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May 4, 2011 11:21:22 AM

Hey guys just after some advice for a pc i would love to get. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next month.
 
Budget Range: 1000-1500 MAX + extra for second graphics card to SLI sometime after build. I would love to save as much money as i can though.
 
System Usage from Most to Least Important: only use will be gaming, will be using 3d vision for games that support it.
 
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: msy.com.au -Link to price list- http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf
ebay.com.au
 
Country of Origin: australia
 
Parts Preferences: would like to use Intel cpu, I have chosen nvidia GTX 570, then i wish to SLI 2 570's in the future. i have found a enga GTX 570 with a display port (http://www.pcmarket.com.au/23935_eVGA-nVidia-GeForce-GT...)
I believe this will let me use my 27" imac screen as a gaming monitor?? (if anyone has any more info on this would be great btw!). I have a sony 3dtv which i will use mostly but would be nice to be able to use the imac screen for games that don't support 3d.

Overclocking: Maybe
 
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
 
Monitor Resolution: 720p for 3d games. 2560x1440 non 3d
 
Additional Comments: New to pc builds so please go easy! If any of my parts don't match or anything please let me know, or if you know of a cheaper option to anything that wont effect performance much please also let me know!
 
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intel Core i5-2500K 3.3Ghz 1155pin Boxed CPU
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7581

ASUS P8P67-V3 DDR3 Intel 1155pin Motherboard
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7547
not too sure about the mobo. I think this one is ok for SLI though? 

Kingston HyperX TI XMP 6GB Kit(2Gx3) ddr3 1600
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=5248
again not to sure about the ram. I think i remember reading that it is worth having 1600MHz over 1333 for SLI. but again if im not going to notices diff please let me know!

Seagate 3.5" Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS SATA3 7200RPM 32MB HDD
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=7386
Hard drive pretty basic don't think i can make a mistake here lol.

samsung blu-ray combo
http://www.msy.com.au/product.jsp?productId=5577
May change this to just a basic CD burner if cost of computer gets to high.

For the case and power supply im not too sure any help here would be amazing! From what i have read a 750watt supply should be enough for 2 GTX 570 in sli but would i be better of just falking out a bit extra and going with say a 850. cos from what I have been reading from people on here that know what there talking about getting a bad power supply is the worst thing you can do.

The case im also not too sure about, I don't want anything too big unless it is absolutely necessary, so the smaller the better other than that i would love any recommendations.

So just to summarise this PC will only be used for gaming, mostly in 3d at 1280x720 and for the games that don't support 3d A higher res of upto 2560x1440. The only thing that I have pretty much fully decided I will buy is the GTX 570's. The CPU im pretty sure on as well, however anything else please feel free to comment recommend or tell me im stupid for even thinking about it!. Also i would like to know if it matters that the second GTX 570 i will buy will not be made by enga? will that effect performance when using a SLI set up?

ok i think thats about it (for now!) thanks for reading and any advice or just comments would be greatly appreciated!

May 4, 2011 12:53:32 PM

Cheers mate, have been looking for a case since i posted this, you just linked me the best one i have seen! was hoping to spend a bit less on a power supply though o well. haha that site u liniked had the same GTX570 with the display port for like $50 cheaper, thanks man!!
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May 4, 2011 5:28:55 PM

Also that Ram you listed is triple channel and for a p67 motherboard you need dual channel ram. 4 GB of RAM is fine for gaming but you can get 8gb if you like. You honestly don't need a blu ray player, just buy a dvd writer and try and put the money towards an ssd. 60 GB is fine for os and maybe a game or two, they really make a difference over a hdd.
May 5, 2011 9:27:16 AM

Alright thanks mate I'll change the ram, any chance you could link a good motherboard cos I pretty much just linked the first p67 board I could find, is that one ok or is there a cheaper one that would be better? And also it dousnt matter to much if the MOBO plus the 2 gtx570 are all built by different companies?? Thanks again buddy!!
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May 5, 2011 9:40:16 AM

I would not even consider SLI for 720P (1280x720), as it is not even remotely necessary.

For that matter, even a GTX570 is overkill at that res. If you were planning on gaming at 2560x1440, then the 2nd GTX570 makes sense, but, a Crossfired pair of 6950's offer similar performance at $200-$225 less cost.
May 5, 2011 10:56:09 AM

Yeah was thinking about that but it is going to be in 3d and from reading it pretty much halves frame rates, I also want to future proof the computer. I chose nvidia because I want to use nvidia vision and although you can do 3d with ati I haunt had much luck doing it with iz3d drivers on my boot camped iMac. Plus I def wanna run bf3 in 3d maxed! Thanks for the suggestion though any suggestions on how to save money are always welcome :) 
May 5, 2011 3:03:25 PM

ok so pretty sure this is going to be the final build! please let me know if these are good choices! as i will be buying within the next few days.

cpu intel i7 2600 1155 pin 3.4ghz ----------------------------$299

MOBO http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
----------------------------------------------------------------------$189

RAM G skill ripjaws ddr3 16000mhz 2x2GB ------------------$65
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

power supply with either be a antec cp 850 for-------------- $149
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

or a corsair tx 850 ------------------------------------------------$179
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
is it worth the extra $30 for the corsair or will the antec be fine?

Gainward GTX 570 graphics card because it has a display port and is $30 cheaper than the evga model with a display port.

Im not too sure about the case yet but the cooler master haf 922 is winning so far, i would prefer as small a case as possable but I do plan to SLI and overclock GPU so would a case this size be necessary?

ok so that should be it as always any advice or comments on how you think it will perform would be great.

May 5, 2011 3:09:23 PM

Please note the antec cp 850 only works in the antec 1200, p183 and p193, just go with the tx 850 . Also go with the 2500k instead of the 2600 beacause you cannot overclock the 2600 and the 2500k offers the same performance in gaming. for your MOBO i'd recommend the p8p67 over the ud-3p because over the P8P67's uefi bios (easier to work with.) If you plan to overclock you'll need an aftermarket cpu cooler such as the coolermaster hyper 212 plus.
May 5, 2011 5:17:51 PM

I don't thing that case works unfortunatly. :( 
Mobo will be ok but keep in mind it's micro atx
May 9, 2011 10:35:23 AM

Hey is the MOBO going to be ok cos I went to the computer shop and he kinda laughed at me when I said I was going to sli with a micro atx board sorry to ask again but you sure it will be ok? What r some of the disadvantages of using the linked board?? I really need to know as I have purchased everything else and am just worried if I pick a bad board I would have wasted a fair bit of money! If that board is no good could someone please link one that would b ok for sli and oc and hopefully no more than $200 (I bought the haf case linked above if that matters) thanks again guys.
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