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March 16, 2011 7:52:51 PM

Hi,

I need opinions/advices on this new computer I'm building. I'm trying to build something in the mid-high performance range that's gonna last me for many years. Also worth noting that I'll be overclocking. Here's what I got:

CPU:
INTEL Core i7 2600K

Memory:
2 x 4GB CORSAIR CMP8GX3M2A1600C9 - DDR3-3-1600

Graphic card:
Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB

Mobo:
Asus P8P67 PRO

SSD:
Intel X25-M 80GB

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cachel

Monitors:
2x Asus VE228H 21.5"

All I'm missing is the Case/PSU basically. How much W would I need? Any advice on which PSU to get? Since I'm planning on overclocking, should I be concerned about the cooling system (like getting a case with 2-3 fans)?

Does this build seem good? Any advices or tweaks? All and any help is appreciated!

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March 16, 2011 8:24:59 PM

This build is awesome. You have the 2GB video card specified, so you can unlock it to a 6970.

You should be concerned about cooling - you need to replace the stock heat sink with this: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus. In fact, combine the heatsink and CPU here to save antoher $8

You do not need a huge PSU: XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W for $60 after rebate

Now for the case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 for $90 AR

Do you need an OS? Combo Case and Win7 64 bit OS for $185 saves another $5

Don't forget a DVD: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW for $18




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March 16, 2011 8:44:46 PM

CPU: good choice
Mobo: good choice
GPU: good choice
HDD and Monitors: good choice
+1 on Cooler Master Hyper 212, unless you plan obscene oc'ing
RAM: get Crucial 1333 and save $40 at Newegg. It makes no sense to get expensive money. Check it on Tomshardware if you don't believe me.
SSD: Get Crucial RealSSD C300. It's only 64Gb, but incredibly fast in reading, and $50 cheaper at Newegg.
PSU: I would go for something around 700W, just to make sure you have room for a future up-grade (Crossfire, for instance). Corsair, XFX are OK, but the best you can get is Seasonic.
Case: I would spend some $20 and get Haf 932 instead. It's bigger and has the room you need for your system. It also has all the vent you'll ever need for yo oc'ing.
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March 16, 2011 9:26:32 PM

galta said:

PSU: I would go for something around 700W, just to make sure you have room for a future up-grade (Crossfire, for instance). Corsair, XFX are OK, but the best you can get is Seasonic.
Case: I would spend some $20 and get Haf 932 instead. It's bigger and has the room you need for your system. It also has all the vent you'll ever need for yo oc'ing.

Seasonic make every power supply that XFX sell, so I don't see how you can make a distinction between them.
And the HAF 922 is above average in size terms so has plenty of space for loads of hardware.
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March 16, 2011 11:14:10 PM

Thanks alot for all the tips. I'll make sure to get the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus.

Haven't made a decision on the PSU/Case yet, but now I know at least what I should be looking for.

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