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Hi

This is my first time building a rig, so please bear with me. I'm actually building two computers (one will be for my bro).

I have chosen to buy two of the same GPUs (MSI TF3 560 ti's) for each rig so that in the future, one of us can take advantage of SLI and the other can get a single GPU that is up to par with 2x 560 ti's.

I need helping choosing a mother board & power supply for each of the two computers.

Build 1
CPU: i5-2500k
GPU: 560 ti -> 2x 560 ti's
MEM: 8GB
MOBO: ?
PSU: ?

Build 2
CPU: i5-2500k
GPU: 560 ti -> will upgrade in the future
MEM: 8GB
MOBO: ?
PSU: ?

I have these components (optical drive, CPU, GPU, RAM, and HDD) in my shopping cart and the total comes out to about $600. I want to spend $100~ on a case, so right now I'm sitting at $700~ for a single incomplete build.

Multiply by two and we're at $1400. Our budget is <$2400, which leaves us about $1000 to spend.

So basically, need advice on
-which mobo to efficiently run 2x 560 ti's & what PSU would be best
-which mobo to run a single 560 ti and later a single, more advanced GPU & what PSU would be best
-if I should upgrade any of the other components or include anything else (ie: aftermarket cooling).

For the SLI computer, I was thinking of getting

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply -- $110 after MIR.

but I am not sure if 750W will be enough?

Any help is appreciated
 

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750 will be plenty for your needs
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As far as motherboard goes, I might suggest the Asus P8p67 pro, that is what i'm currently using at it seems to be fairly feature packed for the price point. Gigabyte also makes some very nice boards, just make sure you have one that is SLI capable ;P.
 

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Please, don't take what I have to say negatively. When most people plan to SLi in the future, it rarely ever happens unless the future is "when my next paycheck comes in," or some variation of that. Now I'm sure there are in fact a good number of people that have followed through on their intentions to acquire another card, but in my experience it rarely happens. This however may be different because you will be taking the GPU from one and replacing it with a new gen card. But, keep in mind that we do not know exactly what the future will bring, and there is always the possibility of the next generation of cards being better than old ones by huge leaps and bounds in the same price tier.

There are a few things that can actually be "future-proofed," not to an indefinite extent, but definitely much longer than CPUs and GPUs. Power supplies and cases are the two biggest in this regard, you've chosen a Corsair, and that should fit your needs well, but if I was doing a similar build I would want at least a good bit of overhead, but not too extreme in order to let the PSU move through multiple builds. Case-wise, just pick a quality branded case, that has features that you actually need. It sounds like trivial advice, but it really is important that you get a good component rectangle. Form does weigh in, but never compromise core functions for aesthetics. I'd rather have good cable management and a simple design over a bunch of bells and whistles that don't really do much.

In regards to your specific questions:
-As already suggested, P8P67Pros are good, Deluxe if you want onboard USB 3 connectors. Gigabyte's P67A-UD4-B3 (which is what I have) runs two 580s very well, and should have no problem running newer GPUs in the future. Mine also has onboard USB 3 for the price of a Pro which I believe does not. Many people will say avoid MSI like the plague, I have no experience with them, so take that with a grain of salt.
-Essentially any mobo worth buying is capable of filling both roles you need to be filled. If you really NEED 16x lanes for two cards Gigabyte's UD7 has two 16x lanes, but for a 300+ dollar premium. In almost all cases 8x lanes will run your cards fine, and thus my original recommendations stand.
-If between the two computers you have ample funds, consider purchasing a more powerful GPU, or a second one of whichever one you choose if you're really set on 560tis. I would say aftermarket cooling is a must if you plan on OCing, Coolermasters's Hyper 212+ performs admirably and is quite cheap. If you would rather not spend more money on cards, then good a good cooler from a manufacturer that is more likely to release updated brackets for new sockets, should you decide to reuse it.

If I was building this rig with that budget, I would use the extra funds to upgrade to maybe a 6970 or other higher end GPU, because in the long run they'll have a much better resale value if you ever decide to sell off and upgrade rather than SLI or XFire more cards when they become cheaper.

Just my two cents. Hope this helped.

Also 750w is plenty for two 560tis.
 

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I put together a cart to make it easier for you.

2500k - 220
MSI 6970 Lightning - 386
P67A-UD4-B3 - 180
Ripjaws 8GB 2x4GB sticks 1600mhz - 75
Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD - 64
Corsair HX750 - 110 after MIR
100 for case
total is 1035, will within your budget for each, and leaves you a good bit for aftermarket cooling, etc.
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Najentus;14116109
I put together a cart to make it easier for you.

2500k - 220
MSI 6970 Lightning - 386
P67A-UD4-B3 - 180
Ripjaws 8GB 2x4GB sticks 1600mhz - 75
Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD - 64
Corsair HX750 - 110 after MIR
100 for case
total is 1035, will within your budget for each, and leaves you a good bit for aftermarket cooling, etc.
This. But with that budget you should already have 2 gtx560's in SLI.

Revised:
2500k - $210
2 GTX 260's - $450
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 (better motherboard with Quick Sync) - $130
Ripjaws 8GB 2x4GB sticks 1600mhz - $75
Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD - $64
Crucial C300 SSD 64GB - $125 (can add $120 more for the 128GB version)
Corsair HX750 - $110 after MIR
Case - $100?

Total: $1264= win!
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Good luck!

edit: cooler for cpu overclocking: Noctua NH-D14 - $90

Total with cpu cooler: $1354
 

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My suggestions:

Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
ASUS P8P67 Pro - $180
Noctua NH-D14 - $90
G.Skill 1600MHz 8GB - $75
SeaSonic X850 PSU - $206
MSI GTX 560 Ti TFII - $220 after rebate
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $65
Any CD/DVD Burner - $20

Total - $1076 after rebate (leaving you room for a case)
 

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Originally Posted by Najentus;14116109
I put together a cart to make it easier for you.

2500k - 220
MSI 6970 Lightning - 386
P67A-UD4-B3 - 180
Ripjaws 8GB 2x4GB sticks 1600mhz - 75
Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD - 64
Corsair HX750 - 110 after MIR
100 for case
total is 1035, will within your budget for each, and leaves you a good bit for aftermarket cooling, etc.
This is a good build but i get this mobo instead.

If all your going to do is game and oc then this will work great.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128494

Newer bios touch screen/efi bios native sata 3s
 

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Originally Posted by beetlespin;14117169
This is a good build but i get this mobo instead.

If all your going to do is game and oc then this will work great.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128494

Newer bios touch screen/efi bios native sata 3s
The P67A-UD4-B3 would support his build over this one unless he was planning on getting a small SSD. He has no apparent use for onboard graphics. Also the P67 one has native sata 3 6gb/s, I should know I have one XD.
 
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