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Old January 22, 2011, 03:43 AM
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The i5-2500K provides a better cost/benefit ratio than the i7-2600K, and you still get an unprecedented overclocking capability. If this machine is for gaming, then gaming performance (if you increase image quality settings) is dictated mainly by the video card, not by the CPU (unless you use a low-end CPU), and therefore you can save some money buying the new Core i5-2500K instead of the Core i7-2600K and invest the difference in a more expensive video card, such as the HD6950.

I would swap the SSD with a vertex 2.

I would get a better and smaller PSU. Seasonic X Series 560W is more than enough.

Great motherboard, but you also need to get the more expensive pro if you want dual GPU.

If you're positive you don't want to upgrade to dual GPU (and from the parts it looks so) then I recommend the Fractal Design R3 case.
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Old January 22, 2011, 04:14 AM
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The i5-2500K provides a better cost/benefit ratio than the i7-2600K, and you still get an unprecedented overclocking capability. If this machine is for gaming, then gaming performance (if you increase image quality settings) is dictated mainly by the video card, not by the CPU (unless you use a low-end CPU), and therefore you can save some money buying the new Core i5-2500K instead of the Core i7-2600K and invest the difference in a more expensive video card, such as the HD6950.

I would swap the SSD with a vertex 2.

I would get a better and smaller PSU. Seasonic X Series 560W is more than enough.

Great motherboard, but you also need to get the more expensive pro if you want dual GPU.

If you're positive you don't want to upgrade to dual GPU (and from the parts it looks so) then I recommend the Fractal Design R3 case.

Remember that the 2600K is a 4 core with Hyper threading while the 2500K is a 4 core without hyper threading. So for heavy work like photoshop and thing like that the 2600K is a step better.
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Old January 22, 2011, 05:34 AM
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Think I'll go for the storm scout
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Old January 22, 2011, 12:32 PM
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FInal build: I decided to go w the vertex 2 ssd, storm scout case and the gtx 570. also went for a lower watt psu. Credit card at the ready just wanting to make sure all parts go well together, will fit in case, or any last suggestions / comments. THX!!

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
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ASUS P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
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OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Subtotal: $1,360.89
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Looks much better than your original list. Like it was said above - if you have a little wiggle room with your budget you might want to consider a aftermarket CPU. The 2600k has lots of OC headroom and it would be a shame to leave it at stock clocks on a stock heatsink. Unlock some of that extra performance :)

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I cant make up my mind on the video card after reading the reviews and benchmarks

should i sli 460 gtx
or single 570

arg

ill look into the heatsink now thx

Also is the ram i chose compatible w the asus p67?
Im reading up on it now and it says it was designed for the p55

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Old January 22, 2011, 01:26 PM
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You toke, ASUS P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
The non-pro version don't support sli, just crossfire.
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460 sli,even if its 1gb models, nope. unless you get them uber cheap like under 270 what

the price for a 6950 or ti560 is/will be? :)
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Old January 22, 2011, 02:40 PM
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It's almost always better to take 1 good card than 2 less-good.
2 card will:
- Produce more heat.
- Be noisier (more heat).
- Consume more.
- The next upgrade, you are gonna need to change the 2.

1 good card will:
- Give a little less performance.
- Produce less heat.
- Produce less noise.
- Consume less.
- will give you place to put another one in the future.
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Old January 22, 2011, 04:15 PM
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price matched and ordered on ncix
waiting for the price match to go through

went w single card 470 gtx because of budget
damn taxes s+h hurt

thx for help guys
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