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August 28, 2011 5:57:28 PM

This is the rig i want to build. What are my weakest links here?
what would you change if you were building this?
I want a computer that can tear up Battlefield 3 on high settings.
This would be paired up with a 25 inch monitor at 1920 by 1080 res.
The price is pretty high on this rig so I'd rather not get too much more expensive....but if you see something thats a hundred bucks more here or there that would be a big help let me know. thanks,


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COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-942-KKN1
Item #:N82E16811119225
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$199.99 -$10.00 Instant $189.99
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ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 67 EXTREME4 GEN3
Item #:N82E16813157265
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$169.99 -$10.00 Instant $159.99
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HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
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Item #:N82E16814161372
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$269.99 $539.98
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Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,Active PFC"Compatible ...
Model #:RBR1000-M
Item #:N82E16817182188
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$199.99 -$70.00 Instant $129.99
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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Model #:BX80623I72600K
Item #:N82E16819115070
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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$314.99 $314.99
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Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Item #:N82E16820220602
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$124.99 -$5.00 Instant $119.99
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Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996982
Model #:996982
Item #:N82E16820226179
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
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$114.99 -$20.00 Instant $94.99
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Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST31000524AS
Item #:N82E16822148697
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$64.99 -$5.00 Instant $59.99
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Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
Model #:910-001259
Item #:N82E16826104318
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$69.99 -$20.00 Instant $49.99
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LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
Model #:WH12LS30
Item #:N82E16827136226
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$79.99 $79.99
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ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
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August 28, 2011 11:37:01 PM

weakest link is probably that rosewill PSU. I didnt find a JonnyGuru analysis of it so better to pick one that passes his testing IMO.
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August 29, 2011 1:07:14 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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August 29, 2011 1:29:18 PM

shouldn't say a weak link... but you don't really need the hyperthreading capabilites of i7 2600k... i5 2500k is a better deal imo... you can save almost 100 bucks...
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August 29, 2011 1:56:57 PM

You have 3 weak links:
1. PSU. --I suggest this : CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
Why? 80 plus silver, Modular, 4x8 6 pins, one of the best PSU around, 1000watts does not say much, you want to pay attention to efficiency, quality components and amperage more than watts.

2.SSD-- I suggest this : OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G
Why? I assume your a gamer. Your not gonna cut it with just 60gb. For example, My OS and APPS are on a 50gb Vertex 2, and my games which are about 3, are on my 60gb Agility 2. Trust me, your gonna prefer gaming on the SSD, so you will need at the very least 100 gb, and cause its always healthy to leave breathing room. OCZ's forums are top notch, I have a Vertex 2 and an Agility 2, and they are brilliant. They have A very good utility for setting up SSD and also Secure Erase.

3. HDD-- I suggest : Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX
Why? Barracudas have a fail rate that is a bit too high for my comfort. And this WD 1tb drive is probably the fastest around and has new tech on the platters.
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August 29, 2011 2:02:08 PM

Phenom90 is very insightful when it comes to builds, all around good suggestions, and yea you don't really need the Hyperthreading unless you are maybe doing some seriouse encoding , decoding etc.
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August 30, 2011 2:09:35 PM

Awesome guys/gals...thanks. I'll look into all these suggestions in detail.
1 comment. someone playing on the BF3 Beta told me their i5 2500k was at about 70% load across all for 4 processors. And he was heavily OC'd.
that made me think the i7 2600k would help out.?! (i have a gadget that monitors the activity of the cpu cores and when i play bfbc2 (battlefield bad company 2) it seems more than 4 cores are working. Now maybe the game is only using 4 and the other cores (the hyper threaded ones or whatever) are being used here and there to run windows and what not in the background.

thoughts?
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August 30, 2011 2:43:47 PM

If this build is for gaming, forget that i7-2600k. Save yourself some money and get an i5-2500k then upgrade that 6950 to either a 6970 or GTX 570. Overall thats going to give you way better performance than a i7-2600k with a 6950.

PSU - Look into brands such as Corsair, XFX, OCZ, SeaSonic, Antec. Also 1000w is OVERKILL for what your building. 850w would be plenty to run CROSSFIRE 6970s with an i5-2500k + Overclocking.
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August 30, 2011 4:36:31 PM

per a bunch of great suggestions.....this is the new modified list

I think i'll stick with two 6950's in crossfire as the 6970's don't seem to gain enough for the cost difference.

now the hard sell....the wife

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SAPPHIRE Toxic 100312TXSR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Item #:N82E16814102951
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Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC ...
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX
Item #:N82E16822136533
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$89.99 $89.99
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Model #:BX80623I52500K
Item #:N82E16819115072
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
$219.99 $219.99
1
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-942-KKN1
Item #:N82E16811119225
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate
$199.99 -$10.00 Instant $189.99
1
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 67 EXTREME4 GEN3
Item #:N82E16813157265
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$169.99 -$10.00 Instant $159.99
1
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996982
Model #:996982
Item #:N82E16820226179
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
Out Of Stock
Auto-Notify
$114.99 -$20.00 Instant $94.99
1
Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
Model #:910-001259
Item #:N82E16826104318
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$69.99 -$19.00 Instant $50.99
1
LG Black Super Multi SATA WH12LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
Model #:WH12LS30
Item #:N82E16827136226
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
$79.99 $79.99
1
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
Model #:CNPS9900ALED
Item #:N82E16835118046
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate
$74.99 -$18.75 Instant $56.24
Subtotal: $1,907.13
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August 30, 2011 5:03:20 PM

Better looking build, however im still going to suggest looking into a z68 motherboard, Samsung SpinPoint F3 HDD, and see below about PSU.

850w is alot, even for Crossfire 6950's, 750w would be more than enough for 2x 6950's and i5-2500k with overclocking so you could save yourself some money here.
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August 30, 2011 5:48:07 PM

rfranken said:
Awesome guys/gals...thanks. I'll look into all these suggestions in detail.
1 comment. someone playing on the BF3 Beta told me their i5 2500k was at about 70% load across all for 4 processors. And he was heavily OC'd.
that made me think the i7 2600k would help out.?! (i have a gadget that monitors the activity of the cpu cores and when i play bfbc2 (battlefield bad company 2) it seems more than 4 cores are working. Now maybe the game is only using 4 and the other cores (the hyper threaded ones or whatever) are being used here and there to run windows and what not in the background.

thoughts?

That Mushkin RAM you have up there is 1.65v, and you want 1.5v RAM as that what is all the board manufacturers recommend for these socket 1155 boards.

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