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post #1 of 24
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Hey everyone this is going to be my partner & I's 1st custom gaming rig build and I would appreciate any suggestions you have for our build. We are looking to have 2 identical rigs built so we can each enjoy gaming online while not having to share a rig instead.

We will be using this for the standard stuff like ms office, web surfing, music & movies but our main purpose is gaming. Our budget is around $3000 Canadian, including taxes & shipping and the games we are looking to play @ 1920x1080 resolution are COD:MW2 & 3, Dirt 3, SC2, NFS (most current title), C&C 4 & BF:BC2, possibly some others as well later on

We already have a monitor, keyboard & mouse that we will using, so it's just the case, internals & os that we need. Here's what I've come up with so far..

Silverstone TJ08B-E or Lian Li PC-A05FNB
Corsair TX650 V2
Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 / GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 (dependent on case)
Intel Core i5-2500K or i7-2600K
Artic Cooling MX-4 Thermal Compound
Cooler Master V6GT
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600
WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 or Samsung Spinpoint F3 SATA2
eVGA GeForce GTX560 Ti DS Superclocked 1GB
Creative Labs SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD (only if we get the i5-2500K)
LG GH24LS70 DVD Writer
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

So now I'm putting this build for you to suggest what I should keep & what I should change to tweak this build, I look forward to the suggestions
Edited by xlilmissmjx - 8/13/11 at 9:07am
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post #2 of 24
Definitely stick with the 2500K, Samsung F3 will save you a little money, you may want to switch the EVGA DS out for an MSI Hawk or the likes. I don't know enough about the case or mobo to comment any further. Looking nice and good luck!
post #3 of 24
I agree 2500K and a 560ti hawk. if you got 3000 to spend then why not add some room for SLI by getting a GTX 580 and TX850W PSU.

also motherboard I would go for ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3

SSD is something to think about too.
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500GB WD Cavair Black, 1TB WD Cavair Green LG Lightscribe DVD Writer, LG Blu-Ray Drive Windows 7 Pro x64 LG 22" lcd monitor (1680x1050) 
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500GB WD Cavair Black, 1TB WD Cavair Green LG Lightscribe DVD Writer, LG Blu-Ray Drive Windows 7 Pro x64 LG 22" lcd monitor (1680x1050) 
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post #4 of 24
SSD is a must for a new PC, you will notice a big difference
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB + Corsair F 60GB SSD LG 10x Blu Ray Re-Writer Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit LG 23" True 120HZ 3D Widescreen Monitor 
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post #5 of 24
something like a 60GB Crucial M4 will do you fine for a boot drive.
if you do wanna spend big bux and get something bigger then thats up to you.
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500GB WD Cavair Black, 1TB WD Cavair Green LG Lightscribe DVD Writer, LG Blu-Ray Drive Windows 7 Pro x64 LG 22" lcd monitor (1680x1050) 
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i5 2500K 4.8ghz - 1.33v Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 MSI GTX460 Hawk Talon Attack 950mhz core 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Cavair Black, 1TB WD Cavair Green LG Lightscribe DVD Writer, LG Blu-Ray Drive Windows 7 Pro x64 LG 22" lcd monitor (1680x1050) 
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post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by nekromantik View Post
something like a 60GB Crucial M4 will do you fine for a boot drive.
if you do wanna spend big bux and get something bigger then thats up to you.
Agree with the last two posters; even my lower end (performance wise) Kingston v+100 is lightning fast compared to a HDD.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the suggestions so far guys, it's much appreciated

With your suggestions I'm thinking of going with the i5-2500K, dropping the V6GT and getting either a OCZ Vertex 3 60GB $140 or Solid 3 120GB SSD $190 (the only 120GB under $200 on newegg.ca). Out of these ssd's, which one would be the better choice? I like the 60GB for the performance as it's a Vertex drive, but getting double the capacity with the Solid looks to be a nice trade off, just not 100% sure though
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Toshiba HG6 SSD HGST Travelstar 7K1000 Windows 10 Home 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-3330 PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 970 Samsung DDR3-1600 8GB (2x4GB) Kingston SSDNow KC300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
Seagate 1TB Microsoft Windows 8.1 Dell Ultrasharp U2913WM Dell Ultrasharp U2414H 
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Toshiba HG6 SSD HGST Travelstar 7K1000 Windows 10 Home 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-3330 PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 970 Samsung DDR3-1600 8GB (2x4GB) Kingston SSDNow KC300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorMonitor
Seagate 1TB Microsoft Windows 8.1 Dell Ultrasharp U2913WM Dell Ultrasharp U2414H 
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post #8 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by xlilmissmjx View Post
Thanks for all of the suggestions so far guys, it's much appreciated

With your suggestions I'm thinking of going with the i5-2500K, dropping the V6GT and getting either a OCZ Vertex 3 60GB $140 or Solid 3 120GB SSD $190 (the only 120GB under $200 on newegg.ca). Out of these ssd's, which one would be the better choice? I like the 60GB for the performance as it's a Vertex drive, but getting double the capacity with the Solid looks to be a nice trade off, just not 100% sure though
there are a lot of problems reported with the vertex 3. The Vertex 2 wont be as fast but its a much more solid drive.
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i5 2500K 4.8ghz - 1.33v Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 MSI GTX460 Hawk Talon Attack 950mhz core 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Cavair Black, 1TB WD Cavair Green LG Lightscribe DVD Writer, LG Blu-Ray Drive Windows 7 Pro x64 LG 22" lcd monitor (1680x1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Wireless Corsair HX650 Cooler Master CM690 Logitech Wireless Laser 
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i5 2500K 4.8ghz - 1.33v Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 MSI GTX460 Hawk Talon Attack 950mhz core 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Cavair Black, 1TB WD Cavair Green LG Lightscribe DVD Writer, LG Blu-Ray Drive Windows 7 Pro x64 LG 22" lcd monitor (1680x1050) 
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post #9 of 24
I don't know much about SSDs unfortunately, but the i5-2500k is a great choice. I would still look at a good cooler, like a Noctua DH14 or a Hyper 212+ (if you have the space). I agree with nekromantik sort of, I would get a slightly bigger psu (right around 850) but maybe just sli 560 tis, which will still give you great performance. This machine could also do some good folding with a 2500k and some 560 tis
Edited by yaywafflez - 8/13/11 at 8:58am
post #10 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by yaywafflez View Post
I don't know much about SSDs unfortunately, but the i7-2500k is a great choice. I would still look at a good cooler, like a Noctua DH14 or a Hyper 212+ (if you have the space). I agree with nekromantik sort of, I would get a slightly bigger psu (right around 850) but maybe just sli 560 tis, which will still give you great performance. This machine could also do some good folding with a 2500k and some 560 tis
u mean i5 2500k
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i5 2500K 4.8ghz - 1.33v Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 MSI GTX460 Hawk Talon Attack 950mhz core 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Cavair Black, 1TB WD Cavair Green LG Lightscribe DVD Writer, LG Blu-Ray Drive Windows 7 Pro x64 LG 22" lcd monitor (1680x1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Wireless Corsair HX650 Cooler Master CM690 Logitech Wireless Laser 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K 4.8ghz - 1.33v Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 MSI GTX460 Hawk Talon Attack 950mhz core 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Cavair Black, 1TB WD Cavair Green LG Lightscribe DVD Writer, LG Blu-Ray Drive Windows 7 Pro x64 LG 22" lcd monitor (1680x1050) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Wireless Corsair HX650 Cooler Master CM690 Logitech Wireless Laser 
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