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August 14, 2011 8:03:31 PM

Is this a good build? Any advice/suggestions are appreciated!
-Thanks!

Case
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$39.99

Power Supply
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
$94.99

Processor
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX
$194.99

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9Q-16GBRL
$99.99

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$94.99

DVD Drive
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$20.99

Mobo
ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
$239.99

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4EG HD155UI 1.5TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99

Graphics Cards
2x GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$479.98 ($239.99 each)

Are there any ways to make this cheaper, since I have to buy a monitor, keyboard, and mouse as well? (It's my first build)

Also, I don't mind overclocking, as I've heard you can overclock the i5-2500k quite easily.

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August 14, 2011 8:17:21 PM

When you crossfire those 6950s, the ram does not add up so only 1GB of ram will be shared between two 6950s. I suggest you get a 2GB 6950. Here are some good ones:

Sapphire dirt3 2950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI twin frozr 2 6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the 2500k can OC better than the AMD processor you chose so I would go with the 2500k over your amd processor. newegg is having a deal for the 2500k and selling it for about 200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo: gigabyte ud4xp
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 14, 2011 9:02:46 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKBJH49, ends 8/14
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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $118.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Virtu, Touch BIOS, Smart Response SSD, 2-Way SLI, HDMI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $266.98 save: $13.00 - $20.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $28.57 & 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-Cache-Desktop-H... $59.79 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SATA-Internal-Drive-AD-7260S... $19.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
Sony 24X SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive AD-7260S-0B - Bulk (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 - $219.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card3

or...

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics... $184.88 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1460-KR
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August 14, 2011 9:14:09 PM

yeah i should probably go with i5 2500k and p67...

but then should i got with 1gb gtx 560 ti's or 2gb hd 6950's?

thanks for all your answers so far!
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August 14, 2011 10:43:28 PM

modified a little bit of original build:

Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$219.99

Mobo
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$149.99

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
$69.99

Graphics Cards #1
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$559.98 ($279.99 each)

Total #1: $1,435.87

Graphics Cards #2
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$479.98 ($239.99 each)

Total #2: $1,355.87

Graphics Cards #3 (thought it might look at 2 GB gtx 560s)
EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$559.98 ($279.99 each)

Total #3: $1,435.87

since 1 gb 560s doesn't sound too good, i'm thinking either 2 gb 560s or 2 gb 6950s... i'm not sure which though. With intel motherboards, isn't it usually better to go with nVidia cards?
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August 14, 2011 10:51:32 PM

morgoth780 said:
modified a little bit of original build:
Mobo
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$149.99

Personally, i king of like the evga oc gtx 560 ti, especially since i can always buy 2 more later since my mobo supports 4...would maybe have to buy a new case too, but oh well

and a power supply too


That asrock extreme4 supports dual cards in x8, and tri cards in x4. So two cards is the max you want to go with that board. But dual gtx 560ti's in SLI is plenty of gpu power imo. A tri card set up is a heat magnet not to mention you run into problem with stuttering.

For a tri card set up, you would want a NF 200 board like this own down below that comes out in the next week or two.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre...
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3
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August 14, 2011 10:57:02 PM

yeah, with 2gb gtx 560s I don't even see the point of a third or fourth card
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August 14, 2011 11:20:03 PM

If you're going to get 3 cards, you need to stick with 3 nvidia or 3 amd cards. You cannot mix and match..well you can but there is no point in that.

But that is a moot point because I would not suggest to get 3 cards unless you are running some kind of super 6 monitor gaming setup or have no place to store your money
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August 14, 2011 11:38:42 PM

yeah, that was just kind of a random afterthought

so should I got with the gtx 560s or hd 6950s...both 2 gb, since only 1 gb isn' really worth it.
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August 15, 2011 12:13:04 AM

isn't the 6950 bigger and hotter though...which isn't great for crossfire, but I guess with the msi I can have better fans
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August 15, 2011 12:16:07 AM

So the choice between nvidia and amd is:

nvidia - 3d gaming, special effects with physx (but will reduce fps)
amd - you can run 3 or more monitors on a single card

reference amd cards do run hotter but the aftermarket cards mitigate that - especially the two cards I've picked for you.
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August 15, 2011 12:22:57 AM

yeah, i'm going to go with the msi twin frozr II 2 gb hd 6950, since I like the non-stock fans they have, and you can still sometimes flash the bios, but I doubt i'll do that for a few years, especially since I'm going to have 2
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