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February 3, 2011 8:26:46 PM

Hi, here are the parts of the pc I'd like to build :

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (another one later for Crossfire and flash it to 6970 )

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OR
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP4GX3M2A1600C8

XFX 850W Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver
OR
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER

ASUS P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pro ? I heard there was some bug with the sata II port, so I'll have to wait to get one, or is there another one better or equal ?


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Mini case possible ?






I'd like to know if if everything is compatible, if everything is optimal and if you have better suggestion.
Res is 1920 X 1080 on the 46" LCD. ( I'll have 3 46" when I'll add the second 6950)



Thank you for your help,


Tanki

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2011 8:58:54 PM

First, the LGA1155 motherboards are scarce at the moment because a chipset problem was recently made known and the parts were pulled from the shelves. Motherboards with the new chipset should ship in March / April. Anything purchased between now and then would be risky as to hardware problems and/or replacements. Check out the multiple articles on Sandy Bridge design problems to make sure you understand, and accept, these risks before spending money.

That said... You have a good build laid out. Definately go with the Samsung hard drive over the WD. While the XFX power supplies are "good", IMHO Corsair and Antec would be a better "quality" purchase.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2011 9:58:39 PM

I'd go with the ASUS P8P67 Pro (instead of LE) because it runs dual x8/x8 (instead of x16/x4).

Personally, I'd go with the Antec 300 Illusion over the Haf 922. I'm not a fan of mini cases--bad airflow and too small to work in. They also usually use mATX boards, which I'm also not a fan of.

The XFX 750W should be enough, but with the 850 for $90 AR right now--it's a good time to buy it.

I'd get 8GB DDR3 for $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is a great choice.

Don't forget to unlock your 6950 2GB.

Keep in mind that you might need to get your motherboard replaced when they're ready for returns/exchanges in March & April.
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February 3, 2011 10:11:00 PM

Thank you for your replies, I just wanted to know if there was another motherboard better or as good than the ASUS P8P67 that I could buy now, because buy one now and remplace it later or waiting mid march to get one is not really sexy...

For the case, I don't want one too big, and this one has a good airflow and is not mini but I'm still wavering over the PSU.


Edit : Sadly I'm not in the US (Canada), so I cant take advantage of newegg.com deals. ( Or I could but with the shipping and taxes it won't be a deal)

Edit 2 : for like 10 bucks more, I can get the Corsair TX850W 850W CMPSU-850TX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Active PFC 140M Fan Power Supply, is it really of better quality because I'Ve seen the XFX that I've chosen is very good. both good for Crossfire?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2011 11:02:08 PM

I have the Corsair TX850W and it is great. But I doubt it's better than the XFX and it is not modular. 750W should handle crossfiring/SLI'ing anything but GTX 580's, GTX 480's HD 5970's, or HD 6990's.

I don't know too much about 1155 motherboards and, with Newegg down, it's hard to find out about them. Tom's Hardware has a good review of 1155 boards though. It usually works to go with the ASUS or Gigabyte board with the features you want though.
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February 4, 2011 12:52:38 AM

Well from what I learned, either I use the 6 GBs port with the WD Caviar and I have no problems or I use the 3 GBs port with the Samsung and I 'd have to return the mobo otherwise if I don't, pray for not being among the 5% in 3 years ? That's not a sooo bad issue they found out on those cards..

And how come the samsung can be faster whereas he use the sata II at 3gbs when the WD Caviar use the sata III at 6GBs and they have the same rpm.
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February 4, 2011 1:10:15 AM

Finding it is not a problem actually, is the sabertooth as good as the p8p67 pro? I thought it was the chipset of all the sandy bridge mobo that were affected.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 1:14:44 AM

Tanki said:
And how come the samsung can be faster whereas he use the sata II at 3gbs when the WD Caviar use the sata III at 6GBs and they have the same rpm.

Because you need a fast Solid State Drive (SSD) to use more than the 300MB/s bandwidth of SATA II. The WD can't utilize SATA III--it's just SATA III capable. It's like having a 4 lane road for 3 cars. The cars can drive on the road--but it's kinda pointless for it to be 4 lanes.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 1:19:41 AM

Another factor is the Samsung uses 500gb platters, the WD Caviar Blacks JUST started using 500gb platters. Refer to dalauder fur other explainations.

As for the Sabertooth, the sabertooth is about the same, the "tactile vest" I think is a marketing gimmick but a Guru3D review says it helps slightly. But the Sabertooth does OC very well.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-sabertooth-p67-tuf-r...

Yes all chipsets of SB affected. But you don't seem like you'd like to wait.
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February 4, 2011 1:25:55 AM

I see, thank you for your quick answer, about the motherboard, yeah I don't wanna wait, what's the difference between P8P67-M PRO and P8P67 PRO ?Always using tons of different names..
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February 4, 2011 2:28:11 AM

Just makes sense to wait till Sandy Bridge is fixed? Figure I'll wait till then. Any logic against that?
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February 4, 2011 2:39:27 AM

I know it may look irrational or stupid, and I'd wait for it to be fixed if I had a PC but I don't and I've waited to long to be able to build one. Moreover it's an issue that affect only 5% on the mobo and in 3 years and only the sata II ports , cmon this is really really a minor issue :lol:  I wonder why people makes it like a world war happened .
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 2:43:45 AM

Logic against waiting? No. Of course you SHOULD wait. But you don't NEED to wait.
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February 4, 2011 3:37:25 AM

Logic is there is two ports sata III and I' ll definitely not using more than 2, so why waiting like 2 months ? I could even use the sata II for years without problems even if I'm among the 5%, really a minor issue. I just hope there is not more issue than they say... like a whole mobo performance decrease etc..
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 4:25:40 AM

Yeah--you're right. There's plenty of logic to keeping it. I would keep it myself--but I actually don't consider that the "correct" decision.
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February 4, 2011 4:30:20 AM

I can still replace it, when the new one come out if it bother me :D 
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 4:33:44 AM

Return/RMA's are usually 30 days. Intel will probably not offer anymore replacements etc. etc. once the revised chipset is done. That is something I'm pretty sure that;s going to happen.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 4:45:46 AM

Considering that RMA'ing for a replacement is tough with a defective product line--the 30 day thing might not apply.
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February 4, 2011 5:11:08 AM

That's why I'm waiting to call Asus tomorrow to be sure before making my move.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 3:12:20 PM

Most vendors are not selling 1155 based MoBos, so choice may not be yours.

$1,182 Build

Case - $100 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $109 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $105 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 60GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1444 Build

Case - $100 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $109 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $350 - Asus GTX 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - - Same
HD - $55 - Samsung F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $200 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 9:23:49 PM

^ Dead links on the Pro P67 and i5 2500K.

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February 4, 2011 10:56:46 PM

LOL crazy this is almost my exact build

Asus Pro P67
I5 2500k
Ripjaws 1333 cas 7 @1.5v 8gb
xfx 6950
asus xonar stx
corsair ax 750w
samsung f3 1tb
haf 922
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February 4, 2011 11:13:08 PM

Tanki said:
Hi, here are the parts of the pc I'd like to build :

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (another one later for Crossfire and flash it to 6970 )

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OR
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP4GX3M2A1600C8

XFX 850W Black Edition Single Rail Semi Modular ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver
OR
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER

ASUS P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pro ? I heard there was some bug with the sata II port, so I'll have to wait to get one, or is there another one better or equal ?


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Mini case possible ?






I'd like to know if if everything is compatible, if everything is optimal and if you have better suggestion.
Res is 1920 X 1080 on the 46" LCD. ( I'll have 3 46" when I'll add the second 6950)



Thank you for your help,


Tanki

dude the xfx psu (seasonic made) is great, look at some jonnyguru reviews, better then corsair PSUs made by cwt(tx, vx, hx line), only buy PSU made by seasonic or antec IMO. Seasonic>antec thou.
the cpu is great, i run that at stock for most of my games without a sweat at max and 60fps but most of the work im sure is done by 6950. The samsung f3 HDD will be faster and quiter, i read some indept review on all these different hdds in the 1tb range, sorry i can't find the link. I would go 8 gbs, really it will just be nice to not have to worry about ram for a long time and do everything you do today with speed and excess. Most of the times im using about only 3-6gbs. Go for low latency and price. I've seen a step up in load from 1333 to 1600 only gain about 1-2 frames per second, for how much? 50-100 bucks, naw spend that money on gpu or games. oh i have seen in a few reviews that cas7 is about equal to cas 9 of the next step up in frequency.




***also i wouldn't flash the 6950, thats just me through i rather not damage the memory, there is mod where you get to turn on the extra mem lanes but dont put a 6970 bios into a 6950, if you want the modded bios just google or ill give you a link.


****another throught, IDK about power use, you might want to run a 850w, but thats what i think, say you hit what 270 at load on each 6950, thats together 540 by itself, then add on fans, hdd, odd, cpu, mobo, lights....but on second thought....if you leave just the 6950s with no modding, then 750w psu will do fine, and if you use the modded bios then i think the 750w will also do fine, but if your using 6970 bios then just get the 850w
modded 6950 poweruse http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...
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