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May 25, 2011 9:02:49 PM

I think I'm just about there (but am prepared to be told otherwise). Opinions on RAM selection and the video card would be great. I'm a first time builder.

Approximate Purchase Date: now!

Budget Range: $1,600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: video processing (Final Cut-if I can get the dual boot OSX/Windows thing happening), gaming, kid’s homework...

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (at the moment), speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and

Country of Origin: Australia

Parts Preferences:

Case - Antec 900 ($117)
Power supply - Antec TP-750 ($145)
CPU - Intel Core i7 2600K ($332)
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 MB ($221)
RAM - HELP HERE PLEASE Corsair Vengeance 8GB(2x 4GB) DDR3 (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9) ($129)
SSD (optional at the moment due to budget constraint) - OCZ Vertex 2 - 60GB SATA II ($135)
HD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB ($95)
Video card - HELP HERE PLEASE Gigabyte ATI HD 6870 Super Overclock ($249) or NVIDA??
Optical drive -Pioneer BDR-206BK 12X Blu-Ray Writer ($169)
CPU cooling - Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Appreciate the help.

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a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 9:23:40 PM

A review of MSI's variant the 6870 showed it to be a solid performer, comparable with the 6950 in most benchmarks, which is a good place to be, performance-wise.
a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 9:39:13 PM

Hello Captain Sizzle,

Since you don't appear to have gaming as your main priority, i would suggest the Radeon 5770 card. It is cheaper than the 6870/6950, doesnt perform as well, but is a solid mid range video card at the moment. Plus it will save you some cash.

Also the RAM you mentioned looks good. You probably don't need any more than 8GB's of RAM at the moment.
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a b U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 9:42:49 PM

I'd personally go with a nVidia GTX 560 Ti in that system. You could add a second one at a later date as well.

Your RAM is nice, I wouldn't really change that, unless there are some cheaper sets out there...

I vote that you keep the SSD, even if it means scrapping the H60, or going to a cheaper case.

And last but not least, I'd say swap and get a Corsair PSU... like the HX 650 or 750. That Antec one is fine, but if you can get a Corsair for a similar price I'd do it.
June 2, 2011 5:04:55 AM

Best answer selected by captain sizzle.
June 2, 2011 5:05:22 AM

Thaks to all for your input
a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2011 3:16:29 PM

No problem, enjoy the build!