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June 1, 2011 5:24:36 PM

Hey guys, Ive decided to build a computer for college with some graduation money. i have been doing of research and along with the help of a more knowledgeable friend have come up with a possible build. i might overclocking in the future when i am more informed on the subject and i plan on maybe adding a second graphics card in the future i was thinking about getting a Gigabyte HD 6950 2GB but im not sure any input on that?

Any suggestions or any concerns are welcome im looking to stay around the $1000-1100 range for this part of the computer so im looking for similarly priced parts

Thanks in advance!

Motherboard : ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor : Intel Sandybridge i5-2500 Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL (2 X 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics : EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

June 1, 2011 6:19:37 PM

Cpu in link is 2500K and good for overcloking but in description you have non K version is limited.
Can you get 2x4GB ram ?
Other then that you are set.
June 1, 2011 6:32:19 PM

xrodney said:
Cpu in link is 2500K and good for overcloking but in description you have non K version is limited.
Can you get 2x4GB ram ?
Other then that you are set.

I forgot the K but on 2500 sorry i meant the K version and ok I will go to 2x4GB that isn't a problem. Thanks for the input!
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June 1, 2011 11:49:23 PM

What resolution will you be gaming at? 1920x1080 and above - I'd recommend the 6950, since the 1GB models beat out the 560 at those resolutions.
June 3, 2011 5:15:24 PM

boiler1990 said:
What resolution will you be gaming at? 1920x1080 and above - I'd recommend the 6950, since the 1GB models beat out the 560 at those resolutions.


I do plan on gaming at high resolutions so i will try to find a 6950 since newegg is out of stock
June 3, 2011 5:47:31 PM

The Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) that is just fine for running that processor at the stock clock speed, but if you are going to overclock you are going to want to add a new 3rd party HSF. On the low end for cost the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is very good and on the high end the Noctua NH-D14 is outstanding.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
June 3, 2011 5:48:20 PM

you wouldn't need more than 4gb total ram for a good gaming system, going for 8gb ram will give you no gaming/performance advantage over 4GB ram. by going for 8gb ram you would be wasting your money.

the 6950 is a great choice for high resolutions, you should read up about unlocking that 6950 into a 6970:
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...

the gigabyte version would be a great choice since it has such a high chance of unlocking extra shaders (flashing into a 6970)
June 3, 2011 8:23:40 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
you wouldn't need more than 4gb total ram for a good gaming system, going for 8gb ram will give you no gaming/performance advantage over 4GB ram. by going for 8gb ram you would be wasting your money.

the 6950 is a great choice for high resolutions, you should read up about unlocking that 6950 into a 6970:
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...

the gigabyte version would be a great choice since it has such a high chance of unlocking extra shaders (flashing into a 6970)

Depend on the game you play and resolution but it do make difference to play with or without swap in use.
Also Win 7 use part of memory as cache that speed ups applications when they dont need to load stuff from disk.
It just doesn't make sense going to highend CPU and then limit if by just 4GB when memory is now so cheap.
With more memory you can keep your other apps running when playing game.
June 3, 2011 9:04:31 PM

xrodney said:
Depend on the game you play and resolution but it do make difference to play with or without swap in use.
Also Win 7 use part of memory as cache that speed ups applications when they dont need to load stuff from disk.
It just doesn't make sense going to highend CPU and then limit if by just 4GB when memory is now so cheap.
With more memory you can keep your other apps running when playing game.


on 4gb ram you could run a very very large amount of applications at once, even create engineering models, but the only thing 8gb+ would be good for is stuff like cad/cam or engineering models etc.
June 4, 2011 1:35:54 AM

xrodney is right in that more RAM will be allocated to cache.

With 4GB prices at $50 and 8GB prices at $80-90 (DDR3-1600), it's cheaper to get the 8GB kit for the next 2-3 years rather than get 2 4GB kits over time. If it absolutely can't fit in the budge though, stick with the 4GB kit.
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