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April 1, 2011 4:10:21 AM

-Approximate Purchase Date: Next 1-2 weeks.

-Budget Range: $ 1500-2000.

-System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Interet surfing, MS Word and Excel.

-Parts Not Required: Case (Lian Li Full Tower), Power Supply (Corsair HX 1000W), Optical Drives, Keyboard, Mouse, Display (Samsung 27" P 2770).

-Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg > Tigerdirect.

-Country of Origin: USA.

-Parts Preferences: by brand or type: CPU: Intel, MOBO: Asus, Memory: Corsair, GPU: 50/50 ATI vs NVidia.

-Overclocking: Maybe.

-SLI or Crossfire: Yes.

-Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 to 1920x1200.

-Additional Comments: Main gaming I do at this time is a Crysis Mod. So I am interested in hardware choices that give me a nice FPS for this game.




Hello all, I am hoping for some help again with a new build. It has been about two years since my last build. The last build was my first and would not have
been done successfully without the help of this forum. :) 



OK this is what I got........

(All are Newegg.com)

MOBO
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 8P67WSREVOLUTIONREV
Item #:N82E16813131714
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Is this the best choice of the Asus line RE LGA 1155 and the P67 chipset? Did I pick the best chipset?

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Model #:BX80623I72600K
Item #:N82E16819115070
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER
Scythe Mine 2 (SCMN-2000) 140mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Model #:SCMN-2000
Item #:N82E16835185166
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-VS-

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
Model #:SCMG-2100
Item #:N82E16835185142
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
Model #:CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
Item #:N82E16820233147
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Open for suggestions here. I have had good luck with Corsair. This is listed per Corsair's website as good for the above MOBO. Is there a better Corsair model I should pick? Should I get 12 MB or 16 MB?

GPU
TWO
ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Model #:ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1
Item #:N82E16814121429
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-VS-

TWO
SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:100311SR
Item #:N82E16814102915
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Not sure between the two. The NVidia set up is about $350 more expensive. I currently have an ATI4870x2. At this time, I was leaning on trying NVidia. I do recall hearing that the 6950 can be flashed to the 6970. I really do not need to cut corners too hard RE the budget. So within reason I want the best FPS I can get with my choice.

SSD
Corsair Force CSSD-F115GB2-BRKT-A 2.5" 115GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:CSSD-F115GB2-BRKT-A
Item #:N82E16820233160

-Again open for suggestions. My Lian Li case does have Hard Drive "hot-swap" set up.

HARD DRIVE
-Currently have two....
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5.

Maybe add a for a fresh install....

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD103SJ
Item #:N82E16822152185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


What do you all think? Any imput would be much appreciated. :hello: 

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April 1, 2011 4:32:03 AM

Nice build :)  Only a few obvious changes to be made that I can see.

First is the mobo. This one down below is "King of the Hill" so to say in regards to P67 mobo's. It runs dual cards @ 16x & 16x (slots 1 & 3) and tri vid cards @ 8x. It's the over clocking king atm as it has hit the max on these cpu's (5.7ghz) (multi is locked at 57x) more often than naught.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

And for the RAM.. 1.5v like that Corsair you have linked is the way to go, but those heat sinks are going to be a pain in the arse with that Scythe Mugen. I prefer this RAM down below...either set is the way to go imo. Also remember that RAM timings mean ZERO in regards to o/c these SB cpu's. The cpu multi is isolated and RAM timings do absolutely nothing in regards to o/c hence the reason CL9 is selling like hot cakes atm for these builds.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING $30 off w/ promo code EMCKGHE65, ends 3/31
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
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April 4, 2011 12:14:07 AM

First THX for the reply :sol: 

Why_Me or anyone else.......

1. Can you comment on the difference between my Asus MOBO choice vs. the Gigabyte. Looking at the specs side to side the Asus has the Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 chipsets, the Gigabyte just the Intel P67. In the $2000 System Build march article on this site, there is the comment on the Mobo section....

Quote:
The P8P67 WS Revolution takes advantage of the NF200’s “Broadcast” function to supply two graphics cards with identical data in x16 mode or four cards in x8 mode. Two sets of switches allow the P8P67 WS Revolution to adapt from dual x16 to quad x8 pathways automatically whenever a card is inserted into a black slot.

Nvidia’s graphics drivers artificially limit single-NF200 motherboards to three-way SLI, but we find sweet irony in the fact that the same part enables its competitor’s four-way CrossFireX configurations.


It appears, however, that both MOBO's can run two GPU at x 16. So what is the advantage of the NVIDIA NF200 chipsets?

The Gigabyte appears to have more USB 3.0 (6 vs 2)

Any other details I missed between the two MOBO's?

2. Anyone want to comment on the GPU choices? Is it worth spending the extra $$$ for the two 580's or save a bit and do the two 6970's?

3. Any comments on 8 mb vs 12 mb vs 16 mb of the memory?

4, My SSD choice good?

THX :ange: 
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April 4, 2011 12:21:55 AM

Nytmare said:
First THX for the reply :sol: 

Why_Me or anyone else.......

1. Can you comment on the difference between my Asus MOBO choice vs. the Gigabyte. Looking at the specs side to side the Asus has the Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 chipsets, the Gigabyte just the Intel P67. In the $2000 System Build march article on this site, there is the comment on the Mobo section....

Quote:
The P8P67 WS Revolution takes advantage of the NF200’s “Broadcast” function to supply two graphics cards with identical data in x16 mode or four cards in x8 mode. Two sets of switches allow the P8P67 WS Revolution to adapt from dual x16 to quad x8 pathways automatically whenever a card is inserted into a black slot.

Nvidia’s graphics drivers artificially limit single-NF200 motherboards to three-way SLI, but we find sweet irony in the fact that the same part enables its competitor’s four-way CrossFireX configurations.


It appears, however, that both MOBO's can run two GPU at x 16. So what is the advantage of the NVIDIA NF200 chipsets?

The Gigabyte appears to have more USB 3.0 (6 vs 2)

Any other details I missed between the two MOBO's?

2. Anyone want to comment on the GPU choices? Is it worth spending the extra $$$ for the two 580's or save a bit and do the two 6970's?

3. Any comments on 8 mb vs 12 mb vs 16 mb of the memory?

4, My SSD choice good?

THX :ange: 


It depends on how high of an over clock your shooting for. If your going for 5.0+ ghz than the Gigabyte is the way to go, if your happy with lower than the Asus is fine.

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=MB-8P67WS3&c=fr&p... <---if newegg is sold out, you can find that board here.

As far as the gpu's go...I'm an Nvidia fan so I can't give an unbiased opinion. I'l leave that up to someone else.
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April 6, 2011 3:16:44 AM

So I was gonna go with the Gigabyte MOBO....

the GSkill memory listed below are not on the QVL List, these are gonna work?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231455 $129.99 FREE SHIPPING $30 off w/ promo code EMCKGHE65, ends 3/31
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231460 $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
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April 6, 2011 4:38:56 PM

Why_Me said:
As far as the gpu's go...I'm an Nvidia fan so I can't give an unbiased opinion. I'l leave that up to someone else.


Haha, I'm that way about AMD. As a single card, the 580 is the king of the hill. No question. I guess I should correct that to single-gpu card now. However, I doubt you will notice any difference between the two (580 vs. 6970) in SLI or Xfire or even a single card. Tom's did an article where they found Xfire scales better than SLI, but I'm sure nVidia is working on new drivers as we speak. Are you gaming across multiple screens? Personally, with that budget, I'd have at least three 1080p monitors, where you will actually utilize a multi-gpu setup. And, of course, being an AMD fan, I'd have two 6970s :sol: 
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April 7, 2011 12:44:54 AM

Regarding the memory choices can anyone chime in before I purchase...........

1. Regarding the recommended GSkill memory, these are not listed on the QVL list for either the Asus or Gigabyte MOBO. The $2000 March System build on this site does use similiar GSkill memory for the chosen Asus P8P67 WS REVOLUTION Mobo.

So I am guessing the GSkill above would work well fine for both MOBO's?

2. If I went with the Corsair choice above.......anyone have experience with these and 3rd party CPU coolers?.........The cooling fins look bigger c/w the GSkill so I am worried about clearance.

3. Besides the aesthetics, any other differences I am missing between the Corsiar and Gkill memory?
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April 8, 2011 8:29:59 AM

Best answer selected by Nytmare.
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April 9, 2011 8:50:23 PM

OK. Hello All. I hoping for a last minute check before I order today.....

Here is my "final" list.......

MOBO
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 8P67WSREVOLUTIONREV
Item #:N82E16813131714
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think the PCI Express 2.0 layout may be better (more space for the two Crossfired cards) than the Gigabyte MOBO. Asus board is a bit less $$$.

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Model #:BX80623I72600K
Item #:N82E16819115070
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER/FANS
Prolimatech Supermega Intel Socket 1156, 1366 and 775, 6 Dual Heatpipes, Twin Tower CPU Cooler
Model #:Super mega
Item #:N82E16835242006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Looks like per Prolimatech site, it is compatible for the 1155 MOBO.

*TWO*
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
Model #:S-FLEX SFF21E
Item #:N82E16835185005
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-For the above CPU Cooler.

MEMORY
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Model #:F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Item #:N82E16820231445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans
Model #:FTB-3500C5-D
Item #:N82E16835236002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
*TWO*
MSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:R6970 Lightning
Item #:N82E16814127581
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX
Item #:N82E16822136533
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Model #:GFC-00599
Item #:N82E16832116754
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD
G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-120GBSR 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:FM-25S2S-120GBSR
Item #:N82E16820231415
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-VS-

Corsair Performance 3 Series CSSD-P3128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:CSSD-P3128GB2-BRKT
Item #:N82E16820233154
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I wanted the OCZ Vertex 3, but at Newegg it is out of stock.

CARD READER
Koutech IO-RCM621 All-in-one USB 2.0 3.5" USB 2.0 Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port
Model #:IO-RCM621
Item #:N82E16820162024
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 10, 2011 4:02:02 AM

Anyone care to bite?
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April 10, 2011 6:04:46 AM

Nytmare said:
OK. Hello All. I hoping for a last minute check before I order today.....

Here is my "final" list.......

MOBO
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 8P67WSREVOLUTIONREV
Item #:N82E16813131714
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think the PCI Express 2.0 layout may be better (more space for the two Crossfired cards) than the Gigabyte MOBO. Asus board is a bit less $$$.

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Model #:BX80623I72600K
Item #:N82E16819115070
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER/FANS
Prolimatech Supermega Intel Socket 1156, 1366 and 775, 6 Dual Heatpipes, Twin Tower CPU Cooler
Model #:Super mega
Item #:N82E16835242006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Looks like per Prolimatech site, it is compatible for the 1155 MOBO.

*TWO*
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan
Model #:S-FLEX SFF21E
Item #:N82E16835185005
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-For the above CPU Cooler.

MEMORY
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Model #:F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Item #:N82E16820231445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans
Model #:FTB-3500C5-D
Item #:N82E16835236002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
*TWO*
MSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:R6970 Lightning
Item #:N82E16814127581
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX
Item #:N82E16822136533
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Model #:GFC-00599
Item #:N82E16832116754
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD
G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-120GBSR 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:FM-25S2S-120GBSR
Item #:N82E16820231415
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-VS-

Corsair Performance 3 Series CSSD-P3128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:CSSD-P3128GB2-BRKT
Item #:N82E16820233154
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I wanted the OCZ Vertex 3, but at Newegg it is out of stock.

CARD READER
Koutech IO-RCM621 All-in-one USB 2.0 3.5" USB 2.0 Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port
Model #:IO-RCM621
Item #:N82E16820162024
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Please get the spinpoint HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Faster / better / cheaper than yours!
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