New 2500K Gaming System

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: $1,000 - $1,200

System Usage: Gaming (Planning for Skyrim), Photoshop, Watching Movies

Parts Not Required:
Case: CM Storm Sniper
Keyboard - Filco TenKeyless
Mouse - Logitech G3
Speakers M-Audio AV-40
Monitor (Dell 2900wa)
Possibly PSU depending on recommendations (CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V)

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: intel CPU / Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Looking at:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz - $224.99

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $189.99

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $249.99

or

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $349.99 - Overkill for 1680 x 1050?

Memory: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - $66.99
Unfamiliar with the "ECO" RAM, but it was on the QVL.

CPU HS&F: XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 Mega Killer Double HDT 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Dual Fan - $59.99

Question: If I went with the EVGA 570, would the Corsair 650 be enough to safely drive it?

Any comments/insights welcome.
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  1. Sorry, forgot to include my HDDs in Parts Not Required and I can't edit OP:

    WD Caviar Blacks: 640GB system drive, 750 data drive, 1TB data drive

    Thanks in advance for any comments.
  2. Yes, Corsair 650W PSU is enough for a GTX570, but it'd be a bit of overkill @ 1680x1050 res.

    And since RAM is very cheap these days, get 8GB DDR3 RAM, it's around 100$.
  3. Thanks for the feedback.

    A friend was suggesting a 750 or 850 watt PSU, but that just didn't seem right for a non-SLI system.

    I think I may go with the EVGA GTX 560 Ti and put some of the extra $$ towards this:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
  4. boony said:
    Thanks for the feedback.

    A friend was suggesting a 750 or 850 watt PSU, but that just didn't seem right for a non-SLI system.

    I think I may go with the EVGA GTX 560 Ti and put some of the extra $$ towards this:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM


    Good decision :D
  5. Howz $1126 sound with a "best available" SSD ?

    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622007
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe Mugen 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 Shin Etsu 751 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324
    GFX - $215 - Gigabte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
    GFX - Later - Same Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $300 - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221

    That 900 MHz 560 Ti is a steal at $215.... and yes, your PSU can handle it ... it might hanle two though I'd be more comfy w/ a 750 Core Edition from XFX.

    As for how the 560 / 570 stack up against each other and other available cards:

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    6850 (371/634) $0.42 - $0.49
    6950 (479/751) $0.51 - $0.65
    6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $0.59 - $0.75
    560 Ti (455/792) $0.53 - $0.61
    6970 (526/825) $0.64 - $0.81
    560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.43 - $0.50
    570 (524/873) $0.64 - $0.77
    580 (616/953) $0.81 - $1.05
    6990 (762/903) $0.95 - $1.61
    590 (881/982) $0.79 - $1.43
  6. Do you know of you live by a microcenter? Only reason I'm asking is because they sell the i5 2500k for $180. Also, the motherboard is overkill if you're not going to SLI. Look at something like the Asrock extreme4. Lastly I totaly agree about the 8GB of RAM, that's pretty much the minimum that you should be building with today.
  7. @JackNaylorPE:
    Thanks for the links and test results!

    I think I'm set for HDDs and Optical drives for now for now, all are relatively new.
    Sorry I forgot to post, I have a LiteOn DVD-ROM and a Sony DVD Burner.

    I''ll take a look at the Scythe cooler and the RAM as well.

    NewEgg's out of the Mobo for now, but I might look for it elsewhere. A better choice?
    I chose the Gigabyte because it seemed fine for a non-SLI system and I've gone with them before.

    @Epbaseballer1:

    No, unfortunately no MC near me. I check out the Asrock though.

    Thanks again.
  8. Why do any of this if your resolution is 1680x1050? all of this is WAY overkill and not very balanced. For what you need you could spend a lot less money. JackNaylorPE's options look pretty good but you should really look a little harder and save yourself some money, or get a better monitor. Good Luck
  9. cobra5000 said:
    Why do any of this if your resolution is 1680x1050? all of this is WAY overkill and not very balanced. For what you need you could spend a lot less money. JackNaylorPE's options look pretty good but you should really look a little harder and save yourself some money, or get a better monitor. Good Luck


    GTX560 Ti isn't an overkill for 1680x1050. GTX570 is.
  10. Looks good, almost exactly like my build except I have a HD 6950 instead of the 560 ti, but that is just a preference issue.
  11. boony said:

    +1

    Only change I would make is the psu. 650w is way over kill for a gtx 560 or a 6950.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013 $69.99
    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  12. Haha so I guess my TX750 is a little overkill? Oops... Also, the new Corsair Vengeance is optimized for sandy bridge builds. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000147%20600006069%20600006127&IsNodeId=1&Description=vengeance&name=DDR3%201600%20%28PC3%2012800%29&Order=BESTMATCH
    It's also the same price as the G.Skill with the same speed.
  13. EPbaseballer14 said:
    Haha so I guess my TX750 is a little overkill? Oops... Also, the new Corsair Vengeance is optimized for sandy bridge builds. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000147%20600006069%20600006127&IsNodeId=1&Description=vengeance&name=DDR3%201600%20%28PC3%2012800%29&Order=BESTMATCH
    It's also the same price as the G.Skill with the same speed.

    Corsair finally got it together and put out some low voltage RAM for these 1155 mobo's, but Corsair screwed up with those cake cutter heat sinks. Other than combing your hair, those heat sinks do zilch other than impede a decent size cpu heat sink. So until Corsair sizes down it's heat sinks...G.Skill and Mushkin are still the way to go.
  14. @Why_Me

    The 650TX I already own.

    Sorry, I should have put the category headings (System Usage:, Parts Not Required:, etc.) in bold, and I can't edit my OP.

    Still, good to know this will be enough power.
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