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March 21, 2012 12:54:02 AM

Hello Tom's

This is going to be my first DIY PC, so I'm looking for advice specifically with regards to the power and cooling system. I have most of my pieces picked out, but am always up for opinions on other pieces. So without further ado:

Approximate Date: 1 month (waiting for tax refund)
Purpose: Gaming
Price: $1800
Site: Newegg


MoBo: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 $195

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $220

GPU: 2X EVGA Superclocked 560 TI $250/ea -> $500

CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA70 120mm dual fans $40

HDD 1: WD Scorpio Blue 500gb 2.5" $0 (Pulling from laptop)

SDD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR 120GB $130

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4X4) 240 pin DDR3 1600 - $93

Optical 1: Asus Black 12X BD-rom, 16X DVD-rom, 48 X CD-rom - $58

PSU: Corsair GS 800W $125 (Is this the right voltage? Could I go less voltage?)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 $60 (Does this have enough fans to support the rest of the build?)


Accessories

Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech MK520 USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Desktop - $52

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P $180

OS: Win7 Home Edition - $100


So again, my big concerns are cooling and voltage. Will the 912 be good enough to handle the SLI'd 560s and the i5-2500? Should I get a bigger case or an extra cooling system, or is that overly cautious? Am I shooting way over the mark on voltage to the point that I can come down there a little bit?

As far as individual pieces, if there's something slightly better at the same price or comparable at a slightly lower price, I'm more than happy to take suggestions there.

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March 21, 2012 1:04:04 AM

Get 8GB of RAM.
800W is spot on.
Get an ASROCK Extreme 4 Gen 3 mobo instead.
Get 2 6950s. Can be found for $230.
Hyper 212 is a better CPU cooler.
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March 21, 2012 1:09:33 AM

Okey, First Of all, You Should Not go Sli Right Away, Instead of That Spend your Money in the Best Single Card you Can Get Right now, And Later in 1 year Buy another one. I recommend You At your Buget of 400-450 the Amd 7950 or Gtx 580. The new Line of Nvidia Gpus are Going Out , dont know extactly when but they will be out soon. Never Go Sli Right Away unless you are doing a 2k Build.

Cpu wise, I5 2500k Is the Best Cpu for Gaming, and will last you alto with proper care, Ivy Bridge is coming Out this Month, I suggest you to Wait For A Review and Benchmarks. Are you Video Encoding or Doing Something Else? If you Only Web Browse, and Game, Then 8 gigs are Enough for that. You want to fill all ur Memory slots ? get 8gbs 4x2 Kit.

If you Plan On Gaming I highly Suggest you to Pick Wired Mouse and Keyboard, The lack of battery or Half Second Delay of the Wireless Will Cost u a 1v1 in any tipe of rpg or in BF3. If you still want to go wireless, the Razer Mamba have a great respond Time and nice Dpi.


Psu Is Enough For What you Want to Do and Its a Nice Brand. I would try to Go For a Modular Unit If I were you But you are getting a Great Case, with Superb Cable Management So its Okey.

Case Might Want to ADD Those Fans in the emptys Spots, to ensure proper Cooldown.


Good Luck.

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March 21, 2012 1:15:07 AM

Ivy Bridge was delayed until June/April IIRC. But yeah listen to chulex. Either get a 7970/7950/Or if you REALLY need to crossfire 6950s.
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March 21, 2012 10:04:16 AM

chulex67 said:
Okey, First Of all, You Should Not go Sli Right Away, Instead of That Spend your Money in the Best Single Card you Can Get Right now, And Later in 1 year Buy another one. I recommend You At your Buget of 400-450 the Amd 7950 or Gtx 580. The new Line of Nvidia Gpus are Going Out , dont know extactly when but they will be out soon. Never Go Sli Right Away unless you are doing a 2k Build.


I'm assuming that's for the purposes of upgrading later. I tend to prefer the NVidia cards to the ATI, so 580 it is, and I'll drop the RAM as you suggested. Again, I can always upgrade it later if needed, I suppose.


chulex67 said:
If you Plan On Gaming I highly Suggest you to Pick Wired Mouse and Keyboard, The lack of battery or Half Second Delay of the Wireless Will Cost u a 1v1 in any tipe of rpg or in BF3. If you still want to go wireless, the Razer Mamba have a great respond Time and nice Dpi.

Case Might Want to ADD Those Fans in the emptys Spots, to ensure proper Cooldown.


I've always gone wireless on desktops, and never had any issues with the delay. The battery can get annoying, but I always check before sessions. Regardless, anything is better than trackpad. I appreciate the concern though.

Where are the additional case fans? I had read that you can add them to the 912, but I wasn't sure how/which size. Would it be more cost efficient to just go with the 922 instead in order to be safe?


Thank you as well to Obsama1. I'll check out the CPU cooler and the MoBo you suggested.


P.S. Ivy launches in a couple days, and releases for retail on April 29. I can probably hold off until some benchmarks come out.
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March 21, 2012 10:15:28 AM

You can use 7970/7950
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March 21, 2012 10:30:46 AM

I agree on the RAM get 8GB of ram at a higher frequency (1866, 2000 or whatever your motherboard will take). You'll notice that more than you'll notice have 16gb. Hardly anything you do on your PC, especially gaming, will use more than 8gb.
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March 21, 2012 10:57:50 AM

If you do prefer Nvidia rather than AMD, you might opt for hold on first and wait the latest model of Nvidia GPU to be released. If you can't wait, I still advise you to go for 7950 or 7970 rather than the old Nvidia Gpu. Listen to what others suggested to you and you will just get yourself a nice gaming built.
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March 21, 2012 11:27:36 AM

8GB 1600MHz (no tall heat sink/spreader)is fine for gaming - faster is wasted money - diminishing returns.
-Bruce
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March 21, 2012 4:07:04 PM

Thank you all, so much. I think I'll put my biases aside and opt for the 7950 or 7970.
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