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August 5, 2011 3:00:08 AM

This is a new computer I'm going to build, probably this week. I've done a whole week of research of the new tech that has already come out (not waiting for the newer tech to come out) and decided this is the time I should replace my 2 1/2 year homebuilt PC I currently have.

So basically, I'm kinda limited to a few options I've chosen and also cause by lack of stock. Currently I'm not living in the U.S. so as much as I want to order parts from NewEgg I can't.

Prices that I post are subject to some rounded up $ conversion (prices are a bit higher), so at least it will help as a guide to compare between the different product models.

ATX:
Thermaltake V9 (The one with docking) - $125
Thermaltake V6 - $100
Thermaltake Element G - $165
CoolerMaster HAF 922M - $175

Would rather prefer one with USB 3.0 front ports, though I could live with it. Don't really mid the extras such as the HDD/SDD docking on top of some cases.

Processors:
i7 2600 - $ 315
i5 2500 - $ 215

Basically the "k" editions are out of stock...If I could I would probably aim for the upgrade. If it's not possible tell me if it's still worth it getting one ''k'' less edition and getting it overclocked to some point. If I were to own a "k" edition one I wouldn't overlock it to its possible max settings.

Motherboard:
Gigabyte z68x UD4-B3 - $245
Gigabyte z68x UD5-B3 - $325
Gigabyte z68xp UD3-issd (20gb ssd) - $300

Would love to get the 20gb ssd MOBO, no sure if it's worth the hassle.

Videocard:
ATI-AMD
6850 - $180
6870 - $205
6950 - $315
6970 - $400

Nvidia
560 - $280
580 - $500

I could actually find different manufacturers at the same price. The thing I actually want to sort out is whether run single or dual video cards based on these ranged of products. I've found that 6800 series Crossfire work really well, I would need someone to confirm this to me. Around $300-$400 is my budget for videocards.

PSU:
Corsair/Thermaltake/XFX (750 W) - $160
Thermaltake/XFX (850 W) - $185
Raidman (730) - $130

MEMORY:
Kingston/Patriot (2x4gb 1600 bus speed) - $120

HARD DRIVE:
SATA3 2tb Seagate (5900 RPM) - $105
SATA3 1tb, Seagate (7200 RPM) - $75

Didn't get enough info for HDDs (No cache info, etc) but would like to know if its worth the hassle the RPM/cache difference using SATA 3 modules.


I could afford most of the combination of parts I posted here except the price limit I mentioned for Videocards.


Any other recommendations will be highly appreciated!





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August 5, 2011 3:22:59 AM

Buy what ever case you like most

if this is a gaming computer then sure the 2500 is powerful enough and you will see little or no gain from the 2600

You could just buy a P67 mb for gaming

As for a video card . your first choice is your monitor . Theres no point buying a massively powerful gfx card to run a low resolution monitor . Use the charts section of this site and reviews you google to make a choice based on your budget, the games you will play, and the resolution you will play at

If you are only using one gfx card then 750 watt is overkill . 650 watt is overkill even but it does give you head room

8 gig of RAM wont improve game performance either , over 4 gig

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August 5, 2011 3:30:44 AM

Case:
Cooler Master Haf 922
CPU:
i5 (plenty of power)
Motherboard:
I would check out some reviews on the Gigabyte z68xp UD3-issd since that seems pretty decent especially with the ssd
GPU:
The 6870s are pretty good in crossfire. I have a GTX570 and it kicks ass.
PSU:
Definitely go for the Corsair. I have a 750W one and its is a beast.
Hard Drive:
I would stay away from the 5900 rpm (green) drives from Seagate as they have high failure rates. For with the 1 TB 7200 rpm one

You probably would want an aftermarket cpu cooler and a great one that doesn't break the bank is the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ and it retails for around $30 in the US.

Also I think you should check this link out. There is a company that can receive all of your purchases from online US websites and ship them internationally.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113032...
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August 5, 2011 3:30:52 AM

Oh, forgot one of the most important things. Thanks for pointing it out. I'm currently using dual 1080p monitors, hence my questions about single vs dual graphic cards
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August 6, 2011 12:14:04 AM

Should I get the Ati 6850/6870 CF or a single Ati 6970/Nvidia 560. I'll run dual monitors and I want it to be smooth enough to be running, lets say a game in one monitor and a movie in another one. (Both are 1920*1080 res. screens)

If I get a single videocard, I will probably not going to crossfire/sli in the the future because I usually replace the series with a newer one. So basically I'm aiming for price/performance for my dual monitor setup.

Need some more advice today, because tomorrow I'll probably be buying the parts.
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August 6, 2011 12:39:17 AM

If you want dual monitor setup then go with the AMD 6870 CF
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August 7, 2011 4:32:13 AM

Best answer selected by z00m2k8.
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