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Sandy Bridge Gaming Computer Under $1500

If you are putting a BRAND NEW gaming rig together, here's what I recommend based on Mid-High end parts, while maintaining a stable overall balance of Price/Performance.

If you have any questions for your own rig, ask away.

You can easily swap parts of course, but this can be used as a pretty solid base.
I'd be interested to know what other parts people are swapping for, so please do share.

Sandy Bridge Gaming Computer

The items in bold are the recommend choice, but there are also additional options to suit your needs.

Intel 2500K - $232 FREE Civilization V + FREE Shipping ( Recommended )
Intel 2600K - $338 FREE Civilization V + FREE Shipping

Gigabyte UD4 - $189 ( Recommended )
ASUS P8P67 PRO - $189

Corsair 4GB Memory - $49.95 ( Recommended )

SSD - x25-m 80GB - $204.95

Recommended SSD - X25-M 120GB - $229

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $59.95 ( 2 in Raid0 ) ( 1 Recommended )
Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB - $98

EVGA GTX 570 - $359 ( Recommended )

EVGA GTX 580 - $509

MSI GTX 470 - $250 AR ( Dual 470's overclocked to 800-1600-1800 provide best price/performance for $500.)

HIS 6950 - ( Unlock to 6970 ) - $299

Corsair 600T - $149 AR
NZXT Phantom - $139
CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced - $79.99 Excellent case for the money. ( Recommended )

Noctua NH-D14 - $79.95 ( Recommended )
Thermalright SilverArrow - $86

HX-850 - $159 ( Will support SLI 570's better )
HX-750 - $129 AR ( Recommended For Single Card & will support 570's )
TX-750 - $99 Non-Modular PSU
TX650 - $89.99

Base Sandy Bridge Computer - $1179

Add monitor and Windows 7

24" Monitor 1080p - $199 ( Recommended )
Is there a better monitor for the price?

Windows 7 Premium Builder's Edition - $99 ( Recommended )

Sandy Bridge Gaming Computer for only $1477, with solid parts that will work well together.

ADD SSD X25-M 120GB = $1706
Edited by 2010rig - 1/10/11 at 7:19am
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get a spinpoint f4.

2tb for 100$

will check for the 640gb version*

cant find the 640 anywhere, but the F4 is better than the F3 in the way that it has a new platter size.

320 per side instead of 250.
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Crappy memory.
Overkill PSUs.

Also, yes, there are plenty of good coolers in that price range. The Silver Arrow being one of them, and it's even better than the NH-D14.
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Don't bother with an SSD. there is no point at all.
get a GTX570.
also get a Silverstone Strider plus PSU. they are some of the best PSU's on the market
i5 over i7.
and Get a Storm sniper with the Window! them cases are insane!
and get better memory. the memory is a bottleneck
    
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Don't bother with an SSD. there is no point at all.
get a GTX570.
also get a Silverstone Strider plus PSU. they are some of the best PSU's on the market
i5 over i7.
and Get a Storm sniper with the Window! them cases are insane!
and get better memory. the memory is a bottleneck
With the exception of the part about the memory and the GTX 570, this is one of the silliest posts I think I've ever read on OCN. Especially the part about the SSD.

LOL
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Crappy memory.
Overkill PSUs.

Also, yes, there are plenty of good coolers in that price range. The Silver Arrow being one of them, and it's even better than the NH-D14.
Ok, which memory can you recommend for the price?

The PSU's are in preparation of a possible SLI set up down the road, the 750w will easily handle, plus they're modular.

For single card setups, here's a 650w non-modular for $89.99

SSD's do add a significant performance difference when you use it as a boot drive, you'd have to own 1 to understand. ( 15-20 second windows boots, 2-3 Photoshop Starts, 1 Second Office Apps, etc, etc )

I like Amazon because they have FREE shipping, and rebates on a few items, for best overall price, and they haven't failed me yet, ( can't say the same for the Egg )

The reason I still prefer NH-D14 vs Thermalright Silverarrow


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Ok, which memory can you recommend for the price?

The PSU's are in preparation of a possible SLI set up down the road, the 750w will easily handle, plus they're modular.

For single card setups, here's a 650w non-modular for $89.99

I like Amazon because they have FREE shipping, and rebates on a few items, for best overall price, and they haven't failed me yet, ( can't say the same for the Egg )

The reason I still prefer NH-D14 vs Thermalright Silverarrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07XTN0Qll2o
I can't see the Youtube video because it's blocked by my work's proxy, but I suspect it's the one video review that has actually gotten people a suspension from the forums for posting.

There was a single review that has been shown to be flawed many times over. From that one guy at the other overclock site, his name escapes me at the moment. If that's the video you posted, then you need to re-evaluation your opinion based on other sources.
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recommended sandy bridge socket LGA1155 hardware looks good to me.
nzxt phantom case looks great. corsair 600t might be my second choice now.
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I don't see anything wrong with that video, @ 4.0 they were 0.7 Degrees apart, and @4.2 they were 0.8 Degree apart @ 4.4 the silverwright went past 100C where as the Noctua still held its own.

I have the Noctua and it's a solid cooler, plus it fits in most if not all Mid-Tower cases better, where as the Silverarrow doesn't, so I also took that into my recommendation.

The link I posted for the Noctua NH-D14 is $79.99.

The SilverArrow is $86. I will add it as an option though, as they're both great coolers, and I personally prefer the Noctua.
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