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After recently getting admitted in to the 35th best High School in America (Staten Island Technical High School), I have been gifted a good amount of money from my parents. With all my money saved up, my estimated total is around $1200. I already have a 1080p TV, OS disk, keyboard and mouse from my old PC so these will not be included in the price. Basically, I want a build that can max out almost everything out there (with the exception of Metro) and have enough space for future upgrades that will make this rig last for 4-5 years and still game. This will be strictly for gaming and for future-proofing.

I have already decided on a GPU which is the GTX 560-Ti Twin Frozer II, so that leaves about $950 left for everything else. I am also considering getting the i5 2500k since the 2600k is too much, however I am still open to socket 1366.

I will add more to this thread on what I want but I am kind of in a hurry. Anyways, lets see what you can come up with!
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by CrazzyRussian View Post
After recently getting admitted in to the 35th best High School in America (Staten Island Technical High School), I have been gifted a good amount of money from my parents. With all my money saved up, my estimated total is around $1200. I already have a 1080p TV, OS disk, keyboard and mouse from my old PC so these will not be included in the price. Basically, I want a build that can max out almost everything out there (with the exception of Metro) and have enough space for future upgrades that will make this rig last for 4-5 years and still game. This will be strictly for gaming and for future-proofing.

I have already decided on a GPU which is the GTX 560-Ti Twin Frozer II, so that leaves about $950 left for everything else. I am also considering getting the i5 2500k since the 2600k is too much, however I am still open to socket 1366.

I will add more to this thread on what I want but I am kind of in a hurry. Anyways, lets see what you can come up with!
Congrats on the school, I've never been one for financially rewarding academic performance, but whatever floats your boat As to the relevant info, I'd spend it all on a water loop 1366 is definitely still viable, but I'd say:

CPU
Mobo
Ram 4-6gb
SSD 128-256gb
Storage drive 2TB
Case 700D
PSU HX850 or AX850 (no need for more with single GPU, could even handle dual 560s)

Anything else on cooling...

Edit: Technical school, will we be seeing any sweet case mods coming out of this project? Hopefully?
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post #3 of 24
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Congrats on the school, I've never been one for financially rewarding academic performance, but whatever floats your boat As to the relevant info, I'd spend it all on a water loop 1366 is definitely still viable, but I'd say:

CPU
Mobo
Ram 4-6gb
SSD 128-256gb
Storage drive 2TB
Case 700D
PSU HX850 or AX850 (no need for more with single GPU, could even handle dual 560s)

Anything else on cooling...

Edit: Technical school, will we be seeing any sweet case mods coming out of this project? Hopefully?
Yeah Thanks.

Is $1200 enough for a 850w PSU, WC loop and SSD? That sounds more along the lines of a $1700 budget.
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Yeah Thanks.

Is $1200 enough for a 850w PSU, WC loop and SSD? That sounds more along the lines of a $1700 budget.
The loop probably won't fit in the 1.2k unless you cut corners on the electrical hardware. Depends on what side of the scale you want the cooling/computing slider to move to.
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post #5 of 24
i would probably for for an 890 board and 6 core phenom II.

more like a 64gb SSD, along with the 2TB storage drive,

or you could always just go raid. 64g ssd, 2x 640gb caviar black raid0, plus a 1tb storage and backup drive. install windows on either ssd or raid0, install your most played games on your ssd, less load time dependent games on the raid0, then all your music and save files on your storage drive.

im not sure if you need intel, but i would still definitely go amd, not being a fanboy, just trying to save you a bit of cash, while still giving great performance.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by SaltwaterCooled View Post
The loop probably won't fit in the 1.2k unless you cut corners on the electrical hardware. Depends on what side of the scale you want the cooling/computing slider to move to.
My aim is to get as much performance for my money as possibly, but at the same time keeping it future proof for a good 4-5 years. If a watercooling loop means cutting back on a significant amount of hardware performance, than watercooling is a no no.
post #7 of 24
I say WC isnt necessary. It is easier to upgrade Air Parts rather than WC just for the fact that you dont have to buy blocks.
post #8 of 24
If you really want this pc to last 4-5 years, I would say you are better off waiting until the Intel LGA 2011 cpu's come out. Or at least until Bulldozer drops to see what that brings to the table. I was going to recommend a 2500k, but it seems you can't even buy p67 motherboards from newegg, or microcenter right now because of the recall. So if you want it to last a bit, seems you will have to wait.

I guess you could always get the 2500k at microcenter, (I'd go to the one in Patterson, NJ, lower sales tax), and get a p67 off ebay, or a retailer that doesn't care about recalls. That'd put you at around 360-375 depending on what you pay for the motherboard. I was able to squeeze in a 128gb c300 SSD, 4gb ddr3 2000, case, hx850 PSU, and 1 TB drive to a $1000 budget, 50 more than your target. All off newegg, with the exception of the cpu/mobo, and most of that should ship from NJ.
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If you really want this pc to last 4-5 years, I would say you are better off waiting until the Intel LGA 2011 cpu's come out. Or at least until Bulldozer drops to see what that brings to the table. I was going to recommend a 2500k, but it seems you can't even buy p67 motherboards from newegg, or microcenter right now because of the recall. So if you want it to last a bit, seems you will have to wait.

I guess you could always get the 2500k at microcenter, (I'd go to the one in Patterson, NJ, lower sales tax), and get a p67 off ebay, or a retailer that doesn't care about recalls. That'd put you at around 360-375 depending on what you pay for the motherboard. I was able to squeeze in a 128gb c300 SSD, 4gb ddr3 2000, case, hx850 PSU, and 1 TB drive to a $1000 budget, 50 more than your target. All off newegg, with the exception of the cpu/mobo, and most of that should ship from NJ.
That's kind of my feeling too, to wait for Ivy or Bulldozer. If you have to have it now I'd go with that component list.
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OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
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OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Win-7 Pro x64 HP LP3065 30" 2560x1600 Dell 1600x1200 Portrait Monoprice Gaming Keyboard w/ MX Blacks 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Corsair HX850 Modified Corsair Obsidian 800D Logitech G700 X-Fi Titanium PCIe 
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Happauge 2250 Tuner Card 
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post #10 of 24
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Hey guys, I am still going with sandy bridge but I am in a GPU dillema. Okay so here is my situation:

I will be sometimes playing my rig on my 1080p LCD TV and sometimes I will be playing on my 1600x900 monitor. As I understand, 1Gb of ram is very close to bottlenecking the GPU at 1080p, bot not at 1600x900.

I have thought about going with the following cards but cannot pick which one:

GTX 570:
Pros: Good GPU, enogh VRAM to play GTA IV with all sliders at 100, can play at 1080p with a fluid framerate. also, up to 4 cards in SLI
Cons: For $360, this is a very large investment and there are cards with very similar performance for less

GTX 560 Palit non-reference 2Gb:
PROS: 2Gb of VRAM is a lot and will last me very long. Better heatsink than reference GTX 560. OC's very well. And its $280
CONS: Non-reference with ugly red PCB. I have a feeling the GPU in it will bottleneck me soon. Cannot play metro maxed out

GTX 460 refurbished SLI
PROS: 2 of these preform about the same as a GTX 580 in most benchmarks. They are refurbished from EVGA so they cost $130 each so thats $260 for the same performance as a GTX 580.
CONS: Totaly destroys the "future proof" aspect. Only supports up to 2 GPU's in SLI. 1Gb of usable VRAM. I am not a fan of SLI and would rather go with a single card solution.

Soooo, what do you think? I might also consider AMD (Or ATI whatever they are called now) but their drivers, size, and bad tessilation support are a major turn-off, even for the price.
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