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January 10, 2011 1:22:50 AM

Need imput on this build, Open to any suggestions trying too get the most out of my 2,000 usd limit atm. I should be ok with 1 6950 at the moment, I do plan on picking up a second one in febuary. 95% gaming 5% web surfing, I will be gaming at 1920x1080 resolution.

Thank you.

1. CPU- i7 2500k
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

2. Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

3. Memory- CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

4. CPU Cooler- Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Fan- (Need Suggestions that work with this cooler) 2x Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

or

2x Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Thermal Paste- MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

5. Video Card- Sapphire HD 6950 2gb GDDR5 (will buy 2nd one in a month or two)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

6. Hard Drive- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

7. PSU- XFX Black Edition XPS-850W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

8. Drive- LITE-ON Black 24x DVD+R 8x DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

9. Case- Antec DF-85 Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

10. Keyboard- Logitech 920-000914 Black
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

11. Mouse- Razer DeathAdder Precision Optical gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

12. Mouse Pad- XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

13. HeadSet- Logitech G330 3.5mm/USB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Grand Total: $1,909.92 Tax's and shipping included in price.

price will be more if I decide to throw in an SSD for my OS, but im not sure if it's worth it.

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January 10, 2011 1:34:22 AM

Few suggestions:

Get the MoBo / PSU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GSKill's a good alternative when it's substantially cheaper but I'd go Corsair for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The cooler you picked makes the highly recommended list, but why not something in the Top Ten
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An yes you'll need thermal paste:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 932 has been replaced by the HAF-X which makes huge strides above it's predecessor. The new DF-85 tops it tho w/ airfilters, built in fan control, hot swap SSD bay and CPX form factor

The TX series PSU are good PSU's but for twin GFX cards and overclocking, you'll need the voltage stability offered by the HX series.....or an XFX Black edition 850

$160 DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 P-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$280 total

$200 HAF-X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$150 Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$350 total

If ya can squeeze it in there, i'd add:

SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...





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January 10, 2011 1:36:45 AM

WOW!!! That case is wayyyyy nicer then the one I had, thank you so much, I am just gonna check out the other things you said, but man, what a nice case.

Ok took most of your input, since I know pretty much nothing about building computers, the only thing is that my budget ran out for the ssd since I will only have exactly $2,000 in my paypal :( 

Thanks for the input!

another question, with that cpu cooler, what fan or fan's would you suggest using with it?
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January 10, 2011 9:10:52 AM

there's a combo deal, that comes with...

motherboard- ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

cpu- same as I have above.

Memory- Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

drive- LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

hard drive- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

this combo deal
$548.95
$505.99

drops about $43 bucks off these components. the only thing is the blue ray drive, I would not normally of picked it out, so not sure if this is good or not, also the motherboard seem's the same as the one I had yet it's not the same, the one I had is P8P67 which cost's a bit more.

Swapping this combo deal into the mix I get a grand total, tax's shipping and os, of just under $1,800. but not sure if it's worth it or not. how would this motherboard affect me over the more expensive model? I see this one only has 2 pci express slots which is ok with me as long as they run both at x16 or at least x16 and x8, anyone know?

I mean if it's nothing major I could notice in gaming with this set up, then it's worth the 100 bucks Less and the blue ray player as well.
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January 10, 2011 11:07:51 AM

Why are you going to get sandy bridge? I thought getting discrete graphics disables the graphics stuff on the Intel chip.
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January 10, 2011 12:39:25 PM

I assumed that even with that, the cpu was still solid and very good for 200 bucks. what would you suggest?
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January 10, 2011 3:24:16 PM

Stay with the 2500K, it's the best performance for the price. I would say you don't need a full tower, a mid one would be just fine if you're only running a few HD's and 3.5 bays. These three are particularly well regarded ones: Antec 900, HAF 922, Lancool PC-K62.

If you're dead set on a full tower, I would suggest the Raven 2 in terms of feature awesomeness.
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

DO NOT GET A H67 MOTHERBOARD! It runs slower than the P67 and does not allow for any overclocking. It also limits RAM speed to 1333. If you were going to get a H67, then you should get the 2500 (not the 2500K) and 1333 RAM, not 1600. The H67 is not meant for gamers. It also allows you to use the on-CPU graphics. You don't need that because you have a $300 video card...
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