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post #1 of 11
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So I'm working with my friend right now to build him a new rig, if you have seen some of my previous threads. His budget is $3000, but only $2500 will go towards the rig since the rest will be used to buy a monitor (more in the future), a mouse, a keyboard, speakers, etc.

I don’t know anything about water cooling so I am building it for him using air cooled components only.

He will be using the game strictly for PC gaming.

I have chosen these parts for the build, and he picked the case himself since he liked the way it looked:

Main Components
PSU: CM Silent Pro Gold 1000W $210
MB: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 $155
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 $60
CPU: i5-2500k $180
Optical: Sony DVD Writer $20
Case: Antec DF-85 $155
GPU: 2x 3GB EVGA GTX 580 $1140
HDD: Caviar Blue 500GB $50
SSD: Crucial M4 $90
Total: $2060

What do you guys think of the build? I was originally going to put a 6990 but I thought that maybe GTX 580’s would perform pretty nicely, and I have heard many great things about EVGA Customer Support. With the extra cash, I need to add some powerful fans, a fan controller, a heatsink, and some thermal paste, so recommendations would be nice (especially the fan controller since I have never used one before).

Also, with the extra cash, should the motherboard be changed? I don’t know if that board supports dual x16 PCIe 2.0.

Let me know what you guys think.
post #2 of 11
With that budget I would get a higher end mobo(Ausus Maximus, Gigabyte UD7, etc), an i7-2600k, faster, larger hdd's and a sound card. Even if you don't build a full watercooled setup, at least get an all-in-one for the cpu or consider using PNY's all-in-one 580 and cpu+580 all-in-one watercooled setups. A quiet computer is so nice!
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post #3 of 11
he care about looks or just performance?

could definitely save on the PSU and case and put that towards a 2560x1600 monitor (totally worth it)
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Change the case, go with a Haf X instead. Switch the Caviar Blue with a Samsung Spinpoint F3. And the rest seems to be fine.
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
So I'm working with my friend right now to build him a new rig, if you have seen some of my previous threads. His budget is $3000, but only $2500 will go towards the rig since the rest will be used to buy a monitor (more in the future), a mouse, a keyboard, speakers, etc.

I don’t know anything about water cooling so I am building it for him using air cooled components only.

He will be using the game strictly for PC gaming.

I have chosen these parts for the build, and he picked the case himself since he liked the way it looked:

Main Components
PSU: CM Silent Pro Gold 1000W $210
MB: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 $155
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 $60
CPU: i5-2500k $180
Optical: Sony DVD Writer $20
Case: Antec DF-85 $155
GPU: 2x 3GB EVGA GTX 580 $1140
HDD: Caviar Blue 500GB $50
SSD: Crucial M4 $90
Total: $2060

What do you guys think of the build? I was originally going to put a 6990 but I thought that maybe GTX 580’s would perform pretty nicely, and I have heard many great things about EVGA Customer Support. With the extra cash, I need to add some powerful fans, a fan controller, a heatsink, and some thermal paste, so recommendations would be nice (especially the fan controller since I have never used one before).

Also, with the extra cash, should the motherboard be changed? I don’t know if that board supports dual x16 PCIe 2.0.

Let me know what you guys think.
You definitely don't need 1kw for that system. Bad time to upgrade since Ivy Bridge and Kepler/Tahiti are right around the corner too.. but the specs look great regardless
post #6 of 11
dude....

a 4.5 ghz i5 will b good 4 years, who cares about ib
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sophath View Post
Change the case, go with a Haf X instead. Switch the Caviar Blue with a Samsung Spinpoint F3. And the rest seems to be fine.
I have always had very good experiences with the Caviar Blue, so I think I will stick with it. I have put one in almost all of the builds I have done for friends, and none of them have ever failed.

Also, he doesn't want to use a different case. He liked how that one looked so he chose it. At first he chose the Xigmatek Elysium and it took me 3 days to convince him not to buy that insanely huge case.

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Originally Posted by BigN815 View Post
he care about looks or just performance?

could definitely save on the PSU and case and put that towards a 2560x1600 monitor (totally worth it)
Well he just wants it to be a very powerful gaming rig. His parents are pretty wealthy so he has the money to spend. He was going to buy a crappy alienware for $2500 with only a 6950 before I stopped him and offered to build him one. Nevertheless, he wants to be shiny and powerful.

Also, he plans on going 3x monitor sometime so 1600p is not an option. The PSU is in case he decides to go 3x SLI 580's.

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Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post
With that budget I would get a higher end mobo(Ausus Maximus, Gigabyte UD7, etc), an i7-2600k, faster, larger hdd's and a sound card. Even if you don't build a full watercooled setup, at least get an all-in-one for the cpu or consider using PNY's all-in-one 580 and cpu+580 all-in-one watercooled setups. A quiet computer is so nice!
He doesn't need HT since this is a gaming build. Also, he already told me he doesn't need an HDD bigger than 200GB.

Could you link the water cooled 580's?
Edited by ComradeNF - 10/19/11 at 9:36pm
post #8 of 11
if you stay @ $2000 leaves $1000 for 2560x1600 monitor

why not 2560x1600 x 3
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by BigN815 View Post
if you stay @ $2000 leaves $1000 for 2560x1600 monitor

why not 2560x1600 x 3
The guy I am building it for will have no use for anything more than 1080p. Besides, he wants a 3x monitor setup, but he will use 1 monitor until he can afford 2 more.
post #10 of 11
Look into getting a Corsair H100 for the CPU.
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