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Hello everyone. It was recommended to me that I give this site a look so decided to post my latest thoughts on my upcoming build then spend some time this weekend reading some discussions. I've heard from a few people that this is a great site so hoping for some good feedback.

Looking to build a new gaming machine. I bought a Dell XPS in Jan '05 but it is starting to get outdated. Even with the low min recs for SWTOR, it can't run it. Here is the build with a few thoughts:

CPU: i7-2600k (OC'd to 4.5-4.8+ GHz)
GPU: GeForce GTX 560 Ti (eventually add 2nd card)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 (eventually double to 16)
SSD: Crucial C300 64GB SATA III (boot drive)
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
CD Drive: ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

MB: Z68 but which? Prefer to stick with ASUS based on reviews.
PSU: Is 750w enough after OC and upgrades? 850w?
Cooling: Suggestions? Is this enough? Does the case make much difference?

The SSD will most likely just have our OS and a couple of programs we use on a daily basis. I would like to get a 120-128GB SSD so I can put whatever my current game is on the SSD but can't justify the cost giving what small increase in load times it might have (most people seem to think it wont affect it much at all). If the prices fall, I would probably look at a larger SSD but I'm afraid of the cheaper brands right now.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance for any advice and feedback you can give.
post #2 of 68
1. case makes a huge differnce for a build like that i would go a full ATX case. then you have alot of room to build and cable manage cause if cables are in the way are flow can be bad.

Also alot of case come with bad stock cooling if you dont get a good one.
i would go the cooler master HAF series case big good looking and awesome cooling.

Also if your going to OC you need to get a better CPU cooler than the stock the 2600k comes with or you will be running really hot.

And i would upgrade the PSU casue Intel chips and all GPU can be very power hungry especially if you are looking to SLI in the future.

But definatly get a good case you wont regret it. XD
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sorry about the terrible grammar
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post #4 of 68
for a psu if u plan on running sli 560's later on i would get a good 850 watt with enuff amps on the 12volt rails

good brands are

silverstone
crossiar
pc power cooling
antec
ocz
xfx
thermal take

maybe others but ask peopele on here when u find a model u like before you buy it bc some are total ****..ussally the cheap ones are no good
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Originally Posted by jjr017010 View Post
1. case makes a huge differnce for a build like that i would go a full ATX case. then you have alot of room to build and cable manage cause if cables are in the way are flow can be bad.

Also alot of case come with bad stock cooling if you dont get a good one.
i would go the cooler master HAF series case big good looking and awesome cooling.

Also if your going to OC you need to get a better CPU cooler than the stock the 2600k comes with or you will be running really hot.

And i would upgrade the PSU casue Intel chips and all GPU can be very power hungry especially if you are looking to SLI in the future.

But definatly get a good case you wont regret it. XD
No worries on the grammar.

So in addition to a good cooling unit, I want a tower with multiple fans and good air flow? I was really hoping to just pull everything out of my XPS tower and upgrade the cooling unit but the more I ask around the more I think I need a new case.

Thanks for the advice!
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Originally Posted by maw784 View Post
for a psu if u plan on running sli 560's later on i would get a good 850 watt with enuff amps on the 12volt rails

good brands are

silverstone
crossiar
pc power cooling
antec
ocz
xfx
thermal take

maybe others but ask peopele on here when u find a model u like before you buy it bc some are total ****..ussally the cheap ones are no good
Okay so definitely 850w to be safe? What kind of amps are we talking?

Thanks.
post #7 of 68
If you are going to be using this primarily for gaming I say its a waste getting the 2600K. You are better off buying the 2500K and using the money saved to either get a better GPU or to save up for your 2nd GTX 560. As for the motherboard it depends on how much you are willing to spend. Since you prefer ASUS have a look at the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO.
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post #8 of 68
if you just look for anything at 750watt or more from crossiar you should be fine for a long time u can deff get away with a good 750watt psu but u never know when your gona need more power later on...depends how much you want to "future proff" i just looked it up and a QUALITY 750watt would be plenty
post #9 of 68
If you are going to be air cooling the Hyper 212 Plus is the best bang for your buck. If you care to invest a little more the Corsair Hydro Series have affordable Water Cooling options that are just amazing. The H60 costs around $70.
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post #10 of 68
i agree the i7's hyper threading isnt gona make a big differance in gaming
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