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January 27, 2011 2:55:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next month after birthday

Budget Range: 2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web building, video editing

Parts Not Required: Monitor (Acer 23'), keyboard, mouse, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg only

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Sandy Bridge, dont mind the gpu as long as it does the job

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes by the end of the year - might let the price of the gpu drop then pick 2 more up for 3-way

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want this to last a year or two. im only 16 so dont come across this much money just to plow everytime new tech is released


CPU + Cooler combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Disc Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-Ray: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How does this setup look? If you have any suggestions or opinions please feel free to leave a message

Thankx in advance!

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January 27, 2011 3:23:28 AM

Alright I looked through just the main parts and I have to say by the end of the year. There is a lot of stuff to change.

1) SSD, In Q2, Q3, or Q4 OCZ and the rest of the SandForce controller SSDs plan to release SATA 3 Sandforce 2000 controller SSDs. So those boast better reads and writes than the Crucial SATA 3 SSD's, I forget the writes but the reads are 480 mbs off the OCZ.
2) No need for the Maximus, ROG for Sandy Bridge is a joke now because all mobos can get the 2500K/2600K up to 5+ ghz. So if you do go with Sandy Bridge save mobo money for GPU money. Get the Asrock Extreme4 P67.
3) Moving on, that CPU cooler is not even worth the cost. It's loud (yes it's practically louder than your GPU fan can get at 100%) and it's expensive. Also Sandy Bridge is a low heat producing chip. Even the stock cooler can get the 2500k to 4.6 ghz. Get the Hyper 212+ you save 60$ and it's cheap. Get it off Amazon for free shipping and a second fan.
4) GPU now with all the money saved you can get a 580, or you could get CF 6950 1GB. The CF would make this extremely great. Running you around the same price as a single 580. 2x 6950 2GB (as no reviews have been done on the 1gb version) have beasted the 580 by a lot. So to give you an idea. Here is the 6950 CF review.
However if you plan to play WoW or something go with a single card like the 580 or the 570 maybe even the 6950 at that high of a resolution.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Radeon_HD_6950_...
5) Just a suggestion, HAF X seems nice as well, if you look at it and you like it then you'll save 70$. Plus it has USB 3 ports on top.
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January 27, 2011 3:36:31 AM

aznshinobi said:
Alright I looked through just the main parts and I have to say by the end of the year. There is a lot of stuff to change.

1) SSD, In Q2, Q3, or Q4 OCZ and the rest of the SandForce controller SSDs plan to release SATA 3 Sandforce 2000 controller SSDs. So those boast better reads and writes than the Crucial SATA 3 SSD's, I forget the writes but the reads are 480 mbs off the OCZ.
2) No need for the Maximus, ROG for Sandy Bridge is a joke now because all mobos can get the 2500K/2600K up to 5+ ghz. So if you do go with Sandy Bridge save mobo money for GPU money. Get the Asrock Extreme4 P67.
3) Moving on, that CPU cooler is not even worth the cost. It's loud (yes it's practically louder than your GPU fan can get at 100%) and it's expensive. Also Sandy Bridge is a low heat producing chip. Even the stock cooler can get the 2500k to 4.6 ghz. Get the Hyper 212+ you save 60$ and it's cheap. Get it off Amazon for free shipping and a second fan.
4) GPU now with all the money saved you can get a 580, or you could get CF 6950 1GB. The CF would make this extremely great. Running you around the same price as a single 580. 2x 6950 2GB (as no reviews have been done on the 1gb version) have beasted the 580 by a lot. So to give you an idea. Here is the 6950 CF review.
However if you plan to play WoW or something go with a single card like the 580 or the 570 maybe even the 6950 at that high of a resolution.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Radeon_HD_6950_...
5) Just a suggestion, HAF X seems nice as well, if you look at it and you like it then you'll save 70$. Plus it has USB 3 ports on top.

A GIANT +1 for that post !
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January 27, 2011 5:51:20 PM

We can't see what's in your shopping cart. You need to post the specific products (or links) for us to be able to give judgment :p 
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January 27, 2011 6:25:45 PM

I see you've got the SSD for OS/programs... how about mass storage? Looks like you're missing a HDD.
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January 27, 2011 8:47:46 PM
January 27, 2011 8:51:00 PM

Taylor422 said:
I see you've got the SSD for OS/programs... how about mass storage? Looks like you're missing a HDD.


I already have a 1TB samsung spinpoint HDD and i also use a 2TB WD external HDD for back up and all my music/videos
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a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2011 9:21:22 PM

OH I wasn't referring to the 6950 2gb I was talking about the cheaper 6950 1gb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same performance basically for cheaper.

As for the cooler, get it off Amazon, even with combo savings Shipping and other stuff like that isn't worth getting it off newegg. Amazon gives you 2 fans on the Hyper 212+ for 27$ + free shipping. while Newegg shipping ranges from 3-8$ depending on the day and you only get 1 fan and it's 30$.

Oh and yes wait for next gen SSDs just hold off a bit for that.
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January 27, 2011 9:30:13 PM

Im still under my budget with those gpu's but should i still go with the 1gb gpu that u suggested and put the money some where else.

Ya i checked amazon and will get the cooler there
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a b 4 Gaming
January 27, 2011 9:38:15 PM

Oh and I just looked at your mobos, since your just Crossfiring the Extreme4 is fine, runs the same speeds as the Asus Pro. Cept it is cheaper but still overclocks the same maybe even better than the Asus board.
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January 27, 2011 10:14:18 PM

so the Extreme4 OC's better? I want to be able to get the most out of the i7 so i will go with that board. I have heard people complain about the layout of the board something about plugs being to close to the cpu socket. Do you think this is a problem?
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January 27, 2011 11:02:20 PM

The only thing I could see being a problem is the usb 3 coneection but even then it should be fine witth a small coolerr like the Hyper 212+. And the ocs might be very close but I haven't witnessed the asus's OC.
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January 27, 2011 11:06:54 PM

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