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May 13, 2011 5:18:16 PM

Hi everyone,
I'm looking to build a new computer pretty soon here and need some input on what you think

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week or so

Budget Range: $1400 or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, watching movies, listening to music, some schoolwork with programs like Xilinx, Visual Studio, matlab and some other electrical/computer engineering programs I might need in the future.

Parts Not Required: I already have a keyboard and mouse that I'm keeping. I'm also keeping my X-Fi platinum (PCI) from my current computer and I'm keeping my hard drives. I'm also keeping my Klipsch promedia ultra 5.1 speakers. I'll also be keeping my wireless card and possibly my TV tuner. I'll also be keeping my monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger direct-I have a gift card here. I can also do newegg if something can't be found on tiger direct or the price difference is huge

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Looking at Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, but in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: prefer to keep it quiet. Below I have the parts I'm thinking of using (using newegg links since i can find the parts quicker there). I would like to know if you think I should change anything and why. As for some of my part choices below, I tried to include things that would allow me to upgrade it later.

Core i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA gtx 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 2133Mhz ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte z68 UD5 motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ 1250watt powersupply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster 690 II Nvidia edition case (My favorite color is green so i really liked this one. lol)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total of this on tiger direct is a little under $1400, but I may or may not reuse my current LG bluray reader so that could affect the price
Any changes or recommendations? And is there any good reason to wait for something new coming out?

Thanks!

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May 13, 2011 5:37:30 PM

CPU - Always a good choice... If you plan to overclock, or just want peace of mind, the Hyper 212+ CPU cooler is a great upgrade to the stock cooling.

MB - The Z68 motherboard is way overkill for what you are after. Consider the P68 below...
ASUS P8P67 Pro - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEM - No need for DDR3-2133 overclocking modules. Get the 8GB GSKILL kit below that are on sale today using coupon code EMCKEJG73. You won't notice the difference between the two speeds and Sandy Bridge "likes" 1.5 volt memory better..
GSKILL DDR3-1600 CL9 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - The GTX 570 is a fine card. Just to give you additional options, the HD 6970 and HD 6950 are also great cards..
HD 6970 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD 6950 2GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Way too big as cmadrid noted. I like the Antec 750w below for your application...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think you will find these changes will drastically bring your costs down.
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May 13, 2011 5:45:00 PM

I thought the PSU was way overkill, looking into possibly taking the 850w I have now with me now that I think more about it, but I am considering keeping one of my 9800gtx cards for use as a physics processing card. Thoughts on this?

And why would the z68 be overkill?
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May 13, 2011 6:31:34 PM

vonericsen said:
I am considering keeping one of my 9800gtx cards for use as a physics processing card. Thoughts on this?


Sure... It will work, but I would question if you really need it. The GTX 570 and HD 69x0 cards both do well on their own. Maybe hold off on adding a dedicated phisics card until you get a little usage / benchmarks from your system and show it is needed. Powering the 9800GTX would require an additional PCIe molex, larger PSU, and generate more heat.

vonericsen said:
And why would the z68 be overkill?

Not sure you have solid state drives to take advantage of the caching, but it really isn't cost effective for minimal gains. Also, Lucid Vitru has the "cool factor", but reviews have the Virtu sotware not always choosing the correct GPU to use. On top of that, power draw is increased. IMHO, if you are going to spend $300+ on a GPU, then use it. It is, however, your choice and you have to be happy with it.

This review contains the GTX 580 and GTX 570 cards => http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2011/05/1...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-z68-express-s...
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May 13, 2011 7:23:39 PM

Thanks for those links. Very helpful. I'll go with a P67 instead since I don't want to deal with it choosing the wrong GPU.

I don't have a solid state drive, but have considered getting a 64Gb sata 3 ssd to install Windows on just for a little faster speed and quick boot up.

Thanks for the replies. I think I know exactly what I want at this point, but I am still open to more opinions if you have them :) 
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May 23, 2011 1:26:13 AM

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