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$1500 gaming rig; advice please

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Budget Range: $1200-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: SC3 : Skyrim : Shogun TW : media server for 52" 1080p : video editing : jenna haze

Parts Not Required: Mouse / Monitor / Speakers / Keyboard (Have everything but the rig)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'd pay $10 more for the part from Newegg because of my experience with their RMA. tiger / amazon only if the deal is outrageous.


Country: Midwest USA


Parts Preferences: would rather stick to a brand name MOBO and PSU, everything else can be value; but with the budget I'd rather have performance

Overclocking: Yes (looking for a mid level OC)

SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 & a 52" 1080P


Final configuration

CPU: i5 2500k *PURCHASED*
HTSNK: Noctua NH-D14 *PURCHASED*
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 PRO
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) low profile cas 9 *PURCHASED
GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 *PURCHASED]PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX *PURCHASED*
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III *PURCHASED*
HDD: **Holding off until ~ 2Q 2012** Will go RAID 5 or 1+0 at that time.
CASE: NZXT Phantom PHAN-002OR
OS: Win 7 Pro OEM *PURCHASED*
Edited by Kyman73 - 1/8/12 at 11:55pm
post #2 of 27
looks good, that 2500k will be put to good use in strategy games. that said i'd get a larger PSU for sli/crossfire in the future - an 850W unit would suffice. i'd also get x2 60gb's SSD's for raid 0 instead of a single 120
post #3 of 27
For CPU, If you live near any Micro center, You can save yourself $40. It $179.99 now http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sku_list=041566+102806+200154+303198+369124+385906+385971+395517+401489+403980+404129+419341+419655+473454+481408+484964+505552+518191+525667+534651+541007+562124+812289+822379+855130+909002&feature=200121

PSU yes it is enough for now.

Yes any Mobo with z68 work perfect so dont worry. I got my first build with ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 and love it

What case do you have? If haf case then it is ok for cooling
post #4 of 27
Cooler: Get a Noctua NH-D14 cooler, it's the best air cooler on the market! (yes, i know it's ugly) It's an air cooler that out-performs most liquid systems (it runs circles around the H80). The "best" cooler is a phase change system, but that's way out of your budget and not necessary for your application.

MOBO: The one you picked isn't bad, it's just that Z68 offers no benefit for a gaming system over a P67. Look at the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL. I have one, and i have x10 SATA devices and 16 USB ports on it. muahaha! If you went with the motherboard you picked out, it would still be a good choice.

SSD: The SSD you picked out is the one i have been trying to convince everyone recently to buy...but no one listens. I like you already. biggrin.gif

Case: That is a damn good looking case. biggrin.gif I just wanted to warn you....I always accidentally bust off those little doors on the front. I leave the little doors open, then when i go to the bathroom in the middle of the night my leg catches on the door and i rip it right off it's plastic hinges. Since then, I stay away from cases with little doors on the front. They are a pain to open/close anyways. As beautiful as the NZXT case is, can i try to change your mind to a HAF-X?

The HAF-X doesn't look as awesome as the NZXT, but it cools runs a little better, has hot swap bays, has caster wheels, is roomier inside, has top mounted USB 3.0 (i think yours is 2.0), and holds bigger motherboards. Also, no little doors. The HAF-X is almost all steel, and could probably survive a direct hit with a nuclear bomb. jk smile.gif (It weigh's 32 lbs empty, compared to your plastic NZXT's 25 lbs)

GPU All the ATi fanboys keep themselves up at night dreaming about the 7000 series, but there is always something better around the corner. Get the 570.

I have the same PSU, GPU and CPU as what you picked out. I have been very satisfied with it.
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 12/25/11 at 9:34am
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i would prefer a 6970 2 GB in stead of a GTX570 Additional VRAM always help and it performs similar to GTX570 just a mere difference on 3% to 5% and MSI R6970 Lighting is factory clocked at 940 mhz biggrin.gif(Stock @ 880Mhz ) here is what i would prefer
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if u want a better overclock then go with a Noctua NH-D14 @ $84.99

thumb.gif good luck
post #6 of 27
6970 would be a better choice than the 570 if you plan to CFX. You'll actually be able to use the 2 GB of VRAM with two of those very powerful GPUs.

For a single card go with the 570; less hassle with drivers.
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Is Kyman73 still there? I am very interested in hearing your feedback on our opinions! thumb.gif
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post #8 of 27
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Merry xmas! I've read through all the suggestions thank you for advice. Im on my android atm, i'll update tonight after I goback through my build.
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If you don't wait for 7xxx series, this 6950 2GB basicly is equal to a stock 6970 2GB.
If you want Nvidia, GTX 560 Ti 448 core edition more or less = to a GTX 570, but limited edition may be hard to find a 2nd one in the future. What you have is really nice too no doubt.


Don't get the Zalman, not anymore. Aforementioned 212+ / D14 are better options. Silver Arrow from Directron.com is worth looking at too.

Consider the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 for $115 after MIR or the ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 for ~$180 too. The Extreme3 Gen3 is best price/performance IMO and the only real difference between it and the Extreme4 is less Sata and USB connections. What you have is nice, no doubt.

I like the Seasonic X 750 suggestion, one of the best PSU's & Modular. It's more juice than you'll need on one card but you'll be 2nd card ready with it.
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post #10 of 27
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First off, thanks for all the help so far; I went ahead and placed the order for the discounted items off of newegg. And per boy welcomes suggestion I'm looking for a microcenter close enough to go grab my CPU from. I feel good, but not out of the woods yet!

My biggest concern right now is with the graphics card situation, I like that I have the power to SLI / Xfire right now, or if the situation arises that I would need to down the road. But after reading http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stutter-crossfire,2995.html that I was linked to over on Tomshardware about micro stuttering and perceived frame rate issues with dual GPU configurations even if your running way over 60 FPS. As I've never had a dual GPU configuration before I cannot say whether or not this issue will be noticeable on my SAMSUNG B2430H monitor.
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