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December 19, 2011 12:32:44 AM

Hello everyone,

Iv been designing my new build for some time and recently posted a build for my new rig, but Iv changed it and and im looking to see if I can improve it yet. Its main use will be gaming(BF3 mostly, Skyrim and others), I will be OC, and I do use it for some work(nothing graphically intensive) Please let me know what you think.

Case: XCLIO WTBK ADVANCED Fully Black Finish Chassis http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Intel BXRTS2011LC Liquid-cooled Thermal Solution http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SLI (x2) EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have a HHD I plan to use. My budget is $2500. I also plan to purchase the following monitors(I want a dual monitor set up) mouse and keyboard.

Monitors: 2x ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any input would be helpful....

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December 19, 2011 12:43:28 AM

Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

Coolio build. I might swap the 448-cores for a pair of 6950's since they should perform nearly as well for $60 less.
Also drop the closed-loop watercooling solution. A Noctua DH-14 can do more for less.

The AX850 is a little overkill, maybe an XFX black edition instead?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... A great deal cheaper but still a quality product. It's a rebranded Seasonic M12D.

Don't get an Intel SSD. Ever. They are way overpriced. A samsung 830 series or a crucial M4 are just as reliable yet much faster for less.

Why 16GB of ram? Do you do video editing on an extreme level? If not you probably won't take advantage of even 8GB. Drop for 8GB.

Those monitors are excellent however! I have used they, they are quite lovely.

Cheers!
December 19, 2011 1:00:50 AM

striker410 said:
Hi there! Welcome to the forums.

Coolio build. I might swap the 448-cores for a pair of 6950's since they should perform nearly as well for $60 less.
Also drop the closed-loop watercooling solution. A Noctua DH-14 can do more for less.

The AX850 is a little overkill, maybe an XFX black edition instead?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... A great deal cheaper but still a quality product. It's a rebranded Seasonic M12D.

Don't get an Intel SSD. Ever. They are way overpriced. A samsung 830 series or a crucial M4 are just as reliable yet much faster for less.

Why 16GB of ram? Do you do video editing on an extreme level? If not you probably won't take advantage of even 8GB. Drop for 8GB.

Those monitors are excellent however! I have used they, they are quite lovely.

Cheers!



Thank you for the sound advice. I made a few adjustments based on your recommendation. For the SSD I like the Crucial M4. I choose the Intel one based off a friends suggestion but your totally right, cant beat the speed for the price. And I will probably use the Noctua for the cooler as well. I choose the 16gig pretty much because of how cheap it is, any recommendation on a set of 8gig memory? As for the GPU, im still in the air about those but I THINK i might want to stick with Nvidia, iv used AMD for some time and I guess im looking for abit of a change.
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December 19, 2011 1:04:25 AM

get the Silver stone raven rv03
Get a Noctua DH-14
Plextor PX-M2P Series PX-128M2P its faster and uses rock solid Marvell controller
8GB g.skill 8-8-8-24 1600 1.5v
for SLI go for reference design not ones that will blow hot air back into your case.

Raven RV03 case and reference cooling gpu's will give you the best air cooled setup you can buy
December 19, 2011 1:10:08 AM

Nice looking build

I would also suggest to just get (2x4GB)8GB RAM G.Skill has some in the low $40 range.

I would switch the GPU to a 580 which would cost about the same as the two 560 Ti 448s you listed

+1 to the M4 Crucial its one of the most reliable SSD out
December 19, 2011 1:10:30 AM

Alright, I hear that! Good deal then. Nothing like going green after seeing red all those years.

Eh, any old 1600MHz kit will do. Should be around $40, pick one that has the color you like xD

The Noctua is basically the best cooler you can buy. It's HUGE though, make sure your selected case can fit it.
December 19, 2011 1:18:10 AM

make sure you get low profile RAM as well so it doesnt get too close to the heatsink low profile means no toothy heatsinks
December 19, 2011 1:23:39 AM

Should I go with 2x4gig or 4x2 gig memory? also, I think iv finally settled on the mobo but Iv heard that the quality of the boards are hit and miss...it kind of makes me nervous about purchasing it. Is that a good board for its price and features or can I do better?
December 19, 2011 2:13:59 AM

If you think you'll need it. Sata 6Gb/s is only used for SSD's just so you know. Everything else can use Sata 3.
December 19, 2011 2:29:51 AM

go for it .. it's an excellent mobo
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