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First Build: SB 2500k & GTX 560, recommendations?

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February 1, 2011 5:32:22 PM

Hi guys,
I have a budget of about $1250. I want I PC that I can game on, and overclock.
So far I have decided on these parts. If you have any suggestions please feel free to leave them below.

CPU: i5 2500k
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Plus
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 EVO
GPU: MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
RAM: [ Ripjaws-X ] F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM
Storage: 1* Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb (Sata 3)
PSU: Coolermaster, Silent Pro M700
Case: Cooler Master 690 II LITE Midi-Tower - Window Edition
Case Fans: 1* Xigmatek XLF-F1454 Blueline LED Fan 140mm (For roof) 1* Prolimatech BLUE VORTEX 140MM (for window)
CD Drive: I have one lying around at home...
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I am aware of the faulty intel chipset on the P67 motherboards and therefore I will buy all of the other components first and then wait for the new motherboards come in March/April.
The reason why I have selected such a large PSU is because I might put another GTX 560 in SLI, when the time comes.
I am open to any suggestions... Thanks :) 
February 1, 2011 5:46:00 PM

Don't buy processor now. If it's bad, by time you get MOBO you'll be unable to return it.

HD wise, spinpoint F3's are cheaper and better. 7200.12 are also nearly as good for even less.

PSU is bad. Go with XFX 750, Corsair 750TX/HX or Antec TP 750.

You can also consider getting an aftermarket HSF since I assume you'll be overclocking.
February 1, 2011 5:59:02 PM

What about the ANTEC EarthWatts EA-750?
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February 1, 2011 6:00:18 PM

Or the OCZ ModXStream Pro-700 watt?
February 2, 2011 8:35:20 AM

Is the XFX PRO750W Core Edition good enough?
It's just that I'd rather spend money on other components.... and the PSU isn't going to be under load to begin with anyway.
February 2, 2011 2:34:28 PM

That PSI is not the top notch kinda stuff ya need for a twin GFX card system, Especially if planning bto OC, you wanna have a 10.0 performance rated PSU and that one don't make it. Antec SG or CP series, Cporsair HX series or XFX Black Edition is the way to go.

The XFX Black Edition 850 is $10 cheaper than the one you selected and gets a 10.0 performance rating from jonnyguru

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Could save an additional $10 by going with the 750 watter but the 850 is the better deal .... $90 below MSRP after reabte

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd upgrade from the old 'best cooler for the money" champ (Hyper 212) to the new champ, the Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG 2100 for $10 more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't for get TIM, this is the 1st place finisher in 80 way test

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




February 2, 2011 2:49:51 PM

luke778899 said:
Is the XFX PRO750W Core Edition good enough?
It's just that I'd rather spend money on other components.... and the PSU isn't going to be under load to begin with anyway.


The Core is $10 cheaper than the Black in the 750 watt model, so for $10 I wouldn't scrimp. Thye life of your components and the extent of your overclock depends on the PSU.

In the 850 watt model, the Black is actually $10 cheaper
February 2, 2011 4:33:04 PM

Could I get away with buying a 650 watt power supply and still be able to run 560s in SLI?
February 3, 2011 3:21:12 AM

Why are you trying to skimp on the PSU?

A bad PSU can easily take out the rest of your fancy expensive components when it blows. PSU is the worst place in a build to skimp.

If you wanna cut cost's start with stuff like a smaller HD, cheaper RAM, cheaper case.
February 3, 2011 8:10:34 AM

I do realize that, therefore.... Can anyone recommend any cheaper P67 compatible RAM and a cheaper case with a window and black interior?
Also... Am I getting this right? In terms of the PSU I basically need to go with a good brand 700 watter with an 80 plus silver certification. Or is the 80 plus bronze OK?
February 3, 2011 1:55:28 PM

Several good companies have 80+ silver PSU's at the same price as competitor 80+ bronze's right now. For ex, the XFX 750 BE for $100 AR is really a steal.

You really should just come back late march/early april if you're set on going SB. Prices will shift by then so a build put together now probably won't be the best buy then.

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