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July 18, 2011 7:58:20 PM
July 18, 2011 8:12:05 PM

i7 is not worth getting for playing games. the i5-2500k sandy bridge is as good as the i7 AND is much cheaper. You can always overclock to 4.4 gHz or so.

Your GPU's are great. Really nice cards.
Case looks decent, a little steep on that price, but it has nice features and good rating.
1200w for a power supply? Are you serious? :p  That is nearly twice as much as you need. I would recommend maybe 800w or 850w. You would really only need 650w, but those give you more wiggle room.
Good SSD, you could get a less spacious one solely for the OS and some APPS like Adobe or ones that take long usually.
Good RAM.
The CPU cooler is REALLY expensive. I would recommend getting the i5-2500k, overclocking and getting a cheaper fan, or just getting a water cooler.
For that MOBO, and your gaming system, I would try and find a mobo that has dual x16 PCIe slots. Not x8 x8.

Your system is overkill for BF3 and BFBC2. If you want, with the extra money by buying better fit hardware you could even get a single GTX 580 if you wanted to. That is better than SLI 560 ti.
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July 18, 2011 8:19:35 PM

I figured the PS was overkill heh....I'll switch out the PS in my cart...

Interesting about the i7 versus the i5. I like the idea of just overclocking up an i5...I'll swap that out too. I am not too concerned with price on the cpu cooler. I do want to stay SLI maybe with the money I save on the CPU I will get an LCD :D 

Is the 580 a huge jump over dual 560s?
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July 18, 2011 9:01:12 PM

For gaming right now there are very few games support any more than 3 threads; because of this the value of the 4 extra threads that you get on the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K is worth very little. So then it comes down to 100MHz for the $100 price difference between the Intel Core i7-2600K and the Intel Core i5-2500K. So for a gamer it isn’t hard to find something else that I might get better performance with that $100.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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July 18, 2011 9:15:37 PM

The dual 560s usually are better performing, but there is always that lingering fear of SLIs burning out or overheating, etc. Which usually isn't a problem.

People say it is better to go ahead and get a single high-end card which is more liable and you can SLI THAT later on. But I would go with the 560s if you want to :)  I think it all depends on space and cooling.
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July 19, 2011 6:47:49 AM
July 19, 2011 7:28:02 PM
July 20, 2011 2:42:41 AM

Yes fan of performance just not a fan of AMD Radeons.

I see you point about the mobo, I might actually instead look at the ASUS board that is the equivalent to this model, I want a board I can overclock.

As for the PSU I do prefer a modular one (I don't think that was a modular one I posted)....and I thought i needed closer to 850 due to the SLI.
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July 20, 2011 3:47:08 AM

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Yes fan of performance just not a fan of AMD Radeons.

I see you point about the mobo, I might actually instead look at the ASUS board that is the equivalent to this model, I want a board I can overclock.

As for the PSU I do prefer a modular one (I don't think that was a modular one I posted)....and I thought i needed closer to 850 due to the SLI.

what do you not like about amd radeons? i own a gtx 560 ti myself. i dont hate nvidia. with your budget you can afford 2 6950's which scale a lot better than 560 ti's and even 6970's.

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I want a board I can overclock.

-technology is different these days you dont need a 300$ 250$ or even a 200$ mobo to hit 5ghz with a 2500k. with that said scale back on the motherboard look for a qaulity board around 180$. you get a lot for that money

for 560 ti sli/ 6950 cf all you need is 750w- http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-ATX12V-EPS12V-Silver-... modular and a good price
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July 20, 2011 4:23:52 PM

Maybe it's more about the fact that I have always owned nvidia boards. Do you have a link with the scaleable differences you speak of? I am open to seeing some facts though it's just hard to jump from nvidia's camp :D 

Is 750 enough with peripherals? I do like the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe R3 with a great deal where I buy the i5 at $180 and get $40 off any intel board so the ASUS would then cost me 190 from Microcenter.
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July 20, 2011 5:20:06 PM

all intel 1155 boards are able to run both crossfire and sli. yes 750w is enough with everything. since the only thing that takes power periferal wise is a mouse keyboard and maybe speakers. if it is in stock get the p8p67 evo. compared to the evo the deluxe is overpriced. i would look into a z68 though- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 20, 2011 5:57:45 PM

I thought the z68 features compared to a p67 were a moot point for gamers? I don't need the SSD caching and the vitru feature...I think I am going to just go with the P8P67 Deluxe R3.
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July 20, 2011 5:59:39 PM

ive read somewhere on these forums that p67's have problems with using an ssd as a boot drive whereas z68's dont
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July 20, 2011 6:00:20 PM

im telling you the evo is a way better deal
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July 20, 2011 11:21:27 PM

have to agree with mjmjpfaff, the evo or pro are better than the deluxe (better bang for buck)
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July 20, 2011 11:33:39 PM

i just look at the things on the board that would be helpful in gaming the deluxe and evo both have 2 ethernet ports you can use 2 cables at the same time and that speeds up your internet connection. both boards can oc a 2500k to 5.0 ghz both have usb 3.0..... they have a lot of the same features but the deluxe is more expensive. why spend more money than you need to. here is also another good high end board with a lot of bang for your buck- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... you dont get 40$ off at microcenter though
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July 21, 2011 1:41:55 PM

Great points mjm and shadow. I like that thinking. Just curious what is the main differences between the Pro and Deluxe. If I am doing a main boot of an ssd do I stay away from p67 and go with a z68 or with a rev 3 I should be ok?

So wait, I can bridge my internet connect with two ethernet ports?
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July 21, 2011 7:31:02 PM

Are the Hawk 560 ti better than a normal 560 ti in SLI? I am nervous because I hear that they are extremely noisy when you have an sli build with the Hawk cards...
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