900 (music/FPS), G930 (MMO/vent) 
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i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
Asus Xonar STX A900 (music/FPS), G930 (MMO/vent) 
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post #3 of 10
Build looks good to me, all quality pieces. I personally prefer Asus mobos with their UEFI bios (a lot easier to understand for noob builders like myself). You also might want to look into the H60 cooler as I hear they are better and easier to install than the H50. Also most around here will probably jump on you for going straight into an SLI setup without trying single card first. I personally think its fine but some would suggest a single 6970 or GTX 580 and then to SLI/CF down the road. Two 570's will destroy any single card though....
post #4 of 10
Dont get H50, its a peice of shux, get either the CM 212+ (only if you can get it for 30$) or one of its clones, alot better performance, or get one even better than that and get teh CNPS 9700
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2xWD640AAHLS + Hitachi 2TB 7200RPM + 2x150gb VRapt HP IDE + LG SATA Win 7 x64 ult 15" 1024x768 Dell (visually impaired) 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2xWD640AAHLS + Hitachi 2TB 7200RPM + 2x150gb VRapt HP IDE + LG SATA Win 7 x64 ult 15" 1024x768 Dell (visually impaired) 
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post
Build looks good to me, all quality pieces. I personally prefer Asus mobos with their UEFI bios (a lot easier to understand for noob builders like myself). You also might want to look into the H60 cooler as I hear they are better and easier to install than the H50. Also most around here will probably jump on you for going straight into an SLI setup without trying single card first. I personally think its fine but some would suggest a single 6970 or GTX 580 and then to SLI/CF down the road. Two 570's will destroy any single card though....
I totally agree with you boss. I am an ASUS fanboy and love my R3E. So easy to OC. I've read some accounts that the H60 actually gives better temps than the H70. And the H50 was VERY easy to install. Much less of a headache than when I setup my waterloop by myself. I jumped into a CF setup with some 5770's a while back when I built my first rig and was so happy. My 580 is my first single card since I had my 8800 GT fry on me way back when. While yes two 570's will destroy a single 580 any day of the week. I think holding off to upgrade to SLI 580's would help future proof his PC for a few years. I'm somewhat regretting getting my DCII since SLI will be very tricky/impractical. But I will hold off on any upgrades with it since it should get the job done for quite a while yet (plus I wish I went with reference cards to put them in my loop).
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
Asus Xonar STX A900 (music/FPS), G930 (MMO/vent) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
Asus Xonar STX A900 (music/FPS), G930 (MMO/vent) 
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post #6 of 10
Your DCII is a very nice card. I can't do 3-slot though with my Sabertooth. I'm going for SLI 580 Lightnings on my next build....
post #7 of 10
It definately gets the job done. I had to RMA my frist one from newegg. Wasn't a horrible experience, but had me worried. I most likely won't make an upgrade for two more gpu generations. As long as BF3 and D3 run silky smooth, I will be happy haha.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
Asus Xonar STX A900 (music/FPS), G930 (MMO/vent) 
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i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
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post #8 of 10
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Ok guys so after checking it out I think I'll swap the Corsair H50 for the H60. waldoh74 let's not forget that your 920 is 45nm, while the 2500k is 32nm and overclocks much more and easier. So I think the H60 will be a very nice pick for a decent overclock (I'm still kinda noobish). About the SSD, I think too that probably I should drop the 120GB for a 60GB one and when prices drop I'll get a second for RAID 0. I'm still wondering what should I do for the videocard part, because I'm not too much of an upgrading type of person and I want my PC to have no problems playing the newest games in max/high settings in 1-2 years without upgrading, so that's what I had in mind in the first place... The other two options I guess are trying to get a HD 6990/GTX 590, or a GTX 580 and getting a second one if the 580 starts to struggle at 1080p in future. Decisions, decisions...
post #9 of 10
The H60 is a good little cooler but I wouldn't drop your SSD size personally. If you are going to get one get at least 120GB. I'm using a 150GB VR as a boot drive right now and it is almost 80% used with just Windows 64 bit and all my programs/games installed. Anything not installed on the SSD will see no benefit so you really need to get one big enough for all of your games and apps that you want to see a speed increase in...
post #10 of 10
Get a non-reference 570... I suggest the MSI power edition cards...
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