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June 20, 2011 9:42:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Summer 2011


Budget Range: ~$1,400


System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1. Gaming
2. Research - Mostly signal analysis (Filtering/Running FFT's/basically working with long time series). Being able to run routines on software packages like EEGLAB, AFNI and Freesurfer in a reasonable timeframe would be nice as well.


Parts Not Required: OS/mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and microcenter (in-store)


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: NVIDIA graphics card for CUDA


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Would prefer a low-key case like the Antec 300.


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This is what I've come up with so far, any help would be appreciated!

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$169.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.45

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$354.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$84.99

LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$7.99

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$189.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20.99

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$179.99

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$59.99

Total:
$1,338.35
June 20, 2011 9:47:12 PM

That looks purty. My only thoughts are to get a larger psu if you every want to sli in the future, and, if your budget can take it, I'd look for some 1.5v cas 7 ram.
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June 20, 2011 10:32:35 PM

Yeah if you going to OC as well the psu might need to be bigger than 550. the GTX570 requires atleast a 550.
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June 21, 2011 3:16:51 AM

i just bought a 570 and had a 550 watt supply and it was kicking it off just had to upgrade to a 850 watt kingwin razer,also would spend the extra 100 bucks for the 17 2600k its worth it all new games are using the cpu as much as the vid card.
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June 21, 2011 3:50:02 AM

do those programs need more than 4 cores?
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June 21, 2011 3:08:14 PM

Thanks for the feedback!, would 650 watts be enough? In the future, I'd rather just upgrade to a better single card then SLI.

CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99

More cores help to an extent but I think gpu acceleration (CUDA) is where the field is headed.

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June 21, 2011 4:18:08 PM

I'm not sure why he's advocating the i7.

Anyway, that psu is fine, but if you're not looking to sli, it's a bit much. You could save yourself some money and get the non-sli version. The main difference is the lower number of PCIe connectors, and possibly a few liberties taken with internal parts.
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July 5, 2011 9:42:00 PM

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