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Hello guys, I think I'm pretty close to the end of my build. I think I found everything I wanted and now I need everyones opinions on it. If you don't like one of my choices please feel free to suggest something else. This build is around the ~$1500 mark (without shipping, etc).

I will be using this computer mainly (90%) for gaming. The main games I play are SC2, BFBC2. I want to be able to run Metro 2033, Diablo 3 (when it comes out) and BF3 (when it comes out). I play on one monitor @ 1920x1080.

Anyways heres what I got :

CASE
NZXT Phantom
(link not necessary, common item)

CPU
i5 2500k
(link not necessary, common item)

CPU COOLING
CM Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16835103065

with additional fan Scythe 120mm
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16835185005

GPU
EVGA GTX 580
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814130587

Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 Pro
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59317&...nufacture=ASUS

HARD DRIVE
WD Black 1TB 64MB Cache
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16822136533

MEMORY
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231428

POWER SUPPLY
CM Silent Pro Gold 1000W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817171056

DVD DRIVE
Asus blah blah blah
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16827135204


Some things I'm concerned about / unsure about:

1. I'm planning to buy one 580 now and SLI down the road. Does this sound like a good plan or should I just SLI 560 Ti's now.

2. How important is it to have a "Gold" certified power supply? Can I save money and get silver/bronze with minimum loss?

3. I want to be able to OC the CPU to 4.5ghz stable. I also want to OC my video card. Is this all possible with my system?

4. Does NZXT Phantom black leave a lot of fingerprints? If so I'll probably get the white one.

5. Corsair vs G.Skill for memory? Theres good reviews on the G.Skill ram I have picked out so I'll probably go for that one.

Sorry for writing so much, and thanks to everyone who actually reads this! Also thanks for help in advance!
Edited by K-Oicks - 3/30/11 at 4:14pm
post #2 of 6
Looks like a solid system and everything looks good to me.
p00n
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 640 BIOSTAR TA890GXE XFX 5870 G.SKILL 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Intel 80GB SSD ASUS 24X Windows 95 Corsair 600W 
Case
Antec Mini P180 
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AMD Athlon II X4 640 BIOSTAR TA890GXE XFX 5870 G.SKILL 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Intel 80GB SSD ASUS 24X Windows 95 Corsair 600W 
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Antec Mini P180 
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post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by papple View Post
Looks like a solid system and everything looks good to me.
Thanks for your opinion! Still need more feedback!
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Need more feedback!
post #5 of 6
The build looks solid.

1. I'd go for the single GTX580 now. The 560's might perform better in SLI, but with the P67 platform, you're limited to 2-way SLI so that would be your cap. The GTX580 would most likely be able to handle anything you need it to now, plus leave room for upgrading later by going SLI.

2. As I understand it, the Platinum/Gold/Silver/Bronze rating has to do with the efficiency of converting input power into output (usable power). As long as you get a quality PSU, you'll get the rated power to your system and there won't be an impact on system performance. With a lower efficiency PSU, it might pull more power from the wall socket and cost you a little more in electricity bills. I'm not sure how much, though.

3. Yes, it's definitely possible to OC the CPU and GPU with that system. Most 2500K's can hit 4.5GHz well under 1.35v, and the Hyper 212+ should be able to keep temps in check. As for GPU OC, it's a bit luck-of-the-draw, but I was able to OC my EVGA GTX 580 SC to 900MHz on 1.075v.

4. I've never used a NZXT Phantom case, so I can't really say.

5. I don't think you can go wrong with either Corsair or G.SKILL, but my personal preference is G.SKILL
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 6850K ASUS X99-A II EVGA GTX 1080 SC ACX 3.0 G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4-2666 32GB (4x8GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD Samsung 840 Pro SATA SSD WD Black 4TB HDD ASUS CD/DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H115 Windows 10 Home x64 LG 34UC97 Dell U2713HM 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Roccat Ryos MK FX Corsair AX1200i Corsair 780T Roccat Nyth 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 6850K ASUS X99-A II EVGA GTX 1080 SC ACX 3.0 G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4-2666 32GB (4x8GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD Samsung 840 Pro SATA SSD WD Black 4TB HDD ASUS CD/DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H115 Windows 10 Home x64 LG 34UC97 Dell U2713HM 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Roccat Ryos MK FX Corsair AX1200i Corsair 780T Roccat Nyth 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR 
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post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by dkim1359 View Post
The build looks solid.

1. I'd go for the single GTX580 now. The 560's might perform better in SLI, but with the P67 platform, you're limited to 2-way SLI so that would be your cap. The GTX580 would most likely be able to handle anything you need it to now, plus leave room for upgrading later by going SLI.

2. As I understand it, the Platinum/Gold/Silver/Bronze rating has to do with the efficiency of converting input power into output (usable power). As long as you get a quality PSU, you'll get the rated power to your system and there won't be an impact on system performance. With a lower efficiency PSU, it might pull more power from the wall socket and cost you a little more in electricity bills. I'm not sure how much, though.

3. Yes, it's definitely possible to OC the CPU and GPU with that system. Most 2500K's can hit 4.5GHz well under 1.35v, and the Hyper 212+ should be able to keep temps in check. As for GPU OC, it's a bit luck-of-the-draw, but I was able to OC my EVGA GTX 580 SC to 900MHz on 1.075v.

4. I've never used a NZXT Phantom case, so I can't really say.

5. I don't think you can go wrong with either Corsair or G.SKILL, but my personal preference is G.SKILL
Thank you very much for your input! Cleared up a few things
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