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Hey Guys,

Just wanted some opinions on a build I'll hopefully be getting to next week. I've decided to go mATX as I wanted something compact, yet powerful.

Intel Core i5 2500k
Corsair H60 CPU Cooler
Asus P8P67-M Pro
4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600
2x EVGA 560 Ti 1GB SLI
1TB Hitachi 7200RPM
850W Silverstone Strider+
Fractal Design Define Mini

I'll be playing at 1080p, and it'll be mainly used for gaming. An SSD is out of my budget right now, as I'd rather focus on game performance than load times, but it's definitely something I'll consider in the future, or if my budget goes higher.

Thanks,

-SK
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Crap, posted it in Build Logs by accident Can you move this mods please?
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Sounds pretty good, although I've heard hitachi HDDS aren't exactly the bees knees..

560sli may be a problem with airflow if they're reference models.. might want to grab some Twin frozr II 560s for ~the same price, maybe 10-20 bucks more each.

edit: board even has vrm cooling which is nice, although 4+2 power may limit overclocking. You'd be hard pressed to find much better than that though, and you should still be able to OC moderately well.
    
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Looks good
Only thing I'd change is I'd go with a less beefy PSU as you don't need it with those cards.
I'd probably go 650 although I'm not sure how much juice a 2500K at 4.5-5 needs so if you're going very high on both your cards and CPU and loading them a lot (folding or something) then you might need more but 750 is more than enough.

Edit: And I'd get an F3 1TB but I haven't looked at reviews for HDDs in a while so maybe the hitachi is better/cheaper.
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Originally Posted by xPrestonn View Post
Sounds pretty good, although I've heard hitachi HDDS aren't exactly the bees knees..

560sli may be a problem with airflow if they're reference models.. might want to grab some Twin frozr II 560s for ~the same price, maybe 10-20 bucks more each.
My only problem is I detest non-reference GPUs. The case has enough fan mounts, so hopefully I should be ok. I've seen plenty of mATX builds with hotter cards and they were fine.
post #6 of 11
Remember to buy an SLI bridge, I'm not sure if that P8P67-M Pro comes with one. If it does, I haven't seen them in pics for the products on Newegg or the ASUS website.

Also if you can, wait for the Maximus IV GENE-Z. It's not that far away, and will be definitely worth it.

You may want to look at the NZXT Vulcan for mATX gaming. It provides good airflow (from what I hear), and is much smaller than the Define Mini.

The possibility of a 200mm fan on the side really has my attention

Other than that, looks good!
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mike-IRL View Post
Looks good
Only thing I'd change is I'd go with a less beefy PSU as you don't need it with those cards.
I'd probably go 650 although I'm not sure how much juice a 2500K at 4.5-5 needs so if you're going very high on both your cards and CPU and loading them a lot (folding or something) then you might need more but 750 is more than enough.

Edit: And I'd get an F3 1TB but I haven't looked at reviews for HDDs in a while so maybe the hitachi is better/cheaper.
I just find Hitachi's to be very reliable. Although, the exact model isn't final yet, so I'll probably get whatevers the best bang for my buck at checkout!
post #8 of 11
Don't SLI the 560's. My mATX build has enough room for two, but you're limited on fans for your case and you don't want the extra heat added. Not to mention the ASUS and MSI cards vent heat in every direction, so maybe not the best way to go. One 560 is more than enough to do what you want.

Take a look at the thread I created below where I discuss the 560 in my mATX rig (with pictures). Expect similar results, but keep in mind these benchmarks were done with a 930, not my 970.

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9403...-atx-htpc.html

Some quick tips:
If you don't get 2x 560's, use the money saved for an SSD. Also, go with a lower wattage power supply (650w will work fine) and upgrade your RAM to 8GB. While you won't use more than 4GB now [realistically], you don't want to upgrade again too soon.
Edited by greydor - 6/1/11 at 5:29pm
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Don't SLI the 560's. My mATX build has enough room for two, but you're limited on fans for you case, and you don't want the extra heat added. Not to mention, the ASUS and MSI cards vent heat in every direction, so not the best way to go. However, one 560 is more than enough to do what you want.

Take a look at the thread I created below where I discuss the 560 in my mATX rig (with pictures). Expect similar results, except keep in mind these benchmarks were done with a 930, not my 970.

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/9403...-atx-htpc.html

Some quick tips though, if you don't get 2x 560's, use the money saved for an SSD. Also, go with a lower wattage power supply (650w will work fine) and upgrade your RAM to 8GB. While you won't use more than 4GB now [realistically], you don't want to upgrade again too soon.
I like your rig.
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I like your rig.
Thank you!
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