Need help with a New $1000 Gaming Rig

Hey guys! The title says it all! Just a note, I'd like to be as future-proof as possible, but I know that comes with a price so try to keep that in mind with this limited budget build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Anywhere from within 1-3 weeks. I am willing to wait for price drops/bundles.

Budget Range: Approximately $1000 before rebates. I can go over maybe $100, but that's already pushing it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming: Starcraft 2, Call of Duty, Crysis, Battlefield, (would love for it to be able to run Diablo 3 when it comes out fairly well) surfing the internet, watching movies, photoshop.

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

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Don't have any particular favorite brands. I'd prefer a product or brand that's reliable, good warranty, and performs well.

Overclocking: Yes

Crossfire: Very possible in the near future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I've tried to do as much research on my own as possible, but there's just so much information out there! Your suggestions and input would be greatly appreciated.


Although I don't know too much about certain parts, here is what I had in mind so far:

- CPU - ~$225
i-5 2500K (I've seen it drop to around 200 at microcenter and I am willing to wait for bundles/deals)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product

- GPU- ~$250
HIS? Sapphire? ASUS? Radeon HD 6950
~Although I am not sure which brand to get. All I know is if I want to unlock and overclock I need the 2GB version.
**I've done my research on the 6950 and the GTX 560 Ti and decided to go with Radeon unless you can tell me why not

- Mobo - ~$175
Asus p8p67 Pro (by suggestion from a friend)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004QF0VD6/sr=8-5/qid=1303412810/ref=olp_product_details?t=slickdeals&tag=slickdeals&ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1303412810&sr=8-5&seller=
1156, 1366... ?_? The part which I know the least about. So many too choose from. Help me out guys. I'm looking for a mobo that would do well with overclocking, unlocking 6950, possible XFire in the future, stays cool and is definitely the most bang for my buck and future-proof (if possible).

- RAM - ~$100
8GB
Saw this deal earlier, but I wouldn't even know which one to purchase, and whether if this is good for my mobo/build
Did not have time to research this, but would love some input considering the build I had in mind. I know certain ram goes well with certain mobos because of clock times, etc, but my knowledge of that is very limited. I just want something that performs efficiently and is the most bang for my buck.

- PSU -
650W? ~$100 or less?
Not sure about wattage. I know it depends on whether I want to overclock in which case I do, and XFire in the future. Can anyone layout my options please?

- HDD - ~$100
Either 1 2TB or or two 1TB. Not very concerned about this, as long as speed is up to par and the HDD is reliable.

- ODD - ~$70
Doesn't have to be bluray. As long as it can read and burn dvds.

- Wifi -
Hoping that it would be part of the mobo, but if not any wireless N card will do.

- Case - ~$100
Any case that runs really cool, fits all my components and has USB 3.0 slots in the front will do.

*Please keep in mind these are relative prices, and may fluctuate depending on bundles and deals so I've given a $100 extra leeway on my budget.

I definitely plan on overclocking the cpu and gpu and was wondering what type of cooling would be best. I'm not in a rush to OC if the cooling system doesn't seem fit my budget, but as I've stated before I am most definitely able to wait for price drops and OC later.

I know there is a lot of empty gaps in this build because I haven't really had the time to look up everything and read about the details, but again I would greatly appreciate your inputs and suggestions to help me build the $1000 of my dreams!
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  1. Check out my build guide for 1000$, since that case I recommend doesn't have USB 3 try this one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097&cm_re=902-_-11-129-097-_-Product

    Try a 700w or more if you want CF 6950 eventually.
  2. Not considering Microcenter

    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 + Intel Core i5-2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.622005
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231430
    LG Black 24X DVD+R
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136178
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB + Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.627767
    XFX HD695XZDDC Radeon HD 6950
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150527
    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4XCT9yibwQ


    $1,011.92

    LE Register the video card at the XFX site within 10 days of purchase for their lifetime warranty.
  3. Thanks Shinobi and mosox for your inputs! I wish I ran into your guide earlier Shinobi. I think it would've helped me move faster with this process. Either way I was wondering what your opinion was about the p8p67 compared to your Asrock extreme 4 p67? There is a deal going on right now and I was wondering if I should jump the gun on this?
    i-5 2500k + Asus p8p67 for $330javascript: validform(this);
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/0422BUNDLEpromo.html
    I plan on overclocking and I remember reading somewhere that this mobo is not very good at it, but then again that source could be wrong. Also should I be concerned that if I do to XFire later (I believe) this mobo will only be running on 8x/8x on this board? Also, I was curious how and why you decided to choose that ram for your $1000 build?
  4. The Asus bother seems to have alot of problems. I was debating between the Asus P8P67 Pro or the Asrock P67 Extreme 4. I picked the Asrock Extreme 4. Sweet Board post with no problems. Overclocked it to 4.3 the minute I installed the OS. All it took was a milla-sec to slide the bar to increase the multiplyer. It supports SLI and XFire at 8X/8X.
  5. singhie said:
    The Asus bother seems to have alot of problems. I was debating between the Asus P8P67 Pro or the Asrock P67 Extreme 4. I picked the Asrock Extreme 4. Sweet Board post with no problems. Overclocked it to 4.3 the minute I installed the OS. All it took was a milla-sec to slide the bar to increase the multiplyer. It supports SLI and XFire at 8X/8X.

    Just curious, problems in terms of what? Also what are your specs?
  6. yes buy that deal at microcenter before it expires (The main ad is a typo, it is indeed a 2500K + asus p8p67pro). your source is wrong, the asus p8p67 pro is the fastest OC'er in the category. You should not be concerned with running in x8/x8:

    The specific ram and video cards are terrible deals, imo.

    get this ram ($75 w/ promo code) It isnt quite as fast but it just doesnt matter (ie the marginal performance gains are not at all worth the extra money)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&cm_re=gskill_1600_8gb-_-20-231-428-_-Product

    you should not pay $270 for a 6950 1gb. Thats a total ripoff. Id go with this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102921&cm_re=6950-_-14-102-921-_-Product

    or if you want 2gb version this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161355&cm_re=6950-_-14-161-355-_-Product

    Current games do not demand too much VRAM, so believe it or not the 6950 1gb is actually just slightly faster at stock. The advantage of the 2gb version is that a) it has more VRAM for "futureproofing" and b) it can be unlocked into what is essentially a 6970. The unlocking process carries with it some risk so its not a good option for everybody.

    The one caveat is that the P8p67 pro doesnt come with the USB 3.0 front bay, whereas the ASrock extreme4 does. Cases with the USB 3.0 are also too expensive imo.
  7. I wouldn't call ripoff a card that for an extra $27 (actually $17 after the mail-in rebates) offers:

    - Factory overclock (faster).
    - Lifetime warranty
    - Coolest and quietest HD 6850.

    Sapphire is good too though.
  8. The problems were not big. Just some booting issues and RAM support. Nothing that a bios update could not have fixed. Both Board are great (Asus and Asrock). I mainly went with the Asrock because it was a lot cheaper then Asus.
    My Specs:
    CPU: Core i5 2500k Stock cooling
    Board: Asrock p67 Extreme 4
    RAM: Mushkin 2x4GB
    GPU: Zotac GTX 460 1GB
    PSU: Corsair TX750
    OD: LG DVD burner
    HDD1: 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3
    HDD2: 1.5TB WD Caviar Green
    HDD3: 2TD WD Caviar Black
    Case: Corsair 600T
    Monitor: Asus 1080p
    I agree with Genghiskron. The Asus board is a faster overclocker. I stated that because I was afraid that the Asrock could overclock like the Asus. But I had no problems.
  9. Yes both boards are great. Id usually go with the Asrock, in fact, because its excellent and typically cheaper. But an i5-2500k + p8p67 pro for $250 (w/tax)? That CANT be missed. Id hurry up and head to the store before theyre sold out.
  10. Could have not agreed more.

    Why dont you
    try this build.

    CPU/Motherboard: $329.98
    Intel Core i5 2500K and Asus P8p67 Pro
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/0422BUNDLEpromo.html

    RAM: $84.99 MIR$20
    Patriot Extreme Performance Sector 5 G Series 8GB
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0353874

    Hard drive: $54.99
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=SAMSUNG%20Spinpoint%20F3%20HD103SJ%201TB

    DVD: $17.99
    Lite-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner - OEMhttp://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0322335

    PSU: $139.99 MIR$20
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022

    Case: $59.99 MIR$10
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    GPU: $274.99 MIR$20
    XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150530&cm_re=6950_2gb-_-14-150-530-_-Product


    Total build w/discount BEFORE MIR: $963.92
    Total MIR: $70
    Total build Cost:$893.92


    Note: you can change up the case if you. Aswell the GPU is a beast there are tutorial how to flash the firmware to unlock it to a ATI 5970. For that price you can not go wrong (compairs great to $350+ GPU)
  11. Saving of $106.08 from the $1000 build request. Plus you will be futureproof.
    -easy to overclock to 4.5
    -8GB of ram
    -AMAZING GPU
    -large PSU to do XFIRE in the future

    ENJOY
  12. ^ Garbage PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=xfx%20850
    Out of stock but....
    $140 for a non-modular 80+ BRONZE power supply? Corsair is riding on their name a little too much. XFX sells the 80+ Silver MODULAR 850w for $150 plus $20 MIR. Much better deal than the Corsair.

    As for the Note singhie said. That is false, it is unlocking the 6950 2GB to a 6970 2GB. And another thing, that XFX won't flash to a 6970. It's a custom PCB, imagine the motherboard has a reference design, only REFERENCE PCB's or stock cards will unlock to a 6970, anything not looking like the AMD reference design will most likely not unlock.

    This is probably something you'd want. Not saying singhie's is bad, just critiquing.

    P8P67 Pro + 2500K $330
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/0422BUNDLEpromo.html

    G.Skill Sniper 8GB DDR3 1333 $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417&cm_re=8gb_ddr3-_-20-231-417-_-Product

    F3 1tb $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Raidmax RX-850AE $120 10$ MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152043&cm_re=850w-_-17-152-043-_-Product
    Raidmax has had a bad name associated with it, but those PSU's were Sigma PSU's branded with the Raidmax logo, these are still not made by Raidmax (neither are XFX's or Corsairs) but still pretty decent as I've read reviews showing it stays to the 80+ Gold.

    UNLOCKABLE 6950 2GB 275$ MIR 250$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127555&cm_re=6950_2gb-_-14-127-555-_-Product
  13. aznshinobi said:
    ^ Garbage PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=xfx%20850
    Out of stock but....
    $140 for a non-modular 80+ BRONZE power supply? Corsair is riding on their name a little too much. XFX sells the 80+ Silver MODULAR 850w for $150 plus $20 MIR. Much better deal than the Corsair.

    As for the Note singhie said. That is false, it is unlocking the 6950 2GB to a 6970 2GB. And another thing, that XFX won't flash to a 6970. It's a custom PCB, imagine the motherboard has a reference design, only REFERENCE PCB's or stock cards will unlock to a 6970, anything not looking like the AMD reference design will most likely not unlock.

    This is probably something you'd want. Not saying singhie's is bad, just critiquing.

    P8P67 Pro + 2500K $330
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/0422BUNDLEpromo.html

    G.Skill Sniper 8GB DDR3 1333 $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417&cm_re=8gb_ddr3-_-20-231-417-_-Product

    F3 1tb $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Raidmax RX-850AE $120 10$ MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152043&cm_re=850w-_-17-152-043-_-Product
    Raidmax has had a bad name associated with it, but those PSU's were Sigma PSU's branded with the Raidmax logo, these are still not made by Raidmax (neither are XFX's or Corsairs) but still pretty decent as I've read reviews showing it stays to the 80+ Gold.

    UNLOCKABLE 6950 2GB 275$ MIR 250$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127555&cm_re=6950_2gb-_-14-127-555-_-Product


    I agree mostly with that build, except get the RAM thats mentioned most often in this thread here:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428&cm_re=gskill_1600_8gb-_-20-231-428-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=qfdnx4eujh5y

    Really fast, gskill is great, 1600MHZ is slightly faster than 1333MHZ, and its cheaper so your paying less for a better product. I'd also get the XFX 850W PSU here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
    Its better than the Raidmax shown above, and 750W is enough by the way, but 850W is good solid overhead for OCing etc. But quality XFX/Corsair/Antec 750W is good enough (seasonic is really good but too expensive, even though it makes xfx/corsair/antecs psus).
  14. ^ I did suggest the XFX, but it is out of stock.

    The Raidmax was tested by HardOCP, it is true to the 80+ Gold, so no problems there.
  15. aznshinobi said:
    ^ I did suggest the XFX, but it is out of stock.

    The Raidmax was tested by HardOCP, it is true to the 80+ Gold, so no problems there.


    The black edition of the xfx 850w is out of stock, the core 850W isn't. I've added it to my cart and its in stock, so maybe you were thinking of the black edition.
  16. ^ AHhh yes, sorry about that.
  17. First off I want to thank all you guys for your support, advice and help with this build. You guys at TH ROCK!!!
    So this is what I'm planning to order:

    P8P67 Pro + 2500K $330
    http://www.microcenter.com/special [...] promo.html

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $99 $25 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    F3 1tb $55
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=lh_ni_t

    Either XFX 6950 2GB 275$ $30 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

    or MSI 6950 2GB 275$ $25MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127555&cm_re=6950_2gb-_-14-127-555-_-Product

    Raidmax RX-850AE $120 10$ MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

    or XFX Core Edition PRO850W $119 $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011

    or XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W $149 $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=xfx%20850w%20black

    So just a couple of questions to help me narrow down these last few choices. So the XFX 6950 2GB cannot be unlocked to run almost like a 6970 but the MSI can? I did a quick search and I wasn't able to find posts where XFX cards could not be flashed, perhaps I missed a thread? I would prefer the XFX because of the lifetime warranty, but I am still deciding if unlocking is a risk I want to take. Although I will most definitely will be overclocking the gpu and cpu!

    I have no knowledge whatsoever about PSUs. I would be willing to wait for the XFX Black to be in stock if it is really that much better although it is more expensive. Otherwise what is the main difference between the Raidmax and the XFX CE Pro?

    I am also not sure which tower to get to fit these components. I saw the earlier suggestions:

    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black $59 $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    Any other suggestions out there? I know the cases with USB 3.0 in the front is more expensive but I would like to see those recommendations just to compare prices. I just want the tower to have good cooling and look decent. Also any suggestions on a decent bluray ODD (yes I am willing to spend a little extra for bluray) that can read and burn? After market cooling for OC? Other than that, I believe I almost ready to purchase and build this machine!
  18. Yes the MSI can, the reason the XFX cannot is that is a custom cooler design, therefore XFX had to use a custom PCB design which disables the ability to unlock the 6970. You can also check the XFX reviews.
    The MSI can because it uses the reference which is why it can be unlocked.

    I suggest the K62 for airflow.
    But here is a USB 3.0 suggestion case.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097&cm_re=902-_-11-129-097-_-Product

    I say go with the XFX Core Edition 850 or RX850AE either is good imo.
  19. The ram isnt $25 MIR its $25 promo code. Dont forget to enter the code.

    There are many good cases out there. Pick one you like the looks of. Great ones include:

    Antec 300, 300 illusion, 600, 902
    Cooler Master HAF 912, 922, 932 (has USB 3.0 Front Bay)
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-Tower-SuperSpeed/dp/B001EPUQAE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303533794&sr=8-1
    Lian Li ....

    edit: this case i just saw has usb 3.0 up front. i know nothing about it, but i suppose you may want to consider it. personally i stay away from thermaltake, but thats because Best Buy seems to like thermaltake, and best buy is my enemy.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133181&cm_re=a60-_-11-133-181-_-Product

    I would recommend the SCMG-2100 for a cpu cooler. Its quiet, its effective, its cheap, and its huge, but it will fit. People will also recommend the hyper 212+, its also a great cooler, but its not as good and its overpriced on newegg because its so popular.
  20. Yep, Lian Li is a great brand and all of their cases are excellent.
    Unless you are dead set on unlocking, consider the 560Ti or 570. The 560Ti is found for $200 AR, and about 2-3% worse than the 6950 2gb. The 570 beats both comfortably (even beats the 6970), but for $330~ (Probably out of your budget). I really must insist the XFX 850W core edition PSU, it is from seasonic the best PSU makers, although im sure that the particular raidmax is good, as aznshinobi is a valued contributor who does his research, the XFX is definitely at least a bit better, and the same price.

    Note, that a 850W is really not needed, 750W is enough to SLI and overclock the 570 and all SLI+oc all the cards below it in performance (6970, 6950, 560Ti 460's), apart from some cards that are OLD and INEFFICIENT (GTX480 etc). I'd say either the 6950 or 560Ti for your budget though, but the 560Ti should be looked at at the very least tbh.
  21. ^ Haha thank you but I somewhat agree as well, I think both are valid @ the price. The 6950 2GB I think is a better choice just because it can be unlocked into a 6970 which @ that point you save 60$ or so and it performs fairly close to a 570.

    6970 vs 570.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/292?vs=306
  22. So I did a bit of research about the XFX not being able to flash and here is what I found:
    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1572460
    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1588022
    http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcard/159

    It appears many people were actually able to unlock their XFX 6950 2GB to a 6970 bios. So if this is completely true I will be getting the XFX because of its lifetime warranty.

    XFX 6950 2GB 275$ $30 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150530&cm_re=6950-_-14-150-530-_-Product

    Anyways, here's my final deicision on parts unless there happen to be any random deals within a week maybe even two. Having the cpu and mobo sitting around at home is definitely not going to help with my patience, haha!

    LITE-ON Black $59
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106326&cm_re=LITE_ON_bluray-_-27-106-326-_-Product

    XFX Core Edition PRO850W $119 $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=y7bipcqlgaqj

    As for cases, I'm still deciding between these two:

    COOLER MASTER Haf 922 $89 MIR
    http://www.frys.com/product/5927304

    Lian li K62 $99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239&Tpk=k62

    Since both of these dont have USB 3.0 in the front I'm assuming my best solution would be to just get USB 3.0 wires connected to back and bring it around the front for easy access. I've read the reviews about the K62 and the Haf 922. The K62 is much more quiet but does not have the 3.5" external drive bay, however the 922 seems to boast incredible airflow, fans, and cooling except for the fact they don't have fan screens and can be a bit noisy but I found a simple solution to make your own filter here.

    This video review of the 922 has the PSU installed upside down and I was wondering if that was for better airflow efficiency? I believe air is sucked in from the bottom of the PSU correct? Perhaps this was due to the fact that the 922 has no PSU air filter but if it was upside down, wouldn't it be taking in warm/hot air into the PSU? I know there are trade offs between these two cases and I personally would like a quiet system over a noisy one and would definitely like to hear some input from owners of these cases or comparable suggestions I may have overlooked. I forgot to mention if I have to buy a wireless network card or if it is integrated into the Asus p8p67 Pro? If there aren't any more suggestions or recommendations, I think I will be all set! =D
  23. ^ Then you are referring to this one.

    I'M TELLING YOU that XFX will not unlock. This one will however as it uses the stock cooler and reference design.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150518&cm_re=xfx_6950-_-14-150-518-_-Product
  24. I get the feeling that the XFX card you are looking at is not reference but the ones that you're linking to are. I also can't see the AMD symbol on the PCI port (i was told that signified reference) or a dual bios switch.

    So i wouldn't try it with that particular card.
  25. aznshinobi said:
    ^ Then you are referring to this one.

    I'M TELLING YOU that XFX will not unlock. This one will however as it uses the stock cooler and reference design.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150518&cm_re=xfx_6950-_-14-150-518-_-Product


    Got it. I thought you meant that all XFX 6950 could not be unlocked and it contradicted what I read. Thanks for clarifying!
  26. ^ Remember though, this is a common issue with ALL 6950 2GB, not all are made to flash over. Some may flash to a 6970 but not be stable, meaning you'll get messed up pixels (testing Furmark), some also just don't have enough cooling and will probably get extremely hot. (See reviews from SOME knowledgeable Newegg reviewers). So to solve that you may need a custom cooler.
  27. what do you guys think about this corsair RAM over the popular vote of the G Skill. Also take into consideration the promo code for the corsair for a reduced price of 74.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426
  28. ram prices change every day. gskill is still generally cheaper with the right combos. for example
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.633314
    the combo savings bring the ram price down to 80, but the promo code still acts on the $120 ram, bringing the price to $50. Obviously the values change depending on your need and total purchases.

    Corsair makes great ram, i dont think theres any question about that. The problem with their fancy pants ram like the one you linked is that the heatsinks are far too tall. This can cause problems fitting aftermarket cpu coolers.
  29. I am currently thinking about getting the ASRock P67 with the Corsair RAM and that is still cheaper than your combo even before the $25 off the RAM until the end of the month. Would i be better off just keeping what I had in mind or not?


    RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345


    Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229
  30. Hey guys, I almost have all the parts except for the GPU, PSU and the tower. So after doing a little bit of research, I don't think I will be planning to unlock the 6950 to 6970 bios as it is quite a bit risky. I do plan on overclocking and possibly unlocking the shaders. Now since flashing the bios is no longer an option for me, which 6950 2GB card should I get? I was looking at the MSI TF III
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575&cm_re=6950-_-14-127-575-_-Product
    as an option, or should I just stick to reference cards? Do reference cards OC better than non-reference cards?

    Also do I actually need 850w? I read that 750w is more than enough for 6950 CFX.
    http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/1007554-750w-enough-cfx-6950s-unlocked.html
    https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/1692942
    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1595286 (750w for 6970 CFX)

    Also just to note, I believe all of the reference cards on newegg.com are sold out. Should I actually reconsider the GTX 560 TI as an option now as well? Any help would be great guys!
  31. I can give you no more knowledge than what you know already as I'm not a wiz at advice like these guys are :)

    However I know that you should consider running an http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004JLNZXU in SLI

    :)
  32. Well The 750w is enough, I'm just saying that a 850w would give you headroom when you overclock as that pushes up your TDP a bit. As for overclocking, the non-refs do a better job. The TFIII is a solid cooler no doubt and you won't be disappointed. If you do reconsider, Allbies cooler is a solid one.
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004JLNZXU%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB004JLNZXU
    review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-frozer-ii-review/20
  33. So here's my question before I pull the trigger on one of these two cards.

    GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr II OC $230 After $20 MIR
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Expr [...] B004JLNZXU

    6950 Twin Frozr III OC $ 275 After $15 MIR
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R6950-TWIN-FROZR-III/dp/rebates/B004UE1Q7S/ref=rebate_olp_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1304897944&sr=1-14

    The 560 TI is $45 cheaper than the 6950 and based on benchmarks between these two cards,
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/293?vs=330
    performance is almost about the same except that 6950 does better at higher resolutions. I was wondering if the marginal difference in performance really worth the extra $45 or am I missing something here?
  34. The Twin Frozr is actually OC'd to 900mhz I believe at which it's a solid card. 1ghz (or 1000mhz) it reaches the 570's performance so I actually think the 560 is the better buy here.
  35. Ok im looking to buy the same set-up:

    PC Case:
    NZXT Phantom White

    Motherboard:
    ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    CPU:
    Intel Core i5-2500k 3.30 GHz Quad-Core Processor

    GPU:
    MSI Radeon HD6950 2GB

    RAM:
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    Hard-drive:
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 3.5 Internal

    CD-ROM/Blueray Burner:
    Lite-On iHBS112-29 12X 3D Internal Blu-Ray Writer

    Power Supply:
    Corsair HX-750watt Power Supply

    Would it be a better choice to go the GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr II OC?
  36. Either will do you justice. It's all preference as an OC'd (Unlocked) 6950 2GB = OC'd 560 Ti, there on the same level basically.

    You also don't need Dominators, Vengeance series ram would be smarter, it's cheaper and the same performance.
  37. ok ive just been looking around near me (melbourne, australia) and saw the G.SKILL Ripjaws-X 8GB DDR3-1600 XM 8-8-8-24-2N 1.5v $115 AUD
    Is this a agood product?
  38. You should just go with 8GB DDR3 1333 and save yourself some money, but yes that is a good product.
  39. Ok cool!! Thanks for that!
  40. sorry for xtra details making it hard to read but still its the best build for $1000(price total is without rebates,enjoy gifts)enjoy gaming and LONG LIVE NEWEGG

    Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price


    MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814127592
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $197.99


    Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92 92mm Sleeve Bearing Fan CPU Cooler
    Item #: N82E16835200056
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $19.99


    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
    Item #: N82E16819115070
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131729
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ...
    Item #: N82E16817153136
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
    Item #: N82E16820231445
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    Thermaltake Armor A60 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis With Cable Management Water Cooling SSD Support And Tool-Less Installation ...
    Item #: N82E16811133181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148697
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    TREND MICRO Titanium Antivirus+ - 1 User for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832286063
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    -$65.00 Instant
    -$59.94 Combo
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $914.93
    $789.99
    1

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black EIDE / ATAPI Model SH-S222A - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151175
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.99 Saving
    $20.99
    $0.00
    1

    Patriot X-Porter 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model PSF2GUSB
    Item #: N82E16820241103
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$5.99 Saving
    $5.99
    $0.00
    Subtotal: $1,007.97
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