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June 10, 2011 7:21:16 AM

my first build cause last one didn't work out i bought a new car instead ;)  just wanted some in put i plan on playing new star wars game the old republic when it comes out would be gaming highest resolutions and possibly overclocking thats why i added all the extra fans, i have spent alot of time researching and this is what ive come up with so far price up to 2200 ish when im done hopefully if more so be it.

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B CPU Heatsink

Arctic Silver 5 HIGH-DENSITY Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound 3.5 Gram

Silverstone FM122-B 120X120X38MM White Case Fan 800-2400RPM 21-42.2DBA 110CFM W/ Black Controller X 2 for push pull configuration

NZXT Phantom EATX Steel Computer Case 5X5.25 7X3.5/2.5 With Integrated Fan Controller - Black
extra fans to fill the case but they have to be nzxt to fit cause apparently they size them weird so only their fans fit

NZXT FN-200RB 200MM Case Fan 1300RPM 166CFM 37DBA 3PIN and 4PIN ( X2 )

NZXT FN-140RB 140MM Case Fan 1300RPM 62CFM 26DBA 3PIN and 4PIN

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

now for the things im not to sure on, i want an asus mb that can run sli
ASUS GeForce 570 GTX DirectCU II Fermi 742MHZ 1280MB 3.8 GHz GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI PCI-E Video Card which are 3 slot cards and while researching have not come across a sb build with sli asus gtx570's
ram would have to be on qvl but i am a fan of gskill and cosair but open to suggestions and while researching most people have been saying it has to be 1.5v im not sure if it will run higher or not so looking for ddr3-1600 cas 7 or 8 would be preffered
and for psu posibly
Corsair Professional Series Gold CMPSU-1200AX 1200W ATX Fully Modular 80PLUS Gold Power Supply. would that be over kill ? or would the 850 watt version be enough any thoughts would be very helpful and much appreciated

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June 10, 2011 7:35:14 AM


Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM forgot to add a hard drive very important also for ram 8 gb would be preferred and of course ill be running 64 bit os
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June 10, 2011 2:11:59 PM


Both these ASUS MB has SLI at x8x8. Both will support the triple slot ASUS GPU. there will not be a slot gap between the cards in SLi, this means the 1 GPU will have restricted air flow and will run HOTTER than the 2 GPU. there will be a small gap as the triple slot doesn't only looks to take up about 80% of the 3rd slot. I would go with a dual slot 570 (see recommendations)

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

I would go with one of these GTX 570 for SLI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

on another note, I run 570's in SLi and I wish I have just went with a single SOC GTX 580 or 6970. a lot of games don't utilize SLI/CF so you see very little performance improvement. but you get increase noise and heat. I may feel different when I set up surround gaming on my system, but for a single monitor, I would just buy the single biggest badest GPU I could afford.

Ram. I also like to only using 1.5v ram in SB builds. I suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am running EVGA 570 SC's in SLI on a Corsair HX750. I would say anything over that is overkill. that being said its always nice to build a little for the future, so I would go with a Corsair HX 850 or Seasonic/Silverstone/Antec 850w.

Good choice in HDD, but I would add an SSD.

you will be much happier spending the money on a single big GPU (580 or 6970-2gb and a big SSD



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June 10, 2011 9:11:18 PM

but for performance even 2 gtx 560 ti are beter than 1 gtx 580 right? or does that not effect games? and also if the case has high air flow will the asus 570's still get to hot they are said to stay very cool? i liked the delux board and ram both look awesome from what i have read, would the ram height conflict with the megahalems and 2 fans?
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June 11, 2011 8:42:26 AM

chevyn said:
but for performance even 2 gtx 560 ti are beter than 1 gtx 580 right? or does that not effect games? and also if the case has high air flow will the asus 570's still get to hot they are said to stay very cool? i liked the delux board and ram both look awesome from what i have read, would the ram height conflict with the megahalems and 2 fans?



yes, I 2x 560 Ti in SLi does beat a single 580 even in games.

good case airflow is a must with SLI, but there has to be a gap between the cards so that air can get to the intake of the GPU fan. if the second GPU card to right up against this intake of the first card the GPU's fan wont be moving enough air to effectively cool the GPU. I just wanted to point out that is could be a problem with the triple slotted 570's, but I also pointed out the triple slot card only fills up about 80% of the slot, so there may be enough of a gap to get air to the intake of the fan.

http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/prolimatech_megahalems...
this list the height of the heat sink above the base as 40mm. Ripjaw x's are 40mm with the thinkness of the CPU and the fact that the ram sits down in the slot a few mm's, I think you should be ok. the heatpipes are positioned away from the ram slots, which is what usually blocks the ram slot.

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