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First time builder questions for the masters

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April 9, 2011 6:17:21 AM

I'm curious as to how this would all fit together, and whether it would be operating at peak efficiency. Price isn't really that much of issue, but for my funds this is essentially what I could max out on. Thoughts, criticisms, critiques are all welcome. I need to know if what I did was right :D .

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium Intel X58 Socket LGA1366 MB

CPU: Intel Core i7-960 3.2Ghz 8M LGA1366

RAM: Corsair Dominator GT 12GB PC16000 DDR3 2000MHz 3x4

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6990 4Gb DDR5 PCIe 2.1

Sound Card: Creative Labs SB X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Pro PCIe

Hard Drive: 510 SERIES 120GB SSD GEN2

Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-206 Blu Ray Burner

Power Supply: Corsair HX1000W 1000W Modular

Monitor: Samsung P2770HD 27" 1920x1080 LCD
April 9, 2011 6:44:14 AM

Any specific reason for going LGA1366 / X58 rather than LGA 1155 /P67?
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April 9, 2011 7:02:58 AM

I was under the assumption that they were better as well as better capabilities for crossfiring if I decide to do that at some point.
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April 9, 2011 7:03:41 AM

I'd suggest a i5-2500(K) over the 960 -- Sandy Bridge is just better
only 8 GB RAM with it
no sound card needed
and an 850W PSU
I'd also suggest that a 23" monitor should be plenty
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April 9, 2011 7:05:59 AM

I also planned on upgrading to a hex-core in a year or so so I figured dicking around with the 960 now wouldn't be that big of a deal.
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April 9, 2011 7:15:22 AM

I was thinking 990x actually in a year to throw on that mobo once I really have to. That and everything I've ever heard about the sandybridges, at least the earlier ones was just plain awful. Please feel free to correct me. And would the 990x makes solid sense with my setup? To throw on the 990x in a year and mostly leave the rest as is?
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April 9, 2011 7:16:11 AM

Though that's quite the interesting comparison
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April 9, 2011 7:56:42 AM

Basically, the $300 2600 (and unoverclocked $330 2600K) beats out the 6-core 980X, and runs neck-n-neck with the 990X for 1/3 the cost. if you overclock a 2600K, its just the fastest chip in the world
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April 9, 2011 8:16:58 AM

Another question, would the ram run at 2000 mhz on that 960? I'm fairly new to all of this, and the more info I have the better.
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April 9, 2011 9:25:27 AM

Khazmir said:
I was thinking 990x actually in a year to throw on that mobo once I really have to. That and everything I've ever heard about the sandybridges, at least the earlier ones was just plain awful. Please feel free to correct me. And would the 990x makes solid sense with my setup? To throw on the 990x in a year and mostly leave the rest as is?

The 1155 boards will support the new Intel 22nm Ivy Bridge cpu's. The 1336 is all but dead in regards to gaming builds.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <---- Please do a "copy & paste" on this thread and let us know your budget, what country your in, what you need, don't need, resolution, etc...
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