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December 22, 2010 5:23:45 PM

Hello,
I'm doing my first build and I've researched quite alot, so I just wanna know from some experienced guys about this system/any other advice. I'm not looking to overclock or Crossfire just yet. I live in South Africa and am shipping from newegg cus America's electronics is WAY cheaper, so I can't really return the stuff so I'm looking for the most reliable stuff (least chance of being DOA ect.) Help is much appreciated thx. :) 
This is my planned rig(Don't think i left anyting):
-CPU: Intel i7-950
-Mobo: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366
Intel X58
-RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
-PSU: Coolermaster GX 650W (in SA)
-Video: ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB
-Chassis: Coolermaster Storm Scout (in SA)
-Already have 1TB hard drive,23" screen, windows 7 64bit, will get a dvd drive later

Other Thoughts: I'm already pushing my budget so I don't have much more leeway considering money. I'm getting the CPU, Mobo, Vid.card and ram from newegg. Getting Chassis, PSU, DVD drive in SA.
Thx much, hopefully I can get this for a late Chrismas present :-)

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December 22, 2010 5:29:26 PM

first, the i5-series replacement is coming out in 2 weeks with a new chipset (Sandy Bridge, Jan 5 release, Jan 9 retail). watch for them before making any purchase.


otherwise, the parts look pretty reliable. Remeber that the USA uses 110-120V lines and much of the rest of the world uses 220-240V,
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December 22, 2010 5:44:42 PM

Only thing I would change is the power supply to a higher quality one from Corsair, Seasonic, or Antec.

550W would be more than enough for that system. I know you said that you were not doing Crossfire yet but if you think you will be down the road, it might be a good idea to get a 750W now.

Corsair makes the same series in 550, 650, 750, and 850. all are great.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec True power 550W. Again, higher power models are available if you would like.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This review from Anandtech.com shows power consumption under load using Furmark (which generates higher than normal temps/power requirements) had 6870's in crossfire drawing only 481 watts with an intel i7 920 over clocked.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-...

Also confirm that newegg will ship overseas. I don't think they do.
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December 23, 2010 5:20:03 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
first, the i5-series replacement is coming out in 2 weeks with a new chipset (Sandy Bridge, Jan 5 release, Jan 9 retail). watch for them before making any purchase.


otherwise, the parts look pretty reliable. Remeber that the USA uses 110-120V lines and much of the rest of the world uses 220-240V,


Yea thats why im getting the power supply in SA but the motherboard, video all the rest should work with a 220V power supply even though it's from America. As far as I know the board etc. is the same worldwide. thx i'll try to find out.
Also I'm thinking of getting the Asus Rampage III Gene instead...
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December 23, 2010 5:28:34 AM

jedi940 said:
Only thing I would change is the power supply to a higher quality one from Corsair, Seasonic, or Antec.

550W would be more than enough for that system. I know you said that you were not doing Crossfire yet but if you think you will be down the road, it might be a good idea to get a 750W now.

Corsair makes the same series in 550, 650, 750, and 850. all are great.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec True power 550W. Again, higher power models are available if you would like.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This review from Anandtech.com shows power consumption under load using Furmark (which generates higher than normal temps/power requirements) had 6870's in crossfire drawing only 481 watts with an intel i7 920 over clocked.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-...

Also confirm that newegg will ship overseas. I don't think they do.

Yea I'm having them courierd by a friend to SA, thats why I can't really return the stuff if it has an issue. I'll check thse power supplys' thx
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