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May 21, 2011 6:11:11 AM

I would like suggestions on parts
Preferred websites: tigerdirect and newegg and amazon
USA
Overclocking: No

Crossfire/SLI: maybe should i crossfire? I have the money to spend on it.

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
$314.99

Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$159.99

Computer memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
$94.99

SSD: do i need one i will get it if it makes it better.

Hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$64.99

Video Card: MSI R6970-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$314.99

Case: Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case - ATX, Black, SuperSpeed USB 3.0
$159.99

Power supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$134.99

CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$21.99

Sound card:None do i need one?

Fan: do i need one?

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
$99.99

Monitor: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers 1920 x 1080

Cost so far $1400
May 21, 2011 8:57:20 AM

Looks like a solid build.
RAM : Expensive, take a look at Gskill Ripjaws X series
Sound Card : U dont really need one. Onboard sound is plenty good.
Heatsink Fan : Idk about that one. Save on the RAM and get a noctua D14?
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May 21, 2011 2:30:11 PM

RAM - Your MoBo doesn't support the DDR3-200 RAM . If ya have use for that speed, your MoBo does support 2133 for $12 more.

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

Other considerations at DDR3-1600

CAS 7 - $130 Mushkin Redline
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CAS 9 - $ 75 Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - I'd get the Vertex 3 or Corsair Force 3 (any day now) over the Intel for the speed bump. Release of Force 3 $ $220 will drive down cost of Vertex 3.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Corsair-Force-Series-S...

GFX - If using a 2560 x 1600 monitor, stick w/ the 6950's. If using 1920 x 1200, the 6950 gets toasted by 15% (751 fps) by the cheaper 560 Ti-900 Mhz (862 fps). Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$245.00 6950 (479/751) $0.51 - $0.65
$265.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $0.55 - $0.70
$265.00 560 Ti (455/792) $0.58 - $0.67
$315.00 6970 (526/825) $0.60 - $0.76
$220.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.44 - $0.51
$335.00 570 (524/873) $0.64 - $0.77

PSU - That 's a good 2nd tier unit (9.5 performance rating). With twin GFX and, I am assuming overclocking given the inclusion of a 3rd party cooler, I would move up to the 1st tier (10.0 jonnyguru performance rating) HX or AX series from Corsair.

Cooler - Sandy Bridge doesn't require a lot in the way of cooling.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

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I think the Silver Arrow represents the ultimate air cooler than can be built and still fit within the constraints of an ATX motherboard and a standard computer case. .... It's almost ironic that coolers like this are becoming available just as processors transition to designs that may ultimately render them unnecessary; even overclocked to 5GHz, an Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K doesn't need anywhere near this level of cooling. Still, it wouldn't hurt, and as I noted earlier, there are still CPUs out there that can benefit from it.


The Scythe Mugen 2 is half the price of the better coolers like the Noctua DH-14 and the Prolimatech Megahalems and it outperforms them.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

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Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2000 29.00°C over ambient
Zalman CNPS10X-Performa 29.71°C over ambient
Noctual NH-D14 (2x 140) 30.09°C over ambient


http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

The SSD is a bot short on size .... suggest a HD for programs, data and games that won't fit on SSD ....Seagate 7200.12, WD Black or Spinpoint F3

And dont forget some TIM, Shin Etsu tops the performance charts
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 21, 2011 3:21:51 PM

get 1600mhz ram you wont see any in game difference between them. if you are getting a 120gb ssd there is no use in getting a z68 board grab an asrock p67 extreme4 motherboard for 160$ at newegg. look into the scythe mugen 2 for your cpu cooler. i agree with waiting for the prices of the vertex 3 to go down. get the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hdd. also what is your resolution?
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May 21, 2011 3:42:57 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
get 1600mhz ram you wont see any in game difference between them. if you are getting a 120gb ssd there is no use in getting a z68 board grab an asrock p67 extreme4 motherboard for 160$ at newegg. look into the scythe mugen 2 for your cpu cooler. i agree with waiting for the prices of the vertex 3 to go down. get the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hdd. also what is your resolution?

Resolution is 1920 x 1080
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May 21, 2011 4:09:59 PM

ya a 560 ti 1gb is cheaper and better at that resolution
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May 21, 2011 4:20:55 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
ya a 560 ti 1gb is cheaper and better at that resolution

How about Radeon 6970 HD?
I have enough left in my budget
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May 21, 2011 4:24:48 PM

i dont think you will see much of an improvement even with a 6970 at that resolution either buy a couple more monitors then use it or invest in some 560 ti's with good coolers like the msi twin frozr 2
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May 21, 2011 7:03:12 PM

burch80 said:
How about Radeon 6970 HD?
I have enough left in my budget


The 6970 performs way better than a 560Ti. It even pulls a head of the 570 in a few cases at high resolutions.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/292?vs=306
See if ur willing to pay the premium to get a 6970 instead of getting a 6950 2GB and unlocking / overclocking it. Also I 'd consider the option of CFing two 6950 2GBs
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