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Gaming pc for college with crossfire hd6950 (first build)

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April 18, 2011 12:37:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: June-July 2011

Budget Range: 1000-1400 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, college homework, general use

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts:

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #P67 EXTREME4 (B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD695XZDDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

KINGWIN Lazer LZ-850 850W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC W/ 3-Way LED Switch and Universal Modular Connector ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Parts Preferences: No preference between Intel/AMD ATI/Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

Additional Comments: Going for the netbook/desktop combo instead of a big laptop that sacrifices both mobility and performance. I would prefer a medium sized pc (for moving between dorms every year). Also will the power supply and cooling suffice for this system? I also looked at charts and apparently the hd 6950 2 gb has better scaling than the gtx 560/570. I might go for single hd 6970 or gtx 570 tho. :D 
April 18, 2011 12:45:46 AM

You can flash the 6970 bios onto the 6950 2GB. I'd go with the i5 2500k instead of i7 2600k. You won't need the hyperthreading for what you are using it for. I'd also pick a better PSU brand. Stick with Corsair, Antec, Seasonic.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... get one now and one later!
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April 18, 2011 1:20:50 AM

crewton said:
You can flash the 6970 bios onto the 6950 2GB. I'd go with the i5 2500k instead of i7 2600k. You won't need the hyperthreading for what you are using it for. I'd also pick a better PSU brand. Stick with Corsair, Antec, Seasonic.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... get one now and one later!

as you said OP could go with a cheaper and better PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this 750W PSU is enough for SLI 6970's and also is $45 cheaper than the kingwin psu in OP's post, and better quality.
i5 2500k is amuch better buy for your needs - Identical gaming performance (No HT used for gaming..)

also get a faster and cheaper HDD in http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Faster and $25 cheaper.

Overall savings $70 from PSU/HDD, both are improvements to your overall build, plus $100 off from a cpu that is identical in performance for your needs.

That $170 can be used on an SSD.
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April 18, 2011 2:00:06 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $174.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $164.98
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $244.98 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $464.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $444.98
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $27.22 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

Total: $1,017.14 *not including shipping, rebates, etc...
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April 18, 2011 3:11:53 AM

vibhas said:
as you said OP could go with a cheaper and better PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this 750W PSU is enough for SLI 6970's and also is $45 cheaper than the kingwin psu in OP's post, and better quality.
i5 2500k is amuch better buy for your needs - Identical gaming performance (No HT used for gaming..)

also get a faster and cheaper HDD in http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Faster and $25 cheaper.

Overall savings $70 from PSU/HDD, both are improvements to your overall build, plus $100 off from a cpu that is identical in performance for your needs.

That $170 can be used on an SSD.


thanks for the suggestions vibhas, i am going with the cheaper hd and psu, gotta research differences between i5 and i7 more tho. I am going with a 2 gb sapphire hd 6950 because the xfx card was actually 1 gb not 2 gb of vram. To my surprise most hd 6950 cards on newegg actually raised in price- by 10 dollars :( 
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April 19, 2011 10:22:13 PM

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