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September 29, 2011 5:33:35 PM

Below is the specs for a new system I want to build. I wanted to know if there is anything I should change or should I wait? I already have 2x PNY 560 ti GPUs and Windows 7 64bit Professional. Will be looking to upgrade to a Kelper series GPU once released.


Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler

MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

Primary HD for OS: OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Secondary HD for storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case

PSU: Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply Exclusively for - Twelve Hundred(1200)/P183/P193/DF-85

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September 30, 2011 11:19:32 AM

Would change the H50 to a H100 or a H80 or would go for a Hyper 212 plus if I prefer air....buy some aftermarket thermal paste like Arctic Silver 5 for either of the coolers though
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September 30, 2011 11:26:54 AM

1000w PSU is OVER KILL for SLI 560Ti's. 750w would be enough, 850w if you really want but 1000w is just pointless. The money saved would be better spent on a 120GB SSD rather than 60GB.

DF-85 is also unnecessary. Unless you have a reason for wanting this case you could go for something much less costly.
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September 30, 2011 11:46:07 AM

AdrianPerry said:
1000w PSU is OVER KILL for SLI 560Ti's. 750w would be enough, 850w if you really want but 1000w is just pointless. The money saved would be better spent on a 120GB SSD rather than 60GB.

DF-85 is also unnecessary. Unless you have a reason for wanting this case you could go for something much less costly.


I plan on OCing for the first time. Is 750w stiil enough? Also any recommendations on case on PSU?
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September 30, 2011 11:47:36 AM

alyoshka said:
Would change the H50 to a H100 or a H80 or would go for a Hyper 212 plus if I prefer air....buy some aftermarket thermal paste like Arctic Silver 5 for either of the coolers though


Does the H100 or H80 cool much better? I plan on OCing for the first time?
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September 30, 2011 11:55:25 AM

Air cooling is plenty to cool an OC'd i5-2500k. Hyper 212+ is a good choice, or the slightly updated 212 EVO. This will easily cool 4.5GHz OC.

Yes 750w is enough for 560Ti in SLI with CPU and GPU over-clocking.

PSU recommended brands include: Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, Antec.

Case recommendations: Well the case should be your own choice really, its possibly the most important part of the build for some people :)  Any mid-Tower ATX case would be fine. Cooler Master's HAF series is a popular choice. But ultimately, go with something you like the look of yourself :) 
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October 2, 2011 9:54:50 AM

Those XSPC kit's always look really nice :) 

Sometime next year when I have some spare cash to play with im going to consider installing one myself for my i5-2500k :) 
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October 14, 2011 4:47:06 PM

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