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Building a 460 SLI system

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August 20, 2010 6:20:30 AM


BUDGET RANGE: ~$1500-$1700.


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Case(already purchased), Monitor.



PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel I5 or I7; Corsair power, GTX 460 SLI




Intel Core i5-760 + ASUS P7P55D-E

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) CT2KIT25664BA1339 DDR3 1333 x2=8gb

ASUS ENGTX460 GTX 460 1GB x2 in SLI

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

OCZ Agility Series OCZSSD2-1AGT120G

HITACHI Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 7200 RPM




Total: $1672

Looking to build a system for a friend. So this is loosely at what I am looking at getting for him.

Let me know what you think, and thanks!

UPDATE: Close to the final build I think...

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August 20, 2010 6:52:13 AM

^ I would recommend a different mobo, if you are planning to go SLI as well as want to use the USB3.0/ SATA 6GB/s feature of the mobo...Check this review...
So that ASUS P7P55D-E Pro would be my choice...

RAM - IMO go with a tighter timings like these instead...

PSU - For GTX 460, you wont need 850W...Even the Corsair 650HX would suffice...but if you want, get the Corsair 750HX...

SSD- Why not the newer ones ??

Thermal grease - Get a different one instead...
MX-2/ TX -2 or TX-4...these unlike AS5, dont need curring time, and most importantly are not electrically conductive, hence even by mistake if you drop it on the other components, there is no risk of shorting...

And which case does your friend have?
August 20, 2010 10:48:59 AM

Took a look at your suggestions and updated above.

Thanks a bunch for the mobo review. Been having a little annoyance with my old asus board, so been looking a little closer at gigabite's products, but I see what you're talking about.

As for RAM you like the tighter timings over going with 2200?

Honestly, I know 8gb is more then really needed at this point, and we might just go with 4gb to start with and save some money, but am I also overkilling with this high of quality ram as opposed to going with Crucial? Price is a consideration and I'd love to get things more around a $1600 for where we are with the CPU and SLI setup.

Took a closer look at psu and agree. Just hammered out the specs on corsair's site at first.

Might go for the original SSD to save $ also, but put in your suggestion as of now.

As for the thermal, I see that AS5 has a "breaking in period," but don't see a curing time like Coollaboratory Liquid Pro. Regardless, always good to take a closer look at things. Will research a little more. Wish MX-4 was already out. Stuff looks great for $5.

As for the case, it's full size, but will have to get back to you on the actual brand. Fairly certain we wouldn't have a problem fitting in the cooler, or the SLI. Trying to talk him into an Antec. Have a 900 myself and love it.

Thanks again.
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August 20, 2010 11:34:42 AM

As for the RAM, take a look at this article, though old, but is based on the same speed vs timings...

That Crucial RAM is IMO the best value for money if you are a overclocker...And that Crucial RAM is also a high quality RAM...
August 20, 2010 12:17:15 PM

Yup, seen nothing but good things about that ram. Updated using Crucial. Think he'll be happy with that, rather then paying a $100+ premium.
August 20, 2010 12:30:25 PM

Looks like that Antec kinda is defeating the purpose of being modular...

I know he's looking for good cable management and airflow. Looks like a great PSU otherwise, as well as a good deal, though I'd probably go for this instead tbh. Call me a Corsair fanboi, lol.

One more thing to pass by him. We're getting at a reasonable price so we have some flexibility.
August 20, 2010 1:05:46 PM

Corsair is great too, though the one you listed is not modular, the TX line is all hard wired, you have to get the HX line for modular cables.
August 22, 2010 8:41:00 PM

I would not recommend getting sli 460s. What are you going to do when it comes time to upgrade? You are better off getting a GTX 480 now and another later. Never start a build with SLI.
August 22, 2010 11:03:08 PM

Well if you can afford 2xgrforce gtx 460 SC running SLi I'd go for it. As long as your PSU has enough juice to run 2 480s down the road thats what you could UG to. Right now a SC 480 is about a lil over $600 a piece you can get 2 460's for about $400 to $450 for both.
August 22, 2010 11:33:03 PM

I picked up my GTX 480s for $408 each off the other day. It is simply not a good idea to start with an SLI system of lesser cards. Where do you go from there? Nowhere. Get one GTX 480 and then another down the road.....

Hell check this deal out you could have had the other day GTX 470s were going on newegg for $223

You should wait for another deal like that or get one GTX 480
August 23, 2010 3:04:11 AM

Good point about SLI, but here's where I'm thinking from on starting with it with 460s. The scaling is better the a 480. They'll be giving the best bang for his buck at this point. Plus, not a big fan of the higher end fermi cards at this point, especially from a cooling perspective.

I know they've put out some cards with some nice coolers beyond the reference version, but would be paying a premium for it, and doubtful that they'll be seen at the price you picked up your 480s for before build time. That's actually why I'm going with the Gigabyte 460s, for the dual fans.

But again, it a good point that's made. I'll bring it up to him.

What do you think of the idea of going to a i7-930 with a 1366 platform, giving the option of going with tri-SLI on the 460s in the future? It'd be tight, but we might be able to fit that in the budget.
August 23, 2010 4:01:55 AM

^ IMO GTX 460 SLI is the best-bang-for-buck...
As for the GTX 480, in few months time, Nvidia and ATI both will be launching newer cards, so GTX 480 would very well be replaced soon enough...
August 23, 2010 4:53:59 AM

Do you live near a microcenter? They sell the i7 930 for $199.00 If not here is an i7 build within budget with a GTX 480 and 1000w psu for future SLI

Here is what I would build if I were you...

CPU: i7 930 $298.99
MOBO: X58A-UD3R $209.99
CASE: Haf 922 $90
RAM: CAS6 Mushkin Redline $189.99
HDD: Seagate 1tb 7200.12 $ 75
DVDRW: $22
Blu-Ray $65
PSU: Mushkin 1000w $99 after rebate
Windows 7 $99.00
CPU cooler Hyper 212 $50
GPU: GTX 480 $450

GRAND TOTAL IS $1691.89 Without the $50 MIR.

Leaves some room for future upgrades...

If you switch the gtx 480 for 2x 460s then it's a bit more at $1,701.00

Here is the public wish list with the 460s.
August 23, 2010 9:20:07 AM

Nope, no Microcenter in North Carolina.

Intel Core i7-930 + GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 1GB x2

This build would be for looking at adding a third 460. If we decide on a 480 we could stick with the above build, but again, it would have to have non-reference cooling.

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G

HITACHI Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 7200 RPM

BTW will never buy a Seagate drive again. They're crap IMHO.

$52 (-$13 bundled with a GTX 460)




We'd need 8 slots in the back to throw a third card in with this Mobo. I'm fairly positive the one he has only sports 7. The Haf 922 only has 7 also btw...


For a PSU, I'll stick to a name I can trust, rather then one with 3 reviews on newegg, 2 of which were DOA tyvm. We'd have to mod the case with it being wired for max airflow, but going past $200 for a modular PSU is a little too much of a premium to pay.

Grand total: $1787

Have to do a bit more research on this, especially the Mobo's Tri-SLI performance. Might be worth the $280 for future-proofing, though the OP build still looks really nice, and will last him for a long while regardless.

If we did go with a 480 the ZOTAC AMP! looks to be the only viable option for his cooling desires. Add that plus the tx950 to the 1156 build would bring our total to around $1587. Hmmm... dilemma.

August 24, 2010 6:27:06 AM

>.< doh...... there goes that idea. Thanks for the save :D 
August 24, 2010 4:02:32 PM

Take a look at my build! Only thing I didnt buy was an SSD

CD: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive

CD2: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive

CAS: AZZA Solano 1000 Full-Tower Advance Cooling Case w/ Dual 230mm Fan + Extra 3 Fans

CASUPGRADE: 12in Cold Cathode Neon Light (Blue)

CPU: AMD Phenom™II X6 1055T Six-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology

FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)

FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer

HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair)

MOTHERBOARD: Asus M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI Chipset DDR3 ATX w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, IEEE1394, SATA-II, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI

NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Corsair Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready


TEMP: Aerocool Touch 2000 Dual Bay Touch Screen Fan Control

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)

VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)
August 24, 2010 4:23:43 PM

@ MR.ROGUE^ That motherboard is not USB 3.0 or SATA 3 6gb/ its an older board and will not work with SATA III.....the hard drive that is selected.

August 24, 2010 4:34:59 PM

I would lose the ssd. only thing you're going to be able to install on it is 1-2 games and windows. big deal, windows will load fast and those 2 games. the rest of your games are going to be installed on the harddrive and that ssd wont help you any ingame. ssd's are too high still atm to be worth getting. loading windows and some games is great but most games you play online you still have to wait for games to start(cod, bfbc etc) so loading faster doesn't even help.
August 30, 2010 2:33:33 AM

Ok, finally nailed my friend down and got some input from him.

We're going to use a APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

He's had it for a while, but it's still practically new, and we'll probably do some modding to get some more fans on it to help with some cooling issues that might crop up.

He's happy with the 460 SLI setup, as they should have fairly good longevity. Two things I'll update up top is we'll be going to a 750w Corsair PSU, just in case, and bump up to a 120g SDD. I'll get all that edited by the end of the night.

Again, thanks for all the suggestions!
August 30, 2010 7:01:14 AM

It's bought and paid for. He's had it for a few years tucked away actually and he likes it. We'll make sure we have some more fans modded in it to make sure cooling isn't an issue.
August 30, 2010 10:11:05 AM

With the new 460 review, and some more research, ASUS beats Gigabyte again for what we want: performance and cooling.

Got the updated build in the OP.
September 6, 2010 7:34:26 AM

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