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Old 01-19-2012, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm building my first PC right now and I've figured out which parts I want to buy (mostly). But since I'm new at this I think it's better if I ask if all my pieces are at least compatible together, so here goes.


Motherboard : [h=1]MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard OR Intel BOXDZ68BC LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard[/h]

CPU :

[h=1]Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K[/h]
GPU :

[h=1]EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ( I'd like to have the option of SLI, hence why I have a second motherboard in mind, but it being 100$ more is a problem right now, so do you guys think it's worth it?)[/h]
PSU :

[h=1]OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom[/h]

Memory :

[h=1]CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B[/h]

HDD : [h=1]Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive[/h]

Optical Drive :

[h=1]LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support[/h]

OS : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1


I've researched it alot so I think it's all ok, but a second opinion never hurts when you're spending 1364$.
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Both motherboards have SLI compatibility. Both motherboards have 2 PCIe 2.0 slots. One 16x, and one 8x. They would preform the same in terms of SLI. I would go with the MSI motherboard.
What programs/games do you run?

If they are not extremely CPU dependent, I would drop the i7 for an i5. In terms of gaming, there is a small difference between a stock i7 vs a stock i5.
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

I would spend the $100 you save by switching form an i7 to an i5 on an SSD.
This SSD would be good for windows, antivirus, and a game or two. If you can apend more on an SSD, 80Gb-120Gb is more desireable. I'm no expert on SSDs however, so I may wait for a second opinion on the SSD.
Newegg.ca - OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Thanks for the reply. Games I am planning to run are mostly Star wars : ToR and Diablo 3 right now, but I want a PC that will last me for a long time.

I will look into an SSD card and replacing my I7 with an I5.
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Default Re: New build compatibility question.

+1 on the MSI board.

+1 on the i5 over i7 for gaming.
Even if the games are CPU dependent, there is almost no difference between the 2500k and 2600k in gaming benchmarks.
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I'm not planning to overclock or SLI right now, but if I ever want to, is that PSU going to be enough, or will I need to invest in a better one, say a 750w?
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I would recommend an 850W.
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Supply

560 in SLI would consume around 320watts, Overclocking may put them around 360-400watts.
GeForce GTX 560 SLI tested
I would guestimate that an overclocked 2500k would consume around 130 watts.

An optical drive and hard drive will consume 50-60watts

As guru3d recommends, an 800w+ PSU as desireable when overclocking 560 in SLI. It's very possible that the GPUs may jump considerable (more than I mentioned above) when overclocked.
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