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February 20, 2012 2:08:59 AM

For the past couple of weeks I have been putting together a new gaming build that I hope will run games like SWTOR and WOW and BF3 better than my current 5yr old Dell, and I am getting pretty close to being done. I will have a link to the newegg wish-list at the bottom, but before that I'll list out the stuff I don't need (which is why it isn't in the wish list):

I will be reusing a 300gb 5400RPM HDD for storage
I will be reusing a gtx550 TI from Asus that I bought a couple of months ago (I'll be running it in SLI with the one on that list - same brand and model)
I will be reusing the two optical drives in my Dell, one is a simple DVD drive, the other is a DVD-RW drive

I plan on overclocking the CPU as well as both GPU's. I will overclock the CPU in the BIOS while overclocking the GPU in the software suite that comes with the Asus card which allows me to adjust voltage and clock speeds.

Link to wishlist here: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

I don't plan on making any changes that will cost more than what I have listed, but if you have any suggestions that could perhaps save me money for equal value that would be much appreciated. Also, if you notice any incompatibilities between parts that would be awesome for you to point out because this is my first build. I am already aware that the cables for that PSU may be on the short side and I have heard that using that aftermarket CPU cooler with that motherboard covers up one of the ram slots, which probably won't be a problem since I only plan on using two.
February 20, 2012 2:15:26 AM

I should probably include that I'll be running on a resolution of 1768x992.

It's a little exotic because I'm using a TV as a monitor and that's the only non-screen-cut-off resolution I can get while using an HDMI cable. I've tried messing around with the settings in the NVIDIA control panel for overscan and ratios and such - if you have any suggestions on how I can run at max resolution (1900x1080) without the screen cutting off then go ahead and throw those out there too. I realize I may need to provide more information to get that fixed... So worry about that secondary.
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February 20, 2012 2:18:02 AM

only 2 SMALL mistakes

1 change ram to g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb 1600 mhz
2 change cpu cooler to cooler master hyper 212 EVO
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February 20, 2012 2:30:42 AM

xtremegamer2da-max said:
only 2 SMALL mistakes

1 change ram to g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb 1600 mhz
2 change cpu cooler to cooler master hyper 212 EVO

thanks; I didn't know that the EVO version existed :D 
I didn't see much difference in the RAM but I noticed that the ripjaws seemed to be higher rated and more detailed in their Details section.
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February 20, 2012 3:50:54 AM

I noticed that if I use two of those gtx550 TIs in SLI it was recommended that I have the slots x16 and x8 or both x16 in a perfect world, but that board looks like both would be x8 in SLI. Would that be a problem?
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February 20, 2012 6:50:34 AM

Lose the raidmax psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO650W-Bronze-Energy-Certifi... $82.74 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power Supply
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February 20, 2012 6:11:16 PM

Why_Me said:
Lose the raidmax psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $121.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO650W-Bronze-Energy-Certifi... $82.74 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX PRO650W Core Edition 80+ Bronze ATX 650 Energy Star Certified Power Supply


I originally had that motherboard in the build, but I'll be using two cards in SLI and on that board both would be running x8 speed. On the gigabyte, it would be one x16 and one x8. If both were x8 it seems to me that I might as well not waste my money on buying a second card and just run one at x16 rather than two at x8.
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February 20, 2012 6:32:53 PM

patarrfwifwi said:
I originally had that motherboard in the build, but I'll be using two cards in SLI and on that board both would be running x8 speed. On the gigabyte, it would be one x16 and one x8. If both were x8 it seems to me that I might as well not waste my money on buying a second card and just run one at x16 rather than two at x8.

The Gigabyte board doesn't run dual cards @ x16. It runs a single card @ x16 and dual cards @ x8...just like that Asrock board. The only 1155 boards that run dual cards @ x16 are $250+ boards that have the NF200 Bridge.

Also that Asrock board is a Gen 3 board giving you an upgrade path to PCI-E 3.0 Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte and MSI all have Gen 3 boards out now.

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <----- quick and easy explanation of Gen 3 + Ivy Bridge + PCI-E 3.0

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February 20, 2012 6:34:28 PM

so then would I even get any performance boost from running SLI at both x8 as opposed to one at x16?
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February 20, 2012 6:41:24 PM

patarrfwifwi said:
so then would I even get any performance boost from running SLI at both x8 as opposed to one at x16?

SLI / dual vid cards gives you extra performance for sure. It's two cards vs one card. Some people go with dual cards right away, some wait until they need the second card, and some don't ever get a second card.

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February 20, 2012 6:43:04 PM

I don't really understand the x8 and x16 or x4 factors at all and I can't seem to find a place that explains it. Seems to me that if you put a x16 card into a x8 slot you'll get half the performance.
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February 20, 2012 6:58:53 PM

patarrfwifwi said:
I don't really understand the x8 and x16 or x4 factors at all and I can't seem to find a place that explains it. Seems to me that if you put a x16 card into a x8 slot you'll get half the performance.

It looks like that but that isn't the deal.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sl... <------ here's a review on that that shows how that works.
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