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This is my first post on these forums so hi everyone :)

 

I'm about to build a new gaming rig, I had an alienware m15x but because of some problems they are giving me a refund, that's where I got the money from and I'm trying to use it as well as possible. As the title says my budget is of $2200 max. This is my current possible config:

 

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Hey its been awhile since i've posted anything here, but I really think your build is....well....off. I think once people start reading this they will hook you right up with something that looks much more beast. I am at work and the Navy does not like newegg for some reason or I would post my thoughts....but I envy you!! I wish I had that much to spend on a new rig! I'll repost with my thought when I get home if no one chimes in.

 

good luck!

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yeah something is wrong about that list and im not sure either but without a doubt you can build a gaming rig better for less. i don't know the point a SSDs yet but i'm sure something else has a better view..

 

CPU: 2600k $300

Board: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 $140

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) $180

Video Card: MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 $300

PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W $150

CPU Cooling: $50-100

HDD: 2x 1TB $50 each

Case: CM HAF 922 $100

 

Total: 1300~

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Nothing is really wrong with the build. Though you should change some things to make it cheaper:

 

RAM - Go for some ripjaws. They'll perform the same but for a cheaper price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231400&cm_re=ripjaw_8gb-_-20-231-400-_-Product

 

If you want to overclock to 8-8-8-24 timings instead, go with these. They run at 1.5V so just raise the voltage to 1.65V and you'll easily get tighter latency.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&cm_re=ripjaw_8gb-_-20-231-428-_-Product

 

 

Motherboard - Do you really need the WS Revolution? I say go a little bit cheaper and pick this up:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703&cm_re=p8p67-_-13-131-703-_-Product

You don't really need 16x-16x to run SLI. There's a negligible difference when using 8x-8x. Plus, the NF200 chip adds latency also.

 

OS - Why are you getting the 'full' retail version? OEM version exactly the same thing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium-_-32-116-986-_-Product

 

 

By the way, you're missing a case. I recommend:

1. Haf X

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225&cm_re=haf_x-_-11-119-225-_-Product

 

2. NZXT Phantom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067&cm_re=nzxtphantom-_-11-146-067-_-Product

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If you're interested in some recommendations I have to save you money while not sacrificing performance:

Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150R Thermaltake Frio $41 (believe me, even this is MORE than enough to overclock a 2500k)

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226099 Mushkin 1600mhz Blackline $88

Storage HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145475&cm_re=2TB-_-22-145-475-_-Product Hitachi 2TB $75 after promo code

GPUs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133384&cm_re=560_ti-_-14-133-384-_-Product PNY 560s $460 after MIR

 

What features do you want with your motherboard?? I agree an MSI would offer a far greater value

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yeah something is wrong about that list and im not sure either but without a doubt you can build a gaming rig better for less. i don't know the point a SSDs yet but i'm sure something else has a better view..

 

CPU: 2600k $300

Board: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 $140

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) $180

Video Card: MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 $300

PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W $150

CPU Cooling: $50-100

HDD: 2x 1TB $50 each

Case: CM HAF 922 $100

 

Total: 1300~

 

I already have the case, is a NZXT Phantom. About the SSD is for OS boot time. I don't need the i7 2600k cuz the main purpose of my rig is to game, and since games don't benefit from hyperthreading then an OC i5 would be enough I think. About the MoBo, originally I chose the ROG Maximus IV because of its x16 ports, and the possibility of 4way SLI, but then I realized that it was overpriced, that's why I finally chose the WS Revolution. Two 560 Tis in SLI can beat a single 580, and overclocked they can become beasts. I thought about 570 SLI but the after reading this article, http://www.guru3d.com/article/gefo [...] li-review/, I realized that theres no point in having an SLI config higher than the 560 cuz then you have a bottleneck produced by the CPU. About the PSU, I would like the Corsair 850W cuz im thinking ahead, maybe in a future I'll need the headroom, plus the modular futures for cable managing. Finally, the HDD's, IMHO, is one of the hardware components in which a lot of ppl try to save money (e.g. your $50 1TB suggestion) but I don't like to take risks, specially when that's where all your info is, so I prefer to spend some extra cash in a good HDD. Nevertheless, thanks for your opinion, I'll have those ripjaws in mind.

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Nothing is really wrong with the build. Though you should change some things to make it cheaper:

 

RAM - Go for some ripjaws. They'll perform the same but for a cheaper price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231400&cm_re=ripjaw_8gb-_-20-231-400-_-Product

 

If you want to overclock to 8-8-8-24 timings instead, go with these. They run at 1.5V so just raise the voltage to 1.65V and you'll easily get tighter latency.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&cm_re=ripjaw_8gb-_-20-231-428-_-Product

 

 

Motherboard - Do you really need the WS Revolution? I say go a little bit cheaper and pick this up:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131703&cm_re=p8p67-_-13-131-703-_-Product

You don't really need 16x-16x to run SLI. There's a negligible difference when using 8x-8x. Plus, the NF200 chip adds latency also.

 

OS - Why are you getting the 'full' retail version? OEM version exactly the same thing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium-_-32-116-986-_-Product

 

 

By the way, you're missing a case. I recommend:

1. Haf X

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225&cm_re=haf_x-_-11-119-225-_-Product

 

2. NZXT Phantom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067&cm_re=nzxtphantom-_-11-146-067-_-Product

 

i like those CL8 ripjaws, thanks for the link. I'm getting the retail version because if something ever happens to my MoBo (And if I buy the Revolution I intend to keep it for a while long) then I don't want to spend $100 bucks again in another OEM version.

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The money is wasted with that HDD, you don't need a caviar black for a storage drive. If you're stuck on WD that's fine but get a caviar green

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i like those CL8 ripjaws, thanks for the link. I'm getting the retail version because if something ever happens to my MoBo (And if I buy the Revolution I intend to keep it for a while long) then I don't want to spend $100 bucks again in another OEM version.

 

If something goes wrong with your mobo when you have the OEM, you simply call Microsoft, tell them your mobo died, and they will give you a new code. Problem Solved :thumbsup:

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The thermaltake frio won't fit in my nzxt phantom, any other suggestions?

 

Oh is that because of the huge side panel fan? I use the cooler master hyper tx3, but i doubt that will be enough for overclocking...

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