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March 16, 2011 12:53:46 PM

Hey, all! I have a few questions regarding this gaming build I'm finalizing:

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BLUETOOTH:None

CAS:* Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower Gaming Case with 4 Hot Swappable HDD Cage & (4) 230MM Fans [-11]

CASUPGRADE:None

CD:* Asus BC-08B1LT 8X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo (BLACK COLOR)

CD2:None

CPU:Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-110]

CS_FAN:D efault case fans

FA_HDD:None

FAN:Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system w/ 240MM Radiator and Dual Fans (Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [+43]

FLASHMEDIA:None [-3]

FREEBIE_RM:30 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk

GLASSES:None

HDD:128 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+110] (Single Hard Drive)

HDD2:1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+60] (Single Hard Drive)

IEEE_CARD:None

KEYBOARD:Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard

MB_ADDON:None

MEMORY:8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Kingston HyperX [+66])

MONITOR:None

MONITOR2:None

MONITOR3:None

MOTHERBOARD:[CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8P67 Deluxe Intel P67 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ UEFI, DIGI+VRM, 7.1 HD Audio, BT GO! Dual GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [B3 Stepping] [+123]

MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

MULTIVIEW:Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor

NCSW:None

NETWORK:o nboard Gigabit LAN Network

OS:None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY [-83]

OVERCLOCK:Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]

POWERSUPPLY:* 950 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-950TX 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+94]

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TEMP:None

TVRC:None

USB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

USBFLASH:None

USBHD:None

USBX:None

VC_PHYSX:None

VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+226] (EVGA Superclocked [+45])

VIDEO2:None

VIDEO3:None

WNC:None

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1. I read great things about the Asus P67 mobo, but I was wondering if the particular one I chose is overkill and I should go with something cheaper. Please note I plan to overclock.

2. Would you recommend the 120GB Intel X25-M SSD over the 128BG Kingston SSD? Is one superior?

3. If I plan to buy a second GPU down the road and separately, should I still choose the SLI option under "Multiple Video Card Settings"?

4. Also, the builder "suggests" an 850W power supply if I ever choose to add a second GTX 580. Is it safe to go with just that, or would it be smarter to go with the 950W Corsair?

Hmm, I think I'm all out of questions for now. Please feel free to recommend anything I might've missed. Thanks for your time and consideration on this matter!

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March 16, 2011 1:16:41 PM

Why are you planning on buying such a monster build? If you build it, it'll only cost you around $1,500-1,600. I'll throw an example build below in an edit.

Anyways...

1.) It is overkill. The Pro version is essentially the same, but it runs a good $50-60 cheaper at retail.

2.) No idea. I prefer G.Skill's Phoenix Pro 120 GB as a SSD right now.

3.) No. That's if you want to pay them an insane amount to SLI right now.

4.) 850W is fine.

I should add that liquid cooling is a mistake. It's expensive, requires maintainence and doesn't cool significantly better than air.

So here's the build I promised:

CPU/HSF: i5-2500K and Scythe Mugen $255 (with shipping)
Mobo: Either the ASRock P67 Extreme4 (not re-released yet) for $150ish or Asus P8P67 Pro for $190ish. Good luck finding either in stock...
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 $75 after promo code
GPU: GTX 580 $465 with promo
SSD: G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120 GB $243 with shipping
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $65 (pair it with Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM to save $5)
PSU: Silverstone 850W $125 (you'd need to buy a power cable for it, so add $5-10)
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $18 (with free shipping promo)

Total: $1,486 with the ASRock board or $1,526 with the Asus. Add $5-10 for a power cord and another $95 for Windows.

If you really wanted to spend $2,000+, drop in the i7-2600K (with Scythe Mugen) for an additional $107 (over the i5 combo). That'd put you at $1,633. Then you'd be close to being able to drop in a second GTX 580. The i7-2600K/dual GTX 580 would put you at $2,098. That'd be nearly twice as powerful as the prebuilt you put together for only $50 more.

Of course, I don't recommend adding the second 580 right away. I'd rather suggest you spend the extra on a very nice 80+ Gold PSU, a bigget HSF and possible a higher end case. For example:

PSU: Corsair AX850 $186 after rebate and shipping
Case: Sivlerstone Raven RVo2-BW $209 after shipping
HSF: Notcua NH-D14 $75

That'd put the total at $1,855. With the above changes, you'd literally have the best build you could possibly get without getting ridiculous by adding extra SSD in RAID 0, an HD 6990, or other such insane wastes of money.
March 16, 2011 4:43:01 PM

Thanks a ton, Admiral!

I went with the Asetek 570LX liquid cooling because, from what I understand, it's closed-loop and doesn't require maintenance. I'll go with air, however, if it's the cheaper option and performance is comparable.

Thanks for the mobo recommendation too. I'm not in any rush to build my rig, since it's meant to eventually play SWTOR, D3, and BF3, so i might as well wait for the P67 Extreme 3.
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March 16, 2011 4:44:03 PM

It's actually the Extreme4. The "3" is for a different socket. Forgot which one I was talking about. I've fixed it in the original post.
March 16, 2011 5:42:28 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Why are you planning on buying such a monster build? If you build it, it'll only cost you around $1,500-1,600. I'll throw an example build below in an edit.

Anyways...

1.) It is overkill. The Pro version is essentially the same, but it runs a good $50-60 cheaper at retail.

2.) No idea. I prefer G.Skill's Phoenix Pro 120 GB as a SSD right now.

3.) No. That's if you want to pay them an insane amount to SLI right now.

4.) 850W is fine.

I should add that liquid cooling is a mistake. It's expensive, requires maintainence and doesn't cool significantly better than air.

So here's the build I promised:

CPU/HSF: i5-2500K and Scythe Mugen $255 (with shipping)
Mobo: Either the ASRock P67 Extreme4 (not re-released yet) for $150ish or Asus P8P67 Pro for $190ish. Good luck finding either in stock...
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 $75 after promo code
GPU: GTX 580 $465 with promo
SSD: G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120 GB $243 with shipping
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $65 (pair it with Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM to save $5)
PSU: Silverstone 850W $125 (you'd need to buy a power cable for it, so add $5-10)
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $18 (with free shipping promo)

Total: $1,486 with the ASRock board or $1,526 with the Asus. Add $5-10 for a power cord and another $95 for Windows.

If you really wanted to spend $2,000+, drop in the i7-2600K (with Scythe Mugen) for an additional $107 (over the i5 combo). That'd put you at $1,633. Then you'd be close to being able to drop in a second GTX 580. The i7-2600K/dual GTX 580 would put you at $2,098. That'd be nearly twice as powerful as the prebuilt you put together for only $50 more.

Of course, I don't recommend adding the second 580 right away. I'd rather suggest you spend the extra on a very nice 80+ Gold PSU, a bigget HSF and possible a higher end case. For example:

PSU: Corsair AX850 $186 after rebate and shipping
Case: Sivlerstone Raven RVo2-BW $209 after shipping
HSF: Notcua NH-D14 $75

That'd put the total at $1,855. With the above changes, you'd literally have the best build you could possibly get without getting ridiculous by adding extra SSD in RAID 0, an HD 6990, or other such insane wastes of money.


I just purchased the G.Skill F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

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

The tech I talked to at G. Skill told me that F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL (differs by "R") is for the P65 and should not be used with the P67 MB, but wasn't very specific as to why. These 2 products appear to have the same specs

Maybe there a surcharge for using the same memory with P67:) 
March 16, 2011 5:56:49 PM

I have no idea why they would say that, other than the Ripjaws X are newer, and thus more expensive...
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