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May 13, 2012 5:50:05 AM

Any advice or comments on this custom build that I picked out is welcome. I am wondering what the advantages (besides more monitors :heink:  ) are to adding graphics cards and how to do it.

Windows 7 Pro
*(SPECIAL) Intel Core i7 Processor i7-2700K 3.5GHz 8MB QUAD CORE
*INTEL COPPER HEAVY DUTY LGA 1155/1366/2011 COOLING FAN
*Asus MAXIMUS V GENE LGA1155/ Intel Z77/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ CrossFireX&SLI/ A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
*32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Dual / Quad Channel
*SEAGATE / WD 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB CACHE SATA 6.0Gb/s
*24X DUAL LAYER DVD-RW W/LIGHTSCRIBE
*nVidia GeForce GT520 2GB DDR3 DVI/VGA HDMI PCI-EXP Video Card
*Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 24-bit PCI-Express Sound Card
*REALTEK 10/100/1000 Gigabit Network Card (onboard)
*APEVIA X-Cruiser2 Metal Case w/ Side Window-GREEN
*3 THERMALTAKE/ANTEC CASE FAN
*THERMALTAKE DELUXE CASE COOLING SYSTEM
*THERMALTAKE 1000 WATT HIGH PERFORMANCE SLI/CROSSFIRE POWER SUPPLY :bounce: 
a b U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 6:05:39 AM

Absolutely terrible gaming card, would be hard to get a worse one. For gaming you will never use 32gb of ram. You would be lucky to use even 8Gb, so the rest just sits there.. Way overkill on the power supply. You could run like 50 gts520's with it at once, not to mention that Thermaltake is not a good power supply manufacturer. You could power that whole system as configured with a 400 watt powersupply.
There is no advantage in gaming for Win 7 pro. This build makes no sense, super high end on some stuff, and super low end on others. The cpu is overkill for gaming too. Get a I52500k, 8Gb of ram and with the money you save get at least a GTX560 video card. Power it with an Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic 600 watt powersupply and it will run circles around what you have there
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a c 84 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 6:51:23 AM

for gaming that is one of the worst gpu.you dont need that much of ram 8gb will be more then fine 16gb maybe overkill for the system.get the gtx 670 if u can pay more on gpu it gives nearly performance as the gtx 680.your system looks nice but gpu and psu doesnt seems good for gpu get gtx 670 which will suite your configuaration.for psu get ocz 600w psu modstream one its an good psu or corsair tx 650 or xfx 850w psu with good built for future upgrade and sli.:) 
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May 13, 2012 7:07:13 AM

steadyjeff said:
Any advice or comments on this custom build that I picked out is welcome. I am wondering what the advantages (besides more monitors :heink:  ) are to adding graphics cards and how to do it.

Windows 7 Pro
*(SPECIAL) Intel Core i7 Processor i7-2700K 3.5GHz 8MB QUAD CORE
*INTEL COPPER HEAVY DUTY LGA 1155/1366/2011 COOLING FAN
*Asus MAXIMUS V GENE LGA1155/ Intel Z77/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ CrossFireX&SLI/ A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
*32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Dual / Quad Channel
*SEAGATE / WD 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB CACHE SATA 6.0Gb/s
*24X DUAL LAYER DVD-RW W/LIGHTSCRIBE
*nVidia GeForce GT520 2GB DDR3 DVI/VGA HDMI PCI-EXP Video Card
*Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 24-bit PCI-Express Sound Card
*REALTEK 10/100/1000 Gigabit Network Card (onboard)
*APEVIA X-Cruiser2 Metal Case w/ Side Window-GREEN
*3 THERMALTAKE/ANTEC CASE FAN
*THERMALTAKE DELUXE CASE COOLING SYSTEM
*THERMALTAKE 1000 WATT HIGH PERFORMANCE SLI/CROSSFIRE POWER SUPPLY :bounce: 


How about this:
Windows 7 Pro
*(SPECIAL) Intel Core i5 Processor i5-3570k If your gonna use a Ivy bridge board then utilize the features.
*Coolermaster 212 Evo
*ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
*8 gb Muskin Redline DDR3 Dual Channel
*SEAGATE / WD 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB CACHE SATA 6.0Gb/s
*24X DUAL LAYER DVD-RW W/LIGHTSCRIBE
*Any GPU that is a GTX *60 or above. where the *= the series like 400,500,600 ect. No 660 yet though so like it was said get the 670 if you can.
*Ditch the sound card altogether
*Cooler Master Haf-922 or Antec 900
*SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W you can to a 750 watt if you don't plan on SLI.
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a b U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 7:26:06 AM

i mostly agree with carnedude
these newer parts with 22nm on the cpu and 28nm on the gpu use a lot less power than previous generations.
the wattages on the power supply recommendations is high. id be amazed if you could get the system past 450 with extreme overclock. this system should run at 350w with overclock during load. so if sticking with 1 gpu, 500w would be a good size for a little bit of upgradability. for dual gpu, 650w will do. but you can go overkill if you want, its your money.
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May 13, 2012 7:34:36 AM

Also this needs to be moved to New Builds.

And I agree on the PSU being overkill but for the price the Seasonic 1050 is all you will ever need....ever lol but yeah you could go with a 650w (recommended PSU for a 580) if you are just gonna run 1 card and not OC.
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May 13, 2012 4:12:44 PM

This pc is already built. I just kinda guessed at the components. It is what I am running now. So some changes to this are welcome but I cant just send back the whole thing and start over.....
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May 13, 2012 4:21:30 PM

I am really wondering mostly about the terrible GPU situation. I have a MSi R6500 in my old pc. Should I put that one in? Couldn't I run both?
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May 13, 2012 5:19:49 PM

steadyjeff said:
I am really wondering mostly about the terrible GPU situation. I have a MSi R6500 in my old pc. Should I put that one in? Couldn't I run both?



No.....just no dude.
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May 13, 2012 5:22:07 PM

Well, I switched the GPUs and am getting a much higher windows rating. My ratings (on scale of 1.0-7.9): calculations per sec = 7.8, memory operations per sec 7.8, desktop performance for windows aero = 6.8 (5.0 b4 gpu switch), 3D business and gaming graphics performance = 6.8 (6.3 b4 gpu switch), and Disk data transfer rate = 5.9. I'm know these aren't the greatest tool to rate my system but I do feel better with the higher ratings.
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May 13, 2012 5:26:02 PM

steadyjeff said:
This pc is already built. I just kinda guessed at the components. It is what I am running now. So some changes to this are welcome but I cant just send back the whole thing and start over.....

If its what you already have then I don't know what to tell you. I guess get a different GPU and then you will be ok but personally I don't know what you paid for this but you can build a lot lot better rig so if it was me and I could I would send it back and go with a better build for most likely the same price or maybe even cheaper. So next time ask before you buy; it will help you a lot in the long run.
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May 13, 2012 5:31:12 PM

the gpu I put in was the AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series. The reason for some of the overboard aspects is so I can upgrade for a long time. I had the money and I knew I didn't have the chance to get that expensive of a system again and I was guessing at most of it so I figured to guess high instead of low.
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a b U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 5:48:53 PM

Next time you come into money - ask advice before you throw $$ away. For that amount of money you could have a system that would make many here at Tom's envious!!!
-Bruce
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May 13, 2012 6:18:59 PM

steadyjeff said:
Any advice or comments on this custom build that I picked out is welcome. I am wondering what the advantages (besides more monitors :heink:  ) are to adding graphics cards and how to do it.

Windows 7 Pro
*(SPECIAL) Intel Core i7 Processor i7-2700K 3.5GHz 8MB QUAD CORE
*INTEL COPPER HEAVY DUTY LGA 1155/1366/2011 COOLING FAN
*Asus MAXIMUS V GENE LGA1155/ Intel Z77/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ CrossFireX&SLI/ A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
*32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Dual / Quad Channel
*SEAGATE / WD 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB CACHE SATA 6.0Gb/s
*24X DUAL LAYER DVD-RW W/LIGHTSCRIBE
*nVidia GeForce GT520 2GB DDR3 DVI/VGA HDMI PCI-EXP Video Card
*Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 24-bit PCI-Express Sound Card
*REALTEK 10/100/1000 Gigabit Network Card (onboard)
*APEVIA X-Cruiser2 Metal Case w/ Side Window-GREEN
*3 THERMALTAKE/ANTEC CASE FAN
*THERMALTAKE DELUXE CASE COOLING SYSTEM
*THERMALTAKE 1000 WATT HIGH PERFORMANCE SLI/CROSSFIRE POWER SUPPLY :bounce: 

CPU-Nice but not needed, as others have stated, for gaming the i5-2500k is plenty
CPU Cooler- Personal preference here but I would go with something like the Scythe Mugen III or other arftermarket cooler, the stock types just dont perform enough for gaming sessions.
Ram- OVERKILL, 8GB is more than enough to run the newest games and programs
Case- Apevia is well known for having airflow issues, sure they look nice but a case is more than just a box to keep stuff in, it needs to perform cooling functions.
Video card- Really? in a gaming system the video card ranks right up there with the CPU in order of importance for performance, that said, anything below a 560 would be an insult to this system you are building.
PSU- Again, overkill the only way you would ever want a 1000W or higher PSU would be in ultra high end 4 way SLI/Crossfire setups with multiple drives, and even then there would be plenty of cushion, you want a PSU that has some room for future upgrades get something in the 750-800W range with modular cables.
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