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May 19, 2011 3:23:21 AM

Hi everyone,

I was hoping I could get some feedback on the following build. I really want to build a nice gaming rig and will be opting for the i7 2600k with excellent graphics. My budget is as 'as much as it takes' I would say under 4k :) 

Thanks ,

The following is linked: http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Infinity_8800_...

Total Price:$3181

CASE: CoolerMaster Storm Sniper Mid-Tower Gaming Case
CASUPGRADE:12in Liquid Neon Thunder Pattern Light [+15] (Blue Color)

MONITOR:23" Widescreen 1920x1080 Asus 3D VG236H Gaming LCD w/ NVIDIA 3D Visioin Glasses Bundle $500

CPU:Intel® Core™ i7-2600K 3.40 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

GPUS: Dual AMD Radeon HD 6950's 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe

Sound Card:Asus Xonar Xense 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCIe Sound Card w/ Sennheiser Headset [+$279]

MOTHERBOARD:[CrossFireX/3-Way SLI] GigaByte Z68X-UD7-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, Dual GbLAN, USB3.0, 4x SATA-III RAID, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)

FAN:Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)

FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)

HDD:1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-47] (Single Hard Drive)

HDD2:64 GB A-DATA S596 Turbo Series Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+129] (Single Hard Drive)

MB_SRT:64 GB A-DATA S599 Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+129] (Single Hard Drive)

MEMORY:8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory [+10] (Corsair or Major Brand)

MB_ADDON:Asus U3S6 True 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x SATA-III PCIe X4 Expansion Card [+19]





MULTIVIEW:Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor [+0]

NETWORK:o nboard Gigabit LAN Network

OS:Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK:p ro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more) [+19]

POWERSUPPLY:* 850 Watts - Thermaltake TR2 RX Modular 80 Plus PSU - PN: W0319RU [+82]



TEMP:NZXT Sentry-2 Fan Touch Screen Fan Control & Temperature Display [+29]


USB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

CD:LG WH10-LS30K 10X Internal Super Multi Blu-Ray Rewriter [+104] (Yellow Color [+9])

USBX:NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module + USB Bluetooth 2.X EDR Dongle with Led Light Thumb Size [+29]

Case Fan:Maximum Enermax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (500-1,200 RPM White Color with White LED Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA [+16])

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May 19, 2011 3:32:17 AM

There is a good deal of unnecessary spending in that build... And some questionable choices e.g. PSU. Are you fixed on picking out a cyberpower build or would you be willing to build your own? Also, in general I would recommend not investing anywhere near $4,000 in a build.
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May 19, 2011 4:31:11 PM

I am willing to build my own. I just used CyberPower for illustrative purposes. It will be my first build, too. I will swap out the Gigabyte Z68 UD7 for the As Rock Z68 Extreme 4..
http://www.techspot.com/review/395-asrock-z68-extreme4/...

Is there a better option for this gaming right than the extreme 4, or is this a great swap?

Also, I would appreciate any feedback on the Dual AMD Radeon HD 6950's 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe , or buying advice if there is a certain discernable breed of the 6950 that stands out?

Additionally, the sound card I listed 'Asus Xonar Xense 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCIe Sound Card w/ Sennheiser Headset' was chosen on the basis that it was the highest priced at the cyberpower website. Upon closer inspection, it seems to come with a sennheiser headset, and I don't need a headset because I already have one. So input on a soundcard, including the overall validity of them would be cool.

Many thanks brothers,

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May 20, 2011 12:10:15 AM

^ I see. The Extreme is a good choice. I would get a 2500K instead, also. For the SSD, the A-Data would not be my first choice - maybe a Intel 320? Yes crossfire 6950 2GB would be very, very powerful. Now that the unlockable one is sold out on Newegg, there isn't much to distinguish between the different models. Sound cards, though are not my area of expertise.
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May 20, 2011 12:16:26 AM

do nVidia 3d glasses/ monitor work with AMD graphics cards?
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May 20, 2011 12:25:58 AM

My understanding is that they do. I don't believe HD3D is dependent on what type of 3D display or glasses are used.
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May 20, 2011 2:33:40 AM

Well I'm down to this >>

CPU - FINALIZED: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
MOBO - FINALIZED: ASRock Z68 Extreme 4
RAM - FINALIZED: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
COOLING - FINALIZED: Cooler Master V6GT 220-Watt CPU Cooler RR-V6GT-22PK-R1

1st HD - FINALIZED: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB 3.5IN SATA2 Sandforce SF-1200 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD (OCZSSD3-2VTX120G) (OCZSSD3-2VTX12
2nd HD - FINALIZED: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5' SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($60 amazon.com)
3rd HD - FINALIZED: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5' SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($60 amazon.com)

CASE: Thinking HAFX or 650D I want something that is very stylish and high end. Are these there better options? Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) OR >>COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU These 1000watts seem to be close in price to the 1200's, I may just opt for the extra 200watts but regardless: - Silverstone Technology Silverstone Strider 1000 Gold 1000W Modular Power Supply ATX 24PIN 135mm Fan 83A 80+ Gold Black (ST1000-G)

And now my biggerst decision!!, for which I am still completely up in the air on - > GPU's. I was thinking dual Radeon 6950's unlocked. The trouble is that I have a 6870 sitting at home that I am letting my bro use, so I don't want to cheap out on a run-of-the mill card in my new build. I like price/performance, but I want flexibility so that I can run more than one monitor if I choose to and have the fastest and best quality for any games I end up playing. I was thinking 2 6950's , or maybe i should just get the best single card like a 580 and then add another card.. please some closure on this decisions and I will put it to rest with my finalization :) 

Monitor I was thinking of one of the following - Acer GD235HZbid Black/orange 23.6" 2ms Widescreen 1080p 120Hz 3D LCD Monitor OR NEC MultiSync EA231WMI-BK - IPS LCD display - TFT - 23" - widescreen - 1920 x 1080 / 60 Hz - 270 cd/m2 - 1000:1 - 3000:1 (dynamic) - 14 ms - 0.265 mm - DVI-D, VGA, DisplayPort - speakers - black (EA231WMI-BK) Alternatively, there's also the ben xl2410t, and sure I would check out 3d in that case

How am I doing so far? Welp, please help me finalize I would like to buy :)  <3

OPTICAL DRIVE - Probably get a blueray reader/writer, might as well have the option to write bluerays, no?
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May 20, 2011 2:59:55 AM

If you want the best PSU out there for this build, look no further than the Seasonic X-760.

I would look at three Dell U2311h monitors for Eyefinity. They're IPS, have a respectable response time and are top notch in quality. Hell, you could swing five of them in portrait mode with your budget. You might want two 6970s for that though ;)  and the Corsair AX850 for a PSU.

I think the HAF 932 Advanced would be the best case out there to house your build. Front USB 3.0 (internal) and basically the same size as the HAF X for about $40 less.

Might as well go with the Intel 520 SATA III SSD to get the most speed (OCZ Vertex 3 is faster but I question their QC) out of the newer interface.

Don't forget a quality CPU cooler. Something like a Megahalems with two quiet but powerful PWM fans or a Noctua NH-D14 is your best bet for a killer OC.

I like the MSI Twin Frozr II for 6950s and 6970s since unlockable (6950) cards are now sold out.
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May 25, 2011 8:42:03 PM

I want to go with a triple monitor setup, and I like Dell because I have a way to make monthly payments for 12 months with no interest on the monitors

I was wondering, would 3 x either of these models for a triple monitor setup be great decisions? :

ULTRASHARP U2410 24"
ULTRASHARP U2311H 23"

Since they are IPS and all.

If anyone recommends these monitors or a better option, please let me hear about it! I am not sure what to look for in a 3 monitor setup, so I am all ears.

Also, would dual 6950's be optimal here? or is there another choice on equal footing. I want to be able to run the top resolution with great quality in games as well.

If there is any criteria that I should be looking for to have the best experience with 3 monitors, please also let me know !! Thanks
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June 2, 2011 3:43:12 PM

rm - ottawa said:
I want to go with a triple monitor setup, and I like Dell because I have a way to make monthly payments for 12 months with no interest on the monitors

I was wondering, would 3 x either of these models for a triple monitor setup be great decisions? :

ULTRASHARP U2410 24"
ULTRASHARP U2311H 23"

Since they are IPS and all.

If anyone recommends these monitors or a better option, please let me hear about it! I am not sure what to look for in a 3 monitor setup, so I am all ears.

Also, would dual 6950's be optimal here? or is there another choice on equal footing. I want to be able to run the top resolution with great quality in games as well.

If there is any criteria that I should be looking for to have the best experience with 3 monitors, please also let me know !! Thanks


Sorry for the long delay...I've been dealing with flooding for a week or so...

I think either of those monitors will do just fine...the only difference really being an increase in size and price for the U2410. HardwareCanucks has a few words about gaming on it here. The "unlockable" 6950s are gone, so you might want to go with dual 6970s. You'd also want a 850w PSU for some breathing room. Hope this helps.
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