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Final Adjustments for Sub $1500 Hexa-Core System

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January 2, 2011 12:14:10 AM

Alright, so Iam finalizing my final system. Current total is around $1407 after rebates and combo deals. The combo deals won't show up on the wishlist so yeah. I would like to save as much as possible so I can get a new keyboard and Mouse and Speakers. My total budget is $1500. Here is the current finals:

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Simple List:

Asus DVD Burner $20
NZXT Phantom $140
Caviar Black 500GB $60
Gigabyte 6950 2GB edition $300
Card Reader $10 ($20 -$4 instant and another - $6 promo code)
G-Skill 4GB(2 X 2GB) 1600Mhz $140 (2 sets each one is $70)
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T $210
140mm Case Fan $10
200mm Case Fan $15
Blu-Ray Reader $50 ($70 -$20 Instant)
Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB Sata III $135 ($145 -$10 instant)
Corsair 850w PSU $130 ($160 -$30 instant)
Asus Crosshair IV Formula $210 ($230 -$20 instant)

Total: $1435

My info:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By 1/7/10

BUDGET RANGE: $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multimedia, HD Video Rendering

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Monitor(40" 1080p Westinghouse LCD HDTV)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I trust Newegg.com but if other websites come recommended I'll look into them.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Omaha, NE USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nothing much here. I really want a 6950, so with a bios hack, to make it a 6970.

OVERCLOCKING: I'd like to bump it up to 3.6Ghz or even 4Ghz. But not sure about what CPU cooler to buy.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, down the line in maybe 6-7 months, I will purchase a matching 6950 to sli.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 X 1080

That is about it guys. Again if even one person can find a better part to replace in my rig, I'd appreciate it. Here are the peripherals I was looking into:


Keyboard and Mouse:

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

Logitech MX5500 $150


Speakers:

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

Creative INSPIRE T6160 $90

So for both its $240. So I'd need my rig under $1260 with a heat sink.

1. I think my PSU is overkill. But I want to be on the safe side for Crossfiring.

2. I think there might be better ram for under $140 but again, I dont understand Ram completely.

3. Is my Motherboard Overkill too? I heard its a sick board and great for overclocking.

4. Is that SSD worth the money? Or should I just get a smaller 40GB SSD? I will use the SSD for the OS, and small video projects(under 5GB's most of the time).

Thanks for any help!

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January 2, 2011 12:31:13 AM

whats wrong with the i7 860 ?
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January 2, 2011 1:11:48 AM

1) A 6 core AMD cpu is a poor choice for gaming. Check out some comparison benchmarks:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/49

2) It is always better to populate fewer ram slots. A single 8gb(2 x 4gb) kit would be better for overclocking and leave you room for expansion. The price difference is minimal.

I like the SSD pick, at least today. I am hoping we will see the gen3 ssd's soon. Less cost per GB, but only modest performance improvement.

But... with sandy bridge launching next week, I would wait. A 2400 stock SB comes close to a i7-980X in some apps. Read about the preview here:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871

Patience... Patience.
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January 2, 2011 2:14:05 AM

rolli59 said:
2 of this ram saves you $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
750TX saves you $30 on PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... still enough for CF system http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-...
You can save the rest on the motherboard just go with 890GX board they will not bottleneck the GPU in CF


A-Data scares me. That PSU is looking sweet though. But the PSU and the Motherboard are a combo that saves me $25. So should I downgrade to the 750 to save $5?
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January 2, 2011 2:15:17 AM

geofelt said:
1) A 6 core AMD cpu is a poor choice for gaming. Check out some comparison benchmarks:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/49

2) It is always better to populate fewer ram slots. A single 8gb(2 x 4gb) kit would be better for overclocking and leave you room for expansion. The price difference is minimal.

I like the SSD pick, at least today. I am hoping we will see the gen3 ssd's soon. Less cost per GB, but only modest performance improvement.

But... with sandy bridge launching next week, I would wait. A 2400 stock SB comes close to a i7-980X in some apps. Read about the preview here:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871

Patience... Patience.



I am not a die-hard gamer. I game maybe 2-3 hours a week, but I do encode and render a lot of videos for school and Youtube. Yeah, Iam going to wait till Wednesday and see what happens.
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January 2, 2011 3:03:20 AM

Why does A-DATA scare you, newegg reviews are not the most accurate but 384 reviews with 82% 5 eggs not many products with that on their website.
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