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June 1, 2012 1:28:01 AM

I'm curious to what you guys think of this rig i'm thinking about building. Not sure if everything is compatible or not. Thoughts? suggestions? (everything is from Newegg)

Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (2 of them)

hec ZEPHYR ZEPHYR650 650W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
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June 1, 2012 1:38:25 AM

I'd get a Z77 motherboard, a more reputable PSU, and a beefier GPU (if you're gaming?)
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June 1, 2012 1:42:21 AM

Hi, I think for purely gaming, you should get a stronger video card than a 550 TI, if necessary go cheaper on the CPU to fit your budget and consider a video card such as these:



Most quad core CPUs in 2012 will get the job done for you on the CPU side of things. Since you're considering 2x 550 TIs, I would advise you generally a single better video card is going to be more effective than 2 cheaper cards in SLi/Crossfire. Aside from the performance issues, the power consumption is dramatically higher when running 2 cheaper cards vs 1 single better one:

$280 GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$340 Radeon 7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$260 Radeon 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Other thoughts:
Cheaper motherboard with a more modern chipset:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply, I've never heard of hec PSUs, they may be very good, but I will recommend one I know to be good regardless
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper CPU (In my opinion for gamers, theres no reason to buy the new Ivy Bridge over the prior Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridges are known to get substantially hotter than Sandys under overclocking conditions and at best, stock to stock they're only 6% better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 1, 2012 1:45:05 AM

Been building for years, and just got done with a new high end gaming ivy bridge setup. Here's some advice. Go with a Z77 Asrock motherboard. The boot up times are around 15 seconds with those. You won't be needing that CPU cooler though unless you intend to overclock. Also, I would recommend a RAIDMAX psu cuz they are cheap and quality. Been buying them for years, and never had any problems with them. Your GPU could be better, but if you're on a budget, I understand. Everything else looks great. Good luck.
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June 1, 2012 1:45:32 AM

I'd get a SSD drive for the OS(the fastest one you can afford) thus the 1TB for storage a Nvidia 670 and a Z77 motherboard!
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June 1, 2012 2:05:19 AM

Alright guys I've revised a few of those things; And I want to know...Is this all compatible? And do you think it will have good performance for gaming?

Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-01-20G)

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

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

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
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June 1, 2012 2:14:38 AM

That would work out pretty well yes. If you're still insistent on the Ivy Bridge however, you may as well go ahead and get a Z77 board as other suggested (there really isn't a difference in terms of real time but its one of those "What the hell?" things)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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