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Old December 8, 2011, 06:11 PM
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As much as you try to futureproof, it is pretty hard since there is new tech coming out every few months but overkill does get you better resell value later on. You'll be able to futureproof with a 48 core cpu or even a top secret classified prototype from intel with a gajillion cores on it though haha.

If you're roaming in the field for a 590, find good deals on 580's and jump on two of them instead of a 590 since two 580's will perform slightly better and two cards always look better than one They're pretty expensive in Canada though so it might be better to just go with a single 580 or even a 590 since it has better bang for buck compared to 580 sli here.
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Old December 8, 2011, 11:16 PM
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If you can wait until after Christmas there might be some good deals to be had too. Not sure how long you are staying.
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Old December 9, 2011, 03:16 AM
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At your resolution a single 580 will last you a few years. as will an i5 2500 (non k)

I say this cos you flat out stated that you will not OC and you don't mind ok(medium) graphics.
If this is still the case your looking at minimum 3 years and pushing 5 years with that set-up. AND you'll be running everything max with all current titles.

A 590 is again overkill. and IMO a waste in the resolution you will be playing in.

If your interested in going SLI some point down the road, then follow the earlier advice and get a larger PSU (850W min for sli 580's with no overclocking)
And make sure your board will do at least x8 on two PCI-E slots (2 x16's make a very very minimal difference) and is sli certified.
You may need to get a p67 board instead of a h67 for that though, have a look around anyway.

You can then always look at a second card down the road.
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Old December 11, 2011, 06:54 AM
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Ok, guys

Did some research and came up with the following build. Took most of the suggestions and I'll probably set up SLI from the get go - unless it's really overkill.

- COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
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COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active ...
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Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
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CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
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Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
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Old December 13, 2011, 05:41 PM
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At 1920 x 1080 I would say it is overkill.

My suggestion would be to try one then add another if you feel the need.
One should be plenty with all settings max'd for basically every game currently available. and less possibility for headaches with SLI / heat etc.

Also, some will say to avoid the CM PSU, as your not into overclocking at all you should be fine with it.
It's far from the best brand out there but it's also far from the worst and even with 2 580's, you shouldn't be stressing it at all.
If you can find a similar price seasonic (etc) psu, it's better.. But I wouldn't go over-board here cos you have plenty of head room and aren't going to overclock.
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Old December 19, 2011, 11:12 PM
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Would an AMD processor make this PC have a similar capability?

I would figure the price would fall considerably, but would the performance fall by an acceptable level?

It seemed on msot reviews I've read that AMD simply doesn't compare with Intel, at this price range...
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Old December 20, 2011, 11:29 AM
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Would an AMD processor make this PC have a similar capability?

I would figure the price would fall considerably, but would the performance fall by an acceptable level?

It seemed on msot reviews I've read that AMD simply doesn't compare with Intel, at this price range...
Let's just say that AMD's current focus is on multithreaded performance compared to Intel whose focus has always been singlethreaded performance and current games have an affinity towards higher singlethreaded performance. Games are multithreaded but not to the extent of more than 4 cores at the moment.

The Core i5 2500 will do you just fine but I do suggest spending that little extra for the Core i5 2500K instead. The overclocked advantage is well worth the extra.
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