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First build, mid level gaming rig

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February 8, 2012 5:48:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1100-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (wow and skyrim eventually), internet, movies, music, etc. no work apps

Parts Not Required: i5-2500k bought in package deal with ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg I guess, but I'm not locked down.

Country: US

Overclocking: I plan on giving it a try

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future, depending on the video card chosen. I do plan to add a cheap physx card early on just to try it out, maybe a gt250 or something of that size/cost/power consumption.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm usually willing to pay a premium for peace of mind/build quality and ease of use.

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So this is what I have picked out to finish out my build:

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
http://www.nothingbutsoftware.com/catalog_type.asp?Prod...
( anyone know this website or use it? ^^ for this price, Im going to give it a shot I think. Any thoughts?)

Lamptron FC6 Black Fan Speed Control with Digital Color Display for up to 4 Fans
http://www.amazon.com/Lamptron-Black-Control-Digital-Di...
( this this looks very cool. Out of stock on newegg. Wish it controlled more fans, might skip this)

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I think I need the low profile to fit the cooler chosen below. Is that correct?


Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I was planning this drive before the cherryville release and Im not so sure now.


Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Anyone seen this next to an Asus board? Does it match? It' so pretty :) 


SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic Platinum Platinum-860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Depending on which PSU calculator I consult, the 750 may not cut it with SLI, a good OC and lights, 6 fans, etc. but I want to be sure it cant. Am I crazy? If so can I get away with the seasonic x650?

Between several GPU's:

GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 - (not a huge fan of the mini-hdmi)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Thanks for any suggestions.
February 8, 2012 5:55:15 AM

750w is the sweet spot for SLI/Xfire, though you may be able to SLI two 560's comfortably on a quality 650w. I would think that the seasonic X series could power any system with peace of mind.

If you can get a 448 still why not, otherwise the last two are solid options. all and all looking good.
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