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April 12, 2011 3:26:12 PM

I'm buying and putting my new computer together (from the ground up) this weekend and I was wondering what you all think.

Cooler Master HAF 912
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Modular (Promo on Newegg)
ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
Intel Core i7-2600K
Cooler Master Hyper N 520
EVGA GTX 480 384-bit 1.5GB GDDR5
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600
WD 7200 1TB SATA 6GB/s HDD

The build is meant to be largely futureproof (and by that I mean CPU, Mobo, PSU, and RAM not needing upgrading any time soon). I don't mind, and in fact I plan on trading up to a GTX590 when I have the spare cash.

What do you think?

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April 13, 2011 1:03:04 PM

If you are going to Game on this Rig, save yourself $100 and go with the i5 2500k. But a i7 2600k is not a wrong choice either.

Also save yourself some money and get a GTX 560 TI. see the link below. all these cards a with in a few FPS of each other. the 480 runs hot, is power hungry, Loud and is $100 more expensive than the GTX 560 Ti.
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics...

Suggested GPU's:
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ideally with you should use a top down HSF with the Sabertooth MB to use the TUF Thermal Armor - Total Airflow-Boosting Heat Dissipation. I've heard of people mounting a small 50mm fan on the MB also when the use HSF like the one you selected.
Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER GeminII S
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 13, 2011 3:09:10 PM

The top down HS is a good idea, I didnt think about that. The reason I want to stick with the 480 is because it clocks right behind the 580 (albeit with more heat and noise) and I either want to SLI 480s in the future or have the resale value of a 480 to trade up to Kepler in the future.

edit: I also need the PC for VMs, that's what prompted the i7
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April 13, 2011 4:12:58 PM

specter800 said:
The top down HS is a good idea, I didnt think about that. The reason I want to stick with the 480 is because it clocks right behind the 580 (albeit with more heat and noise) and I either want to SLI 480s in the future or have the resale value of a 480 to trade up to Kepler in the future.

Ok, a couple of things. if you want to SLI 480's you might want to bump you PSU up a notch. Stock 480's in SLI can draw 608watts peak at full load. you have about 100w of other equipment use so you are at 708w peak is 95% power draw on teh 12v rail with out any OCing. I would go with the SeaSonic X-850 to be safe.
GPU Power chart:

http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264

For resale, you are better off with the latest generation GPU, the 480 series is old news. The GTX 570's run real close in performance to the 480's. you can run 570'd in SLI with that 750W PSU with out a meltdown. The GTX 560 Ti is $100 less and lags just a little behind the 570, but it still the latest generation of GPU's.

Proof 480-570:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics...

Recommend:
EVGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the MSI card will be quieter and cooler. The EVGA will be faster.
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April 13, 2011 4:19:25 PM

jerreddredd said:
Ok, a couple of things. if you want to SLI 480's you might want to bump you PSU up a notch. Stock 480's in SLI can draw 608watts peak at full load. you have about 100w of other equipment use so you are at 708w peak is 95% power draw on teh 12v rail with out any OCing. I would go with the SeaSonic X-850 to be safe.
GPU Power chart:

http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264

For resale, you are better off with the latest generation GPU, the 480 series is old news. The GTX 570's run real close in performance to the 480's. you can run 570'd in SLI with that 750W PSU with out a meltdown. The GTX 560 Ti is $100 less and lags just a little behind the 570, but it still the latest generation of GPU's.

Proof 480-570:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics...

Recommend:
EVGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the MSI card will be quieter and cooler. The EVGA will be faster.


All good points. A large factor in me getting a 480 is that I need a computer ASAP; and for the price, the 480 is good. I dont mind a few FPS slower since for some reason, AA never seemed to change much for me after 4x so i wont be using higher. Also, I intend to ramp up the build after summer (or during) with a 590 when I have more cash. So the 480 is more or less a placeholder until then.
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April 13, 2011 4:42:47 PM

specter800 said:
I'm buying and putting my new computer together (from the ground up) this weekend and I was wondering what you all think.

Cooler Master HAF 912
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Modular (Promo on Newegg)
ASUS SABERTOOTH P67
Intel Core i7-2600K
Cooler Master Hyper N 520
EVGA GTX 480 384-bit 1.5GB GDDR5
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600
WD 7200 1TB SATA 6GB/s HDD

The build is meant to be largely futureproof (and by that I mean CPU, Mobo, PSU, and RAM not needing upgrading any time soon). I don't mind, and in fact I plan on trading up to a GTX590 when I have the spare cash.

What do you think?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <--- without knowing some facts like your budget, resolution, etc... it's difficult to give decent advice.

as far as that 480 goes, it's a heat producing power hog that's out dated. The Asus Pro is $40 cheaper than the Sabertooth yet produces the same results. The 2600K is not a good choice for a gaming cpu, save $100 and go for the 2500K. That cpu h/s is only a slight step up from the stock intel cooler, and the Samsung F3 1TB is not only cheaper than the WD h/d, it's quicker and runs quieter. With the money saved you can step up on the case to something similar in size yet way better cooling.

Also I would skip the 590 and go with dual 560's in SLI. When those get outdated in a few years, ebay them, give them away whatever...and get whatever is out there atm.
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April 13, 2011 7:08:50 PM

well, i know everyone will hate me for saying this, but if budget is a factor go the amd way!.. 1100t and hd6970 on a crosshair formula mobo
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April 13, 2011 7:24:23 PM

panickypress said:
well, i know everyone will hate me for saying this, but if budget is a factor go the amd way!.. 1100t and hd6970 on a crosshair formula mobo

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE vs Intel Core i5 2500K

This is what you recommended to the OP to save some $$$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

This down below is actually "cheaper" and it will get you to 4.6ghz - 4.8ghz on air.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $224.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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