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fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 11:37:27 AM
Im looking to start getting into gaming, did some research, and understand building is problably better. I was wondering if I could run this set up with out any bottle neck issues. I was thinking of purchasing one of these computers from best buy:
Computer 1
Computer 2
Computer 3

Then I want to get a pair of this card to run in SLI:
Video cards

I have a best buy card so getting this set up is easy enough but, if I drop that much with 2 video cards would the systems be able to handle what I throw at it? Would I be able to take advantage of the video cards running in SLI or would it hold it back, being a waste of money.
Thanks in advance.
MauserMark  [Moderator]
11/20/2011 12:13:52 PM
you're going to get a better experience out of the whole deal building your own, much like those getting into ARs building your first is the best bet.

www.newegg.com
click_bang  [Member]
11/20/2011 12:22:06 PM
If you are set on buying one this time around, try Ibuypower they make good gaming pc's. You can upgrade them if you want, mine came with 500g HD and 4g RAM now it has 16g ram and 1.5TB HD and I run dual monitors.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 12:24:27 PM
Yea I did see that coming and your right. Sorta lazy that way, and it sure seems intimidating. Looking at whats compatible, speeds of all componets. What might be a waste of money where as what will do. And avoiding the bottle necking.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 12:28:07 PM
I read on running dual cards and getting great results. Those new war games that just came out look so awsome and want the best viewing, and playing possible, and would like to run them on super high.
vengarr  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 12:37:58 PM
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Im looking to start getting into gaming, did some research, and understand building is problably better. I was wondering if I could run this set up with out any bottle neck issues. I was thinking of purchasing one of these computers from best buy:
Computer 1
Computer 2
Computer 3

Then I want to get a pair of this card to run in SLI:
Video cards

I have a best buy card so getting this set up is easy enough but, if I drop that much with 2 video cards would the systems be able to handle what I throw at it? Would I be able to take advantage of the video cards running in SLI or would it hold it back, being a waste of money.
Thanks in advance.



I have doubts you have a robust enough power supply to run two of those cards. I don't like factory pc's because they use the shittiest power supplies they can find that won't run shit. I run a 1000 watt with a gtx 470 and I wouldn't feel comfortable running 2 of these cards off of this PS.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 12:45:08 PM
Originally Posted By vengarr:
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Im looking to start getting into gaming, did some research, and understand building is problably better. I was wondering if I could run this set up with out any bottle neck issues. I was thinking of purchasing one of these computers from best buy:
Computer 1
Computer 2
Computer 3

Then I want to get a pair of this card to run in SLI:
Video cards

I have a best buy card so getting this set up is easy enough but, if I drop that much with 2 video cards would the systems be able to handle what I throw at it? Would I be able to take advantage of the video cards running in SLI or would it hold it back, being a waste of money.
Thanks in advance.



I have doubts you have a robust enough power supply to run two of those cards. I don't like factory pc's because they use the shittiest power supplies they can find that won't run shit. I run a 1000 watt with a gtx 470 and I wouldn't feel comfortable running 2 of these cards off of this PS.

I was thinking about the power supply after I posted. Would replacing it be the ticket or would you think there would be too many other things to modify. I am leaning to just having my brother in law helping me build one but this does seem easy, maybe too simple.

somedude  [Member]
11/20/2011 1:53:06 PM
i dont think any of those will take two video cards. for sli/crossfire


check out cyberpowerpc. best buy sells them, you can configure one on cyberpower website its possible you can do that instore as well. but they will try to sell you something that is in stock.

not sure if you can see this. but picking the components u wanted was about$1500 so i tried to find the cheaper/ still pricey. you could build your own or buy a barebones and add the video cards etc afterwards for much cheaper. this $1280 but you get 4 free games, and watercooling, 2 radeon 6870 cards, 850watt corsair psu and amd 8 core cpu
cyberpower


it wont hold the configuration i picked.
vengarr  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 1:57:18 PM
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Originally Posted By vengarr:
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Im looking to start getting into gaming, did some research, and understand building is problably better. I was wondering if I could run this set up with out any bottle neck issues. I was thinking of purchasing one of these computers from best buy:
Computer 1
Computer 2
Computer 3

Then I want to get a pair of this card to run in SLI:
Video cards

I have a best buy card so getting this set up is easy enough but, if I drop that much with 2 video cards would the systems be able to handle what I throw at it? Would I be able to take advantage of the video cards running in SLI or would it hold it back, being a waste of money.
Thanks in advance.



I have doubts you have a robust enough power supply to run two of those cards. I don't like factory pc's because they use the shittiest power supplies they can find that won't run shit. I run a 1000 watt with a gtx 470 and I wouldn't feel comfortable running 2 of these cards off of this PS.

I was thinking about the power supply after I posted. Would replacing it be the ticket or would you think there would be too many other things to modify. I am leaning to just having my brother in law helping me build one but this does seem easy, maybe too simple.



If your brother in law can build a PC, spec the aprts on newegg, have them shipped to his house, Have him build that bitch and give him a cnote for his trouble. Get 1 good video card. I have run them in SLI, and it's not worth the trouble to me anymore.
501st  [Member]
11/20/2011 3:12:40 PM
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Im looking to start getting into gaming, did some research, and understand building is problably better. I was wondering if I could run this set up with out any bottle neck issues. I was thinking of purchasing one of these computers from best buy:
Computer 1
Computer 2
Computer 3

Then I want to get a pair of this card to run in SLI:
Video cards

I have a best buy card so getting this set up is easy enough but, if I drop that much with 2 video cards would the systems be able to handle what I throw at it? Would I be able to take advantage of the video cards running in SLI or would it hold it back, being a waste of money.
Thanks in advance.


DVD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

HDD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103

Motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

video:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130621
somedude  [Member]
11/20/2011 3:21:23 PM
small parts list for consideration

16gb ram $84.99
ram

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer $18.99
dvd

evga gtx 560ti $219.99 x2 = $440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130634

corsair 750watt psu $129 -$15 mir rebate = $115
psu

cheapo case. but ive had 2 coolermasters and they were fine $50
case

i7 CPU AND GIGABYTE MOBO $436 -$20 MIR $416
CPU MOBO

comes out to
$1145 i think not counting shipping, the hard drive and windows unless you have that. but if you make a different graphics choice, or cpu choice a bit of money can be saved/
this is everything except a hd, there is a shortage so you will have to shop around. some prices have trippled. which is total bs cause i bet its just a excuse to charge more and not a actual shortage. i dont see out of stocks anywhere if it was a real shortage.
vengarr  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 4:13:42 PM
Originally Posted By somedude:
small parts list for consideration

16gb ram $84.99
ram

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer $18.99
dvd

evga gtx 560ti $219.99 x2 = $440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130634

corsair 750watt psu $129 -$15 mir rebate = $115
psu

cheapo case. but ive had 2 coolermasters and they were fine $50
case

i7 CPU AND GIGABYTE MOBO $436 -$20 MIR $416
CPU MOBO

comes out to
$1145 i think not counting shipping, the hard drive and windows unless you have that. but if you make a different graphics choice, or cpu choice a bit of money can be saved/
this is everything except a hd, there is a shortage so you will have to shop around. some prices have trippled. which is total bs cause i bet its just a excuse to charge more and not a actual shortage. i dont see out of stocks anywhere if it was a real shortage.


bigger PS and get a single video card and that would be a solid rig.
Flogger23m  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 5:36:30 PM
HP/Gatway "Gaming PCs" are crap. Really, you can buy far better if you care to assemble it yourself. And it really is not that hard these days.

Originally Posted By vengarr:
Originally Posted By somedude:
small parts list for consideration

16gb ram $84.99
ram

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer $18.99
dvd

evga gtx 560ti $219.99 x2 = $440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130634

corsair 750watt psu $129 -$15 mir rebate = $115
psu

cheapo case. but ive had 2 coolermasters and they were fine $50
case

i7 CPU AND GIGABYTE MOBO $436 -$20 MIR $416
CPU MOBO

comes out to
$1145 i think not counting shipping, the hard drive and windows unless you have that. but if you make a different graphics choice, or cpu choice a bit of money can be saved/
this is everything except a hd, there is a shortage so you will have to shop around. some prices have trippled. which is total bs cause i bet its just a excuse to charge more and not a actual shortage. i dont see out of stocks anywhere if it was a real shortage.


bigger PS and get a single video card and that would be a solid rig.


Bigger PSU? A 750 is plenty unless he wants to go SLI with two very power hungry cards.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 8:06:06 PM
I see everyone is leaning toward building, that seems like the route I will go. It will take abit longer as I have a best buy card but no C.C. So would you guys suggest just getting one really good video card or running two of them. One guy suggested it wasnt worth it. Thanks for the push and the help.
501st  [Member]
11/20/2011 9:29:57 PM
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
I see everyone is leaning toward building, that seems like the route I will go. It will take abit longer as I have a best buy card but no C.C. So would you guys suggest just getting one really good video card or running two of them. One guy suggested it wasnt worth it. Thanks for the push and the help.


One, 2 isn't worth it.
lokifox  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 9:53:16 PM
Get a z68 mobo and use the ssd cashing. I5 2500k on an asus board with the new bios.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 10:00:24 PM
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Get a z68 mobo and use the ssd cashing. I5 2500k on an asus board with the new bios.

Whats this?



lokifox  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 11:33:10 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CCcQtwIwAw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DVTsEOIyqXtg&ei=P9TJTummFYnGtgfIkrnJAw&usg=AFQjCNH6yggiwLCpWETxe2TOyG19qfDKBw
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/21/2011 12:44:57 AM

Thanks. So this should be what Im looking for right?

Mother board bundle

Mother board bundle 2

Mother board bundle 3

Best buy will match prices too.

max229  [Team Member]
11/21/2011 12:46:05 AM

Originally Posted By MauserMark:
you're going to get a better experience out of the whole deal building your own, much like those getting into ARs building your first is the best bet.

www.newegg.com

Very true.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/21/2011 1:38:05 AM
Alright Im in for the challenge. I have a credit line at best buy of $2000 and they match prices so Im guessing I could get one bad ass build. Black friday is coming so Im gona start boning up. You guys are great, thanks for the tips and links. If you can think of something I wont think of, any help is greatfull.
lokifox  [Team Member]
11/21/2011 9:28:20 AM



Those are all the older P67 mobos. The Z68 and X79 are newer
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/21/2011 6:58:30 PM
Thanks, did more reading. So many different types and have the same model numbers.
somedude  [Member]
11/21/2011 8:26:39 PM
some people like sli or crossfire for multiple displays, bragging rights or higher fps.


some single cards are pretty much fast enough for most games, you did say you wanted it maxxed out and pretty. 2 cards sometimes have a easier time then one. large resolution , takes massive textures and eats up the video cards ram.

ive got two gtx460 in sli, and while its fast in somethings, its not superfast. they also draw power and heat up the case, but this was my 5th sli mobo, but only the first time i actually bought the second card. so if you get a sli or crossfire mobo, you can buy one card, and if its not fast enough for you . you can always add a second card. now mind you if you wait a longtime for the second card , you might not be able to find a match as they are no longer made or a new version comes out. granted the same thing applies with single card mobo. just buy the newer faster card.

you dont have to spend top dollar to get a good gaming system on all your components, as none of them are future proof. if you go with corei5 or amd 6 or 8 core youll save a bit of cash over the i7 most of the time. does depend on components you pick. also you could do 8 gigs of ram instead of 16, but ram is so cheap right now it dont make sense not to buy some. i generally buy 1 or 2 parts at a time, as its not as painful as getting everything at once, but some people buy all bells and whistles at once for instant gratification.

if you have a tiger direct or frys in your state, they might price match that, i dunno if they will price match newegg. ive had some that wont do none brick and mortar stores. but it does not hurt to try. good luck.

and if you buy any oem parts, be aware it generally does not come with cables or mounting hardware depending on the item, something do come with software. but for drivers downloading newest from net is usually the best bet. and thats something you want to have before you start to put it together.


i built this system myself.

galaxy gtx460 1 gb times 2 in sli
antec 850 watt psu
8 gigs ddr2 ocz reapers
win7 64bit
2 wd 750 gig hd striped in raid
evga 750ftw mobo
intel quad 2.5 gig cpu.
nzxt tempest case.

added the 4 gigs of ram, and went from a 8800gt to the 460 cards. however this system is over 2 years old for the most part. debating a new build currently. most likely use same case and video cards for now, and psu, want 4 hd in stripe and mirror, so i can rebuild if i have a fail.

and you know what i did not know shit about computers to start, but asked a around, had a few friends, and just tried a bit on my own. i still run into problems, but generally i can fix them myself and i like having the components i wanted. buying a prefab machine , sometimes you cant upgrade much, as they do weird shit to components and cases. i suggest checking out hardocp.com that place is a treasure trove of info on computers and pretty good for getting help. not that arfcom is not good, but just a ton more nerds in one place that geek out on that stuff. majority of the people are helpful.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/21/2011 8:55:22 PM
Originally Posted By somedude:
some people like sli or crossfire for multiple displays, bragging rights or higher fps.


some single cards are pretty much fast enough for most games, you did say you wanted it maxxed out and pretty. 2 cards sometimes have a easier time then one. large resolution , takes massive textures and eats up the video cards ram.

ive got two gtx460 in sli, and while its fast in somethings, its not superfast. they also draw power and heat up the case, but this was my 5th sli mobo, but only the first time i actually bought the second card. so if you get a sli or crossfire mobo, you can buy one card, and if its not fast enough for you . you can always add a second card. now mind you if you wait a longtime for the second card , you might not be able to find a match as they are no longer made or a new version comes out. granted the same thing applies with single card mobo. just buy the newer faster card.

you dont have to spend top dollar to get a good gaming system on all your components, as none of them are future proof. if you go with corei5 or amd 6 or 8 core youll save a bit of cash over the i7 most of the time. does depend on components you pick. also you could do 8 gigs of ram instead of 16, but ram is so cheap right now it dont make sense not to buy some. i generally buy 1 or 2 parts at a time, as its not as painful as getting everything at once, but some people buy all bells and whistles at once for instant gratification.

if you have a tiger direct or frys in your state, they might price match that, i dunno if they will price match newegg. ive had some that wont do none brick and mortar stores. but it does not hurt to try. good luck.

and if you buy any oem parts, be aware it generally does not come with cables or mounting hardware depending on the item, something do come with software. but for drivers downloading newest from net is usually the best bet. and thats something you want to have before you start to put it together.


i built this system myself.

galaxy gtx460 1 gb times 2 in sli
antec 850 watt psu
8 gigs ddr2 ocz reapers
win7 64bit
2 wd 750 gig hd striped in raid
evga 750ftw mobo
intel quad 2.5 gig cpu.
nzxt tempest case.

added the 4 gigs of ram, and went from a 8800gt to the 460 cards. however this system is over 2 years old for the most part. debating a new build currently. most likely use same case and video cards for now, and psu, want 4 hd in stripe and mirror, so i can rebuild if i have a fail.

and you know what i did not know shit about computers to start, but asked a around, had a few friends, and just tried a bit on my own. i still run into problems, but generally i can fix them myself and i like having the components i wanted. buying a prefab machine , sometimes you cant upgrade much, as they do weird shit to components and cases. i suggest checking out hardocp.com that place is a treasure trove of info on computers and pretty good for getting help. not that arfcom is not good, but just a ton more nerds in one place that geek out on that stuff. majority of the people are helpful.


Thanks for the repy. I have a micro center close by, figure I would check with them as best buy ppl dont seem to know what I want, and Im trying to learn. Been on you tube picking up a few things. I problably will just buy in pieces, dont hurt as much in my wallet. Have a card at B.B. but they dont have all I want. Seems like the Asus P868Z mother board might be a good start for my first build. As the video cards go, Im going to find the best review that I can afford. When I get a little more knowledge SLI video might be a cool thing. Theres alot I need to learn, building it, overclocking etc... I do want one bad ass build if Im going to take the time to do it, and my brother in law will help.

QuikSilverSVT  [Member]
11/21/2011 9:58:59 PM
Whenever I am in the process of building a new rig, I always read up on Tom's Hardware System Builder articles. They have three different levels of pc builds ($500, $1000 and $2000) and what I usually do is mix and match between the $2000 and the $1000 systems. The $2000 is usually overkill, less bang for your buck... Link to the September 2011 $2000 build here and $1000 build here. As others have mentioned, hard drive prices right now are ridiculous so I would go easy on the HD if you can... If I were building I would go with the $2000 build and just get a single 580 gtx video card, back off on the 2TB of HD and you should be under $1500 total and it will run anything you throw at it flawlessly.

Take some time and read some of the comments, you'll get a good feel as to what you think would be the best fit for ya. Building a PC is not that difficult, just make sure you buy some Artic Silver thermal paste!
Flogger23m  [Team Member]
11/21/2011 10:23:50 PM
Micro Center has deals. Occasionally Fry's has deals, but don't expect too much from Frys employees.

Also, use TX2 over Arctic Silver.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/25/2011 7:23:04 PM
Ok update. I took peoples advice on building my own rig, heres what I bought so far.

Mother Board

CPU- i7 2600K

Video Card

Power Supply

CPU Cooler

16 GB ram

Just need to get a HHD drive, SSD drives, and a disk/blu-ray drive and a monitor. Think thats about it, any ideas about this rig for gaming, etc... What do you guys think.

ETA: Also got this computer case. Case
lokifox  [Team Member]
11/26/2011 11:38:37 AM
So are you planning on running your OS on one SSD, using a mechanical for storage, and the other SSD for Smart Cache?

I want a new setup so bad but am having trouble justifying it when my current rig is only a little over a year old.....


BTW - Should be an amazing setup!
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/26/2011 1:00:04 PM
Originally Posted By lokifox:
So are you planning on running your OS on one SSD, using a mechanical for storage, and the other SSD for Smart Cache?

I want a new setup so bad but am having trouble justifying it when my current rig is only a little over a year old.....


BTW - Should be an amazing setup!


Thats exactly my plans brother! I want a real nice rig to start playing those cool high end games I been seeing. This is my first build and want it to last. Christ I got $1300 into it now without the HHD, SSD, and the drives. But that aint really new to us, we collect guns right.

Followthehollow  [Team Member]
11/26/2011 5:01:32 PM
Just scrolling through the thread to add in

If you build, save yourself some cash and get an I5-2500k instead of an I7 unless you just want bragging rights.

Gaming doesn't benefit from the difference in the two processors.

At least get a small SSD to use as a boot drive and for a game or two, store everything else on an HDD

I'll never own a PC without a SSD again, there is nothing like hitting power and being in Windows, ready to go in 10 seconds.

Here is what I built at the end of September, it cost me like 1400$, cheaper now I'm sure.
Very happy with it, I'm only running one screen, so it runs every game I've tried on max settings in 1080p at better than playable framerates.

I had not built a computer in over 10 years, it took me a couple days of research to figure out parts, assembly took me 3 hours or so, no issues.
If I can do it, most people could

Coolermaster 922 case
Razer lycosa keyboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX1000m 1000W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

lokifox  [Team Member]
11/26/2011 6:40:52 PM
Personally I would prefer the I7. Better multitasking performance in a non-gaming environment, and games are being built for more threads lately.

Plus - with the new BIOS on the ASUS boards you can OC to 5Ghz on air cooling.
501st  [Member]
11/26/2011 6:44:28 PM
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Personally I would prefer the I7. Better multitasking performance in a non-gaming environment, and games are being built for more threads lately.

Plus - with the new BIOS on the ASUS boards you can OC to 5Ghz on air cooling.


http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/48391.aspx#ixzz1Wlb4yFlr
fmkenner  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 12:43:39 AM
I could of gone with the i5 2500k and saved alot. Was looking ahead so I got the i7 2600k. Dont want to do this again too soon.
lokifox  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 6:05:49 PM
Originally Posted By 501st:
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Personally I would prefer the I7. Better multitasking performance in a non-gaming environment, and games are being built for more threads lately.

Plus - with the new BIOS on the ASUS boards you can OC to 5Ghz on air cooling.


http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/48391.aspx#ixzz1Wlb4yFlr


Good points there.

However, if I'm gonna spend the coin on a kick ass system, $100 isn't gonna phase me.
501st  [Member]
11/27/2011 7:38:27 PM
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Originally Posted By 501st:
Originally Posted By lokifox:
Personally I would prefer the I7. Better multitasking performance in a non-gaming environment, and games are being built for more threads lately.

Plus - with the new BIOS on the ASUS boards you can OC to 5Ghz on air cooling.


http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/48391.aspx#ixzz1Wlb4yFlr


Good points there.

However, if I'm gonna spend the coin on a kick ass system, $100 isn't gonna phase me.


I look at it as $100 more that could have been spent on some other component that you would see a benefit from.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 3:56:52 AM
Just an update. Here's what I built.

Asus Z68 Deluxe
i7 2600K
Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler
Corsiar Vengence 16GB Ram
OCZ 120GB SSD (For OS and drivers)
OCZ 60GB SSD (For caching HHD using RST tech)
Seagate 1TB 7200 (For storing data, games, etc)
Diamond Radeon HD6950 2GB Video card
Corsiar TX850M Power supply
HAF 932 Advanced Case
OS- Windows 7 64 bit

Cost- Roughly $2000. Someone here suggested building my own as it would be more gratifing. Best advice ever! I learned so much on this build, I will never get a store bought comper again. I could of gone cheaper but WTF, I did it the ARFCOM way. Its a sweet ass system that will overclock big time. My wallet needs to recover before I can get those sweet games you guys play. Anyone that is even on the fence about building a gaming rig, just do it! Thanks for the push guys!
Gadget08  [Member]
12/10/2011 4:44:50 AM
Oh buddy, I wish you would have looked at benchmarks for your components before you bought them. You could have played the latest games on ultra for much less. I spend $1100 on mine, a little over a year ago, and still playing games on ultra. Feel free to send me a message when it comes to for upgrades, I'd gladly help out with shopping.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 4:54:26 AM
Originally Posted By Gadget08:
Oh buddy, I wish you would have looked at benchmarks for your components before you bought them. You could have played the latest games on ultra for much less. I spend $1100 on mine, a little over a year ago, and still playing games on ultra. Feel free to send me a message when it comes to for upgrades, I'd gladly help out with shopping.


You see something I didn't? I thought what I have is pretty updated. The video card could be better, but it aint bad at all, I guess. My next build I will worry about cost. BTW, what upgrade would you do? What rig are you running?

fmkenner  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 5:06:55 AM
I could of saved alot going with the i5 2500K, but I wanted to future proof it abit.
CFCNC  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 6:39:36 AM
What OCZ 120GB SSD did you get? I've had some issues with mine doing disk checks and it turns out there was a problem with the firmware that they have since updated.

I've got two 6950's in this and it runs awesome even without crossfire (it was built for 6 monitors). Went with the 3.7ghz Phenom X4, Asus Crosshair Mobo, 120GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 16GB Corsiar Vengance ram and it ended up at $1,900. The saddest part is that its main purpose in life is for three days a month remote desktop into a server, and once a month check stocks... Our accountant honestly wasn't sure this was going to be fast enough for him until he first sat down on it. Basically I asked him what he wanted, and he just googled what a high end gaming computer had, pointed at the screen and said hopefully that will work. I had to talk him down from what he originally wanted and we settled on this.



And just as an FYI, my HP Elite desktop has a locked BIOS, so overclocking probably would have been out of the question with one of your original choices. Not to mention I paid $1,600 for mine only 2 years ago and last month just built a shop computer that tops it for $500, If only I had known of newegg and tigerdirect at the time.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 7:31:13 AM
I'm using an OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD. Intel has this new technology that uses a smaller SSD to cache a large HHD for faster access. For that cache I'm using an OCZ Vertex 3 60GB. I could have done it cheaper, but wouldn't of gotten the same system. I'm getting 4.4G Hz just on turbo, thats not on manul overclock yet. I figured its my first build why not get the dick around kit.
Followthehollow  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 9:56:05 AM
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Just an update. Here's what I built.

Asus Z68 Deluxe
i7 2600K
Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler
Corsiar Vengence 16GB Ram
OCZ 120GB SSD (For OS and drivers)
OCZ 60GB SSD (For caching HHD using RST tech)
Seagate 1TB 7200 (For storing data, games, etc)
Diamond Radeon HD6950 2GB Video card
Corsiar TX850M Power supply
HAF 932 Advanced Case
OS- Windows 7 64 bit

Cost- Roughly $2000. Someone here suggested building my own as it would be more gratifing. Best advice ever! I learned so much on this build, I will never get a store bought comper again. I could of gone cheaper but WTF, I did it the ARFCOM way. Its a sweet ass system that will overclock big time. My wallet needs to recover before I can get those sweet games you guys play. Anyone that is even on the fence about building a gaming rig, just do it! Thanks for the push guys!


Looks good.
I personally would have put the 100$ for the processor into either a GTX 570 or Radeon 6970(which is what I did on mine)but like you said you wanted the I7
I don't know if that 6950 is one of the ones you can, but do some research. You may be able to unlock the shaders on it with a firmware update and turn it into a 6970.

I'm stable on an I5 at 4.5ghz
DJ_Nex  [Member]
12/10/2011 11:26:30 AM
Those of you on here quoting articles/benchmarks on how the i5 is close in frames to the i7 and then claiming the i7 is a waste are making a false statements. There IS added value to the i7 in multitasking. The days of "shut down everything on your pc" to play games are over. I run bf3 on ultra with procon, ts3, afterburner, firefox and skype WITH video on, all the time! Its great! That is the wave of the future. There's also other stuff running but these are the most intensive.

Anywho, my setup:

CPU: i7-2600k @ 4.6ghz on Zalman air cooled heatsink
Ram: 16GB corsair vengeance
OS: Windows 7 pro 64 bit
HD: 150gb 10k RPM WD Raptor
PSU: Ultra X3 1000w

Videocard: EVGA GTX 580 3GB @ 930mhz

Case: Generic mid-tower 2 intake fans on side 2 exhaust on the back

Peripherals
Mouse: Logitech G5
Keyboard: Generic Logitech (needs to be replaced)
Headset: Logitech G930 wireless headset - Awesome!

Running it all through an old school Dell 22" Monitor 1600 x 1200 @ 85hz
fmkenner  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 11:35:48 AM
Originally Posted By Followthehollow:
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Just an update. Here's what I built.

Asus Z68 Deluxe
i7 2600K
Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler
Corsiar Vengence 16GB Ram
OCZ 120GB SSD (For OS and drivers)
OCZ 60GB SSD (For caching HHD using RST tech)
Seagate 1TB 7200 (For storing data, games, etc)
Diamond Radeon HD6950 2GB Video card
Corsiar TX850M Power supply
HAF 932 Advanced Case
OS- Windows 7 64 bit

Cost- Roughly $2000. Someone here suggested building my own as it would be more gratifing. Best advice ever! I learned so much on this build, I will never get a store bought comper again. I could of gone cheaper but WTF, I did it the ARFCOM way. Its a sweet ass system that will overclock big time. My wallet needs to recover before I can get those sweet games you guys play. Anyone that is even on the fence about building a gaming rig, just do it! Thanks for the push guys!


Looks good.
I personally would have put the 100$ for the processor into either a GTX 570 or Radeon 6970(which is what I did on mine)but like you said you wanted the I7
I don't know if that 6950 is one of the ones you can, but do some research. You may be able to unlock the shaders on it with a firmware update and turn it into a 6970.

I'm stable on an I5 at 4.5ghz


The only thing I may have to upgrade (I think) would be the video card. There is a thing called Catalyst Control Center that helps overclock. I am looking into what a shader is. BTW my i7 runs at 4.4ghz, thats just using the turbo boost. Havent really dicked around with the overclocking features yet.

Followthehollow  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 11:57:08 AM
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Originally Posted By Followthehollow:
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Just an update. Here's what I built.

Asus Z68 Deluxe
i7 2600K
Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler
Corsiar Vengence 16GB Ram
OCZ 120GB SSD (For OS and drivers)
OCZ 60GB SSD (For caching HHD using RST tech)
Seagate 1TB 7200 (For storing data, games, etc)
Diamond Radeon HD6950 2GB Video card
Corsiar TX850M Power supply
HAF 932 Advanced Case
OS- Windows 7 64 bit

Cost- Roughly $2000. Someone here suggested building my own as it would be more gratifing. Best advice ever! I learned so much on this build, I will never get a store bought comper again. I could of gone cheaper but WTF, I did it the ARFCOM way. Its a sweet ass system that will overclock big time. My wallet needs to recover before I can get those sweet games you guys play. Anyone that is even on the fence about building a gaming rig, just do it! Thanks for the push guys!


Looks good.
I personally would have put the 100$ for the processor into either a GTX 570 or Radeon 6970(which is what I did on mine)but like you said you wanted the I7
I don't know if that 6950 is one of the ones you can, but do some research. You may be able to unlock the shaders on it with a firmware update and turn it into a 6970.

I'm stable on an I5 at 4.5ghz


The only thing I may have to upgrade (I think) would be the video card. There is a thing called Catalyst Control Center that helps overclock. I am looking into what a shader is. BTW my i7 runs at 4.4ghz, thats just using the turbo boost. Havent really dicked around with the overclocking features yet.



So what have you tried out on it so far?
And how do you like that 10 second boot time?
Flogger23m  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 2:28:41 PM
Buy from Amazon and Newegg. Far cheaper than Best Buy and Frys. If not, try Tiger Direct and NCIX USA.

Edit: See your system. Nice build.
fmkenner  [Team Member]
12/10/2011 11:35:13 PM
Originally Posted By Followthehollow:
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Originally Posted By Followthehollow:
Originally Posted By fmkenner:
Just an update. Here's what I built.

Asus Z68 Deluxe
i7 2600K
Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler
Corsiar Vengence 16GB Ram
OCZ 120GB SSD (For OS and drivers)
OCZ 60GB SSD (For caching HHD using RST tech)
Seagate 1TB 7200 (For storing data, games, etc)
Diamond Radeon HD6950 2GB Video card
Corsiar TX850M Power supply
HAF 932 Advanced Case
OS- Windows 7 64 bit

Cost- Roughly $2000. Someone here suggested building my own as it would be more gratifing. Best advice ever! I learned so much on this build, I will never get a store bought comper again. I could of gone cheaper but WTF, I did it the ARFCOM way. Its a sweet ass system that will overclock big time. My wallet needs to recover before I can get those sweet games you guys play. Anyone that is even on the fence about building a gaming rig, just do it! Thanks for the push guys!


Looks good.
I personally would have put the 100$ for the processor into either a GTX 570 or Radeon 6970(which is what I did on mine)but like you said you wanted the I7
I don't know if that 6950 is one of the ones you can, but do some research. You may be able to unlock the shaders on it with a firmware update and turn it into a 6970.

I'm stable on an I5 at 4.5ghz


The only thing I may have to upgrade (I think) would be the video card. There is a thing called Catalyst Control Center that helps overclock. I am looking into what a shader is. BTW my i7 runs at 4.4ghz, thats just using the turbo boost. Havent really dicked around with the overclocking features yet.



So what have you tried out on it so far?
And how do you like that 10 second boot time?

That boot time is awsome. Building your own is a plus. Also you get an idea how things run as you have to learn the stuff.