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February 21, 2011 4:00:03 AM

As you can see from the title, I am looking to finalize my plans for my first build. I am looking for help finding any glaring compatibility problems that I have overlooked. I have done a lot of research and reading to make sure that everything fits, but, we all miss things sometimes.

Approximate Purchase Date: Spring to Summer
Budget Range: $1500 - $1800 Cheaper is ALWAYS better though...
System Usage: Digital media center(Streaming, TV, BluRay Movies), Hardcore Gaming, School work(IT & Info Systems), General Usage
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com is my 1st choice, but if there are other sources that are cheaper, that's better.
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: See Below
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, just not now
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here are the parts that I have decided on. The RAM, SDD and the Bling(cathodes & fan controller) are the only ones that I am not 100% sure about. I am sure that I want a 2x4GB, at least 1600 DDR3 RAM.

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video
CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PLEXTOR Black BD Combo SATA Model PX-B320SA LightScribe Support
Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller
2X LOGISYS Computer CLK12RD 12" Cold Cathode Kit Light
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

I have given thought to doing a water cooling system with this. I know my case is built for it and I have the room, but, I think I have enough to worry about. I would like to do a system that would cool the CPU, GPU's, North bridge and South bridge. If anyone has some suggestions of parts, reassurance on it being not as hard as I think it's going to be or anything else encouraging, I'd love to hear it. I think that when I add a second GPU in Crossfire, I'll add a water cooling system.

Just as a final note:

- I know about the NB overheat problem with the Crossfire IV, I still want the board
- I have looked at the Benchmarks for the 1090T and still want it. I like the performance of HD video rendering over the 965.
- I want 8GB of RAM. I know that a lot of you suggest only 4GB, Thank you. I'll still take the 8GB.
- I know this RAM will fit under the Noctua. Please keep that in mind if suggesting new RAM.

I'll say now, Thanks for the input. It's greatly appreciated and helpful.

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February 21, 2011 4:52:16 AM

+1 for you thinking to stop by here first. I would hate to think of you spending that kind of money on that build. :) 

Down below is a Sandy Bridge build...lots of good things with these builds. First off they mop the floor with anything out there atm, second off RAM means ZERO in regards to over clocking these cpu's....so no need for spendy low timing RAM in order to get a great over clock, third these SB cpu's don't require water cooling or a $50+ cpu heat sink to get an over clock of 4.6 - 5.0ghz. It's a new day and age in technology with these 1155 SB builds. :sol: 

This build down below contains a 2500K SB cpu, Windows 7, after market h/s (thermal paste included), dual factory o/c gtx 560's in SLI, 128GB SSD, 8 gigs of low voltage RAM (1.5v)... (SB boards tend to do better with low voltage RAM), etc.... Also peeps using RAID 0 is something of the past anymore since the SSD's came down in price. And best off all with a bios flash the 1155 boards will run the 22nm Ivy Bridge cpu's due out next year. One decent size SSD, and one large HD seems to be the trend these days.

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <--- detailed and in depth review of that mother board

http://www.asrock.com/MB/download.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <---- get the latest bios for that board here

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re... <--- review/benchmarks gtx 560 in SLI *The cards in that review are @ stock settings, unlike the cards down below in this build which are factory over clocked.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate 10% off w/ promo code PSU11FEB, limited offer
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... $155 @ newegg
ASRock P67 Extreme4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $251.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99 FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,701.85 *not including shipping, rebates, etc...

*Down below are some reviews/benchmarks of the Sandy Bridge cpu's

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...
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February 21, 2011 5:55:23 PM

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Budget Range: $1500 - $1800 Cheaper is ALWAYS better though...
System Usage: Digital media center(Streaming, TV, BluRay Movies), Hardcore Gaming, School work(IT & Info Systems), General Usage


Then i have sweet news lol No render, encode, compile, video edit 1090T + 8GB DDR3 no point so 955BE + 4GB and really for HC gaming a HD 6950 and go for the jugular?

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http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/wiki/AMD_Radeon_69...
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