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Back in March this year I posted details of my proposed computer build which was based around the X58 chipset. A number of responses to my post suggested I consider Intel’s new Sandy Bridge, so over the past couple of months I’ve been reading reviews and have decided that I’ll take the advice given. I have now re-planed my build as follows:

CPU - Intel Core i7 2600K

Mobo - Asus Maximus IV Extreme

Memory - 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Dominator PC3-12800 (1600), CAS 8-8-8-24

Cooling - Water cooling – a separate post in the cooling section

Graphics - EVGA GTX 580 SC x 2 in SLI

Physx - Not decided yet if really needed

Boot drive - OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SSD

Case - Corsair Obsidian 800D

PSU - Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W

Blu Ray - Plextor PX-LB950SA x12

I play a lot of games, I’m an intermediate overclocker, I love technology and I like to tinker so I’ve also decided that I’m going to have a go a water cooling the thing. I might even have a go at producing a build log.

So any suggestions on my selection above would be most welcome i.e. alterative components, also your opinions would be appreciated, e.g. is it overkill for a gaming rig?
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post #2 of 14
Nice build, the only thing I would look at is spending the extra on the SC 580's

The vinilas will do just as well, if you wait an enthusiast level card the MSI lightning would be WIN ...

The also have the the Lightning Extreme coming out soon as well sporting 3GB's on on board memory
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post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by sniffsunderclouds View Post
Back in March this year I posted details of my proposed computer build which was based around the X58 chipset. A number of responses to my post suggested I consider Intel’s new Sandy Bridge, so over the past couple of months I’ve been reading reviews and have decided that I’ll take the advice given. I have now re-planed my build as follows:

CPU - Intel Core i7 2600K

Mobo - Asus Maximus IV Extreme

Memory - 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Dominator PC3-12800 (1600), CAS 8-8-8-24

Cooling - Water cooling – a separate post in the cooling section

Graphics - EVGA GTX 580 SC x 2 in SLI

Physx - Not decided yet if really needed

Boot drive - OCZ 240GB Vertex 3 SSD

Case - Corsair Obsidian 800D

PSU - Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W

Blu Ray - Plextor PX-LB950SA x12

I play a lot of games, I’m an intermediate overclocker, I love technology and I like to tinker so I’ve also decided that I’m going to have a go a water cooling the thing. I might even have a go at producing a build log.

So any suggestions on my selection above would be most welcome i.e. alterative components, also your opinions would be appreciated, e.g. is it overkill for a gaming rig?
Overkill ?? What is that? And no its not overkill for gaming, maybe overkill for some resolutions, but fps is always importamt for gaming!

By the way if your going water ,you may want to look at the hrdro series cards. They are already ready to go , even though water blocking, your SC it will not void your warranty from EVGA,as long as you put the card back the way it came before rma.
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post #4 of 14
Nice build!!

Overkill meh never! with those parts you can look forward to gaming on max settings for a long time to come.

My choice of 580 sli would be the new gigabyte gtx 580 soc smexy cards they are!
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post #5 of 14
Way overkill for a gaming rig. You'd see more value in just going with a 2500K and putting the extra dough towards the rest of the build or something. No games use 8 cores efficiently enough to justify the extra money spent.
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Way overkill for a gaming rig. You'd see more value in just going with a 2500K and putting the extra dough towards the rest of the build or something. No games use 8 cores efficiently enough to justify the extra money spent.
The 2600k is a 4 core 4 thread just like the 2500k......

To the op, sounds like a nice set up!!
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post #7 of 14
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The 2600k is a 4 core 4 thread just like the 2500k......

To the op, sounds like a nice set up!!
I don't mean to be rude, but please be more informed before spreading information.
The 2500k and 2600k both have four cores, but the 2600k is the only one that supports hyper-threading.
OP will be fine with a 2500k if he's just looking to game.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by VanillaCena View Post
I don't mean to be rude, but please be more informed before spreading information.
The 2500k and 2600k both have four cores, but the 2600k is the only one that supports hyper-threading.
OP will be fine with a 2500k if he's just looking to game.
I honestly did not know the 2500k didnt support hyperthreading. Thanks!
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On my original post I said that I'm going for EVGA GTX 580 SC x 2 in SLI but indicated that I am undecided yet if a dedicated Physx is really needed, any views on this from you guys?
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post #10 of 14
A dedicated Physx is not really needed. Not many titles take advantage of Physx to make the investment in a 3rd card worth it. 2 580s in SLI is MORE than enough to enable phsyx IMO.

I also think that for gaming that 2600k is overkill and a waste of money. Save yourselve the cash and save towards a nice LCD or speaker setup/soundcard IMO. Also the motherboard is a bit much. An Asus p67 PRO or a Asrock p67 extreme 4/6 will allow you to overclock ur rig just fine.

BTW if your water-cooling the gpus then getting the SC version is a waste of money since they are no different than the standard 580s EVGA has. EVGA does not bin the 5xx series cards from what I read.
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