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I just bought my $1000 Sandy Bridge build. Comment please

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January 18, 2011 4:11:03 AM

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197 Cooler Master HAF 922

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131682 ASUS P8P67 Pro

GPU: ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102914] Sapphire Radeon 6950

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 Corsair 650W

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 Intel Core-i5 2500k Sandy Bridge

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303 G.Skill Ripjaws 4 GB

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

OPT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 ASUS DVD DRIVE

CPU COOLER: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 CoolerMaster Hyper 212

I plan on OC'ing the CPU to 4.5GHz+ and bios flashing the GPU to 6970


I just purcashed this, so please comment and let me know if it was worth it!! :p 

Order Total $1,045.20
January 18, 2011 4:38:31 AM

All looks good, what do you want us to say?

I can add personal notes that dont really matter..
For instance I would still choose nvidia over ati/amd any day based on drivers alone. Though the 6950 is attractive with its 6970 speed capabilities. I would also have bought a psych cpu cooler for air cooling if I was buying one since their specs are slightly better. I would add some slower rpm fans to your build as well to replace the stock ones.

Over all though nice build. I can see alot of people getting this over the next few months its an awesome entry level system.
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January 18, 2011 4:41:45 AM

Looks very similar to what i would like to build! i hope ur happy with it :) 
Sorry no real technical advice given i dont know enough yet
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January 18, 2011 4:46:23 AM

preolt said:
All looks good, what do you want us to say?

I can add personal notes that dont really matter..
For instance I would still choose nvidia over ati/amd any day based on drivers alone. Though the 6950 is attractive with its 6970 speed capabilities. I would also have bought a psych cpu cooler for air cooling if I was buying one since their specs are slightly better. I would add some slower rpm fans to your build as well to replace the stock ones.

Over all though nice build. I can see alot of people getting this over the next few months its an awesome entry level system.


Is my build considered "entry level" ? I feel like I am spending a lot!
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January 18, 2011 5:00:13 AM

Well entry level is around 1000$ over all for a quality gaming rig. Dont take entry level as a negative its just used to describe this type of system. Enthusiast is around 2000$+ beginner is 500-600$. This type of system will play almost any thing on the market though.
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January 18, 2011 10:38:07 AM

donniedark0 said:
Is my build considered "entry level" ? I feel like I am spending a lot!

You run that cpu @ 4.5ghz non stop and you will probably be buying a new cpu sooner than you planned. Keep it at 4.0ghz + turbo boost and call it good imo.
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January 18, 2011 10:56:12 PM

^ I keep my current CPU (i7-950) overclocked at 4.3 Ghz with my mugen scythe cpu cooler and it idles at around 42º all day long even during extreme cpu intensive tasks...

Now I agree you need to be careful with overclocking especially if you are a first timer. But as long as you have good air flow and a quality cpu cooler (not a stock one) you should be fine. I also suggest adding in some small 40mm spot fans if you are having heat issues they push and pull air wherever you need it inside of your case.
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