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May 19, 2011 5:19:54 PM

My idea is to make a gaming rig that will perform at the top right now, and make it upgradeable so that in a year or two I can add more ram, and a 2nd GPU to increase performance, so I have put together a list of parts that would be good for SLI of the two GPU's as well as using only 2 of the 4 memory slots.

The processor used will be a 2600k and I will also have a 120GB flash drive that I am getting on the cheap from the Intel retail edge program, as for the display/s speakers, optical drive, keyboard, mouse, I will be using ones I already have.

I am interested if there might be better parts for a similar price of the part I have, or if I have overlooked anything!

Thanks in advanced!



COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
$154

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$159

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$479

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active ...
$169

CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1600C7
x2 for $110

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$11.98

ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa 120mm Long life CPU Cooler
$44.99

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 19, 2011 6:35:24 PM

Pretty close to what I'm using at the moment, and I'll tell you that it performs great. It's a real nice balance of components. All of the prices seem a little high to be honest though. I'm in Canada and could grab that case for $120-20 rebate, RAM for $80 etc... Maybe there are some bundle deals or other options on newegg.

Anyhow, what I've got:
i5 2500k
ASRock P67 Extreme4
4gb Viper 2000mhz
EVGA GTX 580
SilentPro 850w
CM Hyper 212+

What I'd change if I were you:

a) For $169 I'd change your PSU. I've run SLI 580s on my 750w Corsair AX one even, and I definitely prefer the Corsair AX to the Silent Pro (I currently use both).

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

b) Also I'd personally by tempted by SLI 560s if I was building new again. I used 2 in my one system before, but got a huge deal on some 580s so I switched it all up...
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May 20, 2011 12:34:31 AM

You sure that works on a 750w psu?

When I looked at the power consumption under load for the 580, two of them consume 738 watts.
Then you add in 95 watts for the 2600k and your already over the 750w PSU, not to mention the power consumption for the other devices.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 20, 2011 8:30:43 AM

The 580s consume a max of 244w according to the nVidia website: http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-580-us...

Check this out:
http://www.anandtech.com/Show/Index/4011?cPage=2&all=Fa...

or this:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-sli-revie...

That figure of 738w is definitely the entire system, and most likely measured at the wall. And at 85% efficiency for example, 738w draw from the wall is only 627w on the power supply anyway.

The only time you'll need a bigger PSU than the AX750 is if you're running 3-4 of those 580s... plus with one of those Corsair units you'll get 7 years of warranty and save a little on power.
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May 22, 2011 4:32:46 AM

Thanks for the links, the one I looked at must have been total power consumption, not just the GPU.

Why do you preffer the corsair over the coolermaster (aside from price)?
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May 22, 2011 8:12:24 AM

They simply sell higher quality PSU's with japanese transistors instead of cheap parts that'll only last a couple of years. Coolermaster, as far as I know, don't use japanese transistors.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 24, 2011 8:19:51 PM

Corsair and Seasonic PSUs are the best that you can get really (in my opinion). My AX-750 has a 7 year warranty, fully modular cables (even the 20+4 pin cable), and is 80+ Gold rated for efficiency. My SilentPro has been good to me (other than not quite fitting right in my Lian Li case), but I have had some other Coolermaster PSUs die on me.

Basically the CM PSU will be less efficient, have 2 years less warranty, and has mostly modular cables. It also isn't nearly as fun and exciting.
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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
May 24, 2011 8:59:08 PM

Fully modular cables are no big deal. Because every motherboard needs a 24 pin main power cable and a 4/8 pin CPU power cable, you lose nothing by having them fixed.

And I agree. At the upper end, Corsair is much better than CoolerMaster.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 24, 2011 9:07:58 PM

Jsc has never voided a warranty by sleeving his PSU cables...

It's also much handier if your PSU goes bad and you need to swap it out.

And you don't have any extra 4/8 pin cables hanging around.
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May 25, 2011 10:16:27 PM

Best answer selected by CriscoCube.
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