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May 31, 2011 7:40:56 AM

Hi,

I am in the beginning of planning for my first build. After doing a little research, reading the build your own articles, and checking out all the different posts in this forum and the homebuilt one, I have some general questions before I can decide on which components to get.

Thanks in advance for long read. Updated with changes.

Relevent Note: I am planning on getting 1 GFX card in the beginning and then after a year or 2, getting the same model and running it in SLI/CF mode. This will probably basically be a small upgrade including getting a SSD and maybe more RAM, etc.

Approximate Purchase Date: Preferably sooner than later, definitely by the end of this year

Budget Range: ~1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, photoshop, video editing, movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon (prime user - free 2 day shipping)

Country of Origin: CT, NY (am moving soon)

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (future)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-i5-2500K-LGA1155-BOX80623I52500K/dp/B004EBUXHQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1306827626&sr=8-2

CPU COOLER: Scythe Mugen 2
http://www.amazon.com/Scythe-Mugen-rev-B-SCMG-2100-nickel-plating/dp/B002SCPH9W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1306826570&sr=1-1

MOBO: ASRock P67 Extreme4
http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-P67-Extreme4-B3-Motherboard/dp/B004QTHYZK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1306885143&sr=8-2

RAM: I thought about getting 8gb 1333s but many people on the forums suggests 1600s. Didn't settle on particular brand yet.

GPU: Either

XFX HD 6950 800M 1 GB
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-6950-800M-Video-HD695XZNFC/dp/B004LB5AT0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1306885222&sr=8-4

or

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 1024 MB
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004XUCCRM/ref=dp_olp_new_map?ie=UTF8&qid=1306765876&sr=1-5&condition=new

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1306885384&sr=1-1

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-compatible-platforms/dp/B004MYFODI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1306885518&sr=1-1

CASE:
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Black/dp/B0026FCI2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306891102&sr=8-1
pretty sure now that my setup will fit in a mid ATX. Now that brings the question should I even consider getting a full ATX? What are some benefits for it.

Additional Comments:Since I am not in a particular hurry (I want it soon but I don't necessarily need it), I can wait for possible deals in the future, or if you guys think its worth it to grab it now since waiting too long and new models will be coming out.

Feel free to comment, suggest components, suggest something completely different.

Thanks for all your help.

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May 31, 2011 8:06:29 AM

Welcome to the forum.
HSF - both are fine, my vote goes for Hyper (can't guarantee the RAM fitting, but if you get a set with a low profile heat spreader it should be fine)
MOBO - That's a good board, no the third card will be electronically limited to X4 (limitation of the chipset)
RAM - 1333MHz is fine
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - I would take a 6950 over a 570
PSU - Efficiency is just one thing to consider, but Bronze is fine
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case - mid-towers will be fit everything fine. The NZXT should support ATX as well, sometimes they just don't type it out, though this is not always true.
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May 31, 2011 5:45:29 PM

jbakerlent said:
Welcome to the forum.
HSF - both are fine, my vote goes for Hyper (can't guarantee the RAM fitting, but if you get a set with a low profile heat spreader it should be fine)
MOBO - That's a good board, no the third card will be electronically limited to X4 (limitation of the chipset)
RAM - 1333MHz is fine
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - I would take a 6950 over a 570
PSU - Efficiency is just one thing to consider, but Bronze is fine
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case - mid-towers will be fit everything fine. The NZXT should support ATX as well, sometimes they just don't type it out, though this is not always true.


thanks for the input.

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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W psu

MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 motherboard SLI and CROSSFIREX certified

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus cpu cooler

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache hdd

all this costs $999 from newegg without case and dvd drive.


I think I'll stick with the Core i5. I only do video editing a little as a side hobby and will probably game way more than I video edit. Therefore I don't think its worth it for me to pay the extra cost for the Core i7.

Any reason you chose the HIS 6950? I checked on newegg and it is the non-unlocker one. I could get the XFX one for ~$30 cheaper. Also does 1gb and 2gb really make that much difference?

The PSU you suggested is 650W. Will it be enough to support 2x 6950 crossfire in the future?

The MOBO you suggested is nice and priced accordingly. However, it doesn't seem to have front panel USB 3.0 support. I would prefer one that had it.

The seagate hdd is 6GB Sata while the samsung spinpoint was 3GB Sata. I'm not sure how much difference does it make, and there seems to be more people talking about the samsung. What is the difference?

Thank you

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