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February 8, 2011 8:50:56 AM

Hey everyone, I'm pretty new here and I need some help. I'm building a new gaming rig and I've pretty much chosen my components, so now I'm just wondering if everything is compatible.

Here are the parts I chose :

1. GPU: PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 2GB
2. CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K
3. mobo: ASUS P8P67 - Intel P67/DDR3/CFX/1155/ATX
4. PSU: Corsair TX 650W
5. RAM: OCZ Gold Edition 4GB 1600Mhz cl8 KIT - 1.65V
6. DVD: SATAII Samsung SH-S223
7. HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB 32MB
8. case: Cooler Master HAF 922

I'm accepting any kind of suggestions regarding component changing/removing/upgrading. Keep in mind that this is primarily a gaming rig and my budget is around 1000 Euros.

Thanks in advance ;) 

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February 8, 2011 9:38:33 AM

Looks fine.....BUT

Are the P67 series of MBs even still for sale, or, are all being recalled due to the infamous SATA bug?
February 8, 2011 9:42:42 AM

Huh? What type of bug? They're still on sale here in Slovenia and I haven't heard of them being faulty so far.. Explain yourself please.
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February 8, 2011 10:28:38 AM

I would not be unhappy if you actually went out and bought one.
Using the SATA 6GB/s controller with works fine is what you'd do probably anyway.
And the 3GB/s failure mode is gradual, over time.
Likely you'd get a couple months of good use out of a hot system before you'd have to deal with a recall/replacement of the motherboard.
February 8, 2011 10:46:47 AM

Thanks for the explenation guys. I'm pretty sad to see this.. Was waiting for Sandy Bridge CPU's to come out and now this happens.. Ah well..
How about if i downgraded this setup to another mobo and another CPU - was thinking about

mobo: ASUS P7P55D
CPU: Intel Core i5-760

Would there be a lot of difference in gaming? (are the mobo and CPU mentioned above compatible with my original setup parts?)

Thanks again for your help :) 
February 8, 2011 10:47:54 AM

Thats a good option.

I have to be honest with you. In your position I'd go with your original plan if you still can.
February 8, 2011 10:52:20 AM

I really would WR2 but my budget is pretty strict and i can't afford to buy faulty parts (i won't be able to replace them). And another con is that I'm already a month without a PC, my exams finish in a week and I doubt I can wait till April so that they fix their problems..

Again, would there be a lot of difference in gaming?
February 8, 2011 10:57:02 AM

As far as I know the MFGRs will be covering all the costs, shipping, etc.

There probably would not be a significant difference in gaming. i5-760 is a stong gaming CPU.

But in the back of your mind you'll always be thinking 'I coulda hadda Sandy Bridge' while you game. ;(
February 8, 2011 11:02:41 AM

Mate, u make me cry a little on the inside.. :D 
Guess I'll research a little further and hopefully come up with a solution. Anyhow, are other components from my original setup compatible with that p55 mobo and i5 760 CPU?
February 8, 2011 11:05:31 AM

Yes they are, you put together a good system.
February 8, 2011 11:08:27 AM

Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
February 8, 2011 11:35:47 AM

How about if I took a SATA III HDD and only used those ports?
February 8, 2011 11:36:02 AM

Keep us up-to-date on what you plan to do.
February 8, 2011 11:38:11 AM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s HDD.
February 8, 2011 11:39:30 AM

That would by-pass the faults on the mobo, right?
February 8, 2011 11:39:59 AM

Your DVD optical drive is still going to be on the SATA 3.0GB/s ports which ARE working. It's just that over time, with heavy usage, some failures are expected.
February 8, 2011 11:40:38 AM

That's exactly right. 2 different SATA controllers. One for the 6 ports and one for the 3 ports.
February 8, 2011 11:42:52 AM

What's considered as heavy usage? :) 
February 8, 2011 12:00:45 PM

Server database workloads would be one. A workstation doing lots of video editing would probably another.

A DVD drive getting used a couple times a day? That's super light usage.
February 8, 2011 12:20:05 PM

Ok, so here's a list of games i'll be playing in near future :
-Starcraft 2
-League of legends
-World of warcraft
-Call of duty : Black ops

Any idea if these games depend more on the CPU or the GPU?
February 8, 2011 12:32:28 PM

RPG games (SC2 / Wow:Cat) lean heavily on the CPU. Sim games as well
FPS games are usually more GPU dependent as you crank up the eye candy graphics settings.

I'm thinking your proposed build has them all covered.
February 8, 2011 12:36:41 PM

1st, 2nd build or both of them?
February 8, 2011 12:55:37 PM

February 8, 2011 4:40:28 PM

Ok, so I made a further research and if I understood right only 5-15% of mobos that are already out might have this fault. So I decided to go with my orginal build, since I'm feeling lucky :p  cross your fingers mate and hope that I don't get one of those 5-15%. I'll do the same thing. If anything goes wrong I still have a 2-year warranty, so they'll be bound to fix/replace the mobo. :) 
February 8, 2011 8:16:26 PM

I do agree the odd are vastly in your favor.

Smart move IMO.