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May 5, 2011 1:26:37 AM

Hey Guys,

I'm hoping to get some advice on my first build. I've done a lot of research and I think I have chosen the right parts but if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them. Also, if you've had any experience both good and bad with any the parts I'd like to hear that too.I'm not too strict at keeping it under $1400 exactly so I don't mind going over a little if it's worth it. Let me know what you think of the build.

Thanks in advance!

The Build

Approximate Purchase Date:
Last week of May 2011

Budget Range: <$1400 (before tax) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music production applications such as Ableton Live 8, Adobe Audition 3, Cubase. Gaming. Listening to music. Web Surfing. Movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, sound card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences:
- ATI graphics due to eyefinity and support of 3 monitors on a single card.
- Intel due to higher ram capacity on motherboards and triple channel feature.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
- looking to build a system that can run new games on the highest settings on 3 monitors at 1920x1080 (Star Craft 2, Crysis 2, Battlefield 3) and be able to run the applications listed above with ease.
- I’m not sure if the benefit of the “better” card is worth the cost, what would you recommend? Is there another card perhaps I could look into?
- Are some of the parts here a little overkill for what I want to do? i.e: Should I get less ram to save some money? Should I go with a smaller capacity power supply?

Parts

CPU: Intel BX80601960 Core i7 960 Processor- $289.97

RAM: Patriot PV7312G1600ELK Viper II 12288MB PC12800 DDR3 Triple Channel Memory Upgrade - 12GB, 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 3x4096MB - $149.97

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, SATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0 - $209.97

VIDEO CARD: HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 Video Card- $199.87
OR
Sappphire 100312-2SR Radeon HD 6950 Video Card - $249.

POWER SUPPLY: Cooler Master RSA00-AMBAJ3-US Silent Pro M 1000W Power Supply - ATX, Modular, 1000 Watt, 80+ Bronze Certified, SLI, 135mm Ultra Silent Fan - $179.97

DISK DRIVE: LG BH12LS35 12x Blu-Ray Burner - $109.97

HARD DRIVE: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 0F12115 Serial ATA Hard Drive - 2TB, 7200 RPM, 64MB, SATA-6G - $114.97

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan – $89.99

COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler - $49.99

SUB-TOTAL: $1,394.67

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May 5, 2011 2:18:37 AM

Don't go LGA 1366. That PSU isn't what many would call a quality unit and is overkill. To game across three 1080 monitors you are going to want two 2GB HD 6950s. Try this build. I used directcanada.com for its free shipping on orders over $50.

ASRock P67 Extreme4
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6214&v...(B3)&manufacture=Others
$171.72

Intel Core i5-2500k
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v...
$214.69

Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=1946101809P&v...
$22.86

G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 CL9 1.5v
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD8579&v...
$78.06

2x Powercolor HD 6950 2GB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4112&v...
$567.30

Western Digital Black 1TB SATA II (Start with 1TB. When that fills, buy another)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0783&v...
$84.69

Cooler Master HAF 922
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC5964&v...
$79.69

XFX 750 Watt Core Edition PSU
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC6621&v...
$95.99

LG Blu-ray reader & DVD Writer
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC3681&v...
$72.34

Total: $1387.34




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May 5, 2011 2:52:12 AM

nd_hunter said:
Don't go LGA 1366. That PSU isn't what many would call a quality unit and is overkill. To game across three 1080 monitors you are going to want two 2GB HD 6950s. Try this build. I used directcanada.com for its free shipping on orders over $50.

ASRock P67 Extreme4
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD6214&v...(B3)&manufacture=Others
$171.72

Intel Core i5-2500k
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD1527&v...
$214.69

Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=1946101809P&v...
$22.86

G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 CL9 1.5v
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD8579&v...
$78.06

2x Powercolor HD 6950 2GB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4112&v...
$567.30

Western Digital Black 1TB SATA II (Start with 1TB. When that fills, buy another)
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0783&v...
$84.69

Cooler Master HAF 922
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC5964&v...
$79.69

XFX 750 Watt Core Edition PSU
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC6621&v...
$95.99

LG Blu-ray reader & DVD Writer
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950AC3681&v...
$72.34

Total: $1387.34



Thanks for the help. I definitely like the lower prices of the RAM, cooler, hard drive, and power supply.
My only concern is with the CPU and motherboard you've selected as I have heard to avoid the Sandy Bridge chipsets due to glitches. Is this something that has been fixed or does the motherboard you selected not have this problem?
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May 5, 2011 3:17:45 AM

It was a Cougar Point (P67/H61/H67) issue and has been fixed for a couple months now. The "B3" or "Rev 3.0" in the motherboard description indicates this.
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May 5, 2011 3:24:21 AM

nd_hunter said:
It was a Cougar Point (P67/H61/H67) issue and has been fixed for a couple months now. The "B3" or "Rev 3.0" in the motherboard description indicates this.


Awesome! Thanks for your help.
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May 5, 2011 3:55:37 AM

RawbJawb said:
Awesome! Thanks for your help.


You're welcome! Good luck.
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May 7, 2011 5:58:35 PM

Best answer selected by RawbJawb.
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