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post #1 of 15
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The rig in my sig below was stolen from me about 3 years ago, after that I was too upset to even stay current with PC technology. Enough time has passed and I have the itch to build another high end gaming rig. I hate to say this but now I don't even know where to begin. I purchased a cheap laptop just to do research, pretty funny, I had to buy a computer in order to build another computer lol. I know that Intel has a new processor coming out soon, everyone seems to be talking about that so I don't know if I should wait but I want to start this build asap.

So I plan on spending 2-3 thousand on this thing, maybe more if need be,
what would be an ideal setup for gaming and graphic design(photoshop, illustrator, etc).
Any help towards the right direction would be appreciated, maybe someone can educate me as to what is going on these days in the computer world.

Thank you for your time


Here is what I'm considering I've purchased so far:

Mobo: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - $405.99
CPU: i7 3930K
GPU: ASUS HD7970
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9 maybe some Ripjaws?
PSU:
Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT - $239.99
HDD:
SSD:
Monitor:
Edited by brown bird - 1/18/12 at 8:45pm
post #2 of 15
Well, simply put, here are the good things these days:

Motherboard: any Asus, Gigabyte, or ASRock board
CPUs: AMD Phenom 955/965, quad core cpus, and Intel i5 and i7. The Intel chips are capable of some pretty nice overclocks
RAM: Corsair, G-Skill, or kingston
Graphics: Nvidia 570, 580, 590, or AMD Radeon 6870, 6970, 6990, 7970
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Western Digital caviar blue 1TB 7200RPM Western Digital caviar blue 320GB 7200RPM OCZ Solid series SSD 60GB 6Gb/s Some Sony DVD/CD drive 
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. I was thinking i7 and an Asus board, still not sure which Asus will be the best bet, I'm thinking of running SLI. What about storage, I hear SSD is the way to go? I'm sure I can figure out a nice setup I just want something that will perform well for at least a few years to come.
post #4 of 15
I'd recommend an i7 2600K, great overclocker and has hyper-threading which will benefit graphics applications and video encoding.

Cooler wise I'd recommend a Corsair H-80 or H-100, these are closed loop water coolers that you don't need to maintain like traditional water coolers (no need to replace water, etc...)

Motherboard wise the Z68 chip-set is great and any motherboard using it should do you just fine, regardless of who manufactures it. That said Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Asrock are all good manufacturers and anything from them should do the trick just fine.

In fact, here's a build in your budget range that I'm sure will make you drool ^_^

Graphics Card
Nvidia Geforce GTX 580 Superclocked $510

Processor
Intel i7 2600K 3.4GHz $320

Cooler
Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler $120

Motherboard
EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR Motherboard $200 (This board has 3 pci-e 2.0 ports so you can have 3x geforce cards in SLI if you choose)

Memory
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 $50
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 $50

Hard Disk
1TB Hitach Deskstar 7200RPM HDD $120

Solid State Memory
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III $190

Power Supply Unit
CORSAIR Professional Series 1200Watt Gold Certified $280

Case
Corsair Carbide 500R $140

Optical Drive
Samsung 22X DVD Burner $18

Total Cost: $2000

It leaves you $1000 to play with, you could get two or three monitors and an additional Geforce 580 with what's left over, and believe me, it'd be damned quick.
post #5 of 15
Newegg has a sale today on a Corsair Force 3 SSD, 120GB for $120 after MIR. Part of todays Shell Shocker.

Also, instead of a GTX580, you could get the latest and (currently) greatest, a Radeon HD 7970 for $550. The 580 can definitely still hold its own, but I wouldn't spend $500 on a card who's successor should be coming soon.

How much graphic design work do you plan on doing?
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Originally Posted by xxmastermindxx View Post

Newegg has a sale today on a Corsair Force 3 SSD, 120GB for $120 after MIR. Part of todays Shell Shocker.
Also, instead of a GTX580, you could get the latest and (currently) greatest, a Radeon HD 7970 for $550. The 580 can definitely still hold its own, but I wouldn't spend $500 on a card who's successor should be coming soon.
How much graphic design work do you plan on doing?

I only advised the Nvidia card because he said he wanted to use it for gaming aswell, and it's nice to have physx support. Mind you the 7970 seems like a pretty good card and will net him a slight performance gain. @Brownbird, if you get the 7970 get a different motherboard to the one I posted. You'll want one that supports Crossfire if you plan to run more the one card simultaneously =)
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When do you plan on buying this rig? I know that Intel is going to be releasing the Ivy Bridge chips for the 1155 socket which will be (apparently) 7-10% faster than the current line up, and for a similar price. I know soon, but not sure how soon, 2-3 months is my guess (could be completely wrong). If you are going for the sandy bridge line up you dont need to watercool as the chips run quite cool and can quite easily achieve significant overclocks (K versions only = unlocked multipliers = easier overclocking).

With ure budget you could easily go multi GPU setup. Currently there is a massive hype around the 7970's, but personally I wouldnt touch them until the bugs have been found and fixed. Nvidia should be reducing their pricing, but their current cards have been out for some time so I wouldnt be too sure on buying them new now, perhaps buy a decent card second hand and wait for the gtx700 series as apparently it will be amazing..

If you were to buy the computer ASAP i'd get a i7 2700k, one of the new z68 motherboards, gpu is ure choice depending on who u trust more tongue.gif, corsair PSU, ram that suits ure budget (again, cant go wrong with corsair but theres nothing wrong with Gskill), WD Caviar black and a nice SSD (probably corsair if it were me, or one of the new intel's). Reason why I trust corsair is because they have AMAZING support (first hand experience). You could probably also utilise 16gb of ram, or at least find it handy due to graphic design, I know its complete overkill for gaming. Hope this helps somehow XD
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post #8 of 15
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Thanks guys! I think I'm starting to have an idea on where I want to go with this, I'm going to do a little more research and post some possible parts. Thanks again for the input!
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I'm going to update my first post with the parts I'm interested in, please give your opinions.
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To everyone who says 7970s are the best, they are not the best. They are the best single-gpu graphics card out right now, but the 590 and 6990 are more powerful than the 7970.
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Western Digital caviar blue 1TB 7200RPM Western Digital caviar blue 320GB 7200RPM OCZ Solid series SSD 60GB 6Gb/s Some Sony DVD/CD drive 
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XSPC Rasa 750 RS360 liquid-cooling Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Ubuntu 11.4 Viewsonic 27" 1920x1080 
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HP 18.5" 1440x900 Logitech G510 Gaming keyboard CM modular silent pro 1000w Heavily modded Cooler Master HAF 922 
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Microsoft Intellipoint ergonomic W.O. mouse my desk Coby 5.1 surround 
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