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October 17, 2011 12:11:25 AM

hey, first post here!


Hey guys, with bf3, skyrim, diablo3?, and takeon helicopter coming, i figured i needed a new computer... thats what i came up with!


GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $129.99 -$15.00 Instant $114.99 (support sli)


EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...$499.99 (there are so many gtx 580 I dont know which to take?

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE $159.99 -$10.00 Instant $149.99 (enough for a future sli?)

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K $314.99


Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770 $49.49

already got the hard drive, dvd and the case

Grand Total: $1,209.21

Any thoughts on that build?

something i forgot?


Also, do i need some sort of thermal paste for the cpu? or its given with it?

is that superclocked gtx better than the normal version? The superclocked version is cheaper.. why?

Not sure about the motherboard.. someone help?

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October 17, 2011 12:56:13 AM

You can save your self $100 and use the 2500K instead .

your memory must be 1.5 volt or less

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October 17, 2011 2:38:54 AM

PSU seems a bit on the low side for SLI, if you were going to do that down the road. I would recommend against it, as Kepler should be a lot cooler running. I would think it easier to pick up something ~750W and that should give you headroom for SLI 28nm cards.
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October 17, 2011 3:34:06 AM

What you mean is that 900W is too low for a future sli?

but you recommend a 750W which will give me enough room for a sli?

Is that it?

Not sure i understand lol
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October 17, 2011 3:51:46 AM

900W is OK for two stock 580's, but I'd want more for overclocked cards.

If you are thinking of SLI now with OC cards, I'd go for a round 1000W.

If you are thinking of SLI'ing "Down the road" you would be better served getting next gen cards, since they will use less power, and selling your 580. In this case, I would get a 750W PSU, which is more than enough for 1 overclocked card, and should be enough for 2 "Next Gen" cards in SLI.
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