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February 2, 2011 5:08:44 PM

Hey all - I'm helping a friend pick out parts for a new build, and I'd appreciate any advice on what I've got so far. I've done this a couple times in the past but I'm not totally up to date with the latest hardware. Here's what I have so far:

Optical: LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112 - OEM

Video: VisionTek Radeon HD 6870 900338 Video Card with Eyefinity

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4 ATX Intel Motherboard

HD: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Retail

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

So there it is. Seems like it should all work out to me, but if anybody could check it over, or suggest better parts, we'd really appreciate it. Money's not really an issue. He wants top-line but not bleeding edge. THANK YOU!
February 2, 2011 5:23:05 PM

Yeah, it should definitely work, but it seems a little bit inefficient. I'm assuming this is a gaming build? Does he want SLI?

I'd go for something like

i5 2500k ($230)
4 GB of G.SKILL ECO Series 1600 MHz ($75)
ASUS P8P67 PRO ($190)
GTX 570 ($350)
XFX Black Edition 750 Watt ($100 AR)
HAF 912 ($60)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB ($45 or $65)
Blu-ray drive ($65)

TOTAL: $1115

There are a bunch of RAM options. You can get a good low-latency 1333 set for under $50.

This build will run games faster.

EDIT: in April, lol
February 2, 2011 5:26:11 PM

If you're not concerned about price, the first thing that jumps out at me is the HD ... why not go for the WD Caviar black with more cache?

Also, to state the (probably) obvious, you have a motherboard which is part of the recent sandy bridge problem:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/cougar-point-sandy-bri...
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February 2, 2011 5:27:41 PM

mortonww said:

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB ($45 or $65)


This is better than that WD Caviar black drive from my post, btw.
February 3, 2011 2:06:11 AM

aardwolf said:


Also, to state the (probably) obvious, you have a motherboard which is part of the recent sandy bridge problem:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/cougar-point-sandy-bri...


+1


Sandy Bridge chipset flaw to cost Intel $1 billion
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/sandy-bridge-chipset-flaw-to-cost-intel-1-billion/11157

Quote:
All 6-series “Cougar Point” chipsets, including H67 and P67, are affected. The issue is a hardware design problem that causes high number of bit errors eventually device disconnection.
There is no software fix for this issue. All affected systems will need a motherboard replacement.

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