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Post Date: 2012-04-11

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    Posted: 11 Apr 2012 at 11:43pm
Budget:
Around 1600. Excluding monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers

Expectations:
Using a single monitor 27" 1080p. Looking to build a stable, upgradable system.

Usage:
Mostly gaming (diable3, starcraft2, skyrim), but also hope to play future games with decent quality. Watching animes/movies.

Special Needs:
Needs 1TB hard drive.

Saved Ticket #: [674803]

Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.30GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LE (Intel Z68 Chipset) (New B3 Revision) (Does Not Support SLI)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair HX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: Internal Digital Media Card Reader (Black)
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology) (EVGA 012-P3-1571-BR)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Corsair A50 120mm Fan High Performance Cooler
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty


Question:
1. Should I go with GTX570 1.2GB or 2.5GB?
2. How safe is overclocking?


Please give guidance.

Thanks.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Apr 2012 at 4:01am
Hi Ashfur...Welcome to the forums..
 
 
That is an excellant buildBig%20Smile
 
We like the HafX case better for it's quality and better cooling but it is another $114 and I do understand tight budgets.
 
This case does have a front and top 200mm fans unlike so many other picks,  which is all you need for that cpu and single gtx 570.  Your call as usual.
 
By 1080p I'm assuming the 27" runs at 1920x1080.  If so than the gtx570 will play the games you listed awesome.  Games like BF3 and Metro would be at high settings and Skyrim would be on Ultra.
 
Gtx570 1.2 GB is all you need.  The 2.5GB card is more for higher resolutions but some have seen a difference at your resolution with it with an increase in fps.  If the budget allows, the 2.5 GB is never a waste. 
 
Overclocking is safe when done right and DS does it right. 
 
You did a great job with mobo, psu, oc'ing and you even put in the free t-shirtBig%20Smile
 
 


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  Quote Ashfur Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Apr 2012 at 12:51pm
Thanks for the advice.

> I'm assuming the 27" runs at 1920x1080
Right. I assume Diablo3 would be on max as well right?

Can this case and psu handle all current/near future single video card setup? How about 2 video cards?

If I were to SLI another gtx570 in the future, can you recommend another mobo?

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Apr 2012 at 1:13pm
Diablo 3 from specs I've seen will play maxed out with this setup. Without seeing benchmarks I can' t say 100%., but I think it's fine.      To sli a safer bet is the 1050hx psu, the 750hx might do it but there wouldn' t be any headroom for psu aging and losing efficiency or anything else you might add later.     To sli change mobo to p8z68 V-Pro/Gen3.   The case will keep things cool.   The HaX is better but more $$.   
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  Quote Ashfur Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Apr 2012 at 11:31pm
I will probably go with the 2.5GB version of GTX 570, and the rest unchanged.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Apr 2012 at 5:25am
Nice. Big%20Smile   For the needs you mentioned you really don't need sli.   Plus, with newer video cards coming out with more performance and less energy needed to run them a upgrade in a couple of years would be no problem with the LE mobo and 750HX psu.
Good Luck and keep us updated if you can.  Big%20Smile.
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  Quote Ashfur Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Apr 2012 at 7:56pm
Order placed. Thanks for your help bprat22.
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