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To be honest, I'm kind of on a budget. I have to build everything from scratch, with no pre-existing parts, so I can't afford to dump a ton of money into a single part. I want it to be nice, but it doesn't need to be a powerhouse.

Basically, I'm looking for a durable rig that will meet my standard gaming needs....nice graphics and smooth gameplay at higher settings. My current laptop runs all of my games at recommended settings & can do just about whatever else I need it for, but I'm looking for something with more functionality and power that I can upgrade when I get more money later on.

With all the extra peripherals factored in (I think..) the price is roughly 1.7k. Is this a good setup? Is there anything I should consider changing? It's hard for me to not want to spend a little extra to get a better part, but money is sort of an issue, so I had to cut where I could. Also, I am looking into running dual GPUs with the SLI feature, but I've no idea if my PSU will be enough or if my CPU will bottleneck. I can't find much info at all on that.

CASE: Lian-Li PC-A71F
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3GHz
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 Pro
GPU: Asus GTX 560 Ti (I have heard many bad things about the Gigabye OC version of this card)
SOUNDCARD: ASUS Xonar DS 7.1
RAM: Patriot G Series 4GB DDR3
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
COOLING: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
OPTICAL DRIVES: Samsung SH-223 DVD R/W & Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W
MONITOR: ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch
Other things I won't bother listing: keyboard, mouse, speakers Win7

Will probably need to get a wireless adapter of some sort as well...

Any input is welcome.
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Originally Posted by OverCaffeinated View Post
To be honest, I'm kind of on a budget. I have to build everything from scratch, with no pre-existing parts, so I can't afford to dump a ton of money into a single part. I want it to be nice, but it doesn't need to be a powerhouse.

Basically, I'm looking for a durable rig that will meet my standard gaming needs....nice graphics and smooth gameplay at higher settings. My current laptop runs all of my games at recommended settings & can do just about whatever else I need it for, but I'm looking for something with more functionality and power that I can upgrade when I get more money later on.

With all the extra peripherals factored in (I think..) the price is roughly 1.7k. Is this a good setup? Is there anything I should consider changing? It's hard for me to not want to spend a little extra to get a better part, but money is sort of an issue, so I had to cut where I could. Also, I am looking into running dual GPUs with the SLI feature, but I've no idea if my PSU will be enough or if my CPU will bottleneck. I can't find much info at all on that.

CASE: Lian-Li PC-A71F
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3GHz
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 Pro
GPU: Asus GTX 560 Ti (I have heard many bad things about the Gigabye OC version of this card)
SOUNDCARD: ASUS Xonar DS 7.1
RAM: Patriot G Series 4GB DDR3
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
COOLING: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
OPTICAL DRIVES: Samsung SH-223 DVD R/W & Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W
MONITOR: ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch
Other things I won't bother listing: keyboard, mouse, speakers Win7

Will probably need to get a wireless adapter of some sort as well...

Any input is welcome.
Get a cheaper case like HAF 932 & invest that on a better gpu,
msi gtx570 twin frozr3 power edition,
you picked a nice psu for sli,
but I would suggest you to get a better mobo,
gigabyte z68x ud3p.
Rest of the setup seems okey.
Hope you like my suggestion.
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To be honest, I'm kind of on a budget. I have to build everything from scratch, with no pre-existing parts, so I can't afford to dump a ton of money into a single part. I want it to be nice, but it doesn't need to be a powerhouse.

Basically, I'm looking for a durable rig that will meet my standard gaming needs....nice graphics and smooth gameplay at higher settings. My current laptop runs all of my games at recommended settings & can do just about whatever else I need it for, but I'm looking for something with more functionality and power that I can upgrade when I get more money later on.

With all the extra peripherals factored in (I think..) the price is roughly 1.7k. Is this a good setup? Is there anything I should consider changing? It's hard for me to not want to spend a little extra to get a better part, but money is sort of an issue, so I had to cut where I could. Also, I am looking into running dual GPUs with the SLI feature, but I've no idea if my PSU will be enough or if my CPU will bottleneck. I can't find much info at all on that.

CASE: Lian-Li PC-A71F
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3GHz
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 Pro
GPU: Asus GTX 560 Ti (I have heard many bad things about the Gigabye OC version of this card)
SOUNDCARD: ASUS Xonar DS 7.1
RAM: Patriot G Series 4GB DDR3
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
COOLING: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
OPTICAL DRIVES: Samsung SH-223 DVD R/W & Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W
MONITOR: ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch
Other things I won't bother listing: keyboard, mouse, speakers Win7

Will probably need to get a wireless adapter of some sort as well...

Any input is welcome.

Everything seems fine but I would get the 2gb version of the 560 if you plan on SLI since the amount of video ram won't double if you SLI. Basically you will have lots of graphics power but will not have enough video ram for hi-rez textures or higher resolutions such as when you have a multi-monitor setup. 750w is enough for this system (2 560s in SLI) even if you OC ur gpu and cpu. I would get the Corsair HX750 V2 instead, similar price but better efficiency and also is partially modular. As for bottle-necking, just OC your card to 4-4.5ghz and you will not be bottle-necked. 4.5ghz is very easy to reach with that cooler. As for a wireless adapter, this one works great is has good range due to the antennas being in the front of your case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-045-_-Product. Also save some money and get yourself a NZXT Phantom, it has a built in fan controller as well, even more money saved!!! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...hantom&x=0&y=0 Or if you want to save even more money get a Coolermaster 912, its only $50 bucks after a $10 rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-233-_-Product
Edited by T3chAdd1ct - 5/17/11 at 12:03am
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Everything seems fine but I would get the 2gb version of the 560 if you plan on SLI since the amount of video ram won't double if you SLI.
I wasn't even aware this was an option. Since it's almost the same price as the 1gb, I will definitely get this instead. Thanks for the information about SLI as well.

I really love the case I picked out, but I'm really torn since it's so expensive. I found another one at Fry's that was nice, but I think it might be discontinued.
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Are you planning to use headphones with that soundcard? It does not have a built in headphone amp that some `phones require. Also, I would step up to 8GB memory, you can grab the 8GB kit of the model you wanted for $75 after rebate.

Edit: Actually I would grab this kit - 20% off today! Also runs at 1.5V instead of 1.65V giving you more headroom.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314
Edited by Iceman23 - 5/17/11 at 7:30am
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Are you planning to use headphones with that soundcard? It does not have a built in headphone amp that some `phones require. Also, I would step up to 8GB memory, you can grab the 8GB kit of the model you wanted for $75 after rebate.

Edit: Actually I would grab this kit - 20% off today! Also runs at 1.5V instead of 1.65V giving you more headroom.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314
I definitely had the 8gb in mind if I could fit it into my budget.

I probably will use headphones...I had thought the soundcard had mic and headphone outlets, so I'm not sure what you mean.
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How many of those computers are you planning to power with that PSU?
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im sorry but how is 1.7k on a budget. with that cash you can build on hell of a powerhouse.

i build a rig last month for under that it included:
core i7 950
msi x58 big bang mobo
3 x 2gb ocz ram
2tb hdd
30gb ssd boot
corsair 800d psu
cosair 1000watt psu
win 7
msi 560ti gpu
corsair h50 liquid cooling unit
+ extras
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im sorry but how is 1.7k on a budget. with that cash you can build on hell of a powerhouse.

i build a rig last month for under that it included:
core i7 950
msi x58 big bang mobo
3 x 2gb ocz ram
2tb hdd
30gb ssd boot
corsair 800d psu
cosair 1000watt psu
win 7
msi 560ti gpu
corsair h50 liquid cooling unit
+ extras
Who put that together? 1000W, really?

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Originally Posted by OverCaffeinated View Post
I definitely had the 8gb in mind if I could fit it into my budget.

I probably will use headphones...I had thought the soundcard had mic and headphone outlets, so I'm not sure what you mean.
It does, it's just some headphones with higher impedance ratings/lower sensitivity (basically means you'll need more power) require an amplifier to reach acceptable volume. However, most headphones do not require an amp -was just making sure.

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Originally Posted by Aussie View Post
im sorry but how is 1.7k on a budget. with that cash you can build on hell of a powerhouse.

i build a rig last month for under that it included:
core i7 950
msi x58 big bang mobo
3 x 2gb ocz ram
2tb hdd
30gb ssd boot
corsair 800d psu
cosair 1000watt psu
win 7
msi 560ti gpu
corsair h50 liquid cooling unit
+ extras
Please don't follow this as an example - your setup will perform noticeable better due to the 2500k. And like Plex said, 1000w is overkill and is over double what that rig needs.
Edited by Iceman23 - 5/17/11 at 10:37am
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