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May 15, 2011 11:24:57 PM

This will be a first from scratch build for me.

Build date: Between now and June

Budget: ~$2k. I'm not entirely opposed to spending a bit more, but from what I have put together thus far, it seems to me like a pretty solid rig with good performance vs price. Also, not all items will be purchased at once, but rather over the next several weeks. Motherboard, CPU, and video cards will be purchased last in anticipation of any price drops between now and then.

Usage: Gaming. Pretty much nothing else. The PC I type this from is still more than capable for everyday tasks and will serve as a file/media server, and I have a theater set up for movies. This is intended to be a secondary, gaming only PC.

Parts Not Required: Nothing, this will be all from scratch. However I will not be including any info on keyboard/mouse and the like as to me that's kind of negligible, and is more personal preference. Also, for now monitor will probably be just something along the lines of a 23" LED 1080 display. Will probably eventually add a triple display set up or go 3D, but that will be another decision down the line. For now I'd like to focus more on the guts of the PC.

Preferred Website: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:

- Case: Corsair 800d. Non negotiable.

- CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

- Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula

- Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

- Video: 2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB

- PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series AX850 850W

- HDD: 1TB WD Caviar Black. Plan to add SSD, possibly 10k RPM drive later, but not in initial build.

- CPU Cooling: CORSAIR H70. Will likely upgrade to a full blown water system down the road, but not at this point.

Overclocking: Yes, but nothing super extreme. Will likely push the 1100T to around 3.8 which should be quite easy.

SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire. 2x XFX HD6950s. I also briefly looked into adding a separate PhysX card, but not sure if my MB will handle it ( or psu for that matter )

Monitor Resolution: 1920/1080. Again, this will be a future upgrade, but not a big concern at initial build.

Additional Comments: I plan to replace the fans on the H70 rad and affix all three top fans on the 800d with some scythe high CFM fans. Noise is not really a concern to me, as much as performance is.


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May 16, 2011 2:09:28 AM

i5-2500k. its better, theres no real debate. if you want amd, wait for bulldozer.
an asrock p67 extreme 4 would be a good mobo to match.
May 16, 2011 2:45:32 AM

nooooooo!!!!!! i5 2500k's are the standard for gaming builds and are faster clock for clock than the x6 cpu's.-also you are buying from canada's newegg.

225$- i5 2500k-

168.50$ w/shipp-p67 extreme4 motherboard-

91$- 8GB 1600MHZ xms3 ram- (if you are just gaming then 8gb is enough games cant even use 4gb so think of 8 as overkill)

the video card you have are fine but you know there is only one rebate per customer?

the corsair 800d does not have good air flow and it is sooo expensive get this case if you are worried about a clean look which i think you are 150$ after rebate-

this will cool just a s well as that h70 47$-

95$ w/rebate tx750, 750w psu-

samsung spinpoint f3 1tb 60$- (you wont want a 10k drive just put 2 of these in raid 0)

120gb vertex 2 ssd 180$ (for your os and favorite games)-

windows 7 home premium 100$-

logitech g110 50$ at tigerdirect

logitech g500 35$ mir included in that price at newegg

go with a good logitech headset or speakers for your audio

if you go 3d you want to get nvidia cards because they have way better 3d than ati. 3 monitor setup=fine for ati and nvidia

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May 16, 2011 4:11:22 AM

lol, yeah I realized it was the Canadian newegg site shortly after I posted. Really not sure how I ended up there.

Thanks for the enlightenment on the 2500k. At first glance it seemed like the X6 was the obvious choice but minimal research shows I was dead wrong. The 2500k is definitely the way to go.

I had also never heard of ASRock before, but that board has great reviews and seems like a solid choice.

I'm pretty sold on the 800d and h70. I think with some fan upgrades there shouldn't be any issues.

So for a revised list:

- Corsair 800d
- i5 2500k
- ASRock P67 extreme 4
- Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
- Corsair Professional TX750 PSU (really prefer the modular)
- Corsair H70 CPU cooler
- 2x XFX HD 6950s
- 2x Samsung F3 1TB
May 16, 2011 4:51:36 AM

Get an HX 850 instead if want a modular PSU.
May 16, 2011 12:32:27 PM

the 850hx was in a combo deal yesterday with a samsung f3 1tb for $175. too late
May 16, 2011 2:36:29 PM

that build looks a lot better than your original one also will you add that ssd. get it so you can put your operating system on it you will boot up in less than 10 seconds. also your games will load faster if you put them on it too
May 16, 2011 2:42:04 PM

From what I heard those all in one Water cooling systems aren't appreciably better than a high end air cooler like a Thermalright Silver Arrow or Noctua DH-14 while being riskier due to possible leaking. If you go with water cooling, a custom rig is the way to go. I would use an air cooler for now, then do plenty of reading and lurking in the water cooling forum and find out how to build a custom solution.
May 16, 2011 2:55:31 PM

well put now he can put that scythe mugen 2 in that rig
May 16, 2011 3:00:15 PM

Th only problem with the giant air coolers is the tall RAM heat spreaders on Ripjaws, Vengence/Dominator type RAM have clearance issues with the coolers. I use lanes 2 and 4 on my board and have no problem with clearance, but my CM 212+ is a good deal smaller than a DH-14 or Mugen 2. If you want to fill all the slots for 16GB in the future then you will be SOL, unless it's possible to switch fan positions away from the ram.
May 16, 2011 3:25:31 PM

as i type, my scythe mugen 2 is sitting comfortably over ripjaws ram in slots 1 (the closest slot to the cpu) and 3. Slots 2 and 4 are welcome to join the party at any time. The fan is in the standard rear facing push configuration.
May 16, 2011 3:28:55 PM

genghiskron said:
as i type, my scythe mugen 2 is sitting comfortably over ripjaws ram in slots 1 (the closest slot to the cpu) and 3. Slots 2 and 4 are welcome to join the party at any time. The fan is in the standard rear facing push configuration.

Nice, what mobo are you using. My P8P67 Pro would have a tight squeeze with lane 1 filled.
May 16, 2011 3:35:05 PM

msi gd65. the clearance is very small, but nothing is "squeezing". the mugen allows you to slide the fan up and down. I certainly wouldnt try putting vengeance in there though. The real point is that the guy wants a corsair water cooler, and hes gonna get one. theyre expensive, but they work, they look cool, and theyre low profile. Anyone who is going to buy a $200 case clearly is not lacking in conviction. and if you hadnt noticed, this guy would buy a corsair gpu, mobo, and cpu too if they made em. im just surpised at the lack of corsair ssds.
May 16, 2011 7:16:15 PM

I know it seems like a bunch of corsair parts there, but by no means am I intentionally trying to pick corsair parts. I'm open to other manufacturers, but they just seemed like the best choices in their categories. Yeah the 800d is pretty spendy, and I would certainly not mind spending less. I have definitely been trying to find an alternative. Even in the same price range it is difficult to find something with similar features and build quality and not look like something out of a science fiction movie. I looked at the 650d, but all the mid towers I look at seem so cramped, granted I'm comparing them to the 800d. If you have some nice alternatives to suggest, I will consider them. Along the same lines, I'm not against air cooling the cpu either, but if the performance between the h70 and a top end air solution are going to be pretty much the same I don't see the real advantage of going with the massive air coolers. I mean, it seems like something like the h70 would be a lot less restrictive of the air flow in the rest of the case.