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November 7, 2010 9:53:52 PM

Hey guys its upgrade time again all opinions welcome i have a few parts so far
24" dell 1920X1200 and ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card and mouse keyboard windows 7 and Logitech Z-680 speakers

the build im looking at is

Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Bloomfield) (Socket LGA1366)

Asus X58 Sabertooth TUF Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3 Motherboard

Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM

OCZ Gold Low Voltage 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-16000C10 2000MHz

Antec CP 850W Modular Power Supply

Pioneer BDR-205 12x BluRay RW / 16x DVD±RW Drive - Black (OEM)

Antec P183 Super Midi Tower Case - Gun Metal Black

Asus Xonar D2X PCI Sound Card

will probably do some overclocking will i need better cooling than the stock cooler for getting my proc to 4.0GHz oh and got sick of on board sound my current one is cracking and driving me crazy hence the asus xonar would there be any newer tech coming out in jan that would blow this system out of the water or is it realitively future proof oh and i will probably go crossfire some time next year with another 5850
Cheers for the input guys!!

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November 7, 2010 11:22:27 PM

Wow! That's a sweet system you'll be popping together there. Yes, go for an aftermarket cooler.

I don't know about January but both AMD Bulldozer and Intel Sandy Bridge chips are expected in 2011. Probably not soon enough for me if I was eyeing that system of yours.
November 8, 2010 2:12:18 AM

I wouldn't make a major system investment today with Sandy Bridge due early 1Q 2011 - unless I had to.

Having said that, I wouldn't quarrel with any of your parts. Mobo will xfire/sli, memory is ok for OCing, psu is very good (could get away with 750W, but I wouldn't), etc.

Only thing I'd say is unless you have very special audio requirements, try the new onboard sound before buying a sound card. 99% don't use a sound card any more. Try it first - order new card later.

GL and have fun.