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PK's New 2012 Build
« on: April 19, 2012, 04:09:41 pm »
I built my first PC with the help of Abz and Knome 5 years ago and over the 5 years of upgrading and providing maintenence I feel I can build another one. This one is getting a bit long in the tooth. BF3 runs like crap, I'm anticipating Guild Wars 2 to run ok when it comes out, and I have held off buying The Witcher 2 because I want to play that game with all its bells and whistles. My goal is to get those 3 games maxed out (2x AA at most since thats all I need) @ 60fps stable.


So, I would like some help with this, as some of its overwhelming. I went on newegg and got a good list of what I wanted in about 15m, none of its final and I would like help in making sure its all compatible or if u can find better deals on newegg. My $$ goal here is to get around 800-1k and be able to play those 3 games and then some. So here it is. Any help is appreciated.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19142812

Also to add some clarification on the list. The SSD will be for the OS and BF3 (As its recommended) and the normal HDD is for everything else (Steam, other games, programs etc.)
« Last Edit: April 22, 2012, 11:14:02 pm by Angel PK »



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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 04:40:29 pm »
so, yea... a shopping cart link won't help.  Save it as a wish list, then share the wishlist and give us a link to that.

want a GTX580?  I was playing BF3 at 1600x1200 (monitor max) at 16X AA I believe
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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 07:33:32 pm »
Yeah you are going to need at least a GTX480 to be able to enjoy it, but I would recommend buying ABZ's 580 as it has a better cooling solution than a 480 and you can OC it like a mother...


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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 09:54:50 pm »
Abz's card is a bit on the expensive side tho. I must go around 800-1000...so I dunno. The wishlist should be working now

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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 10:17:35 pm »
Yeah but if you want that frame rate my friend, the minimum I would recommend is a GTX480 then or a GTX570.  You can find them on Amazon for around $200, but like I said, you need an aftermarket cooler to keep temps low on the 480.


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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2012, 10:29:40 pm »
Yeah but if you want that frame rate my friend, the minimum I would recommend is a GTX480 then or a GTX570.  You can find them on Amazon for around $200, but like I said, you need an aftermarket cooler to keep temps low on the 480.


I really would love to get that card but it would mean I would have to cut some corners on other things...its very expensive.

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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 11:11:17 pm »
The GTX570 or the 480 would be fine, you just need at least an Intel I5 or better or AMD Phenom II X4 to pair up with it so it won't bottleneck as much and to get all the eye candy you want. 


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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2012, 11:27:21 pm »
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0  99.00
ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card  229.00
Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active ... 89.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM  9.99
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 997015  69.00
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 149.00
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... 219
Total is 969.92 before shipping for Intel based  If someone doesn't get you the AMD system before I do, I will post one....


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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 12:25:58 am »
Lookin at comments and on google that mobo u listed seems to have some issues...Ill look into the 480GTX. As for AMD, I really don't care for AMD/ATI stuff. ATI cards have shit driver support anyways.

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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 03:24:43 am »
I'm not sure if you're an Intel or AMD guy (from your last post it sounds like you might not like AMD) but you can cut a few bucks, and still get the performance you want with an AMD processor/mobo. I've had my Phenom II x4 955 3.2GHz for over a year and it can still handle anything I throw at it, and I'm not overclocking (it is a black edition). Since newer stuff is out, you could go for one of these and a mobo of your choosing (only thing is I couldn't find one with PCI-E 3.0). Might save you enough for a slightly better graphics card.

One other thing you could do, wait on the SSD, spend the extra cash on the GFX card, and save up and buy the SSD later. It isn't an essential part of the build, just a luxury. IMHO, you'll be happier with prettier graphics than you would with 5-20 seconds shaved off of loading a game/OS. I have the exact same 1TB WD HDD you listed. If you went this route, you should be plenty happy with it until you get the SSD. Just my thought.

Very nice build either way you go. I like what you have.
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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2012, 06:20:24 am »
I agree with Hambone.  PK you want Abz's 580, it is well worth the money and your going to be slightly disappointed if you settle for less.  AMD Phenom II 955, thru 980 are the same processor with faster clocks as you go up.  The 965 will over clock to 3.6 on the stock cooler with no problem.  There are no games on the market or even on the radar that uses the extra CPU power offered by Intels i5 /i7, they are awesome in there own right but serious over kill for gaming. I'll do some shopping today and see what I can put together. 


PS: Personally I wouldn't waste my money on ATI graphic's, I've owned one, and had nothing but problems, since then I've owned 4 different Nvidia's and will never go back to ATI.  AMD's CPU's on the other hand are the shit!
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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2012, 06:38:41 am »
PK, the Sandybridge is WAY better.... however, I would wait about 2 weeks.  The Ivy bridge CPU's are being released at the end of this month and it will force the prices of sandy bridge CPU's down (probably AMD as well).  Honestly I would mess with AMD chips for gaming, the sandy and ivy bridge cpus are much too fast to make them worth the bother.  They use the same socket, same motherboard... so waiting on the CPU would be prudent, the rest is the same.

Also, I'll make you a deal if you want.

How about you drop off your video card and SSD, give me $350+shipping and I'll give you my GTX580, Two 80GB 10000rpm velociraptors and a 128MB caching RAID card to run them in RAID0.  I'll be on MSN, pm or im me.  I was going to start putting this stuff on ebay, but I honestly hate dealing with ebay.
« Last Edit: April 20, 2012, 09:19:37 am by Abzstrak »
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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2012, 09:06:03 am »
What Abz has offered is a great deal, I would take it PK, you can always add another hard drive or use an external 1 to store all your other crap on it.  Just put the essential programs on the 2 raid driven hard drives and go from there.


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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2012, 09:14:20 am »
yea, I have a slower 2TB drive too, I think its a Western Digital WD20EARS that I can tack on for another $50 IF PK buys the other stuff.... wasn't sure that would be wanted though, it's not all that quick.

so yea, PK-
$350 for a GTX580 1.5GB, 2x 80GB 10k SATA and 128MB caching RAID controller
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$400 for a GTX580 1.5GB, 2x 80GB 10k SATA and 128MB caching RAID controller + 2TB Green drive

the 10k drives on the RAID controller are pretty damn fast.

If you swapped the video card and drives with my offer for $400, it will drop your total system price to $1028.88
« Last Edit: April 20, 2012, 09:21:27 am by Abzstrak »
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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2012, 11:10:21 am »
But the shipping would be $2,000 because of routing it through several foreign countries in order maintain PK's secret identity.
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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2012, 11:15:48 am »
Yeah but the mobo I picked has Sandy Bridge AND Ivy Bridge. I'm really not too sure about getting a card and other stuff if it doesn't have a warranty. I mean, what happens if it breaks down, im stuck with a $300 brick.


But the shipping would be $2,000 because of routing it through several foreign countries in order maintain PK's secret identity.


This is why my last comp was 3800.  :blah:

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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2012, 05:00:17 pm »
Well like I listed the Asus GTX480 for 229 on newegg that is brand new and has warranty.  But on the other hand, I have never had a Nvidia card ever go bad, and I have owned a 5950 Ultra, 7600GT, 8800GT 9800GTX and now a GTX480 in the course of 9 years....
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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2012, 07:54:24 pm »
What about aftermarket heatsink? Do u guys think its a good choice? I haven't a clue, I just randomly picked it.

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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2012, 06:46:30 am »
What about aftermarket heatsink? Do u guys think its a good choice? I haven't a clue, I just randomly picked it.
It's excellent.  Plain jane but does a great job, especially with a second fan.  It is very tall and needs a pretty wide case.  I think Doya had to leave his side cover off, so you might want to think about that.


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Re: PK's New 2012 Build
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2012, 06:54:29 am »
Are you looking to overclock?

I've been impressed with Noctua heatsinks as of late.
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