I just placed my order last night from Cyberpower. I should have asked what you experts thought before I did it but hindsight won't get me anywhere now. What do you guys/girls think? I am still skeptical on how fast my HDD will load my games.
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CAS: * Azza Solano 1000 Full-Tower Advance Cooling Case w/ Dual 230mm Fan + Extra 3 Fans [+53]
CASUPGRADE: 12in Cold Cathode Neon Light [+10] (Blue Color)
CD: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+3] (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: [Special] Intel® Core™ i7-950 3.06 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
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FA_HDD: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [+21] (1 x System)
FAN: CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 240MM w/ Dual Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclcking Performance + Extreme Slient at 18dBA) [+63]
FREEBIE_CU1: Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Game
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HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+28] (Single Hard Drive)
KEYBOARD: Razer Lycosa Black USB Gaming Keyboard [+63]
LANSURGE: GigaByte Lightning Guardian Angel LAN Surge Protector [+18]
MEMORY: 12GB (2GBx6) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module [+144] (Corsair Dominator [+108])
MONITOR: * 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 Sceptre E246W-1080P (23.6" Viewable)(Black Color) LED Backlight, Built-in Speaker, DVI, HDMI Input [+248]
MOTHERBOARD: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durable™3 Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Dolby Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, IEEE1394a, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [+42]
MOUSE: Razer Deathadder 3500 DPI High Precision 3.5G Infrared Gaming Mouse [+47]
MULTIVIEW: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional [+135] (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]
POWERSUPPLY: * 950 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-950TX 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+157]
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
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SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
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USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+185] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO2: AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+270] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
One other thing: The motherboard supports 7.1 surround sound and I am looking to buy the Logitech Z-5500. Would this work with the cables that come in the package?
Just a few comments on hardware without nitpicking -
For a gaming system, what are you doing with 12GB of RAM? You should have stuck with 6. Would've been more than enough.
Rather than a 6870 Xfire set-up, I'd have gone with the 460 maybe. Much better price/performance ratio -$270??
You'll never need a 950 Watt PSU. That's total overkill for a 6870 xfire system with single everything else. A 750 would have sufficed.
And you didn't just pay them 50 bucks to OC, did you? It's the easiest job in the world! You'd have gotten the FSB/VCore/DRAM combos for your set up on any self-respecting forum on the net. Just copy it, replicate it & you're ready to go.
Also, once you get the basic system from Cyberpower, you could've added a few extras from Newegg/Tigerdirect or something. Would've been a lot cheaper that way. A Corsair 950TX costs only $130 on Newegg.
Now, 'bout the software - why would you pay for McAfee when there are better & faster free AV software on the market?
Windows & Office can be had for free as well & that's a major reason as to why you'd wanna build your own to save money on both hardware & software
Damn... I was thinking 12gb of ram was overkill and 950W PSU was a bit much. I kind of had to rely on Cyberpower to build it for me. I have health problems and I have very bad tremors. I tried installing some ram into my parents Dell about five years ago and I couldn't get it into the socket.
I didn't know about the overclocking thing though. I googled "how to's" on the web and couldn't find much that explained it for a beginner
I'll give you a few links later on OC'ing your particular setup.
If you wanna pay for full security suite next time, get Kaspersky or something. But for now, use any of these free AV's even though you've paid for McAfee. Wont slow your system down unlike McAfee/Norton etc.