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April 11, 2011 9:01:39 AM

Hey Guys. Been going through reviews and forums and have a build i think will be a sweet gaming rig for me. This is my first huild and i am new to the world of Hi end gaming rigs. I would like to Sli/CF and to OC. Any hints of pointers if parts arnt compatible. Any help would be awesome.

CPU: i7 2600k
MoBo: P8P67 Deluxe B3
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 CL8
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 Series SATA II 3.5" SSD 180GB
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 32MB 1TB
Optical: Samsung SH-B123A
GPU: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
PSU: Corsair HX-850 ATX 850W 140mm Modular Power Supply
CPUC: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Any thoughts or ideas on parts would be fantastic guys

Thanks :D 

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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2011 1:31:29 PM

If you're primarily gaming, I'd recommend just the i5-2500k. The only thing it lacks is hyperthreading, which is only useful for heavy video/photo editing programs. You'll save $100.

If you're going to spend that much on a SSD, get the Vertex 3 or Intel 510. They'll take better advantage of the SATA III port with the new Sandforce controller.

With that $100 off the CPU, throw it into the GPU for either a second 560, or a 570. Keep in mind that 2x560 is the limit, so you'd have to buy another GPU in order to upgrade. That power supply can handle 2x570s most likely, since it can power 3x470s.

Get a second 120mm fan for that Hyper 212+. It'll get you to 4.6+ GHz on air cooling.
April 11, 2011 2:12:05 PM

Thanks boiler

Yea thats a fair call on the i5, I just can get one at a good $ from a buddy of mine.

Yea thats a great idea on the SSD, ive had some trouble finding the right one for me. I would like one just for OS and some games/Programs.

Do u think the 570 is better than the MSI 560 ti, I would like SLI in the future but would like a solid single card for now.

Wow crazy that u can hit 4.6 on air cooling.

Just on the side a friend of mine said to downgrade to the Asrock P67 Extreeme6 as its essentially the same as a deluxe without some of the extra bells n what not.

Thanks for you post
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a b 4 Gaming
April 11, 2011 2:48:57 PM

Yeah, it's always nice getting a better part at a price lower than MSRP :) 

A 64GB SSD will hold W7 64-bit, all your drivers, and something like the Office 2010 suite and have about 10GB left. I'd recommend something a little larger if you plan on storing games on it, and I think the Vertex 3 and Intel 510 are 120GB minimum.

The 570 is better than the 560 out of the box, but the 560 can probably OC better than the 570 (at least, that's how my 460s vs. 470s performed, and the 500s are similar). 2x560s stock will beat a 580, but I just wanted to point out that your upgrades would be limited by 2x560s, especially if you can afford a 580 and plan on upgrading past that.
I personally go for EVGA cards, because of their reputed quality and customer service.

The ASRock Extreme4 P67 is also a highly recommended board for OCing, and is much cheaper than Asus' stuff.
April 12, 2011 2:43:17 AM

Yea with the SSD i was gona get a 120GB, I think that it should be enough for the OS and the few games i would play.

So u reckon i should boost up the PSU to 950/1000 so i can rock a SLi/CF down the road?

Yea i like the EVGA aswell, i was thinkn of a 580 but i am allready a bit O/B on the $ so i like the MSI twin frozer 560ti for price/performance. I am open to suggestions tho.

Thanks Boiler
April 12, 2011 4:28:24 PM

It should be noted that the ASRock has lower number of power phases than the Asus deluxe (8+2 v 16+2). More power phases = lower load = greater longevity and technically the ability to push more OC. If you plan on heavily OCing then you may want to consider that.

People seem to like the ASRock mobos, but I'm betting the lifetime usage of the Asus will be greater.

Perhaps compromise and go with the Asus P8P67 Pro.
April 12, 2011 4:47:06 PM

i agree with boiler1990, for gaming u dont need that cpu. (i7 2600k)

i5-2500k is an overkill for gaming, and save that extra dollars for a good gpu, yes 560TI is a good but its not excellent, i recommend u with amd radeon hd6970, its awesome, with an excellent price/performance ratio, it is better than gtx 570 and 560 and almost comparable to the mighty gtx580 while being much cheaper

other than that ur systme is perfect and im sure it is going to put a smile on your face, good luck bro ;) 
April 13, 2011 1:32:05 PM

Yea i was thinkn of the pro but i butcouldnt really decied. I know they are similar boards and the deluxe as intel sata ports and dual lan plus better sound and bios From what i read. I also read that the power phasers dont matter if the caps and other parts of a high quality. The Maximus only has (8+2) phasers aswell.

Yea i5 is def the way to go. Yea the 6970 is a bad ass card. If i went ATI id do the 6950 and flash the BIOS to make it a 6970.