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March 3, 2011 1:25:47 AM

Hey all 2nd post for my computer excited about getting it!
Just gunna list all the stuff Im from australia ill use the site im getting it from for the links. Im just looking for a kick arse system im gunna love and run what i want great.

The computer is for gaming: WOW SC2 all up coming games.

The only few concerns i have is with the mother board, the ram, SSD, and the psu. All suggestions and comments welcome and appreciated thanks guys. ;) 

heres the build:

Case: Cool Master HaF 922
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU: SB 2500k
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU: ASUS Radeon HD 6950 2GB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

SSD: (not sure on this)

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws XL F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOBO: Not 100% sure on what board tossing up a few
ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard B3
ASUS P8P67 PRO Motherboard B3 or any other suggestions

PSU: (Also still unsure)

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March 3, 2011 3:05:26 AM

For ram you dont really need 8gb. 4 is plenty for gaming.
Get something recent from a good name brand like OCZ, intel, Crucial. 90-120gb is usually good for your primary ssd.
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March 3, 2011 3:08:42 AM

bavman said:
For ram you dont really need 8gb. 4 is plenty for gaming.
Get something recent from a good name brand like OCZ, intel, Crucial. 90-120gb is usually good for your primary ssd.

All these 1155 reviews say the exact same thing the manufacturers recommend, and that is go with low voltage RAM like 1.5v or even less. OCZ is pure junk imo, and right now G.Skill along with Muskin is as good as it gets for low voltage RAM.
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March 3, 2011 4:09:19 AM

Why_Me said:
All these 1155 reviews say the exact same thing the manufacturers recommend, and that is go with low voltage RAM like 1.5v or even less. OCZ is pure junk imo, and right now G.Skill along with Muskin is as good as it gets for low voltage RAM.


What? i was talking about a ssd in the 2nd part of my comment. The only comment 1 made on ram is that 4gb is enough
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March 3, 2011 4:55:51 AM

bavman said:
What? i was talking about a ssd in the 2nd part of my comment. The only comment 1 made on ram is that 4gb is enough

Sorry my apologizes.
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March 3, 2011 5:25:32 AM

4gb is not enough as I found out, I read about two reviews on how the fps of games increase by half if 4gb ram is replaced by 8gb ram...............if i am wrong ,correct me
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March 3, 2011 5:26:57 AM

that ram model is pretty nice,
but I will buy the cas8 version of that,30 bucks more expensive but I will buy it when newegg holds the desktop ram 15% promotion again.
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March 3, 2011 5:42:29 AM

The majority of games run on 32-bit engines thus they cant utilize more than 2gb. Windows itself uses 1gb to 1.5, leaving you with a safe .5-1gb. Even games written in 64 (like the option in crysis) wont utilize anymore than a 32-bit game. It has been shown that a switch from 4gb to 8gb leads to a 2-3% increase at best, if any at all, in games
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March 3, 2011 5:50:22 AM

liao24hoho said:
that ram model is pretty nice,
but I will buy the cas8 version of that,30 bucks more expensive but I will buy it when newegg holds the desktop ram 15% promotion again.

If your buying CAS8 for a 1155 build...all I can say is... lol
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March 3, 2011 6:01:19 AM

Looks good man!..Im building a new pc also in April..But i decided to go with Asus Motherboard...But overall that build looks solid for gaming...If i were you i'd hold up on the SSD for now since the new OCZ are coming out...Im sure the current SSD's will drop a little more in price...Plus you don't need SSD right now, what i do is wake up in the morning turn on my computer get some coffee and by the time i get back my computer is booted lol...
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March 3, 2011 2:33:57 PM

liao24hoho said:
that ram model is pretty nice,
but I will buy the cas8 version of that,30 bucks more expensive but I will buy it when newegg holds the desktop ram 15% promotion again.


http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail/mar-0-2011/Coupon0...

Today they have a 10% promotion on desktop ram.

CAS8 vs CAS 9 in this system... meh... Use the $30 on a bigger SSD.

I don't have a lot of experience with SSD's. I have a Crucial RealSSD300 Sata III and I love it. Wish I could have gotten a bigger one.

BTW your rig looks great so far. I am running a similiar system. My Asus P8P67 Pro runs cool and overclocks like a champ.
I play WoW and SC2 and chose an Nvidia solution because Blizzard games run better on Nvidia chips according to all the reviews/benchmarks.
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March 3, 2011 10:21:49 PM

Thanks for all the replys so far guys.
If i were to go for an Nvidia gpu what would i be looking at, all the reasearch ive been doing was leaning towards the amd 6950 so i can flash it up to a 6970. so im not to in the know with nvidia atm lol
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March 4, 2011 3:33:21 AM

I'm using the GTX 560
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-...
shows the stock $250 GTX 560 beating the $275 2 gb version of the 6950 in WoW. The 560 also comes in factory overclocked models that run $10-$20 more. I always get EVGA because of the warranty.
Here are five OCed 560's reviewed by Tom... the EVGA card is missing...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-ti-...
The 570 or 580 are better than the 560, obviously, but with those you are passing the price range of the 6950 by quite a bit.
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March 6, 2011 11:31:37 PM

ok so if i was to go with the gtx 560 what would be better

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Super Overclock
or
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II Overclocked 1GB?

there is a $30 dollar price difference and that doesnt matter to me i just want the right card to do the best job.
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