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June 19, 2011 6:14:14 PM

Hey all,

This is gonna be my first posting on Tom's hardware, but I must admit I've been using the reviews and articles on here for a long time. Figured since those were so great, the community must be pretty BA on here as well!


CPU: i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V LGA 1155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GTX 560 Ti (x1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Cooler MAster HAF 932 Full Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: Asus 24X DVD burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 7200 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in July, 2011

Budget Range: $1200 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, graphics design (Cinema 4D), surfing the internet, multimedia

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, CPU cooler

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, anything else no real brand loyalties

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (SLI)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm eventually going to run the 560 Ti or whatever GPU I get in SLI, once budget allows.

EDIT: changed power supply and HDD choices as suggested by genghiskron


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June 19, 2011 6:38:04 PM

looks pretty good. do you intend to overclock or eventually run dual gtx 560 ti's in SLI? If so, then you have made an appropriate choice for PSU wattage and MOBO.
the mobo comes in a combo (there are also others to consider if you are interested, but i see nothing wrong with this one):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The HAF 922 is cheaper and smaller than the 932 but is still PLENTY large and an excellent case.

People here arent really in love with CM PSU's. They make all sorts of great other stuff, but the trusted PSU brands are generally seasonic, xfx, antec, and corsair. Im going to steer you towards this combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
perhaps the most frequently recommended HDD and 750w PSU at a great price
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June 19, 2011 7:06:37 PM

obsidian86 said:
I'd stay away from that coolermaster gx power supplies they are crap

look for antec,corsair,seasonic,silverstone,enermax line

could you please fill out this form and edit your post

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261222-13-build-adv...


Done, hopefully it's up to snuff! Thanks for that link, that certainly does add some method to the madness... I didn't know about Cooler Master's PSU's not being that good, thanks for the info!

genghiskron said:
looks pretty good. do you intend to overclock or eventually run dual gtx 560 ti's in SLI? If so, then you have made an appropriate choice for PSU wattage and MOBO.
the mobo comes in a combo (there are also others to consider if you are interested, but i see nothing wrong with this one):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The HAF 922 is cheaper and small than the 932 but is still PLENTY large and an excellent case.

People here arent really in love with CM PSU's. They make all sorts of great other stuff, but the trusted PSU brands are generally seasonic, xfx, antec, and corsair. Im going to steer you towards this combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
perhaps the most frequently recommended HDD and 750w PSU at a great price


I've been debating about that actually, between the midsize and full tower case.... Besides maybe an SSD drive and a second card for SLI, I'm not planning on adding anything crazy (as of now) in the near future, so maybe the mid tower would suit me better? I added your combo in, that does look like a pretty solid deal.

Thanks guys!

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June 19, 2011 7:19:33 PM

sli 560 ti's wont even tickle the warm side of 500 watts at max during gaming even overclocked

benching might draw a bit more but 700 watts will be perfectly safe even with 570's
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June 19, 2011 7:22:15 PM

Good lord! I didn't know that, I was going off newegg's PSU calculator which said I'd need something like 720W...

Any comments on the HAF 922 vs 932? I'm beginning to think the extra space may be overkill, so that'd be about 50 bucks off the total there.
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June 19, 2011 7:27:55 PM

all calculators over estimate power draw even graphics vendors inflate power requirements mostly to compensate for the below par psu's out there

the 922 and 932 are not much size difference the 922 could qualify as a full tower but i dont see you needing more then the 922 unless you gonna be cramming 13" graphics cards and 10ft of water cooling and accessories in there
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June 19, 2011 8:20:44 PM

Looks like it'll be a midsize tower then! The 922 looks like a pretty solid case as far as that goes, any others that might be worth a look?
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June 19, 2011 9:31:43 PM



I really like the look of that CM 690, the Nvidia Edition looks really sharp... right, so cases it seems I'll be fine with a mid tower, I'll probably go with the Corsair power supply as well. Now the mobo I have selected... there seems to be a few options in the P8P67 series, any reason I should upgrade to either the Pro or Deluxe?
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June 19, 2011 11:53:53 PM

well the p8z68-v is not the same as the p8p67. the p8p67 has x16/x4 lanes and the p8z68, p8p67 pro and deluxe have superior x8/x8 pci-e lanes. The p8p67 pro is probably the best option from asus, imo, because it has all the features you really need.

personally id go with an asrock extreme4 or gigabyte z68x-ud3p. on paper the pro is a great board but it seems like its had more than average problems in the field. i personally have an msi p67a gd65. i got it because it was the first b3 board available but ive had zero problems. its probably overpriced considering it offers nothing over the competition.
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June 28, 2011 12:02:39 AM

Best answer selected by mustangman442002.
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