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Hey all, been visiting the forums for years, but first time posting...

I'm putting together a new Sandy Bridge system and would love some feedback on it. Nothing is set in stone yet, so I'm open to suggestions on anything. This will be used for gaming as well as 3dsmax, Photoshop, After Effects, and a few other similar apps. I'd like to OC to 4.5, though wouldn't be unhappy if I can go further. I'm trying to keep it close to the $1500 range, but do have some flex. Here's my parts list at the moment:

3.4ghz Core i7 2600k
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Seasonic X Series X850 PSU
2xMSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC
X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro
NZXT Phantom
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB (2x4gb) 1600
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
WD Caviar Black 2TB

I'm particularly unsure about the case and PSU. I definitely want great air flow, cable management, bottom PSU placement, space to work in and good general fit and finish. The Corsair 600T is another I've looked at. I'd love to find similar quality in an aluminum case.

For the PSU I think 850W will be plenty for this build, but if I later add a couple more hard drives, another optical (bluray), etc. the online calculators suggest I go with at least 1000W. I've thought about going overboard and getting the Corsair AX1200 or OCZ ZX150 (only 40 to 80 bucks more than the 850W).

For the RAM would I see any significant increases by going with 2000 or even 2200?

Thanks for any suggestions/comments!
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post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dalz View Post
Hey all, been visiting the forums for years, but first time posting...

I'm putting together a new Sandy Bridge system and would love some feedback on it. Nothing is set in stone yet, so I'm open to suggestions on anything. This will be used for gaming as well as 3dsmax, Photoshop, After Effects, and a few other similar apps. I'd like to OC to 4.5, though wouldn't be unhappy if I can go further. I'm trying to keep it close to the $1500 range, but do have some flex. Here's my parts list at the moment:

3.4ghz Core i7 2600k
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Seasonic X Series X850 PSU
2xMSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC
X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro
NZXT Phantom
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB (2x4gb) 1600
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
WD Caviar Black 2TB

I'm particularly unsure about the case and PSU. I definitely want great air flow, cable management, bottom PSU placement, space to work in and good general fit and finish. The Corsair 600T is another I've looked at. I'd love to find similar quality in an aluminum case.

For the PSU I think 850W will be plenty for this build, but if I later add a couple more hard drives, another optical (bluray), etc. the online calculators suggest I go with at least 1000W. I've thought about going overboard and getting the Corsair AX1200 or OCZ ZX150 (only 40 to 80 bucks more than the 850W).

For the RAM would I see any significant increases by going with 2000 or even 2200?

Thanks for any suggestions/comments!
Sandys OC with the multiplyer the BCLK is fixed so the high mhz ram aint gunna affect that, If its not too much more money get the better ram.

Corsair AX1200 is fully modular, so u can make Ur own custom sleeved cables and not void the warranty, will look epic in the NZXT or the Corsair 600T

..Corsair 600T is a better case for airflow and cable management, theres more room between the mb tray and the side door, and u can pull the hdd caddies out, so that the front 200mm fan blows on the gpu area.





Get a single GPU 570/580, then buy a second when the price drops. other wise that's practically flawless


nit pics, or personal pref CPU COOLING Noctua NH-D14, or H70
Edited by andrewmchugh - 5/7/11 at 2:29pm
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post #3 of 11
Why two 560's? Why not just a 570 or 580?

Don't rely on the online calculator for estimated power usage. They are never accurate. I'm running my system with a 650W PSU, if you want to cut some $$$$ off you can drop down to the Seasonic X750 or hell even the X650. The purpose of the calculator is to make you buy a more expensive PSU so the companies can make you spend more money. But a good 550-650W is good enough to run most builds for anyone.

For memory it's not going to matter if you get 2000 or 2200. It makes no difference, Sandy Bridge doesn't care about your memory speed nor will it make a difference if you decide to overclock. The sweet spot for Sandy Bridge is 1333 and 1600, either of the two speeds will do you fine. The only time you will see a difference in 2000 and 2200 is in benchmarks and if you test Windows 7 SP1 with AVX support in IBT/Linx pack.

For cases, most are going to be steel. The NZXT is steel, the only cases I know of that are practically 100% aluminum are Lian Li cases. Only problem is that they cost quite a bit for a full tower case and you will also have to cut out holes yourself if you ever decide to use radiators for water cooling.
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post #4 of 11
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Thanks for the responses. You both mentioned the video cards -- I'd seen a couple of reviews that indicated that 2 560s perform better than a single 580. Is that not the case?

After doing some more research, it looks like the NZXT 200mm side fan won't fit with the silver arrow. Just about every review on the 600t says that it's a very wide case, and apparently there's now an optional side panel with plexi or mesh and fan mounts. Anyone know if the thermalright will fit in the 600t with side fans? I'm curious too, is that optional side panel an extra purchase or do you just have to request it from Corsair?
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dalz View Post
Thanks for the responses. You both mentioned the video cards -- I'd seen a couple of reviews that indicated that 2 560s perform better than a single 580. Is that not the case?

After doing some more research, it looks like the NZXT 200mm side fan won't fit with the silver arrow. Just about every review on the 600t says that it's a very wide case, and apparently there's now an optional side panel with plexi or mesh and fan mounts. Anyone know if the thermalright will fit in the 600t with side fans? I'm curious too, is that optional side panel an extra purchase or do you just have to request it from Corsair?
The windowed side panel would be an optional extra.

2 560s will just beat a 580, but the 560 is a weak card
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One thing I forgot to mention. I'd like this to be a fairly quiet system. I chose the Seasonic and Thermalright because they both seem to offer great performance and are quieter than many alternatives. Would anyone disagree?

andrewmchugh, could you elaborate a bit on why the 560 is weak? Thanks!
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Its not that its that weak but with a 580 able to match 2 of them, I would get a 580 and the ax1200 wait for the price of 580 to drop and then get a second.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dalz View Post
One thing I forgot to mention. I'd like this to be a fairly quiet system. I chose the Seasonic and Thermalright because they both seem to offer great performance and are quieter than many alternatives. Would anyone disagree?

andrewmchugh, could you elaborate a bit on why the 560 is weak? Thanks!
SLI and Crossfire is basically a toss up. In some games it takes advantage of the extra card but not all games take advantage of dual cards. This leaves you with the game running with only 1 GTX 560. So basically you're second card ends up not being utilized and just sits there and idles drawing power. I'd rather have one strong card than two weaker cards, if the game doesn't scale well with two cards then you will be at the mercy of the speed of one GTX 560.

I've had 3870's in crossfire and 4870's in crossfire. Majority of the time I never end up utilizing the 2nd card as much as I wanted to because either the game didn't support dual cards, I didn't get much further performance gain from a second card, or it had problems with dual cards enabled. I'm sure by the time I need to crossfire my 5870 that something new will come out and will be better, faster, and cheaper.
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post #9 of 11
Don't let these guys fool you, two 560's are very potent. I can max out every game I have quite easily (BFBC2, Crysis 1 and 2, Metro 2033, MOH, COD MW2 etc). Also, I have yet to run into any situation in which SLI has been a problem. The days of driver issues and game incompatibilities are over. SLI is very solid with these new 500 series cards (and will be even better in the future). If you want to spend $500 on video cards and don't intend to spend another $500 down the line there is no better option than two GTX 560Ti's...
post #10 of 11
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Thanks for all the input guys, I appreciate it. Also, a quick bump to see if anyone has put a Silver Arrow inside the 600T with the side fan?
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