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January 15, 2011 4:26:18 AM

My budget is $2200, the only thing components I'm not sure of at this point are the graphics cards, I'm wanting to run a dual GPU system, any advice on what would work great with my setup is greatly appreciated.

What I want so far is:

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($199)
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($299)
Power supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($299)
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($185)
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($189)
HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($64)
DVD/CD Drives - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($24)
OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($140)
CPU Heatsink - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($58)

All of that adds up to around $1,457, leaves me right around $700 for two graphics cards.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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January 15, 2011 4:50:41 AM

A few quick comments...

The motherboard will support DDR3 RAM at 1600 speeds (up to 2133 with overclocking), so I would recommend getting less, but faster RAM--don't bottleneck your system with slow RAM!

Also, for the amount you're spending, I'd get a SSD for booting off of and whatever else people use the super-fast SSDs for (choice games?).

A $300 dollar PSU seems a tad pricey to me (my gaming rig practically cost that much alone...), but depending on the two video cards, I suppose you may need 1200W? You might try using this PSU calculator to see if that much power is really necessary.

My two cents--I hope it's helpful!
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January 15, 2011 4:51:49 AM

P.S. Check out Amazon.com and SuperBiiz.com for RAM prices, in addition to Newegg.com!
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January 15, 2011 5:33:59 AM

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January 15, 2011 7:33:54 AM

Alright, I can say my mind is now changed about an AMD CPU. That said, take a look at the new wish list for the computer. Motherboard and CPU are changed. Also went with EVGA graphics just because of the lifetime warranty. There's also a price difference between the i5 2500k and the i7 2600k, any differences in performance between the two? If not I'll prob go with the i5.

Take a look at everything and give me your opinion on if everything I have selected will work well together. Also, is the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme worth getting? This is only my second build, so I'm still fairly new at this.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
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January 15, 2011 7:50:00 AM

paradox87 said:
Alright, I can say my mind is now changed about an AMD CPU. That said, take a look at the new wish list for the computer. Motherboard and CPU are changed. Also went with EVGA graphics just because of the lifetime warranty. There's also a price difference between the i5 2500k and the i7 2600k, any differences in performance between the two? If not I'll prob go with the i5.

Take a look at everything and give me your opinion on if everything I have selected will work well together. Also, is the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme worth getting? This is only my second build, so I'm still fairly new at this.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...


OK...changes I would make. From what Iv'e seen, these new 1155's run cool...that and there is literally no skill needed in over clocking these cpu's. They have been getting o/c's of 4.4ghz on ghetto boards with these chips. So that board you have on your list is like way super over kill. Same with that psu on your list. Now for a gaming rig...the 2600k is a waste of money. Unless your running a lot of photo shop type proggy's there's no need for that cpu and the same with the 8 gigs of ram. But for the price of the ram you have on your list...it's a pretty good deal imo. Add a h/s and some thermal compound to your build, change out mobo's and your good to go. But you may want to seriously consider downsizing that psu to a 850w and combo it with the 2500k.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $184.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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January 15, 2011 8:49:08 AM

Why_Me said:
OK...changes I would make. From what Iv'e seen, these new 1155's run cool...that and there is literally no skill needed in over clocking these cpu's. They have been getting o/c's of 4.4ghz on ghetto boards with these chips. So that board you have on your list is like way super over kill. Same with that psu on your list. Now for a gaming rig...the 2600k is a waste of money. Unless your running a lot of photo shop type proggy's there's no need for that cpu and the same with the 8 gigs of ram. But for the price of the ram you have on your list...it's a pretty good deal imo. Add a h/s and some thermal compound to your build, change out mobo's and your good to go. But you may want to seriously consider downsizing that psu to a 850w and combo it with the 2500k.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $184.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $389.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Alright man, appreciate the input. I went to an Corsair 850w power supply, but I'm still gonna go with the i7 2600k, because I do have an Hauppauge HD PVR, and I do edit alot of videos using Sony Vegas. Other than that you saved me alot of money, enough so that I can now get a new keyboard and mouse. Thanks.
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January 15, 2011 9:06:22 AM

how about a 2gb HD 5870??
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January 15, 2011 9:53:40 AM

Best answer selected by paradox87.
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January 15, 2011 4:32:25 PM

1. Yes look for the Asus MoBo / CPU compos to save a cupla bucks

Save $60 with Asus P8P67 Pro (Topped THG's SB MoBo ZRoundup) and i2600k and get free game
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Save $50 with Asus P8P67 and i2500k and get free game
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. The XFX Black Edition 850 saves $40 over the HX850 and is every bit it's equal. Jonnyguru gives the black a 10.0 performance rating.

3. Consider the Antec DF-85 / CP-850 combo in lie of the HAF / XFX combo .... will save ya more money and, having built w/ both, my experience was better and I am more satisfied w/ the Antec combo....it also adds air filters, fan speed control, hot sawp 2.5" bay and more "ruggedability". 1200 watts way oversized for twin 570's

4. A $2k box shouldn't have a "bargain" cooler. Neither cooler in the thread is in the current "Top 20". Suggest ya grab one of the top 3 .... the Mugen 2 cooler in the list is < $40

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Top Performers

* Prolimatech Megahalems
* Thermalright Venomous-X RT
* Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100

* ProlimaTech Super Mega
* Cogage Arrow
* ProlimaTech Armageddon
* Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
* Cogage TRUE Spirit
* Xigmatek Balder SD1283
* SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4
* Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ

Highly Recommended

* Noctua NH-D14
* Zalman CNPS10X-Performa
* Coolink Corator-DS Heatsink
* CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
* Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
* Thermolab BARAM
* Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
* Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 Cooler
* Noctua NH-U12P
* Cooler Master V6 GT Heatsink
* Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568
* Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet

In the 80 way TIM test, Shin Etsu fiished 1st. Be aware of the 2nd place finisher's 200 hour cure time.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

5. If compatibility with older games / programs is a concern, and budget allows, suggest Win 7 Pro 64 bit which gives ya "XP mode" among the bennies for the extra $40

6. See 16 GB and 4 GB as RAM choices.....suggest 8 GB in either a 4 x 2 or 2 x 4 set.

Two sets of Corsair CAS 9 (2 x 2 GB) will cost ya $40 ecah or $80 total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Two sets of Mushkin CAS 7 (2 x 2 GB) will cost ya $70 each or $140 total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One set of Mushkin CAS 9 (2 x 4 GB) will cost ya $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CAS 7 should give ya a 2-3% speed increase in gaming at about a 2% increase in system cost ($2k assumed)
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