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First Budget Gamer Build - How's it look?

Approximate Purchase Date: 6/15/11 - 6/30/11 (when I get laid off, thank you state of MN)

Budget Range: ~$1000 +/- 150

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, *AutoCAD, Finite Elements* (material behavior modeling), Watching movies, surfing net
*In a year or two

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (if someone can point me to a guide how to transfer Win7 (upgraded) without original disk, would be appreciated)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Antec, other quality stuff that will not crap out on me

Overclocking: Yes~9 months from now

SLI or Crossfire: Yes~9+ months from now

Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900

Additional Comments: Fairly future-proof would be nice, with easy upgrades to add life when it slows down

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Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case getting from a friend for cheap

Mobo: MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) LGA 1155 Already purchased (got good deal)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Already purchased (got good deal)

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 Maybe a little overkill, but later can SLI as price hopefully drops

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 hopefully leaves enough headroom for SLI and some minor OCing later

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (may drop to 4GB to save money)

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.0Gb/s bc I've read for HDD 6.0 doesn't make much of a difference unless you have high RPM's

Media Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner would like Blu-ray, but skiming here for now

So, how's it look folks? Any sudgestions or needed major revisions?
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  1. Best answer
    1600*900 and a GTX570? Even the single card will last you a (too) long while.
    IMO save the money and drop to a GTX560Ti (or HD6950), should handle 16*9 with ease.

    4GB is advised also as P67 is dual channel. If you're a heavy multitasker, a slower 8GB kit would work better also.

    Other than that, perhaps this Antec 900W for the sake of an extra 150W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371050

    For win7, you should be able to get an iso of the appropriate version and have it work, as long as you have the matching key of course.
  2. Ok, will drop to 4GB for now then. I like the Antec PSU idea a lot.
    Maybe stupid question, and don't remember my physics II enough, but the card needs a min of 30A on +12v rail, in SLI, is that doubled, because the PSU only provides 52A? (looking at GTX560Ti)

    Thanks
  3. 750w is fine for dual gtx560ti or hd6950's, but a little light for dual 570's. Its not that the power supply couldnt do it, it absolutely could, but IMO its more % load on the psu than you want.
    I second the graphics cards recommendation not so much because the gtx 570 is overkill, but because the 560ti and 6950 are a better value (based on current prices), and more than sufficient for your resolution. I would recommend one of these 3:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130634
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161368&cm_re=hd6950-_-14-161-368-_-Product

    Check out this 750tx v2+ spinpoint (and yes 3gb/s is fine) combo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.668399

    Agreed with the ram, you want 4gb or 8gb. The corsair vengeance has tall heatsinks which can interfere with aftermarket CPU coolers.

    edit: i forgot the spinpoint was on sale. id go for this combo instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.669043
  4. doublepedaldylan said:
    Ok, will drop to 4GB for now then. I like the Antec PSU idea a lot.
    Maybe stupid question, and don't remember my physics II enough, but the card needs a min of 30A on +12v rail, in SLI, is that doubled, because the PSU only provides 52A? (looking at GTX560Ti)

    Thanks

    The "30A" the 560Ti requires is the "smarter" version of PSU recommendations for the whole system, so you don't double it for SLI.
    The max power draw of a 560 is ~210W, so multiply that by 2 (realistically ~1.9 as SLI rarely stress both cards), add ~150W for a OCed 2500K then 50W for everything else and you get 620W for your proposed rig on full CPU+GPU burn, in which the TX750 would gladly handle.
  5. Seems like the consensus here is the GTX570 is really better than I need (as I will SLI later in the build's life). If I drop down to a 560ti, or the 6950 which would give better performance for the money.

    I see Tom's rates just the 6950 just above 560Ti (and I've also read that if you get the 2Gb 6950 you can flash it with the 6970's bios).
    Thoughts?

    Edit: Turns out you really can't flash 6950 bios anymore...
  6. Best answer selected by doublepedaldylan.
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