Gaming computer


Vastly intelligent whale-like being from the stars
My friend helped me sort out a list of parts for a gaming computer, the total being just under $1400 AUD (so I can play Skyrim on MAX GRAPHICS fuck yeah). I'd like a second opinion though on these parts, and I'm hoping someone here will help me confirm that what I've picked is good, or direct me to somewhere where I can find someone who can help me. I'm worried about the case and the power supply, mostly.

$548.00 - Asus nVidia GTX580

$130.00 - Intel CPU Core i3-2100

$139.00 - Asus P8P67-M-V3 Intel Mainboard (B3 Stepping)

$58.30 - G.SKILL DDR3 8GB (2 X 4GB) PC-10666/1333 F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL Ram

$118.80 - Antec Dark Fleet DF-30

Heat sink:
$32.00 - CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler

Power supply:
$143.00 - Corsair HX-650

$139.00 - OCZ Vertex 3 60GB SSD SATA3 2.5

$58.00 - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB

TOTAL: $1366.10

I plan to install Windows 7 64-bit and a few games on the SSD, and I don't plan to overclock anything (gets too hot down here in the summer for that, maybe in the winter).


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Looks good to me, but I'd personally get rid of the SSD for a better CPU. CPU might bottleneck, though I'm just speaking freely here, not based on any substance.


Evil always finds a way
I'm with sqrage here, I would recommend the same thing because the CPU will most likely bottleneck.


1/g = g-1
$550 for a GTX 580? Are you insane?

The GTX 580 is capped @ 363W which it uses under load. It offers slightly better performance than a HD 6950 which costs $262 (less than half) and uses only 256W under load. I read HAWX was supposedly biased for nVidia so here's some FPS.

If you can wait...
I know hardware nerds always like to say "wait for this/that" so let me just give you the numbers based on my own extensive research & guessing :D

CPU: FX-8120 "Bulldozer"
about? 8-'core' processor using new cost-effective technology, basically a highly overclockable server cpu turned desktop.
when? October 12th worldwide
price? ~$200
load? 100W
gaming? > i5-2500K
why? even if this doesnt interest you, the price-cuts on everything else is worth waiting for.

GPU: Radeon HD 7850
about? AMD's 2-year update in terms of graphics technology with a huge focus on power-efficiency.
when? November or December
price? ~$200
load? 90W
gaming? > HD 6950 or ~ GTX 580
why? this will likely be the biggest jump yet for both AMD & nVidia.

Remember; power consumption in watts typically translate to dollars per year for gamers. Idle is more important for healthy users, but it matters nevertheless.


Vastly intelligent whale-like being from the stars
wouldn't that have a much greater power draw (and heat output) then a single gtx 580?

it gets hot down here in the summer, and I don't want to make my computer an expensive heater...


Divide et impera
wouldn't that have a much greater power draw (and heat output) then a single gtx 580?
if you look at a watt/heat per performance (FPS/etc.) - no, however it will have more heat AND more performance - but if you wanted to make it equal performance (i.e. limit the max FPS) then it would be cooler/more efficient


Divide et impera
the idle power consumption of a gtx 570 is the same as a 580, so having two 570's on idle will consume double that power?
no, since the 2nd card in idle will not consume much power at all, look here

and also I don't know how reliable bit-tech is as a site, ive never heard of it before
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