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February 20, 2011 1:24:16 PM

Hey guys, just looking on some final opinions before I commit to a new gaming build I've been putting together (not physically, just a list of parts I plan to buy). So without further ado:

CPU: Sandy Bridge i5 2500K
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Mobo (option A): (I'm well aware of the SB chipset problem and intend to buy the mobo post-fix) ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I think the price is around $180, not entirely sure)

Mobo (option b): EVGA P67 SLI
Link: http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=130-SB-E67...



GPU (option A): EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU (option B): EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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



PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



OS will be Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Addition thoughts: First, I should probably point out that I am on a pretty loose budgest (around $1500 with a little breathing room) so I am open to any suggestions.

I don't know much of anything about OC, but I bought the i5 2500K in the ineveitable event that I do try OC.

Mobo, just really not sure which to get, is there much diffrence between the two? I read that the ASUS P8P67 does not support OC, is that for overclocking the mobo, or the CPU (I know, dumb-dumb question)

Graphics card wise, I intend to run two GPU in the future, probably around xmas time when I can a healthy cash boost ;)  . I am still torn between the GTX 570 SC and GTX 580 SC. Obviously the 580 would be better, but is it worth it? Also, maybe a dumb question but better to find out than to stay dumb, huh? Will there be any compatability issues with SC parts, or do they run fine with all other parts at stock?

Pretty confident in that RAM, but as always any input is welcome.

Hard drive, I am going with the regular hard drive vs the SSD just for price reasons, in the future I will probably snag a 64g SSG to put my OS and apps on, but for now I am fine with slower load times.

PSU, any room for improvment here? For what I can tell it seems like a solid and reliable PSU.

Case, not sure here, seemed like a good one to me. I have never self-built a computer before so not sure if it will be too small or anything like that.



I guess I am just looking for validation on my decisions as this is all new to me. Also, maybe if there are any newbie mistakes I made. And of course, as I mentioned, ANY and all input will be fully appreciated :)  ! Thanks!

P.S: Games I intend to play in the near future are: Rift, SC2, Diablo 3(if it ever comes out), Crysis Warhead, maybe metro 2033



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February 20, 2011 2:42:24 PM

What resolution will you be gaming at?
February 20, 2011 2:49:31 PM

Oh, right. With my current moniter I would be playing at 1600x900 (20 inch moniter)..I know..Wah wah waaaaaaah

I was originally planning on getting a bigger moniter but due to price, I might push it off for a little while.
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February 20, 2011 2:53:34 PM


You overclock the CPU, and the motherboard has the BIOS program to enable that feature. Specific to Sandybridge, P67 motherboards permit overclocking, while H67 boards do not. So, what you read about the ASUS P8P67 board is incorrect. In fact, the EFI interface on the Asus motherboards is fantastic for overclocking. Check this out: Legit ASUS Motherboard Review. I like EVGA too, and even own one of their boards, but ASUS seems to have the better product here.

Add a heat sink to your build. This is $30 well spent: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus.

The RAM you selected was triple channel, and you should use dual channel. 4GB is adequate, or you can upgrade to 8GB if you want. Take a look at this: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 for $63. Same latency, lower voltage, slightly better product, although Corsair is a good brand.

The PSU is a very good choice, however probably not enough power for when you want to add a second GTX 570 or GTX 580 - Those GPUs suck the kilowatts. Upgrade, at least to this: CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W.

Speaking of video cards, the SC versions are overclocked at the factory. I prefer to overclock myself rather than pay a premium to have someone else do it - takes the fun out of it IMO. Realize that an overclocked video card is drawing still more power - maybe 1000W+ would be better for your PSU if you go with the 580. Both the 570 and 580 received Honorable mentions in Tom's February Graphics review.

Before you move into the rarefied atmosphere of extreme graphics, you may want to consider your displays - are you going to be running triple monitors with these expensive GPUs? Would be a shame not be able to notice any difference after you spend another $500 on a new card for Christmas.

Did I miss any of your questions?

February 20, 2011 3:12:05 PM

Well, I only have the one monitor atm, I don't know much about multi-monitor display however. Do both monitors have to be equal size? Or could I run one bigger and one smaller and then use the resolution of the smaller?

Which GPU would you reccomend? I hear the GTX 580 is pretty much eatting up any game in its path.

Thanks for the heads up on the RAM, PSU and heat sink!
February 20, 2011 3:27:01 PM

@ 1600x900 the GTX 560 Ti would be a powerful performer, even 'overkill'.
Adding a 2nd GTX 560 Ti with a 1920x1080 monitor will outperform a single GTX 580 in most games.
February 20, 2011 4:28:45 PM

kenorwoks said:
Hey guys, just looking on some final opinions before I commit to a new gaming build I've been putting together (not physically, just a list of parts I plan to buy). So without further ado:

CPU: Sandy Bridge i5 2500K
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Mobo (option A): (I'm well aware of the SB chipset problem and intend to buy the mobo post-fix) ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I think the price is around $180, not entirely sure)

Mobo (option b): EVGA P67 SLI
Link: http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=130-SB-E67...



GPU (option A): EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU (option B): EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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



PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



OS will be Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Addition thoughts: First, I should probably point out that I am on a pretty loose budgest (around $1500 with a little breathing room) so I am open to any suggestions.

I don't know much of anything about OC, but I bought the i5 2500K in the ineveitable event that I do try OC.

Mobo, just really not sure which to get, is there much diffrence between the two? I read that the ASUS P8P67 does not support OC, is that for overclocking the mobo, or the CPU (I know, dumb-dumb question)

Graphics card wise, I intend to run two GPU in the future, probably around xmas time when I can a healthy cash boost ;)  . I am still torn between the GTX 570 SC and GTX 580 SC. Obviously the 580 would be better, but is it worth it? Also, maybe a dumb question but better to find out than to stay dumb, huh? Will there be any compatability issues with SC parts, or do they run fine with all other parts at stock?

Pretty confident in that RAM, but as always any input is welcome.

Hard drive, I am going with the regular hard drive vs the SSD just for price reasons, in the future I will probably snag a 64g SSG to put my OS and apps on, but for now I am fine with slower load times.

PSU, any room for improvment here? For what I can tell it seems like a solid and reliable PSU.

Case, not sure here, seemed like a good one to me. I have never self-built a computer before so not sure if it will be too small or anything like that.



I guess I am just looking for validation on my decisions as this is all new to me. Also, maybe if there are any newbie mistakes I made. And of course, as I mentioned, ANY and all input will be fully appreciated :)  ! Thanks!

P.S: Games I intend to play in the near future are: Rift, SC2, Diablo 3(if it ever comes out), Crysis Warhead, maybe metro 2033


You have DDR3 triple channel up there that's meant for a 1336 board, and a 1155 board requires DDR3 Dual Channel low voltage RAM. Take a look at this RAM down below...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

If 4 gigs of RAM and not 8 gigs is what your looking at, then take a look at this RAM down below...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

Here's a much better rated 850w psu than that Corsair psu you have up there, not only that but this psu down below is "modular"...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

Like WR2 pointed out on here...I would take a look at the gtx 560 instead of the 570 and for two 560's in SLI...a nice 750w psu will do just fine...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Here's a factory o/c gtx 560 worth looking at imo...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Now if you want to cut cost on the mobo without cutting performance...then take a look at this mobo down below...

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... $155 @ newegg
ASRock P67 Extreme4

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <--- detailed and in depth review of that ASRock mother board
February 20, 2011 5:04:57 PM

Thanks a lot for all the input guys. Going to go with the 4GB RAM.

I was wondering, if I plan on getting a bigger monitor, would it be wiser to get the GTX 570, which would be fine as a single GPU vs the two 560s. Then if I ever go multi-monitor I could grab a second 570. I would have to get a higher watt PSU maybe 950W/1000W like eloric suggested.

Also, does anyone know when the 1155 chipsets are going to be re-released? I've read early March, mid March, and even April.

I went to the local PC store and they told me to go with something that uses the 1136 chipset, but that seems to be pretty diffrent from everything I have been reading on the net. They also tried to scare me into having them build my pc for me. :heink: 
February 20, 2011 5:11:50 PM

The fixed chipsets are being shipped to the MB MFGRs now.

You'll probably see the BIG OEM's (Dell/HP suppliers, etc.. and probably Apple) get the first crop of fixed parts. The desktop MBs are competing with the laptop MBs for the parts too.

And the usual suspects for home builders (Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte, etc) will probably prioritize replacements for recalled MBs already out there.

Right now no one is sure when they'll start showing in retail. When ever it is... expect some high initial demand and even some price fluctuation if the supply is low.
February 20, 2011 6:04:52 PM

Hahahaha - who was trying to talk you out of building your own machine? That is where all the fun is!!!! Seriously, follow Tecmo's advice here and enjoy the experience: Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC

You can have monitors of different sizes, no problem. For fps gaming, three monitors is ideal.
February 20, 2011 6:12:51 PM

Probably 1366 X-58 motherboard and Core i7-950 recommendation from the shop.
It's probably what they had on the shelf and they're trying to move it out.
Not bad at all, but not quite as good as the 2500K which should cost less over all.

With monitors of different resolutions you usually want to end up using a 2nd lower res monitor as a multi-tasking aid but not as a spanned monitor gaming across 2 screens.
February 20, 2011 6:14:35 PM

kenorwoks said:
They also tried to scare me into having them build my pc for me. :heink: 
If you read the Help! threads around here and in the private messages you'll find a few people that wish they had gone ahead and had someone build it for them.
February 20, 2011 7:02:03 PM

WR2 said:
If you read the Help! threads around here and in the private messages you'll find a few people that wish they had gone ahead and had someone build it for them.



Ahhhh the seed of doubt!


Thanks for the link eloric, I am going to read this probably religiously haha. I really want to build it myself, I have an old computer lying around I might do a "trial run" on to ease my nerves. :kaola: 
February 20, 2011 9:26:50 PM

+1 ^WR2 I have "failed" at steps 7, 8, 12 and 15. I put "failed" in quotes because I memorized this checklist almost from the start and have never have spent more than 10 minutes troubleshooting what I forgot to do.

Also, read the feedback on New egg for your components - it often will give you tips and tricks to watch out for, especially the cons that people come up with for the case.
February 20, 2011 9:29:36 PM

Bookmarked both pages ;) 
February 20, 2011 9:32:43 PM

After you place your order and while waiting for the parts to arrive visit the MFGR's websites, usually linked through the NewEgg item webpage, and see if they have a manual or install guide you can download. Look for any guides or videos on the MFGRs site too. The motherboard should be your first priority.

February 20, 2011 9:50:15 PM

Will do!

Will I need to download any software to monitor the temps of anything, like if I try to overclock my CPU or if I go with a SC GPU?
February 20, 2011 9:53:02 PM

I like HWinfo32
http://www.hwinfo.com/download32.html

The Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC @ Step 10 also mentions some useful software for testing and monitoring the new build.
February 21, 2011 12:09:38 AM

Case-I'd up the case to the DF-35 for the swappable storage bays.

PSU-The TX is a "good" 2nd tier PSU. But why spend $120 for a good PSu when ya can get a great one for that price. The XFX Black Edition 850 is a performance match for Corsair's 1st tier line HX850 but the Black is 435 cheaper.

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

MoBo/CPU-Asus P8P67 Pro is fine choice .... may wanna consider the Sabertooth and its 5 year warranty or the Asus Revolution WS w/ its NF200 chip it can deliver x16 x16 on both PCI-E slots.

RAM-no triple channel on 1155 chipset and best to avoid hi profile heat sinks. You'll might want to move up to CAS 7 for an extra $20

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

GFX- At $1500, I'd stick with the 570 ..... 580 would require a bigger PSU.

Pop in a decent cooler and TIM

Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And lets not forget an SSD
SSD - $185 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Should round out ya $1500 budget.

For ya monitor upgrade....

Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...







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