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May 9, 2011 5:24:08 PM

Hi guyz, this is my first time here, im a real noob with pc components and stuffs.
Sorry for my english, its not my first language.

So, I have a budget of 1500$ taxes in, im from Canada.

Here my present build ;

Intel Core i7-2600K
ASUS P8P67-M PRO
XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB
WD Caviar Black 1TB
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700W
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

Overclocking : Yes.

Sli / CrossfireX : Ready for future.

Here are my questions, since my build is mainly for gaming purpose and school stuffs, i dont do video editing and rendering.

1) Should I choose i5 2500k instead of the i7 2600k since its only for gaming ? (i7 +2mb cache and HT)
2) is my GPU allright ?
3) If I add a coolermaster hyper 212 plus to my CPU to cool it off, will it fit in my antec 900 ?
4) SHould I Choose a P67 micro ATX or normal ATX ??? whats the difference ? wichs one the best...

I will take any suggestions / comments on my build to make it better.

Thanks a lot...

I mostly play WOW, CRYSIS, SC 2, and will evantually play D3 !!

please answer :) 
May 9, 2011 5:54:04 PM

1. Up to you. The 2500K is plenty for all current games.
2. Get a 6950 instead.
3. Yes.
4. Might as well get a full size motherboard. Better for Crossfire later.

and: replace the COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700W with a quality 850W PSU from Corsair or Antec. You will have plenty of power for Crossfire, overclocking, and future upgrades.
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May 9, 2011 6:09:13 PM

The difference between the Intel® Core™ I5-2500K and I7-2600K comes down to 2 things for most people. The first is that the Intel Core I7-2600K has hyper-threading giving support for 4 additional threads. The second difference is that the Intel Core I7-2600K has a clock speed that is 100 MHz faster. Now since very few games right now will take advantage of more than 3 threads right now, the extra threads that the Intel Core I7-2600K don’t have much value for gaming. In the end it comes down to around $100 cost difference and 100 MHz, at that point most of us will pick the Intel Core I5-2500K.

Also I would advise that you pick a solid HSF like the 212 + if you are going to overclock.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 9, 2011 6:55:13 PM

DXRick said:

2. Get a 6950 instead.


Thanks a lot for the fast answer,

do I get a 6950 1g or 2g willl I ever see the difference ??

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May 9, 2011 6:56:15 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:

Also I would advise that you pick a solid HSF like the 212 + if you are going to overclock.
Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team



Hi Christian, thanks for answer that fast.

What do you think of that one :

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
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May 9, 2011 7:03:29 PM

Sink the $100 in savings from a 2600k to a 2500k into a beefier GPU.

With this budget, we could part a build for you that includes Crossfired 6950s. It's overkill for gaming on one monitor (unless you are at 2560x1600 resolution). Just sayin'...

A full-sized board will give you proper spacing for two GPUs. It is recommended there be one (unused) slot between them.

A quality 750 watt unit will be sufficient for a CPU overclock and overclocked, Crossfired GPUs.

Look at directcanada.com. Their prices beat newegg.ca and ncix.com and they have free shipping on all orders over $50. If you like I can put together a list for you in a few hours when I get off work. Just tell me one thing...do you want an SSD now or Xfired 6950s?
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May 9, 2011 7:05:34 PM

2GB 6950 is the way I would go. The extra Gig of memory may come into play for future titles or increased resolutions (Eyefinity, 30" display, etc).
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May 9, 2011 7:08:36 PM

WEll im really interested in the xfire gpu 6950 your proposing but is it too much... for the games I play ???

or 1 GPU at 2g is allright,

and...

I prefer having 2 gpu than 1 SSD... dont really care about a faster OS ... and I heard for a great quality SSD you need to pay 200$ and above... wich i dont have.
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May 9, 2011 7:20:35 PM

MaxWellz said:
WEll im really interested in the xfire gpu 6950 your proposing but is it too much... for the games I play ???

or 1 GPU at 2g is allright,

and...

I prefer having 2 gpu than 1 SSD... dont really care about a faster OS ... and I heard for a great quality SSD you need to pay 200$ and above... wich i dont have.


It is overkill. But it can be worked into your budget. I'm understanding it's $1500, correct? At this time, who knows what BF3 will take to run good frame rates at max settings. I didn't see it listed, but I'm going to assume that title appeals you you also. An SSD can be worked in...but if not, we can get this down to around $1000. Do you need a monitor or OS? Any other peripherals?
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May 9, 2011 7:29:28 PM

Sorry you didnt get all the information,

here my present build with the change you guyz submitted.


Intel Core i5-2500k
ASUS P8P67 PRO
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB
WD Caviar Black 1TB
CORSAIR HX-SERIES CMPSU 750W
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 +
ASUS 24x dvd-burner
ASUS 24inch HDMI 1080p
keyboard & mouse

total; 1517$ taxes in, all newegg.
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May 9, 2011 7:33:21 PM

Nice build!
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May 9, 2011 7:33:55 PM

MaxWellz said:
Sorry you didnt get all the information,

here my present build with the change you guyz submitted.


Intel Core i5-2500k
ASUS P8P67 PRO
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB
WD Caviar Black 1TB
CORSAIR HX-SERIES CMPSU 750W
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 +
ASUS 24x dvd-burner
ASUS 24inch HDMI 1080p
keyboard & mouse

total; 1517$ taxes in, all newegg.



That's a pretty solid build. What keyboard and mouse do you have picked out? How much is shipping?
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May 9, 2011 7:37:08 PM

thx guyz, it got really nice with your help :) 

Its a really cheap keyboard n mouse 10$ lite-on keyboard and 15$ logitech 3button mouse
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May 9, 2011 7:39:28 PM

MaxWellz said:
thx guyz, it got really nice with your help :) 

my e-mail is

, i can e-mail you the cart if you guyz are interested.

Its a really cheap keyboard n mouse 10$ lite-on keyboard and 15$ logitech 3button mouse


Edit out your email. You'll be happy with your build. Let us know if you have any issues with assembly. Good luck and enjoy.
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May 16, 2011 4:16:58 PM

Best answer selected by MaxWellz.
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