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December 17, 2010 2:55:21 AM

A few weeks ago I posted my parts list and now I'm ready to buy. I was just hoping the community could look it over to make sure I'm not over looking anything or if there are better deals out there.



HDD (RAID1): 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R 1TB $140 ($70/each)
Note: these are the "enterprise" level F3's. Newegg has the F3 (non enterprise) for $55 but i think I will pass it up for the better RAID support and the additional 2 year warranty.
(Boot drive will be a seagate that I already have. This will be a place holder until I get a SSD)

CPU:Intel i7-950 $200

CASE: Corsair 600T $160

OPTICAL: LG WH10LS30 BR burner $80

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $30

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 $10


Combo #1: $255
Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth X58

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM


Combo #2: $250

GPU: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850

PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9


Total:
$1158 (after MIR, with S/H and tax)

I really thought about the GPU but I honestly don't think I need more graphical muscle since my monitor maxes out at 1920x1080. Plus if you apply the combo discount to *only* the GPU, then the 5850 is effectively $140.

Here are some cards i was looking at according to their cost after MIR (forgot to check S/H). All prices from newegg as of right now (10:50pm central).

XFX 5870 - $260
Sap 5870 - $260
EVGA 470 - $230
XFX 6870 - $230
XFX 5850 - $180 (individual)
Sap 6850 - $165
XFX 5850 - $140 (combo)

I just have a hard time passing up a 5850 at $140...

So comments? Concerns? Did I over look anything or pick something that is not compatible with another part? I really want to place this order before Monday so they hopefully arrive before Christmas!

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December 17, 2010 3:11:50 AM

^ GPU - Frankly even the HD 6850 Crossfire would outperform HD 5850 Crossfire most of the times as they have better scaling, but in a single card config, the HD 5850 is still a very good option no doubt,...
IF it weren't for that combo, I would have certainly suggested the 68xx series cards, also the HD 5850 Crossfire though not as good but will certainly be a good option to go in the near future,...
But do see what others have to say about this,...
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December 17, 2010 3:19:47 AM

^ Currently there is a very good deal on the Sapphire HD 6850 though
$15 off with promo code HARDOCP1215A, ends 12/22
$15 In rebates too,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And PSU - Corsair 650TX
$10 off w/ promo code EMCZNZR53, ends 12/20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you ask me this is also a very good alternative as it would comparatively use less power and similar performance in Crossfire,...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-cross...
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December 17, 2010 4:33:20 AM

gkay09

Very interesting. 6850 for $15 more than a 5850. Looking at the 3rd chart on that link you gave but for several of the games i have, they're either really close or the 6850 wins by a good amount (both in CF or flying solo).

The corsair psu you posted is a 650W... reason I was using a 750W was to make sure I had enough head room for when I OC and if I go crossfire/SLI in the future because I was under the impression 650W would barely cut it.

You're actually the one who "introduced" me to the:
XFX black 750W PSU - 80 + Silver, $123 w/shipping and modular

Antec TP 750 80+ Bronze - 80 + Bronze, costs the same as the XFX Black and not modular

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S750 750W - 80+ silver, $110 and not modular

Corsair AX750 or HX750 - both are more expensive and I think you said the XFX performs on par with the HX750.

At this point I would said of these 750W, the PCP&C @ $110 or the XFX black @ $123.

Since you have more experience than me, how useful is a modular PSU? If i went with PCP&C and Sapphire 6850 that cost about the same as the XFX psu and GPU...i htink.



(Sorry if this is getting drawn out. I'm just tyring to get the specs down and im thinking outloud. I'm not trying to argue for anything... i just want to see why you picked the parts you did, etc. Plus its late and im dead tired from finals...)





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December 17, 2010 4:46:29 AM

^ There is nothing wrong in asking your doubts,... ;) 

And when I suggested that deal, there was no free shipping or rebates on the 6850s,...

As for your questions -
PSU - The 6850 is not a power hungry card, but if you have plans to overclock both the CPU and the GPUs, then going with higher powered PSUs are fine,...
Right now the Antec TP 750 has a good deal -
$5 off w/ promo code EMCZNZR54, ends 12/20
With $25 Mail-In-Rebates,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the PSU is actually partially modular,...

Modular - The 600T has very good cable management so I dont think it would be an issue going with a non-modular unit,...
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December 17, 2010 2:23:04 PM

I don't know if i would OC the GPU but I could very well see myself OC CPU and crossfire/SLI.

As for the Antec, I think I may get it (if i don't get the combo)! $80 for 80+Bronze vs $120 for the XFX or the PCP&C. BTW, the Antec says "SLI certified CrossFire Ready"

The part im confused about is I thought the 6850 was more of a replacement for the 5770/5830, not the 5850. This was the impression I got from Tom's while guru3D made it seem like the 6850 and 5850 are equals...


At this point i think the combo (XFX PSU and 5850) costs $15 more than the Antec and 6850
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December 19, 2010 5:04:50 PM

So updating my list, I'm dropping the GPU/PSU combo in favor of:

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W - $80
XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition - $230

(below in the quote are the rest of the parts. I didn't check to see if the price in the original message are still up to date)

If I calculated the total correctly...
Newegg total: $842.48
Microcenter: $356.97
Total: $1199.45 after MIR

versus a total of $1158 with the combo.

How does that look?




kire said:
HDD (RAID1): 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R 1TB $140 ($70/each)
Note: these are the "enterprise" level F3's. Newegg has the F3 (non enterprise) for $55 but i think I will pass it up for the better RAID support and the additional 2 year warranty.
(Boot drive will be a seagate that I already have. This will be a place holder until I get a SSD)

CPU:Intel i7-950 $200

CASE: Corsair 600T $150

OPTICAL: LG WH10LS30 BR burner $80

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $30

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 $10


Combo #1: $255
Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth X58

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM


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