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June 26, 2011 5:00:44 PM

Hey guys, I'm finalizing a gaming PC build and could use a bit of advice. This is what I've got so far:

Case: Cooler Master 922

Processor: Intel i5-2500k

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3

Graphics Cards: (2x) EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Mother Board: MSI P67A Intel P67 1155

Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866 (PC3 14900)

Solid State Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB

Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Heat Sink: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm

DVD Drive: ASUS DRW






Now there are a few things I have left to decide on:

First, I opted for the 1866 (PC3 14900) memory as opposed to 1600 and PC3 12800 memory, will this be noticeably better or just the same or possibly worse?
This is what I have chosen:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
How does it compare to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

they are virtually the same price, which one should I get and why?



Also, related to that, the mobo I have selected (MSI P67A Intel P67 1155, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) doesn't say that it is compatible with 1866 memory, only 1066/1333/1600*/2133*(OC) memory. Will this be an issue? will I have to chose a different mobo if I decide to go with the 1866 memory?

Thanks in advance for the replies
June 26, 2011 5:12:28 PM

that ram is great value, the one you have listed the 1866Mhz is currently on sale from $95 to $79 (cheaper than most 1600Mhz ram of similar spec!).

as for the PSU i'd go for this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its on sale, is more efficient than the one listed, and will give the same great performance.
June 27, 2011 6:01:04 AM

The build looks great, you might want to consider these :
Motherboard : $130- Gigabyte GA Z68A ( its good and support sli/crossfire at 8x/8x and also memory frequency 1866)

SSD : I found it sold out. You can consider OCZ Agility 3 120GB

RAM : Go with the cheaper one.There's hardly a difference.

Graphic Card : You may want to consider 2X HIS Radeon 6950 2GB they also offer incredible performance. Both 560Ti and 6950 perform admirably though.
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June 27, 2011 5:46:23 PM

Did I miss something or did u not mention what resolution u will be gaming at and if its a multi-monitor setup.

Do u really need 2X 560Tis?
I 'd go with a HD 6950 2GB better performance at high resolutions.
also CF 6950s scale better.
June 27, 2011 6:02:35 PM

^+1 to that guy.
June 27, 2011 6:09:31 PM

Sorry I forgot to mention that.

I will have a one monitor set up, with a resolution of 1680 x 1050

All advice is gratefully accepted
June 27, 2011 6:12:32 PM

For the sandy bridge cpu's ram specs are largely unimportant.
The integrated ram controller can keep the cpu fed with data from any speed ram. 1866 ram will buy you nothing except better synthetic benchmarks.
The difference in FPS or real application performance will be undetectable(1-3%)
I think either of the 1600 sticks will be OK, but to be certain, go to the g.skil web site, and access their configurator. Enter your motherboard, and you will get a list of compatible ram kits. If you should ever have a problem, you want support for the ram.
No need to pay extra for faster ram, better timings, or fancy heat sinks. Any DDR3 1.5v 1600 ram is probably best.

Any 120gb ssd will be OK, they really will all perform well for you.
Performance differences using synthetic sequential benchmarks and iops mean little, and are used for marketingdifferentiation.
Normal desktop usage is mostly small random reads and writes at low queue levels. All modern ssd's will do that about as well.

Look at the Intel 320 series 120gb ssd's.
Intel has a better track record of returns:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/810-6/components-ret...
June 27, 2011 6:24:55 PM

BenTheMagnifice said:
Sorry I forgot to mention that.

I will have a one monitor set up, with a resolution of 1680 x 1050

All advice is gratefully accepted


I don't remember what GPU was best at that resolution in the latest Tom's Hardware GPU tests, but I'm ~fairly~ confident it wasn't the GTX 560Ti. You could save a decent sum of money if you get a better GPU for that resolution. Unless you plan on getting better monitors, I wouldn't go with the 560s. I'll try to find the benchmark review Tom's did...
June 27, 2011 7:34:25 PM

Thanks for all the feed back guys!

Essentially what I want is the best possible computer for $1500. I don't really care how I get there, as long as I am there in the end. This computer will be primarily used for gaming and then for modeling/schoolwork. I am using that monitor because I have it now, but I may upgrade to a full HD model sometime in the future, so it wouldn't hurt to keep that option open. I don't have all that much knowledge about computer components, so I am kinda relying on you guys to help me decide.

I really don't know whether I need 2x GTX 560ti's or 1x HD 6950 2GB, because I don't really know the difference :) 
June 27, 2011 7:35:15 PM

for 1680 X 1050 go with a single 560Ti or HD 6950

My personal choice would be the 6950 2GB because of its value and better performance at higher resolutions incase u were to upgrade ur monitor.
June 27, 2011 8:24:36 PM

Yeah, 1680x1050 isn't that demanding for these higher end cards. As you can see in this roundup, you can get great performance at that resolution for about half the price.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

The 560Ti performs better than the 6950 (1GB or 2GB) at resolutions lower than 1920x1080, but the 6950 bests it at and beyond that.

For $1000, you should be able to get most of the major hardware, and $100-200 will get you some extras (like a SSD). $200-300 is enough to get a great 1920x1080 monitor, and as a student, having a secondary monitor (the 1680x1050) will be beneficial. I actually have 4 monitors (one 1920x1080 strictly for games and 3x 1600x900 for work) and they are insanely productive.
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