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Before I purchase, one last critique please.

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March 16, 2011 4:08:36 AM

I know I have asked this once already, but could you guys critique this one last time, not much has changed, just the ram, vid card, and I think that's it. But just incase anyone has anything in mind that they think I should change let me know. I plan on buying everything tomorrow except the motherboard. I'll be buying that whenever it comes in stock.

Case: Cooler Master HAF X - $159.99 from Microcenter
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $279.99 Link
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $239.99 Link
Harddrives:Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $224.99 Link
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $64.99 Link
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH - $104.99 Link
Video Cards: ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP - $289.99 Link
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S950 950W 80 PLUS SILVER - $179.99 Link
CD/DVD/BR: LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - $18.99 Link
Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler - $74.99 Link
Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader - 14.99 Link
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99 Link

TOTAL: $1752.50 Before MIR's, 1702.50 after MIR's

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March 16, 2011 6:55:16 AM

Anyone got anything? I hate to be a pest, but this is my first build, and I wanna get it as good as possible for the best possible price.
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March 16, 2011 7:20:37 AM

My critique for you sir: Boooooooooo ATI!

Just kiddin! Looks nice dude. I'd love to make a similair build myself... if only I had more cash! Haha, workin' on an $800.00 budget myself...
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March 16, 2011 7:34:16 AM

Everything looks good so far only thing i would change is the power supply. Although the brand pc power and cooling is a very good brand only problem with that one for me is that it's not a modular power supply. But with the Haf X im not sure if you'll run into problems with cable mgt. Also 850 watts would be more then enough to power up your system.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i have this power supply and it's amazing...made my cable management easy in a mid tower case...comes with a rebate also $149.99 after rebate for a Corsair 850hx modular power supply is a good deal and i think this Corsair 850HX is actually 80plus gold from what i've been reading..even if you look it up at 80plus.org it'll show as 80plus gold.

http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDet...

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March 16, 2011 8:02:07 AM

traviskane said:
My critique for you sir: Boooooooooo ATI!

Just kiddin! Looks nice dude. I'd love to make a similair build myself... if only I had more cash! Haha, workin' on an $800.00 budget myself...


I wish you luck with your build. It's been tough man, lol. I want to make a strong computer somewhat future proof, even though nothing really ever is, but I want it to be able to last me. Also I wanted to make it completely upgradeable. So if I ever needed more graphics cards, I had the option of installing more, etc. But I didn't want to break the bank either, lol.

Bigmac80 said:
Everything looks good so far only thing i would change is the power supply. Although the brand pc power and cooling is a very good brand only problem with that one for me is that it's not a modular power supply. But with the Haf X im not sure if you'll run into problems with cable mgt. Also 850 watts would be more then enough to power up your system.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i have this power supply and it's amazing...made my cable management easy in a mid tower case...comes with a rebate also $149.99 after rebate for a Corsair 850hx modular power supply is a good deal and i think this Corsair 850HX is actually 80plus gold from what i've been reading..even if you look it up at 80plus.org it'll show as 80plus gold.

http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDet...


Would 850 watts be enough to power double or even triple crossfire? As stated above, I am trying to make this rig last a while, so if i ever needed to add anything, I wouldn't have to change much. So I need a power supply that'll support triple graphics cards, more than likely I am going to be switching my motherboard yet again. I might be able to swindle myself a sweet deal on a motherboard that supports triple.
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March 16, 2011 2:21:54 PM

Good build.

From the specs, I surmise that this is a gaming build, and that you plan to overclock.

If you plan on overclocking, you can reach the same performance level with a 2500K for less.

Use the savings to upgrade your initial graphics card which is the engine of a good gamer. Get a GTX580 if you can, you won't regret it.

The PC P&C 950w should be able to power two GTX580 cards. But, I doubt that you would ever need more than one unless you wanted triple monitor surround gaming.
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March 17, 2011 8:26:03 AM

geofelt said:
Good build.

From the specs, I surmise that this is a gaming build, and that you plan to overclock.

If you plan on overclocking, you can reach the same performance level with a 2500K for less.

Use the savings to upgrade your initial graphics card which is the engine of a good gamer. Get a GTX580 if you can, you won't regret it.

The PC P&C 950w should be able to power two GTX580 cards. But, I doubt that you would ever need more than one unless you wanted triple monitor surround gaming.


I know I plan on having dual monitors. Not looking spend that much on a graphics card.
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March 17, 2011 1:17:37 PM

luckychalmz said:
I know I plan on having dual monitors. Not looking spend that much on a graphics card.


I am using a GTX580 with two 2560 x 1600 monitors attached.

Performance is much better than when I had a 5870, which is similar in performance to a 6950.

Games will run on one monitor, and the other does not take up much resource.
In the past, I have used a second $20 card to attach the second monitor, leaving the gaming monitor dedicated to the gaming monitor. Works well.

You can spend 1/3 as much on a good 650w psu like the XFX 650:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It will power a GTX580 just fine.

As an early adopter, I bought a 2600K. Mainly because the extra $100 was not that big a deal to me. I did not need hyperthreading, so I disabled that,
and an OC to 4.0 is all that is really useful. Knowing what I know now, I would have bought the 2500K, and spent the $100 elsewhere.

It does not pay to spend too much on "future proofing" or upgrade preparation. Next year, technology will change, with cheaper and faster products. I sell my old stuff on e-bay and replace it with the new when I want an upgrade.


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April 5, 2011 11:33:59 AM

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