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June 5, 2011 9:01:35 PM

First off thanks for taking the time to help me out. I posted last week, but suddenly took ill and couldn't keep up with my post. So here we go again...I've tweeked a few things.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week.


Budget Range: 700-850$


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, gaming, websurfing, music, videos, lots of muli-tasking with two monitors


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences:Intel. other than that none.

Overclocking: Yes. But not right away. After a while i will get around to it.


SLI or Crossfire: No.


Monitor Resolution:1600x1200-using multiple monitors


Additional Comment:Will mostly be running mmo's: Rift, SWTOR, shogun 2, LOTRO etc. No really high graphic games. I do like to to multi-task while gaming with two monitors, and would love not to see a drop off in FR. I have no intention in ever using SLI, but i might over clock at some point.


CPU-Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
GPU-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ram-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

779$

1st question- Should i only get 4g instead of 8 and use that saved to upgrade something else...for example the 2500k?
2nd-is 600W enough for this build? i honestly wasn't sure on this as my last build had a hefty 850

I would love to run my games on high/very high and would be willing to pay up to 850-900 if my original build is lacking.

Thanks!!

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June 5, 2011 9:06:51 PM

For that price you should be able to include the i5-2500k (which is needed if you want to overclock) and 8 gb of RAM. The speed and amount of RAM does not affect your processor or how much you can overclock it.

If you don't ever plan to SLi a 500W system is more than sufficient for most setups.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Much better PSU. The Corsair CX series are horrible and Corsair is overpriced in general.
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June 5, 2011 9:08:49 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. yea i was kinda skeptical on that psu from the go, but honestly wasn't sure what range of power i was looking for. so 550W is more than enough if i go with the 2500k over clocked at some point? if so that will shave a few bucks off.
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June 5, 2011 9:32:08 PM

Yes but you won't be able to use certain video cards such as the GTX 590 (which costs as much as this system).
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June 5, 2011 9:38:11 PM
June 5, 2011 9:40:04 PM

Good thing the CX series isn't rated 80 plus and therefore has no reference point of efficiency...
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June 5, 2011 9:43:28 PM

It is 80+ certified.
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June 5, 2011 10:00:11 PM

No it's not 80+.

That's a great combo; well worth it.
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June 5, 2011 10:05:04 PM

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply



Someone had mentioned that combo before, I couldn't seem to find it quick. It's decent, go ahead and get it.
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June 5, 2011 10:07:30 PM

i agree.

one last question. should i stick with the 560 ti? if so, is there one that i should choose over the others...such as the msi vs evga etc...
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June 5, 2011 10:12:19 PM

Brand doesn't really matter except for charging you extra for a fancy cooler and a factory overclock. The V2 are 80+ but it's still their bottom of the barrel (from a mediocre company in the first place).
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June 5, 2011 10:21:45 PM

They're a mediocre company that uses OEMs from SS and CWT; just like every other other mediocre PSU company.

If they're the same price and you're only using a single GPU then go with nvidia for better drivers.
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June 5, 2011 10:36:23 PM

thanks for all your help guys. i'm pulling the trigger.
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June 5, 2011 10:37:29 PM

Best answer selected by mpstrevels.
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