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May 27, 2011 2:06:08 AM

Alright folks, I've decided to build my very own computer for the very first time. This is going to be a gaming PC first and foremost, and a school/personal PC second. I want this PC to last for several years as far as being competitive in gaming.. I've done some research, now I just need a little guidance as to see whether or not I'm going in the right direction with my efforts (And my money).

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 BIT
$89.00
(Already Bought)

Graphics Card
ASUS EAH6950 DCII Radeon 2GB
$305.00

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
$225.00

Memory
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
$119.00
(Already bought)

Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4
$160.00

Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W
$135.00

Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
$150.00

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
$65.00

Optical Drive
ASUS Black 24X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner
$21.00

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 922
$100.00

Other thoughts

The sound card will NOT be bought immediately. I will buy it later, I just included it for final build specs.
I will be running 2x ASUS 6950's in CF later on when I can afford it.
I will be overclocking the CPU when I buy a CPU Cooler. (Can anyone recommend me a good cooler?)
I will be overclocking both of the 6950's (Same as the CPU, later on in the future)
I will be running 3 monitors in an Eyefinity setup. (Hence the 2GB version of the 6950)
Is it worth saving up the extra $$$ for an i7-2600K??
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That's it, I'm open to any thoughts or suggestions. Just wanna know if everything is compatible and able to work together without any problems. Thanks.

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May 27, 2011 2:48:09 AM

yes the 2600k is not worth it if you are just gaming the 2500k will give you the exact same performance.
what is your budget for a cpu cooler?
May 27, 2011 6:14:34 AM

The 2600k, for gaming, is overkill. Save the money and buy a good cooler... which, btw, I can recommend two. If you're on a budget, look no further than the Cooler Master Hyper 212 + (which you can check out here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). If you don't mind spending a little extra, the Noctua NH-D14 is an absolute beast (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). Just make sure you check the height clearance of your case against the coolers if you chose a mid-size case. If either of those is too tall for your shell, a lower alternative is another Noctua, the C14 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). The one really cool thing about the Noctuas is that they come with arguably the best thermal grease you can get (NT-H1), which is the only way you can get it, because it's not sold separately (as far as I know). Also, I'm more partial to the HD 6xxx Series Radeon GPUs. CrossFireX allows you to mix and match cards a little more freely (SLI requires the exact same card to work), and the Radeons tend to be cheaper, yet still run neck-to-neck with an equivalent geforce card. Again, that's just my preference and if you have your heart set on nvidia, go for it!
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May 27, 2011 6:28:37 AM

quisterio said:
Alright folks, I've decided to build my very own computer for the very first time. This is going to be a gaming PC first and foremost, and a school/personal PC second. I want this PC to last for several years as far as being competitive in gaming.. I've done some research, now I just need a little guidance as to see whether or not I'm going in the right direction with my efforts (And my money).

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 BIT
$89.00
(Already Bought)

Graphics Card
ASUS EAH6950 DCII Radeon 2GB
$305.00

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
$225.00

Memory
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
$119.00
(Already bought)

Motherboard
ASRock P67 EXTREME4
$160.00

Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W
$135.00

Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
$150.00

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
$65.00

Optical Drive
ASUS Black 24X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner
$21.00

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 922
$100.00

Other thoughts

The sound card will NOT be bought immediately. I will buy it later, I just included it for final build specs.
I will be running 2x ASUS 6950's in CF later on when I can afford it.
I will be overclocking the CPU when I buy a CPU Cooler. (Can anyone recommend me a good cooler?)
I will be overclocking both of the 6950's (Same as the CPU, later on in the future)
I will be running 3 monitors in an Eyefinity setup. (Hence the 2GB version of the 6950)
Is it worth saving up the extra $$$ for an i7-2600K??
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

That's it, I'm open to any thoughts or suggestions. Just wanna know if everything is compatible and able to work together without any problems. Thanks.



You can get a 6950 2GB for alot less than that (almost $50 less). I would get a reference model because they have a switch on them that allows you to switch back to the default bios if you need to. Also, theres no point buying a factory OC'ed model if you're going to OC yourself.

OUCH $120 RAM... oh well, at least you'll have RAM bragging rights lol

Good MOBO choice

You could probably get away with 650w, but theres nothing wrong with going overboard on the PSU, it won't hurt anything except your wallet. Corsair TX is a good series

Regarding the sound card, I have heard nothing but bad about that card, mostly that it was a waste of $ because you likely won't be able to tell the difference between it and the MOBO based sound.

About storage, I would definately reccomend considering getting SSD(s), your budget looks like it could handle it, and the benefit they give over 7200rpm HDDs is earth shattering.

Good luck, and regarding CPU coolers, check out this site http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
May 27, 2011 6:31:22 PM

Newegg has two reference model 6950's for about $280, here are the links:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They can be easily unlocked to 6970's via the bios flash but I doubt that they will be in stock long.

Look into these PSU's if you would like modular cables:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 28, 2011 5:17:59 AM

Cool stuff... After some more consideration I've decided to go on and order a Cooler Master Hyper 212 + from the get-go that way I don't have to try and install it later after my mobo is installed, plus I can go on and OC the CPU.

Yeah, I know 120$ on RAM is quite a bit at once, but considering I found them on sale from Newegg, and the fact that I was eventually gonna end up putting 16GB at some point, I figured it would just be easier to go on and do so.

I'm gonna stick with the ASUS 6950's. They're not THAT much more expensive than the other versions (the 2GB versions), they apparently OC to the level of a 6970 no problem, the mobo has enough slots for 2 in CF PLUS a sound card (Even though they are 3 slot cards), and I just think they look sexy! :sol: 

Considering all I'm gonna be doing is mostly gaming I'm gonna stick with the i5-2500K.

Anyone have any good recommendations on a sound card?

Thank you all for the help, I can't wait to piece this thing together.
May 28, 2011 10:37:18 PM

You should see if you're satisfied with the onboard sound before you buy a sound card.
November 26, 2011 9:01:44 AM

With the sound card, it also depends on what sound system you have, do you have really good headphones?
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