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Hi Everyone,

This is the first time I'm building a computer, and it would be great if I could get some feedback on my build :). My selection looks like this:


CPU:Intel Core i7-2600K Processor'
(I went with this over the FX-8150, since the reviews I have been reading about the Bulldozer line have been fairly negative compared to the i7 line)

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
(I went with this over the HD 6870, though I'm still a bit unsure because te 6870 is nearly 80 dollars cheaper)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

HDD: Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Destop Memory

Soundcard: Creative Labs SB0570L4 Sound Blaster Audigy SE Sound Card 9 (Recycling this from an Old PC)

CD/DVD Drive: 24x (I forget the brand, also recycling this from an Old PC)

I have a couple of questions on top of a general overview of my selection:

1. If I were to purchase a second 560 ti to SLI, would my PSU be enough to handle this setup?
2. If I were to OC the 2600k with the stock fan, what would the suggested OC be?
3. What are your suggestions for a good fan if I were to OC the 2600k to 4.4?

Thank you in advance!
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  1. Best answer
    If is for gaming buy an i5 2500k.
    If you SLI and overclock buy the Corsair TX 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    Don't overclock with the stock cooler. Buy this COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 and after install you can overclock your CPU.
  2. sosofm said:
    If is for gaming buy an i5 2500k.
    If you SLI and overclock buy the Corsair TX 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    Don't overclock with the stock cooler. Buy this COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 and after install you can overclock your CPU.


    JW why the 2500k over the 2600k for gaming?
  3. There aren't really any games that benefit from hyperthreading.
  4. Because in gaming the both CPU's are almost equals. 2600k is recommended for multitasking and programs who need more calculation power because it have hyperthreading. In some games 2500k is better than 2600k http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/20
  5. Thanks for the responses! Saves me 100 dollars to spend on a fan haha.
  6. Is the 750w absolutely necessary for SLI? I tried a wattage calculator and it calculated that I would need only around 600w to power an SLI setup. I used this calculator by the way http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine.
  7. Yes you need. Read this , is recommended a 700W+ PSU if you want to overclock your CPU and maybe your video cards http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-review/14
  8. Best answer selected by Sugadaddy.
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