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post #1 of 14
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How's it going, everyone?
I recently had a request from a friend of a friend to build them a new rig to last a few years. I jumped on it because, well, I haven't built a gaming-class PC since the one in my sig.

His priorities are gaming, gaming, gaming, and college coursework, in descending order of importance. He stated that he wanted a black/red colour scheme and may want to add a second graphics card after a couple years. Also, the one-off wireless NIC and wireless keyboard and mouse were also specifically requested.

Please tell me what you think and point out any errors that I may have made; all criticism and advice will be profoundly appreciated.

The budget was $1,800.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K
Graphics: MSi Radeon HD 6970
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-750HX Modular PSU
Cooling: Corsair H50
Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Optical Drive: ASUS Black 24XDVD Writer
WiFi Card: ASUS PCE-N13 WiFi N
Chassis: Corsair 600T
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (OEM)
Peripherals: Rosewill Multimedia Combo


I will likely also switch the white stock fans on the 600T with red fans, per his wishes.

Thank you in advance for your insight!
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post #2 of 14
wireless Mouse / KB is not for gaming due to the input lag and batteries going dead at the wrong time, if he wants red and black color why use the blue motherboard and ram? here are options
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131700

great ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231455


Im not a huge fan of the CPU cooler you can get air cooler that perform just as well and much quieter and better pricing.
Edited by AMD_Freak - 7/17/11 at 8:34am
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post #3 of 14
likely because he has to stick to budget and those are twice the price. it looks solid to me. i do agree about the upgraded cooling. perhaps an h70. i use the same power supply and it's rock solid. will handle another 6970 down the road. if he likes red and black, have a look at my case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-006-_-Product

I'm i love with it. high quality, heavy feel to it though it's easy enough to move around for a full tower. the inside is fully painted red and the airflow is terrific.

i can post pics of it if you like so you can see what it will look like all full of goodies.

here are some other red options.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-184-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-212-_-Product
Edited by King Who Dat - 7/17/11 at 8:42am
post #4 of 14
If it's all gaming, I'd recommend just putting in a 2500K. Still will overclock, but you can put the extra money into a better cooler, or he can save it and be able to get that second GPU sooner.
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post #5 of 14
If his main priority is gaming, he could go better graphics then that by cutting some costs. A 2600k provides no advantage in gaming over a 2500k, so go with the 2500k along with getting some cheaper g.skill 1600mhz ram instead of corsair and bam, you can probably afford to squeeze in a GTX 580 instead of a 6970.
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post #6 of 14
The Z68 boards offer virtually no benefit over P67 chipset.

If a red theme is desired, what about the ASRock Fatality P67?

Comes in at $165 and is an excellent board.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...ock-_-13157253


For red colored RAM, the G.Skill ripjaw X are excellent (and in my experience better than Corsair) and come in at $67 for an 8 GB kit.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231428
Edited by Robilar - 7/17/11 at 9:00am
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post #7 of 14
id ditch the 2600k and go with a 2500k and ditch the H50 and go with a thermaltake frio. Also i would go with a GTX 570, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121432 that one should have good oc potential.that saves about $100 or so. I would also go with the Asus p8P67 Pro instead of a z sereis board.
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post #8 of 14
Get the i5 2500K for the CPU as you'll save loads as the i7 2600K will gain only minimal to none advantage over the i5 2500K in terms of gaming. Use the left over money and get him an SSD.

For the motherboard get the the P8P67 or P8P67 Pro. He wouldn't benefit much from the Z68 board as he will not be using the onboard graphics anyway.

For the cooler, I'd get the Noctua NH-D14. Otherwise, all is good.

Edit: What resolution will he be playing at? Could he not get a discounted Windows 7 from his college or university?
Edited by Code Geass - 7/17/11 at 9:07am
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post #9 of 14
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Thanks a lot for the quick input, everyone!
As far as the internal colour, he doesn't want interior illumination. so I gave him the option of four or so mobos and he picked that one.

He'll be gaming at 1920x1080 for the foreseeable future, and he is getting this computer for his first year in university, so he probably hasn't even been to wherever on campus they hand out copies of Windows 7.

[edit]Also, I know that the wireless peripherals are bad for gaming, and tried my hardest to talk him out of it, but he insisted. Looks like it's wireless until he realizes otherwise.[/edit]

[edit2]The fatal1ty is a sweet looking board, but it only has one x16 slot, and he may want to double up GPUs down the road.[/edit2]
Edited by Dolente - 7/17/11 at 9:33am
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post #10 of 14
He could get the Maximus IV Extreme - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131760 if he wants both GPUs to run at x16 by x16. There's still little difference though between running 16x vs 8x on those lanes though, so if he really insists, he may as well get it.

Personally I'd just settle with the Asus one and save the funds for future upgrades or even getting a non-reference MSI GTX 580 since that's a more powerful card.
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