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May 13, 2011 3:25:33 PM

Hello folks - I'm putting my new build together and want some advice. I've taken some of the expert advice on these forums and have waited for the Sandy Bridge to drop before starting a new build. Can I get some advice on my build below? I'm going with 4 sticks of 2G RAM to give me 8 Gigs total. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!



I currently have a GTX460 1280 in my setup right now...not sure if that's worth replacing?



Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Item #: N82E16817182188



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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-4GBXL



ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Item #: N82E16813131702



Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Item #: N82E16819115072



ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Item #: N82E16835118074



G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-120GBSR 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Item #: N82E16820231415



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May 13, 2011 3:29:04 PM

One last tidbit - I will use this machine primarily for Gaming... mostly WoW, but also other games like CIV 5, etc. I already have a case as well from my last build.... just not sure if it's worth upgrading the GPU or not.
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May 13, 2011 3:50:35 PM

I would skip the 1000W PSU even for overclocked dual card setups, I don't think even two 580s need that much power to draw, 850W should be enough if you plan to SLI/CF. If you don't then drop it down to a 650W PSU and you'll have plenty of juice for a Sandy Bridge and 1 GPU. Also I would just get 8GB in a 2x4GB config to leave you room for adding ram later, doubtful you will need it but why not as it's about the same price. You could also go cheaper on a Hyper 212+ cooler instead of the Zalman for the same performance, or go more expensive to a better Mugen Scythe or Noctua D-14. The card will be fine for your current usage, but upgrading is always available for the future if your 460 starts lagging behind the performance you want.
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May 13, 2011 3:57:33 PM

Are you positive it's a GTX 460, with 1280MB of video ram? I've never heard of that, and neither has google.

But onto the actual build. I would not trust that rosewill, and you don't need 1000w. Check out this Corsair TX 750w: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's a bit cheaper, and A LOT more reliable. The rosewill looks fine, but you don't want to take chances with PSU's.

I would also suggest you get this motherboard instead of the sabertooth, as they have a similar feature set but the sabertooth is more expensive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would suggest a RAM swap to this stuff: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it's very similar, but it has tigher timings at the same price.

Asides from that, it looks good! I am curious about that 1280MB GTX 460....
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May 13, 2011 4:06:41 PM

perhaps a 470?
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May 13, 2011 4:12:23 PM

Maybe the GTX460 is just 1 Gig - I can't remember, the box is in the trash. It might be overclocked. For WoW and gaming purposes - maybe I should replace it? Also, I have had the PSU below for the last 3.5 years, will it support the system I am building? If so, there may be no need for me to even buy a new PSU. It's run well for me over the years, not sure how long PSU's last.

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire ...
Item #: N82E16817182072
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May 13, 2011 4:14:59 PM

For the sake of argument, let's just say it's 460 with 1 Gig - it could be a 470 with 1280. I don't have access to the PC right now to check it. Thanks for all the advice!
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May 13, 2011 4:26:46 PM

At this point in time there is no need to upgrade the GPU in my opinion. In fact if you wish to upgrade the best idea would be to grab another for SLI.
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May 13, 2011 4:28:34 PM

yea, the 460 should be fine for now.. I'd just wait for the new cards to come out in a few months
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May 13, 2011 4:32:56 PM

I would also recommend replacing that PSU, as it would suck to have it die on you. I'm not sure how long they last but 3.5 years sounds OLD.
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May 13, 2011 4:35:41 PM

alot of high end PSUs come with a 5 or 7 year warranty
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May 13, 2011 4:37:05 PM

I'm not familiar with Rosewill PSUs either tho
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May 13, 2011 5:02:26 PM

WoW doesn't really perform that much better in SLI from what I've read, so I'm assuming that jumping to a higher level NVIDIA card at this point isn't really going to make that big of a difference? Also - I'm wondering, should I stick with the 120GB SSD or flip that to a 60G to save money since I will be carrying a 2nd non-SSD hard drive just to store pics, music, etc.
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May 13, 2011 5:05:43 PM

I'd get the 120gb if you can afford it
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May 13, 2011 5:07:59 PM

Yeah I forgot WoW doesn't support SLI. I would stick with the card you have for a bit. As for SSD, it's up to you to decide how much space you need.
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May 13, 2011 9:03:06 PM

So here's the build I decided to go with just in case I ever do want to go SLI - hopefully she works!

1 x Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
1 x ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
1 x Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
1 x ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
1 x G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
1 x G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-120GBSR 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
1 x Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply
1 x Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
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May 13, 2011 9:52:12 PM

Like I said earlier, I would swap the P67 sabertooth for a P8P67PRO from asus. they are very similar, and the sabertooth actually makes the components hotter unless you purchase a fan to blow air under the armor
. Also like I said, grab an XFX Core Edition PRO850W it's got the power, the efficiency, and is made by Seasonic so it has the quality :) 
Everything else looks good!
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May 14, 2011 1:31:51 AM

I second striker's suggestions
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May 16, 2011 2:14:40 PM

One last question - since this is a Gaming PC, I have a decision to make regarding the monitor attached to it. I currently have a dual display (one 26 inch LCD monitor and one 23 inch LCD for my 2nd display). I'm contemplating swapping it out for a 32 inch LCD TV with a 1920x1080 resolution (the same as my 26 inch main monitor).

Any thoughts on if this is a good idea? I'm a little nervous about the 1080 resolution on a larger screen, but from the research I've seen, it looks like this is the most economical choice when going for an upgrade, and most people seem happy with the LCD TV.

Thoughts?

Thanks!!!
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May 16, 2011 3:24:58 PM

It's up to you. Pixel density is the key. It's how tightly they've packed the pixels. With tv's, they use real big pixels so you don't have to get close. With phones, they pack them in incredibly close so you can have the highest resolution possible. It really comes down to how close you sit. If you are a close sitter, tighter density is better. If you sit far back, a TV is just fine.
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May 16, 2011 4:01:02 PM

Sorry to Bump - just looking for feedback, may go out and buy the LCD TV today.
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May 16, 2011 4:02:41 PM

Thanks Striker, didn't see your post refreshed for some reason. Appreciate your thoughts... I'm somewhat of a close sitter, so maybe looking at a higher resolution TV might be worth it, but at the cost is also going to be a little more steep.
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May 16, 2011 4:39:58 PM

You may consider getting a 1080p monitor, just getting a small one. 23" seems to be the standard nowadays, and if you sit close 32 is REALLY big. You could also get a duplicate monitor to your 26" and set up a real eyefinity rig. OR get 2 more :D 
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