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March 18, 2011 11:09:17 PM

So I've been lurking around for a few months now, and I'm getting pretty close to pulling the trigger and doing the very necessary upgrade to my finely aged rig. It's an AMD x2 2.2ghz running at 2.6, with 4gb ram, and a gtx 260.
I'm an experienced system builder, but have been out of the hardware loop for probably 2 years now, so I'm looking for some input.



Approximate Purchase Date: asap unless theres a real good reason to wait

Budget Range: $1000 or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, Case (CM stacker 810 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119093, I might be able to reuse my 550w PSU but I think its best to replace it. I have a TB worth of 250gb HDs, all sata 3.0, and wouldn't mind an SSD if it fits in the budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: i5 2500k

Overclocking: Definitely

SLI or Crossfire: Not yet, but would like the ability to do it down the line

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I'm definitely going to be OCing this, so I would like to get a decent CPU cooler (are any of those liquid coolers like the Corsair hydro series any decent? )

Also, loudness isn't an issue to me. If my machine sounds like a jet, I don't mind at all.


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March 18, 2011 11:44:53 PM

So far, so good. Very good..

A decent cooler is the cm hyper 212, about $30.

A top cooler would be the prolimatech megahalems, or Noctua NH-D14 both are expensive, and probably not needed.

I suggest you try to budget $200 or so for a SSD, it will make everything feel so much snappier.
Intel is a safe choice, as is the rucial C300. The C400 and perhaps vertex 3 should launch this month, and might be worth waiting for. The 6gb sata capability will help with level loads on the new drives.

Use your hard drivesfor storage, overflow, and backup if you need to.

Any P67 based motherboard will do. Just make certain it is a B3 version. Pick according to extra features you want.

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March 18, 2011 11:58:01 PM

New to PC's, but you can take a look at what I'm building which sounds pretty similar.
Have a look at this, my thread, take a look at the best answer. Note that this is AUD, so the prices will work out to be cheaper, but you will also have to find your own links. Wish I could help, just don't know enough about pc's to help much
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March 18, 2011 11:59:08 PM

I agree with all suggestions up to now but personally i wouldn't bother with a SSD just yet. Theyre a relatively young technology and i think theyre way too expensive for what they are and may still have problems. Another thought is that GTX 460 SLI would be a bit better and cost a bit less than the GTX 570, i've read reviews and such and apparently GTX 460 SLI is normally on par with a GTX 580. (Think the 580 slightly edges it but it's still worth a thought.)

Good luck with the build :) 
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March 19, 2011 6:56:15 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$8.00 Combo Price: $246.98
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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $329.98
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
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March 19, 2011 6:37:22 PM

You're going to have a $1000 gaming rig presented to you next week on the Tom's Hardware front page, I would wait to see what that builder's thoughts are.
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March 19, 2011 6:38:29 PM

i'd love to see that now, or atleast what Mobo and ram it contains:<
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March 19, 2011 6:43:24 PM

Feel free to add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.98 - $89.98 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$8.00 Combo Price: $246.98
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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $329.98 $25 off w/ promo code EMCKGJE69, ends 3/21
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... $17.99 Free shipping w/ promo code EMCKGJE65, ends 3/21
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$5.00 Combo Price: $159.98 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

Total: $1,094.98 *not including shipping, rebates, promo codes, etc..
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March 19, 2011 7:08:16 PM

If your dead set on the 2500k I can understand building a system now. But if you got some time to wait, you might think about a time frame of July or even later. Bulldozer might be out by then, there will be more motherboards with the previous sata problem fixed, etc. What motherboard do you currently have? If you want to tie yourself over until July (or later) you may be able to toss an X3 in there with a new video card for less than $400. I am hesitant to build anything right now in hopes that Bulldozer provides good value. Also with Intel talking about Socket 2011, I would wait to see if 1155 is going to eventually go to the wind like 1156 and 1366. I do not currently own an AMD and I am not attempting to push you that way but it is new and it would not be a bad idea to wait and see what it has to show us. If lga2011 is planned to come out before years end you may want to look into what the plans are for that socket.

I run an intel q8200 with a 6870, 8gig DDR3, 3 HDD, and good amount of fans on an Antec 500w PS. At max load it draws 260w including my monitor. You can reuse your PS if it is good quality.

Just some thoughts I had in reading your post! GL on your build, I hope it is a great system for you!
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March 21, 2011 5:03:28 PM

Thanks for all of the suggestions. The combo deals mentioned and that PSU look great. Heres what I think I'm gonna do:

PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Gonna go with the 2500k with the hyper 212+ for cooling, and once it comes in, the Asus P8P67 PRO (no newegg link, I haven't seen the b3 one up there yet, hopefully they carry it. If not I'm probably just gonna order it from someone else). I've been really impressed with with what I've read about these boards, and I do love all the older Asus boards I've used in the past.

I'm extreamly indecisive with what GPU to get.

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB $244.99 or -$15 with the ram combo.

or

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB $249.99

Or the one 570 I posted up top. I plan on getting a second one of whatever I get come this fall. I figure the 560 ti will hold me over right now, and will probably max out everything at 1680x1050. The difference between the reference 560ti and 570 is pretty small right?
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March 21, 2011 5:53:27 PM

Looks good to me.

On the graphics card, I agree that there is not enough much difference between the GTX570 and GTX560ti to warrant a $100 price difference.

As to which one, I suggest you look at an EVGA offering for three reasons.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1) The two you referenced have non-stock coolers which are effective in dissipating heat from the gpu die. Unfortunately, they just dump this heat back into the case where case cooling has to deal with it. That increases both the gpu AND the cpu temperatures.

2) EVGA offers lifetime warranty, vs two or three years. Their support is also very good.

3) EVGA offers a 90 day upgrade return option which may be useful if you find you need more gpu power.

If you are planning on dual cards for performance, consider getting a GTX580 up front.

If you are planning on triple monitor gaming, then dual cards is necessary.
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March 21, 2011 6:17:16 PM

Are you dead set on a GTX card? If not, check out this link to an MSI HD 6950 2GB. I just put one of these in a computer I built this last weekend. Love it. It's about the same price as a GTX 560Ti, yet performs better and scales better if you were planning on adding a card later.
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March 21, 2011 6:25:17 PM

nd_hunter said:
Are you dead set on a GTX card? If not, check out this link to an MSI HD 6950 2GB. I just put one of these in a computer I built this last weekend. Love it. It's about the same price as a GTX 560Ti, yet performs better and scales better if you were planning on adding a card later.


I sorta am dead set on nvidia. I have a few reasons, and even though I know I could get great performance when I go crossfire, I sorta hate catalyst :D 
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March 23, 2011 1:27:55 AM

hi2udog said:
I sorta am dead set on nvidia. I have a few reasons, and even though I know I could get great performance when I go crossfire, I sorta hate catalyst :D 


Oh. Well that's cool. Those Ti's are pretty stellar cards too.
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