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$1100 build, seeking critique

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January 25, 2011 11:26:05 PM

Originally I was planning on using a 2600k but it turns out I checked the benchmarks on every single part except the CPU. At least microcenter has a good exchange policy, considering I haven't opened the box yet. My goal is to have potential for overclock, as well as future proofing. Good card for single card setup, and in a year when it's half the price I can pick up another one. 1100 W PSU with decent reviews should keep everything running pretty well. It's not Corsair, but it does have high numbers, good connections, and 4/5 eggs.

Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro $185
CPU: Core i5 2500k $180
PSU: XION Power Real XON-1100P14HE 1100W $120
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 $350
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $90 after promo code
HDD: Western Digital 640 GB 7200 RPM 6.0 Gb/s $70
Case: Antec Nine Hundred v2 $113 after coupon
Heatsink: Hyper 212 +

Total: $1138

After selling my current set of toys (iPad and this PC) I'll only be spending $90 on the new setup.
January 25, 2011 11:39:27 PM

I would say that all of them are good, however I would consider the following.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I do not know the brand XION and I trust Thermaltake much more.
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a much bigger drive while still being 7200RPM. Segate is a good brand, too.

Also, you may wish to consider the following:
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A solid-state boot drive will speed up your system a great deal, just don't fill it with junk.
FAN: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With such high-power equipment, it is likely to get quite warm. Fans are inexpensive so I would recommend getting as many as you can and completely filling all of the fan brackets in your case. At least three extra fans (I think the case comes standard with two).

You have done a nice job. Good juck,
-Klosteral
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January 25, 2011 11:46:32 PM

1100W is way overkill for a single GTX570. You'd be better off with a better quality Antec, Seasonic or Corsair 750W.
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January 25, 2011 11:52:02 PM

Klosteral said:
I would say that all of them are good, however I would consider the following.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I do not know the brand XION and I trust Thermaltake much more.
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a much bigger drive while still being 7200RPM. Segate is a good brand, too.

Also, you may wish to consider the following:
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A solid-state boot drive will speed up your system a great deal, just don't fill it with junk.
FAN: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With such high-power equipment, it is likely to get quite warm. Fans are inexpensive so I would recommend getting as many as you can and completely filling all of the fan brackets in your case. At least three extra fans (I think the case comes standard with two).

You have done a nice job. Good juck,
-Klosteral


I picked the PSU based on the high wattage which would leave room for overclocking/SLI, as well as the 4 egg rating. Price was also a consideration.

I picked the HDD because it's 6 Gb/s instead of 3, and has larger cache. Granted, I have no clue if either would have a huge benefit, but I figure since my board will have 6 Gb/s sata connections, might as well utilize them.

I would love an SSD some day when I have more money to spend, maybe a few months down the road.

The case has room for a couple of extra fans, however I won't be putting more in until I do some tests with the default setup. I remember looking at some research saying it's best practice to have front intake, back and top exhaust fans. The side fans supposedly disrupt air flow. At any rate, if temperature becomes an issue there's room for an extra 2x 120mm fans.

Also, I should've labeled the thread as a discussion, not a question :??: 
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January 26, 2011 12:59:59 AM

Not bad ,but for the money ,but I would add a system drive like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
great deal and one of the best SSD's around ...(I have 2 of them now $114.99 ,I paid 220+) That is real upgrade to performance for next to nothing.

Don't know about PSU ,but for the price....
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