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I7-950, 6870 build. awaiting tom's approval!

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November 5, 2010 1:08:09 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: one week

Budget Range: 1500 before taxes etc. (flexible)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (starcraft 2 mostly), movies, possibly video editing in the future

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: intel cpu, amd gpu

Overclocking: maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in 6-12 months

Monitor Resolution: 2048 x 1152

Additional Comments: I have done a lot of research and i think i have a fairly solid build here, however i would love to hear what the tom's community thinks.
Would crossfire 6870's have room to breath on my selected mobo? will this stuff fit in the case? Thanks a lot!

Intel Core i7-950


SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB)



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


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November 5, 2010 3:54:36 AM

any opinions???????
November 5, 2010 10:50:55 AM

For mainly gaming i feel your config is CPU/mobo heavy

The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.

I could easily rig up HD 6850CF set ups at $800 price point which would be more apt for gaming on 2048 x 1152 res
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November 5, 2010 12:12:35 PM

thanks for the feedback!
November 5, 2010 2:39:49 PM

You are welcomed ^^