Sandy Bridge Pure Gaming build help

Putting my e8400 system in daughters' room and have these parts on wish list for next month purchase:

Intel Core i7-2600K

ASUS P8P67 EVO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Is the mother board good enough for high oc's and will it go good with the memory?
Is the power supply good enough if I decide to go SLI on a pair of gtx's 570?
Should I spend Alot more money on a SSD or stick with this regular drive?
Is the water cooling good enough ?
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  1. 1. Yes that motherboard is good enough for high OC's even lower like 170$ P67's OC the same almost all the boards OC to the same clock with maybe a .01ghz difference, very small.
    2. I don't know that it is, what is your resolution going to be at? Do you really need SLI 570's? I mean a single 570 is good enough even at 1920x1080. Here's my bet for the PSU.

    150$ but after MIR it's 110$. 850w 80+ Silver.

    3. Just get an SSD if you need to, get it if you really want just a fast boot into the system.

    4. That isn't water cooling. That is in a sense, fake water cooling, a closed loop. An actual water cooling loop actually consists of more things that just that rad and an internal pump. But yes, it is adequate.

    OK Suggestions, I suggest you don't get the H70 as it is just a loud and really iffy cooler. The reason being that the H70 just performs about at the level of good air coolers. Infact it is actually louder than air coolers. (lies about "true water cooling"). Anyway, here is a much better route.

    Change your WD Black HDD for a Samsung F3 500gb or add 10$ more and get a Samsung F3 1tb, faster than the Black even though the black is a Sata 6 (Sata 6 isn't optimized as we aren't really their yet in the tech)

    Change your H70 to a Hyper 212+. The universal bracket I'm assuming will fit on SB and also will cool just fine and for 70$ cheaper. Comes with to fans from amazon.


    If the noise is unbearable, then you know what an H70 sounds at max settings. The Hyper 212+'s fans are PWM I'm pretty sure so it'll operate loud only under a lot of heat.
  2. All good advice. This is a real water cooling kit and one of the least expensive I would recommend:

    Or for a bit more you can get one like this that is easier to install for a beginner:

    Power needs of SLI 570's
    Not all the info is in yet but it looks to me that MAX draw of a pair will be around 450W Add in the rest of the system and margin and 750W is probably enough but 850W would be my comfort zone as well.

    Corsair HX850

    Seasonic X-850
  3. Ahhh yes the X850, well the reason I picked the 850 XFX is because XFX psu's are rebranded Seasonics. But for much cheaper XD I like those Swiftech kits though, just remember (if you ever do water cool) you don't want to put that swiftech Apogee XT in the same loop as your 570's. The reason being the Apogee is really restricting on the flow, you'd be getting pretty high temps if you used an Apogee on the same loop as your GPUs. Saw this guy get up to high 70s with a core i7 looping with his 480. With that loop if you were aware of the flow restriction, you'd be getting in the low 60's to the mid 60's. Just saying.
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