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July 23, 2011 11:42:26 PM

I am building a computer and would like help and your opinion in picking parts and evaluate what I have already picked out that maybe cheaper or perform better I would appreciate it.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 months or sooner

Budget Range: $1500 After Rebates (although I only want to spend the money if the performance is worth it and is going to be used)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel i5 2500k

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (1920x1080 in the future)

Additional Comments: I plan on buying everything except the graphic card(s). I will continue to use my gtx 260 for a few more months until I have enough saved up for one or two more graphic cards. Right now I am unsure as to which company to go with for the graphic card(s). I want to be able to build a computer that will play games on max settings for the next few years. I do not have a case, power supply, or heat sink picked out either. I'm not sure on those because I want to get the best performance for my money. Here is what I have picked out so far



CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

MOBO: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD: 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 24, 2011 1:43:45 AM

Since you don't need graphic cards your budget is looking pretty nice. You can get some pretty good hardware with that amount of cash so if you don't like what I've selected, feel free to switch some things around. I did however keep your OS thinking that you might actually need it. If you don't need it for XP compatibly, ditch it and go with Home Premium.

For your graphic cards, you should look into what MSI and ASUS have to offer. They have really nice OC'ed cards with great cooling. You can find higher OC's with Gigabyte SOC cards but they have a reputation of being unstable. However, some people don't experience any problems and you can always return the card for a new one if it does fail.

Grand Total: $1,458.45

Case: SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT01-BW [:bohleyk:1]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

HSF: Thermaltake Frio OCK Universal [:bohleyk:3]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (7-7-7-18) [:bohleyk:1]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 6.0GB/s 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optic: Sony Blu-Ray Burner 12x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 24, 2011 7:28:04 AM

If you do decide to jump the gun...this build including that monitor and o/s fit into your budget and will allow you to max every game out there atm.

Here's a case that has front 3.0 USB ports and a 2.5" SSD cage. This build includes a 60GB SATA 3 SSD for your o/s, dual factory o/c gtx 560's in SLI, 1866hz RAM, etc...

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.31 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

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... $259.98 save: $35.00 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $459.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $439.98
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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $254.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

Total: $1,273.71 *not including shipping and mail in rebates

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 - $134.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68xp-ud3-dz68db,29... <------ review of that Gigabyte motherboard

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- CM Storm Enforcer w/pics, specs, and professional reviews
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July 25, 2011 1:36:26 AM

A couple different questions that come to mind. As far as cases go the price difference between the two cases is over a 100 dollars and is one case better for gaming than the other? I am concerned with having everything spaced out enough and air flow. Is one case going to provide that better than the other? Also I am going to be building this computer to last the next few years so would it be a good idea to use beefier graphic cards? Also is 750w enough for the power supply? I have read that it would be better to get 850w power supply just to make sure you are getting enough power. I looked on the site for some charts, but was not able to find anything. Thanks for the help
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July 25, 2011 2:53:51 AM

jag07a said:
A couple different questions that come to mind. As far as cases go the price difference between the two cases is over a 100 dollars and is one case better for gaming than the other? I am concerned with having everything spaced out enough and air flow. Is one case going to provide that better than the other? Also I am going to be building this computer to last the next few years so would it be a good idea to use beefier graphic cards? Also is 750w enough for the power supply? I have read that it would be better to get 850w power supply just to make sure you are getting enough power. I looked on the site for some charts, but was not able to find anything. Thanks for the help

dual 560's = 750w psu

dual 570's = 850w psu

dual 580's = 900+w psu

As far as those cases...both are good ones, that case I posted has the 3.0 usb ports and SSD cage....but neither one of those cases provide side cooling (fans blowing on the vid cards), which isn't good.

For a quality dual card case with excellent cooling / airflow that won't break the bank...it's the CM HAF 922 hands down. That case is big and has it all...except the 3.0 usb ports. But that's an easy fix.

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <------ Amazon as that case for $90 and newegg has it for $100. Check out the fans it comes with, and the fans you can add to it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----and presto...there's your 3.0 usb ports. Fits right on the front of that case..h/d bay and it's matching black. :) 
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July 25, 2011 8:53:36 PM

The case looks great and now the only thing I am torn on is graphic cards. The more I look at benchmarks the more confused I get since the results tend to vary from each test. I was starting to lean towards getting a gtx 570 and later down the road pick up a second, but then thought about getting three gtx 560's and then started thinking about getting 2 or 3 radeon 6950's. Does anyone have some pro's and con's that could help me out?
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July 25, 2011 9:00:46 PM

jag07a said:
The case looks great and now the only thing I am torn on is graphic cards. The more I look at benchmarks the more confused I get since the results tend to vary from each test. I was starting to lean towards getting a gtx 570 and later down the road pick up a second, but then thought about getting three gtx 560's and then started thinking about getting 2 or 3 radeon 6950's. Does anyone have some pro's and con's that could help me out?

Anything more than dual cards with a single monitor is a total waste imo. It's right up there with water cooling...a lot of money with little return.

Two of those Asus 560's will max out any game out there and then some not to mention you can clock them up even higher along with your cpu. But a 570 now and one later is also a good option. You can't go wrong either way.
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