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June 19, 2011 5:13:58 PM

Hi All,

I am planning to build the below rig for multi-purpose use. Office + Gaming, looking for it to last 3 - 3.5 years.

Any suggestions for improving the rig would be welcome. Do note that prices are from Singapore.

1. Processor + MOBO : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge + Asus P8P67-M PRO [S$ 485]
2. PSU : Cooler Master GX 650W [S$ 139] or OCZ Z Series 650W 80+ Silver [S$ 145]
3. Memory : G-Skill Ripjaws-X DDR3-1600 CL9 (2x4GB) [S$ 150]
4. Graphics : MSI N560GTX TI 1GB HAWK [S$ 390]
5. HD : Crucial C300 Sata3 64GB [S$ 195] + SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB [S$ 75]
6. Tower : Cooler Master 690 II Basic [S$ 130]

Total Cost : S$ 1570 which is approximately US$ 1275

Thanks!
June 19, 2011 6:07:26 PM

looks great, only thing your missing is a CD/DVD-R/RW drive (optical drive for installing OS). other than that i would go for the OCZ over the coolermaster definetely.
June 19, 2011 6:10:47 PM

stay away from the cooler master gx power supplies
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June 19, 2011 7:05:08 PM

Go for the 2500k only if you tend to overclock, otherwise i5 2400 will be enough... go for the 2gb SAPPHIRE FleX Radeon HD 6950,and you can cut the price by changing your tower choice and changing your PSU
June 19, 2011 7:27:28 PM

Thanks - All for comments.

@ps3hacker12 : I have a spare DVD-RW lying around, so will most likely use that. Will go for the OCZ PSU as recommended.

verma1891 : I do plan to overclock as the stock clock is very conservative, thus the 2500k.

As for the 6950 vs 560 TI Hawk, this has been a very challenging research aspect.
Both these cards are benched very closely in terms of performance and the additional 1GB on 6950 is rarely used in most 1080p cases. In the end i decided to go with Nvidia due to better driver support and the possibility to use Physx using a cheaper dedicated card later on. Are there any advantages of getting the 6950 that I am not considering?

Thanks
June 19, 2011 7:31:44 PM

expertsonline said:
Thanks - All for comments.

@ps3hacker12 : I have a spare DVD-RW lying around, so will most likely use that. Will go for the OCZ PSU as recommended.

verma1891 : I do plan to overclock as the stock clock is very conservative, thus the 2500k.

As for the 6950 vs 560 TI Hawk, this has been a very challenging research aspect.
Both these cards are benched very closely in terms of performance and the additional 1GB on 6950 is rarely used in most 1080p cases. In the end i decided to go with Nvidia due to better driver support and the possibility to use Physx using a cheaper dedicated card later on. Are there any advantages of getting the 6950 that I am not considering?

Thanks


are you sure that drive is a sata dvd-rw drive? an ide drive won't be supported by your mobo. (i went through this myself...)
June 20, 2011 5:40:26 AM

Yup - its a Sata drive, just checked.

I have been researching the 6950 vs 560 Ti for hours now. Its a never ending battle between these two with fan-boy's adding bias everywhere. In the end i see these both as great cards at around the same price range, with either being able to satisfy my needs currently. However this being a significant investment for me, just wanted to make sure I am making the best possible informed decision i possibly can. Additionally the question on the benefit of the 2gb vs. 1gb over the next two years is a consideration as well.

All in all this is possibly the last item i am finding difficulty in deciding.
June 20, 2011 10:16:34 AM

Also since I am planning on OC'ing the 2500k, I would imagine the stock cooler is going to be running quite hot. Looking at the prices locally, will be looking to add the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler. I don't see the Hyper 212 Plus relative increase justify double the cost of the TX3.
June 20, 2011 10:37:19 AM

expertsonline said:
Yup - its a Sata drive, just checked.

I have been researching the 6950 vs 560 Ti for hours now. Its a never ending battle between these two with fan-boy's adding bias everywhere. In the end i see these both as great cards at around the same price range, with either being able to satisfy my needs currently. However this being a significant investment for me, just wanted to make sure I am making the best possible informed decision i possibly can. Additionally the question on the benefit of the 2gb vs. 1gb over the next two years is a consideration as well.

All in all this is possibly the last item i am finding difficulty in deciding.


if you like Nvidia Physx then definetely go for Nvidia, but the 6950 will do exceptionally as well (without physx).
June 20, 2011 1:47:32 PM

I want to get the 6950 given the 2gb buffer allows for multi screen eyefinity in the future. However it is a freaking long card at 273mm. Not many cases can fit this without removing their HDD bays.

Also I just noted that the Z Series OCZ 650W is not modular. This would make cable management difficult. Would anyone have any views if the OCZ ModXstream Pro 700W 80+ PSU?
June 20, 2011 2:35:38 PM

expertsonline said:
I want to get the 6950 given the 2gb buffer allows for multi screen eyefinity in the future. However it is a freaking long card at 273mm. Not many cases can fit this without removing their HDD bays.

Also I just noted that the Z Series OCZ 650W is not modular. This would make cable management difficult. Would anyone have any views if the OCZ ModXstream Pro 700W 80+ PSU?


if your looking at getting 2 monitors, then the nvidia card would work too, if your looking at 3+ monitors then get the ATI card.
June 20, 2011 8:13:46 PM

Well, from what I have been reading, i believe the 1GB VRAM will start to fall short with dual monitor eyefinity gaming. So 6950 is more of a future proof purchase given its practically the same performance and same price.

Also following on from my research, I think I might upgrade the MOBO from a m-ATX to a standard ATX board for Space/Heat reasons. The heat sinks on the micro ATX are fairly weak. The Asus P8P67 Pro seems like the obvious contender. Any other recommendations?

I think I will finally go down tomorrow to start purchasing the parts once i confirm the PSU and the MOBO.
June 25, 2011 9:21:47 AM

Thanks All. Ended up buying the below due to availability and promotions at the shop.
Working great.....

1. Processor + MOBO : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge + Asus P8P67
2. PSU : FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W Modular (5Y Warranty) [OCZ was not available]
3. Memory : G-Skill Ripjaws-X DDR3-1600 CL9 (2x4GB)
4. Graphics : MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 2GB
5. HD : Crucial M4 Sata3 64GB
6. Tower : Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
7. CPU Cooler : Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus
June 25, 2011 12:53:31 PM

expertsonline said:
Thanks All. Ended up buying the below due to availability and promotions at the shop.
Working great.....

1. Processor + MOBO : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge + Asus P8P67
2. PSU : FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W Modular (5Y Warranty) [OCZ was not available]
3. Memory : G-Skill Ripjaws-X DDR3-1600 CL9 (2x4GB)
4. Graphics : MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 2GB
5. HD : Crucial M4 Sata3 64GB
6. Tower : Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
7. CPU Cooler : Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus


no HDD? just an SSD?
June 25, 2011 4:12:09 PM

Yeah...using a few old 3.5 TB worth of Seagate Barracuda's. So did not purchase any more mechanical HDD's
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