About to order, can someone double check please

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Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 1500ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: programming, 3d CAD, gaming, web

Parts Not Required: mouse/keyboard, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: but open to others

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel Sandybridge

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments:

Spent a good bit of time yesterday assembling the list of parts that I think would make for a decent build. My last build was back when P4s were brand spanking new, so its been a while. I think this system will leave me with room for expansion in the near future to SLI/crossfire and watercool after the wallet recovers.





Combo - Case and PSU

Combo - Mobo and CPU

Video Card

Thermal Paste

Is artic silver still the go to paste or is there something else I should be using?

I've racked my brain and read about ever review I could find comparing the 560 ti and the 6950 and am still unsure which way to go. From what Ive read the 6950 does better in crossfire than the 560 ti would do, but individually the 6950 has some issues with Windows 7.

Most ram is 9-9-9-24 and the one listed is 8-8-8-24 latency, which should ideally be better, but will it cause any stability issues?

Any other thoughts would be appreciated as you go blind trying to figure out the best way to spend your money.
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    SSD - You will get better performance out of a SandForce controller.

    Add a second HD for storage. Samsung F3 1TB =>

    MEM - Good choice, but you can get into CL7 memory for that price. GSKILL Ripjaws =>

    GPU - XFX HD 6950 2GB - $250 after rebate

    Thermal Paste - AS5 is fine.

    Overclocking? Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler =>

    Enjoy that build!!
  2. Thanks for the input. I changed the SSD, ram and gpu. Went with the Samsung F4 instead and then got antsy and placed the order.
  3. Best answer selected by boostedhp.
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