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Critique My i5 Gaming Build

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September 14, 2010 4:00:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 1-2 weeks.

Budget Range: $1000-1400, not including combo deals / rebates. I'd be willing to go over a bit if the part is really that good / necessary (like I believe I'm a bit over $1400 at the moment, without taking into consideration any combos/rebates).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (World of Warcraft, TF2, SCII), web browsing, media (music and movies).

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, other than that, no preference.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Here's what my cart at Newegg looks like as of this morning:

Processor: i5-760 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 460 x2 SLi - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 120GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Antec P183 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: Corsair HX Series 850W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Fans & Heatsink: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans: Noctua 120mm (x2) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With that list being posted, I'm still mulling over a few selection choices and have a few questions:

1.) This will be my first time using a SLI setup - are the two cards worth it or should I potentially just drop the same amount of cash on one, great card?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've talked with friends and have seen reviews that sometimes the SLI setup can be kind of a let down. In most games, there's no difference - I've heard that statement about WoW specifically. So 2x GTX 460 or 1x GTX 480?

2.) Is my PSU a little bit overkill at 850W? What are some better alternatives if so?

3.) I'm definitely striving for the best way to keep my case as cool as possible and as quiet as possible at the same time. Thoughts on the heatsink + case fans?

Thanks again for any and all input.

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September 14, 2010 4:42:18 PM

1> If the 480 was a better card (its too hot, loud and power hungry) it would be easy to say get that instead. A 5870 would be a good option for the same price, would use less power and be expandable, but doesnt perform as well as twin 460s. Its a hard choice.

2> The P183 is one of few cases that can fit the Antec's CP series PSUs. Because of the odd size, the CP series is very inexpensive and powerful. A CP850 will handle anything you throw at it (it is rated for three 470s) and is only $120.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3> The Arctic Freezer Pro is only a 92mm cooler. You should look at a 120mm cooler like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus, Kingwin 1264 or Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100. The larger fan will spin slower and make less noise.
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September 14, 2010 4:50:05 PM

- just want to make sure you noticed your proc and mobo are currently a combo deal

- you could potentially save on the case. There are mannny options, I've been looking at the Antec 300 illusion and the 902. prob go with the illusion

I like the cyclone 460. one for now, and will add another later

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September 14, 2010 4:58:49 PM

dndhatcher said:
1> If the 480 was a better card (its too hot, loud and power hungry) it would be easy to say get that instead. A 5870 would be a good option for the same price, would use less power and be expandable, but doesnt perform as well as twin 460s. Its a hard choice.

2> The P183 is one of few cases that can fit the Antec's CP series PSUs. Because of the odd size, the CP series is very inexpensive and powerful. A CP850 will handle anything you throw at it (it is rated for three 470s) and is only $120.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3> The Arctic Freezer Pro is only a 92mm cooler. You should look at a 120mm cooler like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus, Kingwin 1264 or Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100. The larger fan will spin slower and make less noise.


Thanks so much for the detailed responses man.

As far as the video card situation goes, I ran some benchmarking over at Anand Tech (460 SLI vs 480) and it seems like the 2 460's outperform the 480 in every category (or almost every). http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/181?vs=158 - I'll probably go with the SLI setup simply because it's cheaper than that $500+ GTX 480. Any other thoughts?

That PSU looks great and it's definitely reassuring knowing that it'll fit in the P183.

The only reason I even considered the Arctic Freezer Pro, besides the thousands of great reviews, is because I don't plan on overclocking my build at all. But, regardless, 120mm cooler can't hurt anything. I believe that newegg only has the Cooler Master Hyper and Kingwin models in stock; couldn't find the Scythe heatsink.


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September 14, 2010 5:06:28 PM

muckle said:
- just want to make sure you noticed your proc and mobo are currently a combo deal

- you could potentially save on the case. There are mannny options, I've been looking at the Antec 300 illusion and the 902. prob go with the illusion


Thanks for the combo heads-up man; currently have the i5+Mobo in a combo deal as well as my case+PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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September 14, 2010 5:14:21 PM

dndhatcher said:
You have to look it up as SCMG-2100. Neweggs search has some problems.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ah, okay. Well, all three look like great choices man - I'll probably just end up going with the cheaper of the three; not sure if it's possible to go wrong anyhow.

Still open to any other critiques, comments, advice, thoughts, etc. Thanks in advance.
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September 14, 2010 8:59:21 PM

XFX black edition 850. It's less than either PSU listed, but retains the silver-efficiency+modularity of the HX.
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September 14, 2010 10:10:19 PM

sp12 said:
XFX black edition 850. It's less than either PSU listed, but retains the silver-efficiency+modularity of the HX.


I'll look into man, appreciate the tip.
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September 14, 2010 11:05:38 PM

Did you count the 15% off code+20$MIR? Makes it 107$.
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September 15, 2010 12:08:50 AM

Ugh, completely overlooked that - thanks for pointing that out man. Appreciate the link.
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September 15, 2010 12:54:14 AM

Still open to suggestions and critiques. I've got a week or so to mull over the little things before putting the purchase in.
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September 15, 2010 1:03:25 AM

Combo deals change as often as every few days. Wait a week and you will be looking for combos again.
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September 15, 2010 3:32:16 AM

Noted for sure. I'll probably continue to pick at every little detail anyways - that's why I enjoy hearing others opinions.
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