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Question For You Guys:

1) Do I need any additional fans/controllers/cables for this build? Anything you would recommend?
2) Keep current HDDs or get something faster

CPU:

Intel i7 2600K

Motherboard:

Asus P67 Pro Motherboard

Graphics Card:

EVGA GTX 580

Memory:

GSKILL DDR3 1600 CL7 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 7-7-8-24


Solid State Drive:

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB

Storage Drives:

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GBs (Raid0)

Optical Drives:


LG BlueRay Burner


Power Supply:

Corsair Pro Series Gold AX850

Display:

Asus VW246H 24†Widescreen 2MS Monitor

Case:

HAF 932 Black Edition

CPU Cooling:

Corsair H70
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Motherboard-

Narrowed it down to these:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...^13-128-463-TS

Asus Deluxe
Asus Pro
Gigabyte UD4
Gigabyte UD5
Gigabyte UD7

Currently my plans are to buy a GTX 570 or 580 and when prices go down SLI them.

What would you guys suggest for a gamer?
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Motherboard-

Narrowed it down to these:

Asus Deluxe
Asus Pro
Gigabyte UD5
Gigabyte UD7

Currently my plans are to buy a GTX 570 or 580 and when prices go down SLI them.

What would you guys suggest for a gamer?
Any of those are good contenders. I personally got the Pro because I don't need two NICs and wanted EFI. I'm a Gigabyte fan but their boards, as of now, are way too overpriced for what I wanted.

If you're going SLI GTX 580, I would recommend a Corsair HX850 or AX850.
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My only concern was that the Gigabyte boards are x16/x16 vs the Asus boards x8/x8 when using an SLI configuration.

I am leaning towards the Asus Pro/Deluxe just trying to read the pros and cons of each.

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For an extra $45, the Deluxe board provides better onboard audio, additional cooling, extra power phase for overclocking, two additional USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 front panel 3.5’’ drive bay, a handy error diagnostic LED display, a clear CMOS button, and reset and power on/off buttons
Source - http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1973&pageID=9982
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My only concern was that the Gigabyte boards are x16/x16 vs the Asus boards x8/x8 when using an SLI configuration.

I am leaning towards the Asus Pro/Deluxe just trying to read the pros and cons of each.
Only the UD7 can do x16/x16 or x16/x16/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8. I would only opt for a motherboard with a NF200 bridge chip if you had to do TRI-SLI.

The only real advantage the Deluxe has over the Pro is that it has 16+2 phase compared to 12+2. How much translate to a better overclock is left to a future review but I have my doubts it won't be that much better.

The Deluxe has a second NIC made by Realtek. Kind of sucks.
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Pro it is Can save a bit of money to put towards other parts

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My only concern was that the Gigabyte boards are x16/x16 vs the Asus boards x8/x8 when using an SLI configuration.

I am leaning towards the Asus Pro/Deluxe just trying to read the pros and cons of each.



Source - http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1973&pageID=9982
Depending on who you ask having x8/x8 lanes will mean a maximum of 8% loss of performance with higher than 2560 resolution or a minimum of no difference at normal resolutions (HardOCP stated that at lower resolutions there is no difference). I am also under the impression that the PCI controller on Sandy Bridge is more efficient, and should therefore mitigate some of the performance loss you get.

From my understanding maximum overclock is about how lucky you are with the chip you get and not really limited by your board, a top end board may mean you get maybe 2% more performance.
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Questions:

1) 2500K vs 2600K -

What type of performance difference am I looking at between the two? With an Asus Pro motherboard what would pair best with it? I almost feel like I would be gimping a 2600k by not purchasing a Deluxe or UD7

2) GTX 570 vs 580 -

With the assumption I will be buying a second one in the future which is a better buy?

3) Any memory recommendations?

4) Is my Scythe Mugen a good choice to cool a Sandy Bridge? Should I buy a nice air cooler to go with it for overclocking?
    
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Ordering some parts today what do you think so far
    
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Just purchased a few items that I crossed off the list.

Need memory and cooling suggestions for my HAF 932 Black
Edited by Twisterman - 1/9/11 at 4:27pm
    
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