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New Build - Replacing 4ish year old PC!

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December 27, 2011 1:54:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Slowly over the next few months..

Budget Range: ~1500 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim, SWTOR, Diablo 3), surfing the net, movies

Parts Not Required: Monitor and power supply (Corsair 650TX) for now, keyboard, mouse, case

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and/or Amazon

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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I'm currently running a Core 2 Duo E6400, GTX 260, and Windows XP (lol). I'm able to run Skyrim and SWTOR on the lowest graphics but obviously want more...and it's been quite a few years and time for a new PC. I'm looking at the following:

i5-2500k - 219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe SCMG-3000 - 49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - 124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 43.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB (x2 if SLI) - 269.99 (539.98 if SLI)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 105.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So my plan is to order the SSD, Windows 7, mobo, i5-2500k, and ram while using my gtx 260 and power supply to get started, then picking a 560ti and picking up another awhile down the road (along with a newer monitor and power supply to handle the two cards).

I'm set on the i5-2500k but am not set on the 560 ti(s), I've read they're pretty sweet cards for the price but am also wanting to get the most bang for the buck. I don't definitely want to SLI/Crossfire and would go with a single card if it was the better solution. I welcome all advice!

Let me know if I forgot anything and thanks!
December 27, 2011 2:05:36 AM

just got for a 580 or 570 then if you say you will deffinitely not SLI.

are you going to re-use your old HDD?
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December 27, 2011 2:12:10 AM

Going to reuse old HDD for now but eventually buy a newer one once prices drop back down some.

I'm willing to SLI but only if the two cards are worth it. From what I've read, two 560 TIs beat out a 570. But using one card brings less issues...
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December 27, 2011 2:18:40 AM

SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
$149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

When you decide to get a new power supply then you could look at this one.

EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the new 448 core card that was just released and would be an inprovement over the regular 560Ti for only $20 more.

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may find that a 64gb SSD is a little small when you start adding up Windows 7 64bit and all the updates and service packs. Games also are starting to get large , 9 or 10 gb just for one game , so if you just put Windows 64bit and one game on the SSD it will be half full. If you can I would go with a 120gb SSD and if you compare the read/write speeds of the different SSD's you will see that the Corsair Force GT is just about the fastest.
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December 27, 2011 2:34:03 AM

I was looking at the 560 Ti 448 vs the Twin Frozr II 2gb. Wasn't sure if the higher amount of cores outweighed the loss of memory.

I was torn between the 64gb SSD and a 120gb, was thinking of using it for the OS only but will keep this in mind.
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December 27, 2011 2:41:21 AM

If I were you I would upgrade to a 570 or 6970 and skip past the 448 core 560Ti.
6970- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
6970- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I personally would go with the PowerColor.
570- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
570- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
570- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can pick up the Galaxy card for a great price but if you have room you can get the ASUS which has good overclocking potential but takes up three spaces. The Gigabyte has good cooling and takes up only two slots but is longer and more expensive than the others.
If it were my money I would pick up the Galaxy 570 for $269.99 after the rebate and the promotion code.
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December 27, 2011 2:44:45 AM

scott311 said:
I was looking at the 560 Ti 448 vs the Twin Frozr II 2gb. Wasn't sure if the higher amount of cores outweighed the loss of memory.

I was torn between the 64gb SSD and a 120gb, was thinking of using it for the OS only but will keep this in mind.



The Evga card has 1280mb of memory so the difference is less then 1gb and the additional processing cres will make up for the less ram since there are very few instences where you need more ram than that.


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December 27, 2011 2:56:50 AM

Sweet, thanks for the replies. The graphics card is going to be one of the last things I switch out but this definitely gets me pointed in the right direction!
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