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November 21, 2011 4:40:07 PM

Hi Guys,

Planning to build a semi-budget gaming PC, would like some of your pro advice on whether you personally would change any of the setup and what not,

Here goes:

- Antec 1200 Twelve Hundred V3
- ASUS P8Z68-V LE Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155
- 750W Generic ACE Xtreme ATX2.3 PSU
- Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155
Will OC to 4.5Ghz
- 8GB Mushkin Blackline #996995 (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24
- Corsair Cooling Air Series A50 Performance CPU Cooler
- 2 x SLI'd Asus GeForce GTX 560Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 DirectCU II 1024MB GDDR5

Price: Approx £830

The above should all be compatible I'm guessing?

I've just joined this forum, hoping that if I need any help at any point when I go ahead.. I can come and ask here?

Many thanks,

AJ

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November 21, 2011 4:51:01 PM

I would NEVER buy a cheap generic PSU. They tend to be overrated, missing protection circuits, and use cheap parts; any of these things make them prone to failure, sometimes without obvious cause, and when they die they may take attached parts with them into the fiery abyss. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands. OCZ is hit or miss. FSP is okay too. Most Coolermaster is only a notch or so above junk.
Iirc, the cooler you've selected isn't all that great. Frostytech has the best cooler reviews, but HardwareSecrets has been doing a lot of cooler reviews lately as well.
November 21, 2011 5:50:51 PM

Thanks JJT,

What do you make of the Gelid Solutions GX7 cooler?
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November 21, 2011 6:01:45 PM

I'm not familiar with that specific one, but recall that some other Gelid Solutions coolers are noisy. Check out Xigmatek, Noctua, and Scythe coolers, or the higher model Corsair coolers. The table and chart on this page may be helpful to you: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-H100-CPU...
November 21, 2011 6:12:11 PM

I bought a Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $99USD + $5 shipping. Has 2of the video card 6 pin and 6+2 pin connectors on separate cables. Extra cables tucked neatly into the far side panel behind the HDD tray.
No need to use Molex to make the extra 6 pin connections.
November 21, 2011 6:18:04 PM

That's a good PSU.
November 21, 2011 7:11:11 PM

Awesome, I could only see the 900W Antec Gamer PSU, glad u told me about the 750, a little easier on the wallet,

cheers guys

On another note, what do you think about the 2 x GTX 560Ti's, would those make better than a single 580?
November 21, 2011 10:09:16 PM

Depends on your resolution. For up to 1920x1080, Perhaps a single GTX560Ti would be enough, especially if you don't need to have every possible setting maxed on the very latest FPS titles. Or get a GTX570 for a little more cushion.
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