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Thoughts and help with a few issues on build please?

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April 8, 2011 12:24:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: 11.000 dkk (2.100 US dollars, but electronics are more expensive in Denmark, so it can't be directly compared). In case you need something to refer the Danish prices to, 1 US $ = 5.2 dkk

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor (Samsung 24" SyncMaster BX2450 running 1920x1080), power supply (Corsair CMPSU-620HXEU, 620Watt), case (Antec Performance One P182, Midi case), optical and regular large harddrives.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.shg.dk and www.edbpriser.dk

Country of Origin: Denmark

Parts Preferences: Intel processor.

Overclocking: I've read in a guide here that it's almost stupid not to OC nowadays, so I've been planning on getting some "free" extra performance by OC.

SLI or Crossfire: Not initially, but I would prefer to have the option to be able to make a somewhat cheap upgrade in case it's needed in a few years.

Monitor Resolution: Only 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I live in Denmark, and I realize it's difficult for you to use the Danish hardware sites for prices. It would still be great to get some critique on the parts I've listed though, and perhaps alternate suggestions in the same pricerange (or cheaper).

Here is a prelim build I have:


GPU
MSI N580GTX LIGHTNING
http://www.shg.dk/Grafikkort/MSI-N580GTX-LIGHTNING-2253...
4161 dkk
I am looking for the best GPU for running games at 1920x1080, nothing higher. However, I'm intending to make my computer futureproof for at least 3 years, also at decent resolutions.
I've read some good reviews of this specific GPU, and it's not that much more expensive than the cheapest regular 580 at the vendor (being 3400 dkk for a Gainward 580 gtx)

PSU
I realize my current PSU wont be able to pull SLI, but I guess it should be sufficient for the pre-SLI build, right?

Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 Sandy Bridge
http://www.shg.dk/Bundkort/ASUS-P8P67-EVO-B3-Sandy-Brid...
1405 dkk
I don't have much knowledge about motherboards, but what I'm looking for is the option to use SLI at a later point, as well as good stability, OC ability and sata-600 for the SSD.

CPU
Intel Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache
http://www.shg.dk/CPU/Intel-Core-i5-2500K-Sandy-Bridge-...
1444 dkk
From what I've seen, this should be the best option for a gaming computer.

Memory
To be honest, I don't really have a clue here. I called the electronics store, and he told me that unless I was going to do some pretty advanced and risky OC'ing and I really knew what I was doing, 2x4 kingston value ram running 1333 mhz was the way to go.
Would it be stupid to go for anything else, since I'm new to OC'ing? And if so, what can you suggest? If it's worth spending some extra money here I'm more than willing to do so.

SSD
OCZ Vertex 3 SSD - 120 GB
http://www.shg.dk/Harddisk/OCZ-Vertex-3-SSD-120-GB-2253...
2109 dkk
One of the main reasons I'm getting a new motherboard and CPU is to be able to get a fast SSD (The fast loading times and silence from it seems very attractive. In case this choice is questioned, I currently have a Q6600 processor)

Cooling
http://www.shg.dk/Koeling-og-Blaeser/Antec-K%C3%9CHLER-...
550 dkk
A silent computer is prefered for me (my girlfriend hates the noiselevel of my current computer). Better OC capability is ofcourse also prefered, and this cooler seems to do a good job while still being quite affordable.

As stated above, the subject I'm mostly puzzled about is the RAM. While I was writing this post, I also started to wonder if it would be worth spending so much cash on new ram, motherboard and CPU. I'm currently using an intel quadcore Q6600 processor on a Gigabyte P31 motherboard with sata-300 and Kingston HyperX paired 1066 mhz 2x2gb ram.

I really hope someone would take the time and effort to comment and help on the above stated issues. I'm really looking forward to getting the new rig, and a green light from this forum is pretty much all I need to go and make the purchase.
I'm sorry if the Danish prices and the English language seems confusing.

Thanks in advance.

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a b B Homebuilt system
April 8, 2011 1:50:40 PM

this should be fine.
1333 RAM should be fine for your system. Sandy Bridge overclock doesn't need to mess with memory anyway


this is a better motherboard, and for less money:
http://www.shg.dk/Bundkort/ASRock-P67-Extreme-4-Sandy-B...

your PSU is fine.

you could step down as low as a 560. your PSU looks to handle up to 50 amps on the 12v rail, so it could do an SLI of 2 560s which will be more powerful than a single 580, and should be about $500


April 8, 2011 2:17:47 PM

the SSD will surely eliminate a lot of the noise...i like your build
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April 8, 2011 4:45:23 PM

Thanks for the replies.

I made a similair post on another forum, and a guy there suggested me to buy a new cooler to my current CPU, OC it to 3.5+ ghz (it's a G0 revision, which, according to him, should be better to OC), a new motherboard with a P45 chip, a single GTX560TI and still go for the Vertex 3.

That way, he claims, I should be able to still run all the new games on quite decent levels of detail for a year or two more on my current system, while still being able to use the Vertex 3 and the GPU for a future upgrade.

The pricetag on such an upgrade is less than half the price of the full upgrade. I realize that it wont be AS fast as the system I built above, but i guess it would be a better solution for my requirements?

What are your thoughts on that?
a b B Homebuilt system
April 8, 2011 5:06:45 PM

a snady bridge processor will be MUCH more powerful than your 6600, even overclocked. There is no guarantee on any level of overclock on your existing CPU.

It would work, but personalky wouldn't use the 6600 much more than 1 more year really.
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