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Final check $1500 Sandy Bridge.

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January 12, 2011 5:40:44 AM

Hey guys! Just wanted to see if you would be able to go over my build quickly before I purchase. Is this the best I can do with $1600 max from the two sites I have listed below? Please note that they are Australian websites.

www.pccasegear.com

www.msy.com.au

Monitor: ASUS VE246H 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - $225

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two - $128

CPU: i5 2500K - $240ish

Mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard - $235

GPU: XFX Radeon HD6950 2GB - $339

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $145

PSU: Antec Truepower Blue 750 - $154

Optical: Pioneer DVR-219L DVDRW OEM - $35

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB HD502HJ - $45

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler - $39

TOTAL = $1585

Edited with updated hardware.
January 12, 2011 7:09:29 AM

^ You have a very good build there,... Overclocking ? CPU Cooler ?
For HD 6950/ 6970 Crossfire, the Corsair 750TX would suffice, or you can get the cheaper Antec TP 750, performance similar to Corsair and is slightly more efficient - 80+ Bronze,...
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January 12, 2011 7:14:06 AM

Thanks mate. MIGHT do some overclocking, I did forget to add a CPU cooler there. This build is actually for my brother. I use a Scythe Mugen on my own i7, what kind of cooler will he need for the new sandy bridge? Any recommendations?
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January 12, 2011 7:34:21 AM

^ Cooler Master 212+ would be a very good option, the SBs are 32nm so dont get too hot and with such a cooler, they can hit 4GHz+ easy,...
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January 12, 2011 8:12:41 AM

Good Luck :) 
Which i7 are you using ?
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January 12, 2011 8:25:26 AM

920 d0 stepping haha. Built it a bit over a year ago. UD4P, 4890 etc. Jealous of my younger bros new comp :p 
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January 12, 2011 8:32:36 AM

^ :p  Thought so,...
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January 12, 2011 3:17:16 PM

Looks very good and balanced.

1) Do you have an OS? You want windows-7 64 bit. If you are a student, look into an academic prices license.
2) With the K cpu, plan on a conservative oc, that is why you got the K.
3) Try to save up some for a SSD for the OS and apps. Gen3 SSD's should show up this quarter. It is one of the best performance buys.
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January 12, 2011 7:08:10 PM

Thanks Geo. I was actually looking into an SSD for myself as well as for this build. Just a cheaper 64gb one for storing the OS. Yes we will also be running windows 7 64x.

What exactly are the advantages of an SSd having the OS installed on it? Basically from what I assume (haven't read much on SSD's) is that it would cut loading times of processes run by the OS dramatically?
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January 12, 2011 7:18:48 PM

SSD's for boot and applications make startup time MUCH faster, as well as the launch time of any applications. Once apps are loaded, they sit in RAM, so there isn't much of a boost there. IMO, it's a BIG nice to have, but will NOT really affect gaming performance. Just makes your computer a bit snappier and more pleasant to use. If you're budget is constrained, that $200 could easily be better spent elsewhere. You can get cheaper SSD's, but the performance gain isn't as dramatic vs. something like a 10k raptor or something like that.

The only other comment I would make is that 8 gigs isn't necessary. More than 4 gigs probably won't help your gaming performance much. That being said, you seem to have space in your budget, and it's definitely not a BAD thing.
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January 12, 2011 7:21:15 PM

Thanks for the input Neo!
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January 12, 2011 7:22:36 PM

matthewh133 said:
Thanks Geo. I was actually looking into an SSD for myself as well as for this build. Just a cheaper 64gb one for storing the OS. Yes we will also be running windows 7 64x.

What exactly are the advantages of an SSd having the OS installed on it? Basically from what I assume (haven't read much on SSD's) is that it would cut loading times of processes run by the OS dramatically?


The os does lots of small(4-8k) reads,and writes. Tasks that the SSD with negligible access time is very good at. You do these while internet browsing, catalog updating checkpoints etc. A SSD just makes everything feel snappier. Windows updates are faster. Antivirus scans go by much faster. I heartily endorse them.

I gave my ssd to my son, and am temporarily using a velociraptor, and I miss the ssd. I will wait for the forthcoming gen3 ssd's. I am hoping they arrive this quarter.
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