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September 6, 2011 1:33:35 AM

Well I almost have my new build summed up, but can't make a definitive decision on graphics card. I would like to use an Nvidia card, and have two of them for SLI.

Here is the essentials of the build. Budget to add in graphics is between 600-800.


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM

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September 6, 2011 1:39:20 AM

you don't need the X6 for a gaming build. If you can wait 3 weeks, Bulldozer is do out. If you cant wait, get an X4 955..

I'd suggest a pair of GTX 560 ti cards.

I'll suggest a Thermaltake Frio over the Zalman.
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September 6, 2011 1:59:56 AM

Ok, well if i dont need the X6, would This mobo and cpu be better?

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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

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September 6, 2011 2:01:15 AM

Two of these would do ; EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card. There is a rebate and that would make it $700 for the two. (Newegg)
This is also an interesting option you could check out at Newegg ; EVGA 02G-P3-1387-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 2Win 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card. This would be $800 for the two. By the way this thread was posted twice.
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September 6, 2011 2:15:59 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $257.98 save: $15.00 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) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKBGK32, ends 9/5
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE vs Intel Core i5 2500K
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