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Building my second (lesser) rig!

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May 2, 2011 5:23:46 PM

Hey guys, after having a fantastic time building my first rig, I have found the means to build my son one! So here are my questions: 6950 or 560 ti? 8gb or 4gb of ram?

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LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
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COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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Arctic Silver AA-1.75G Thermal Compound
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
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May 2, 2011 6:07:43 PM

Id say get the 560, if only because its super cute to have a father-son 570-560 thing going on. But watch out, one day he might overclock and try to surpass you!

id go for this combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
for less than you are currently paying, you will upgrade him to a full size SLI capable mobo. (dont forget the promo code on the ram)
May 2, 2011 6:47:27 PM

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So here are my questions: 6950 or 560 ti? 8gb or 4gb of ram?


C'mon .... lesser rig ? Your kid's gonna kick ya butt in all the games you play anyway :) 

The 560 Ti (900MHz) is the buy right now. In SLI it beats the 6970 (note: not 6950), 862 fps to 825 fps in Guru3D's game test suite and it's $35 cheaper than the 6950 you picked. The Asus version I can personally attest easily OC's to 1000 Mhz. The other thing is, you will get a chance to try the games you buy with PhysX turned on. decide if you like PhysX by watching this:

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/batman_arkham_asylu...

Case - Does yours have a front panel USB port ? If not, I'd want one on this 2nd box.
Antec 902 V3 is $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic X-750 is a great PSU but at $160, a bit expensive. This XFX Black Edition 750 is usually $110 (when not out of stock)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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this unit combines utterly amazing voltage regulation with outstanding efficiency and just about the best ripple and noise suppression I have ever seen. And it does it all silently, too, because I sure couldn't hear that fan at any time. Even in the hot box. I almost wish I could hand out better than a perfect score, but I can't


TIM - Do you want to deal w/ the 200 hour curing time ?

http://www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm
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Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity.


Shin Etsu which has same thermal properties and no curing issues.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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Tuniq TX-3 (0) Aluminum Oxide Moderate 37.65°C A+
Gelid GC-Extreme (0) Aluminum Oxide Low / Thin 37.65°C A+
Thermaltake Grease A2150 (4) Polysynthetic Silver Low / Thin 37.65°C A+
Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Thermal Compound (4) Polysynthetic Silver Low / Thin 37.55°C A+
Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751 (0) Aluminum Oxide Moderate 37.55°C A+


Scythe Mugen 2 beats the hyper 212 by 7C but beware of tall finned heat sinks as they oft interfere w/ 3rd party coolers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can't upgrade your GFX to twin cards w/ that MoBo. I'd suggest the P8P67 Pro

RAM - $79 Corsair 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 CAS9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 2, 2011 9:39:34 PM

Oh, he already kicks my ass. I like the way you guys think! Love this forum with a passion!
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