Skunk_Works

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Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD80
CPU: Core i5-2500K
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
GPU: 2x MSI GeForce GTX560-Ti TWIN FROZR II OC (SLI)
Case: Silverstone Raven 2 RV02B-EW
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 1600MHz
HD: Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3
SSD: 120GB SSD Corsair Force Series 3
PSU: Silverstone SST-ST75F-G Strider 750W Modular
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit



Anything obvious you would change?

Many thanks.
 

michxymi

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I would get one 580 instead of 2 560ti. This way you will not have your mind at temperatures or drivers!

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587

Secondly, PSU is huge. A good, energy-efficient 650W is still OK!

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

Of course not a green drive. There's only the classic choice here!

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20spinpoint%20f3

You can save some more money, by choosing another Z68 motherboard and a cheaper case and add a 120GB SSD!
 

Skunk_Works

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Right, no idea why I had the green drive - I think it won some sort of test on this site. I'll bin it for the Spinpoint.

Been back and forth about the 2 560 - 1 580, but the 2 560's seem to have the legs, so I'll stick with them. 750w PSU is because I'm going SLI.

Already have a 120gb SSD on the spec. :)
 

genghiskron

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great build. the mobo is vastly overpriced for what you get. im going to suggest some alternatives:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.719181
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.719145
the asus combo works with promo code ASUS729 for an additional $6 off.

there are of course many others, but those would be my top picks. theres an i5-2500k + twin frozr combo, but its currently out of stock. this one is just as good if not better, imo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.717976

psu+hdd:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.707966

id also make sure you get the low profile vengeance ram, so you dont have clearance issues with the cpu cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196

or perhaps:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.703304
 

mjmjpfaff

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whats your budget and what will it be used for?
 

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