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December 30, 2011 3:06:49 PM

Hello all, new to the community, but I've always read over TH.com for computer info, great site! Anyways, I've done small upgrades before, PSU/GPU in my current computer, however, I'm wanting to build my first as well. I've spent the past 2-3 days reading up on parts to gain as much knowledge as I can, and my goal is to keep it under $2000 (including Windows 7 64-bit) if possible.



Here's the build I've been playing around with.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3mTw

Optical Drive (BD/DVD/CD) not listed above.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Multi-Card Reader not listed above.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I won't need a monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers/etc. Basically just the case and everything in it. I did most of that research practically sleeping so I may have missed a few things. Basically I want to make sure that the 800W PSU is enough for that setup (two SLI GTX560 Ti 2GB), and if those items are all SLI ready/compatible. Are there any adjustments I should make somewhere as well? Any and every bit of advice is appreciated.

Lastly, should I go with Windows 7 Home or Professional 64-bit?
a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2011 3:29:25 PM

I feel that the $2000 budget is a little high, I would never buy a computer over $1500 because in 2 or 3 years, the computer will be outdated. This is what I believe will be your best bet.

CPU: Intel i5 2500k $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: 2x Galaxy 56NKH3HS4GNK GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores in SLI $540
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO850W $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 900 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SDD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD503HI 500GB $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: PNY Optima 8GB $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink+Fan: CM hyper 212 EVO $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

blu-ray drive: Asus BD-drive $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Win 7 64bit OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$1530

Explanation: I chose the i5 2500k instead because it is a great CPU for $80 less. The only difference is that it doesn't support Hyperthreading, but most programs don't use hyper threading except CAD and video editing, even then, the i5 will be a top notch performer. I chose the 560TI 448 core because it is similar to the gtx 570 only less expensive and a little less powerful. You can easily OC the gtx 560ti 448core to run at similar performance as the gtx 570. The SLI configuration will surpass a system that has a single gtx 580. The Antec 900 is a great case, and if you wish, you can re-use it in a later build. The SSD is a 60GB boot drive, it is meant to store your OS and any often-used programs. The HDD is 500GB for other storage. The RAM is 8GB, more than enough for most applications. The Hyper 212 EVO will allow you to overclock your CPU to around 4.0-4.5GHz. The blu-ray drive was the one you wanted and the Win7 is obviously the Operating system

EDIT:
800W PSU should be enough for your system, since each 560Ti uses 170W
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-560ti-...
so:
170 x2 (gfx)
95 (CPU)
200 (other stuff)
around 750W....

As for windows, you choose:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...
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December 30, 2011 3:50:14 PM

Awesome, thanks for the quick reply. I'm definitely liking that Mobo, and I'll drop it back down to the i5 2500k, which I originally had on my first selection, not really sure why I chose the i7, even after looking through benchmarks and such. Will that particular case (which I was also looking at originally due to it's great reviews) fit the BD/DVD combo, as well as the multi-card reader, HDD/SSD?

I may not even get the card reader, just like the option of it, and it's under $20.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 30, 2011 5:32:41 PM

Yes, the case will fit the card reader and the blu-ray drive.
Since blu-ray drives/dvd-drives are 5.25" drives, they'll fit in 5.25" drive bay slots, which the Antec 900 has 3 of.
Then there is the card reader, which is a 3.5" drive. The 900 case has a 5.25" to 3.5" converter, which should allow the card reader to fit. Then HDDs are 3.5" drives, which can fit in the 900's internal 3.5" bay
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