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December 22, 2011 7:36:50 PM

I have a list of parts, but I could use a helping review to spot likely issues, such as incompatibilities, cooling or amperage. I've read the literature and newegg reviews, but I have don't have the experience to know everything to look for.

Parts:

* Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K (Link) ($220)

* ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (Link) ($170)

* G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL (Link) ($85)

* CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Link) ($150)

* EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Link) ($394)


Total of ~ $1,030 with shipping from Newegg. Hard Drives, DVD Drive, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor and HDMI cabling are being recycled.

This computer is to be used for gaming and HDTV simultaneously, so the $55 upgrade from a 1280 MB GTX570 to the 2560 MB seemed wise. The 1280 MB price around $340. The added RAM is also for this purpose. If this logic is flawed, please correct me.

Reliability of all parts is the highest priority. Brands with very proven customer service are preferred.

Is my PSU sufficiently powerful? It claims 60 amps on its 12v. Can I get away with a cheaper, but still reliable PSU? Would the chosen RAM be more expensive than needed to prevent it from being an early bottleneck?

Any recommendations would be useful. Thanks for any help.

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December 22, 2011 8:04:58 PM

the Corsair 750W is very powerful, and would have enough horsepower to add a second 570. you can probly step down to a Corsair 600W model safely for a single 570.

16 GB of RAM is a lot... consider just 8 GB.
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January 1, 2012 8:07:02 AM

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