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I was previously equipped with a very functional rig that did everything I wanted it to do, but it wasn't actually mine so when the owner asked for it back I had to oblige. I'm doing everything off a laptop now but I miss having a nice rig in my room with loads more power than my laptop soo.. I'm making a new one.

Here are the specs so far:

CPU: i5-2500K
GPU: Evga GTX 570 (2560MB)
Aftermarket GPU cooler: Zalman VF3000F
RAM: GSkill Ripjaw 8GB
PSU: CoolerMaster 1000W
Hard drive 1: Crucial 256GB SSD
Hard drive 2: WesternDigital 1.5TB 7200RPM
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Trooper

Additional purchases for build:
3M Di-noc Carbon Fiber Vinyl (for various carbon fiber wrapping purposes)
Red LED 120mm Case Fans (for extra air flow)

Now you may notice I don't have a motherboard for all this or a CPU cooler. I can't make up my mind for either of these but I have ideas in mind

For CPU cooling I'm debating air cooling or liquid cooling. If I do liquid cooling I think I'd buy a Corsair Liquid Cooling System (which is better H70 or H80).
If I go for air cooling, what's a good cooler with at least some levels of aesthetics?

And now for the MOBO. I have been eyeing four different ones.
1. Evga P67 FTW
2. Asus P8P67 Deluxe
3. ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Pro
4. ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3
I don't know which is best, most reliable and stable. Some feedback on these 4 (and possibly an alternative to these if they happen to all suck) and which I should aim for would be appreciated

So that's the build I plan on having. Overall opinions/suggestions/feedback is really appreciated and also input on the CPU cooler and MOBO situation would be really appreciated

Thanks!
post #2 of 22
You do not need 1000W for a 570, not even for one in SLI. 850W is plenty.
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You do not need 1000W for a 570, not even for one in SLI. 850W is plenty.

You can run 2 in SLI and not use 750w. I used a PSU calculator, put in your CPU overclocked to 4.5 gh, 2 of the new GTX 680s in SLI, 4 HDDs, 2 SSDs, 4 LED 120mm case fans, and it still didn't come out to but 679w, and that number is when every single device on the machine is functioning at 100% capacity (btw, that pretty much never happens).

So, I would say you should get a smaller PSU. Larger PSUs are more expensive, and they are actually less efficient when under very small loads.

Here is a good PSU. It is modular, 750w, and has solid reviews.

The review on that PSU.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-Fatal1ty-750-W-Power-Supply-Review/1019/10
post #4 of 22
1000w overkill
here is good psu imo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
case wudnt rely be my pick in the $150 range but nevertheless Storm Trooper still a good case
Closed loop corsair systems are for the cleaner look. air cooling is for more quietness I recommend Thernalright Silver Arrow
As for the hdd the 256 gb Crucial m4 is plenty as a boot drive, for all your applications, and for a descent number of big games. Therefore I do not think it is necessary to use a caviar black as a storage drive. I think u cud survive with a Caviar blue or even green.
I think I would go for the EVGA P67 FTW cuz of customer support. EVGA has REALLY nice customer support. Asus will barely help you (but it shouldnt be a big problem as their motherboards are very durable anyways) Same for ASRock rock solid board but if anything goes wrong OMG u r gona be left practically on ur own. They dont have phone services.
another board to consider is the Asus Maximus 4 Extreme: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=maximus+4+extreme&x=0&y=0
keep in mind Asus ROG is a branch of Asus. but their boards are really nice even if you dont overclock plenty of features biggrin.gif
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1000w overkill
here is good psu imo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
case wudnt rely be my pick in the $150 range but nevertheless Storm Trooper still a good case
Closed loop corsair systems are for the cleaner look. air cooling is for more quietness I recommend Thernalright Silver Arrow
As for the hdd the 256 gb Crucial m4 is plenty as a boot drive, for all your applications, and for a descent number of big games. Therefore I do not think it is necessary to use a caviar black as a storage drive. I think u cud survive with a Caviar blue or even green.
I think I would go for the EVGA P67 FTW cuz of customer support. EVGA has REALLY nice customer support. Asus will barely help you (but it shouldnt be a big problem as their motherboards are very durable anyways) Same for ASRock rock solid board but if anything goes wrong OMG u r gona be left practically on ur own. They dont have phone services.
another board to consider is the Asus Maximus 4 Extreme: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=maximus+4+extreme&x=0&y=0
keep in mind Asus ROG is a branch of Asus. but their boards are really nice even if you dont overclock plenty of features biggrin.gif

I don't think a $300 board is needed.

And that is the PSU I have. I love it, it has an excellent warranty, and excellent stress testing, but the other one was modular. I actually wish my PSU was modular, because I had to give over the SSD cage to curl up my extra wires. However, if you want something a bit cheaper that still does the job with 0% chance of failure, then the Mk II is amazing.

Actually, if you get the Mk II instead of teh other one, you might just wait for your rebate to get back to buy yourself a mouse or keyboard.
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wait for ivy bridge corei5 3570K + z77 motherboardthis late april
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I don't think a $300 board is needed.
And that is the PSU I have. I love it, it has an excellent warranty, and excellent stress testing, but the other one was modular. I actually wish my PSU was modular, because I had to give over the SSD cage to curl up my extra wires. However, if you want something a bit cheaper that still does the job with 0% chance of failure, then the Mk II is amazing.
Actually, if you get the Mk II instead of teh other one, you might just wait for your rebate to get back to buy yourself a mouse or keyboard.

300 overkill but the $300 boards kick *** compared to the $150-$200 boards P8P67 Deluxe wud be my choice or rather the P8Z68 Deluxe or Pro
    
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Buy a 750w and below Corsair or Seasonic power supply and you're good to go.
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I'm running a 570 perfectly fine with a 600w PSU. obviously if I upgrade much more, I'm definitely gonna need a more powerful one, but I'm fairly confident that for a single 570 600w will do.
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