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May 22, 2011 12:17:47 PM

Okay so a good while back I posted a wide variety of questions about various gear and such and now have decided on my rig's guts and thought I would run it through here and see if anyone could point out anything terribly wrong with my build.


Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow! =)

Budget Range: $1,500 straight up (would prefer a touch less but meh)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: I has, OS, older HDD, DVD combo, Monitor (1080p), speakers and such

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I prefer newegg

Country of Origin: US of A

Overclocking: After warranty

SLI or Crossfire: Yes eventually

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I have Vista 64 on a 500gb HDD, I "can" upgrade both, but was hoping to wait for Win8 before upping the OS. I can upgrade the HDD if it is going to hold me back, load times are not a huge concern.


My case will be giant and custom modded, based on an old Aopen HX08 Server Case: Here.

Processor:
i5 2500k

Mobo:
Asus P67 Sabertooth

Cooler:
Coolermaster V8 (slightly modded)

RAM:
8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600

PSU:
Antec High Current 900w

Vid Card:
Saphire 6950 2gb (1 at first another down the road)

CPU Goop:
Arctic Cooling MX-2

Keyboard:
Microsoft Sidewinder X6 (yum)

Mouse:
Logitech MX 518


Okay cleaned that up a bit, first time I submitted I had to rush off and clean up something, so now it is pretty.

Any advice here would be wonderful, especially if someone can convince me it would be better to grab Win 7 now rather than wait for Win 8. I started with a much smaller budget, but my wife upped my allowance so I have room to move in there. The Mobo is mostly an aesthetic choice to match up well with the case I am modding, but I haven't seen any reason not to get it.

Thanks for any critiques!

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May 22, 2011 1:00:20 PM

That build looks nice, i would just go for win 7 though, Vista is a massive pain and it's going to be years before Microsoft bring out another version of Windows.
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May 22, 2011 1:05:23 PM

Huge power supply which you won't need..Also the cpu cooler isn't the best you can find..P67 is good but don't you want to check Z68?
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May 22, 2011 1:12:17 PM

See I was thinking that too, but for I wasn't sure what I may need for two 6950's. Also it being on sale, and all that got me a little excited... So about what size would you recommend?

Will also be pushing some case fans but doubt that has much bearing.
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May 22, 2011 1:14:06 PM

Also the cooler is chosen partially for the look. I don't really intend to OC until maybe a year out, and with the amount of air that will be pushed through my case it should handle itself pretty well.
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May 22, 2011 1:14:27 PM

Even for two 6950's and an overclocked processor 750W are more than enough..especially if the psu is 80+Bronze or 80+Gold..also it would be great if you add a SSD at your system!
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May 22, 2011 1:17:28 PM

SSD for a boot drive? Or system?
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May 22, 2011 1:20:28 PM

for Windows and your programs..you can keep the 500gb you have for storage
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May 22, 2011 1:22:22 PM

That PSU I had picked is actually about the same price as the 750w version of the same PSU after Sale, Rebate, etc...

Is there another brand you would recomend?

(I haven't built a PC in about 5 years so things have changed for sure)
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May 22, 2011 1:24:27 PM

Give me some minutes I'll post you a build I think it will fully cover you!
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May 22, 2011 1:55:12 PM

Here's your build!

80+ Bronze PSU from Corsair with 750W, enough for your system even If you add another 6950 Later!

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo Deal for Processor and Motherboard. Your first choice was good we'll go with i5 2500k and for motherboard I choose the new Z68 chipset from Intel, for better perfomance thanks to Smart Cache techology!

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

bundled with:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

8GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM at 1600Mhz

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Two 6950 Crossfire for superb perfomance!

2*XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel SSD for obvious reasons (smart cache, reliability)

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sum is 1414 $ with MIR 1369 $ for a pc with high perfomance and high quality components! You can keep your 500GB disk for storage! If you want to give less money go with one 6950, you'll still have an awesome pc!
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May 22, 2011 2:55:19 PM

Not bad but for sure it's not better than the TX-750..
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May 22, 2011 3:08:39 PM

get the tx750 with promo code MAY15SAVE
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May 22, 2011 8:19:52 PM

LMAO and of course the TX750 is now sold out.
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May 22, 2011 8:57:15 PM

V8 sits at the very top of the charts for cooling but is very, very loud.

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

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Coolit ECO A.L.C. 75.2 +13.4
Corsair H50 73.1 +11.3
Coolit Vantage A.L.C. (extreme) 73.0 +11.2
Prolimatech Super Mega 67.2 +5.4
Antec Kühler H2O 620 65.9 +4.1
Corsair H70 (high) 65.3 +3.5
Thermalright Venomous X 63.0 +1.2
Thermalright Silver Arrow 61.8 +0.0
Cooler Master V6 GT 61.2 -0.6


With both of its 140mm fans connected directly to the computer's power supply and running at full speed, the Silver Arrow turns in amazing performance, edged out by less than 1 degree by the Cooler Master V6 GT. The minimal performance difference here is probably due to the V6 GT's high-speed fans, each of which is rated at 90CFM, as compared to the Silver Arrow's 69CFM fans. It's worth noting here that the V6 GT's fans are quite loud at full speed, whereas the Silver Arrow's fans are very quiet.


Consider the Silver Arrow (or Archon) if ya shooting for ultimate performance though both are way way more than SB system needs.

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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 those and isn't far off that performance level.

RAM - I'd skip the tall finned heat sinks.... same specs for $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Two 6950's will get 751 fps in Guru3D's game test suite.
Two 560 Ti (900Mhz) get 862 fps and would be $24 cheaper for the pair.

If you were using 2560 x 1600 I'd say stick w/ the 2 GB 6950's

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

Goop - The MX-2 is perty good stuff, but it trails behind 1st place Shin Etsu in 16th place here:

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

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

Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (0) Aluminum Oxide Low / Thin 38.20°C A-
Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751 (0) Aluminum Oxide Moderate 37.55°C A+

SSD:

Vertex 3 and Corsair Force 3 offer 550 MBps
Intel 510 is about 450 Mbps
Corsair C300 is about 350 MBps
Vertex 2 is about 285 MBps

The Corsair Force 3's are supposed to hit the shelves at $220 any day now (120 GB), which should drive down the price of the Vertex 3

For PSU's the XFX Black Edition @ $135, with it's 10.0 jonnyguru performance rating tops all mentioned so far
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For something comparable, there's the Corsair AX750 ($170), Corsair HX750($130), Seasonic X50 $160)

A step down at 9.5 performance rating is the XFX Core Edition at $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 22, 2011 9:43:53 PM

Good stuff!

Switching to the Shin-Etsu, definitely seems a better way to go. Thanks for that!

The Coolermaster V8 would be tough to swap, it is perfect from a design perspective for the case mod I intend. The fan noise wont be a problem as it will be modded, the fan swapped out for one with a similar one controlled by the Motherboard, not by the weird little PCI slot controller.

Oddly the RAM's big fins work very well with the design scheme also.

As to the vid cards, I intend to eventually take advantage of Eyefinity, and also like how much more power and heat efficient the 6950's are.

This here SSD is a temptation I am trying to resist, as it would put me a bit beyond budget, but it would be great I think as a boot drive and for whatever game was the flavor of the month for me.

The Antec HCG 900w got a 9.5 from Johnyguru as well and is only beat in price by the XFX Core you linked... going to research that one a bit and see what I come up with.

It is embarasing to admit but I partially based my choice on the Newegg PSU calculator thingamajig. It said I needed like 880w, but clearly you fine folks disagree... and I tend to listen more to those who aren't trying to get into my wallet. =D
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May 23, 2011 12:14:26 AM

tomshardware seemed to like the crucial m4, but i dont know how to interpret the variety of ssd stats, as there seem to be many important factors. something tells me the force 3 will be selling for more like $240-260.
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May 23, 2011 12:30:11 AM

I'm probably going to skip the SSD for now and pick one up at a later date, things booting and loading faster really isn't a big enough deal to me to justify the expense. Hopefully tho the price will start lowering soon.

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May 23, 2011 12:31:48 AM

good choice, i am curious about the design scheme now. will you be posting pics of the finished build?
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May 23, 2011 12:52:09 AM

genghiskron said:
good choice, i am curious about the design scheme now. will you be posting pics of the finished build?


Sure! I'm basically taking the Aopen HX08 that I aquired many years ago and turning it into what I would envision Darth Vader's computer would look like. Sounds a bit off saying it, but if it all goes to plan, it should look large and menacing.

We will see how it turns out, will be the first time I have done anything this extensive so am sure I'll muck up something, but I'm hopeful. =)
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