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Help Building New Gaming Gomputer


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#1 wweezzyy

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 11:49 AM

Okay so I'm building a new rig and would like some help with my decisions, my budget is around $2000-$2500 roughly so I want something pretty nice. Thanks!!

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211 (i7 950)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145295 (Corsair Dominator 6GB)

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665 (ASUS Sabertooth X58)

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067 (NZXT Phantom)

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 (2x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Drives)

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148357 (Crucial RealSSD C300) Gonna be used for my OS.

Sound Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132014 (ASUS Xonar Essence)

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130589 (EVGA GTX 580)

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009 (Corsair 850W)

Cooling: Not sure what I should go with air or water, don't know much about water cooling so if anyone has some information thanks.

So going SLI with the 580's would be nice but I'm not sure if that PSU would justify the power being used by them, would I need to upgrade it?

Thanks for your time and help!!

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#2 dpunisher

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 04:18 PM

Not too much to pick on.

So................where's that sound card going to fit when you have that 580GTX in the upper slot?

Personally, I would hold off on a sound card. Onboard sound is more than adequate unless you need a soundcard for some specific function. The board already has 7.1 audio.

SSD- I would consider a 128gig as minimum size to hold OS, and frequently used programs and a few games. OS+programs+a few games will eat that 64 gig up fast.

PSU- 850 watts is about perfect for a single GTX580/X58/overclocked CPU build. For an SLI rig, you are in the 1+kw PSU category. Overclocked SLI GTX580s, overclocked CPU are going to use an honest 650-700+ watts depending upon conditions. It will take a legit 1KW+ PSU to keep up for those gaming sessions.

Cooling, I am in the same boat. I would like to move to watercooling, a simple rig like an H70 maybe, but can't really justify it vs good aircooling (Hyper 212,Ultra 120,Megahalem etc). I am just paranoid about leaks, which do happen.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:03 PM

You must be a very hardcore gamer to need a rig like that! The Xonar cards are good if you're an audiophile who loves music, makes music, or has a high-end sound system. In that case I would go for the Xonar D2 or D2X over the Essence becuase of the feature set. I would also consider a Radeon 6970 given the price and performance difference. I just could not see myself buying a $500 graphics card. If you're serious about SLI'ing those two cards, you need a high-end power supply, like the SPARKLE COMPUTER CORP Gold Class GW-EPS1000DA 1000W, SILVERSTONE ST1200 1200W, or CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX.

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