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March 2, 2011 7:05:12 AM

Hey guys, I was looking for some advice on a new build I will be doing once the LGA 1155 motherboards start coming back in stock at retailers. It will be used for heavy gaming. My budget is $1000-$1200, and I have MOST of the parts I plan on using already picked out. However, I'm stuck/ undecided on a few components. I already have all of the normal peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers) as well as Windows 7 x64 (Thank you, Pitt, thank you :love:  )
First off, here's what I'm more or less set on:

Antec Three Hundred Case - $59.95
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 - $184.99 (pretty sure that's what it was before going out of stock)
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - $129.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge - $229.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $99.99 (I do a lot of heavy multitasking)

Total so far - $705

I will be reusing the case fans from my old build (also using an Antec 300 case), as well as the hard drive (1TB WD Caviar Black). I have been considering getting an SSD, but I'm personally not bothered too much by load/ boot times. I am open to suggestions for all other parts, as I picked based on my personal preferences (so if there are more cost efficient solutions, feel free to share!). I'm particularly interested in other case suggestions, since although I've used the 300 in my previous build with great results, I would prefer something a little... well... "prettier" this time around


The parts I'm still not sure on are the CPU cooler and the GPU(s).

I have kind of a pretty odd setup right now - I regularly switch between 3x 19" 1280x1024 LCDs for normal use and a 24" 1900x1080 for gaming. Everything currently runs off of an HD5770, so as you can imagine, I never really use Eyefinity in spanned mode for anything except older games. My original plan was to get SLI 460's so that I could use 2D surround, but the more I think about it, the less I really care about being able to use the 3 monitors for gaming. Sure, it's cool, but it's really kind of a novelty. I DO still plan on using them for multitasking though.

The idea I'm considering now is going with a single higher end card (possibly a GTX 580) and then using a 9800 GT I have lying around to drive the peripheral monitors. I figure that this would allow me to add a second 580 in the future, which in turn would let me use 2D surround if I wanted to.

As far as the CPU cooler goes, I'm open to any suggestions. I haven't been able to find a lot of specific recommendations, so I thought I would just leave it to the community consensus. I DO plan on overclocking, and I would like to get as high as possible while maintaining stability and without spending a boatload on cooling.

I would appreciate ANY feedback, be it alternate solutions for the GPU situation or alternate parts in general. Thanks! :hello: 

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March 2, 2011 7:25:36 AM

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - CPU Cooler
And for the GPU
6950 Crossfire
560Ti SLI
Both Costs 500$
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March 2, 2011 7:29:53 AM

Here's a better 850w psu than that Corsair and for cheaper atm...

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

This RAM down below has low profile heat sinks so they don't get in the way of a larger cpu cooler. It's the same RAM you have listed, just different heat sinks.

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

For a bargain on an upper tier cpu h/s then take a look at this Scythe...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
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March 2, 2011 7:35:21 AM

Quote:
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - CPU Cooler
And for the GPU
6950 Crossfire
560Ti SLI
Both Costs 500$


I was looking at the 212, and I have heard GREAT things about it.

As far as the GPU's, I really can't decide. From what I've been able to find, the SLIT and CF setups are almost identical in terms of performance with individual games making the difference. The ONE advantage that I can think of is that if I go with the 560's, I'd still be able to throw in the 9800 to drive the peripheral monitors. However, I would assume that it won't really matter with that kind of graphics horsepower.
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March 2, 2011 7:37:46 AM

Here's a build I posted earlier ...minus the h/d seeing how you already have one. The case in this build has a lot more room to work with than the Antec 300. Anyways this might help to give you a few ideas.

This build includes dual factory o/c gtx 560's in SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-SGC-2000-KKN1-GP-St... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Storm Scout ATX/MATX/ITX Mid Tower Case (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 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

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... $152.99 @ newegg
ASRock P67 Extreme4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ... $26.30 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler

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

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $22.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $1,212.92

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Look for the B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker on the new boards

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards :) 
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March 2, 2011 7:44:16 AM

Two quick questions - will the 750W be enough for the SLI 560's, and should I go with the low profile RAM that sr 26 suggested? Other than that, I'm definitely liking everything else I see with that build
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March 2, 2011 7:53:49 AM

kennyj313 said:
Two quick questions - will the 750W be enough for the SLI 560's, and should I go with the low profile RAM that sr 26 suggested? Other than that, I'm definitely liking everything else I see with that build

Actually that was me that suggested that RAM :p 

That RAM you have posted in your first post is what I would go with for the fact the heat sinks on it aren't that high like the RAM I posted in that build, not to mention that RAM you have up there matches that case perfectly. Why G.Skill ever changed those h/s I'l never know. :( 

As far as the 560's go...you can't miss with that card. Over clocked they just about match the 570's yet they run a lot cooler and use a lot less juice seeing how they are on Nvidia's latest chip set and die. Those cards also o/c like a beast. :) 

Here's my personal rule of thumb for psu's and the Nvidia 500 series cards.

dual 560's = 750w psu

dual 570's = 850w psu

dual 580's = 1000w psu
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March 2, 2011 7:57:12 AM

Haha, it's late, my eyes are half closed :p  . I'll go with my original RAM then as well as the 750W power supply. I'm guessing you'd recommend the Gigabyte brand 560 over the others? I only ask because I've had zero experience with their cards.
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March 2, 2011 8:01:15 AM

kennyj313 said:
Haha, it's late, my eyes are half closed :p  . I'll go with my original RAM then as well as the 750W power supply. I'm guessing you'd recommend the Gigabyte brand over the others? I only ask because I've had zero experience with their cards.

As far as the 560's are concerned...those Gigabyte cards have been ruling the roost on all the reviews. They have the best cooling out there atm, and they seem to o/c higher.
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March 2, 2011 8:06:57 AM

Sounds good. I keep seeing all sorts of different dates for when the motherboards are coming back in stock, have you heard anything specific about Newegg?
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March 2, 2011 8:10:51 AM

kennyj313 said:
Sounds good. I keep seeing all sorts of different dates for when the motherboards are coming back in stock, have you heard anything specific about Newegg?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <--- They are already starting to trickle in. A guy on this board bought one of those MSI boards today from newegg.

Newegg should be fully stocked with all those P67 boards within the next week or two.
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March 2, 2011 8:45:52 AM

Cool. I'll make sure to post if I think of anything else before they come back in stock.
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March 2, 2011 8:46:03 AM

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March 2, 2011 10:29:54 AM

I've been looking at more comparisons (specifically THIS article), and I'm starting to consider the 6950's instead. From what I gather, at ultra high resolutions, you start to see a major vRAM bottleneck with the 560's, whereas the 4GB total from the 6950's is plenty. If I were to actually use my triple monitor setup for gaming, it seems like that would become a pretty big factor, as the total # of pixels is 3932160 vs 4096000 for a 2560*1600 screen. Maybe the spanned displays works differently than a single display in terms of how much horsepower is needed per # of pixels, I really am not quite sure on the math. Does anyone have any input on it?
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