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August 31, 2011 5:58:35 PM

Close to purchasing a new build and wanted some feed back. I've whittled it down to these components, which I think encompass power, while not being too expensive. They also offer some future proofing (some pieces). Have at it.

CPU
i5-2500k
Thoughts: Cheap, performs very well, overclocking enabled (If I want to).

MoBo
ASRock Z68 Professional Gen3
Thoughts: It's got some elements of future proofing there with PCIe 3.0, USB 3.0, ivy-bridge compatibility. Good ratings (21 ratings for 5-egg overall).

GPU
EVGA GTX 570 HD, 1,280mb version
Thoughts: 28 review, 5-egg overall rating. Looks to handle pretty much anything. I will probably look to SLi these later on in life. I also saw a 2.5gb version, but I read that you only really needed that much ram if you were running a game like Metro2033 across 3 screens.

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb, CAS 8, 1.5v, @1600 ----- Previously was a Mushkin Redline, but got some advice that 1.65 volts has the potential to damage the CPU.
Thoughts: Cheap, good performance, 73 reviews for a 5-egg overall rating.

SSD
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120gb
Thoughts: Originally wanted a 240gb, but I can just add another SSD later if I need speed, otherwise a 1TB drive should easily handle documents, songs, etc. The Chronos test pretty well too and seems to be stable.

PSU
Corsair Professional Series HX1050, Silver certified
Thoughts: I eventually will probably SLi the 570 and figure a 1050w PSU will easily allow that down the road. Also, silver certified, which is nice. Also modular.


Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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August 31, 2011 6:31:09 PM

MEM - Vengeance memory is fine, however the GSKILL below is a bit cheaper (same speed and latency).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - The Vertex 3 120GB is $200 after rebate. Same memory controller / speed ratings.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - With SLI GTX 570 you are only looking at a 750w PSU. The Corsair 1050w is very nice, but way overkill. I would opt for an 850w for more headroom to upgrade. Stick with Corsair, Antec, XFX or Seasonic..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Don't see a storage / apps drive in the mix.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - If you are overclocking...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Enjoy that rig!!!
August 31, 2011 7:49:57 PM

Really, 570 SLi only needs 750w? Also, I've got a 500gb usb drive already that I'm just gonna use. Hadn't thought about a cooler
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August 31, 2011 8:22:19 PM

Oh, I've got everything paired combo'd up with deals but the SSD. The Vertex 3 issues scare me, so I'm staying away from them. The current system build is $1434.
August 31, 2011 8:59:24 PM

Those heat spreaders on that over price Corsair RAM you have up there are good for combing your hair and nothing else. They impede the cpu h/s is what they do. For the money your spending on that board you could look at a board with the NF200 Bridge that allows dual cards to be run @ x16 & x16.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $264.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=CT128M4SSD $187.99 Free Shipping
Crucial M4 2.5 inch 128GB SATA3 Solid State Drive(MLC) - CT128M4SSD2

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <---- A better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/index.html <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Intel Ivy Bridge due out next spring

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <---- Toms showed with this review here last week that those boards (NF200 bridge x16 & x16) help to reduce micro stutter

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/crucial-m4-ssd-firmwar... <----- Crucial M4 Firmware update

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E7G3 <----- save a few dollars on that board and get it here
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