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February 11, 2012 9:08:49 AM

I discovered the hard part about building a custom rig, getting the $1500-$2000 set aside with my wife turning into a new purse. So I broke down and picked up a custom from a guy I found on Craigslist. Here's what I got.

Intel Core i5-2500K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8gb Patriot DDR3 1600Mhz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital 500gb 7200rpm: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung DVD/CD Combo drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Winsis Wb-27 Mid-Tower case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Breeze 500w ATX psu: http://www.directron.com/br50atxcopos.html
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This has ended up being a get my foot in the door system, so I can upgrade a part at a time. Can't complain too much since I only paid $500 for it. I'm eventually going to an eATX MoBo (probably Maximus IV), a full tower to accommodate it, a couple video cards (probably a couple (560 ti's), high end sound card, blu-ray drive, and maybe an ssd. I'm trying to get some advice, and instead of crowding it up with a thread for each question I'll just put them here.

1. I just realized the psu is a piece of crap that needs to be replaced, I'll probably go up to 1000w. But for now, what kind of video card can I get in there without blowing it up? The guy I bought it from was pretty vague. His advice was any card under $100 would be fine.
2. There's a lot of back and forth, but ATI/AMD or Nvidia? I'm leaning towards Nvidia, but more advice never hurts.
3. If I'm only planning on 2 video cards, is eATX MoBo necessary? I was going that way because it'll run 2 cards at 16x simultaneously.
4. Last but not least, what order would everyone recommend the upgrades in?

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February 11, 2012 9:39:52 AM

1. I have a gtx 460 Sli setup and believe just one can draw about 300w at max load and around 500w for both.
2. Even though I used ATI for many years I switched to Nvidia because shadows were choppy on some games, so I would say Nvidia but either way is good depending on motherboard.
3. No comment on motherboard but mine has tri-Sli and found no real difference between running at 16x 16x, than 16x 8x.
4. I would recommend buying a decent psu first because 500w might be pushing it with a modern gpu.

hope this helps and I'm sure others can give you more advice
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February 11, 2012 1:42:27 PM

meeklo062704 said:
I discovered the hard part about building a custom rig, getting the $1500-$2000 set aside with my wife turning into a new purse. So I broke down and picked up a custom from a guy I found on Craigslist. Here's what I got.

Intel Core i5-2500K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8gb Patriot DDR3 1600Mhz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital 500gb 7200rpm: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung DVD/CD Combo drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Winsis Wb-27 Mid-Tower case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Breeze 500w ATX psu: http://www.directron.com/br50atxcopos.html
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This has ended up being a get my foot in the door system, so I can upgrade a part at a time. Can't complain too much since I only paid $500 for it. I'm eventually going to an eATX MoBo (probably Maximus IV), a full tower to accommodate it, a couple video cards (probably a couple (560 ti's), high end sound card, blu-ray drive, and maybe an ssd. I'm trying to get some advice, and instead of crowding it up with a thread for each question I'll just put them here.

1. I just realized the psu is a piece of crap that needs to be replaced, I'll probably go up to 1000w. But for now, what kind of video card can I get in there without blowing it up? The guy I bought it from was pretty vague. His advice was any card under $100 would be fine.
2. There's a lot of back and forth, but ATI/AMD or Nvidia? I'm leaning towards Nvidia, but more advice never hurts.
3. If I'm only planning on 2 video cards, is eATX MoBo necessary? I was going that way because it'll run 2 cards at 16x simultaneously.
4. Last but not least, what order would everyone recommend the upgrades in?



You have to change the PSU to at least 700 watts, the Case you have to buy a full tower ATX PC case.
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February 11, 2012 2:11:52 PM

eATX isn't required for SLI/Crossfire. I have regular ATX with two AMD 5770's. Great for gaming :D 
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February 11, 2012 2:51:37 PM

I know I can sli with an ATX, but not 2@16x. I have a bad habit of makin choices, then deciding to go bigger because its only an extra $30, then the next one is only $40, then the one after that is an only an extra $20. The. Before I know it I'm $200 over budget. I figured I'd ask here to get answers from users instead of a guy in a store on commission. I was thinking about going 1000w on the psu because I want to run the 2 cards eventually, a high end sound card for the better sound and headphone amp, extra hdd for storage, and maybe a ssd. I've also heard that 2 560 ti's will outperform 1 top of the line 580. And that a 460 performs pretty close to a 560. Just looking for more definitive answers.
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February 11, 2012 3:00:41 PM

a 460 is a 560. 2 560tis are going to cost as much as a 7970 and its a better card, that overclocks well and you can crossfire later. Plus no messing with SLI
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February 11, 2012 3:30:02 PM

The ATI vs Nvidia war is one that I can't figure out. From what I understand is that it comes down to what it'll be used for. So if a 460 is a 560, are the 560 ti's that much better? I've read the 560 ti's are the same as a 570 spec wise.
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