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October 10, 2011 8:05:43 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of the month


Budget Range: 1300-1700


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, music downloads, internet browsing


Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers


Preferred Website(s) newegg.com


Overclocking: would like to some


SLI- at some point


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


CPU- intel core i5 2500k


Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600


Motherboard- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO or ASRock P67 EXTREME4 not quite sure which one



Graphics Card- deciding between GeForce GTX 570 or GeForce GTX 580

still have to figure out the
PSU
Hard Drive
and a cooling sytem

and suggestions/advice is much appreciated
October 10, 2011 8:36:52 AM

How about dual gtx 560ti's in SLI ? BF3 along with most other new games are coded for SLI, and dual 560ti's > single gtx 580.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 - $74.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 - $199.99 after mail-in rebate card
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G 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=N82E168... $154.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

or...

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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
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/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- Look at the Corsair Carbide Series 500R & Corsair Carbide Series 400R on there.

http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Cases-Add-Ons-Computers/... <----- Free Shipping on those Corsair cases @ amazon

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0
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October 10, 2011 8:51:01 AM

what about this set up
Core i5 2500K:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($220)

Thermalright Venomous X:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($75)

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($195)

2x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($49)

EVGA GTX 580:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($490)

Corsair TX750w:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($110)(will i have enough power if i want to later if i want to SLI or overclock i dont know much about either)

Cooler Master HAF X:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($180)

OCZ Vertex 3 128GB SSD SATA III:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($199)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($60)

ASUS CD/DVD Burner SATA:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($21)

Total: $1599
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October 10, 2011 9:14:21 AM

flooosh said:
what about this set up
Core i5 2500K:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($220)

Thermalright Venomous X:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($75)

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($195)

2x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($49)

EVGA GTX 580:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($490)

Corsair TX750w:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($110)(will i have enough power if i want to later if i want to SLI or overclock i dont know much about either)

Cooler Master HAF X:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($180)

OCZ Vertex 3 128GB SSD SATA III:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($199)

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($60)

ASUS CD/DVD Burner SATA:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as… ($21)

Total: $1599

You want a 900+w psu to push two of those cards in SLI and have some headroom left over.
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October 10, 2011 9:26:09 AM

can i get a psu that powerfull if im not gonna have 2 cards to start with or it doesn't matter if you have exess power? and can i if i overclocked would i also need more power. i am also wondering if it would be worth switching from
Thermalright Venomous X - RT 120mm CPU Cooler to something like
CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler and would it even fit in my case
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October 10, 2011 9:30:51 AM

The tx850 would probably do for two i think?
Take a second look at those gen3 boards, they support PCI-E 3.0 when combined with an ivy bridge chip (thus promising that they will be compatible with ivy bridge). That seems like some of the best future-proofing available at the moment.
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October 10, 2011 10:08:33 AM

About the H100:
First of all, make sure you actually have room in your case for a 240mm radiator with fans. Far from every case supports this.
Second, it's not much better than good air cooling, And you still have fans so the noise will not go down much either.
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October 10, 2011 2:54:40 PM

cant i mount my radiator on the back of my coolmaster haf x its looks like i can but im not sure. and im still wondering if i can get a power supply bigger then i need now to future proof it when i buy another card and need more power
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October 10, 2011 3:13:37 PM

They say that the top will fit a 360mm radiator. So its likely you can fit a 240mm there aswell. However it would be in place of the 200mm fan that is there as standard.
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October 10, 2011 3:41:21 PM

but the liquid cooling would be worth it?
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October 10, 2011 4:13:45 PM

GFX - For your budget, Id recommend twin 560 Ti's ($410) that will get ya 862 fps* rather than the single 580 ($490) at 616 fps. A 2nd 580 doesn't add all that much speed (10% to 953 fps) for costing 2.5 times as much.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*Guru3D Game test suite

Cooler - Id take the Silver Arrow's 1.2C advantage over the Venemous X ....and it's quieter. The H series coolers made by Asetek and sold by Corsair don't impress, they very noisy and don't fit in many cases.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

RAM - links don't work, avoid high profile units w/ tall heat sinks
5 off w/ promo code EMCJKKC52, ends 10/10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case / PSU - The HAF-X is a nice case, one of my fav's but the PSU is 2nd tier. You cam move up and ave $50 at the same time with the Antec DF-85 / CP-850 combo. The CPX form factor PSU gets a 10.0 performance rating from jonnyguru.com . The CP is extremely cool and quiet compared to ATX PSU's ..... you can read about the "unfair advantage" the combo provides here.

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

$115 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If ya don't care for the styling, the DF-85 is built on the 1200 chassis so for my sedate looks, check out the 1200

$160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If ya keep the HAF, I'd suggest a Corsair HX or AX series.....but you'll want 1000 watts for twin 580's
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