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December 1, 2011 1:14:08 AM

I came by a i7 2700k for free and I have $550 to blow (very strict). This system will be used for gaming ONLY. I would like to upgrade the system in the future by adding another graphics card so I need it to be sli/crossfire capable. Please give me your suggestions. Here are my current considerations for the power supply, motherboard, and gpu only.

Power supply:

Extreme Power Plus 700W:




Power Color 6870:

More about : 2700k 550

December 1, 2011 11:22:49 AM

noname2020x said:
... I have $550 to blow (very strict).
So is it 550 for just those 3 components? You can do a lot better then.

If not, please mention the parts you already have/wanna reuse and the ones that you need within the stated budget.
December 1, 2011 11:49:11 AM

to SLI a 560 Ti you would need a 750W PSU, dont know the power consumption of the 6870.

Motherboard go with a $150 one that way you can get a decent board that you can OC a little more if you want

Grab a CPU cooler if you need it as well, Hyper 212 EVO or Hyper 212 Plus

grab a 570 or 6970 (up the PSU if you do)
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December 1, 2011 2:41:24 PM

The 550 isn't just for these three components, it's for everything, I was just asking what you guys thought of those three components Here is everything in a cart.

December 2, 2011 4:19:40 AM

Actually, How about:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119227
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant

PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814131378
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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-$20.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate

AMD Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon - OEM
Item #: N82E16800995114
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139028
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231277
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157271
Return Policy: Iron Egg Standard Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.00 Instant
Subtotal: $470.93

and the Hard Drive:

Oh, and I'm concerned about the following:

1. That the ram won't be compatible. :

2. That 600w won't let me overclock and CFX with 6870s. (maybe a 650 or 700, but I really don't have the money...)

3. I don't really know anything about this hard drive... Thoughts?

4. The bad reviews on the video card of DOAs... but Newegg's return policy pwns so idk.

5. That I'm missing something. (I can get paste from a friend)
December 3, 2011 5:31:54 AM

CPU: $320 Core i7-2700K

Mobo: $125 Asrock z68 Extreme3 Gen3

RAM: $44 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - RAM is almost always compatible especially in case of Intel boards. In the rare case it isn't, you can always RMA.

HDD: Your link goes nowhere. $95 Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

GPU: $140 PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB

ODD: $20 SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA with LightScribe Support - OEM

PSU: $55 Antec NEO ECO 520W

Case: $50 COOLER MASTER Elite 430

$529 (After rebates) Plus shipping. Well within your hard cap. Get a $230 GeForce GTX 560 Ti if you can spend $90 extra, but at anything less than 1080p, that will be a tad much for now, but with games becoming more GPU dependent, a couple of years from now, you'll still be able to at least get by on that as opposed to the 6870 maybe.

I won't spend the extra on a bigger PSU to xfire current gen GPU's because of THIS.