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Old 08-15-2011, 12:49 AM   #1
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I am attempting to make the switch from an Xbox 360 to a gaming pc. This is partially because many people I know play on the PC (that they made custom) and also, being a huge battlefield fan, I want to experience Battlefield 3 at 1080p at 60fps. The setup below represents what I think will be able to run BF3 at those specs. However, I am wondering if there are any better options that are cheaper, or any things I should know compatibility wise.
One thing I read is that an SLI setup of the nVidia GTX 5xx series is ridiculously good (albeit rather expensive). Do you have to water cool an SLI setup or would the case's built in fans be enough?
Also if I want to overclock the processor, should the after market hyper 212 fan be enough to do it safely.



Thanks in advance for the help!!




Processor:
Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Motherboard:
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
Newegg.com - ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Case:
Cooler Master HAF X
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
RAM:
Corsair Vengeance 16GB 4 x 4GB 240 pin DDR3
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
Graphics Card:
ASUS nVidia GTX 590
Newegg.com - ASUS ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5 GeForce GTX 590 (Fermi) 3072MB 768-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Storage:
Crucial Real SSD C300 2.5" 128GB
Newegg.com - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Western Digital 1TB 7200 rpm (possibly RAID array)
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Optical Drive:
ASUS Internal Blu-Ray Drive
Newegg.com - ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - Blu-Ray Drives
Power Supply:
Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200W Modular 80 plus Gold Certified
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Cooling:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:08 AM   #2
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Are you going all out? Whats your budget, you can save on a few things.

For the mobo is fine if you are not using the dual lan feature, the P8P67 pro is fine.

For the RAM its overkill to get 16GB unless your doing heavy video encoding, or running virtual machines. 8GB is fine. BF3 wont run faster with 16GB.

Video card is good, rather get a GTX 580 then SLI another one in the future.

For SSD Intel all the way they are top tier. I like this one: Newegg.com - Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

For HD, Samsung Spinpoint 1tb is cheaper faster and more reliable than the Caviar Blacks: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1200W is overkill, a 850W is sufficient for 2 GTX 580 SLI and a heavily OCed CPU.

And if you're spending this much why not a get a high end CPU cooler? I love mine!!
Newegg.com - Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling System
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Thanks so much!!! To answer your question, my budget is around $2000, although I could possibly push it a but more, if needed. I have a couple more questions.
1. Is it worth paying the extra $250 for a gtx 580 sli versus a single gtx 590?
2. Is liquid cooling hard to set up?
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:59 AM   #4
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Well if you dont want a second card the GTX 590 is fine since its 2 GTX 580's in one PBC. Go for it then, there not in stock in newegg though. Trying buying one off evga directly there lifetime warranty is amazing!

Nope its a closed loop, just put the block in the CPU mount the radiator and fans and you're set. They dont require any maintenance.
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Old 08-15-2011, 02:50 PM   #5
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Awesome. Thanks again for your help!
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:05 PM   #6
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I agree you can get buy with a much less powerful and expensive PSU. Consider this one:

Antech High Current Gamer Series 900w only $130:
Newegg.com - Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 &#47; EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Here is a review from jonnyguru on 570s in SLI - I linked to the power requirements page:

GeForce GTX 570 SLI review
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Get a Core i5 or an AMD cpu. Much cheaper.
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