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Reveiw this $900 build please, buying it tommorow

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March 27, 2011 7:27:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: later today or tommorow for newegg parts and when they arrive the microcenter parts

Budget Range: approximately $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, audio pruduction

Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and microcenter

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: i5 2500k

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900, now but will upgrade to 1920x1080, in a few months

This is what I'm thinking.

Case: HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cpu: i5 2500k
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Mobo: MSI P67A-G45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gpu: Gigabyte HD 6950 2gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec TP-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Samsung spinpoint F3
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

OD: samsung lightscribe 22x DVD+R
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Total: (newegg) $655.46 + (microcenter) $271.14 = $ 926.16 with shipping and tax



So what do you guys think, is this a good build. If you have any changes I would prefer not to go any higher as I already reached my budget. Im not going to overclock the cpu now but maybe later when I buy a better heatsink. This build is supposed optimized for crossfire in the future, do all the part support crossfire? .I'm not sure if the HAF 912 can fit two 6950's but I'm pretty sure it can. All help is appreciated. This is my first build btw.















March 27, 2011 11:56:12 PM

There's too many bad reviews on that for me to pick it up, I would hate having it die on me.
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March 28, 2011 12:03:15 AM

Check out my build guide. Maybe it'll help.

I suggest 560 Ti, just because it'll run cooler and quieter. + the fact that when it overclocks it can get to the level of a 570 but still run cooler and quieter than a 6950 unlocked to a 6970.

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March 28, 2011 1:16:02 AM

Well I only meant newegg reviews but it does seem like a good mobo, unfortunately its sold out at newegg. Is the 560ti better than the hd 6950 when sli/cf is involved?
Also are the other parts acceptable? Thaks for all the help so far.
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March 28, 2011 1:35:45 AM

No both ar4e acceptable. The 560 Ti is good for overclocking manually and the fact that it runs cool and quiet is a plus. The 6950 runs loud and hot but it overclocks/unlocks to the 6970 which is a bit better than the 570 (the 560 Ti overclocked)
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March 28, 2011 7:54:36 PM

Thanks but I mean the other computer components, are they ok?
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March 29, 2011 2:36:35 AM

Umm what other parts? By the parts you mean parts you've listed. They all look good.

I'd pick this case over that one though, cheaper and same amount of fans. Zalmans Z9 series is aimed towards budget builders, so I hear.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

From quick glance the build quality of the Z9 looks solid, easy cable management and looks like tool-less design w/ a side panel.
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March 29, 2011 5:30:29 PM

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April 11, 2011 5:05:59 PM

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