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I5 SLI Build (~$1300 range) any problems?

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September 26, 2010 4:07:56 PM

It's been a while since I've upgraded so I'm well overdue for a new PC. I've been testing configurations for the past couple of days and reading reviews but I'd figure I'd ask you guys what you think.

I will be keeping my case (Cooler Master Cosmos 1000) and storage drives but will be giving the rest of my current PC to my father.

I use my PC for gaming (WoW & SC 2) but would like some future-proofing. I run a 30" Dell (3007wfp) and 2 20" Dell (2001fp) monitors for a resolution of 4560x1600. I have not had SLI before and would like the ability to run WoW across all 3 monitors (currently I only have it on the 30" in the middle). This will also be my first SSD which I'm pretty pumped about.

I'd like feedback on the overall build, prices, any potential hardware conflicts, and bottlenecks.

In search of the best prices I've split my build across Newegg and Tigerdirect, though I could easily consolidate.

PSU: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX
Price: $74.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3276567&sku=ULT-LSP750

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223L
Price: $24.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5226417&sku=S203-8566%20OEM

Video Cards: MSI N460GTX Cyclone GeForce GTX 460 1GB
Price: $219.99 each ($439.98 total)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510

RAM: Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Price: $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145261

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC
Price: $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227601

CPU: Intel Core i5-760
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Mobo: EVGA P55 SLI
Price: $331.99 Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.493864

CPU Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212
Price: $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
September 26, 2010 4:12:37 PM

Looks great except I would drop the ram to a 4GB G.skill ECO kit and move it to getting a better PSU, unless you have a specific need for 8GB of ram.
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September 26, 2010 4:17:05 PM

Yea I think I can do that. Thanks
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September 26, 2010 4:21:33 PM

Don't get the GX, not much better than the Ultra. Rather opt for an XFX if you want it modular.

650W will power 460s fine, a SLI+i5 system has a net power draw of about 500-550W.
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September 26, 2010 4:56:41 PM

Why over 700? At unrealistic furmark loads with an overclocked i7 it pulls less than 550 watts. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/181

A 650 gives you quite a bit of headroom for overclocking/component degradation.
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September 26, 2010 5:50:49 PM

Would I see a major performance boost if I went with an i7-930 over the i5-760? Enough to justify the extra $200 or so?
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September 26, 2010 5:53:31 PM

Nope. you'll actually see a slight decrease in certain games.
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September 27, 2010 12:33:25 AM

^ +1 XFX is a good brand.
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