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$1800-2000 6970 Build needs polishing Ordering Right Now

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December 16, 2010 2:33:26 AM

Use: High-end Gaming

CPU: i7-950 $300

GPU: SAPPHIRE 6970 $380

Monitor: ASUS 25.5" 1920x1200 2ms $260

Case: Rosewill Mesh 6 Fans Red LED $100

RAM: Corsair XMS3 6GB (3x2GB) $90

Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 640GB 64MB Cache 7,200RPM $70 (heard it's kind of loud; anyone have any problems with it themselves or could suggest a comparable but quieter alternative?)

PSU: Corsair 850W $120 vs. Antec 1000W $155 vs. Cooler Master 1000W Bronze $180 vs. Cooler Master 1000W Gold $210

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 1366 X58 $190 vs. GIGABYTE 1366 X58 $210

Optical / Keyboard / Mouse: Already own

Total: $1510 to $1620 (leaving a little breathing room for the second card later)

I will absolutely be eventually Crossfiring two 6970s within 3-8 months. So, I need to be certain my power supply will be sufficient. The last thing I want is to have to buy a new PSU. If the 6970's power consumption is comparable to the 5870, Newegg says I can get by with 795W, but I also have a case with 6 fans. Would 850W be too low and, then, would it be well worth it to err on the side of 1000W? How much should I care about efficiency? Will it really cost me well worth the difference of upgrading to a more efficient PSU in power bills?

I'll look into SSD's next year when the price drops.
December 16, 2010 4:58:59 AM

The components that you've selected are great in my opinion. Are you desperate to purchase this gaming setup prior to Christmas/Holidays?

If you can hold off for the Sandy Bridge 2600. You could OC' this cpu on air and reach 4Ghz easily. If you can't, the i7-950 is a very good cpu.

You are correct in purchasing a top quality psu. If you ca pull off a Seasonic - do it. Corsair is another good option. One reply mentioned the MD12 architecture, I didn't know about this so it's worth looking into. Getting the same thing labelled differently for a more modest price.

Are you carrying any components from an earlier build such as an HDD?

The HDD that you've selected is a very good one. I have the same except the one that I have is a 1TB. The speeds are tremendous especially with the 64Mb cache. The HDD isn't loud in my opinion, but I do have three kids that I'm constantly yelling at.

If you can squeeze $10 more take a look at the NZXT Phantom. This case has a very sleek look that has quality features. Total of 7 fans that have a built in controller on the top of the case.

I'm in the middle of configuring and selecting components for a new build as well, so I do wish you luck in the overall purchase!


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December 16, 2010 9:11:38 AM

Hmm for me the power draw *and* $$ increase is not worth the performance going from HD 6950 to 6970
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December 16, 2010 6:46:09 PM

While I appreciate the input, I'm more just wanting to get your guys opinion on which power supply of the ones I listed I should go with. Should it be 850W or 1000W? If it's 1000W, which of the 1000W that I listed should be picked?
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December 18, 2010 5:11:11 AM

Cpu and Mobo Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
465$
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
105$ After Promo Code
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP6GX3M3A1600C8

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
90$
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
150$AR
ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
80$
NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
130$ After Mail in Rebate
XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
370$

Total 1400$ AR

Optional Additions in the future

SSD:o CZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 160$
One More 6970 For Cross-Fire - HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 370$











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March 22, 2011 2:09:58 AM

can any one help me please, i got one issue, when i am playing aliens vs predator on high mode i got slower performance after 1 hour playing game than i closed game and start after 10 min than it goes fast again, i am using two cards in slot 1 and slot 3 in my sabertooth x58 motherboard so can this one lead slowing down performance?my system config. is i7 950 (3.06mhz), sabertooth x58 motherboard, two hd 6970 cards in crossfire with latest driver, 6gb corsair xms3 1600 mhz ram in tripple channel,1 tb wd cavier black hdd, corsair tx 950w psu, thanx in advance
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