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Final Build Specs....Critique PLEASE!!!

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June 8, 2011 2:19:43 AM

Hi guys, so this is what I have come up with for my build. I will be ordering all parts either tonight or tomorrow morning. Let me know if you see something different I should be doing/using. Also I need a good solution for cooling, so please help with that as well. Thanks, Mike

1. Case- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019EHU8G/ref=ox_sc_a... COOLER MASTER HAF 932

2. Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASROCK P67 EXTREME 4

3. CPU- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... I5 2500K SANDY BRIDGE

4. PSU- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... KINGWIN LAZER 850 WATT MODULAR, BRONZE PLUS

5. SSD- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... OCZ 60 GB

6. HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... SPINPOINT F3 1TB

7. Monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS 23.6 1080P

8. GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... XFX RADEON 6870 TWO OF THESE

9. Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... G.SKILLS RIPSAW 8GB(MAY GET 16)

10. Keyboard/Mice- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... MICROSOFT SIDEWINDER

11.DVD player- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LITE ON BLURAY BURNER 12X

12. OS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM

13. speakers- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LOGITECH 2.1

14. Networking- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... ZONET HIGH GAIN

15. Cooling-?????. PLEASE HELP ME IN THIS AREA.


THANK YOU ALL FOR LOOKING AND FOR ANY SUGGESTIONS
June 8, 2011 2:58:50 AM

As far as CPU cooling goes the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler (http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...) should be a good choice.
If you need any additional case fans or water cooling depends entirely on how much you plan on overclocking. The fans that ship with the case should be enough if you get the Hyper 212 and are a casual user.
If you are using the computer for gaming 8 gb of ram is more than enough so you don't need to get 16gb (it might actually slow things down if you put too much ram in).
Everything else looks good.
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June 8, 2011 3:03:09 AM

Only question is why are you considering two 6870's now instead of a GTX 570 or HD 6970 so you can upgrade later?
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June 8, 2011 3:11:46 AM

I just heard that OC'ing two 6870's would give me better performance than the 570. Is this not true?
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June 8, 2011 3:33:06 AM

Would but getting two cards instantly gets rid of the possibility of future upgrades that will out perform the 6870's.
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June 8, 2011 4:16:56 AM

Looks pretty good.
The first thing that stands out is the case. It links to an HDMI cable lol.
I would change the case to a haf 922 or Antec 900. The haf 932 is a massive case, a little overkill for what you have.

The other thing is DO NOT get that SSD. it's an E series (VTXE60G) which have proven to have reliability issues. An OCZ agility 3 will be much faster/more reliable/better lol.


I would also swap that PSU for something like a Corsair 850HX. The one you have will work, but i'm curious as to it's reliability.

I also second gettign a single 6970 right now, adding a second in a year or so.


However, 2 6870's are a force to be reckoned with...

For a cooler, get something like the Scythe mudgen 2100. It runs cooler than the Hyper 212+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's about it!
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June 8, 2011 4:26:09 AM

Thank you so much for your input, I am really torn with the Video Cards, I really want to do a dual setup but understand the advise of the single card, but I also built a PC for my wife last year so as far as upgrading goes, I could always pop these into her comp and get something else. Thanks again, as far PSU goes I just really want a Modular this time to cut down on the clutter.
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June 8, 2011 4:29:18 AM

A corsair 850HX is 100% modular.

I see what you mean on the dual setup. However, there are lots of issues associated with running a dual card setup. The biggest being heat.

But it's up to you. I would probably go 6970, but the 6870's are no slouch and will not be outdated for a long time.
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June 8, 2011 4:39:04 AM

Ok cool, so I guess my final question would be will the single 6970 be as powerful as the dual card setup?
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June 8, 2011 4:39:48 AM

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