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July 24, 2011 7:37:25 PM

Hello,
Building my first computer and real excited about it. I was wondering if the parts I'm getting are good/compatible with each other. Feedback greatly appreciated. Thanks a ton!
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda XT ST33000651AS 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Mother Board: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Need advice on the video card but right now am looking at:
XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Also need advice for cooling (plan to overclock the processor to ~4.8 gHz) but right now am looking at:
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

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July 25, 2011 10:35:11 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117
July 25, 2011 10:51:59 AM

You will run into clearance issues with the NH-D14 and the corsair vengeance memory.
Also it's unlikely you will need 16GB of it anyway, 2x4GB(8GB total) should do fine. So get something with lower profile heatsinks from
Corsair, Gskill, Kingston or Mushkin. The actual specs of the memory should be the same.

Mobo and CPU are good.

The case should fit all the GPU and the NH-D14 just fine.

The PSU is ok, but if you intend to spend that much and really need a 1000W PSU ( you could probably do fine with a 750W or 850W for crossfire/SLI )
OCZ ZX 1000W $199 ( $179.99 after rebate )
Somewhat better rated than the cooler master unit at jonnyguru. Both are quite good though, check out the reviews and see for yourself.

Don't forget a DVD drive for OS installation, and getting win7 64-bit if you don't already have a copy.

For the video card, it all depends on your resolution and what you want from your gaming experience.
6870 or GTX560 will run most games with high settings at 1680x1050.
6950 or GTX560 Ti will run most games with high settings at 1920x1080

So set your targets for the GPU and we can help you better with a suggestion.
The 6870 you have listed is a good starting point though.

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July 25, 2011 5:30:03 PM

I would not get a 1000Watt PSU (unless you plan to go Crossfire later and add tons of Hard drives)
Get a 750 - more cost effective.

Ram I agree with rvilkman; however I wouldn't get 2x4Gb; you can look at the 4x2Gb options, corsair has good ram, and they have low profile heatsinks.

Video card, I would buy a smaller PSU (750/550) and then put the money I saved into my video card.

Case; it is very good, have built several of them, but if you dont need that big, don't get it (unless you want it for its looks and is killerness ^^)


Video card - personally im a ATI fan, I would also suggest to jumble between the 6870/6950; if you have questions give it a shout.

as rvilkman said: "So set your targets for the GPU and we can help you better with a suggestion.
The 6870 you have listed is a good starting point though."
July 25, 2011 6:26:15 PM

For video card: relatively serious gaming with a lot of Call of Duty haha. Will that require the better card?

I was also planning on crossfiring eventually hence the overkill power supply.

I tend to run a lot of concurrent applications one of which is CAD software which eats up a ton of memory so that's why I was leaning towards the 16 GBs of RAM (the CAD itself eats ~5.5). Could I just get a different heat sink instead of missing out on my RAM?

Btw thanks for all the help so far!
July 25, 2011 6:40:33 PM

In blue: Corsair Vengeance LP 4x4GB
In black: Corsair Vengeance LP 4x4GB $154.99 + free shipping

You don't have to miss out on ram. Just get different kind :) 

But if you want to change the HSF, maybe check out: Corsair H60 and Antec Kuhler 620.
They are closed waterloops which cool very nicely indeed and no issues with memory heatsinks.

I think the 6870 will do fine for you, and if doesn't seem to hack it for you get the 2nd one and you'll max out pretty much everything at 1920x1080.
Maybe not Crysis 2, but other than that...



July 25, 2011 6:56:50 PM

nptsport6127 said:
For video card: relatively serious gaming with a lot of Call of Duty haha. Will that require the better card?

I was also planning on crossfiring eventually hence the overkill power supply.

I tend to run a lot of concurrent applications one of which is CAD software which eats up a ton of memory so that's why I was leaning towards the 16 GBs of RAM (the CAD itself eats ~5.5). Could I just get a different heat sink instead of missing out on my RAM?

Btw thanks for all the help so far!

You have a ton of money for that case and psu yet you skimped big time on the vid card. A 650w psu will run two of those cards. Also CAD favors Nvidia cards if I remember correctly, and like the other poster pointed out...those heat sinks on that Corsair do nothing more than create a pain in the arse. One other thing...if it's CAD, I would be looking at a 2600K and a Z68 board. I wouldn't be looking at o/c my cpu so high as to getting the correct hardware.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99
ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $554.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $534.98
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

And two sets of this RAM down below....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

July 25, 2011 6:58:55 PM

I thought CAD was mostly OpenGL and the perf on OpenGL was better on AMD.
Hmm i may have to dig around for that info.

Edit1: You are right, at least as far as professional cards are concerned. NVidia performs better.
Not sure if that is the case with consumer cards though. Will have to keep digging for that.

Edit2: Looking at these benchmarks:
http://www.cgarchitect.com/news/Reviews/Review076_1.asp
For autocad it would be better to use AMD.
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