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March 15, 2011 4:39:27 PM

Just wanted some advise on any problems, conflicts, or poor hardware choices for my new PC build. I will be using two 22" wide screen monitors, which I already have. I was thinking of getting two HD6870 's and using crossfire but elected to just get one higher end card. I did elect to go with AMD do to price/performance, and due to the recall on the intell processors.


Processor - AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

MoBo - ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Graphics Card - ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Hard Drive - HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD Burner - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Computer Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Thank you all so much in advance for your advise and input. It is very much appreciated. Thanks.

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 15, 2011 5:40:16 PM

gaming?
1) No need for 8gb of ram. 4 is enough.
2) Save some money and get the 955 be instead of the 975. Its the same chip so you can just overclock it to the same speeds as 975 be.
3) No need for a 850w psu. Even if you plan on adding another 6950 in the future a good 750w psu by corsair or antec or such will suffice.
4) Change case to had 912 or 922, that'll save you $50-70. Change harddrive to spinpoint f3 1tb, that saves ~$35. With the saved money you can add a small ssd for your boot drive.
March 16, 2011 1:53:37 PM
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 16, 2011 6:01:27 PM

If you would like a good ssd for your system, I'd recommend something like an OCZ vertex 2 or agility 2, or intel x25-m. Or you can wait for the new sandforce drivers to come out next month, or later this month. They will be much slightly faster and will be in such products as vertex 3 by ocz.

As for the cooler if your going to be overclocking then an aftermarket heatsink is almost always a must. The hyper 212+ proves a very nice cooling solution for $30. If your looking for some heavy overclocking, the noctua nh-d14 @ $75 is a beast.
March 16, 2011 9:44:56 PM

Every thing looks good. Some things to consider are looking into a blu-ray drive and a ssd just for windows and keep the other drive.
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