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April 14, 2011 4:45:44 PM

Case: Antec Three Hundred

Mobo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K

CPU Fan: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler

GPU: 2 XFX Radeon HD 6950 in CrossFire

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300

HDD: Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB

Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD

Optical: ASUS Black 24X DVD Burner

WiFI: ASUS PCE-N13 PCI Express Wireless Adapter

The total price range i was given is between 1500 and 2000. Mostly used for gaming, and some productivity suites. Web Browsing, OpenOffice, ect.

Any suggestions on change? I mainly took pieces from the most recent System Builder Marathon.

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April 14, 2011 4:54:14 PM

I think youre going to need a more powerful PSU, other than that it looks great already.
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April 14, 2011 4:57:08 PM

Looks solid from here, the Intel® Core™ I5 2500 should do very well for you in gaming and the P67 looks like it will do the job nicely. I personally like a more ram, I would go with 2 x 4GB of DDR3 1600. Also the I understandably favor the Intel SSDs, but I don’t see any problems or issues.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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April 14, 2011 5:31:11 PM

PSU - Single GPU would be fine for that 650w, but bump that Corsair to an 850w if running dual GPUs.

MEM - This debatable, but I would opt for G.SKILL DDR3-1333 1.5v CL7 memory over the 1.6v CL8 memory for its lower latency and lower voltage.
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April 14, 2011 5:42:12 PM

You want 1.5v memory.

650W psu is cutting it too close for 6950's.
April 14, 2011 10:30:48 PM

That PSU looks fine, i don't think you need 8GB for a pure gaming build though.
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April 14, 2011 10:32:40 PM

i use 4 GB in my computer, and i've never had it bottleneck, which is why i chose it originally.
April 14, 2011 10:37:46 PM

Yeah, even if it does its easy and cheap to upgrade.
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April 14, 2011 10:38:53 PM

a good point i suppose
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April 14, 2011 11:03:20 PM

That Corsair 650W unit would have been enough for that machine, people always over-estimate power draw. You could unlock the extra shaders, overclock them to or near 6970 speeds, and still be all right. Even so the 850W gives you a little more room to perhaps add a third card or if you use something more power hungry down the line.

April 15, 2011 2:35:27 PM

I think its best to overestimate a bit though, i like to take capacitor aging and max load into account.