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April 15, 2011 3:36:20 AM

mkay so I've gathered information on everything and came up with this as my set up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
as my case I chose the Haf X. Decent price great airflow, (Will probably go intake on side fan for Gpu cooling).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte's P67A-UD5-B3 Motherboard. Had high ratings and I have had good luck with gigabyte's motherboards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel i5-2500k processor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI's GTX 560 Ti Graphics card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2 Ripjaw X series ddr3 1600 memory kits Equalling 8gb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2 500gb Black Caviar Western Digital Hard drives for main system drives(would be in Raid 1)
I don't know much about raid read a little about it never did it thought, if theres another better than raid one for a back-up drive type thing then please post it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2 500gb Blue Caviar Western Digital Hard drives for storage

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair's 750TX power supply. I figured this would be plenty for my configuration.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hyper 212 for cpu cooling.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Arctic silver for the better thermal compound.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Razer Lycosa Black illuminated keyboard. I like the way this keyboard looks it seems at though it would fit my keyboard preference.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZMF26W/ref=dra_t_cs_mr_fd_...
The Cooler Master Inferno for my mouse. Nicely priced seems to be a great mouse.

Over all do this sound like a great set up? Best quality parts for the prices and all that. Any suggestions I should look into perhaps? Also, would I be safe running a game such as mercenaries 2 or WoW with full graphics settings on a full HD monitor at the same time as another monitor with a movie playing such as a video from hulu with the gtx 560 with ease?
April 15, 2011 4:04:21 AM

first of all dd3 rams should be 3
i would choose ati 6950 over gtx560ti
and instead of 2 wd black raid0 go for ssd
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April 15, 2011 4:09:29 AM

btw you wanna play wow its like 20gig(maybe more)
you might need an expensive ssd if you wanna put in boot drive
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April 15, 2011 5:43:17 AM

ddr3? it's two dual channel.. Not tri-channel memory. most P67 boards use dual channel. At least that I've found and read of. X58 and such are can be tri-channel. And I'm not getting an ssd. Not ready for it. If I do It would be more just to hold games cause my games so far hold 138gb. I don't think I'd put $200 into an ssd anytime soon. I've thought of it. But I don't see it affecting performance with wow or the simple games I play. Least not yet. once it's all put together and such Possibly, I want the raid so I always have a back-up incase of something goes wrong. I've looked at the Ati I got tired of dealing with the drivers and the asus ati the only good one compared to this wasn't shipped in an anti-static bag so thats an instant no for me.
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April 15, 2011 6:52:14 AM

Thats been out for awhile. Get whichever you like, not a huge difference between them.

Only thing I noticed thats wrong is the RAID1 setup. RAID1 is NOT a form of backup. If you delete something off the drive, it will also be deleted off the second drive. If a virus comes in and wipes your drive, it will also be wiped off the second drive. RAID1 isn't a backup, never was. If you want to backup your stuff, get a large enough drive and an external box. Hook it up via firewire, or eSATA, or USB2 if you have to. Copy things over as needed.

Other then that it looks good. Your PSU is a bit overkill, but its not an issue if you want to get it.
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April 15, 2011 7:09:34 AM

Get Tuniq TX instead of AS5. Never heard of that mouse before, a mouse made by CoolerMaster? I'd stick with the tried and true Logitech/Razer and would suggest trying a mouse before buying it (ie from a friend or at a store)

6950 1GB and 560 ti are fairly comparable, get the brand you like and the best price you can. There's some cheap versions of both the 6950 and 560 that you gotta stay away from but it's fairly obvious which ones are good from the newegg reviews. MSI makes good GPUs. Good luck!

edit: I have found that using a second monitor is quite hard on the GPU but only if you try to run two instances of WoW or EQ2 or Rift or whatever. If you just play hulu that should take very little GPU power and should run fine on a secondary monitor on a 560 ti.
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April 15, 2011 3:42:26 PM

Nice build.

Consider an SSD for your system drive. It will make Windows and your apps boot up like sh*t off a shovel. Really does make a difference imo.

Don't sacrifice your graphics card, cpu or psu budget for it though.

On the 6950 vs 560 debate, remember the reference 6950s pretty reliably unlock to 6970 settings - if I was buying a graphics card that's what I would get.
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April 15, 2011 3:54:59 PM

ethel said:
Nice build.

Consider an SSD for your system drive. It will make Windows and your apps boot up like sh*t off a shovel. Really does make a difference imo.

Don't sacrifice your graphics card, cpu or psu budget for it though.

On the 6950 vs 560 debate, remember the reference 6950s pretty reliably unlock to 6970 settings - if I was buying a graphics card that's what I would get.


Only the 2GB reference 6950s unlock. Some become unstable and/or artifact. A modded 6950 BIOS can be used to unlock the dormant shaders and a slight overclock will effectivly make it a 6970.
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April 15, 2011 8:03:25 PM

I'll probably look into a ssd at later time. I'm sure that getting 6gb/s drives will do perfectly for now. I'm okay waiting a minute for boot-up. But, good point with the Raid1 deal. So I suppose my best bet is too simply get the 1tb Caviar black drive for massive storage and just use Windows Back-up utility. I'd probably simply set my disc image right after I get all my games and such installed this way if I run into something I can recover really fast. Best part about Blizzard games once you install them on one computer all you got to do is copy the folder into a back-up drive. on the graphics card thing. Naw I'd probably just run the window for hulu or rare chance a standard DvD, until I get a blu ray drive but by the time I get that I may just get another graphics card so I can run it through my television. On a note with that, Would this Motherboard be safe for future upgrades if I wanted to add another gtx 560, I've been told before that it doesn't support 2 graphics cards. Something about not having an Mh200. how badly affected would I become by that?
I never learned a ton of detail about that kinds of stuff. I know all the necessary basics and then some though. But, I lack some too.
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April 15, 2011 8:06:02 PM

Not worried about overclocking the gpu. Oh yeah, does anyone with a Haf X case know if the side fan comes as intake or exhaust. I'm curious cause I want it to be intake to help cool my gpu.
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April 16, 2011 2:32:07 AM

gamerxavier said:
I'll probably look into a ssd at later time. I'm sure that getting 6gb/s drives will do perfectly for now. I'm okay waiting a minute for boot-up. But, good point with the Raid1 deal. So I suppose my best bet is too simply get the 1tb Caviar black drive for massive storage and just use Windows Back-up utility. I'd probably simply set my disc image right after I get all my games and such installed this way if I run into something I can recover really fast. Best part about Blizzard games once you install them on one computer all you got to do is copy the folder into a back-up drive. on the graphics card thing. Naw I'd probably just run the window for hulu or rare chance a standard DvD, until I get a blu ray drive but by the time I get that I may just get another graphics card so I can run it through my television. On a note with that, Would this Motherboard be safe for future upgrades if I wanted to add another gtx 560, I've been told before that it doesn't support 2 graphics cards. Something about not having an Mh200. how badly affected would I become by that?
I never learned a ton of detail about that kinds of stuff. I know all the necessary basics and then some though. But, I lack some too.


Do you realize that SATA III (6Gb/s) on a mechanical drive is a marketing gimmick? The only way you will see that kinda of speeds is if you have 3 or 4 of them in a RAID 0 stripe. Save some cash and get a Samsung F3.

I think you mean NF200. x8/x8 SLI is plenty. There is almost no difference between x8/x8 and x16/x16 (with NF200) on SLI'd GTX 570s, so chances are the will be no difference with two 560s in SLI.
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April 16, 2011 2:34:18 AM

gamerxavier said:
Not worried about overclocking the gpu. Oh yeah, does anyone with a Haf X case know if the side fan comes as intake or exhaust. I'm curious cause I want it to be intake to help cool my gpu.


It is an intake fan placed specifically to cool GPUs. Generally, all side and front fans are intake, while rear and top ones are for exhaust.
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April 16, 2011 7:31:21 PM

I'd have one 24" full HD I was actually looking at a 1280p res monitor. Then I'd have my second one probably simply 19-20" 720p for browsing Trying to find a valued touch screen. The total value I can put into this rig shouldn't go past $2300. Including the monitors. What I need? a computer that will live through 20 hour days of random gaming or movies with full stability and full capability. Cause I'm sure if I'm not working that's what I'll be doing. I have off two weeks next month.
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