$1800 build. torn on graphics cards

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next few weeks

Budget Range: $1800 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, photo/video editing, movies/music, normal usage

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (the better half is making me buy a 42in panasonic led-lcd when i order the pc

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: intel based build

Overclocking: yes

SLI or Crossfire: this is where im torn... so maybe?

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: none


anyway here is my build. but im torn between 2 560 ti 2gb in SLI or 580 3gb. they are pretty much the same price also if i use the 580 i would imagine i could downgrade my psu a bit

build:

case/psu combo: 329.98 - corsair 600t white/ corsair 850w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.703135

mobo: 149.99 - asrock p67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

cpu: 219.99 - intel i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

cpu cooling: 27.99 - hyper 212 plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

ram: 109.99 - g skill ripjaw 16gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429

video card:
either 589.99 - gtx 580 3gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130655
or 559.98 - 2x gtx 560 ti 2gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130683

ssd: 227.99 - crucial 128gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

hard drive: 54.99 - seagate 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

media drive: 19.99 - samsung dvd burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233

total either way is around 1800 bucks just curious about video cards. but obviously if anyone has any major changes they would recommend im all ears.
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  1. forgot to mention that i have to throw windows 7 in there. which is another 100 bucks and is what puts the total to around 1800
  2. Firstly Neat lil system you got goin, love the case....I want 1 :P. Id be tempted to go the GTX580, you save space and better cooling, specially if you uses the clear window on the side of the case instead of the grill side (some 600t case come with 2 side pannels) but also leave room for a second 580 in the future. All if your just gaming on this rig, Id say the ram is a lil over kill. IMHO! I personally (im preparing to get hammered for saying this) would ditch the SSD and go 2 High speed HDD and set them in RAID0 (WD Velociraptors or even Black caviars 7500rpm), you will get way better bang for buck, more space and performace would be same if not better. Oh dont forget ull need windows 64bit to use the over 4 gig.
  3. yeah... i was leaning towards the 16 gigs of ram mostly for photoshop/illustrator sessions. but it probably wont be necessary. ive been revising my build for an hour or so now trying to get the most bang out of the system.

    i may have figured out a way to cram two gtx 570 2.5gb into my budget
  4. -In an $1800 build, I certainly wouldn't have a MoBo w/ less than the industry standard 3 year warranty. The Asus model as full 3 year warranty for $10 more

    ASUS P8P67 PRO ($10 off w/ promo code ASUS67MB10, ends 8/24 )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771

    -In a $1000 build, I'd use the 212 but for $1800, I'd do something better like the mugen 2 or 3 ..... The mugen 2 topped the 212 by 7C.

    -16Gigs overdone for gaming. Wanna spend on RAM, get 8 GB of these. Won't see that great a change on average frame rates but I have seen min frame rates improve w/ lower CAS. For CAS 9's the Musjkin Radioactives and Corsair's are a great buy

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226201
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226219

    -The twin 560's in a heartbeat.

    But not the $260 822 Mhz model .... The EVGA 900MHz model is $40 cheaper
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

    I like the Asus one tho, I have OC'd all but one to 1000Mhz w/o touching voltage settings
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

    -Save $30 on the SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    -Double storage and increase speed for about twice the price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148506

    -$310 is a bit much for what ya getting on case / PSU combo ... great PSU but pricey

    $140 Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    $95 Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    johnnyguru says you'd have to spend twice as much to find a PSU as good as the CP-850.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=142

    As for the Case / PSU combo, read what silentpcreview,.com says about the 1200/CP-850 combo (DF-85 is upgrade of the 1200 so comments hold.)

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

    Check out the comparative performance of the 560, 570 and 580

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
    $ 220.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.44 - $ 0.51
    $ 335.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.64 - $ 0.77
    $ 450.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.73 - $ 0.94

    862 fps for $440 with the 560 900Mhz models .... 570 gets ya whopping 11 extra fps for for an extra $230. The 560 is a much more robust overclocker due to its better VR circuit. Quite a few peeps getting a bit aggressive on their over volting on the 570 have toasted them which a bit of googling will give ya the details on.
  5. thanks for the info. the 16 gigs of ram is for photoshop/illustrator sessions. so thats definately in.

    but you were able to give me the info i needed on video cards. thanks
  6. Z68, 2600K, dual factory o/c gtx 560ti's in SLI, etc...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264 $189.99
    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.703133 $289.98 $10 off w/ promo code EMCKBJB37, ends 8/24
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.718080 $544.98 - $30.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610 $249.99 - $219.99 after mail-in rebate card $249.99 FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR 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=N82E16835103065 $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429 $109.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039 $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 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 AD-7260S-0B - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 $54.99 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=N82E16820148442 $211.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

    Total: $1,799.98 *not including shipping, promo codes, and rebates
  7. you don't need to build SLI rig for that resolution...
    first... you'll spend more money on electricity bills...
    second.. multi-gpu configuration often associated with micro-stuttering problem... which gives users unpleasant experience while gaming...

    maybe you can try this build...

    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    i5 2500k - $219.99

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
    asrock p67 extreme4 gen3 - $159.99

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220558
    patriot gamer 2 series 8gb 1600mhz - $37.99 after MIR

    graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162073
    galaxy gtx 580 1.5gb arctic cooling accelero xtreme edition - $434.99 after MIR

    power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular - $99.99 after MIR

    cpu cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150
    thermaltake frio - $57.99

    casing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067
    nzxt phantom - $139.99

    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    samsung spinpoint f3 1tb - $59.99

    ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227730
    OCZ Vertex 3 V3LT-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB - $439.99

    optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    LG DVD Burner GH24NS70 - $18.99

    operating system: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    win 7 home premium 64-bit - $99.99


    total after MIR - $1769.89
  8. wtf? Am I the only one on this thread that read the OP and realizes the benefits of a 2600K paired up with a Z68 board in regards to video and photo editing?
  9. phenom90 said:
    you don't need to build SLI rig for that resolution...
    first... you'll spend more money on electricity bills...
    second.. multi-gpu configuration often associated with micro-stuttering problem... which gives users unpleasant experience while gaming...

    maybe you can try this build...

    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    i5 2500k - $219.99

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
    asrock p67 extreme4 gen3 - $159.99

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220558
    patriot gamer 2 series 8gb 1600mhz - $37.99 after MIR

    graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162073
    galaxy gtx 580 1.5gb arctic cooling accelero xtreme edition - $434.99 after MIR

    power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207016
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular - $99.99 after MIR

    cpu cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150
    thermaltake frio - $57.99

    casing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067
    nzxt phantom - $139.99

    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    samsung spinpoint f3 1tb - $59.99

    ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227730
    OCZ Vertex 3 V3LT-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB - $439.99

    optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    LG DVD Burner GH24NS70 - $18.99

    operating system: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    win 7 home premium 64-bit - $99.99

    total after MIR - $1769.89


    That board up above is meant for dual vid cards, yet you have a 750w psu that's over kill for one of those cards, yet comes up short pushing two of those cards.

    BTW they say BF3 can't be played on ultra high details with a single gtx 580 @ 1920 x 1080
  10. i'm sorry... i didn't read carefully... for here's the revised recommendation...

    cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072
    i5 2500k - $219.99

    mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157265
    asrock p67 extreme4 gen3 - $159.99

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131714R
    open box: asus p8p67 ws revolution - $199.99

    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820220558
    patriot gamer 2 series 8gb 1600mhz - $37.99 after MIR

    graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951
    2x sapphire hd 6950 2gb toxic - $539.98 after MIR

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127552
    2x msi gtx 570 1280mb - $589.98 after MIR

    psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341045
    ocz zx series 1000w fully modular - $179.99 after MIR

    ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    ocz vertex 3 120gb - $199.99 after MIR

    hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185
    samsung spinpoint f3 1tb - $59.99

    optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136236
    LG DVD Burner GH24NS70 - $18.99

    operating system: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986
    win 7 home premium 64-bit - $99.99

    casing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163173
    silverstone raven 2 evolution - $189.99

    cpu cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    coolermaster hyper 212 plus - $27.99

    push/pull fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069
    coolermaster 120mm blade master - $9.99

    total : up to $1834.87(oops... over $1800 budget) if you pick the most expensive part... and price not included shipping...

    but i strongly recommend the raven 2 casing... it has very good airflow and suitable for sli/crossfire...
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