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« on: February 20, 2011, 08:45:53 PM »

So I was in the neighborhood to build a PC for 2 grand, I want it to be a beast in power so I can do rigorous gaming.

Where should I start?
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2011, 10:00:55 PM »

ASUS P8P67 Pro
Core i7-2600K (Core i5-2500K if you need to trim the cost)
6 - 8 GB of DDR3 1066 5-5-5-18 RAM (try and get it in a kit)
Corsair PSU (at the very least, 700W)
Radeon HD 6950

Should be some options to look into.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2011, 10:12:09 PM »

Thank you for that! I will look up these products.

2 quick questions:

1) that Corsair PSU, it's not acrylic is it? I heard they can melt or something bad happens with them.

And on the kit, you mean 8 GB of Ram together and not buying them seperately correct? Sorry for being dumb...
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2011, 10:20:23 PM »

1) that Corsair PSU, it's not acrylic is it? I heard they can melt or something bad happens with them.
Sometimes you will find the odd model with an acrylic window, but most models aren't.  They are built like tanks, so you shouldn't have to worry about them.

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And on the kit, you mean 8 GB of Ram together and not buying them seperately correct? Sorry for being dumb...
Yup, it can help to keep the costs down at times.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2011, 10:36:51 PM »

Not so sure about the Radeon HD 6950, been reading discourging reviews so far.

On that power supply think I'll go with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-007&ReviewNo=1197777&SortField=0&Pagesize=10&IsFeedbackTab=true&rdm=57#scrollHelpful1

That core i7 2600k is a beast though.
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2011, 04:34:21 AM »

So here's what I have now:

BOARD: Asus Maximus IV Extreme (not getting any other board) $352
CPU: i7-2600K Sandy Bridge (not getting any other CPU) $330
GPU: 2x Asus GTX 580s in SLI $1000
SSD: 2x OCZ Vertex 2 60GB RAID 0 $252
STORAGE: 2x WD Caviar Blacks 640GB RAID 0 $130
RAM: 8GB Dominator GT DDR3 2000 $214
PSU: Antec TPQ1200W Modular $251
SOUND: Creative X-Fi Titanium Professional $100
FAN CONTROLLER: NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen $30
SPEAKERS: Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Surround $318
KEYBOARD: Logitech G19 $126
MOUSE: Razer Lachesis 3.5G 5600 dpi $69.24
BD/DVD: LG Black Blu-Ray/DVD $100
CASE: Corsair Obsidian 800D Full Tower $240
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 $80

Total cost? 3592.24 Way over budget.

What should I trim down?
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2011, 06:10:13 AM »

So I chopped down the e-penis replacement parts

BOARD: Asus P8P67 Deluxe $200
CPU: i7-2600K Sandy Bridge (not getting any other CPU) $330
GPU: Asus GTX 580 $500
SSD: Corsair C300 128GB $285
STORAGE: Spinpoint F3 1 TB $65
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $95
PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W $170
SOUND: Asus Xonar DG headphone plug goes for $30
SPEAKERS: Sennheiser HD 555 $100 and a banana stand to hold them.
KEYBOARD: Logitech G19 $126
MOUSE: Razer Lachesis 3.5G 5600 dpi $69.24
BD/DVD: LG Black Blu-Ray/DVD $100
CASE: Corsair Graphite Series 600T $140
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 $80

Total cost? 2290

Not bad eh?
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2011, 06:27:23 AM »

Try a Cooler Master case and PSU, could cut down the price.
Could try a cheaper keyboard/mouse combo.

That might free up enough money to do 2x GTX 570s, instead of 1 GTX 580.
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2011, 10:27:38 PM »

Try a Cooler Master case and PSU, could cut down the price.
Could try a cheaper keyboard/mouse combo.

That might free up enough money to do 2x GTX 570s, instead of 1 GTX 580.
I'm going to stick with a Seasonic, Corsair, or non-Earthwatts Antec PSU. Nothing against Cooler Master, I just don't know their reputation for PSUs. Their cases and coolers are quite fine, though.

keyboard/mouse, yeah, I can definitely cut down here. I might get a Logitech MX518 mouse and a Microsoft Natural 4000 keyboard, personally.

Video, I don't think I'm going to do SLI. Since I'm going at 1920x1200 or 1920x1080, then a GTX 580 is unbelievably overkill. You could do a GTX 560 and it's still overkill.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011, 01:22:27 AM »

Got the parts!


Didn't want to drop 500 dollars on the GTX580, so I got the GTX570 instead so I can buy the Dell U2311H.

Got mostly everything on the list except the mobo, waiting for ASUS to fix the recall. Still shopping for SSD.

Anyone familar with refurb SSD's?
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