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post #1 of 10
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Right so I'm going for a new computer build with a rather eclectic set of parts coming off various Black Friday sales, and now I'm just a tad bit worried.

I'm looking to spend about $1500 and this is the build as currently worked out

Parts Bought:

Case - Antec P183 ($90)
PSU - Seasonic X-650 ($107)
Graphics Cards - Geforce 460 GTX 1GB SLI (2 different manufacturers due to indecisiveness, MSI Hawk clocked at 780 for $160 and the PNY XLR8 at 765 for $170) ($330)
RAM - G.Skill DDR3-1600 4x2GB DIMM ($100)
SSD - G.Skill Pheonix Pro 120GB ($190)
HDD - 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB ($120)
CPU Cooler - Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B ($40)
CD/DVD Drive - ASUS DRW-24B1ST ($20)

Parts in question:
CPU - i5 2500K ($220~?)
Motherboard - ($200~?)
Additional Fans - S-Flex E/F's (1200/1600 RPM) (I'd get GentleTyphoons if they weren't so hard to get in stock) ($30 - $60)

Total Cost $1450~

My questions are these:
- Is my choice of GPU vs CPU too unbalanced? On another forum I asked they told me that the 460 GTX 1GB in SLI is too little GPU power in comparison to the i5-2500k I'm planning to put in.
- If the answer to the above is yes, should I move to a cheaper processor/mobo combination and get more graphical bang (since I'd have to resell my 460's since I redeemed the rebates)
- Can the Seasonic X-650's run the 460's in SLI and the rest of components without failing? If it can, how much OC headroom do you guys think I'll have?
- How many fans/what configuration should I go with a P183 with this setup? Plan on replacing the fans that come with the P183, unless that doesn't seem necessary
- If I do stick to the i5-2500k/stick with LGA 1155, which motherboard would best suit my needs?

This is going to be for gaming on a 1680 x 1050 for one year, then moved to a 1900 x 1080/1200 monitor. I'm hoping for a CPU OC of about 3.8~ GHz and a GPU OC of 820 MHz

Thanks for reading it all, please provide feedback
post #2 of 10
I would say the cpu and the gpus are pretty well balanced. I will always say grab the i7, but if this is what your budget permits, it will do great.

The power supply will handle that just fine.

Whats your budget on fans?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Whatever's left until $1500....which for me will mean a budget of about $60
post #4 of 10
Dont know if I would bother replacing existing fans but getting more is a good thing if you are planning to overclock CPU/GPU or run multiGPU setups and that can raise the heat n the case quite a lot.

Consider also a fan controller like a Sentry LX or LXE so you can control fan speeds..
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
From what I'm gathering

- My CPU OC desire is pretty conservative and should go up some
- I probably should've slapped down for the Noctua nh-d14 or a prolimatech megahalem

- Still, since that's pretty much past, anyone want to recommend a motherboard that'd be OC friendly, SLI capable, and is not priced to Maximus/UD7 levels (max $220)

Oh and for a fan controller, I was thinking of the Scythe Kaze, or maybe something a little cheaper

PS Someone explain what kind of difference it'd make to have two full x16 lanes vs a shared x8/x8 that I'll probably deal with
post #6 of 10
"Is my choice of GPU vs CPU too unbalanced? On another forum I asked they told me that the 460 GTX 1GB in SLI is too little GPU power in comparison to the i5-2500k I'm planning to put in."

Not if you run with a big resolution monitor.

"- If the answer to the above is yes, should I move to a cheaper processor/mobo combination and get more graphical bang (since I'd have to resell my 460's since I redeemed the rebates)"

"- Can the Seasonic X-650's run the 460's in SLI and the rest of components without failing? If it can, how much OC headroom do you guys think I'll have?"

Probably but it will be close to its max output if you are overclocking everything else and have lots of fans. Ideally you should not run it that hard all the time. Peak efficiency for PSUs are at 50-60%. Recomend a 750W or 850W.

"- How many fans/what configuration should I go with a P183 with this setup? Plan on replacing the fans that come with the P183, unless that doesn't seem necessary"

Augment the fans rather than replace and add a fan controller to adjust them to get the quiet/airflow balance right.

"- If I do stick to the i5-2500k/stick with LGA 1155, which motherboard would best suit my needs?"

Too early to say since there have been no reputable reviews with CPUs running in them to judge their performance (NDA still in effect)
post #7 of 10
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From what I'm gathering


Oh and for a fan controller, I was thinking of the Scythe Kaze, or maybe something a little cheaper

PS Someone explain what kind of difference it'd make to have two full x16 lanes vs a shared x8/x8 that I'll probably deal with
Zalman MFC2 or 3 also ok.

x8/x8 vs x16/x16 - No real difference at all. 1% at most.
post #8 of 10
Article about x16/x16 vs x8/x8.


basically said no diff below 2560x1600 res, but did suggest difference of around 7% when running 3 screens in one game only.
post #9 of 10
460s in Sli are better then a single 580. How is that weak?
    
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post #10 of 10
460 SLi or 6850 Cf definitely not weak. Both will beat any single Card out there including 5970.

A smaller CPU may bottleneck them though if using smaller resolution monitor but any decent 4-core overclocked will keep them working hard.
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