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August 27, 2011 12:56:13 AM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-G45 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($112.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid Tower Case ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1025.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

I already have monitor/keyboard/dvd drive/hdd storage. I have win 7 pro retail just need help moving it from my old computer to my new one. And is it possible to run a 4 monitor setup off of one 6950?

Also is this setup ok to run 2X 6950 in crossfire later on?

Thanks for the help guys let me know what changes you think I should make if any.
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August 27, 2011 1:37:03 AM

1st of all, generally speaking you can't "move" a Windows installation from one computer to another, as the activation key is dedicated for the computer it was installed on.

For the 6950, you'd need an active displayport adapter just to run a 3rd monitor, and if you wanted to run a 4th you'd need a 2nd card.

There was/is an Eyefinity6 Edition 5870 card(can run 6 monitors) I'm not sure if there is for the 6xxx series cards though.

As for Xfire at a later date, yes I think the PSU and the motherboard should support that fine.
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August 27, 2011 1:59:24 AM

cmcghee358 said:
1st of all, generally speaking you can't "move" a Windows installation from one computer to another, as the activation key is dedicated for the computer it was installed on.

For the 6950, you'd need an active displayport adapter just to run a 3rd monitor, and if you wanted to run a 4th you'd need a 2nd card.

There was/is an Eyefinity6 Edition 5870 card(can run 6 monitors) I'm not sure if there is for the 6xxx series cards though.

As for Xfire at a later date, yes I think the PSU and the motherboard should support that fine.



This is confusing since the card has 2X DVI outputs 1X HDMI output and 2X Displayport outputs. So 5 outputs and only 3 are usable is this correct?

And I would need a display port adapter like this one?

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&...

What I meant was format my existing computer put XP on it, and transfer my retail win 7 pro license to my new computer. I should be able to do this since I am running a win 7 pro retail key correct?

Thanks for the quick reply I appreciate it.

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August 27, 2011 2:05:35 AM

The build you've listed is flawless.
Buying a 128GB SSD is not worth it. Also, why aren't you getting a seperate storage drive?
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August 27, 2011 2:24:17 AM

008Rohit said:
The build you've listed is flawless.
Buying a 128GB SSD is not worth it. Also, why aren't you getting a seperate storage drive?


I already have HDD storage 2X 2TB drives.
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August 27, 2011 2:31:18 AM

OK, then thats fine.
Get a smaller SSD maybe? Spending near $200 on any kind of storage drive is lame IMO.
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August 27, 2011 3:04:33 AM

008Rohit said:
OK, then thats fine.
Get a smaller SSD maybe? Spending near $200 on any kind of storage drive is lame IMO.



I think that 64GB ssd would be to small, and the 128gb model has better read/write performance than the 64gb model.
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August 27, 2011 3:06:21 AM

The 5 different outputs on the card aren't for 5 separate outputs, it's to provide for different connection configurations.
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August 27, 2011 3:35:41 AM

cmcghee358 said:
The 5 different outputs on the card aren't for 5 separate outputs, it's to provide for different connection configurations.


You are correct thanks for being patient. I haven't built a PC since 2005 so I have been out of the game for a while.

I can only connect 3 monitors (2X DVI) and one by Active display port to DVI adapter like this one.

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

Unless I want to use a "hub" or daisy chain Display port compatible monitors looks like 3 is the best I am going to get.
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August 27, 2011 4:06:19 AM

Get a better PSU for the money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Well not really better for the money, you do get a $25 MIR though, more than the Corsair and Antec is really solid.
If you don't plan on CF/SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the cost of that ram, better deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Switch boards to this. It'll give you more bang for the buck since you can utilize Z68 if you require Quick Sync later on.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you need firewire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 27, 2011 4:32:41 AM

cmcghee358 said:
1st of all, generally speaking you can't "move" a Windows installation from one computer to another, as the activation key is dedicated for the computer it was installed on.


OP stated that it's not an OEM copy (which would be limited to the equipment originally installed on) . It's a retail copy which has no such limitation.
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August 27, 2011 4:37:10 AM

Save $10 on an equally good PSU

9.5 Performance Rating XFX Core Edition 750
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

9.5 Performance Rating Corsair TX 750
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

I'd get the new Hyper 612
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

I have built quite a few boxes for peeps convinced 64GB is big enough .... they're back here within 6 months will full C drives. Yes, you can keep a box trim enough to stick at 64 GB.....but it takes knowledge and effort to keep it that way over the life of a PC and many casual users are not up tot he task.
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August 27, 2011 4:38:29 AM

You don't say what kind of work you plan to do. Strong gaming rigs aren't necessarily useful as work rigs. Personally, I'd stay away from AMD'ATI GPUs completely. Buggy drivers.
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August 27, 2011 6:06:21 AM

ram1009 said:
You don't say what kind of work you plan to do. Strong gaming rigs aren't necessarily useful as work rigs. Personally, I'd stay away from AMD'ATI GPUs completely. Buggy drivers.



What comparable Nvidia GPU would you recommend? I am open to suggestions.
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August 27, 2011 6:38:37 AM

AMD hasn't had "buggy drivers" in years. Welcome to 2011.
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August 27, 2011 6:52:21 AM

Lol @ Ram
+1 cmcghee
I have the 5850 and have tried EVERY DRIVER, even the launch ones. No issues at all. And that's coming from a person who bought the 5850 brand spanking new 2 years ago. (Almost 2 years). So, I don't know what you're talking about.
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September 6, 2011 4:04:22 PM

Best answer selected by stevezissou.
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