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December 10, 2010 3:35:49 AM

Hey guys,

This will be my 3rd build but really only my first serious one. My others were not researched thoroughly and were not the most successful but still functioned. Im really just looking for a mid to high range gaming rig to upgrade from an older 8800gt and core 2 duo e6750 rig. I mostly WoW and a little fps ( maybe Cod black ops, cs, bf2, or unreal 3).

I plan on maybe overclocking a little nothing extreme. I dont plan on getting sli or crossfire though in the future.

Approximate Purchase Date: (Next week (Dec 13-17))

Budget Range: $900-1100 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Music, Surfing Web

Already have keyboard, mouse, speakers, and beautiful asus 24 inc lcd monitor

I would love to buy everything off newegg

Country of Origin: USA


Parts

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119196

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130550

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139009

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
Item #: N82E16835103065

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131665

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
Item #: N82E16820231225

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106276

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185

total $1060 right now. Any suggestions? Want to know if I am making any mistakes or should swap something in and out. Or maybe if I can save some cash but not too worried as long as under 1100. I have already bought the i7 950 and HD.

Thanks so much for the help!

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December 10, 2010 4:23:28 AM

^ How about going power efficient with the graphic cards ? HD 6870s ?? They offer very good performance, consume far less power compared to the GTX 470 and in multiple card config, scale very well,...
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...

PSU - A very good deal on a very good PSU
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W - You must have read about this PSU right ??
20% off with promo code PSU126, ends 12/17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card
XFX HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And you are getting this combo right?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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December 10, 2010 5:51:16 AM

Yep, you have a good build and Gkay's suggestions make it a bit better. I'm gonna grab that X650 myself in the next few days.
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December 10, 2010 3:24:36 PM

My recommendation is to get a small HD for OS and apps and use the 1 TB for your movies/games/music/photos/personal docs. That way if you need to reinstall OS, your personal stuff is safe.

Also right after the build with all the drivers and software installed, create a backup. Save the hassle of re-installing everything if you have any problem. I use Acronis for this.
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December 10, 2010 4:24:07 PM

Ok Thanks I think I will go with this video card in place of the gtx 470

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814150506



Do you think getting a 650w power supply instead of the 850w corsair will be a downside say if I want to upgrade to a newer video card in the future. or say grab another xfx 6870. Only reason why because that seems like a pretty good deal with that combo and maybe 850w is too much. Not sure how you scale power supplys

heres the 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


And if 650w is too low and I decide to stick with that Corsair 850w, do you think this sapphire 5870 card in this combo is ok? Reviews don't seem to be as good as the xfx and its a 5870 comparable.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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December 10, 2010 4:31:53 PM

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Go For The 5870 or the 570
They Scale Better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Cheaper And Better


hd6870s are good as they scale so well in crossfire, 2 hd 6850s beat 2x hd 5870s in crossfire (no not a typo 2x hd 6850s) as crossfires scaling on the hd 6xxx series has improved dramatically and that seasonic PSU is awesome and will be able to crossfire 2x hd 6870s as the hd 6870 is not power hungry
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December 10, 2010 4:33:23 PM

the 650 will be enough, check this chart out from legit reviews review.

total system usage with the 6870 in crossfire is 449W. the 650 is enough to use it, overclock the cpu some, and still have some headroom

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December 16, 2010 11:01:25 PM

Best answer selected by ricecobob.
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