Gaming/Research Build - $1400

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: 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.

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

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

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  1. 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.
  2. Yeah if you going to OC as well the psu might need to be bigger than 550. the GTX570 requires atleast a 550.
  3. 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.
  4. do those programs need more than 4 cores?
  5. 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

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