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July 21, 2011 3:19:20 PM

Hello, I've been having second thoughts about one of my computer builds and whether not to buy it. I've thought about it for a while and i still cant figure out what to do. My first build was approved by you guys but now i think i might downgrade the graphics card to a 560 ti. Im also worried the the ram wont work in the build but I probably just overlooked something. I will be buying this in about 10 days. Below are both of the builds.


Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 X 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GeForce GTX 580
http://www.evga.com/products/moreinfo.asp?pn=015-P3-158...

LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

NZXT Phantom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In this build everything is fine but like I said im having second thoughts on the higher priced graphics card.


Here is the second build.

CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB)
LITE-ON DVD Burner
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Corsair TX750 V2 Power Supply
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=02G-P3-156...

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Going to the second build i save about $150 to put into the OS and anything else. I know the psu is an overkill but there is a very high chance I will get a second card for sli down the road. And will cooling be an issue? Also what thermal paste should I use.






The summary is im leaning towards the cheaper build to save a few bucks. The 560Ti will be fine for Crysis 2 if i can play it on a $100 graphics card then i should be able to play it on the ti just fine.


Questions- What sound card should I add onto the cheaper build with a budget of about $50?
What headphones without a mic be could to use to for listening to music in high quality? I was thinking the bose AE2
And what other random *** could i add onto this :) 

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July 21, 2011 3:25:15 PM

Forget soundcard for now, onboard is way good enough these days,
you can add one later if you really wish,
headphones, no idea, I use speakers hehe
if your going to slil in the future, look up some reviews on both the 560ti (avoid the ti btw, just standard 560 if you must and tweak yourself)
and the 580, see which performs better in sli, that may influence your purchase now,
if it was me though, I'd get the 580 now and see what the future brings
Moto
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July 21, 2011 4:11:45 PM

two 560Ti's are actually better performers than ONE 580.

headphones - you could look at Astro gamers range of headphones, Tritton's AX series, Turtle beach, Sennheiser and Logitech. Astro gamer being my top recommends and the tritton being my second.


Thermal paste can be added to it,

Arctic cooling's MX - 2 or 4
Otherwise, Arctic silver AS5

apart from the cas and gpu, everything else looks the same. Go with the GTX 580 and the Corsair white. My favorite case btw :) 
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July 21, 2011 4:17:10 PM

headphones. i have tritton ax720's and they are BOSS however not as good as the bose for music listening!
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July 21, 2011 4:22:28 PM

BOSE are overpriced plastic imported from China :)  so go figure, i gave up on that brand after the 90's when they started skimping on material. Take the Acoustimass for example - i can remember how heavy sounding they were, solid sound when watching movies and listening to music. Now, they are just overpriced for the quality...better looking else where. Oh one more thing, which has the greatest priority, gaming or music?
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July 21, 2011 4:53:51 PM

**two 560Ti's are actually better performers than ONE 580*
Bearing in mind future sli plans, what are 2x 580's like compared to 2x 560ti's?
thats why I advised op to check them out and he can plan accordingly
Plus, another white case, they're breeding I tells ye :p 
Moto
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July 21, 2011 6:07:36 PM

^ +1 to moto - true thas why I also advised getting a GTX 580.

:lol:  white "case" rabbits anyone?
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July 22, 2011 3:43:15 AM

Thanks for the input i fund the white case sexy :) . But i have to see if that firs into the budget and after thinking some more ill go with the 580 which should be able to play games for at least 4-5 years. On the headphones i currently have a sony mdr-v5000
and their pretty good but the right speaker is held on with duct tape and super glue when i was somehow crushed:( . I was just at best buy a few hours ago and tried don the beats studio they were great but the $400 price tag could buy a fairly good gpu. and most of the time the headphones would be used for music with a little crysis 2.
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July 22, 2011 10:36:06 AM

mercruzyho said:
Thanks for the input i fund the white case sexy :) . But i have to see if that firs into the budget and after thinking some more ill go with the 580 which should be able to play games for at least 4-5 years. On the headphones i currently have a sony mdr-v5000
and their pretty good but the right speaker is held on with duct tape and super glue when i was somehow crushed:( . I was just at best buy a few hours ago and tried don the beats studio they were great but the $400 price tag could buy a fairly good gpu. and most of the time the headphones would be used for music with a little crysis 2.

Someone should have pointed it out to you by now, but that Asus board you have in your build is meant for a single card set up. It runs dual cards @ x4 instead of x8 (which is what you want for dual cards). For dual 580's you want a 900+w psu. For dual 560's you want a 750w psu.

***For a single 580 set up...something like this down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


***For dual 580's look for something like this down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $339.98 save: $30.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


***For dual 560's, something like this down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $169.98 save: $35.00
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... You Save: -$15.00 $444.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $424.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a... $29.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
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July 22, 2011 12:30:29 PM

Best answer selected by MercRuzyho.
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July 22, 2011 12:35:10 PM

Thanks for the info why me im surprised no one had caught the mistake on the mobo, but for now i will probably just go with on 560ti and maybe add another when the time comes. Because for me i play a game called eve online which doesnt take a whole lot of power to run. I do some crysis 2 sometimes. Theres another free fps i play more often called combat arms. while it would be nice to have the 580 I think a single 560ti for a few months is fine.
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July 22, 2011 1:37:36 PM

/Groans, yup, hands up on Mobofail lol, sorry man and ty Why_me :) 
I'm hiding behind my Intelblindness hehe, never even scoped the plate out
Moto
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July 22, 2011 4:04:14 PM

:D unno:
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July 22, 2011 11:21:26 PM

no prob motop :)  i cant see the pic :( 
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July 22, 2011 11:46:21 PM

its a *dunno* emoticon, works on other sites :/  oh well, your thread has been solved so you can move ahead with the build :D 
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