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New build (Gaming/Performace, Mid range), opinions wanted

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December 19, 2010 12:04:59 AM

Here's something I threw together over the past few days, I'm sure you're all tired of "build opinion" threads but bear with me =)
I am pretty confident in this one but as you can see, still not sure about some small things and the GPU choice.
Feel free to offer substitutions though, I promise to swallow my ego.

CPU:

Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz 8MB L3 Cache ($279)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo:

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ($190)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU: (Leaning toward the Asus)

ASUS EAH5850 DirectCU TOP/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit ($240)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($270)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HD:
(Now I know SATA III isn't that cool but most motherboards that come with USB 3 support it so what the heck...might as well)
Might get 2 of these

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s ($100)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

RAM:
(Was between this and some G.Skill 1600 sticks with 6-8-6 but I think latency is the way to go here)

GeIL Black Dragon 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
(Probably a bit on the expensive side but I heard some very good things about it)

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case ($200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power:
(Maybe an 800 would be better especially if I ever want to upgrade to CF, could also go with a higher 80+ cert just for the heck of it)

CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-600CX 600W ATX12V v2.3 ($65)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD:
ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA ($20)

Totals:
Max: 1189 (+ 100)

Thanks for reading =)
a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2010 12:20:41 AM

I would go with a cheeper case like a CM-922 ( its still a big case with good cooling ) save the 100 bucks and add it to a better GPU say a GTX 570

Also no need for a HT CPU for a gaming rig save the 70 bucks and go with a i5 760 add to a better GPU say the GTX 580

for cf 6850 or 6870 a 650W PSU will do you might need a 850W if you will SLI GTX 580s

HDDs get a Samsung F3 1 TB

a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2010 12:28:51 AM

You also might like to wait to the new SB comes out in a few weeks.
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December 19, 2010 1:05:29 AM

Niklas_13 said:
I would go with a cheeper case like a CM-922 ( its still a big case with good cooling ) save the 100 bucks and add it to a better GPU say a GTX 570

Also no need for a HT CPU for a gaming rig save the 70 bucks and go with a i5 760 add to a better GPU say the GTX 580

for cf 6850 or 6870 a 650W PSU will do you might need a 850W if you will SLI GTX 580s

HDDs get a Samsung F3 1 TB


Case - Will check it out

GPU - While I agree that the 580 is an awesome GPU (384-bit interface, drool), the price tag seems a tad too steep for the performance boost.
Of course if I wanted ultimate performance with dual 580s in the end, it would be perfect but imo the Radeons are much better in the bang/buck imo.
Fell free to correct me =)

HD - Any particular reason you are suggesting the Samsungs?
I am actually considering dropping the SATA 3 drives in favor of some better SATA 2's, any advice in that area? As far as I know SATA 3 speeds aren't even reachable by physical drives so it seems kind of useless...

Niklas_13 said:
You also might like to wait to the new SB comes out in a few weeks.


SB - I'll have to read into that, see what kind of cool stuff I can get =)
December 19, 2010 7:17:52 AM

Alright, update time:
Case - decided to stay with the cooler after checking out some more reviews
Sandy Bridge - not too sure, I don't think I'll wait for them (plus I'd need a new mobo)
HD - Now considering getting a 1TB hdd and maybe a 100Gig SSD for the OS and games.
I still have .7TB on my external which is where most shows/movies etc. go anyways so the hdd is for new stuff/music/documents.
Now I see these Samsung Spinpoint HDDs were recommended multiple times on the forums, are they better than similar WD drives? Benchmarks show good performace for the F1 models but the F3s don't seem too impressive.
In terms of SSDs, what brands should I be looking at? Benchmarks seem to indicate that Intel ones are pretty good...

Cheers.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 19, 2010 4:28:36 PM

http://img80.imageshack.us/i/roro1r.jpg/

http://img703.imageshack.us/i/roro2.jpg/

As for a SSD maybe a 60 to 80 gig like

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


newegg.ca link dont seem to work right :(  for the SSD if i was to get one i would go with Intels 80 gig or OCZ 60 gig

60 gigs should be enough for the OS and games. If you have the money maybe a 100 or 120 gig would be sweet.

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