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August 5, 2011 2:32:24 AM

Hey, how's it going?

I need some help/advice on build a i5 gaming rig.
I want to keep it below $1500 with tax.(8.75%, I live in California)

1. Is SLI/CrossfireX stable because I read stuff about how it has screen tearing and micro-stuttering.

2. I like to buy offline, like Fry's, so is there any good advantages with it?

3. What do you think about my parts?(Think you can add some value)

Motherboard:
Asus Sabertooth P67 ($205)

Processor:
Intel Core i5 2500K Boxed Processor 2nd Generation Sandy Bridge CPU ($215)

CPU Fan:
Corsair Hydro Series H60 ($60)

Video Card:
EVGA GTX 580 ($460)
or
2x EVGA GTX 560 ($420)

RAM:
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Dual Channel ($80)

Hard Drive:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ($60)

Optical Drive:
HP DVD1270I INT DVDRW ($30)

Case:
Coolermaster Storm Scout ($80)

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 CMPSU-800G 800W ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Power Supply ($120)

Addition Fans:
Cooler Master 120mm Fan ($10)

Total: Around $1435.50 (with tax)

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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2011 4:45:01 AM

^ It is a pretty good build,...

Mobo - The Sabertooth no doubt has very good warranty, so if you are mainly buying it for warranty, then its fine, else there are other good boards for nearly ~$50 cheaper which will get the job done,..

PSU - The Gaming series are good, but I would rather get the Corsair 750TXM - It is more efficient 80+ Bronze so it would offset the additional 50W, also one more main advantage is that it is modular, so less cable clutter...

GPU - I would go with 2x GTX 560s or the Ti - Check the box and see if it has 384 CUDA cores, that is the Ti and the 334 is the non-Ti,... on the website, I think there is a problem naming and the description,...
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2011 4:48:13 AM

A single GTX 580 will give you plenty of power to run today's games.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2011 1:16:49 PM

The Storm Scout doesn't have the greatest amount of graphics card clearance, so check the length of your GPUs before buying. I believe 28cm is what they state on the CMStorm website. Or change the case to something which will more easily accommodate large graphics card(s).
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a b 4 Gaming
August 5, 2011 3:48:46 PM

From somebody that runs SLI. I would get the single fastest card you can now (GTX580) then worry about SLI when games catch up to it's power. (so far Metro 2033 is the only thing to make the GTX580 even break a sweat.

I was running 2 x GTX 570's and just switched to a GTX590 because of heat issues in my uATX gaming rig (the inside card was starving for air). I run 3 x 1920x1200 in nVidia Surround.

the EVGA GTX580 cards should be 10.5"

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