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March 16, 2011 9:07:06 PM

Hi to all those hardware experts out there.

I'm in the process of building a new system for entertainment purpose(gaming, movies, photoshop, etc...)
Can someone please provide some feedback on this build?
Or point out if anything is not compatible?
My budget is around $1000 - $1100 (without the monitor)
This is what I came up with after 2 days of intense research:



CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k

Mobo: Asus P8P67 LE B3 Intel P67 Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM: Corsair 4GB- PC12800 RAM, DDR3, 1600MHz, Core i5, Dual Channel, Class 9 (In the process of looking for 4gb x2)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro (newegg: N82E16817341018)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB (newegg: N82E16814102914)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB (newegg: N82E16820227704)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case (newegg: N82E16811119160)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any expert opinion would be great!
Thank you!!

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March 16, 2011 9:27:58 PM

That's not a 4GB X2 kit, and not a particularly good deal.

I would want at least the straight P8P67 for overclocking, I think the LE may be a bit light. ;) 

You seem to be a bit light on budget, but you haven't given us one.

Also, you are missing parts yet.
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March 16, 2011 9:33:31 PM

Thank you for the reply.
I meant to say I will get two of those 4gb RAM to make it 8gb.
My budget is around $1000 - $1100.

Other than keyboard and mouse, am I missing something?

Thank you once again.
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March 16, 2011 9:38:32 PM

bumhlee said:
Thank you for the reply.
I meant to say I will get two of those 4gb RAM to make it 8gb.
My budget is around $1000 - $1100.

Other than keyboard and mouse, am I missing something?

Thank you once again.


You want a 2x4GB kit, not two 2x2GB kits :) 

And yes quite a bit yet. I'll put up a build here in a moment.
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March 16, 2011 9:41:40 PM

Proximon said:
You want a 2x4GB kit, not two 2x2GB kits :) 

And yes quite a bit yet. I'll put up a build here in a moment.



Oops... I totally did not see that it was 2gb x2.
I guess I need to find a new RAM that is 4gb for 4gb x2.
Thank you so much for pointing that out.
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March 16, 2011 9:52:26 PM

You should probably wait a few more days for more LGA 1155 boards to become available.

First, become an e-blast subscriber if not so that you can take advantage of these promo codes:
http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail/latest/index-landi...

From that list get these parts, but be sure to write down those promo codes!

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

XFX 650W PSU (Seasonic built)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD RE4 500Gb drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's an enterprise level drive for a desktop level price... awesome. You need an adequate HDD before you get an SSD. 60GB is not enough for gaming or any app beyond the OS itself.

Then this G.skill kit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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March 16, 2011 10:03:22 PM

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March 16, 2011 10:05:24 PM

Proximon said:
Yes it is, and good as long as you are not going to crossfire (use a second 6970). It's a micro-ATX board. Doesn't say that clearly in the description.


I'm completely blind when it comes to hardware so I have one dumb question...
What is micro-atx board have to do with crossfire technology? By the description of the mobotherboard, it seems like it will support crossfire.

Thanks!
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March 16, 2011 10:11:33 PM

Well, it very well may but it will be very crowded. Compare the spacing of the two PCI-E slots with the P8P67:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then, imagine trying to add another PCI card onto the board.

Now as long as you are staying with a single video card and just need another slot for some unknown future upgrade like a video capture card or TV tuner or sound card... then the mATX board is fine.
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March 16, 2011 10:39:43 PM

Proximon said:
Well, it very well may but it will be very crowded. Compare the spacing of the two PCI-E slots with the P8P67:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then, imagine trying to add another PCI card onto the board.

Now as long as you are staying with a single video card and just need another slot for some unknown future upgrade like a video capture card or TV tuner or sound card... then the mATX board is fine.



Thank you once again.
I got one last question.

What is the difference between this motherboard:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

and the one that I found earlier?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

It seems the same spec wise..
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March 16, 2011 11:53:47 PM

Here is the newegg comparison
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-707^13-131-707-TS%2C13-131-705^13-131-705-TS

Aside from the different form factors we have talked about and what it says there:

P8P67
More voltage regulation and overclocking control. Possibly higher overclocks as a result. Bluetooth. Does NOT have true crossfire or SLI support, despite what it may say.

P8P67-M Pro
True CF/SLI support, but a crowded board. Dual slot GPUs would be pushed up against each other causing hotter temps. Would be a great LAN party board as it would fit in a smaller case and would be ideal for two narrower cards. For instance two of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are sure you won't need CF/SLI get the full ATX board. If you want it all get the P8P67 Pro like I did:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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