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Critique my build!

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June 26, 2011 12:05:14 AM

Everything is in there, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Headset and tower.

CPU: Intel i5 2500k $219
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 LE $149
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB $65
SSD: OCZ Agility 60GB $149
RAM: 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws (1600MHz) $59
GFX: MSI HD6950 2GB (OC) $319
PSU: Corsair 650W V2 $115
Case: CM Storm Scout $99
OS: Win 7 Home 64 bit OEM $105
Monitor: AOC Black Razor 21.5" $159
Keyboard: Tt eSports Challenger Ultimate $99
Mouse: Tt eSports black element $65
Headset: Tt eSports Shock $49

Total: $1651
Thoughts?

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June 26, 2011 12:09:48 AM

do you plan to add a second card later? overclock? from where are you buying?
$320 is way too much for a 6950, might as well buy a 6970 at that price.
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June 26, 2011 12:21:11 AM

The $59 for the 2x2GB ripjaws seems like a lot when you can have a Gskill sniper 2x4GB cas9 1600Mhz for $74.99.
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June 26, 2011 12:38:41 AM

agree with rolli on Z68, i recommend asrock as asus hasnt got any good z68's at a good price yet.
as for the ram it depends what you want to do, if u like keeping 10-20 programs open at the same time u might want to go with the 8gb.
also the graphics, i recommend sli or crossfire, as u see on the system builder marathon on toms this month, the crossfire system really kicked some ass in gaming, compared to the old single gpu one.
and definately dont buy a random monitor, get a known brand with good contrast/brightness ratios. never heard of AOC in my life. try a samsung or a sony.
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June 26, 2011 1:02:01 AM

^+1 on the monitor choice. You will be staring at the monitor several hours a day, it's the one component not to skimp on :) 
Samsung PX2370 is at about the top you would want to spend on a non IPS panel at $269
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June 26, 2011 9:16:15 AM

The actual system is trying to hover around the $1300 mark.
And after that I am still trying to keep prices down.

Looking at the Tt eSports gear, anybody have any of their stuff? This will be a first time use of their gear and I have heard great reviews on their stuff but not many legit opinions. (Seen teams sponsored by them promoting them)

If I get the ASRock Z68 pro3 mobo then that'll make the system cost $1318.

I will probably go crossfire with a second 6950. (Need to upgrade the PSU too)
But thats a fair bit off.

As for the monitor, you should check out the AOC black razor on whatever website you use, I'm confident it'll be fine, and it suits my budget nicely.
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June 26, 2011 9:47:58 AM

Here's a build assuming you have a budget of 1650 USD:

CPU : $220-i5-2500K( Same)

Motherboard : $145-Gigabyte GA-Z68X ( Cheap and supports SLI/Crossfire at 8X/8X )

Cooler: $30-Xigmatek Gaia or Cooler Master Hyper 212 from Amazon

HDD : $60- Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB from Amazon

Case : $90- Storm Scout (It's your choice)

RAM : $75- (2X 4GB) Gskill RipjawX or Sniper if other is sold out.

OS : $100- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit

Graphic Card : 2X $250- 2X HIS Radeon 6950 2GB from amazon as newegg reports sold out.

Power Supply : $110- Cooler Enthusiast TX750 or some silver rates power supply (Sufficient for powering 2 GPUs)

Optical Drive $20- LiteOn

Monitor : $200- Asus 24" LED Backlit 2ms response time (1920X1080)

Total : 1550 USD

Rest :
HeadSet : $64- eSports Shock
Other options include :
$60- Sennheiser PC151
$55- Creative SoundBlaster Tactic 3D

Keyboard & Mouse : $60 - You can get a decent one :
$30- Logitech EX100 (Mouse + Keyboard)
$60-Logitech MK550
$30- Logitech M505 Mouse
$45- Razer Arctosa

If you feel the need to use an SSD without going over budget you can drop 2nd Graphic Card, get OCZ Agility 3 (64GB) at $130 and with the money saved get Sapphire 6970 ($350) or EVGA GTX 570 ($340). Both offer exceptional performance.

If you go over budget drop the second Card ($250), and get 6970 or gtx 570. You'll gain $150.
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June 26, 2011 10:26:38 AM

YesEvil said:

Looking at the Tt eSports gear, anybody have any of their stuff? This will be a first time use of their gear and I have heard great reviews on their stuff but not many legit opinions. (Seen teams sponsored by them promoting them)

If I get the ASRock Z68 pro3 mobo then that'll make the system cost $1318.

I will probably go crossfire with a second 6950. (Need to upgrade the PSU too)
But thats a fair bit off.

As for the monitor, you should check out the AOC black razor on whatever website you use, I'm confident it'll be fine, and it suits my budget nicely.


Let me give you an example, I recently bought a new razor arctosa, and it is seriously no different to my old microsoft basic keyboard other than the anit-ghosting, so they are charging you extra for a blacklit and the fact that they sponsor eSports. same with the mouse, I mean I have a steelseries because they are purpose built and really covenient for what you want to play, but it gives nothing other than satisfaction to use them. no real advantages over the old logitech basic laser mice. so its a choice scenario. if you play something like call of duty you might wanna consider the money to be in better graphics so you can get a better view/fps.

The mobo is definately worth the extra buck from asrock, in terms of future upgrades and functionality.

for a crossfire setup, if you get 2x 6830s, u wont need to change the psu and it will be the same price, but better performance as you can see here:
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/...

and you will defeinately not be fine with a crappy monitor, it will not be able to handle ur high res graphics, and if your a gamer, your most important units are the monitor and the graphics. I know this because I myself thought the same thing when i bought my random no name monitor, then eventually had to upgrade as it was driving me crazy
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June 26, 2011 11:18:41 AM

Different gear makes all the difference. When I first got my steelseries Siberia v2s I couldn't believe the effect that it had on my gaming, sadly a year and a bit on they have broken.

Mice and Keyboards matter, cutting back to $20 versions is a waste, I can get free mice that are light as hell and I cannot play with them. Their terrible. Keyboards are less so, but the shape, size and features all play their roles. (Mechanical, macro buttons etc.)

Another point of talk is the fact that I can't really afford to go higher than what I am already at. So if your gonna suggest a more expensive item please suggest ways to afford that item from getting a cheaper item somewhere else.
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