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Howdy guys, I have been trolling around all of the different folders in the forums reading and learning more than I thought possible, so let me first say thanks for all the useful information!!

I have a few quesitions that I am trying to sort out, so here it goes

Case: Corsair 600t
PSU: Corsair 750w, need help on which one, and why
Mobo: Most likely the p8p67 Pro, sounds like it is the best bang for your buck, if there are other suggestions im open to them
CPU: Probably going to stick to the i5-2500k
HD: Spinpoint f3 1TB or so, maybe 1.5 SATA 6.0
SSD: Crucial M4 64gb
RAM: 8 gigs, not sure the difference between all I have seen recommended on here, Im open to any of them as long as the pricepoint is ~$80
GPU: Here is probably my biggest dilemma, it changes hourly as I read different posts and different reviews, I like the idea of 2x 6950 unlocked to 6970, if they still unlock, (which i seem to be hearing different opinions on) or getting one of the 580s, not sure exactly which one.

My main questions come as this:

1. Does the 600t allow for good airflow? If not, any other case recommendations that are white? i like the color (mostly unimportant i know)
2. Any other options as far as cooling goes? It would be my first foray into overclocking and extra cooling, but I would want something easy.
3. Which RAM is better and why
4. Naturally, the ever changing video card debate

Budget is under $2000, the closer to $1500 the better. All depends on when I ask my wife

Thanks guys, all suggestions, concerns, insults, and advice is more than welcome! Rip my build to shreds if need be

Cheers

EDIT: Mainly for gaming, most likely on 2 24" monitors
Edited by Nowiser - 8/13/11 at 12:47pm
post #2 of 6
All GSkill ram are good, also can't go wrong with Mushkin and Corsair. 1600Mhz at at least CL9 is advisable. One 580 is strong and would leave you with room to SLI in the future. I would get a Seasonic X-750, those are great PSUs and would let you SLI the 580s with no stress on it at all. One 580 would be strong for two 2 24" but a 3GB VRAM version (MSI Xtreme for example) would be better. 2500k+P67 Pro are beast, just look at my sig rig!
Cooling - I'd go for a NH-D14 if you have room in your budget, it's a beast but should easily fit in the 600T. If not, maybe a Scythe Mugen 2 + two Yate Loon fans (D12SH-12) is more on a budget. The absolute budget cooler is a 212+.
Solid build overall.
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This ram is great bang for your buck ddr31600 is great anything over is just overkill

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161452
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Can you game on 2 monitors? ...and $1,500 will get you a Very nice computer to start with, with room to upgrade with bells and whistles for many Christmases to come.
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The 600T isn't known for its airflow or cooling. It has many features that make it easy to work with, but it runs hotter than other cases in its price range. I doubt a 2500k outputs enough heat for it to really make a difference, but it may. If air cooling is your primary focus, the case with the best airflow/cooling that is available in white is the Silverstone RV02-E White.
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Your budget is big, take a looksy at some modular PSU's if you wish.

Case: NZXT Phantom (White) $119 w/ promo

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W $100. $85 after MIR.

Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z $178 Shipped. (Same price as Pro so whynot?)

CPU: i5 2500k $205 w/ promo

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $55

SSD 6x GB Option 1: Crucial M4 64GB $115

SSD 1xx GB Option 2: Crucial M4 128GB $219

RAM: G.Skill Sniper 2x4GB $50 w/ promo (Or Ripjaws for $10 more, Vengence for $10 more)

GPU Option 1: HIS 6970 2GB $346 Shipped.

GPU Option 2: Gigabyte GTX 570 $319 Shipped.

$1141. $1126 w/ MIR. (GTX 570/64GB SSD Build)
$1272. $1257 w/ MIR. (6970/128GB SSD Build)
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