What you guys think?

Hi,

So this friend of mine asked me to assemble her box. And this is what I have come up with based on budget.

CPU Intel I7 950
Memory Corsair Dominator 3x2GB DDR3 1600MHZ C8D
MB Asus Sabertooth x58
SMPS Corsair 750W TX
Cabinet Coolermaster HAF 932
HSF Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus
Arctic Silver 5

Going to use the old 32" LCD Monitor via HDMI. BenQ something, 5ms response rate.
Windows 7 home edition

Query:

2x SAPPHIRE Toxic 100315TXSR Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102912

Is this good combination to go with? What other options you guys think would be better than going with 2x6850 under same budget. (Same price as 2x Toxic edition 6850's)

Also the motherboard, I read very good reviews for this motherboard in terms of stability and O.C. but any other board you guys think I should go

System Usage:

1) Hardcore gaming - WOW & SC2 only
2) Casual gaming - any FPS like Crysis, MW, COD etc.

Resolution used - 1920x1080
AA - As much as possible, not really an enthusiast.
O.C. - Casual for fun only. no benchmarking or extreme o.c profiling.

Thanks a lot in advance.
ta
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  1. First, Sandy Bridge components are starting to hit the market. Look at building an LGA 1155 platform for the same budget as this i7 and you will be at a very similar performance level and more "future proof" than LGA 1366.

    That said, that is a pretty solid setup and you would be happy with it! My suggestions are...

    MEM - Upgrade to CAS7 modules. CAS8 is fine, but you are already going all out with a "top of the line" build...

    GPU - HD 6850 is a good choice. GTX 460 is also a good choice if you are looking for more options.

    HDD - No mention of a hard drive. Samsung Spinpoint F3 or an SSD with a SandForce controller are highly recommended.

    CPU Cooler - There is discussion of the Hyper 212 not being the best choice for an i7 CPU. Hopefully others can chime in... The latest SBM article was using http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001&Tpk=Prolimatech%20Megahalems%20Rev.B with a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103069&Tpk=Cooler%20Master%20R4-BMBS-20PK-R0%202000%20RPM%2c%20120%20mm
  2. Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I can't believe I missed the HDD's.

    I will be using 2x WD Black Caviar 1TB 64MB cache in Raid 0 along with 1x WD Black Caviar 1TB 64MB cache in Normal mode. No SSD's for me as of now coz of budget constraints.

    I will definitely look for CAS7 modules as the price difference is not much.

    As for the sandy bridge that you mentioend, I only read wowwiki O.C. review where overall 17% improvement was noted for I5 2300 when compared with I5 760. I am in office now so may be I will look at the some benchmark reviews when I get home.

    If I choose sandy bridge architecture, that would mean I have to choose a different MB. Any options? (Please try to have price range same as Sabretooth mentioned above)

    Also the RAID I'll be doing for the first time. RAID 0 vs RAID 1 vs RAID 1+0; I know what they mean but If you were building which one you would go with and why?

    Thanks.
  3. The 17% improvement for the I5 2300 vs I5 760 isn't the big part of the Sandy Bridge recommendataion. It is new and processors will be made for some time to come. Going with the 1155 platform now will give you the option of doing a CPU upgrade later that would be worthwhile. The same MIGHT be said for 1366, but not at a similar price / performance ratio. Sandy Bridge motherboards (P67 / H67) will be hitting the market in a few weeks. Prices are expected to be similar to the x58 board you choose above.

    A lot of people choose to do RAID 0 simply for its speed. I would go this route also IF I were doing RAID... which I don't. I prefer the SSD boot drive + 2TB HDD to tag along. You don't really sacrafice much by installing apps / games on the HDD, and the price is fairly close to two WD Black drives. For example:
    OCZ Vertex 2 60 GB SSD for $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550&cm_re=ocz_vertex_2_60gb-_-20-227-550-_-Product
    ...with...
    WD 2TB WD20EARS for $70 after rebate and coupon code PPT16756
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5758911&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=59JLB7sBj1c-g_DUg.m5t.PiXk.LksJcVQ
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