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February 12, 2011 8:18:07 PM

Hey Guys

I'm about to build this new computer and I'm looking for some advice.

CPU- i7 950

Graphics- NVID 2x580gtx

Motherboard- Asus Sabertooth x58

PowerSupply- Corsair 1200w

Memory- 6GB Corsair 1600

Tower HAF 932


This is strictly a gaming computer that will be used everyday. On some days it may run a game like shogun Total for 12 hours straight.

I have a few questions and I'm looking for advice.

1. Power Supply- how much do I need?

2. Graphics Cards- what's better ATI 2x 6970 or Nvids 2x580 GTX?

3. I picked default sabertooth but whats the difference when comparing to the rampage etc?

4. What cooling do you recommend?

5. How loud is the system (noise level)?


Thanks for your help :hello: 
February 12, 2011 8:35:56 PM

Don't do that build, Mainly because it's going to be outdated soon. CHECK OUT MY SIGGY LINK!

You could try out the build in my siggy for 1500$ and that'd have you set for a while. If you want more graphical assurance, go for the 2 x 6950 and unlock to 2x 6970

1. 1K would be good enough with a decent one, 850w would be plenty.

2. You don't need 2x 6970 or 2x 580, unless your running a HUGE resolution of multiple monitors.

3. Sabertooth is fine, but get SB instead, so get the Asrock Extreme4

4. Hyper 212+ : Cheap, great cooling, gets the 2500K to 5.1ghz (2600K)
Review here: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

5. Probably like most systems at around 40 dBa if all fans are at 100%. Most likely 45 dBa.

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February 12, 2011 8:36:03 PM

If you can wait a 1 week to a month then purchase the i5 2500k or i7 2600k. Its a better Cpu
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February 12, 2011 8:47:12 PM

Why wait?

Fixed SandyBridge setups may not be available to everybody till the end of april. And unless you are really pushing the cpu to the
extreme(i.e video editting etc) you are unlikely to notice the difference between the first generation and second generation i7's.

I just finished building a system with an i7-950 on an x58 sabertooth and I couldn't be happier with it's performance so far. Score's highly
in all tests I have run.

I don't think you will need that much power....750W/850W will be enough

At the end of the day, everything will get outdated sooner rather than later. And who's to say which socket intels next CPU will work on!!

So if you want a gaming PC, the choice is yours...build now and game sooner or wait for sandy bridge.

Hope that helps
(if you want to know my specs just ask)
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February 12, 2011 8:51:08 PM

If he plans to overclock, the 1st gen 45nm i7/i5's produced lots of heat, with the 32nm it'd be cheaper AND the performance is better. The 2500K is 50$ cheaper than a i7 950 and can perform up to a 980X's level.

Not only that, on a stock cooler the i5 2500K can get up to 4.6 ghz (or the 2600K as well) while with stock cooling the 950 probably only would get to around 3.3ghz. With the Hyper 212+ he could get the 2500K (2600K) up to 5.1ghz.
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February 12, 2011 9:00:20 PM

I don't understand why everyone is saying to wait all of the sudden. If you like the current i5/i7 CPUs, then go for it. Chances are they're more power than you'd need anyway. The only thing I can think of is the price/performance ratio between Sandybridge and the first gen i7's.

I honestly am not sure if getting two GTX 580s is worth it or not, but if you have the money, then by all means go for it. I'm fairly sure they'd perform better than dual 6970's.

If you desperately want to get the best overclock possible, then sure, you could wait for sandybridge. But are you really going to be running your PC at 5.1ghz every day anyway? You'd be halving your processor's lifespan, for one, and even if you did get 10fps more out of it through overclocking, would you even notice it anyway?

Just some things to think about. Everyone here is going to tell you to wait for Sandybridge, but I myself would much rather go with the time tested x58 platform. I'm sure everyone will have a comment or two about what I just said here...
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February 12, 2011 9:26:51 PM

ja9g08 said:
Why wait?

Fixed SandyBridge setups may not be available to everybody till the end of april. And unless you are really pushing the cpu to the
extreme(i.e video editting etc) you are unlikely to notice the difference between the first generation and second generation i7's.

I just finished building a system with an i7-950 on an x58 sabertooth and I couldn't be happier with it's performance so far. Score's highly
in all tests I have run.

I don't think you will need that much power....750W/850W will be enough

At the end of the day, everything will get outdated sooner rather than later. And who's to say which socket intels next CPU will work on!!

So if you want a gaming PC, the choice is yours...build now and game sooner or wait for sandy bridge.

Hope that helps
(if you want to know my specs just ask)

Why wait until April ? For the fact a Sandy Bridge will mop the floor with that build of yours and do it for cheaper. That's why I would wait less than two months for a Sandy Bridge build.

A Corvette is fast...and anyone would be happy with it. But a Ferrari is even faster and kicks the vette's arse. So ya, I think for my money I would want the build that cost less yet mops the floor with the rest of them out there.
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February 12, 2011 9:58:50 PM

^ ZR1 beats the Ferrari on the Nuremburg. I would get a Evo Lancer, cheap (30K) but a beast even with only 300 HP.

As for the build, even a 2400 in some cases is on par with the 950. Man I wish I had 1500$.
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February 12, 2011 10:04:30 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ ZR1 beats the Ferrari on the Nuremburg. I would get a Evo Lancer, cheap (30K) but a beast even with only 300 HP.

As for the build, even a 2400 in some cases is on par with the 950. Man I wish I had 1500$.

Same here. I'm tight for the money right now...were saving up to build our house. If I could pocket away even $1200 and change I could build me a rig that would kill the current piece of crap I'm using now.
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February 12, 2011 10:06:02 PM

Ooo That sucks. I just wish THG would let me win a rig XD Then I could retire my 955 rig, as good as it is, I want to get to the 5.1ghz. Its sad that I have a guide but can't even build a single rig on it XD
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February 12, 2011 10:12:53 PM

aznshinobi said:
Ooo That sucks. I just wish THG would let me win a rig XD Then I could retire my 955 rig, as good as it is, I want to get to the 5.1ghz. Its sad that I have a guide but can't even build a single rig on it XD

LOL...same here. I'm posting builds on here that would pay my rent for the next two months.
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February 12, 2011 10:17:54 PM

Hey guys thanks for your responses

Sorry I forgot to mention I will be using this computer for 3 years without upgrading.

Do you still recommend using the 1x 580 or should I go with 2?

As for the 2600's Im looking to buy a computer within the next week or 2 so

waiting is not an option.
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February 12, 2011 11:08:56 PM

No 1 580 is good enough. I also don't understand why waiting isn't an option, it'd only be a month or so. In the end your computer would just be a dead un-upgradable socket. And with any thoughts to sell it, the chances of getting a good price is very slim.

With the 2500K being 230$ and the 950 being 290$. If you ever plan to sell, the 950 would only be worth like 180$. I don't know just my two cents.
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February 12, 2011 11:41:27 PM

I currently don't have a computer. The new computer will also be used for light business tasks as well which I need on a daily basis. This is why I am in a rush.

I don't plan on selling this computer at the end of the 3 year period it will be used as backup and I will buy another gaming PC. I just don't want to have to upgrade anything in it.

My budget is 4000 for desktop and monitor 27" unfortunately I don't have the knowledge or experience to tweak certain components to save money.



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February 12, 2011 11:44:20 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ ZR1 beats the Ferrari on the Nuremburg. I would get a Evo Lancer, cheap (30K) but a beast even with only 300 HP.

As for the build, even a 2400 in some cases is on par with the 950. Man I wish I had 1500$.



HA the chevy cobalt SS

8:22.85 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/Tc (2007)
8:25 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII

I still wouldn't buy a cobalt
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February 13, 2011 12:55:32 AM

4000.... dollars? 1500$ would be good enough. I honestly suggest waiting, but if you are in desperate need for a computer you might as well go ahead with the 950.

@spent

8:11 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
8:22.85 Chevrolet Cobalt SS/Tc (2007)
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