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July 31, 2011 9:59:06 PM

Hey I just want to check if this system works out well? I think I have got everything and I tried to do as much research as possible to make sure this was a fitting build for gaming. I am capped on my budget with this so recommendations will have to be cheaper. Appreciate any and all help.

Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2500K Quad (4 Threads) 3.3-3.7GHz - Socket 1155, 6MB Cache Boxed Processor (Sandy Bridge - 32nm) Fully Overclockable

Motherboard Asus Sabertooth P67 | Rev. 3| Intel Core i7/i5/i3 | X16 PCI-E S1155/Intel P67 Chipset | ATI Quad-GPU CrossFireX | Nvidia Quad-GPU SLI | DDR3 1066-1866Mhz | GB LAN | HD Audio | RAID | OC!

Memory (RAM) [1] 2x4GB Kingston Hyper-X DDR3 (1600MHz) 8GB Dual Channel Kit - KHX160C9D3K2/8G

Case / Chassis NZXT HADES Gaming Mid Chassis With Fan Controller - Black

Power Supply Corsair GS700 Gaming Series 700W Power Supply

CPU Cooler [1] Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Silent CPU Cooler (LGA1366/1156/775/AM3/AM2+/AM2)

Round IDE HD Cable [1] Coolmax 18" SATA Cable 2-Head Model SATA 18" 2H - BLUE

Round IDE HD Cable [2] Coolmax 18" SATA Cable 2-Head Model SATA 18" 2H - BLUE

Hard Drive [1] Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (7200) SATA 6Gb/s, 64MB Cache

CD Reader (CDROM/DVD) LG GH24NS70 Super Multi DVD Writer | 24x DVD±RW/RAM | SATA | Black

Video Card (GPU) Sapphire Radeon HD6950 800MHz Core | 2GB 5000MHz GDDR5 | PCI-E | DX11 | 2 DVI | HDMI | 2x Display Port | ATI Eyefinity | 2 DVI, 1 HDMI, 2 Mini DisplayPort | Dolby TrueHD And DTS-HD Master

Audio™ - Retail
Speaker Logitech LS21 2.1 Sterio Speaker System

LCD Monitor - LCD (Flat Panel) ASUS VE228H 21.5" Widescreen LED Monitor | 1920X1080 Max Res | 5ms | 10,000,000:1 | Black

I will not be overclocking or running two GPU's or doing insane gaming. Just for a good lasting gaming rig. (Mainly grabbing this up for a killer Diablo 3 experience - potentially the new deus ex...etc. )
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July 31, 2011 11:18:05 PM

You will find better performance from the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 at $60. If you're not overclocking, the stock heatsink will be fine. If no overclocking ever, it is safe to drop down to a i5 2400 and a H61/H67 motherboard. Otherwise everything looks good. You should only spend $20 on your dvd burner. The Lite-On iHAS124-04 or Sony Optiarc are $20 with free shipping. One of my opinion is that you should spend less on the motherboard. You can find a P68 for around $135 or a good Z68 for $150. You're pretty much buying lots of flash without considering any usage of them. Up to you though.
July 31, 2011 11:32:29 PM

wintermint said:
You will find better performance from the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 at $60. If you're not overclocking, the stock heatsink will be fine. If no overclocking ever, it is safe to drop down to a i5 2400 and a H61/H67 motherboard. Otherwise everything looks good. You should only spend $20 on your dvd burner. The Lite-On iHAS124-04 or Sony Optiarc are $20 with free shipping. One of my opinion is that you should spend less on the motherboard. You can find a P68 for around $135 or a good Z68 for $150. You're pretty much buying lots of flash without considering any usage of them. Up to you though.


Yeah I have done a bit more research and realized that I don't even really need to go for the i5 but can do just as well with the amd phenom ii x4 975be - since I won't be overclocking... ever. The only reason I went for the i5 2500k was after reading people raving about how good it was. I was not aware that it is only beneficial in price if overclocked. I then built my system around recommendations for the i5 2500k and thus I came up with this "OTT" build. So question now is the 975be or the i5 2400? There is quite a price gap between the two. I will go with the two GB 6950 still regardless (as I believe your GPU can never be too much).

Thanks for the suggestions, if you could link me to some great builds it would be much appreciated!
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