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June 7, 2010 10:13:04 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure yet

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not Quite sure on how i want to cool this thing yet..... Taking Advice...
Also Still Debating on whether i should go with the below listed CPU or save up 500 more bucks for the new 6-core.... Also the DDR3... i know it's the max for rampage 3 ext is 2200(O.C < whatever the heck that means) But i'm havin trouble findin some G.SKILL triple channel that works for 6dimm faster then 1600

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ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] %20extreme

GPU
2x SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102872


PSU
1x CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139006

CPU
Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115224

SDRAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231304

HD
2x 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/Prod [...] 6822152185

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116758

CASE
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
OR..... HAF 932 er 23 whichever it is

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] m%20sniper

CD Burner
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204


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June 7, 2010 10:15:03 PM

Psssh wow none of my links work..... pretty sure theres a detailed enough explanation of each item to know what it is.
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June 7, 2010 10:29:17 PM

You haven't really specified a budget, but:

If you'd like to save money, you could just get an i7 930 and overclock it to 960 speeds and beyond. You don't need a hexacore CPU if all you're doing is gaming.

Also, I dunno if one should go Crossfire right off the bat. I kinda figured it was something people did when they needed the extra power. One 5870 would be fine for now. Or, since it looks like you can afford it, get a 5970.

EDIT: Also, since it looks like you'll be putting a whole lotta power into the rig AND overclocking, I'd suggest bumping your PSU up to an 850w just so there wouldn't be too much stress on it.
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June 7, 2010 10:34:04 PM

My goal is to 4-box world of warcraft where i'm actually able to watch all 4 screens instead of having to tab over, yah and i was curious about the PSU just forgot to mention it. Any advice for cooling? is liquid cooling worth it? or should i just go air...
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June 7, 2010 10:41:45 PM

dymonik said:
My goal is to 4-box world of warcraft where i'm actually able to watch all 4 screens instead of having to tab over, yah and i was curious about the PSU just forgot to mention it. Any advice for cooling? is liquid cooling worth it? or should i just go air...


I've read that the Hyper 212+ is great for a medium overclock. However if you plan on doing a significantly big overclock, then I hear the Noctua NH-D14 would be great.

I've no experience with watercooling whatsoever.
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June 8, 2010 12:25:39 AM

You wont see much performance increase in RAM above 1600 anyway. In fact you wont see more than a few percent above 1333.

For twin 5870s and heavy overclocking I would go with the Corsair 850W PSU just to be safe.

You could always go air-cooling first, then add liquid later if you really think you need to. For under $50 you can get a pretty good air-cooler that will handle OC to 4+GHz easily.
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