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post #1 of 11
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Hello folks,

I have a build that I am doing for a client today. Time is a factor so I will be purchasing every single component today. The budget is roughly $1500, but I can go over a bit if necessary.

Here is what I need for the build, including a few things the client insisted on:

Case - HAF X (Client wants it) + second top fan

CPU - 2500k - Foundation of the build (I have no MicroCenter)

CPU Cooler - (Client prefers H60 but I can work around it) + second fan for push/pull

Motherboard - $200 - I want to get something with enough room to SLI/Crossfire for future proofing. Was thinking Z68 ASUS Pro board.

RAM - 8 GB DDR3 1600 - Anything should do here.

Video Card - I am thinking 6950 here.

Hard Drive - I am thinking to go SSD here because he does not need mass storage and hard drive prices are ridiculous right now. If I can find a good SSD deal I will take it and budget a hard drive for when prices come back in line.

CD-ROM Drive - Not worried here, anything will do.

Power Supply - I am thinking the Corsair AX750 from Frys for $120 here, I don't think it can be beat for price/futureproofing.

Windows - Want to pick up any variation of W7 64 bit, we are students so we can do the Student Upgrade for $65 I think.

Monitor - I am thinking between 23-27 inch 1080p-1200p monitor.

If anyone has any thoughts on particular deals/products, let me know. This whole Cyber Monday has been a mess so far so I am looking for any insight. If you guys wanted to spend $1500+ today without dipping into your own pocket, this thread is the place to be.
Edited by BlahBlahBlah - 11/28/11 at 6:09am
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post #2 of 11
Don't bother with the 6950, the GTX560ti is on par with it and less. Personally i'd go with either SLi GTX560's or a single GTX570. The 570 will out perform the 6950 rather than being on par.

The P8Z68 is an epic board, go with any flavor and you'll be winning. I Believe there is one for around $165 which is epic.

Memory go with either Corsair Vengence 1600Mz @9-9-9-24 and you'll be fine, go with the 2x4GB sticks though.

The rest of it looks great though, I really think that for $1500 you can get a better GPU though.

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post #3 of 11
I'm not sure if it is still valid, but Tiger Direct had a OCZ ZX 850w gold rated power supply for 99 AR (and no tax??).. supurb power supply. The mobo looks solid, I didn't see if you were getting Gen3 but you should for "future proofing." One thing to watch out for is that the ASUS boards don't offer PS2 connections other than the deluxe edition. PS2 offers the best response times for keyboards vs USB as usb has polling vs immediate response on PS2. (bit hardcore I know, but if gaming is the priority with this rig, you may want to consider it)

The H60 or any variation of self contained water cooling would give you access to the 4 dimms of memory for later ram upgrades. The Vengeance ram has a tall clearance and won't play nice with most enthusiast level aftermarket air cooling units. (i found my H100 for 104 with FS and no rebate through google or bing shopping)

my 560 TIs run the games I play pretty well. I'm not overclocking them and get High settings by default in BF3 with smooth gameplay.. haven't checked the FPS through fraps in awhile however I get sick if the framerate drops to a noticible level. (say, <40-50 fps)

There seems to be some deals going on in the online deals section for 27" monitors around 200 bucks. I'd check there first. Otherwise I bought an Acer H274HL BMID for 260-270 with free shipping. (27" led backlit monitor)

Edit: About the GPU: if your client is at all interested in watercooling, be sure to research vid cards that have water blocks made for them, I made the mistake of buying two GPUs that don't have a specific water block available for them so I won't be completely satisifyed running a universal GPU block and adding heatsinks to the other gpu areas.
Edited by Seanage - 11/28/11 at 7:13am
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post #4 of 11
CPU - 2500k - Good Choice
CPU Cooler - I would recommend spending the extra money and going with the H100 (I believe people have made it fit in that case)
Motherboard - $200 - Asus Z68 (just get the best one you can within your budget) anything but the LX boards from Asus are rock solid
RAM - Corsair Vengeance...just pick your color!
Video Card - I would recommend the 560ti here, and if you can squeeze it in the budget swing a second one
Hard Drive - Good call on the SSD if he doesn't need mass storage, if he wants to add it later when the prices come down he can throw in a TB or 2 then.
Power Supply - I would highly recommend going modular, with rebates and stuff going on now I believe you can get the Corsair TX750M for 109 or something crazy good like that.
Windows - Being a student kicks ass
Monitor - This is a whole nother thread, visit the monitor sub forum and pick your poison! thumb.gif


This would be my advice coming from a very similar build within the last month. Good luck, let us know how it turns out!
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post #5 of 11
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Thanks for the advice everyone! The client actually overrode me and wanted the Galaxy 580 with the AXP on it..hurt my budgeting but client gets what client wants.

I ended up ordering everything but the 2500k because I can't find it in stock anywhere..any help anyone? TigerDirect estimates delivery for Dec 9th or so if I order through them..way too late.

+rep all around
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post #6 of 11
Wait up

Before you go running into a GTX580, seriously recommend Sli 570's. They are far superior to the single card solution and not much more in cost.

Comps

EDIT -

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/307?vs=305 SLI 570 vs GTX580

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/441?vs=305 SLI 560ti Vs GTX580

The GTX560ti setup is CHEAPER than the single 580 setup.
post #7 of 11
2500K is a great choice

The H80 will do fine 4.3 is all you need to max any card combo you decide on it will max 2x 580's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128507

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226201

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594

(2) if you can swing it

good luck
Edited by Witchdoctor - 11/28/11 at 7:46am
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post #8 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

Wait up
Before you go running into a GTX580, seriously recommend Sli 570's. They are far superior to the single card solution and not much more in cost.
Comps
EDIT -
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/307?vs=305 SLI 570 vs GTX580
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/441?vs=305 SLI 560ti Vs GTX580
The GTX560ti setup is CHEAPER than the single 580 setup.

I know all that but sometimes clients get carried away with their desires for top end cards tongue.gif He's too scared of microstutter but still wants highest end performance..what can I say, I have to go with what he wants for the time being.

On the other hand..finding a 2500k in stock from a real retailer that will get it to me this week..hmmm..good luck?
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post #9 of 11
Maybe if you show him these benchmarks and explain it to him, there is little point in getting a GTX580 unless you're planning for SLi since there are much better options. If he is planning SLi then you've not got enough power in your PSU.

Needs moar gigawattage biggrin.gif

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post #10 of 11
For the SSD, save your client some cash/invest it into a 570. Get a 60gb for the OS, otherwise SSDs simply aren't worth the money right now. If you are installing Win7 then he will still have room to dual boot Linux if they choose to, and just pick up a decent 500gb HDD for games, they can upgrade that down the road if they wish. Personally I keep my media and games on seperate HDDs, helps with organization. and 500gb will go a long ways for games.
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