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November 1, 2010 12:18:25 AM

Ive posted several builds on here, and thanks to every ones great tips i have come up with a final build, yet i could still use some info, epecially from those who have used some of these parts.

Budget: $2k-$2.5k

Parts priced from newegg.com

Use: GAMING

OC: Yes

Crossfire/SLI: Yes

Combos:

1. AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz w/ Saphire Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB
$669.98

2. SPARKLE COMPUTER CORP. Gold Class 1250W w/ G.skill Ripjaws series 8GB
$334.98

3. Saphire Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB
$541.98

4. Cooler Master HAF-X Full ATX case w/ Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit (should i go with the profesional 64Bit for a a little more?)
$289.98gb

Other products:

1. G.Skill Phoenix Pro 80GB SSD
$179.99

2. Cooler Master V6 CPU cooler
$49.99

3. GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD7
$245.99

4. (2) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB @ 7200rpm HDD
$139.99

Total: $2452.87

Thank you!

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November 1, 2010 12:37:41 AM

I think the V6 is huge and if your going to go that big there's better ones out there.
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November 1, 2010 12:40:44 AM

Ok, got any examples?
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November 1, 2010 12:54:24 AM

a cm hyper 212+
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November 1, 2010 1:00:47 AM

Ok, I'll check it out
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November 1, 2010 1:31:57 AM

Yeah I just watched a few video reviews not a bad cooler, not to mention I can combo it with a card reader for the same price as the V6
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November 1, 2010 1:39:32 AM

geeknation said:
Yeah I just watched a few video reviews not a bad cooler, not to mention I can combo it with a card reader for the same price as the V6


its the best bang for the buck cpu cooler.
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November 1, 2010 1:55:03 AM

Ok, so is that the only issue with my build?
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November 1, 2010 2:04:27 AM

Here's something much faster:

CPU: Core i7 950 ($300)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 ($80)
RAM: G.SKILL Pi Series 6 GB, 1600 MHz, CAS 7 ($155)
MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E ($230)
GPU: 2 x GTX 470 ($460) -cheaper and faster than the 5970
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($70)
CASE: Keep your combo ($290)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB ($205 AR)
PSU: Corsair HX1000 ($200 AR)

TOTAL: $1990

Cheaper, faster.


EDIT: Here are a list of the top CPU coolers
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
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November 1, 2010 2:04:52 AM

Switch to intel at this price range.
Go for an i7 950, asus P6X58D-E, 6gb ram, 850w XFX PSU, same HDD, SSD, case, win7 oem home premium, corsair a70 cooler (great deal right now, same price as the hyper 212+)

EDIT: Basically go for what morton said.
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November 1, 2010 2:08:12 AM

Hmm, looks interesting and definatly a good price. How does it deal with three monitors!
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November 1, 2010 2:09:56 AM

Should be able to handle 3 monitors fine.
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November 1, 2010 2:16:47 AM

I tried finding some benchmarks for said graphics cards, but I can't, might you have one comparing it to 2 5970s?
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November 1, 2010 2:19:02 AM

mortonww said:
Here's something much faster:

CPU: Core i7 950 ($300)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 ($80)
RAM: G.SKILL Pi Series 6 GB, 1600 MHz, CAS 7 ($155)
MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E ($230)
GPU: 2 x GTX 470 ($460) -cheaper and faster than the 5970
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($70)
CASE: Keep your combo ($290)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB ($205 AR)
PSU: Corsair HX1000 ($200 AR)

TOTAL: $1990

Cheaper, faster.


EDIT: Here are a list of the top CPU coolers
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm


Hes getting TWO 5970 to crossfire not one.
Two 470's are not faster then that sorry...
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November 1, 2010 2:21:27 AM

Oh, I didn't realize he was getting two 5970s. Makes sense that his build was so expensive, then.

And yes, I understand that two 470's are not faster than two 5970s. You don't have to be a smartass.

EDIT: You might want to hold off on the GPUs if you want that much power, then. Wait for the 69xx cards to come out in a couple of weeks. You can only win. You either get 69xx GPUs or the prices on your 5 series choices come down and you purchase them on black friday for even cheaper.

I don't know. four 5 series GPUs right now just seems irresponsible.
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November 1, 2010 2:24:32 AM

Ok, see that's why I wanted to find a benchmark. But yeah it's ok. So should I still go with intel? I originally wanted to go with it but the cheapest 3.2Ghz I found was $500.

Edit: yeah was planning on going with the 69xx series, but I'm just putting my build out there and since the 69xx series arn't yet released I just put a filler in with the 5970s
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November 1, 2010 2:29:24 AM

geeknation said:
Ok, see that's why I wanted to find a benchmark. But yeah it's ok. So should I still go with intel? I originally wanted to go with it but the cheapest 3.2Ghz I found was $500.


You can't compare AMD chips to Intel chips solely on clockspeed. Hell, you can't even compare different lines from the same manufacturer purely on clockspeed. Like, you wouldn't compare a 3.6 GHz Pentium IV to a Core i7 950 core. It turns out that intel's 2.8 GHz Core i5 760 will consistently and decisively perform better than the 3.2 GHz AMD Phenom II x4.

And now that I know you're using two 5970s, I'm certain your setup would be bottlenecked by a Phenom II x4. I think you should definitely consider intel for this budget range. Here's a benchmark comparison of CPUs

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=88

note: in some benchmarks, beware that "lower is better"


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November 1, 2010 2:32:02 AM

Quick question, I've heard the term bottleneck a lot lately but not quite sure what it means
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November 1, 2010 2:35:21 AM

Imagine that your GPUs were really fast and that your CPU couldn't send them frames fast enough to take full advantage of their speed. That's a bottleneck.
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November 1, 2010 2:39:08 AM

Oh, so essentially it's like taking a Ferrari for a joyride in rush hour traffic. I gotch ya. So what should I look for in a CPU to run these cards? I don't want to spend $1k on the CPU alone, wish I could tho.
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November 1, 2010 2:45:00 AM

Yup, you got it.

The 950 should do just fine. If nothing else, it will be much less of a bottleneck than the Phenom II processors. And with that heatsink, you'd be able to overclock it for even more speed. The i7 950 is $300.
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November 1, 2010 2:48:28 AM

K, I'll definatly keep that in mind. Now just to find a motherboard, now that I'll do myself. I'll be back in a week with an intel build, I'll post it in a poll vs this AMD
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November 1, 2010 2:53:54 AM

I like the Asus P6X58D-E for an intel motherboard, maybe waiting for SB/BD is an option however.
Also, you will have problems in games with 2x 5970, quadfire and 4x sli have never been the most compatible and bug-free things to do.

I would definitely look at putting a configuration of gtx580 in sli or 6970 in sli.
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November 1, 2010 3:00:41 AM

Well I plan on going with the 6970s Im just using the 5970s as a place holder. Also Radeon 6970 can't run in SLI, their ATI/AMD not nVidia.
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November 1, 2010 4:50:30 AM

Pretty sure he meant crossfire for the ati cards. Your splitting hairs.

A 5970 is basically two 5850's on a single pcb. You might think it would be like two 5870's but they had to back the clocks off to more like 5850 speeds.
So one 5970 and your already doing crossfire with one physical slot.
Which is why they say quadfire since your saying two 5970's 2+2=4


And mortonww I wasnt being a smartass.
I was simply responding to your answer.
You either didn't read his post very well(In a hurry maybe) or you thought they WERE faster how am I supposed to know what the answer to THAT is ?
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November 1, 2010 1:36:10 PM

Sorry. I didn't read his post carefully. But in my answer, I did say "faster than a 5970" not two. That's how you would've known. But I'm a hypocrite to say read more carefully, lol.
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