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$1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
09-07-2011, 04:47 AM,
#1
$1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
Hi,

Just wanted to get opinions on the below first build I'm thinking of getting very soon. Is based around the Tier 5 / 6.
Absolute max budget is $1500, and this works out to be $1461.

I'm still not 100% sure whether to go 2 x 6870's or just get one, and use the $$$'s elsewhere.

PC will mainly be used for gaming (eg. BF3, MW3, WoW, Far Cry 2, Fallout 3), but also for video & sound editing (recording guitar & vocals), and 3d graphic's / animation.

Suggestions / Advice??

Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M x2 = $114.00
Antec HCG-750 750W High Current Gamer 80Plus Bronze 135mmfan = $139.00
Antec Three Hundred Tower Gaming Case - Black NO PSU = $60.00
Samsung 22X DVDRW Black SATA = $20.00
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Universal Cooler = $32.00
Kingston 8GB(2 X 4GB) DDR3-1333MHZ PC10600 = $73.00
Sapphire HD6870 1G GDDR5 PCIE HDMI DP in XFIRE x2 = $370.00
Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA1155 3.3GHz CPU = $219.00
Asus P8P67 PRO V3 L1155 P67 4x DDR3 SATA3 SATA2 eSATA RAID Firewire U = $186.00
Logitech MK120 USB Desktop Keyboard/Mouse = $17.00
LG W2343T-PF 23 Wide 5ms Full HD DVI-D Tilt = $140.00
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM = $91.00

My main questions are:

1. Is PSU powerful enough to support all this?
2. Is there enough RAM?
3. Is the case big enough?
4. Is there enough cooling?
5. Am possibly looking at overclocking, any issues with the above parts?
6. The motherboard wasn't on any tiers... would it be good enough?
7. Is onboard sound decent enough nowadays?

This PC will have to last me a while (apart from the odd upgrade here and there), so don't want to stuff it up at the start.

Hopefully I should notice a difference over my current PC Confused:

Pentium 4 2.8Ghz
256Gb nVidia
2.75Gb RAM
1 x 250Gb HDD
1 x 60Gb HDD
Windows XP 32bit
21" CRT

Appreciate in advance for any feedback!!
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09-07-2011, 11:29 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-07-2011, 12:00 PM by Zacman0126.)
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RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
1) I dont think so, Radeon cards are generally more power hungry as is, let alone two of them. So you'd probably have to look at a 900watter, but of course I haven't accounted for everything so I could be wrong. Imo, spend a little less getting 1 card and spend money elsewhere like here:

2) That's allright, but with the money you save on the video card, you can get a nice 16gb going, which is great muscle. I'd personally say do it because you can save money by getting package pricing on a bundle of sticks so it might be an extra $40 in the end for double the ram. In all honesty though, 8gb will probably cut it. If it doesnt, upgrade!

3) Yup, it's huge. Same one I'm getting. Hell, same one everyones got.

4) Should be fine, depends on overclocking.

5) As far as I know, no. But I dont know very far, lol.

6) it gets bad reviews for quality control, take a look at the ASRock P67 mentioned in the mainstream build section, it seems pretty favourable.

7) Most mobo's come with Optical outs, and that's about as good as it get's actually. Some people will argue HDMI is the best, but I've personally found (via comparison in my own home) that Optical beats out HDMI significantly in sound quality.

It seems like you and I are basically after the same build. I like to play games, but also need it to record music and do a myriad of other media related things. Hopefully a pro can come chime in, i'm just a geek infatuated with the gaming industry Smile
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09-07-2011, 01:18 PM,
#3
RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
750 Watts would be enough to power two 6870s, but if you're also planning on video/sound editing, you might want to drop one card and upgrade the CPU to a 2600k. The hyperthreading on that CPU makes it much more efficient than the non hyperthreaded 2500k. Then any spare money could go to more RAM, which would also help with your editing.
CPU: Intel i5 2500k @ 4.4GHz CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow Mobo: MSI P67A-G43 GPU: EVGA GTX 580 + BFG GTX 260 RAM: 4x4GB Patriot G2 DDR3 1333MHz SSD: Crucial M4 64GB HDD: 750 GB WD Caviar Black, 640 GB WD Caviar Black, 500 GB Seagate Barracuda PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 Sound Card Asus Xonar DX Monitor: I-Inc 27" 1920x1200
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09-07-2011, 02:13 PM,
#4
RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
The power supply is DEFINITELY fine.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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09-07-2011, 10:23 PM,
#5
RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
Thanks for the feedback.

OK, next question. Which would be better?

Intel Core i5 2500K Processor LGA1155 3.3GHz CPU
+
2 x Sapphire HD6870 1G GDDR5 PCIE HDMI DP

or

Intel Core i7 2600K Processor LGA1155 3.4GHz CPU
+
1 x Sapphire HD6870 1G GDDR5 PCIE HDMI DP

If I go with the latter, will the other components be fine?
Having approx $120 available, should I get a better Vid card, or improve on any other component?
To consider, I am looking at OC'ing.

Cheers
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09-07-2011, 10:26 PM,
#6
RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
Well it depends on what you would be using this system for. If you plan on doing more editing that gaming, go with the 2600k setup. If it's the opposite, go with the 2500k setup.

If you do go with the 2600k and one card, the extra money could be spent on more RAM, or you could get a good Sata 2 SSD. I got an OCZ Vertex 2 60GB for $110. Not sure of Sata 3 SSD prices.
CPU: Intel i5 2500k @ 4.4GHz CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow Mobo: MSI P67A-G43 GPU: EVGA GTX 580 + BFG GTX 260 RAM: 4x4GB Patriot G2 DDR3 1333MHz SSD: Crucial M4 64GB HDD: 750 GB WD Caviar Black, 640 GB WD Caviar Black, 500 GB Seagate Barracuda PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 Sound Card Asus Xonar DX Monitor: I-Inc 27" 1920x1200
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09-07-2011, 10:47 PM,
#7
RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
Thanks Slagathor,

Yes, system will be used mostly for gaming, with small amount usage of video & sound recording/editing.
I really do want an SSD, but I don't feel the cost of them warrents getting one right now. Can always upgrade later.

Just thought of another question.
Would I be better off going with my original system build above, or, changing to one graphic card & adding more RAM?
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09-08-2011, 12:23 AM,
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RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
8 GB of RAM is plenty for pretty much anything but serious photo/video editing. And if it's just a "mainstream" usage of editing (couldn't think of a better word really, non-professional maybe?), then I would gamble that your original build would be a lot more pleasing. I have a 2500k and it does fine as far as I'm concerned with editing.

As for the SSD, I'm using mine as a boot drive and it decreased my boot time by about 20 seconds, and it comes out of hibernate faster than my monitor can start displaying any video, aka like 2 seconds. For me, it's also useful for programs like my browser, maybe a game or two, all of my programs that start with windows, and in your case, probably your editing software.
CPU: Intel i5 2500k @ 4.4GHz CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow Mobo: MSI P67A-G43 GPU: EVGA GTX 580 + BFG GTX 260 RAM: 4x4GB Patriot G2 DDR3 1333MHz SSD: Crucial M4 64GB HDD: 750 GB WD Caviar Black, 640 GB WD Caviar Black, 500 GB Seagate Barracuda PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W Case: Coolermaster HAF 922 Sound Card Asus Xonar DX Monitor: I-Inc 27" 1920x1200
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09-08-2011, 06:35 PM,
#9
RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
Sweet, think I'll stick with my original build.

One last thing I need advice on, is the monitor.

Anyone recommend the best monitor, that would go well with this system?
Wanting one that has a minimum size of 23"/24" & a budget is max $200.
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09-10-2011, 04:47 AM,
#10
RE: $1500 Gaming System - First build advice / feedback
Anyone... Monitors.... Anyone?
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