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February 18, 2011 12:43:32 AM

I want to build a gaming machine and have put together a list of potential parts to order. Have I selected the best items for my needs and should everything be compatible? Should I be looking into aftermarket cooling? Is my PSU large enough? Etc...

i7 950
ASUS Sabertooth X58 Mobo
Patriot Viper 2 x 4 GB (8 GB Total) DDR3 @ 1866mhz
XFX 5870 Crossfire
Crucial SSD 64 GB for OS and a few select games
WD Velociraptor 10,000 RPM 150 Gig for extra storage and music
Antec CP-850 PSU Crossfire ready
Thermaltake V9 case

I will look for a 120 hz monitor to pair with this later. Thanks for any and all insights.

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2011 12:52:06 AM

Not quite.


The CP-850 is antec's proprietary CPX form factor, there are no non-antec cases that can fit it, only the 1200, P193, and a few other large ones support it. Swap it for the XFX 750W unit, either the Core edition non modular or the Black edition modular one will have enough power and connectors for 5870 crossfire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The raptor also isnt a good choice these days, its sequential read/write speeds are beaten easily by SSDs, and it loses out slightly to new 1TB drives that cost far less
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that it looks like a pretty sweet build, but you may want to consider 6950s or 6970s because the 6xxx series has better crossfire scaling than the 5xxx series, so even if you pick a single card that is slightly weaker than a 5870 the pair will be a fair bit stronger.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2011 12:52:31 AM

Can you wait a few more weeks for a Sandy Bridge build?

What model of Crucial SSD?
With a SSD for a boot and program disk you'd be better off getting a 500GB or 1TB HDD for less money.

That case and PSU is a serious mis-match. The CP-850 is specialized for a few Antec cases.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2011 12:53:11 AM

You have a triple channel X58 motherboard but a dual channel RAM kit.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2011 12:54:37 AM

Did you already have a DVD burner and OS?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2011 1:15:38 AM

If gaming is the goal, I'd wait for Sandy Bridge's rebirth.

If ya have other reasons to go to the 1366 platform, then I'd suggest some improvements.

1. Pair the compatible Antec CP-850 w/ the Antec DF-85 ..... I have done 3 builds w/ it already and the PSU I have used well over a dozen times.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Bump up to the 120 GB SSD $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Skip the Raptors. A 1 TB HD (7200.12, F3 or WD Black)

4. Drop the 5870's. Grab the 6870 or the 560 Ti ... both are pretty equal, but of thinking twin cards in the future (which I assume you must be w/ a 850 watter), the 560 has a significant advantage in SLI.

5. You are putting double channel RAM set in a triple channel RAM board; you want 3 x 2GB or 3 x $GB for that board. Also avoid RAM w/ tall heat sinks which will interfere w/ ya CPU cooler. This is killer buy ($90 for CAS 6 DDR3-1600 3 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. If ya sure that you will not ever use twin cards, your case, PSU, and MoBo are way more than you need

7. CPU Cooler choices:

Antec Kuhler 620 $80
http://store.antec.com/Product/cooling-cpu_cooler/kuhle...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Scythe SCMG 2100 $40 w/ Shin Etsu TIM $5
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 18, 2011 1:19:32 AM

Outstanding insights. Thank you all very much. Could anyone offer insight into a good 120 hz monitor? I would like to be able to take advantage of 120hz since I am expecting high frame rates with these parts.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2011 1:33:15 AM

120Hz as in a 3D monitor. Is that your goal?
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February 18, 2011 2:48:26 AM

I do not care for 3D. However, I had read that if you are getting over 120 FPS then it is better to have a monitor that is 120hz.
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February 18, 2011 1:07:09 PM

I'm going to wait for the new sandy bridge fixed mobo's to be shipped out to retailers. I'm hoping newegg will have them within 4 weeks? :/ 
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 18, 2011 1:37:57 PM

Good decision I think.

Better plan on 6 to 8 weeks though.
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February 18, 2011 1:52:11 PM

WR2 said:
Good decision I think.

Better plan on 6 to 8 weeks though.


Thanks for insights and monitors.
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February 19, 2011 1:30:05 AM

I am going to use the 2600k processor with sli 560 ti's. What would you consider to be the best PSU unit out there?

Also, that power supply and case I selected came bundled together on newegg so I would assume that they are compatible?

From the reviews on newegg, it would seem that WD has a bad rep and that 1TB drive has a lot of problems.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 19, 2011 2:31:54 AM

You're right about the case that PSU being in a combo deal...
NewEgg combo policy says "Newegg.com cannot guarantee the compatibility of Combo items" and they messed up big time on that one. I'll let them know.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
February 19, 2011 3:42:23 AM

Antec Nine Hundred Two Case Review This is not the V3 version, but very similar in size and capacity. Plenty of room for everything.
It's a great case choice. The V3 was improved with a new USB 3.0 port on the front panel and internal 2.5" SSD mount.
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