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April 26, 2011 4:26:43 PM

So I'm going to be making a new build pretty soon and this is what I've got in mind please let me know what you think.
Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
PSU - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3
GPU - MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
HD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
RAM - 2x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
Case - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Overall with OS the build will cost me around 1600, was looking for any thoughts on the build.
April 27, 2011 3:58:24 PM

Any input would be appreciated.
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April 27, 2011 4:04:13 PM

you will be better off with an i5-2500k. Unfortunately for AMD, their processors are simply not as fast at the moment. The i5-2500k offers both better speed and better value. The i5-2500k can be overclocked to outrageous rates (but is still faster even without overclocking), and it utilizes a more modern chipset that will allow for future upgrades, as opposed to the now discontinued AM3 socket. You will also be perfectly fine with a 750w psu and 8gb of ram.
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April 27, 2011 4:17:42 PM

I also think you should consider an Intel build, but for sake of additional options...

MB - Look at an AM3+ motherboard. There are two on Newegg (I think) and they will support the X6 and accept a Bulldozer CPU down the road.

CPU - The X6 1075T is the same at the 1090T and 1100T CPU just with the multiplier changed before leaving the factory. For cost sake it is better to pick up the 1075T then set the multiplier manually to the 1100T settings (or higher).
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April 27, 2011 4:22:26 PM

genghiskron said:
you will be better off with an i5-2500k. Unfortunately for AMD, their processors are simply not as fast at the moment. The i5-2500k offers both better speed and better value. The i5-2500k can be overclocked to outrageous rates (but is still faster even without overclocking), and it utilizes a more modern chipset that will allow for future upgrades, as opposed to the now discontinued AM3 socket. You will also be perfectly fine with a 750w psu and 8gb of ram.


I realize the i5 2500k is better and most people prefer intel but I like to go the path less traveled. I've done an intel build in the past and it was great don't get me wrong but I want to give AMD a shot. I know a 6-core processor isn't necessary but it'd be cool to have. As for RAM and PSU I know I can downgrade both with no affect on the build whatsoever but I like the idea of having too much RAM and power.

Sadams04, thanks for the input I'll give the 1075t a look. Slightly cheaper not a big performance difference, not a bad suggestion at all thanks a lot.
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April 27, 2011 4:22:28 PM

Motherboard and CPU: i5 2500k + Gigabyte UD4 ($395)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

keep hard drive and power supply.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8 GB kit ($150)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You don't need 16 GBs of RAM to play games. 4 is actually sufficient for now. So go for 8 GBs of fast, low-latency RAM instead of a large amount of slower RAM.

Also, consider getting a single very fast card instead of two cards. In benchmarks, SLI gtx 560s are very fast, but there are still inherent problems to multi-gpu configurations which may or may not be worth the cost savings (that's up to you). These include: non-universal support, microstuttering, less power efficient.

Microstuttering: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1317582

Personally, I would suggest getting this card because it's the frikkin' fastest version of the fastest single gpu:

MSI Gtx 580 Lightning ($525)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then get the Corsair TX750 and a HAF 922.

EDIT: I understand that you want to add some variety to your build experiences by following the "path less traveled", but that's just not a useful philosophy for building a good pc. Also, it's not that the 6 core is unnecessary, it's just slow. Slower than intel's mid-range quad core.

Also, the board you selected does not support SLI, just crossfire.
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April 27, 2011 4:30:23 PM

mortonww said:
Motherboard and CPU: i5 2500k + Gigabyte UD4 ($395)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

keep hard drive and power supply.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8 GB kit ($150)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You don't need 16 GBs of RAM to play games. 4 is actually sufficient for now. So go for 8 GBs of fast, low-latency RAM instead of a large amount of slower RAM.

Also, consider getting a single very fast card instead of two cards. In benchmarks, SLI gtx 560s are very fast, but there are still inherent problems to multi-gpu configurations which may or may not be worth the cost savings (that's up to you). These include: non-universal support, microstuttering, less power efficient.

Microstuttering: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1317582

Personally, I would suggest getting this card:

MSI Gtx 580 Lightning ($525)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then get the Corsair TX750 and a HAF 922.


I've considered the problems with running 2 560s and I could easily get a 580 which I might end up doing. Your other suggestions I will take into consideration, however at the moment I am favoring an AMD build for pretty much no reason other than I want to test it.
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April 27, 2011 4:40:36 PM

mortonww said:
Motherboard and CPU: i5 2500k + Gigabyte UD4 ($395)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

keep hard drive and power supply.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8 GB kit ($150)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You don't need 16 GBs of RAM to play games. 4 is actually sufficient for now. So go for 8 GBs of fast, low-latency RAM instead of a large amount of slower RAM.

Also, consider getting a single very fast card instead of two cards. In benchmarks, SLI gtx 560s are very fast, but there are still inherent problems to multi-gpu configurations which may or may not be worth the cost savings (that's up to you). These include: non-universal support, microstuttering, less power efficient.

Microstuttering: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1317582

Personally, I would suggest getting this card because it's the frikkin' fastest version of the fastest single gpu:

MSI Gtx 580 Lightning ($525)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then get the Corsair TX750 and a HAF 922.

EDIT: I understand that you want to add some variety to your build experiences by following the "path less traveled", but that's just not a useful philosophy for building a good pc. Also, it's not that the 6 core is unnecessary, it's just slow. Slower than intel's mid-range quad core.

Also, the board you selected does not support SLI, just crossfire.


After all the Intel suggestions I decided to change it slightly. I am still planning on a few of my original parts but have chosen yours as well. I realize Intel is overall better so for now I will stick with what I know is good I guess.
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April 27, 2011 5:23:58 PM

Yeah, you could drop to a UD3 if you do go for fast single gpu. Will only save you about $20. Others might suggest a variant of the ASUS P8P67.
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April 27, 2011 6:10:59 PM

Yeah but this way I still have the option for SLI without much of a cost difference.
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April 27, 2011 8:00:10 PM

Yeah, I agree. The combo discount was $20 off anyway, so it's a wash.
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April 27, 2011 8:18:07 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

im not saying you should go with one or the other. i certainly dont think that its a bad idea to have sli as an option. but i dont think you should delude yourself into thinking that it costs anywhere near the same for this option. the combined cost of mobo and psu is over $100. and i think its pushing it to have dual OC'd 580's at 850w.
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