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Critique my i5 Sandibridge Gaming Build Please

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March 7, 2011 9:44:55 PM

I plan to overclock and later upgrade to 16GB RAM, add a 2nd GTX 570, and an SSD. And what monitor (23" or above) would you guys suggest? Thank you

Total Price comes in at $1,744

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March 7, 2011 9:56:47 PM

Looking for a monitor of 1920x1080. Will swap the Seagate for a WD, they are the same price for 2TB. I have also thought of doing 2x1TB in a RAID 0.
March 7, 2011 9:58:11 PM

Everything looks good so far. But im not sure if you need that Artic Silver 5 compound because the one on the H70 is actually pretty good from what i heard. Maybe the Hard drive and Graphics card is what i would change.

Western Digital or Samsung for Hard drive

Western Digitial Caviar black or Samsung F3 1TB

Not sure if you need 2tb though.

For Graphics card i'd go with these 3 because it comes with a better heatsink design for better air cooling.

MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr

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

Asus ENGTX 570

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

Palit GTX 570

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

Also for $25 more you can get a real water cooling kit instead of the h70.

http://www.svc.com/r750rs240.html

it's actually really easy to install and your case is perfect for it.

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March 7, 2011 10:05:06 PM

  • Unless you plan on gaming above 1920x1200 resolution even a single GTX 570 might be overkill, you could probably scale back to a GTX 560 Ti or an ATI HD 6950 (then add a 2nd one later if you need to).
  • Not a fan of MSI, I would rather wait for the Asrock P67 Extreme4 (~150$) or the Asus P8P67 Pro (~200$).
  • The H70 isn't that great of a cooler, unless you need the space saving, I would suggest the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (~60$, cheaper, quieter and cools better)
  • For the HDD, it would probably be cheaper to get a 500GB HDD for your program and games and a 2nd 2TB 5400 RPM ("green") drive for your data than that single 2TB 7200 RPM drive.
    March 7, 2011 11:04:26 PM

    I wouldn't go lower than a 570 -- I bought a Palit 570 Sonic like the one Bigmac listed for my system a little over a month ago. I game at 1920x1080 and I like that I can do maximum settings in games while still having great frame rates. Plus, there will be games coming out to tax even the 570's and 580's horsepower.

    That's a nice system you have specced out, pretty much the same as I did when Sandy Bridge came out. I went with a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 drive though. Oh, and I went with Gelid GC-3 Extreme thermal compound because Arctic Silver 5 has this long, drawn out 200 hour curing time ... and the Gelid performs about the same with no (or very very little) curing time. Plus, the Gelid isn't electrically conductive like AS5 is.
    March 14, 2011 7:16:52 PM

    This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey

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    March 14, 2011 9:17:03 PM
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    Unless you have 2TB of pr0n, add a SSD, case, keyboard, and mouse to this build and call it good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- SSD worth looking at imo.

    Here's a build with dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), Windows 7, 8 gigs of low voltage RAM, 1TB h/d, LED backlight 2ms monitor, etc...

    That Asrock mobo down below will be out on the shelves..including newegg within next week or two.

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    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.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: $304.98
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    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
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    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

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    ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

    Total: $1,393.89 USD

    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
    March 14, 2011 9:26:57 PM

    Spend 30 or 40 dollars more and get the xspc water cooling loop at frozen cpu.
    March 14, 2011 9:32:08 PM

    christop said:
    Spend 30 or 40 dollars more and get the xspc water cooling loop at frozen cpu.

    Why go with water cooling at all ? Temps have never been an issue with these 1155 builds. A decent cooler like a scythe mugen II, Noctua, Corsair, etc, etc... will easily get you past the 5.0ghz mark and run cool as ice. These chips hit a ceiling and it's all dependable on your cpu and some what your mobo.
    March 24, 2011 2:03:02 AM

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