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July 18, 2011 12:22:01 AM

I am building a gaming rig and would like to know if these components are compatible and wether I should make any changes.

Video Card:
2x HD Radeon 6870 in Crossfire from Newegg
bit.ly/n8YHGV
336.25$ w/ Rebate
CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge from Tiger Direct
bit.ly/Corei72600
300$
RAM:
G Skill Sniper Series 8GB DDR3 1600 from Newegg
bit.ly/nx30UP
134.38$
Motherboard:
Intel LGA 1155 P67 SATA 6GB/s ATX from Tiger Direct
bit.ly/ASUSMobo
145$ w/ Rebate
Case:
NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower Computer Case from Tiger Direct
bit.ly/np7dxN
140$
Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache from Tiger Direct
bit.ly/BarracudaXT
140$
Power Supply:
Corsair Professional Series 750W ATX 12V CrossFire Ready from Newegg
bit.ly/CoarsairPSU
160$ w/ Rebate
CrossFire Bridge:
2x XFX CrossFire Bridge Model from Newegg
bit.ly/CrossFireBridge
24.50$
Fans:
NZXT FN-140RB 140mm Case Fan from Newegg
bit.ly/oJ4yx8
2x NZXT FN-200RB 200mm Case Fan from Newegg
bit.ly/otvBsa
43$


Total Cost: 1423.13$ w/ Rebates

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July 18, 2011 12:36:40 AM

the i7-2600 is not good for your needs, the i5-2500k will suffice. the two 6870s isn't a good idea, IMO it is better to get one card, and then in the future add a second one when the games get more demanding, this will leave a "cheaper" upgrading option in the future
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July 18, 2011 12:53:03 AM

here is my build:

CPU: intel core i5-2500k @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo: AsRock Extreme 4 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: PNY GTX 580 OC edition @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Lepa B850 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR: XFX PRO-850 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: What ever you like, keep under $150

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: Liteon DVD burner @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: below $1263

Anything i missed? price done with XFX psu (rebranded seasonic) IMO that is a great PSU. i haven't budgeted in coolers so that is why i am a lot under $1500, a really good GPU is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... get it if you can
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July 18, 2011 1:01:23 AM

wenqi said:
the i7-2600 is not good for your needs, the i5-2500k will suffice. the two 6870s isn't a good idea, IMO it is better to get one card, and then in the future add a second one when the games get more demanding, this will leave a "cheaper" upgrading option in the future

I was wondering about that. The i5 2500 seems like a much better value in my opinion but I was wondering what hyper-threading was.
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July 18, 2011 1:04:18 AM

And also, could I get a definitive answer on whether they are compatible?
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July 18, 2011 1:53:47 AM

your above build will work, but you can get a much better build for price, have you already got your stuff?
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July 18, 2011 3:28:42 AM

Here's a copy & paste from a build I posted yesterday. Add another one of those vid cards for SLI, subsitute the case with one of your choice and your good to go. This build includes Windows 7 so if you already have it, then take that out also.

This build allows you to add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560 ti's later on for SLI.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-S... $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $174.98 save: $35.00
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a... $29.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 FREE SHIPPING $15 off w/ promo code EMCKCJE83, ends 7/17
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total: $1,004.42 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, and promo codes


Here's an additional case fan for the top of that case.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4... $14.31 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- CM Storm Enforcer w/pics, specs, and professional reviews

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms... <------ MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Review / Benchmarks

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... <----- GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3
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July 18, 2011 5:08:27 AM

Go with Why_Me's build.

I'd go for two 6950 2GB graphics cards if you're spending that kind of money. In terms of dual card scaling, they're the most bang for your buck (okay, GTX 460 1GB's and some lower end ones might be better).

@wenqi--I haven't heard of Lepa PSUs, are they good?

OP--tell us what graphics you decide on before you decide on a PSU. The size depends on what you're gonna do with it.
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July 18, 2011 5:33:44 AM

dalauder said:
Go with Why_Me's build.

I'd go for two 6950 2GB graphics cards if you're spending that kind of money. In terms of dual card scaling, they're the most bang for your buck (okay, GTX 460 1GB's and some lower end ones might be better).

@wenqi--I haven't heard of Lepa PSUs, are they good?

OP--tell us what graphics you decide on before you decide on a PSU. The size depends on what you're gonna do with it.

The upper tier Lepa are good ones...they are made by Enermax. The lower tier Lepa's like that 850w on sale @ newegg for $99.99 + free shipping are made by Sirtec which means not so good. Unless Sirtec got their crap together in the last year or so...I wouldn't buy one myself.
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July 18, 2011 5:41:08 AM

I do not have my parts yet. The parts I would be willing to change are the power supply, motherboard, CPU (so to the i5 2500), and video card (I was thinking I'd get the GeForce GTX 580 as I have a budget of 1500$ which I'm not paying for trololol and after changing to i5 and GeForce I'll still have about 150$ left and I can get another in the future so I won't have to replace forever). I really like the memory as it's got 1600MHz and really tight timing as well as I can add more to the mobo if I want. I'm also in love with the case so I don't want to change that.
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July 18, 2011 5:52:10 AM

blingtehblah said:
I do not have my parts yet. The parts I would be willing to change are the power supply, motherboard, CPU (so to the i5 2500), and video card (I was thinking I'd get the GeForce GTX 580 as I have a budget of 1500$ which I'm not paying for trololol and after changing to i5 and GeForce I'll still have about 150$ left and I can get another in the future so I won't have to replace forever). I really like the memory as it's got 1600MHz and really tight timing as well as I can add more to the mobo if I want. I'm also in love with the case so I don't want to change that.

If you go with the 580 make sure you don't get anything less than a solid 900+w psu. Look at Antec, PC Power & Cooling, Enermax, and Corsair.
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July 18, 2011 6:16:35 AM

If you go with the GTX 580, I think it's worth paying extra to get the 3GB version. At the resolutions where the GTX 580 is actually useful, the frame buffer ends up limiting--especially true in the case of SLI'd GTX 580's.

That's why I suggest the 6950 2GB's. Two of those match GTX 570's in SLI while coming in at the price of a single GTX 580. The 6970's in CF match SLI GTX 580's in a lot of stuff: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crysis-2-directx-11...

So you'll really want the 3GB version.

What resolution are you playing at? If you're playing at 1920x1080, then more than a GTX 560Ti/6950 2GB is really gonna give you diminishing returns.
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July 18, 2011 10:29:00 AM

true, oh and dalauder, i'm relying on the 80+ rating on that PSU, probably not smart but it was cheap...
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July 19, 2011 12:16:55 AM

Cheap PSUs are a dangerous trap.
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July 19, 2011 12:31:57 AM

told me that last time... anyways, that build was $200 under budget, so i'm sure there is enough money to bump up the PSU... (which makes me think, why did i recommend that when there was the money for a corsair, seasonic, antec etc)
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July 19, 2011 12:57:26 AM

Daulauder I need a really good graphics card I'm playing on a big like 55 inch flat screen TV so I guess I'll go with the 3GB considering I can just SLI if I need to upgrade and they'll cost much less once I really need to do that.
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July 19, 2011 12:57:59 AM

Should I get a more powerful PSU?
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July 19, 2011 1:23:05 AM

Actually I think I'm gonna go for the Crossfired Radeon 6970's because those things are really powerful and can take like any game nowadays easily plus I won't have to upgrade for a very long time.
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July 19, 2011 2:13:27 AM

A 55" screen doesn't need anymore graphics horsepower than a 19" if they're both at 1920x1080. It's the number of pixels that matters to the graphics card.

I highly recommend you get a single awesome graphics card for now (HD 6970) and see what you feel like at that point. You can play any game at 1080p on very high settings (although not maxing out Crysis 2). But if you feel it's not good enough, add a second and it will be good enough.
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July 19, 2011 3:34:25 AM

Ya, thats what I was gonna do. Here are the new specs I think I've decided on and yes I know about the pixels I'm just saying theres no point playing on a big screen without hella high def. Anywho, heres the new stuff:

Video Card:
HD Radeon 6970 from Tiger Direct
http://bit.ly/g4rn8l
330$ w/ Rebate
CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500k from Tiger Direct
http://bit.ly/mX4x6p
220$
RAM:
G Skill Sniper Series 8GB DDR3 1600 from Newegg
bit.ly/nx30UP
134.38$
Motherboard:
Intel LGA 1155 P67 SATA 6GB/s ATX from Tiger Direct
bit.ly/ASUSMobo
145$ w/ Rebate
Case:
NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower Computer Case from Tiger Direct
bit.ly/np7dxN
140$
Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 32MB Cache 7200RPM from Tiger Direct
http://bit.ly/nrVWGd
55$
Power Supply:
OCZ Modular 1000W Crossfire Support from Tiger Direct
http://bit.ly/qfmkV5
205$ w/ Rebate
Fans:
NZXT FN-140RB 140mm Case Fan from Newegg
bit.ly/oJ4yx8
2x NZXT FN-200RB 200mm Case Fan from Newegg
bit.ly/otvBsa
43$


Total Cost: 1272.38 w/ rebates, shipping, and tax included.
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July 19, 2011 3:53:17 AM

samsung spinpoint F3!!! don't buy the black because it isn't worth it
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July 19, 2011 7:55:53 AM

Sorry if I seem harsh, I'm late to meet some people for basketball and not sugar coating stuff to save time.

FYI: You can use the full links because Tom's Hardware shortens them. And leave the http:// on so that it knows to link them.

RAM: $85 G.Skill 1866CL9. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There's also a red Ripjaws option. There's no point in getting that $125 RAM. After 1866CL9, you really get diminishing returns that should be spent on graphics: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/memory/display/sandy-b...
Really, I'd say you should just buy one of the $560 8GB (2x4GB) 1600CL8 deals and save the rest for graphics later or towards an SSD.

Mobo: So long as it runs it's PCI-e slots at 8x/8x, that's fine. I'd personally go for a Z68 over P67, but that's because I do some video work. I'd get one of the Gigabyte Z68's. But any Asus that does 8x/8x is good.

HDD: Yep, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. Buy it today while it's $55. It'll be $70 soon and you'll still be buying it later no matter what.

PSU: Just get an Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX 750W PSU for $100 or so. You won't need more than that unless you get something like the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 mobo and get a PhysX card--even then more than 850W is pointless. (Actually 750W would probably still be plenty). Save yourself $100 unless you can tell me a reason you need 1000W--since that would handle at least three 6970's.

FANS: A $140 case shouldn't need extra fans. If it does, go find another $140 case that comes with what it's supposed to. You really shouldn't need to spend a dollar, let alone $40 on fans.
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July 19, 2011 3:00:07 PM

got the fans because i had extra money and my memory is already 1600MHz CL7 (on this article it got a better score then the 1866MHz: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-... so ya lol and then if I want i can upgrade to 16GB of ram although i wont need that.) im getting the 1000W because ive got extra money lol, but if i didnt get it i still wouldn't have enough for better graphics. i just ordered my parts now so ill just return if i need to. lastly, my case is like the one thing i will have no matter what i need to get.
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July 19, 2011 10:48:15 PM

I'm just saying that a graphics card goes further than fans for both bragging rights and performance--not to mention a case probably won't need $50 in fans.

I just don't see where that RAM provides $40 worth of performance increase--more like $0~$5 worth.

I'm just confused why this "extra money" didn't get you a 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD instead of 300W more power than you need and RAM that's equal but more expensive. That's a nice case though.

Your machine will be fast. Enjoy :) .
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July 21, 2011 3:20:44 PM

dalauder said:
I'm just saying that a graphics card goes further than fans for both bragging rights and performance--not to mention a case probably won't need $50 in fans.

I just don't see where that RAM provides $40 worth of performance increase--more like $0~$5 worth.

I'm just confused why this "extra money" didn't get you a 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD instead of 300W more power than you need and RAM that's equal but more expensive. That's a nice case though.

Your machine will be fast. Enjoy :) .

i didnt get an ssd cuz theyre such new technology that there have been a lot of problems and next year theyre gonna cost like half or a quarter price
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July 22, 2011 10:37:12 AM

sand force maybe but i think conventional SSD will stay the same price, but that is just my opinion, got a GTX 560ti before the shop put it down to $200... at MSY, the GTX 560 is more expensive than a 560Ti!! anyways, get a cheap SSD, around 60gb even them will be faster then the fastest HDD
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July 23, 2011 3:26:13 AM

im almost positive that next year an average ssd from this year will cost half price considering there will be vast improvements in speed.
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