Building a Computer primarily for LoL

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dru041

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01-02-2012

I've made up my mind that I'm going to build my first gaming computer. I'm tired of playing LoL on my laptop at 20fps on low settings. I would like some advice on the build though. I am no longer trying to keep it cheap, but I would like to keep total cost around $800. I am willing to wait for parts to go on sale, that's why I say $800 when I'm about to post $1000 list.

CPU - Intel i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3Ghz (plan on overclocking in the future)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Mobo - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

GPU - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Hdd - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771

POS - CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012

Can't decide which monitor yet...ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059
or
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236099


Later I will probably throw a larger hdd and consider 2 graphics cards. When I decide to overclock...Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209049

Any suggestions/comments would be appreciated. Also, what kind of fps could I expect out of this system?


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dru041

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01-03-2012

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UnknownResource

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01-03-2012

It doesn't take a lot to run LoL on ultra, You'll be fine.


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sammich kek

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01-03-2012

I highly recommend NOT buying an antec 900, 100x moreso if you plan on overclocking. The case has terrible heat dispersion despite having a 200mm fan on top, and the wire management is even worse.

The quick fix is an Antec 1100 --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129178&Tpk=antec%201100

The primary difference is the exhaust fan on the backside of the case where your socket is. This socket is probably going to be the second hottest piece of hardware on the board, next to your VRM. Having cooling to the socket is going to be a huge difference when you decide to OC

Which brings me to my next suggestion, those closed water cooling radiator loops are flawed, you see the CPU fan is designed to also keep ram, chipset, VRM, and northbridge type chips cool as well. Water cooling doesn't do that, unless you add coolers for these things.

For CPU cooling (if you're serious about overclocking) I would recommend this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018


However, there's really no reason to overclock your processor with a single 550t, the bottleneck (or weak spot in your system) is going to be the video card. The single best thing you could do for yourself throughout this entire build is pick a more expensive card. A single expensive card is superior to any two lower powered cards because many games don't support SLI, and when you run into one that doesn't support SLI and requires more than just that 550, you're going to be left in the dark.

HOWEVER, as far as league of legends goes this build is golden.


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GatorSnipe

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01-03-2012

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Originally Posted by ThinkSammich View Post
I highly recommend NOT buying an antec 900, 100x moreso if you plan on overclocking. The case has terrible heat dispersion despite having a 200mm fan on top, and the wire management is even worse.

The quick fix is an Antec 1100 --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129178&Tpk=antec%201100

The primary difference is the exhaust fan on the backside of the case where your socket is. This socket is probably going to be the second hottest piece of hardware on the board, next to your VRM. Having cooling to the socket is going to be a huge difference when you decide to OC

Which brings me to my next suggestion, those closed water cooling radiator loops are flawed, you see the CPU fan is designed to also keep ram, chipset, VRM, and northbridge type chips cool as well. Water cooling doesn't do that, unless you add coolers for these things.

For CPU cooling I would recommend this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018


However, there's really no reason to overclock your processor with a single 550t, the bottleneck (or weak spot in your system) is going to be the video card. The single best thing you could do for yourself throughout this entire build is pick a more expensive card. A single expensive card is superior to any two lower powered cards because many games don't support SLI, and when you run into one that doesn't support SLI and requires more than just that 550, you're going to be left in the dark.

HOWEVER, as far as league of legends goes this build is golden.
This guys seems to know what he is talking about, as I do not. What is overclocking?


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CinemaShow74

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01-03-2012

If you can get yourself some more cash, go ahead and step up to a Cooler Master 212+ cooler and 750 watt PSU. That way you'll have plenty of cooling for OC later and a stable power supply for 2 video cards.

But otherwise, should be fine.


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dru041

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01-03-2012

Thanks for the feedback. Will def consider the case and CPU cooling recommendations. Any suggestions on monitors? They are both 2ms response rate and both under $200 which is my limit for a monitor. Would be curious though if there is any others worth considering for same price range.


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sammich kek

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01-03-2012

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Thanks for the feedback. Will def consider the case and CPU cooling recommendations. Any suggestions on monitors? They are both 2ms response rate and both under $200 which is my limit for a monitor. Would be curious though if there is any others worth considering for same price range.
The price range is great, 23" is an ideal monitor. Those monitors are 2ms (GTG) response time though, meaning 2ms grey to grey response time. The true response time is triple the GTG response time.

So blah blah basic math means those monitors are 6ms

This monitor has a true ms of 5,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052


However, the differences you will notice are honestly minimal if not nonexistent. Any one of those 3 you pick will be perfect for league, 23" being ideal IMO.


Oh, and get a headset.. because the built in speakers on the monitor are useful for nothing aside for being a backup in the event of a problem.


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Dobagoh

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01-03-2012

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This guys seems to know what he is talking about, as I do not. What is overclocking?
CPUs and GPUs and RAM are designed to operate at certain frequencies / power drawing. Most manufacturers allow you to fiddle around with the settings for these hardware pieces, so you can increase the speed at which they run, with corresponding power consumption (and potential instability because the hardware was not designed to work that way)


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Blu3Boy

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01-03-2012

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Originally Posted by dru041 View Post
I've made up my mind that I'm going to build my first gaming computer. I'm tired of playing LoL on my laptop at 20fps on low settings. I would like some advice on the build though. I am no longer trying to keep it cheap, but I would like to keep total cost around $800. I am willing to wait for parts to go on sale, that's why I say $800 when I'm about to post $1000 list.

CPU - Intel i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3Ghz (plan on overclocking in the future)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072


Any suggestions/comments would be appreciated. Also, what kind of fps could I expect out of this system?
Everything seems good, but Intel is like the Mac of processors. Get this instead - this can also be overlocked to 5 GigHertz each.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961

It's the same price, but much better. If you want something cheaper, consider the 6 core AMD

For Mobo you should get

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157267

And for Graphics card, you should get

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908


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