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2016/01/31 01:12:58 (permalink)
I'm looking to build a new gaming/folding rig and I've been out of the loop for a while and not sure if i'll be able to maximize both with this build.  As for games I mainly play WoW and SWTOR.  I plan on using the new build for about 4 years so I would like something fairly future proof as the gaming rig I just retired was an old i7-920 which served me well.
 
My $1200 budget is firm now tossed out the window and it doesn't include an OS which I can get at a discount.   I would really like a better GPU for folding but with my budget I'm not sure it's in the cards.  What do you guys think?
 
 
 
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $339.18 
CPU Cooler LEPA AquaChanger 240 103.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $84.99 
Motherboard  Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3P (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard  99.98
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $84.99 
Storage Mushkin ECO2 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $119.99 FREE $119.99 
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card  $332.98 
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99
PSU EVGA 210-GQ-0850-V1 850W ATX12V / EPS12V vs. old Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99
 
I have a Micro Center in my area so I'll be purchasing the CPU and probably the MB (there is an openbox MB for $99.98) from there the rest will most likely be Newegg unless I can find a GPU in the B stock.
post edited by electryon - 2016/01/31 21:54:08



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    Zuhl3156
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/01/31 05:20:03 (permalink)
    It looks good so far to me. I like your choice of CPU. A 5820k is a much better value than a overpriced 6700k with more cores to use. A GTX-970 does a fair job of Folding with minimal power draw. My GTX-980 pulls around 400,000 ppd. I would be concerned about getting a larger PSU if you plan on adding more video boards at a later date. I think a 850 watt would be a better choice allowing you expansion options in the future.
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/01/31 13:10:34 (permalink)
    Thanks Zuhl.  I am changing direction here.  I'm upping my budget and going with a 980 or 980ti.  I'll bump up to an 850 watt psu.  
     
    Now to decide if I want a 980 or 980ti.  Is there a benefit other than cost to go with B stock instead of new?



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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/01/31 13:42:36 (permalink)
    The 980 ti is the latest workhorse because it has more memory and CUDA cores. I should have waited for the ti but money was burning a hole in my pocket. B Stock only has a 1 year warranty and I don't think that they give you a big enough price break at times to justify the shorter warranty period. Every now and then EVGA will surprise me with an outrageous low price so I keep looking for bargains. Normally most of my EVGA video boards fail in about 13 to 14 months and is another reason buying B Stock worries me.
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/01/31 22:11:15 (permalink)
    Ok, updated my original post with a new PSU.
     
    Here are the 4 GPU's I'm looking at, the Gigabytes look almost the same except one is called gaming edition, has leds, and is $30 more.  I know a lot of the rebates expired today so I'll have to do this all over again tomorrow.
    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 Ti DirectX 12 GV-N98TG1 GAMING- 
    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB WINDFORCE 3X OC EDITION- 
    MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti DirectX 12 GTX 980Ti GAMING- 
    MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti DirectX 12 GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC- 
     
     



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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/01 03:40:20 (permalink)
    I like this one from MSI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127889
    It has a larger circuit board similar to the EVGA Classified. That's the reason I chose my MSI GTX-980 Gaming 4G video boards. I saved more than $100 over a EVGA Classified and still get a non-reference circuit board with lots of power phases and overclocking headroom. You won't get the same level of customer service that you will from EVGA but MSI does try their best and comes in a close second to EVGA because they will try harder to keep you as a customer.
    Also, this one comes with a backplate. Something that my MSI 980 did not have. The backplate does a lot to keep the video board from sagging due to the weight.
     
    EDIT: The EVGA Classified is a much better price right now which was not the case when I bought my MSI boards: http://www.newegg.com/Pro...x?Item=N82E16814487146
    I think it comes down to a $40 savings which is enough to get my vote.
     
    post edited by Zuhl3156 - 2016/02/01 03:46:40
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/01 09:34:41 (permalink)
    Zuhl3156
    The 980 ti is the latest workhorse because it has more memory and CUDA cores. I should have waited for the ti but money was burning a hole in my pocket. B Stock only has a 1 year warranty and I don't think that they give you a big enough price break at times to justify the shorter warranty period. Every now and then EVGA will surprise me with an outrageous low price so I keep looking for bargains. Normally most of my EVGA video boards fail in about 13 to 14 months and is another reason buying B Stock worries me.


    I'm with Zuhl3156 on this one - I had the money burning a hole in my pocket so I have the 980, but the 980TI is a great choice new with a longer warranty and I agree with his mobo advice!
    Best of luck on your build - I have had great results with my EVGA cards.
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/01 21:59:57 (permalink)
    Thanks guys.  If all goes according to plan, I'll be purchasing everything except the CPU and Motherboard tomorrow.  I picked up those two items tonight at Micro Center.  Got a nice deal on the Gigabyte mb, it was an open box which was returned because it was the wrong type.  They had 4 open box units for sale so the sales guy made sure to take items out of the other boxes so that I got all that comes with a new board and he knocked another $20 off.  
     
    I'll be getting the EVGA Classified that Zuhl linked, it's got a combo deal with the DDR4 I had picked out so I save another $18.



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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/02 03:08:36 (permalink)
    It sounds like this is going to a monster at Folding and kicking out some nice points for you, us, and the team.
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/02 05:36:40 (permalink)
    Sounds to me like it's coming together Zuhl has given you good advice.



     
     
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/02 10:44:16 (permalink)
    All parts have been ordered. Thanks again Zuhl, robbie and Guns for your advice and support.

    I'm excited to see what this build will do for folding.

    Now the waiting for delivery game begins.

    Here is what was purchased.

    CPU Intel Core i7-5820K
    CPU Cooler LEPA AquaChanger 240
    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3P
    Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000
    SSD Mushkin ECO2 512GB 2.5" SSD
    Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4998-KR
    Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX
    PSU SeaSonic Platinum SS-860XP2 860W



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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/02 15:16:16 (permalink)
    Nice setup.  I like it.  Especially the new 980ti... :)
     
    If it's not too late, might want to consider an M.2 SSD.  Less cables, arguably faster, and roughly the same cost at this point.
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/04 18:27:58 (permalink)
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    Nice setup.  I like it.  Especially the new 980ti... :)
     
    If it's not too late, might want to consider an M.2 SSD.  Less cables, arguably faster, and roughly the same cost at this point.




    Too late for an M.2 SSD at this time, maybe something i'll look into down the road.
     
    The Phanteks case arrived today, and the rest of the parts should be here tomorrow.  Installed a pair of cooler master sickle 120mm case fans in the front.  Just an FYI if someone gets a Phanteks case, they say it will take 120mm fans but you are better served getting 140mm fans, the threaded holes line up perfectly for 140mm and if you use 120mm you will have to use the channels. Overall, I am very impressed with the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case.
     
    Too lazy tonight to install the cpu and motherboard.



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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2016/02/07 01:28:01 (permalink)
    Zuhl3156
    It sounds like this is going to a monster at Folding and kicking out some nice points for you, us, and the team.


    +1
    Should be very nice! You could show off your build ,and also be eligible for the Mods Rig drawing. Is it a single card or dual, either will be pretty nice? Hope you enjoy!!   http://www.modsrigs.com/toprating.aspx
    http://forums.evga.com/EVGA-MODS-RIGS-f33.aspx
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2018/08/08 19:55:00 (permalink)
    Figure I should update this.   Bought a GTX 1080 used back when EVGA was running their iCX promo and traded it for an iCX card.  Ran folding on that new iCX card until a day before my step-up expired and then stepped-up to a 1080 Ti SC Black Edition GAMING card.
     
    Been running that since September 2017.
     
    Just got a killer deal on a 1080ti Hybrid so I'll be swapping that for the 980ti classy and run dual 1080ti.  May run the 980ti on my spare rig but it's an old AM3 board that I built on the cheap to tinker with mining a few years back. 
     
    I really want to build a Ryzen rig as my everyday gamer with either a 1080ti or 1070ti but that's a few months down the road.



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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2018/08/08 21:44:56 (permalink)
    That's quite an upgrade, I have the same step-up card. I just bought the hybrid kit for it, not installed yet. .Figure a million per card PPD, or more depending on project. Noice! 
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2018/08/08 21:51:27 (permalink)
    Yes a very worthwhile upgrade. Happy gaming and folding!

    Specs: AMD 1920X Threadripper, Samsung SM961 M.2, 32GB Corsair RGB Vengeance,  ASRock X399 Taichi MB, Corsair 1000D PC case



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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2018/08/09 07:44:23 (permalink)
    Don't buy Ryzen RIG, special for gaming. You will have i9-9900K on winter for arround 400$.
    Faster than Ryzen but little more expensive. Not much because price of Threadripper will drop.
     
    i9-9900K
    EVGA Z390 Micro
    EVGA GTX1080Ti
    Samsung 860 EVO 1TB (220$)
    EVGA 750 G2 (120$)
    GSkill 3200MHz 16GB (170$)
     
    That's gaming beast. Killer processor, high frequency and a lot of cores, smaller power consumption, games on 1TB SSD for fast load,
    Nice fast kit without RGB in 2x 8GB form if mobo have two DIMM slots, or 2x 16 if price allow. Cheap reliable Gold PSU 750W.
    That's should be your gaming second RIG you talk about for later. 
     
     
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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2018/08/09 10:06:51 (permalink)
    I have two different Ryzen rigs I use for both gaming and Folding.  One has a 1700x overclocked to 4.0 and a 1600 no overclock, both with Evga 1080ti's make 1.0 to 1.2 million points on each card.   Both with memory at 3200 hertz and have no issue playing games.  Either way Intel or AMD you'll be fine. 

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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2018/08/09 13:05:27 (permalink)
    Nice Folding 1080 Ti

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    Re: Advice for new gaming/folding build $1200 budget 2018/08/10 08:08:40 (permalink)
    It's a good time for budget builds. Many gpus are back towards original retail in anticipation of new gpus coming out in September. Even the 1080ti has been as low as 650 on the official Ebay store.

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