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I5 2500k, 560 ti hawk build

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October 22, 2011 6:19:55 AM

So I have been researching this build for a long long time. My decision is a tough one but I'm planning on using this PC for gaming at 1080p, video and audio editing, and video viewing. Im a little iffy about the power supply, and im going to be adding an ssd and the eventual 2nd 560 ti hawk down the road.


CPU: i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: extreem 3 gen 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 560 ti hawk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 8gb vengence
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: 212 evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Reader: 24x dvd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

HDD: 1tb 7200 rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Thoughts? suggestions?

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October 22, 2011 6:44:42 AM

For the PSU, I'd go for a more popular brand such as Corsair.

Other than that, it looks like a great build to me.
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October 22, 2011 6:52:02 AM

pckitty4427 said:
For the PSU, I'd go for a more popular brand such as Corsair.

Other than that, it looks like a great build to me.

Any reason behind that?
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October 22, 2011 6:52:07 AM

nothing wrong with the power supply. If you want a 560, the MSI selected has very noisy fans. Just to let you know.
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October 22, 2011 7:32:15 AM

I have heard about the fans being loud, and I looked over the psu review and feedback from customers.
as for the gpu i plan to experiment and learn to overclock, so i went with a card that looks like it can handle some tweaking, while noise is a concern, performance before comfort is my current position (unless anyone has a reason to change that.
I went with that psu because i plan to SLI in the near future. thoughts on better or cheaper alternatives?
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October 22, 2011 7:38:17 AM

PSU is a good as it gets for that price
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October 22, 2011 6:56:36 PM

Don't go any lower than that on the PSU. You'll need all that power if you're going to overclock 2x Hawk.
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October 22, 2011 7:35:25 PM

horsecrap ... that PSU will be enough for SLi 560Ti oced and 2500k oced
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October 22, 2011 9:27:56 PM

Case - no front USB which makes takes it off my build list.

Cooler - With twin GFX cards, I'd want something w/ bit more cooling
-$50 - Scythe Mugen 3
-$80 - Thermaltake Silver Arrow

MoBo - Warranty comes up short compared to industry standard 3 years but well reviewed .... good choice if it lasts.

GFX - If ya worried about the noise, consider the Asus, factory OC'd to 50MHz less but I got 7 outta 8 to 1000Mhz w/ no voltage tweaks

Using the following in this PSU calculator, I came up with 682 watts. This does NOT include overclocking the GFX cards. Settings:

High End Desktop
Intel 25o0k OC'd to 4.8GHz @ 1.41 volts
2 sticks of RAM
2 560 Ti's (not overclocked)
1 SATA HD
1 SATA DVD-RW
1 PCI-E x4 card
5 USB devices (KB, Mouse, Headphone, Mic, phone)
1 Card Reader
3 120mm LED fans (Case rear and 2 on Cooler)
2 200mm LED fans
90% Load
15% Capacitor Aging

I'd get an 850 watter if OC'ing the GFX cards, 750 if not. Not saying you'll fry the PSU, just that w/ reduced headroom, voltage stability will drop as you get higher and that has a negat9ive impact on PC stability.
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October 23, 2011 5:34:03 AM

thank you gentleman, I have a little more research to do on the GPU. I will order my build asap. Thanks again for being fantastic tech help here on the interwebs.
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October 23, 2011 5:34:49 AM

Best answer selected by xbm greatsoldier.
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