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Wanting to build a good pc for gaming, how is this?

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January 6, 2012 4:44:31 PM

Okay, I've been wanting to build a new gaming pc for a long time now and I think I'm finally ready to do it. I have been researching everything and have gathered up a list of things I think would work.

I plan on playing sc2, battlefield3, diablo 3 and swtor. I want the pc to be somewhat future proof so I planned accordingly in this build, hopefully I did well.

Intel Core i5-2500K

Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboards GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 SuperClocked

Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 Series Modular 1000W

Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory

Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive

Okay I was gonna go with the gtx 560ti in SLI but for future proofing the 580 seems better because I can add another 580 later on. Is this a good idea?

Also, will I have trouble getting two 580s into a mid tower? Don't really wanna go full tower but will if it's absolutely necessary.

All games will be played 1920x1080, 1080P.

What changes if any should I make?
January 6, 2012 6:06:15 PM

Looks good to me, I would look into the psu though a lot of people get iffy even on the high wattage cool masters.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 6:09:18 PM

Hmm, The build looks great, however, I would go with some changes, such as:
Different PSU:
You really don't need 1000W, even if you're going to SLI and overclock, a 850W PSU is more than sufficient...I would go with this PSU:

Also, if the CM HAF case is more than $50, you can go with this case:
The 580 will fit, even with SLI, however, the air circulation might not be the best, so if you opt to go with a full tower case, you can find this as a cheap full tower case:
Rosewill Thor

I would also go with one of these RAM choices:

I would choose those instead because there are no heatspreaders that will block an potential aftermarket heatsink and fans.

I would also go with a 500GB HDD as of now because of the high HDD prices, wait for them to come down and then add a 1TB drive.

Finally: The 2 560Ti is going to give better future performance, but sacrifice the ability to add another 560Ti...the choice is up to you. If I were you, and want this system to last and be able to upgrade later, I would go with the 580, but remember that the 580 in 2 years will still probably by $500, so you can buy 2 560Ti's and SLI and just buy a whole new pair of gfx cards in the future (gtx 760 or whatever)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 6:11:18 PM

psychodegu said:
Looks good to me, I would look into the psu though a lot of people get iffy even on the high wattage cool masters.

No need to worry about the CM 1000W PSU, it's very reliable, it's also not unreliable because it is made by FSP (they're pretty reliable)
January 6, 2012 6:53:48 PM

Thanks for the replies. I swapped out the case, power supply to an 850watt and changed the he'd to 500gb. I have a 1tb external anyway.

So anymore thoughts on the 560tis or gtx 580 super clocked? That's all I need to figure out about this build.

Anything else I need? Got a logitech g9x mouse and a logitech g19 Keyboard.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 7:03:49 PM

I'm assuming you'll be overclocking the CPU later? If so, you want an aftermarket heatsink and fan...something like the CM Hyper 212+:
If you do buy that, I would highly recommend you go with a low profile RAM like the G.Skill sniper:
or the CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB low profile:

As for the gfx card question, I would personally go with 2 GTX560Ti's since it is cheaper and has better performance, and in the future, if I didn't want to build a whole new computer, I could upgrade to another gfx card that they release in the future
January 6, 2012 7:12:31 PM

Everywhere I've seen the gtx 580 super clocked is the same price as two 560ti's. I'm also confused because their are so many variations of the 560tis. Which one is actually the best for gaming?
January 6, 2012 7:43:55 PM

Would it be best to go with the gtx 560ti 448 cores?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 7:48:39 PM

The 448core is just like a weakened gtx 570, I would recommend that if you can afford it.
January 6, 2012 7:59:15 PM

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Under $1000 bucks and should run most games on ultra. What ya guys think? I may just go ahead and add the other 560ti.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 6, 2012 8:07:18 PM

Looks good
January 7, 2012 10:04:45 AM

I would recommend the GTX 560 TI 448 Cores in SLI. It is currently 280 after mir and has similar performance like the GTX 570. I wouldn't recommend get the 580 and adding another in later on. By than there will be better graphics card out.