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If you are willing to pay the extra money for a modular PSU go for it. Modular PSUs basically mean you can attach only the cables you need when you need it. It makes cable management a hell lot easier and reduces clutter thus increasing air flow smile.gif
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Hey Guys! After reviewing all your advice, here is what I have so far. It seems many people like the ASUS Pro, so I went wit that. Regarding the RAM, I’ve seen RipJaw vs Corsair vs G.SKILL Sniper. All at the same price, so which is better or it doesn’t matter and just pick one. I also need advice on the GPU, I am still not sure what to go with. Also, the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ is better? I think I will just stick with one GPU (don’t have money), so is the 750W good enough?
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K (DONE)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO (DONE)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 (need advice)
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 570 SuperClocked (need advice)
Storage: SSD: Corsair Force 3 2.5″ 90GB SATA III SSD (DONE)
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looking for more advice from you guys!

Hey I know you arent into overclocking, I'm building a similar rig, and whats interesting is I'm planning on using the same MOBO and CPU. The boards got a nice perk where it has a few switch's at the corner. You flip them and apparently it'll OC your i5 2500k up to 4.3. ... it sounds like you cpu fan is more than enough to handle an OC'ed 2500k anyway! watch at 4:45:D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTsEOIyqXtg&feature=player_embedded#!
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That is great to know Achilles11609!! thanks for the info man. I would like some advice on the: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB vs. Corsair Force 3 2.5″ 90GB. If the Crucial is better, I would like to go with it to save me some money. Since my main goal is to run Skyrim at max setting, I hope you guys could help enlighten me about the graphic card. Comparing the EVGA Geforce GTX 570 SuperClocked vs. ASUS Radeon HD 6950 2GB. I also went with the Corsair TX850M PSU. Many thanks in advance!
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The Crucial M4 is definitely better. Overall just way more reliable, most will agree. smile.gif
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post #25 of 42
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That is great to know Achilles11609!! thanks for the info man. I would like some advice on the: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB vs. Corsair Force 3 2.5″ 90GB. If the Crucial is better, I would like to go with it to save me some money. Since my main goal is to run Skyrim at max setting, I hope you guys could help enlighten me about the graphic card. Comparing the EVGA Geforce GTX 570 SuperClocked vs. ASUS Radeon HD 6950 2GB. I also went with the Corsair TX850M PSU. Many thanks in advance!

The Crucial M4 is second only to Intel's 510 series right now, and Intel wins mostly on reliability (and loses big time on price and a fair bit in 4k random speeds). The Crucial M4 has the best blend of speed, reliability and price right now IMHO.

The GTX 570 is faster than the 6950 by a good amount, and it comes with a lifetime warranty vs. a 3-year warranty on the Asus. Go with the 570. Make sure the model you get ends with an AR as those are EVGA's lifetime-warranted cards. Non-AR model numbers only get a 2 year warranty.
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post #26 of 42
You'd be better saving money in other components and getting a better monitor. You'd feel so much more benefit. An XFX 5770 like mine wouldn't struggle running Skyrim on Max Settings on that display when paired with a 2500k...

I'd recommend getting a 6850 or an Nvidia equivalent, and getting a 1366x768 or full hd LED display.
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post #27 of 42
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you have a pretty good size budget..you could go 2600k..
2 64gb ssds in raid 0 will net more performance
i'd go a little beefier on the psu..just to be safe..stick with corsair/antec/hec/cougar

These three suggestions are horrible. A gaming rig would be much better suited with saving $100 and grabbing the 2500k. Raid won't help gaming at all, so why exactly are you touting "more performance" when all he'll gain is some useless sequential read/writes? Lastly, my 2500k/GTX580 system was measured yesterday consuming less than 300 watts playing Metro 2033 and you're telling him that his 750 watt may not be enough? tongue.gif
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post #28 of 42
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These three suggestions are horrible. A gaming rig would be much better suited with saving $100 and grabbing the 2500k. Raid won't help gaming at all, so why exactly are you touting "more performance" when all he'll gain is some useless sequential read/writes? Lastly, my 2500k/GTX580 system was measured yesterday consuming less than 300 watts playing Metro 2033 and you're telling him that his 750 watt may not be enough? tongue.gif

I agree with everything you've said.
My sig-rig with a power-hungry Phenom II x6 plonked on it doesn't use much more than 330W with everything on full load. A 500W Corsair PSU would be ample for this guy. thumb.gif
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post #29 of 42
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I am currently debating about the Cooling. I would like your guys advice of what to get. It seems like CM Hyper is pretty famous here. thanks! Once I have everything, I will post my wish list on here for your guys viewing.

Cooler Master Hyper N520 Mirror Finished Copper Base OR Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus OR Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Also for the GPU, should I go with the FERMI version? Finally, does the Crucial comes with the converter chassis? biggrin.gif
Edited by kaigan - 11/21/11 at 8:21pm
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I am currently debating about the Cooling. I would like your guys advice of what to get. It seems like CM Hyper is pretty famous here. thanks! Once I have everything, I will post my wish list on here for your guys viewing.
Cooler Master Hyper N520 Mirror Finished Copper Base OR Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus OR Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Also for the GPU, should I go with the FERMI version? Finally, does the Crucial comes with the converter chassis? biggrin.gif

The Crucial drives come bare. They are marketed and packaged as notebook replacement drives so literally all you get is the bare drive and documentation inside the box. The SKUs with the "Transfer Kit" just come with some extra software and a USB dongle.. still no 2.5"->3.5" adapter bracket. Many modern cases come with at least 1 adapter bracket or mounting location for a 2.5" drive but it does depend on the case.

What kind of clocks are you shooting for? The 212 Plus is the best bang-for-the-buck at 4.5GHz and less. If you get a good chip that does above 4.5GHz at reasonable voltages (under 1.36v) the 212 Plus should also suffice.

All GTX 570s are FERMI, so they are all the same in terms of the underlying GPU and level of performance (Newegg just has the "Fermi" moniker on a select number for some silly reason). The only different model I'm aware of is the GTX 570 HD. The GTX 570 HD has a full DisplayPort (and full HDMI vs. mini-HDMI on the non-HD) and a different cooler that dumps the hot air into your chassis yet isn't as effective as aftermarket or non-reference solutions. I recommend the non-HD versions as the self-contained or aftermarket (MSI, Asus) coolers tend to offer better case airflow and better temps respectively, and there is generally a limited need for a full DisplayPort.
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