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Well I'll just get straight to it I guess, my friend wants a new computer and his budget is around 1200€, he's mainly going to use it for gaming and is going for a black / red themed case. I have some parts picked out and I want a second (or several) opinion(s) on them, the list is as follows:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
Motherboard: Asrock Fatal1ty P67 Professional
RAM: 4GB 1600Mhz Corsair Vengeance
Graphics card: 2x Asus GTX 560 Ti Directcu II TOP ( since it's the cheapest of them all )
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 Red Limited Edition
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB @ 7.2k RPM
CPU cooler: CoolerMaster hyper 212 Plus

Was thinking about an SSD but that'd push the cost quite a bit over his budget. So, thoughts ?
    
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I think the motherboard is overpriced for what it is, but otherwise nice setup

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130581

similar specs and $30 cheaper AR
Edited by OutOfBalanceOX - 6/14/11 at 7:13am
    
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I think the motherboard is overpriced for what it is, but otherwise nice setup

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130581

similar specs and $30 cheaper AR
Yeah that'd be good other than I won't touch an MSI motherboard with a stick and the fact that it's black/blue and he's going for a black/red theme. Pretty much the only other board he'd go for, as long as it's a black/red setup, is the Maximus IV GENE/Extreme but the GENE is mATX with the PCI-E slots only 1 slot away from each other, so not optimal for SLI and the Extreme is way too expensive.
    
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Yeah that'd be good other than I won't touch an MSI motherboard with a stick and the fact that it's black/blue and he's going for a black/red theme. Pretty much the only other board he'd go for, as long as it's a black/red setup, is the Maximus IV GENE/Extreme but the GENE is mATX with the PCI-E slots only 1 slot away from each other, so not optimal for SLI and the Extreme is way too expensive.
The fact that you would touch an ASRock board but not an MSI is disconcerting, but if color scheme is that important it makes sense
    
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The fact that you would touch an ASRock board but not an MSI is disconcerting, but if color scheme is that important it makes sense
ASRock makes top quality products now. I haven't got one single problem with my P67 Extreme4, and it's very sturdy. Comes with a bunch of nice feature, good layout, great cooling, very good OC capabilities. I can get my i5-2500K to about 5.0Ghz. on it.

I wouldn't want to touch an MSI board either. The horror stories I've make me steer right away from them.

So to OP:

Go ahead and get the Fatal1ty board He's gonna love it!

For the rest of your build:

If you're going for a black/red theme then you might want to check out these parts:

RAM: 4 Gb. G.Skill RipJawsX 1600Mhz. CL9
GPU: 2 Gb. Radeon HD6950 reference design (ASUS or AMD) from the first revisions (those you can definately unlock to a 6970)
Case: I personally prefer the HAF 912+ over the 922 - check it out
CPU-cooler: Although the Hyper 212 Plus is an awesome cooler, try to check out Antec Kühler 620 or CoolIT ECO A.L.C. - i mean this strictly for looks

Otherwise it's rock solid!
Edited by WhitePrQjser - 6/14/11 at 8:49am
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Doesnt need to be fatality board. Msi's boards are getting better, also oc ability on the fatality seems abit lower than other boards, even from asrock. You can get more performance and less $ going msi gigabyte asrock or asus.
Also since your going 560, which is limited to sli only, why get the fatality when you wont use all the pci-e?
All in all great build ...
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Doesnt need to be fatality board. Msi's boards are getting better, also oc ability on the fatality seems abit lower than other boards, even from asrock. You can get more performance and less $ going msi gigabyte asrock or asus.
Also since your going 560, which is limited to sli only, why get the fatality when you wont use all the pci-e?
All in all great build ...
Well, now he wants a black/red theme, and afaik, none of the MSI boards are black/red. Only one ASUS board is black/red and that one he definately doesn't need.

The only cheap black/red board is the Fatal1ty.

What do you mean by the 560 being limited to SLI only? With the Fatal1ty board, he can CrossFireX as well... And the 2Gb HD6950 outperforms the 560. An CFX/SLI board is great, because many people add another card down the road instead of buying the most expensive single/dual GPU out there.
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Well, now he wants a black/red theme, and afaik, none of the MSI boards are black/red. Only one ASUS board is black/red and that one he definately doesn't need.

The only cheap black/red board is the Fatal1ty.

What do you mean by the 560 being limited to SLI only? With the Fatal1ty board, he can CrossFireX as well... And the 2Gb HD6950 outperforms the 560. An CFX/SLI board is great, because many people add another card down the road instead of buying the most expensive single/dual GPU out there.
the board isnt limited to SLI, the card is
you can only use 2 pciex16 slots (for SLI or CFX) is what he was saying and that it didnt make sense to blow money on an extra slot.
Youre wasting money on a color scheme that could be used on higher performance items is the general point
    
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Care to tell me what I should swap out for higher performance then ? The motherboard ? I think not since he won't be overclocking too much anyway, 4.4ghz or so will suffice and I'm pretty certain this motherboard will be able to take him there.
    
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on the Fatal1ty, it's awesome and I was willing to pay for the theme too

I'd recommend the NZXT Phantom for a BAMF black/red case.

Also if you have some wiggle room on the CPU heatsink these would look much cooler and be a bit better than the 212+: Zalman 9900 red or Corsair H60

Otherwise your build is looking good!
Edited by WALSRU - 6/14/11 at 9:43am
   
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