AMD / NVidia Gaming Build $1500-$1900

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 week

Budget Range: < $2000 total

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor/KB/Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I usually lean towards AMD/NVidia/Asus

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: SLI - Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Windows 7 64-Bit


ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$369.99 x 2 = $739.98
(Getting 2x for SLI)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

After Tax and Shipping, this comes out to $1,875.60

Is the 2x GTX 570 overkill?
Because if I get only one, my total drops down to $1,467.68
I guess I could always get a 2nd one later.

I haven't built a gaming system in 5 years, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you!
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  1. wait for sandy bridge and amd's 6900's you could spend that 2k for a very good SB rig
  2. whatcha thinking running an x4 with dual 570's? Can someone say bottleneck?
  3. I agree that you should hold off until the new hardware. Intel's P55 chips are better than the phenom II x4's, so sandy bridge will be even better. Phenom II X4 + 2 GTX 570's is going to bottleneck your graphics performance like Mr. Pizza said.
  4. Yeah, if your not gonna run an intel CPU with that build, then maybe a nice x6 Black Edition AMD CPU, but think two 570's are overkill, but it depends on what your playing i guess. Even two 470's would do the job, just as well if not better, IMO, maybe 480.

    Anyways its up to you in the end.

    If you're willing to spend the money and up the processor to a x6 AMD or some sort of HIGH END i5/ Any i7 then get both 570's, if not then just drop it to x2 470's or a 480 ( you could SLI if you want )
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