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My $1000 ATI 6970 and i5-760 build

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December 21, 2010 5:38:14 AM

This pc is mostly for gaming and as of today, I've used the combo deals on newegg so prices may be different later on.

For this build I chose the following:

Antec 300 Illusion case

Sapphire 6970

Mushkin RAM

Cougar 850 Mod PSU and Asus CD drive combo deal

Gigabyte P55A-UD3 MOBO and WD 1TB HD Combo deal

I will be purchasing an i5-760 from a nearby Microcenter for $170

The total is $1019 and $974 after factoring in the rebates and discounts.

Any thoughts?

EDIT: I plan to Crossfire the 6970 sometime down the line, so I thought a higher capacity PSU would be appropriate.

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December 21, 2010 6:21:00 AM

^ New Intel CPUs will be released by Jan 5th, so you might want to check them out,...

PSU - Even for 2x 6970s you wont need an 850W PSU, a solid 750W should do,...

Mobo - That board wont do proper x8x8 Crossfire, which is very much required, if you dont want the GPU to be bottlenecked,...
December 21, 2010 6:46:10 AM

I forgot about the sandybridge. I guess I can wait for that to come out first, thx for the suggestions!
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December 21, 2010 8:51:22 PM

I would recommend this ASRock board for $145 though because it supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s [...] 6813157206

I wouldn't recommend it.. I bought it and haven't put it all together yet. I bought it because Newegg ran out of the ASUS P7P55D-E PRO and it didn't say it would be restocked so bought it without reading enough.

Def don't buy for the SATA 6.0GB/s the controller on the board is horrible and whats funny is it actually run slower than the SATA 3.0GB/s.
The USB3.0 will run slower than the ASUS P7P55D-E PRO as well, it'll run at about 60MB/s, faster than USB2.0 but not its full capabilities.

I'd recommend the ASUS P7P55D-E PRO if you want USB3 and SATA 6.0GB/s
December 22, 2010 12:46:12 AM

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