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Stephen August 8, 2011 02:03 PM

i7 2600K Gaming PC Build ~$1400
Hello Hardware Canucks, I made a post here a few months back on a potential first gaming PC build and got plenty of help on it, but had to leave building it for a while and eventually decided to wait for better parts to come out, which I'm glad I did. I've put together another build which I think should be pretty good, but I'm posting it here for a final check before I go and order the parts, to make sure I don't royally screw myself on incompatible parts.

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro [link]
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K [link]
GPU: Zotac GTX460 (x2) [link]
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL [link]
PSU: OCZ Z-Series 850W 80+ [link]
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 120GB [link]
CASE: Silverstone Temjin TJ10B-W [link]

I am not too bothered about the monitor, mouse, and keyboard right now, but I do know that I would like to output to something like 1920x1200.

120GB may be considered rather for storage, but I can't imagine what I would do with 1TB of space, and I think I'll benefit greatly in performance if I use a solid state main drive. I'll buy a normal 1TB drive later, if it ever becomes necessary.

Thanks guys.

supaflyx3 August 8, 2011 02:09 PM

I'd go for 1GB versions of the 460 personally.

_dangtx_ August 8, 2011 02:22 PM

if you dont render 2500k,and if you game at that rez 6950 for gpu.

(very) expensive case and overkill psu for single gpu though :)

Stephen August 8, 2011 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by _dangtx_ (Post 539453)
if you dont render 2500k,and if you game at that rez 6950 for gpu.

(very) expensive case and overkill psu for single gpu though :)

Hahaha, I was expecting someone to comment about the case, but I didn't expect such a quick comment. :P Yeah, I just figured that I would go and get my dream case as I had a considerable amount left to spend after adding up my other components.

Actually, the (x2) means that I intended to use 2 460s and SLI. Would the power still be overkill for that? I know very little about choosing power units, I'm afraid.

Thanks for the quick response, you two. :) I think I'll switch to the i5, but now I'm not so sure about my choice of video cards. Is the 500 series significantly better than the GTX460 for gaming? Is the GTX460 getting old already?

PerryC August 8, 2011 03:16 PM

If you don't think you'll need a 1Tb drive for storage, go for a 500GB and make use of part of that ssd for the caching feature of the Z68 boards. Commonly used programs are preloaded in a sense onto the ssd...speed them up a bit. Just a thought.

Flemminr August 8, 2011 03:50 PM

I've heard nothing but bad things about OCZ power supplies. I'd suggest a Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, or Silverstone PSU, although it's ultimately your choice. Aside from that, looks like a pretty nice build.

frontier204 August 8, 2011 06:34 PM

Here's a suggestion for PSU: NCIX.com - Buy Antec High Current Gamer 750W 24PIN ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus Bronze SLI Power Supply 135mm Fan - Antec - HCG-750 - in Canada

I haven't gotten around to buying an Antec HCG but it has surprising efficiency for a 80+ "bronze" and pretty good arrangement of its rails: Antec High Current Gamer HCG-750 Power Supply - Cabling Arrangement & A Look Inside :: TweakTown USA Edition
That should handle dual GTX 460 with some room to spare (e.g. don't upgrade to dual of the highest end GPUs).

I have no issues with the rest of the build. If you don't horde videos and only keep the games that you play installed, then a single 120GB SSD may be fine. I'd advise however to get a 7200RPM hard drive to store games, because I'd just barely overflow my SSD if I put my games and data on it.

_dangtx_ August 8, 2011 07:07 PM

right on. but drop the 460's

Stephen August 8, 2011 07:25 PM

Alright, I've gone and ordered my parts on NCIX. Thanks for the help, guys! :biggrin:

techman95 August 8, 2011 07:57 PM

you might have wanted to go for at least the 1 gb 460s if not the non ti-560s. because the 768's are not ganna be enough.

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