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post #1 of 23
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I'll start the build & you guys fill in the blanks:

Case: HAF X

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341044

Motherboard: Z68 or P67, you guys plead your case...

CPU: 2500K or 2600K, you guys plead your case...

CPU Cooler: Looked at Corsair H60, H80, H100 & 212+,

RAM: 16GB or 8GB DDR3, you guys suggest speeds, CAS, Voltage, based on your CPU & MB recommendations...

GPU: Single http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127589

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161372 In Crossfire

SSD: M4 64GB or 128GB, Will FPS benefit from SSD?

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136891

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151243

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009276 Or another 27" + with a 1080p Native Res. Open to suggestions!

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.

I will only use this system for FPS games, mainly BF3, MW3, Crysis 2, BFBC2, Black Ops, will play all games at monitors native resolution of 1920 X 1080.

Budget: $1,500 - $2,000 Range I can go over if necessary...
Edited by rtfc3po - 10/4/11 at 7:06pm
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post #2 of 23
Looks great mate.
I'd say stick to h100 for future overclocking possibility,
and prob 1 gtx 580 will do at 1080 p
perhaps maybe change the psu to
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5&Tpk=ax%20850
just because all cables are black and you don't see any nasty rainbow colors anywhere on the cords
Edited by Youngd8 - 10/4/11 at 7:11pm
post #3 of 23
If your getting ssd get 128gb. Also if you get ssd z68 is really a complete waste so go p67. Other than that great build! Oh 8gb of 1600 if your mobo can run it native if not 8gb of 1333 2x4gb preferably
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post #4 of 23
2500k
z68 - newer tech . usb front headers (i hate them pass thrus on my p67)
8gb ram - unless you REALLY need 16GB or more
128gb SSD if you gots teh cash . y not?
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post #5 of 23
The Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 is a really good board to go with at the moment, especially for the pricepoint. It's PCI-E 3.0 and Ivy Bridge ready, providing a good upgrade path for the future.

If you're just gaming, go with the 2500k and put the extra money to a better GPU.

OCZ PSUs are so-so, go with a Corsair, Seasonic or Antec, they are your best bet. I would personally suggest the GTX 580, in that case go with a 850w PSU (provides room for future SLI)

SSDs will see increased load times, which is very nice for online gaming, I say it's worth it.

Ripjaws X 1600mhz is your best bet for RAM, 8gb is plenty for gaming, 16gb is total overkill. CAS 9 should be sufficient.

For HDD I would recommend the Samsung Spinpoint F3, rock solid drive at a good price.

As for a monitor, steer clear of Acer in my opinion, go with a Dell screen, their IPS panels are absolutely gorgeous! And 1080 on a 27" isn't preferred by some people... of course that's up to you!

Hope this has helped
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post #6 of 23
if you are just gaming i would go with 8GB ram.

hdd - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533 this is a 1TB drive. do you really need 2TB? if so, go with the black for $150.

i prefer the GTX580 over the 6950.

i would go with the 128 crucial m4 if you can afford it. that way you can put your OS and all games on it if you want super fast load times. and no, i dont think ssd increases fps.

2500k if you are just gaming. you dont need the extra threads of the 2600k.

i too am looking to build a sb rig sometime soon and i cant decide on the mobo. seems z68 isnt exactly necessary unless you are taking advantage of its features. i dont believe i would take advantage thereby saving some money on the same level of board. getting a p67, you can use the saved money and get a better p67 board. the asrock extreme series gen3 boards look kinda good. gigabyte ud7 looks great too. id be interested to see what others suggest.

as for the monitor, maybe you should get either a good 120hz panel or an IPS since you game alot.

i agree with the above on going with the corsair psu. that is the one i want to go with and i believe it is enough juice to handle sli gtx 580 and custom water loop if you ever went that route in the future.
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post #7 of 23
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I like the price & efficiency of the OCZ PSU vs the Corsair but I will give it another look.

Why 2500K vs 2600K? $100 is not that big a deal... If the 2500K actually overclocks higher than I'm all for it!

I like the idea of getting Z68 just because it is newer, Need MB suggestions...

Not that much more money for 16GB vs 8GB, you can never have too much RAM....

I will probably get the M4 128. Better to have it & not need it than need it & not have it... plus I have seen some arguments that SSD's degrade performance when they near their capacity....

Keep the advice coming in guys! That's why I posted!
Edited by rtfc3po - 10/4/11 at 7:30pm
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[QUOTE=As for a monitor, steer clear of Acer in my opinion, go with a Dell screen, their IPS panels are absolutely gorgeous! And 1080 on a 27" isn't preferred by some people... of course that's up to you!
[/QUOTE]

I know that I for sure want to go with a 1080p resolution, screen size is undecided, I currently have a 22" @ 1680 X 1050 & would like to have as big a screen as possible but I don't want to sacrifice image quality, so I'm open for suggestions.
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post #9 of 23
2600K is wasted on a gaming machine, games actually run faster if you turn off hyper threading on the 2600K (in my experience anyway). Plus you could put the extra $100 towards other parts in your build, for example the PSU. I'm quite suspicious of the OCZ PSU's, heard a lot of bad stories. I would recommend the Corsair AX series, had no problem with these ever.
post #10 of 23
Quickly threw this together, based on stuff on newegg. Doesn't include the OS or Monitor.

COOLER MASTER HAF X $199.99 -$11.60 Instant $188.39
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 $169.99 -$15.00 Instant $154.99
MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme GTX 580 $594.00 $594.00
CORSAIR AX850 $199.99 -$10.00 Instant $189.99
Intel Core i5-2500K $219.99 $219.99
Crucial M4 64GB $149.99 -$45.00 Instant $104.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 $51.99 $51.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM $64.99 -$5.00 Instant $59.99
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black $18.99 $18.99
CORSAIR H80 $115.99 -$22.00 Instant $93.99


TOTAL: $1677.31


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Originally Posted by rtfc3po View Post
I know that I for sure want to go with a 1080p resolution, screen size is undecided, I currently have a 22" @ 1680 X 1050 & would like to have as big a screen as possible but I don't want to sacrifice image quality, so I'm open for suggestions.

From what I've picked up 1080 starts to look meh at 27" (please note, not speaking from experience! You might find it perfectly fine )

If you're just gaming on it and not doing much else (watching loads of movies etc etc) I would say go with a Dell Ultrasharp 23" or 24" panel, the 23" panel is an absolute steal!


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Originally Posted by rtfc3po View Post
Why 2500K vs 2600K? $100 is not that big a deal... If the 2500K actually overclocks higher than I'm all for it!
The the difference is that the 2600k is hyperthreaded, which is suited to photo and video editing. Gaming doesn't really use more than four threads, so you'll see next to no difference. And, the 2500k does indeed seem to clock extremely well.
Edited by martinroshak - 10/4/11 at 7:43pm
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