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New GAMING / HTPC Build and Need the TH Community's Advice!

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March 2, 2011 4:17:07 AM

I am planning on building a new gaming rig within the next couple of weeks, but before I do, as always, I'd like to check with the TH community before I shell out $1400 on parts! In this thread, I will outline the hardware I plan on buying and the goals I have for this new system. I am open to any constructive criticism! If you would like to suggest a piece of hardware, please briefly explain why and what advantages it would offer over my current hardware choices. Also, if you see any incompatibilities, please point them out!

I game HEAVILY on my PC. I mostly play FPS games and am preparing myself for the crop of games due out in 2011! My goal is to be able to play games at full 1080p and MAX settings with at a MINIMUM of 50 FPS. Max Settings: Meaning, the highest texture details and full AA and AF. The games I plan on playing with this build include: Brink, Homefront, Crysis 2, Portal 2, Deus Ex, Rage, Tom Clancy Future Soldier, BF3 (ESPECIALLY), etc.

I want to be able to OC my CPU to 4.1+ GHZ per core and flash the 6950 to a 6970. In a month or so I will add another 6950 in CrossfireX and flash that one to a 6970 as well.

Specs:

GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 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 COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM
2 x RAID 0 Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
BFG Tech EX-1000 1000W ATX12V 2v.2/EPS12V v2.91
Antec Six Hundred Black Computer Case

Can the 6950 Flashed to a 6970 be paired in CrossfireX with another 6950 Flashed to a 6970? Will 2 Sapphire 6950's fit in the Antec Six Hundred Case?

If you guys have any suggestions or comments please feel free. As always, thank's in advance to the community for participating!
March 2, 2011 4:23:05 AM

Well I suggest you check out my guide. From the looks of it, your current rig runs just fine. I suggest you wait for April when Sandy Bridge returns.

1090T (200$) vs 2500K (230$)
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=146

With that said, check out my guide. Critiques:

Terrible PSU, a better PSU Would be the XFX 850 or the XFX 750.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should also look towards Antec 300 Illusion, cheaper and still just as good as the 600.

Drop the C300 switch to a single Vertex 3 or Sandforce 2200 60gb SSD. Most of your budget should be dedicated to your CPU And Graphics card.

Drop the WD Black, pick up the Samsung F3 1TB save you about 30-40$ for practically the same speed. You don't need a "fast" HDD when you have an SSD.
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March 2, 2011 2:20:17 PM

The case I have no with my current build is the Antec Three Hundred Illusion. Lol. So, you think an 850w PSU will be enough to power that system with 2 Sapphire 6950's in CrossfireX? I've read that running 2 Crucial C300's in RAID 0 gives you speeds of $600 SSD's?
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March 3, 2011 12:05:49 AM

^ Even if it did would it be worth the price your paying? The SF-2200 are probably going to be around the same prices of the current gen of SF SSDs. Plus the fact that they get 500 on the reads is already really good. You would be wasting money getting RAID SSDs. 1 SSD is already good enough.

As for the CF yes, a GOOD 850 will run CF 6950s.
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March 3, 2011 2:28:40 PM

Ya, I think I'm going to drop the whole idea of SSD's in general. It won't give me a performance boost in gaming plus the write speeds aren't that much better than a WD Caviar Black. Although the read speeds are phenominal, it's not worth the premium.

Also, I've decided to drop the 6950 and go with 2 HIS 6870's in CrossfireX. What do you all think about that?
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March 3, 2011 3:39:23 PM

an SSD won't improve FPS, but it will shorten load times TREMENDOUSLY, and is well worth it for that.
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March 3, 2011 10:13:30 PM

^ Correct

Don't completely drop the idea of the SSD. I'm just telling you that you should/only need a single 60gb. I use a 60gb on my laptop and still have space. Plus SSDs are rather low powered compared to HDDs.

Anyways, I'd suggest getting the Samsung F3 1TB then a SF-2200 SSD for the boot drive.

Sounds good.
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