$1500+ System in the works (Opinions)

jfranc84

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Let me preface this by saying I haven't built a system since before Core2 Duos were being talked about. Any and all advice I could get regarding this build would be appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 3 Weeks

Budget Range: ~$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming , Photoshop, Office,

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse, OS (W7 Premium 64bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: No brand preference

Overclocking: CPU - Maybe; GPU - Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: Want to try and keep this system as quiet as possible, while maintaining some power doing it all via space management and air cooling.

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Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $59.99

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TP67XE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 $124.99

PSU: Antec HCG 750w $99.00

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $44.99

Optical Drive: Asus Blu-Ray Drive $54.99

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB $199.99

Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB $69.99 (got it on sale a few weeks back)

CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK Durin D982 92mm Rifle $27.99

CPU: Core i5-2500k $219.99

Sound: HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels $73.99

Monitor: ASUS VS 21.5" $154.99

GFX Card: ??? Thinking

EVGA GTX570 HD $329.99

But I am open to suggestions here, $340 is the upper max of my budget here.

Current Build is $1460.89

Purchased some sound dampening materials through AcousticPC.

Any suggestions, improvements would be appreciated.
 

michxymi

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Fractal Design Define R3 Silver Arrow ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352003

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=asrock%20z68%20extreme%203%20gen3

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CT040G3B5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167045

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20spinpoint%20f3%201tb

1124$ without MIR
 

genghiskron

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case: i love my antec 300 illusion. you may want to add 2 additional 120mm fans to the antec 300, but that can always be done later.
mobo: i dont know much about biostar, but some people really seem to hate them. id go with the similarly priced asrock z68 extreme3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=z68%20extreme3
id grab this cpu cooler + cpu combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.728340
the hyper 212 is also a good choice, but this is going to give you the best performance for $30, when you consider the combo.

assuming you are planning to SLI, you will want an 850w psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
id consider a pair of hd6950 2gb's to be a better value:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945

i dont think you need a sound card, but you may be an audiophile

id go bigger with the monitor, although it may help to look at some in person to help you decide.
 

jfranc84

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michxymi: Thanks for the info. The 40gb SSD won't be enough for my needs as I intend to use it as a home for my OS and applications. Not too hot on that case, any reason why you chose that one?

genghiskron: The graphics card/psu combo i'm looking at now, is strictly for a single gpu setup, sometime in the future I will upgrade the psu and add another GFX card, thinking a year or two down the road, when it becomes a necessity.

Mobo: asrock z68 extreme3, i'll check it out, esp. since both of you recommended it

CPU Cooler:I looked at the hyper 212 as an option, but the durin has a pretty low noise threshold, I may overclock this thing to 4ghz tops.

Sound Card: I may not *need* it, but I love music. (192kbps doesn't cut it for me, I hate warbles and that under-the-sea noise) Don't want to skimp too much here. I'm not exactly an audiphile but dislike bad audio.

Fans: Ordered 2x 120mm Slipstream fans, and 1x 140mm Coolermaster low noise fan. On the same page you are in that regard.

GFX: The core clock on the 6950 is higher than the 570 stock, but would OC'ing the 570 to bring the core up to 800 (if at all possible) be a better bet as far as getting the most value out of the card? How is the noise under load of the 6950?

Thanks again.
 

008Rohit

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Processor : i5 2500K - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

MoBo : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=ASRock%20Gen3%20Extreme3

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Hard Disk : Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Spinpoint%20F3%201TB

SSD : OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III - $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=swbenfsk1ni6

Graphics : GIGABYTE GV-R697OC-2GD Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $360
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125371

Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

PSU : SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Modular - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087&Tpk=Seasonic%20750W

Optical Drive : Asus Blu Ray Drive - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

Total : $1376 after rebates

The board has PCIe 3.0 slots and will support future Ivy Bridge processors. The HD 6970 is a beast and can maxx out any games at 1080p alone. If you need more power, you can always add a second one.
 

michxymi

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40GB is for caching. This will give SSD perfomance on your HDD thank to Smart Cache. The main reason you get a Z68 motherboard.

I choose these case because when you need silence it's clearly the winner!
 

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