New Rig

Discussion in 'Tech Help' started by Saul, Jul 14, 2011.

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    Saul Community Member

    My Monster Rig.. But don’t tell the wife how much Ive just spent…

    ASRock Z68 Extreme4 (SandyBridge)

    Intel i5 2500k 3.3Ghz 6Mb Cache (SandyBridge)

    G-Skill 8GB Sniper DDR3

    NZXT Phantom White Case

    Asus Xonar Essence ST Soundcard

    Gigabyte GTX 560 OC 1GB x2

    OCZ Stealth Xstream 600w Power Supply
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    Angelo Community Member

    How much did you spend? Instead of having me look and add them up :p

    Im looking to build one too before I set off to uni but having a hard time deciding what to get.
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    Saul Community Member

    £870, but I have a £155.00 high end sound card, that's not necessary, I need it to integrate with my studio. Plus I have only boaught one of the GFX cards I will get the second at a later date to SLi.
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    Shantotto Guest

    Pffft you can't get in trouble for spending that much :p

    I really wanted a phantom, but I opted to go for DF85, simply based on thermal performance t_t.
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    Angelo Community Member

    Thats not too bad, I always end up speccing something over 1k and the remember I need screens and stuff. :/
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    Shantotto Guest

    GDI, knew i forgot something :d
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    Angelo Community Member

    Its even worst the fact I want 2 new screens since the one im using is old -_- Might have to persuade the parents to get me some stuff for my birthday early :p
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    Alaisy Veteran BOON

    expensive (not bad) case for such a modest system. Other then that it looks good, personally I would go for AMD if you're going for 2x videocards, Crossfire still scales better and both companies have great price/quality solutions around that pricerange. For single cards it doesn't matter much.
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    Saul Community Member

    You dont get the SandyBridge Architecture with an AMD
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    Alaisy Veteran BOON

    AMD videocards, (they got rid of ATI brand). 2 x 6870's or for a little more 2 x 6950's (best scaling combination on the market right now, even high end).
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    Saul Community Member

    That looks nice, but ive already bought the other one, I'll see if Ebuyer will let me change and have the other one in stock.. cheers bud.
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    TOMMCAT Veteran BOON

    hehe nps glad i could give some advice.
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    katmai Veteran BOON

    I went for a gtx 570 myself for gaming at 1900x1200 that is the best bang for the buck imho. You could have gone for a phenom 2 cou and am3 mobo and the cash diference to put it in a bigger gfx card.

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    Saul Community Member

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    Alaisy Veteran BOON

    He's going for 2 cards, so he should imo at least consider Crossfire. Since the CPU becomes the bottleneck 1920x1080 (or 1200) you should just stick with the Sandybridge, its a great choice right now.

    Personally I would go for this,

    Processor - Intel Core i5 2500K
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 kit (Or the Sniper you picked)
    Cooler - Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B
    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H
    Videocard - 2x AMD Radeon HD 6950 1 GB
    SSD - Intel SSD 311 20GB (SATA)
    Harddisk - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (SATA3) (you probably have a HDD already right?)
    PSU - Antec HCG-750 High Current Gamer 750W

    And yes stick with the ASUS Xonar, it's great (I've got the DG version but its enough for me)
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    Saul Community Member

    Cheers Pete.

    I have a Western Dig 2TB HD and I have the Scythe Mugen Cooler, but now I am seriously considering changing the PSU and the GFX to those you have reccomended, but I have to be quick.

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    Angelo Community Member

    Would you go for 2x 6950s or the 2gig 6950? Ill probably end up building something like that without the SSD
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    Mizou Community Member


    i see it with pretty much all the new games, that the memory of the card gets used before other memory and pretty much all new cards with 2gb memory can easyily support it so when building a new pc these days i would go for the max possible with your available money. but that means u should take care about it too and not ruin it like others within a few weeks
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    Alaisy Veteran BOON

    You won't notice a difference in most games, it's around 2FPS difference at 1920x1080(1200) resolutions. For larger resolutions and heavily modded games it can help a bit.

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