Hi here's my new rig! Need some expert advice omfg!!

simpliztik_

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Thanks for clicking

During summer I plan to play my ass off on some video games. There's much hype going on this year about PC games and exclusives so I decided that I wanted to join in not only because of the hype, but because I truly believe that PC is the superior system. I've done some research on the parts I put into my custom rig at CyberPowerPC and I think this will work out. My goal here is to build a rig that will run high-end PC games like The Witcher 2 and last for about 1.5-2 years until better hardware comes out. I'm a real noob at this PC stuff so if you think you can build a very good rig at a lower cost then I'll gladly take it. The total cost of this rig is $1019 CAD plus shipping and handling which is $95 (EFF BORDER PATROL). It's quite pricey but worth every penny..... I think

**Also, you've probably noticed that I've posted several help threads lately. Obviously because I want to get my money's worth. I want to be really sure that what I'm about to spend is guaranteed to give me a fantastic PC that can run games at their mid-highest to highest capacity.

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Mid-Tower Case

Internal USB Extension Module: None

Neon Light Upgrade: None

Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case
Noise Reduction Technology: Power Supply Gasket, and more(1)

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

Freebies: FREE Game - Shogun 2 Limited Edition Coupon: Total War, and more(1)

Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more)

Cooling Fan: Xion HP-1216B Five Heatpipes Direct Core Contact Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof) (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof)

Motherboard: [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 mATX Mainboard w/ Lucid Virtu Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X4 & 1 PCIe X1 (All Venom OC Certified)

Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None

Motherboard Expansion Card: None

Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Dominator)

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)

Video Card 2: None

Video Card 3: None

Dedicated PHYSX Card: None

Multiple Video Card Settings: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor
Power Supply Upgrade: * 650 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-650TX 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready

Hard Drive: 500GB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)

Data Hard Drive: None

Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None

External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None

USB Flash Drive: None

Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

Optical Drive 2: None

Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
 

simpliztik_

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I've never assembled a PC before so I thought I was better off building a custom rig online from a trustworthy company. Also, those awards they show off at the homepage of CyberPowerPC are very convincing.
 

Mike Gayner

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Piss off with your spamming.
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simpliztik_

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I'm just trying to get some help here, fellers. Not trying to annoy anybody but if you are getting annoyed then don't bother replying.
 

CurseTheSky

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Door's always open

Until the mods ban you. ;) Please note that cross-posting in several forums is NOT allowed here. I suggest you PM a mod, choose one thread, and ask them to lock the rest. General Hardware is where this sort of thing belongs.

With all of that said, your overall build looks very well balanced. The biggest component in terms of PC gaming is the graphics card, and the GTX 560 Ti is a good mid-to-high-end contender. The 2500k will serve you well for several years, and everything else looks up to par.

You could get everything for less by building it yourself, but that all depends on whether or not you're willing to be your own tech support if something goes wrong. If it's not worth it to you, then there's nothing wrong with spending an extra $100-200 to have someone else assemble it.

Now that someone (me) has given you helpful advice, go get those other threads locked like I said, before a mod does it themselves. They won't be happy, trust me.

Oh, and (late) welcome to Anandtech. :)
 

aphelion02

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Just quickly pricing parts on Newegg, the same rig you ordered would be $820 or so if you built it yourself, with twice the RAM and harddrive space. That is money that could go to a better video card or for you to pocket the change.

Now the question is, is the cost of half a days labor worth that much?
 

JumBie

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Just quickly pricing parts on Newegg, the same rig you ordered would be $820 or so if you built it yourself, with twice the RAM and harddrive space. That is money that could go to a better video card or for you to pocket the change.

Now the question is, is the cost of half a days labor worth that much?
More like 30 minutes to an hours labour.
 
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I'm being very generous. For a beginner it can take that long.

Yup. Even for those who have built a few rigs it can take longer than 30m - 1 hr.

I've built several rigs before but it still takes me a few hours to put it together because I like to be careful and make sure I don't slip up on anything.
 
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Right, I'll come back when everybody stops pissing their pants over a couple help threads.

You've already annoyed people and you think you'll get help by being an ass?

Just make one thread, update/edit it as you go along, and watch as more people begin to help you.
 

zinfamous

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I'm being very generous. For a beginner it can take that long.

lol. I've put together 5 new rigs over some 10 years, I guess. It definitely takes me a day to get it running properly.

This is not something I do every day, and hardware changes rather substantially between the times I choose to build, and usually OS, as well.
 

Skunkwourk

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lol. I've put together 5 new rigs over some 10 years, I guess. It definitely takes me a day to get it running properly.

This is not something I do every day, and hardware changes rather substantially between the times I choose to build, and usually OS, as well.

Yeah assuming no bios or weird compatibility issues, I'd say it takes me about a half a day at minimum after assembling and installing drivers and programs to make sure everything works properly. Still, in the beginning I made a few dumb mistakes. I remember frying a T bird early on by applying too much thermal paste because I was scared I didn't have enough.

To OP.

The parts you picked out look good and should last you 1-2 years no problem. The CPU is good enough that after 2 years, it may be as simple as getting a new video card to update your computer. Think of it this way, your CPU could currently handle a video card better than a 560 now, so in a year or two you could at least upgrade to something better for less money.

As for building everything yourself, yes the price would be cheaper, but I understand feeling overwhelmed. That being said, you have to start somewhere but building a PC gets MUCH easier after some experience.
 

Aikouka

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lol. I've put together 5 new rigs over some 10 years, I guess. It definitely takes me a day to get it running properly.

This is not something I do every day, and hardware changes rather substantially between the times I choose to build, and usually OS, as well.

It also depends on the OS. I installed Vista on my mother's computer (that's what it was already running) and it literally took half a day just to update the darned thing! I've built a few Windows 7 machines, and they only take about an hour or so to update fully (if that).
 

rgallant

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I would get a 850-950w psu for down the road - 2nd 560 ,re gaming rig for 2 years.
- they[560] will be cheap at some point look at the 460's. but add a new psu - not so cheap,
 

aphelion02

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^That is seriously bad advice. Get the PSU you need now, and if you are indeed going SLI/ crossfire down the road, upgrade then.

Note: author may not have followed his own advice