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October 20, 2011 7:30:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: One month from now


Budget Range: No budget in mind but trying to keep it down as much as possible


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet


Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon


Parts Preferences: No preference


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Building this comp for Nvidia 3d Vision surround, using Windows 7. Going to be playing MW3, Skyrim and maybe GW2.


Parts:

CPU: Intel I5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: Asrock P67 Extreme 4 Gen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink:CM Hyper 212+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital RE4 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GTX 560 Ti 2GB x2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: CM Haf 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-Ray Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Asus VW246H x3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

First and foremost this is my first ever build. My questions regarding this build that I am looking into is that for a grand total of $1361(excluding costs for monitors, keyboard, OS) is this computer worth it? I did much research and I believe it is definitely compatible as far as the parts go. I also did research on the parts themselves to see if they had good reviews and they all seemed to have great consumer reviews on newegg/forums. Another question I have is, are any of the parts going to in essence become the bottleneck, holding back the rest of the parts from reaching their potential?

One tough decision I had was the MOBO. I was deciding between the Asrock Z68 and the Asrock P67. I figured because I am not going to be utilizing an SSD for awhile, the Z68 probably did not hold anything more in terms of value for me except another $100 on the price tag. While I'm speaking on SSDs, I saw that a lot of people used them for boot drives which does not really help me as I don't intend on rebooting often. But then again will using an SSD improve my gameplay (i.e. make the game run smoother or faster)

As far as the GPU goes this was probably my hardest decision because I found that their were just so many of them I didn't know where to go. Eyefinity or Nvidia Surround? EVGA or Sapphire? Hell if I know. I saw reviews on the GTX 560 Ti, and they were good as well as the price for two of them didn't make me cringe, as many of the others did. I am planning on running 3 monitors and kind of wanted to run some sort of SLI/Crossfire so I figured this was a decent route to take. But I'm not sure if two of these are going to offer a good picture across 3 monitors.

In conclusion, if anyone can give tips or advice on whether or not this build will be viable for future upgrades and work efficiently, I would appreciate it so much. Also if you think that I should swap a part for something else for performance purposes or upgrade ability please do say. Before I forget are there any wires or accesories I need to include to put this thing together? Thanks for your time and consideration.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 20, 2011 8:00:21 AM

Hard to judge for MW3 you might need to SLI 2 560's Ti down the road for better performance.

Everything else looks great
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October 20, 2011 8:30:26 AM

Saw a review where someone was saying the 560 Ti 2GB in SLI across 3 monitors(Nvidia Surround) will bottleneck. Can anyone vouch for this or not?
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October 20, 2011 9:28:01 AM

Ok, well if I upgrade to the 570 2.5gb SLI setup. I guess my next question is will the monitors I'm buying do justice to the GPUs, as well as will the rest of my components. Will the PSU be able to push this?
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October 20, 2011 10:00:44 AM

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I would be going for 570 2.5GB SLi minimum for surround vision IMO ;) 


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I guess my next question is will the monitors I'm buying do justice to the GPUs, as well as will the rest of my components. Will the PSU be able to push this?


You should be OK.

Remember you will be running a 5760x1080 (minimum) resolution (higher if bezel adjusted), so expect to turn down/off eye candy to get smooth gameplay.

Good luck with build.
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October 20, 2011 10:04:02 AM

Thx for help
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October 20, 2011 10:18:54 AM

You don't have a budget, so I would say go at least for a GTX 580. GTX 590 would be even better and quite future proof.
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October 20, 2011 10:22:51 AM

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You don't have a budget, so I would say go at least for a GTX 580.


To run NV Surround, you need to run SLI, ie TWO cards.

Also, a pair of GTX560s or 570s will outperform a single GTX580.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 20, 2011 10:29:29 AM

2 EVGA 570GTX 2,5GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... cost a lot. 400$ for 1, 800$ for both.
You can also try 2 MSI GTX560Ti 2GB twin frozr which are o/c and can be o/c to 570 lvls easy (over 950Mhz like hawk edition, they are already factory o/c to 880Mhz from 822mhz) which 270$ each which means 540$ total http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . With the o/c and the extra memory they will do the same work as 2x570s but they will cost 260$ less.
The final choice is yours.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 20, 2011 10:33:16 AM

Btw the good of 570 is that if you change your mobo to 3x pci express, you can grab a 3rd 570 whenever you feel that you want more horsepower, something that you cannot do with the 560ti.
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October 20, 2011 10:47:50 AM

I thought I had a good plan but I keep getting more and more indecisive lol. I guess when it comes to deciding what to get it comes down to what is going to have the best performance. Will the two o/c 560s perform as well as the 2 570s? And if not is the difference worth $240? Again thx for all help!
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October 20, 2011 10:55:01 AM

I mean damn should I just all together scrap the surround part of the build go with a 27" monitor thus saving $200-$250 and use that to upgrade the mobo etc., and relieve the price of getting the two 570s, which at this point I can go down to the 1.25gb version and save another $120 dollars roughly. Also thinking about it would it be worth it to say "F" the 570s i just cut off $200 from the monitors I can just take that and run SLI 580s. I feel like there are so many options i just have no experience in this so it is hard to pull the trigger.
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October 20, 2011 11:04:04 AM

The twin frozr model of 560ti with only 1GB has 12% difference from 570 (without even o/c) source: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Twin_Fro... . With a little more o/c the difference will be less than 5-6% maybe close to equal.
This diffirence is not worth 260$ imo...
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November 1, 2011 4:03:59 AM

Best answer selected by warlom88.
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