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February 4, 2011 12:25:08 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This weekend

BUDGET RANGE: 1k-1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming,, watching movies, writing papers, creating power points and/or spread sheets, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

OVERCLOCKING: CPU

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later down the road

Pieces the computer that I'm thinking so far - Sabertooth x58, gtx 570 Frozr, i7-950, haf 912 case, corsair 650w psu 80 cert

After that I need some help with my build

More about : build 950

February 4, 2011 1:31:00 PM

Which power supply are you looking at? Make sure you get one of the AX or HX models; the TX models aren't as good. The 750HX or 850HX should be able to handle 2 GPUs down the road.

I'd just stick with 6GB (3x2GB) RAM. Get something with a Cas Latency of 8 and a speed of 1600MHz.

Do you want a SSD? If you do, get a 64GB minimum for Windows 64 bit.
A standard hard drive that we recommend is the Samsung F3 1TB. It's only around ~$60-65

IF you're OCing, I'd get a cooler like the Coolermaster Hyper 212+. It's only $25-30, but if you get another fan, you'll be able to get good temps at ~4GHz.

I'm kinda crunched for time ATM so I'll probably remember some stuff later.
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February 4, 2011 4:01:57 PM

TX Psu models arent as good in what manner? Efficiency? Sound levels? etc?
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February 4, 2011 4:24:02 PM

I've read some reviews that suggests that their quality is a bit lower. The ripples are a little bigger (which is NOT a good thing), and also you get modular (i.e. removable) cables with the HX/AX series.
Additionally, the TX series power rating is a maximum power (i.e. delivers UP TO XXX Watts), whereas the HX/AX series use a continuous power rating (i.e. delivers XXX Watts when running normally).

The HX and AX PSUs are built by Seasonic, which is probably the best PSU manufacturer in the world. Another good PSU built by Seasonic is the XFX Black Edition (comes in 750 and 850 models), and is a little cheaper than the Corsairs.
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February 4, 2011 9:38:27 PM

I don't think that corsair psus are worth it for 750w-1000w which would be the amount you need to run CF/SLI I would rather go for the xfx 850w be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... very high quality, made by seasonic, and is much cheaper than the corsair equivalent, the 850hx.

The only TX i would purchase is the 650TX and I would only use it for single-card systems, I know boiler runs dual 470s off a 650w but you have more headroom with an 850w.
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February 4, 2011 10:17:15 PM

As for your build I would go with the i5 760 platform because you aren't going to need more then 2 GPUs for dual 1920x1200 monitors or lesser.

What res?

i5 760 ($210)
Asrock p55 extreme 4 or Asus p7p55d-e pro ($150 or $180)
G skill ripjaws http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($65)
gtx 570 msi twin frozr II ($360)
HAF 912 ($60)
extra fans for case, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($15)
cheap ODD your choice ($20)
samsung spinpoint f3 1tb ($65)
xfx 850w ($110)
scmg-2100 ($40) TIM: shin etsu ($5)

Total: $1100 (Asrock) $1130 (Asus)

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February 4, 2011 10:29:35 PM

joelmartinez said:

The only TX i would purchase is the 650TX and I would only use it for single-card systems, I know boiler runs dual 470s off a 650w but you have more headroom with an 850w.


Yeah, don't try and run 2 cards on the 650TX. Can guarantee it won't work. My Antec PSU is rated for continuous power, and my PC uses almost exactly 650W.
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February 4, 2011 10:34:36 PM

I think the most I would attempt on the 650tx is dual 460s
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