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New computer gaming build - need advice


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#1 syrup

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:28 PM

Hi all this is my first gaming build and after doing a bit of research I have come up with the following:

1 x Cooler Master - CM 690 II Advanced Mid Tower, Black $89.99

1 x GSKILL - 4GB Ripjaws X Series PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 2GB) $39.99

1 x Seagate - 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III w/ 16MB Cache $39.99

1 x Corsair - Gaming Series GS 700W Power Supply $99.99

1 x Microsoft - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit) DVD - OEM $119.99

1 x Intel - Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache $214.99

1 x Scythe - Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler $34.99

1 x Asus - P8P67-M Rev 3.0 w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, Quad CrossFireX $129.99

1 x Samsung - SH-S223C 22x SpeedPlus™ DVD-Writer, SATA, Black, Retail $22.99 1 x Asus - EAH6850 DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 1GB v2 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort $189.99

Total cost= ~$1000CAD



-I plan to use crossfire in the future (maybe 2 years)
-Plan to overclock a little bit
-Already have monitor, keyboard, mouse



How does this build look? Any suggestions for improvement that will keep my budget roughly the same?

Edited by syrup, 07 June 2011 - 02:37 PM.


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#2 syrup

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:31 PM

Hi all this is my first gaming build and after doing a bit of research I have come up with the following:

1 x Cooler Master - CM 690 II Advanced Mid Tower, Black $89.99

1 x GSKILL - 4GB Ripjaws X Series PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 2GB) $39.99

1 x Seagate - 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III w/ 16MB Cache $39.99

1 x Corsair - Gaming Series GS 700W Power Supply $99.99

1 x Microsoft - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit) DVD - OEM $119.99

1 x Intel - Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache $214.99

1 x Scythe - Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler $34.99

1 x Asus - P8P67-M Rev 3.0 w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, Quad CrossFireX $129.99

1 x Samsung - SH-S223C 22x SpeedPlus™ DVD-Writer, SATA, Black, Retail $22.99 1 x Asus - EAH6850 DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 1GB v2 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort $189.99

Total cost= ~$1000CAD



-I plan to use crossfire in the future (maybe 2 years)
-Plan to overclock a little bit
-Already have monitor, keyboard, mouse



How does this build look? Any suggestions for improvement that will keep my budget roughly the same?


Thanks for the quick response :thumbsup:
1)Would you recommend the x32 edition or the x64? I have heard that unless your using video editing programs, more than 5gigs of ram is never used. I doubt I would ever need to upgrade past 8 gigs?

2)I think I will probably stick with the heatsink since what you described would probably end up costing more time and money after installing the new fans.

3)I will probably stick with the 2500k since hexcores are not really optimised for gaming yet.

B)

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:51 PM

Nothing major (just personal preference really), and nothing that will save you money:

If possible go for a full size ATX motherboard. Ignore that "Quad Crossfire X" stuff, it just has 2 PCI-E slots like other Crossfire boards. If I was forced to get a medium priced LGA1155 board- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128500 Plus, when you Crossfire it, you have that extra space between the PCIE slots so the videocard fans can get air better, oh, and Z68 chipset.

RAM- pony up for 8 gigs now, a 2X4 gig kit.

Hard drive- nothing wrong with your selection. Personally, I would look for a 640gig WD Black, but that's ~$20 more.

CPU cooler- That Mugen II is big. I know as I have one on my X58 build. Great cooler, probably the best cooler for the price. Certainly has the best mounting system to eliminate flexing the motherboard due to clamp pressure. Not sure about the position of your RAM slots, and whether or not there will be interference from the CPU fan (if mounted facing the front of the case). The cooling fan on mine overhangs the first 2 RAM slots on my build, so no tall heatspreaders for my RAM. A smaller, but very effective cooler is a Hyper 212+, not saying you should though.

Power supply- no complaints. The GS series has a really good price/performance ratio. Corsair and CWT made a good one. Keep an eye out for XFX units as well.

I certainly wouldn't object to your build as is.

EDIT: X64 all the way. No need for a 32bit OS now, unless you are running some rare program that has trouble with a 64 bit OS.

Edited by dpunisher, 07 June 2011 - 03:53 PM.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:23 PM

Thanks for the response.

-Fine, fine. I will pay the extra $$ and go 2x4
-Will probably switch to the 212+ since it will be slightly cheaper and if size could be an issue with the mugen.
-Will switch to a full atx board

Once again thanks man!

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:26 PM

Overall a solid build.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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