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March 11, 2011 8:29:44 PM

I have been lurking these forums for quite some time now. Finally got my tax return back and I’m ready to rock and roll.
Approximate Purchase Date: When my tax return arrives. Also I had planned on the Asus p67 mobo, but I have seen others suggesting MSI. I’m’ not partial to either so this doesn’t sway my time frame.
Budget Range: $1500 When it’s all said and done.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web, school, usual everyday things. The main game I’m concerned about being able to play isn’t even out yet….Diablo 3. I know this won’t require a “mean machine” hence why I don’t care for a GTX 580.

Parts Not Required: Potentially speakers due to the monitor having some. Opinions on that?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg,Amazon. Whichever has the better price.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel I5-2500k. Only factor here would be noise/heat.

Overclocking: Yes. Only the CPU and probably to 4.0ghz.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, not ATM

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: I’m mainly concerned about noise. I don’t want this to be a jet engine. I would like it to be as quiet as possible while still performing extremely well. Heat/power consumption are also part of my concern.
CPU:
Intel i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
$229.99

Motherboard:
ASUS P8P67 Pro (Retail Not Yet Available)
$185.00 (approximate)
OR MSI? I just want o be able to sli in the future.

Memory:
Gskill ripsaw 1600. Tall heatsinks a problem?
OR G-Skill Sniper 1600 I

Hard Drive:
Samsung 1TB

Graphics:
Gigabyte GTX 560 ti SOC. Can’t find this anywhere.

OR MSI Twin frzr 560

Power Supply:
XFX 750

Case:
Antec 300 Illusion

HAF 912
I like them both, I want the one that will move the most air and be quiet.

CPU Cooling:
Hyper 212

Or Scythe Mugen the $40 one?

Optical Drive:
Asus DVD drive.

Monitor:
ASUS 23.6 W/speakers


Thanks for checking this over and pointing out any flaws, let me know if you need more information. I’m also a first time builder if you needed to know.

More about : 2500k 1500

March 11, 2011 8:39:49 PM

It all looks pretty good, but I'd throw out the HAF 912 as a good case. It doesn't come with much cooling. Another great option is the Rosewill Challenger. It's very similar to the 300 Illusion, but cheaper. I'd also look at the Coolermaster 690.

I'd also grab the Scythe HSF. It's a lot better for only $10 more. You can also find it in some combos on Newegg.

I'll also throw in another option for the board: the ASRock P67 Extreme4. It's about $40 cheaper than the Asus, but basically has all the same features. I'd also throw out MSI unless you're buying everything right now. The reason the MSI boards are getting recommended is that they're the only ones widely available at the moment with the new B3 stepping (the revision to the flawed chipsets). Their main board is $180, but again, the ASRock is very similar at only $150.
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March 11, 2011 10:23:27 PM

Thanks for the quick response! I like Rosewill case, so I will have to decide between that and the antec. Like I said in the end its about the least amount of noise. Another issue is with the size of GPU, will I be able to fit two 560s in both of those cases? Any idea what the largest card is I can fit?

On that, has anyone had experience with soundproof foam on the inside of the case? I would be nervous it would cause high temps, and not be worth the reduction. I of course have never used it, so I could be way off.

ASRock looks like a solid Mobo, I can wait if it saves me that much $$$.

Anyone have any more information on the Gigabyte SOC card? Seems like its out of stock at Newegg, and no where else has it. Or should I not even worry about the 1000mhz clock speed and get the MSI?
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March 12, 2011 2:19:47 AM

I don't know what the largest card you can fit in the Rosewill case is, but the 560 isn't that big. It'll be able to fit easily.
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March 12, 2011 9:14:59 PM

Are the ASRock boards currently on Newegg or Amazon? I see some boards on there but I'm not positive which ones is the one you are referring to. Is it worth spending more on the motherboard to get 16x16 sli for the future? Those boards are much more expensive, so I was just curious. Thanks again Mad.
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March 12, 2011 9:35:52 PM

sr14 said:
Are the ASRock boards currently on Newegg or Amazon? I see some boards on there but I'm not positive which ones is the one you are referring to. Is it worth spending more on the motherboard to get 16x16 sli for the future? Those boards are much more expensive, so I was just curious. Thanks again Mad.

The asrock is currently not available, but should be soon. You wont see much difference between 8x8 and 16x16, and in my opinion the extra cash isnt worth it.
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March 13, 2011 2:26:23 PM

^Exactly. The LGA1155 boards had to be pulled to fix a design flaw, and are only now returning to the market with the fixes. As far as I've seen, the only boards out right now are from MSI.

As for the differences between 8x/8x and 16x/16x, Tom's did some testing a while ago and found that it's only a 3-4% performance difference. Even then, that was only noticeable when using a truly massive GPU (two HD 5970s in Crossfire). Since it typically costs $50+ to upgrade to 16x/16x, it's not recommended.
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March 13, 2011 8:10:01 PM

This build includes a 1155 2500K with after market cpu h/s, dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, 8 gigs of low voltage RAM, Windows 7, LED backlight quick response monitor,etc..

That Asrock mother board down below will be on newegg within the next two weeks for the same price as listed down below.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-600-KKN1-GP-Glad... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RC-600-KKN1-GP Gladiator 600 Mid Tower ATX Case with 140mm Fan (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Truepower-TP-750-BLUE-Manag... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Truepower 23754 TP-750 BLUE LED 750-Watt PSU NVIDIA SLI Certified 80 Plus Bronze Advanced Hybrid Cable Management Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67-EX4&tit... $153.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67 EXTREME4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$8.00 Combo Price: $241.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $329.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$5.00 Combo Price: $149.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

Total: $1,488.87 *not including rebates, shipping, etc...

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 :) 

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
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March 14, 2011 3:28:07 AM

Thanks Why_Me. I do have some questions on some of your suggestions.

Monitors: What is the difference between these

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

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

Is it just the LED back lighting? Is that worth the extra money?

Ram: You suggested some that I have seen on other builds. I'm concerned that those tall heat-spreaders wont fit under the HSF. So thats why I chose these below. Are there any differences between them?

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

GPU: If I'm going to buy Gigabyte its going to be the SOC version or the MSI and OC it to around 950mhz. Seems like the MSI is the hottest selling 560.

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

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

Case: Sticking with the Antec 300 illusion, it seems to meet all my needs for my price range.

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

HSF: This is probably where I could go either way on the Hyper 212 plus or the Scythe mugen 2.

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

http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Mugen-rev-B-SCMG-2100-nick...

OS: Have Win7

PSU: Staying with XFX 750.

MOBO: I will wait until the ASRock is available

I dont feel the need to SLI right now. One 560 will run all the games currently sufficient enough for me. I will eventually add another so I appreciate you adding your suggestion.

Again, thanks to all who have helped out. I'm getting closer and closer to finalizing. I wont actually purchase until all parts are available, so that could be a week or two.

Before I actually order, I would like to be able to show my newegg wish list on here as a finalizer. Is that possible? I'm not sure if there is a way, or if copying and pasting is the answer. Thanks
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March 14, 2011 6:14:17 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---- This monitor you linked has not only the LED backlight, but it has a quick response time of 2ms. :) 

gtx 560's... there's tearing issues atm with the SOC Gigabtye 560 sans the reason there has never been one sold to date.

Let's take a comparison look between the O/C Gigabyte 560 and the O/C MSI 560... :) 

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

Core Clock: 900MHz (Std 822)

Shader Clock: 1800MHz


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Core Clock: 880MHz

Shader Clock: 1760MHz


As far as a case goes, make sure you can fit a decent size cpu h/s and dual vid cards in that Antec Illusion before you shell out the $$ for it. That case isn't known for it's size. It's a decent case for a single card, and 92mm after market h/s...

That RAM is the same as the other two set's of G.Skill at those speeds. The older style Ripjaws that combo with that Gigabyte 560 have a fairly low h/s compared to the new style h/s on the newer Ripjaws.
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March 14, 2011 2:13:46 PM

Perfect! Thats exactly the type of information I'm looking for. Looks like I wont be going with the Gigabyte after all...:p . That case you suggested, the CM. Would it fit dual GPU and a larger HSF? I was partial the the Antec, due to it not being the largest case, I dont want a giant sitting under my desk. If it compromises my abiliity to add another GPU or a larger HSF then it needs to be changed. Like I mentioned in the original post I need something that is cool and quiet (doesnt everyone?). I'm back to the drawing board for an ideal case for me.
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March 14, 2011 2:32:38 PM

sr14 said:
Perfect! Thats exactly the type of information I'm looking for. Looks like I wont be going with the Gigabyte after all...:p . That case you suggested, the CM. Would it fit dual GPU and a larger HSF? I was partial the the Antec, due to it not being the largest case, I dont want a giant sitting under my desk. If it compromises my abiliity to add another GPU or a larger HSF then it needs to be changed. Like I mentioned in the original post I need something that is cool and quiet (doesnt everyone?). I'm back to the drawing board for an ideal case for me.

If your looking for a mid tower that's wide enough to fit a large cpu h/s, and runs fairly quiet then this case down below is about as good as it gets for a large mid tower that runs larger fans which translates into quieter case.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U/ref=s9_simh... $104.60 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)

btw I'm not sure if you know this already but there are two Gigabyte gtx 560's. The SOC version, and the O/C version....sans the reason I posted the specs on the O/C version up there.
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March 14, 2011 7:58:33 PM

At the moment its probably between the CM 680 II adv. and the 922.

As far as the 560's go, I'm a little confused by which one you are suggesting to get. I was NOT aware of the two seperate cards so thanks for pointing that out.
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March 18, 2011 2:31:41 AM

Just waiting on the right motherboard to become available now. I have changed one thing with my build/needs, and that is SLI. The more I think about it, I just don't need to do it. When it comes time for an update I will just buy a new single card. So.....I need to know which motherboard i'm looking for now. 2500k still OC but no need to sli. Thanks!
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