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May 17, 2011 3:37:37 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: September, but would like to have parts figured out by then, does not have to be the latest releases so whatever is available and good atm should work fine.

Budget Range: $2000 max but would be better to stay closer to $1000 which should be pretty easy.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video games - a lot of EverQuest/World of Warcraft type stuff but also new FPS now and again.

Parts Not Required: Monitors, mouse, keyboard, speakers for sure. Sound card, Case, Power supply probably won't need upgrade either.
Current sound card - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional 70SB088600002 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Current case - Lian Li pc-v2100 (not sure on exact model but it doesn't have fan on the side as some of these do)
http://www.pc-upgrade.com/filerepository/v2100blk.jpg
Current power supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com but doesn't really matter

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Always had ASUS motherboards and Corsair memory would probably like to stay with these two, but can switch if other brands are def. better :) 

Overclocking: Maybe, but not too much

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, never tried this before, but would like to get two nvidia cards in this set up

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200

Additional Comments: Sound level does not matter to me much as right now my pc sounds like a vacuum cleaner lol (mainly due to scythe fans which I should probably replace, there are two 120mm fans in the case - front bottom and top back - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), but might be a nice change to go more quit heh.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 - from http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended..., can be something else of course.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE - Just got it from http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended..., not really set on this particular model at all, but would like something fairly good, ok with paying around $250 for MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) maybe two of these for 16gig total? noticeable difference for gaming between 8 and 16?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
would ones with lower latency be much better? like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Open to suggestions. In general would like to have 500ish gig HDD available just for windows drive, 1TB for game drive, and maybe 2TB for data storage, will likely get more than this but need at least 3 drive suggestions. First and second could be both 1TB in size, just don't really need that much for a drive that will host only system and programs.

Video Card: Would like to run two Nvidia cards in SLI.
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti x2 in SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are quite a few 560s so open to other models.

Sound card, case, and power supply are mentioned above. If you think some of those should be replaced to work better with this set up please comment.

Thanks for the input!
May 17, 2011 4:32:50 PM

Starting off with the processor; right now very few games can take advantage or more then 3 threads. So unless you are going to be adding some video/audio editing or other heavy multi-threaded work you should stay with the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K. I am not familiar enough with the chassis you have to say that the HSF won’t hit anything on the case but since you have you should know. Check this tool to make sure the power supply is enough for both cards http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp . After that everything looks good.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 17, 2011 4:59:07 PM

If you are intent on SLI, you may want to look at this as an option...NF200 will allow for 16 lanes for each GPU, although this board does not have PCI slots so it will limit your usage of legacy devices.
EVGA cards are generally bulletproof (and then there is that lifetime warranty, just in case) but two GTX570 or above would be taxing your current PSU, so you might want to look for something in the 1000W range -from any of the usual suspects.
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May 17, 2011 5:02:51 PM

Cool thanks! Ilk look into different psu. As far as case size i think it should fit pretty much anything size it fairly huge lol, has about 15 hdd slots alone and i currently have a similar cpu heatsink on my q6600 with 120mm fan with no issues.
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May 17, 2011 5:25:32 PM

Used that watt utility. With i5 cpu and 2 560 cards adds up to about 640watts. So perhaps 750w psu should be still good. Also in that was 4 hdds, sound card etc.
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May 17, 2011 10:01:51 PM

This is the HSF I have currently in the case on Q6600 http://www.crazypc.com/products/ultra-120_extreme-50983... fit fine with tons of room to spare.
Just got home here are the dimensions of the case outside - H 22" x L 24" x W 8"

But coming back to HSF I have down so far is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... good for 2500k or is there something much better. I see quite a few on newegg that fit the same socket but hard to say just from pictures why some cost 30-40 bucks more and itf there's point to that.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Looks like an interesting MB as well. PCI support is not needed as I do not have any of those cards anymore, the soundcard I use is pci-e and that is the only thing aside from video cards that will be there.

Any thought on the ram I selected? Would I benefit from having 16gigs for gaming much or 8 would pretty much be enough?



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May 18, 2011 3:13:55 AM

for ur cpu cooler go hyper 212 plus cpu cooler it is better than that one- 29.51$ on amazon. hard drive- samsung spinpoint f3 1tb 60$ on amazon. the asrock motherboards are very good. i think asus owns them go with the asrock p67 extreme6 for 210$ on newegg or the extreme4 for 160$. i have the extreme 4 and love it so easy to oc my 2500k to 4.5 ghz with the mobo. also look into the 6950 1gb and putting it in cf it will give you better framerates for the same price- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... you might want to get the other at amazon because it is only 1 rebate per person on both sites. and stay with 8gb the hardest to play games dont even use 4 and you wont see a performance boost. get a 40gb intel ssd for your os- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . the rest looks good
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May 18, 2011 3:14:52 AM

the tx 750 is enough for those 2 cards
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May 18, 2011 1:15:02 PM

Thanks! Will look at all those
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