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March 6, 2011 2:22:40 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as I can find a LGA 1155 motherboard


Budget Range: $1400-$1700 (before rebates if $1700 or above)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (MMO, FPS (Bad Company 2), RPG, Minecraft, Starcraft II), business, Internet


Parts Not Required: speakers, Win 7 64-bit professional


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg preferably, wouldn't mind Amazon


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia (EVGA)


Overclocking: No, not in the immediate future.


SLI or Crossfire: Yes, SLI


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Case must have bottom mounted power supply with great air flow for a fair price. I'd prefer no LEDs on power supplies and cases. The last build I did was in 2006 for Battlefield 2142, and with Battlefield 3's release nearing this fall I'd like to make sure I'll be able to play it with all the graphical bells and whistles. Since that time I've performed a few upgrades on my current PC, but I'm so ready to be able to wipe the floor with new games in the way that only a new PC can do.

Please feel free to point out if what I've selected isn't very cost-effective or high quality. I'm just trying to get this build right the first time and enjoy PC gaming for as long as possible without having to worry about upgrades.

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Here's what I have selected so far:

CASE:
Need help here. I'd like a mid-tower case. Would a mid-tower give me sufficient room for all of this, or would I need to move up to full tower? Look above at additional comments for casing preferences.

MOTHERBOARD:
LGA 1155 motherboard
I'd prefer ASUS here. SLI is a must. When should these things be widely available and not require me F5'ing Newegg product pages for restocks? What models should I be keeping an eye on?

CPU:
Intel i5-2500k Sandy Bridge - $229.99

VIDEO CARDS:
EVGA Nvidia GTX 560 Ti - $249.99 x 2 = $499.98

MEMORY:
G. SKILL Ripjaw Series 4GB x 2 - $99.99
I've seen the Sniper series recommended here a lot as well. Any reason to pick one over the other--they're both the same price.

POWER SUPPLY:
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - $99.99
This, along with the motherboard, are my greatest uncertainties. Definitely feel free to critique.

HARD DRIVE:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $64.99

MONITOR:
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers - $189.99
I'll use my old 2.1 speakers, not the monitor speakers. If there's a cheaper, quality monitor solution sans speakers then please let me know!

OPTICAL DRIVE, MOUSE, KEYBOARD, WIN 7 PRO 64 BIT:
$217.96


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Thanks in advance for the help. I'll be checking the thread periodically in order to check responses and answer questions.

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March 6, 2011 3:09:57 PM

Good choice of parts although, theres a few things to keep in mind.

NOTE: if you are not planning on upgrading in the future don't read the 2 paragraphs below(1st point)

1st This pc might not be future proof and what i mean here is if you buy 4x2gb kits of ram like you the ones you mentioned above you will populate the 4 ram slots in the motherboard thus, leaving no room for future upgrades but, i don't see the reason of upgrading to 16gb so forget the ram upgrade ability.

Moving on, you are planning on getting 2 gtx 560's in sli sure they are a great bang for the buck but you will leave no room to upgrade but you know that's just me.

2nd I don't see the reason of buying a K series processor if you are not going to overclock but it's ok to have it incase you change your mind and decide to overclock that beast of a processor.

Overall the parts you have chosen are very high quality and recommended but let's save a few bucks and add some combos shall we?

Cpu+Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (quieter than the stock Heatsink)

Case+Psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (high quality and cheap)

Gpu+Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (a bit better ram)

Gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (2nd one for sli)

Hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (same one you chose recommended)

Odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (just a regular Odd)

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (same also it's recommended)

Motherboard: out of stock

Subtotal: $1,292.15

Hope I helped and good luck =)
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March 6, 2011 3:12:26 PM

The big gaming mid-tower cases will have plenty of room. The GTX 560 Ti is only 9" long
COOLER MASTER RC-692 CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $90 (front blue fan has an on/off switch)
It's 2x 140mm and 1x fans 120mm should keep system temps under control even with twin GTX 560 Ti in the case.
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Case Review @ HardwareSecrets

Would you be interested in a SSD boot drive? Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 60GB SATA II SSD $135
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March 6, 2011 3:25:52 PM

I think it's better to wait till the sandforce sata III ssd models arrive.
But meh it's his decision xD
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March 6, 2011 3:33:58 PM

Yeah, I'm not going to bother with SSD for the foreseeable future--too expensive, even though I know they are amazing devices. Any word on good LGA 1155 motherboards with SLI support? Again, I'd like to get an ASUS.

And I thought in my OP that I had 2x4GB sticks of RAM. I'm just buying two bars, so memory will be open for upgrading down the road. I plan for the 560 Ti's to last me at least a couple years, so I'm just going all in with SLI on those. Thanks for the help so far, guys!
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March 6, 2011 3:47:36 PM

The GTX 560s in SLI should do very well for you, same with the 2500k. As for Motherboards the Asus P8P67 Pro and Deluxe support SLI, the Pro is cheaper, but the Deluxe has some extra features like dual intel LANs. The Sabertooth is also an option, around the price of the Deluxe. If you must have an nf 200 you could go with the WS revolution, or the Maximus IV Extreme. the nf 200 is really only necessary for 3 or more video cards though. My recommendation, go with the pro, or the Deluxe if you want the extra features.
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March 6, 2011 4:44:07 PM

mrhoshos96 said:
Good choice of parts although, theres a few things to keep in mind.

NOTE: if you are not planning on upgrading in the future don't read the 2 paragraphs below(1st point)

1st This pc might not be future proof and what i mean here is if you buy 4x2gb kits of ram like you the ones you mentioned above you will populate the 4 ram slots in the motherboard thus, leaving no room for future upgrades but, i don't see the reason of upgrading to 16gb so forget the ram upgrade ability.

Moving on, you are planning on getting 2 gtx 560's in sli sure they are a great bang for the buck but you will leave no room to upgrade but you know that's just me.

2nd I don't see the reason of buying a K series processor if you are not going to overclock but it's ok to have it incase you change your mind and decide to overclock that beast of a processor.

Overall the parts you have chosen are very high quality and recommended but let's save a few bucks and add some combos shall we?

Cpu+Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (quieter than the stock Heatsink)

Case+Psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (high quality and cheap)

Gpu+Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (a bit better ram)

Gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (2nd one for sli)

Hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (same one you chose recommended)

Odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (just a regular Odd)

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (same also it's recommended)

Motherboard: out of stock

Subtotal: $1,292.15

Hope I helped and good luck =)

Man I gotta say that is a nice build. Usually someone can look at a build as see where they might make some changes, but that build you posted is rock solid imo. Nice :) 
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March 6, 2011 4:51:24 PM

Just made the order for everything, except a motherboard. I really hope I'm able to get one soon. Looking at a stack of boxes filled with badass PC parts and not being able to use them is going to drive me bananas. Thanks so much for the help everyone. This is a great community.
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March 6, 2011 5:14:28 PM

Why_Me said:
Man I gotta say that is a nice build. Usually someone can look at a build as see where they might make some changes, but that build you posted is rock solid imo. Nice :) 

Why thank you (blush) xD, too bad i missed tom's hardware i was really active here then i just abandoned it =( but, feels good to be back xD.
Sorry for going off topic.

Edit: Other mobo's you should consider:
Asrock p67 extreme 4 (B3)
Gigabyte p67a ud4 (b3)
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