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January 20, 2011 10:44:19 PM

Hi guys.
So far, I got

CPU = 2500K
Motherboard = Asrock Extreme4 p67
PSU = Seasonic 620W M12II
SSD = OCZ 120GB

I am looking for 8 GB ram (2x4gb) that would be compatible with mine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-231-...
would this work?
Any other alternatives?

I don't know much about ODD. I need a recommendation.


January 20, 2011 10:57:43 PM

choose whatever brand name DDR3/1333 with decently low latencies you can afford...

Salvage a DVD ROM from another build, and dump the savings into the best video card you can afford if you are planning on gaming....
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January 20, 2011 11:47:36 PM

joonkimdmd said:
Hi guys.
So far, I got

CPU = 2500K
Motherboard = Asrock Extreme4 p67
PSU = Seasonic 620W M12II
SSD = OCZ 120GB

I am looking for 8 GB ram (2x4gb) that would be compatible with mine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-231-...
would this work?
Any other alternatives?

I don't know much about ODD. I need a recommendation.

Out of curiosity what's your budget and what is your monitors screen resolution ? I'm seeing a 620w psu in that build along with a mobo meant for dual vid cards. But what's interesting is that you have a $200+ SSD in that build...and I know a 620w psu...even a good one like that Seasonic is limited to what dual vid cards it can push. I hope your not sacrificing graphics for a SSD and 4 extra gigs of RAM that's going to do you a big fat ZERO for gaming when it comes to a budget.

btw...this RAM is a bargain for 8 gigs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
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January 21, 2011 12:13:09 AM

Why_Me said:
Out of curiosity what's your budget and what is your monitors screen resolution ? I'm seeing a 620w psu in that build along with a mobo meant for dual vid cards. But what's interesting is that you have a $200+ SSD in that build...and I know a 620w psu...even a good one like that Seasonic is limited to what dual vid cards it can push. I hope your not sacrificing graphics for a SSD and 4 extra gigs of RAM that's going to do you a big fat ZERO for gaming when it comes to a budget.

btw...this RAM is a bargain for 8 gigs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL


My budget is about $1400
I got
samsung syncmaster BX2331 1920x1080 for $200 from newegg,
2500K for $170 from microcenter
Asrock extreme4 p67 for about $155 from newegg
OCZ 120GB SSD for $150 from ebay
G500 gaming mouse for about $60 - $20 rebate from amazon
Silverstone RV02B-W for about $160-$20 rebate from amazon


Are you saying that my PSU can't use dual vid cards?
I was thinking about either getting 6850 Crossfire or single 560.
And do you think 8GB ram is a waste?
I also heard that 4GB ram should be enough but someone also told me to go with 8GB for future proof because using 4 slots modules is not as good as using 2 slot modules. That's why i was thinking about getting 2x4Gb rams.
If you think I should go with 4GB instead, which one would you recommend?

and could you clarify what you meant by my PSU got limit to how much it can push dual GPU?
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January 21, 2011 12:30:06 AM

joonkimdmd said:
My budget is about $1400
I got
samsung syncmaster BX2331 1920x1080 for $200 from newegg,
2500K for $170 from microcenter
Asrock extreme4 p67 for about $155 from newegg
OCZ 120GB SSD for $150 from ebay
G500 gaming mouse for about $60 - $20 rebate from amazon
Silverstone RV02B-W for about $160-$20 rebate from amazon


Are you saying that my PSU can't use dual vid cards?
I was thinking about either getting 6850 Crossfire or single 560.
And do you think 8GB ram is a waste?
I also heard that 4GB ram should be enough but someone also told me to go with 8GB for future proof because using 4 slots modules is not as good as using 2 slot modules. That's why i was thinking about getting 2x4Gb rams.
If you think I should go with 4GB instead, which one would you recommend?

and could you clarify what you meant by my PSU got limit to how much it can push dual GPU?

Myself I would find out how many amps and watts those gtx 560's require before getting a psu..and checking the benchmarks of course. You might be able to fit two of them in that budget of yours. You would have SLI right from the start.

For as cheap as RAM is now...like you said...better to get 2 x 4 now so you don't fill all your ram slots up. I'm curious myself on what the psu requirements are going to be for two of those 560's.

Here's a decent deal on a h/s...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=s9_simh... $26.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99 FREE SHIPPING
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

and h/d...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location... $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ
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January 21, 2011 12:34:29 AM

Why_Me said:
Myself I would find out how many amps and watts those gtx 560's require before getting a psu..and checking the benchmarks of course. You might be able to fit two of them in that budget of yours. You would have SLI right from the start.

For as cheap as RAM is now...like you said...better to get 2 x 4 now so you don't fill all your ram slots up. I'm curious myself on what the psu requirements are going to be for two of those 560's.

Here's a decent deal on a h/s...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=s9_simh... $26.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99 FREE SHIPPING
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

and h/d...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location... $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ



I don't think I need HDD since I already got SSD, and I don't know if I would need CPU cooler because I heard that stock cooler is good enough for 2500K.

I can actually spend more than $1400 but wasn't really expecting it :) 


Seasonic PSU says it's SLI ready :) 
I don't know if it can run 560SLI but I am not really a big fan of SLI or CF unless it's 6850CF. I believe it is good enough for 6850CF.

If you are interested, take a look at this one.
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4061/34664.png
As long as 560 takes less power than 6950, I think 600W is enough even for 560SLI mode.
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