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22. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2012, 21:02 jdreyer
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 12:19:
Rig building time:

$1200-1500 range.
Rig only.
No periphs needed.

Ready go.

I am thinking about the build at Sharky Extreme: (i7 build)
Guide Here

Take out preiphs and it is 1500 on the nuts.

I just did a build, and disagree with some of those parts.

1. CPU. You don't need a core i7 unless you're doing heavy video editing. A core i5 will do you fine. And the 2600K is an older sandy bridge part. Go with ivy bridge: Intel Core i5-3570K (K is for unlocked multiplier)

2. Graphics. Splurge on your graphics card: get a GTX 670 which uses the new Kepler GPU. It's a beast that's future proof for years. The 560 is good, but it's older tech. I suggest either the Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce (which I bought) or Asus GTX 670 DirectCU II. Both of these are overclocked and offer almost the same perf as a GTX 680. My Windforce has three fans and is whisper quiet to boot. Some people are reporting stability problems with the ASUS over on Newegg, but the professional reviews have been shiny. The Gigabyte has good reviews by both reviewers and the public.

3. Case. Unless you live in a pristine environment, you're going to get dust in your case. My 8800GTX bought the farm after only 3 years after getting clogged and overheating. The HAF is a good case, but lacks removable washable dust covers. I went with a Raven RV3, one of the few cases that has dust covers that are removable from the side, so you don't have to pull them out from the rear. For the side and rear fan mounts I bought a couple of magnetic covers.

4. BRD Player. Up to you, but you could go with a DVD RW for $20 instead of the $80 for the BRD Player. I only watch BRDs on my TV using my set top player. Optical drives are going by the wayside.

Hope this helps.
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