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December 17, 2010 12:32:23 PM

I am looking at building a computer over christmas break in the $1500-$2000 dollar range. I was thinking of something like the following but possibly 2 GTX570's. I prefer Intel and Nvidia.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Power: Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler

Ram: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Video Card:EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) X2?

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

Any feedback would be great. At this time i'm not terribly interested in waiting for the release of Intel's new SandyBridge CPU's.

Cheers ! and thanks for any advice everyone seems very knowledgeable.
December 17, 2010 12:49:47 PM

Quite standard a set of choices. I don't think you need to go with a SLi right away with GTX 570 unless you are looking to spend all the money you have. You didn't mention any screen and/or resolution you are going to play at. Anything above 60fps on 1920x1080 is going to be a waste. If you are going higher, even then a single 570 should give you between 50-60fps on all the games with maximum settings.

Save it for later. You may want to buy a solid state drive for OS with that money.

December 17, 2010 12:53:49 PM

OKay thanks so much i'll definitely consider that. One of the reasons I want to build it myself is so that keeping it current is less of a chore. If I can save the money on an additonal card i'll definitely do that. I didn't mention a monitor because I have several around the house but with the money saved on going with a single card, maybe I could look into getting something stellar :) 
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December 17, 2010 3:30:00 PM

i'll check it out. Thanks !
December 17, 2010 8:21:22 PM

Also I would stay away from that Corsair water cooler unless your really want water. I would go with a cheaper air like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 or go all out with the Noctua NH-D14

Edit: Try looking for a modular power supply for a build of this quality. It will get rid of unneeded wires from the power supply. Stick with Corsair though, or try XFX or Seasonic.
December 17, 2010 9:20:07 PM

Okay if I did go with a modular Corsair power supply. What would you suggest ? I'll look into that Air cooler too. Thanks for the solid advice.

Edit : I could be ordering as early as tonight once all decisions are made. Nothing like pulling the trigger on a new project !
December 17, 2010 9:35:39 PM

AN_Dodman said:
Okay if I did go with a modular Corsair power supply. What would you suggest ? I'll look into that Air cooler too. Thanks for the solid advice


That air cooler will allow you to overclock to 4Ghz easily if you care to overclock

As for the PSU these are my suggestions. If you really plan on using sli 570's then you might want to go with 850 rather than 750 so I'll put both

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (my personal choice based on the price and silver rating)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+1 to the SSD idea over getting another 570 right now. Suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 17, 2010 9:47:52 PM

I checked that out and i'm definetly going to take your advice. I'm going to get all the cooling I need and a modular 850W power supply and it's going to actually be cheaper than what I had. Thanks so much !

Edit : Going for the SSD puts me right at the upper limit of what i'm looking to spend at this time with shipping etc.. Big thanks for all the help so far. Hopefully it goes together as smoothly as figuring out what to get :) 
December 17, 2010 9:52:25 PM

AN_Dodman said:
I checked that out and i'm definetly going to take your advice. I'm going to get all the cooling I need and a modular 850W power supply and it's going to actually be cheaper than what I had. Thanks so much !


Not a problem. Was my pleasure :) 
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December 18, 2010 5:17:28 AM

Cpu and Mobo Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
465$
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
105$ After Promo Code
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP6GX3M3A1600C8

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
90$
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
330$
ASUS VE278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
80$
NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
130$ After Mail in Rebate
XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
370$

Total 1570$ AR

Optional Additions in the future

SSD:o CZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 160$
One More 6970 For Cross-Fire - HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 370$

After The Optional Upgrades 2100$


December 20, 2010 7:57:02 PM

I think that's too much money. Especially for something that will need you to dig into it again in a couple of years. I would simmer down a little. Often we find such screaming desktops built and then collecting dust because of little use after the gaming craze wears off. Just beware of this fact and decide. Heck, it is your money, but you have come here for an advice.
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