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New build, mind giving it a once over?

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December 15, 2010 3:05:27 AM

My first system build in over 3 years so I'm a little out of date, just did some research here and a few other sites.

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Debating SB instead)
Mobo: EVGA X58 SLI 3 Motherboard
GPU: Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 (Debating Cayman instead)
RAM: Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz
HDD - Main: Corsair 128 GB Nova Series TRIM Supported 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive
HDD - Storage: Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case Black - (RC-932-KKN1-GP​)
Optical: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive

It will be for gaming and day to day use. Doesn't need to run the newest games at Max settings, I'm more concerned with longevity. I'd rather spend a little extra money now and have it go longer. I don't want to have to upgrade for a couple of years (unless I want to.)
Any opinions? Is it overkill?
TIA

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December 15, 2010 4:41:42 AM

Hey nice looking build, looks pretty good to me. The only thing if you are worried about the future implications of your computer you may want to wait until the beginning of January when the Sandy Bridge processors are released from Intel. But this build here may do just as well for future expendability.
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December 15, 2010 4:53:55 AM

bloodymoth said:
Hey nice looking build, looks pretty good to me. The only thing if you are worried about the future implications of your computer you may want to wait until the beginning of January when the Sandy Bridge processors are released from Intel. But this build here may do just as well for future expendability.


That was the SB mention in the CPU area, I'll be doing more research in the next week or so until it comes out. Thanks for the input.
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December 15, 2010 5:08:28 AM

For gaming and everyday use, the build looks solid.. The longevity however will get determined by your video card more as that CPU (i7 950) is fully capable of running strong for a good amount of time (3years or more).. I'll recommend investing a bit more and grabbing one of those GTX 570's..
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December 15, 2010 5:14:12 AM

kyle1382 said:
That was the SB mention in the CPU area, I'll be doing more research in the next week or so until it comes out. Thanks for the input.


Ah missed the "SB" lol :p 
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December 16, 2010 5:14:57 PM

Emperus said:
For gaming and everyday use, the build looks solid.. The longevity however will get determined by your video card more as that CPU (i7 950) is fully capable of running strong for a good amount of time (3years or more).. I'll recommend investing a bit more and grabbing one of those GTX 570's..


If you're committed to sticking with AMD video cards, the 6970/6950s offer similar performance to the GTX 580s and 570s for about $150 less.

The i7-950 is a great CPU. Too bad the price dropped the week after I got my 930...
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December 16, 2010 6:09:13 PM

I'm in the same boat as you, so I thought I'd let you know something I came across the other day trying to understand more about RAM cas latency. From what I was reading on forums, the latency speed does have an effect if you're into pushing your system to the limits, but for what you and I are going to use our computers for (gaming with a focus on lifespan rather than OCing) cas latency will show minor changes. For instance, you can get:

6GB of Corsair Dominator for $139.99 (Which just became $119.99 today. Might be a limited time thing)
@8-8-8-24

or

6GB of Corsair XMS3 for$89.99
@9-9-9-24

I had to ask myself, "Is it worth $50 for a feature that's not terribly important to me?" My answer as of the moment is no. However, my views change as I educate myself further.

I'm about to post a topic looking to get advice on a build focusing on non-OC parts that are equivalent in performance to those built for OC. Keep an eye on it, you might find some info in there to give you more ideas.

*EDIT* Got some good feedback. Give the thread a once over. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/300975-31-computer-bu...
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December 18, 2010 7:29:13 PM

remingtonveteto said:
I'm in the same boat as you, so I thought I'd let you know something I came across the other day trying to understand more about RAM cas latency. From what I was reading on forums, the latency speed does have an effect if you're into pushing your system to the limits, but for what you and I are going to use our computers for (gaming with a focus on lifespan rather than OCing) cas latency will show minor changes. For instance, you can get:

6GB of Corsair Dominator for $139.99 (Which just became $119.99 today. Might be a limited time thing)
@8-8-8-24

or

6GB of Corsair XMS3 for$89.99
@9-9-9-24

I had to ask myself, "Is it worth $50 for a feature that's not terribly important to me?" My answer as of the moment is no. However, my views change as I educate myself further.

I'm about to post a topic looking to get advice on a build focusing on non-OC parts that are equivalent in performance to those built for OC. Keep an eye on it, you might find some info in there to give you more ideas.

*EDIT* Got some good feedback. Give the thread a once over. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/300975-31-computer-bu...


Good to know, I'll take all that into consideration. And funny you should reply, I actually based my build off of yours from the thread you linked :D 
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