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April 6, 2012 5:06:00 PM

there is the new gaming system im gonna get in the next 30day (just waiting on ivy bridge release to be 100% sure) my budget is around 1300-1400$ and i plan to sli in the future

Cpu i5-2500k 224.99$

Cpu Cooling: CM Hyper 212 EVO 34.99$

SSD:o CZ Petrol 128GB 119.99$

GPU: Video Card any 680gtx (witch brand is the best ?) ­­~500$

MOBO: ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 ATX 204.06$

Case : Coolermaster Storm Enforcer 88.81$

PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 750W ATX 99.99$

RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (already have)

Total : 1 272.83

let me know what upgrade or money saving part i should get thank you!

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April 6, 2012 5:32:37 PM

Its a good build but why not ive bridge

intel i5 2500k equivalent ive bridge.
Asrock z77 extreme 3
Cm hyper 212 evo
corsair vengence 2x4 gb 1600mhz low profile ddr3 ram
evga gtx 680 2gb oc
pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver
wd carvier blue 500gb hdd
crucial m4 128gb ssd
corsair carbide 500r white or 300r if not in budget

evga makes best gpu and has the best customer care service.

Crucial m4 is the best ssd after intel 520 ssd.

The pp and c silencer mkii 950w is a steal and is best for 2 gtx 680.

April 6, 2012 5:34:05 PM

If you're going to wait for Ivy Bridge release before building, why not go Z77 and get the comparable i5? You're using your own graphics and unless you're planning to use Intel SSD caching, there is no longer a reason to go Z68.

Also, you're spending a lot of money on air cooling, can get good performance for much less with either Hyper 212 EVO or a little less with Zalman 9900Max or Noctua NHD-14.

I'm not really in the know about graphics, but I do know that ASUS and EVGA are more popular brands, although I've seen a lot of Sapphire suggestions as well. If you look at the following NewEgg search for 680gtx, you'll see that all brands are sold out, so no brands seem to be standing out although EVGA has best rated.
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April 6, 2012 5:49:31 PM

The cooler master hyper 212 evo can oc upto 4.5 ghz wighout sweat.

It is the best performer for its value
April 6, 2012 6:08:45 PM

Serial - you keep suggesting the PPC&Cooling 950W - with the new hardware there is no need for that much capacity even if SLI is an upgrade path. Get a more efficient 750W PSU. Edit - 850W to be safe.
April 6, 2012 6:12:37 PM

serialkiller said:
The cooler master hyper 212 evo can oc upto 4.5 ghz wighout sweat.

It is the best performer for its value

i will definately switch to hyper 212 evo thx !!!
April 6, 2012 6:13:50 PM

Amps are as much important as watts.

Dual gtx 680 needs 76 amps where has a 850w can provide only upto 70 amps max.

A 1000 w is costly and a bit overkill of this job but 750w is way less juice for sli and overkill for sinhle gpu
April 6, 2012 6:16:00 PM <----- That's from the Australian site, but the Canadian sites should have that board priced around $160 CAD. <----- Another look at that board

Ivy Bridge is due out April 29th. <----- Here's a price run down of the Ivy Bridge cpu's in $USD <----- Z77 boards already for sale in Australia. In the past few years the Aussies have been getting the goodies a month ahead of the US and Canada including Sandy Bridge and the 1155 boards. The Aussies have already pulled some of the 1155 Cougar Point boards (H61/H67/P67/Z68) from their site. In fact a lot of those boards are no longer for sale on that site compared to last month. <----- Line-up of Ivy Bridge desktop cpu's to date.

Z77/Z75 motherboards (Panther Point chipset w/native USB 3.0) and PCI-E 3.0 <----- Quick and brief rundown of Ivy Bridge, PCI-E 3.0 cards and the new gen boards. <---- Asrocks Z77 and Z75 boards to date. They all get released with Ivy Bridge. <---- Asus Z77 board lineup to date. <----- Gigabyte Z77 board lineup to date. <----- MSI Z77 board lineup to date. <---- Ivy Bridge cpu review with benchmarks <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks

FREE SHIPPING!!! These retailers are affiliated and both offer free shipping. They are located in Richmond, BC. $86.52
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS

This psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX and mid and upper tier Corsair psu's. $135.65
XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver

gtx 680 of course.... $497.71
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 1006MHZ 2GB 6GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E 3.0 Video Card $160 CAD +/- $10
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $215 CAD should be a close guesstimate
Intel i5-3570K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz $27.69
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

That cooler up above is set up to add this fan to it for a "push - pull" affect to bring the temps down even more... $8.05
Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM $48.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory $17.69
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $111.30
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Sata 6GBPS 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - Oem $126.45
Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive $109.20
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM
April 6, 2012 6:29:05 PM

850w psu with a Ivy Bridge set up will leave you ample headroom for o/c, etc...


Here is where we begin the benchmark portion of this article, but first let me show you our test system plus the software we used.


MSI Big Bang XPower X58


Core i7 965 Extreme @ 3750 MHz

Graphics Card

GeForce GTX 680 (NVIDIA reference)
GeForce GTX 680 (ASUS)

Measured power consumption two cards in SLI

System in IDLE = 155W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 473W
Difference (GPU load) = 318W
Add average IDLE wattage ~20W
Subjective obtained GPU power consumption = ~ 338 Watts
Mind you that the system wattage is measured at the wall socket side and there are other variables like PSU power efficiency. So this is a calculated value, albeit a very good one.

GeForce GTX 680 SLI - On your average system the cards require you to have a 750 Watt power supply unit as minimum.