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First System, ~ $1K budget, mATX SB

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April 19, 2011 4:21:53 AM

Hello all, new to the forums here. Been lurking for a while and researching a LOT about various parts/prices/reviews/etc.

Purchase Date More or less ASAP, but willing to flex a month or so (depending on components; I will be single sleeving PSU so want verification on that ASAP)

Purpose, in rank order Gaming (SCII), Photoshop, Rendering, General productivity

Parts not required Mouse, Mousepad, Keyboard

Preferred Website Newegg and/or Amazon

Country/State USA/CA

No parts preference, although I tend towards Nvidia for graphics and would prefer a black/white/red interior color scheme if possible

No immediate overclocking plans, but would like good cooling so I have the option

SLI/Xfire Would like the option

Other comments I'm going to at least attempt a scratchbuilt case, fabricated in aluminum, so that shouldn't factor into consideration. Worst case (no pun intended) scenario I'll buy a Lian Li, probably an A04. I've already decided on part layout and orientation for the scratchbuild, and will start a worklog at some point in the near future. As mentioned above, I'd like to stay with a black/white/red color scheme for the interior, so if you notice an alternative for some of my options closer to those lines please point it out (motherboard mostly).

The build as it stands

CPU i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3 Ghz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is ideal, although some flex possible

Motherboard ASUS P8P67-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I love the specs of this board, but the colors don't work well for me right now. However, SLI might be an issue on here, because it seems like slots are only x16 x4 in dual (not x8 x8 as recommended). Any alternatives would be appreciated, staying with the 1155 and P67 setup.

CPU Sink ATM have no preference, although have heard great things about Noctua's D-14 and C-14 models. However, this mostly depends on my budget, as I don't want to spend money here unnecessarily.

Memory Here is where I run into trouble. I'm fine with basically whatever, but I'm not sure to what extent I should care about timings/latency/etc.-- especially on newer P67 hardware. So if anyone has any recommendations, that'd be sweet. As for capacity, either 8 or 16 GB should be plenty.

GPU EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Prefer to stick with a 460 or 560, though I have a bit of upward mobility.

HDD SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x in RAID 1, since I'm paranoid about data loss (don't ask).

SSD Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Unless there is a better price/performance drive out there that actually taps into the SATA 6GB/s connections.

Optical Drive LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader Model iHOS104-08
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm more than willing to move around, but Blu-Ray is a must and this comes with software at an awesome price.

PSU Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91, 80Plus Gold Certified, Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Modular is absolutely requisite for my build and plans. Seasonic because if there's one thing I DON'T want failing, it's the PSU. However, if I do decide to SLI at some point in the future, is this enough raw wattage, or should I buy a grade or so higher?

On top of these, I have about $100 worth of sleeve to buy from MDPC-X (and/or Murdermod when it reopens) and several fans, which I haven't yet decided on. This is not counted in the ~ $1000 budget I'm trying to stick with. Pretty sure the above components are somewhere around $1100, though it's been a while since I ran the numbers.

Generally, I want verification of the build's feasibility and suggestions for the RAM and CPU sink. Overall, I want a build that can run Starcraft II pretty much maxed out while also being powerful, well-rounded, and maintaining a bit of longevity.Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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April 19, 2011 4:58:08 AM

That board you have up there isn't a true SLI board. The second PCI-E slot (black one) runs @ 4x. Also that psu will run a single card but not two of them. Without knowing your monitors resolution it's difficult to say what way to go here.

This board down below runs dual vid cards @ 8x & 8x

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <---- Any of these RAM sets will do just fine for these 1155 boards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- This psu will run a single 560 no problem with some juice to spare.
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April 19, 2011 5:38:13 AM

Why_Me said:
That board you have up there isn't a true SLI board. The second PCI-E slot (black one) runs @ 4x. Also that psu will run a single card but not two of them. Without knowing your monitors resolution it's difficult to say what way to go here.


I don't have a monitor yet, but in all likelihood going to use a 1920x1200-- huge monitors were never much of a draw for me, especially for SCII. Not sure on all the options yet, since I haven't started looking for a replacement.

Why_Me said:
This board down below runs dual vid cards @ 8x & 8x

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


Thanks, much obliged. I had noticed the x4 conflict, but must've overlooked that one.

Why_Me said:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- This psu will run a single 560 no problem with some juice to spare.


Actually, I had already looked at the cheaper Seasonic but would prefer a fully modular one (even though it'd be $30 pricier, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make in this case). However, since I'm going to sleeve the PSU once for the lifetime of the system, what wattage do you think would be a good buy in the event that I do choose to SLI in the future? It's just a very tedious task I'd prefer not to repeat if and when the system will draw more power.

Unless of course I'm seriously misunderstanding something and buying a well overpowered PSU in anticipation of potential upgrades is a bad idea. Either way, thanks for your help!
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April 19, 2011 6:10:10 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- this gaming monitor has been a hot seller since it finally went on sale last week.


And I can see why. Nice feature set, ASUS build quality, and 23" of HD 1080 for a very reasonable price.

I may just have to contribute to these rampant sales, although like I said I'm still looking around to figure out just what does and doesn't work for me at the moment. Part of the issue is space, and for that I may actually be inclined towards a 17" or something a bit smaller than 23" simply because it would be easier to work with.

Thanks again for your help though.

Also, I seem to have found an answer to my own question with regard to the PSU thing. Unless I'm mistaken, using a PSU which delivers more power than the system consumes will just accompany a tiny efficiency drain and negligible increase in heat-- which I'm fine with in this scenario. So I might end up getting a much higher rated one, although considering the price gap I have a bit more research to do.
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