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Hey everyone,


I recently purchased a new PC, and just wanted your thoughts about how it shapes up in terms of gaming. I'm not an ultra-hardcore gamer (no multiple monitors or anything like that), but I want to be able to play current games at high/ultra settings and games in the next few years at least on medium/maybe high level. Just to add: I'm looking for a 23 or 24 inch monitor, resolution no more than 1920x1080 or 1200, so I don't have anything more demanding than that planned at the moment.

OK, so the specs:


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (overclocked to i7 Quad core 4.5GHz)
CPU cooler: Corsair CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO R3 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston 16GB(4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 64MB 3.5" SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM Dual Processor
Graphics Card: nVidia Geforce GTX580,1536MB-DDR5,384 BIT, DUAL DVI-I, HDMI,PCIE 2.0, ASUS
Power Supply: 850W Corsair TX Series Power Supply
Case: Cooler Master HAF932 Full Tower Case
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64


What do you think? Will this hold up well for now and for several more years? If not, is there any component that would act as a bottleneck? I'm mostly worried about the motherboard, as I don't really know a lot mobos.

I'd appreciate any thoughts and opinions. Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 13
All looks good to me
But you might want a second GTX580!
But I guess you already thought of that! As you're going for an 850W PSU

And stop worrying about the mobo
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Asus motherboard you picked is awesome and just fine but there are some components that i would change

1. unless you do looks of multithreaded work, folding or video editing, Hyperthreading will not benefit you in games so get the 2500k and pocket the change for a good monitor

2. for the h60, i would suggest spending 20 bucks more and getting the noctua d14 or thermalright silver arrow, as they are far better in cooling than the h60, also for the d14 and silver arrow get which ever is cheaper

3. for the power supply get a seasonic or corsair 650w if you are not gonna be sli in the future, otherwise the 850w is fine

and for a monitor, since you did not give a budget this monitor is good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824260047
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2. for the h60, i would suggest spending 20 bucks more and getting the noctua d14 or thermalright silver arrow, as they are far better in cooling than the h60, also for the d14 and silver arrow get which ever is cheaper
I'd like to see a single review showing a Noctua being "far better" than an H60. I can show you lots that prove they're pretty close.
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2600k is fine and a great option! i love mine and it will come into its own when there are more multi threaded games out there like BF3

so stick with the 2600k
graphics cards also awesome
MOBO is great ive never had an easier thing to use! loads of fan headers and easy for cable management!

coolin i would go h80 push pull at 4.5Gigleyherts
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Thanks for your comments, guys! I don't intend to do sli at the moment, but I do want to keep it as an option in the future if an upgrade is needed. For now, I really just want a system that will allow me to play just about any game out there at high settings.

I do have a question about memory: I've been reading that Kingston uses 1.65v, and that Sandy Bridge is more suitable for 1.5v? Is that a big problem, to the extent that I should consider looking for alternative memory, or is it a minor thing?

Cheers!
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I wouldn't worry about the motherboard, motherboards don't actually effect performance. The only thing you would have to upgrade in a couple of years would be the gpu as they age the fastest. Everything else should last you a good five years until they're unable to run the latest games at a decent fps.
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Can you fit an ssd in there, most noticeable upgrade for the money. Maybe get a 6970 if you want to save some more. Not a huge difference between that and a 580 to justify the extra cost. Or sli/xfire some cheaper cards if you are not going to upgrade for awhile.
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I do have a question about memory: I've been reading that Kingston uses 1.65v, and that Sandy Bridge is more suitable for 1.5v? Is that a big problem, to the extent that I should consider looking for alternative memory, or is it a minor thing?

Cheers!
I've read that 1.65v RAM is the max for Sandy Bridge CPUs!
And it was something to do with the memory controller being on the CPU.
So IMO 1.5v > 1.6v Ram. As 1.5v Ram won't push the chip-set as hard!
But others do use 1.65v Ram! And if it's going to cause any problems. Only time will tell
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Gskill ram is 1.5v (mine are 1600mhz 4gb sticks @1.500v)
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