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~$1700 SLI Capable. Looking for suggestions

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February 21, 2012 1:42:28 PM

Hey guys, long time lurker here looking for advice on my second build(first time SLI). Willing to change up pretty much anything chosen so far for a better deal. This one's for a friend.

Approximate Purchase Date: Some parts can be purchased this week, the rest next Thurs.

Putting together a Windows 7 build mainly for gaming, music, movies and some video editing with option to SLI at 1920x1080 and room to upgrade. Looking for a keyboard with green lighted keys. Have a mouse.

Country: U.S.

Overclocking: Yes.

Here's what I'm looking at from Newegg:

Tower: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99 - Nice case, everything should fit.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $121.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... $229.99 - Plan on overclocking.

CPU fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ... - $34.99 Anything cheaper with similar performance?

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-2066-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores FTW 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ... - $289.99 Will pick up another for SLI later.

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ... - $104.99 This should be plenty for SLI 570's right?

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive x2 - $319.98 ($159.99 each) for RAID 0. Already have a 2 TB external USB 3.0(external power).

SDD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $142.99 For Windows 7 and room for a game or two.

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R - $49.99 Awesome!

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $99.99

DVD: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM - $18.99

Wireless adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) PCI Express 150/300Mbps 2T2R Wireless Adapter - $24.99

Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 - $174.99 Open to suggestions.

Will need to buy 3 SATA II and 1 SATA III cables as well.

Thanks for you time, looking forward to your suggestions. :) 

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February 21, 2012 2:05:13 PM

912 is big enough for 570 SLi.
for overclocking get k version.
Asrock extreme3/gen3 or asus p8z68-V are good and affordable choices.
other things are good.
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February 21, 2012 2:31:56 PM

What's your budget?
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February 21, 2012 2:39:16 PM

If your not going to overclock your CPU the stock fan should be fine.

Also I would wait on HDDs if you can (since you have an external) they are way overpriced and will hopefully drop in a few months.

I would recommend ASUS mobo, they are among the best manufacturers.
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February 21, 2012 2:51:12 PM

While I'm sure the GTX 570 is a good card. May I remind you that the shiny new Radeon 7770 can be had. You could go Crossfire for the cost of one of those GTX cards. It would give you plenty of firepower and your talking a difference of 560mb of video RAM in SLI negligible differences.
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February 21, 2012 2:54:23 PM

Ok, switched the processor, good catch. Going with Asrock for cheaper x8 x8 SLI compared to asus.

Lokster1- I think I read an article saying HDD shortage won't be better until mid 2013. Don't quote me on that though.

Fancarolina - We are waiting for new nvidia gpu to come so gtx 570 will drop in price a bit. 570's SLI should last a good while... at least until my friend decides he wants triple monitor 3D action haha.
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February 21, 2012 3:01:45 PM

Scenicview said:
Ok, switched the processor, good catch. Going with Asrock for cheaper x8 x8 SLI compared to asus.

Lokster1- I think I read an article saying HDD shortage won't be better until mid 2013. Don't quote me on that though.


I would go with the Asus board the ASRock ones have always felt cheap to me. I would also opt for x16/x16 SLI if you can find it. If your spending the money to go SLI then you want them to have full bandwidth. Furthermore a motherboard is a long term purchase you might upgrade the graphics and you don't want every card forever to be hampered for one decision at the beginning.
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February 21, 2012 3:20:29 PM

Scenicview said:


Fancarolina - We are waiting for new nvidia gpu to come so gtx 570 will drop in price a bit. 570's SLI should last a good while... at least until my friend decides he wants triple monitor 3D action haha.


What is it you like about the 570 that the 550 doesn't give you and/or the midrange cards don't give you? I used to own Nvidia cards back in the 4000-8000 Series days. But after the Radeon 5000 Series I moved to their cards since they don't charge so much for memory. I know they have Physx, does this make that much of a difference compared to the Radeon 6000 or 7000 series cards. I have a Eyefinity Triple display set up on a Radeon 6950 2gb it can run anything at Max settings up to DX11 nicely @ 5760x1080. Though most games dont support this and are relugated to 1920x1080 on one. Would this be improved on an Nvidia card in your opinion?
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February 21, 2012 4:40:53 PM

Enough performance on a single card pretty much, OC'd. My friend has been wanting for a new machine for years, and wants one asap. I'm hoping the price drop for the 570 after Kepler will be significant.

Here's bench of BF3: Guru3d

Potential OC of gtx 570: overclock.net gtx 570 overclock thread

I'm not sure, haven't looked at many benchmarks for multi-monitor setups but right now ati does have better cards out. If you are itching for a new card though, wait until Kepler benchmarks are out from Nvidia to see where everything stands/prices change.
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February 21, 2012 4:41:39 PM

Scenicview said:
Ok, switched the processor, good catch. Going with Asrock for cheaper x8 x8 SLI compared to asus.

Lokster1- I think I read an article saying HDD shortage won't be better until mid 2013. Don't quote me on that though.

Fancarolina - We are waiting for new nvidia gpu to come so gtx 570 will drop in price a bit. 570's SLI should last a good while... at least until my friend decides he wants triple monitor 3D action haha.

570's and 580's are on older dies and pretty much power hogs. 800+w is recommended for 570's in SLI if you plan on cranking everything up (over clocking).

Otherwise everything else in that build looks good including that Asrock board. Here's some changes though that I would make to that build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $234.98 - $15.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING save: $10.00
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $142.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

The gtx 560 series cards like this new 448 core down below are made on a newer and smaller die. They run cooler, use less juice and are by far the over clocking king atm in regards to vid cards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $294.99 - $264.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-44... <------ If only they did 1920x1080 on there. That's that MSI gtx 560 ti 448 core (over clocked) vs a gtx 580

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Ti_448_C... <---- there's that MSI card again vs a gtx 580. There's a few more reviews on it also.
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February 21, 2012 6:01:49 PM

Updated with gtx 560ti 448 core and Mushkin SSD. I chose to stick with Samsung HDD, more reliable based on reviews. PSU should be ok as-is with 560 ti 448 core SLI.

I think that'll do it, thanks for the help!
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February 21, 2012 10:20:22 PM

Best answer selected by Scenicview.
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