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April 3, 2011 5:07:44 AM

I almost have this build figured out but I am just double checking if I can optimize any parts. I can go a couple hundred either way of what I have planned:

i5 2500k 3.3GHz (I do plan on overclocking to 4.5GHz or there abouts)
Noctua NH-C14 All-In-One CPU Cooler OR Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler (I heard the C version is better but has some fitting issues with certain memory?)
G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
Now for the HDD I was maybe thinking a RAID 0 config with 2x WD Caviar Black 1TB?
I'm still uncertain about SSD's and if I were to buy one I'd wait for the Vertex III
Corsair HX-1000 Power Supply (maybe I'll need 1250?)
CoolerMaster HAF X Case

Now everything else I am a bit uncertain on. Motherboards...I am going to be overclocking my CPU and I will also be going with a SLI / XF GPU setup (next part).
GPU: At first I was thinking 2x HD 6970's but looking at these: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
They look totally beastly!
I also wouldn't mind advice on a decent monitor (not 3D lol), I'd be looking at 23 - 24 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution. I can spend a few hundred here if you think it's worth it.

Thanks for any help!

Edit: Primarily used for gaming (WoW, SC2, Rift, lots of shooters)


April 3, 2011 6:59:24 PM

Hello schmittay;

For 1920x1080 gaming 2x GTX 560 Ti gets you plenty of GPU power.

And you'll be able to use a good 750W PSU - enough for overclocking with plenty of reserve power. Corsair HX 750 or XFX 750W Black Edition.

HAF 932 case I'm thinking. The GTX 560 Ti are not huge cards.
April 3, 2011 7:08:11 PM

ASUS P8P67 PRO or ASRock P67 Extreme4 match up well with the i5 2500K and 8GB DDR3 G.Skill RAM. The 8GB set you picked is equally fine as well.

I think you're better off with a single 1TB HDD. You'll be able to afford to get that Vertex 3 SSD all the sooner.

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April 4, 2011 1:38:15 AM

Thanks very much, as recommended I will get only one HDD and wait for the Vertex 3, get a slightly less huge case and go with the ASUS P8P67 PRO board.

Oh and maybe an 850W Corsair PSU.
April 4, 2011 2:53:59 AM

Here's a few ideas to think on...

First this factory O/C version is only clocked 50mhz less than the SOC version yet in a few minutes can be bumped up to SOC speeds.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $279.00
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Overclocked 1GB

750w is more than enough to power dual 560's and leave you plenty of juice left over for extra drives, o/c, etc... This one down below is fairly new to the market but it's rock solid. That and it's fully modular.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $155.00
Enermax NAXN 750W Modular 82+

Seeing how those vid cards aren't all that long, yet Oz gets extremely hot, then a smaller case with great cooling/airflow would be perfect imo.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $135.00
CoolerMaster HAF 922 Case

Now that case up above doesn't come with front 3.0 USB ports nor does it come with a SSD bay...yet this mobo down below provides both. Not only that but this mobo has gotten great reviews.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $229.00
ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard B3

Optional fans for that case...Side fan and bottom fan...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $35.00
CoolerMaster MegaFlow 200 Red

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $15.00
CoolerMaster 120mm XtraFlo PWM Fan

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6606 <---- specs, info, and pics of that case

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1234&page=1 <--- review of that psu

http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/power/enermax/NAXN_750w/p... <---- another review of that psu

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 in it's class

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Asrock two year warranty

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <--- ASRock P67 Extreme4



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