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Hello, a friend directed me to this site in order to get help building my first rig. I'm trying to get the best gaming rig possible at a $1600 budget. I already have the GTX 570 Superclocked and the Intel i7 2600k so deduct $600 from the $1600. I know 2600k isn't necessary but it was a gift from a very loving girlfriend so I can't complain. With $1000 to spend I keep switching around items after reading reviews and hearing poor things. I know many people are suggesting waiting around for Kepler and Ivy Bridge, but I'd like this system by next week since I have a now completely useless laptop (overheating issues after replacing most hardwares and yes even TIM). So my question to you guys would be what would you change?

Edit: Sorry forgot to mention I already have a 1 TB Caviar black drive also.

so $900 left.


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Edited by Brenglish - 2/7/12 at 5:42pm
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only thing i would change is mobo to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
or the z68 version.
Edited by itsMEnara - 2/7/12 at 6:19pm
 
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750w if you want to have a GTX 570 SLI ready PSU, speaking of PSU, the CX series is overrated.

Seasonic S12II 620w $59.50 w/ 15% off promo

Rosewill HIVE 750w Modular $95, good for SLI GTX 570's


Oh and agree with the above motherboard change
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Will I need any extra sata cables?
Also thank you very much, I'll look into this new mobo.
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No, you will not need extra SATA cables. When you buy a new motherboard, they ship with cables.

Also, will you actually be needing the 16Gb of RAM? I would get less Gb of RAM at higher frequencies. If you really want 16Gb (which is really cheap anyways), get higher clocked RAM, like this: http://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-Ripjaws-240-Pin-Desktop-F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL/dp/B004S3T560/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1328669084&sr=8-2

If you're going to be overclocking (and if you get a 2600k generally you will overclock, even mildly), get an aftermarket heatsink like a Cooler Master 212+: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328669167&sr=8-1
Only $25 but you will get WAY better temps on your CPU.

If you want to dish out more $ on your motherboard, here's an option: http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-FATAL1TY-Z68-PROFESSIONAL-GEN3/dp/B005ARF5OY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1328669208&sr=1-1
Really good ratings and personal experience. tongue.gif

And as said above, SLI your GTX 570. It'll help a LOT.
You will get an SLI connector with your motherboard, if you're wondering.

Hope this helps! wheee.gif

EDIT: and, as said above, change your PSU if you will SLI your video cards.
EDIT 2: hold on...you have $900? If you're planning on using all that, I would personally sell my GTX 570 and get an AMD Radeon HD 7970, or even crossfire the 7970 (if you want to dish out more cash). The 7970 will run any modern game on ULTRA (save a few games) and will really deliver.
Edited by EmoPopsicle - 2/7/12 at 6:51pm
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No, you will not need extra SATA cables. When you buy a new motherboard, they ship with cables.
Also, will you actually be needing the 16Gb of RAM? I would get less Gb of RAM at higher frequencies. If you really want 16Gb (which is really cheap anyways), get higher clocked RAM, like this: http://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-Ripjaws-240-Pin-Desktop-F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL/dp/B004S3T560/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1328669084&sr=8-2

Would getting 8GB really be better? I'm hoping to record gaming sessions with Fraps, and due a bunch of compressing and converting. As for the mobos. What is the biggest difference, or is asrock just a better brand than Asus?

Also would you recommend the p67 over the z68? Seeing as the z68 is cheaper with the money saved I could probably afford upgrading to a blu-ray drive.
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looks good. i'd suggest possibly buying a cheaper motherboard(i love my asrock z68 ext. 3 gen3), 8gb of ram. also consider a beefier PSU for sli in the future.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157240 Really digging the color and beauty of this mobo.
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Any other changes? Or am I all set? biggrin.gif Lol, I'm so excited.
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All that in a case for $142.

Get a Antec 300.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Fits everything. Does its job. Simple. Use it on something else.

Had it with the 470 and 570. It works and does the job.
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