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October 22, 2010 2:20:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
Possibly today
Budget Range:
$1200.00 tops
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming
Parts Not Required:
I am going to need everything. Monitor, windows, keyboard and mouse
Country of Origin:
USA
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Hi everyone. This is going to be my first time building a computer. I have been reading tom's hardware everyday now for a couple months doing research and waiting for the 6000 series to arrive. I am worried about my case being to small for cards setup in crossfire mainly, that is my biggest concern. I also wanted a nice case to use being my first build. And I do not know a good power supply supporting two video cards. I have a feeling my build below is overkill for the performance.

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Caviar Green
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: x2 SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[#ffae00]CD/DVD DRIVE: DVD+R 8X DVD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand Total: $1,244.34

October 22, 2010 2:28:11 PM

Actually compared to the 10.5-11" HD 5870 the 6870 is 9.75" so is shorter ^^ CM 922 is fine but i'd hit a Samsung F3 1TB rather than WD Green HD 6870CF is also less power consuming than GTX 460 SLI on top of superior performance so i would think something like an XFX 650 would be fine and 955BE for chip?
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...
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October 22, 2010 2:39:57 PM

batuchka said:
Actually compared to the 10.5-11" HD 5870 the 6870 is 9.75" so is shorter ^^ CM 922 is fine but i'd hit a Samsung F3 1TB rather than WD Green HD 6870CF is also less power consuming than GTX 460 SLI on top of superior performance so i would think something like an XFX 650 would be fine and 955BE for chip?
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...


I choose the WD Green HD because it came with a Sata Cable. I agree it is lackluster, thanks for pointing it out.
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October 22, 2010 2:42:02 PM

This set of RAM runs on lower voltage, has lower latency, and is the same speed as the ones you've picked out. They are also the same price.

G.SKILL ECO Series 4 GB, 1600 MHz, CAS 7, 1.35 Volts, $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your motherboard will come with a couple SATA cables, so I would still drop the slower drive and replace it with the F3
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October 22, 2010 2:43:18 PM

All/any mobo would bundle at the very least 1 x SATA cable in the box hehe
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October 22, 2010 2:50:05 PM

batuchka said:
All/any mobo would bundle at the very least 1 x SATA cable in the box hehe



:D  I am taking switching my PSU and HD to your recommendation. I was not sure.
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October 22, 2010 6:49:44 PM

Batuchka I really like the build you posted in this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/297362-31-last

Comparing to my build it saves quite a bit of money. I'm going to be making a purchase tonight. Would you recommend it? It is the 6870 CF at 966.91. How is the inside of the case? does it have enough room? and is the power supply effective at running two cards?
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October 23, 2010 3:10:19 AM

Ya for the $$ HAF 912 is a more than decent case and considering peeps have run GTX 460 SLI (higher draw @ load than a HD6879CF) on 80+ 620-650 Watter a 700Watter 80+ is plenty
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October 23, 2010 4:43:57 AM

Below is the build I ended up purchasing from newegg.com. What do you think? I hope everything is ok...Will I need a CPU Liquid Cooling Device? I have not planned to over clock. Is the cooling device STILL necessary because of the duel graphics?

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARDDRIVE: AMSUNG Spinpoint F3 $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GRAPHICS CARD: HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit (i purchased two) $479.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL DRIVE: LG Black 24X DVD+R $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE FANS: COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200mm (i purchased two) $43.60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20CR-GP 120mm $9.67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


1 x ($-20.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #523819$-20.00 (CPU,MEM)


1 x ($-15.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #514568$-15.00 (CASE,PSU)



TOTAL: $1045.60
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October 23, 2010 10:37:11 AM

Good for you - ya u are welcomed ^^
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October 23, 2010 12:40:19 PM

but u didnt get your OS or monitor from what i see?
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October 23, 2010 3:16:07 PM



True. At the time of purchased I was unable to afford a monitor with my budget (I know this sounds silly). My original plan was to purchase a monitor first then 1 week later pick up a 2nd graphics card. But later I changed my mind and decided to pick up the 2nd graphics card first, I was afraid there was a chance of new egg selling out of them. I did however buy windows7... but I forgot to include it in my post :D 
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October 23, 2010 4:24:59 PM

batuchka said:
Ya for the $$ HAF 912 is a more than decent case and considering peeps have run GTX 460 SLI (higher draw @ load than a HD6879CF) on 80+ 620-650 Watter a 700Watter 80+ is plenty


I do not want to put you on the spot but I purchased some components using your advice and now I think there has been a mistake. The power supply does not have enough 6pin power connectors to run two Ati 6870 graphic cards. Each 6870 require two 6 Pin connectors >.< It is to late now I already ordered everything.
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October 23, 2010 5:28:18 PM

dirtypillows said:
I do not want to put you on the spot but I purchased some components using your advice and now I think there has been a mistake. The power supply does not have enough 6pin power connectors to run two Ati 6870 graphic cards. Each 6870 require two 6 Pin connectors >.< It is to late now I already ordered everything.


All you need is this
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October 23, 2010 6:32:38 PM

Yep inside your boxed GPU look for molex-to-6/8 pin adapters circled as shown below Slot the 4 pin end to your PSU and the other end to GPU - voila ^^
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October 24, 2010 3:55:31 AM

Best answer selected by dirtypillows.
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October 24, 2010 7:35:16 AM

Yep happy shopping/building and cheers ^^
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