My gaming build (2011) need some help

This will be my first build, I wanted to make sure everything was compatible, if my motherboard was going to run good with crossfire, and if anyone had any opinions or recommendations.

PS: Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.91 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

GPU: (I am buying 2 of these for Crossfire, I already have one, so I thought I might aswell compliment the second one and just Crossfire) XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Hardrive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case

CD/DVD Burner: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM

So like I said before, I just want to make sure everything is compatible together, and if Crossfire will run smooth. And please post any opinions/recommendations you have.
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  1. Looks good, only I would add an aftermarket heatsink and fan such as the Coolermaster Hyper 212+, since I heard the stock intel one for the i7 is horrible
  2. If you want to save yourself $100 go with the i5-2500K instead of the i7-2600K. The biggest difference is hyperthreading which doesn't make a difference in gaming.

    r0aringdrag0n said:
    Looks good, only I would add an aftermarket heatsink and fan such as the Coolermaster Hyper 212+, since I heard the stock intel one for the i7 is horrible


    The i5/i7 stock heatsink cools well enough at stock settings, but it's pretty loud.
  3. Instead of two 6870 I would get a single 6970 2GB. This way you won't mess with scaling, drivers and temperatures while you still play everything at 1080p
  4. kyle00 said:
    This will be my first build, I wanted to make sure everything was compatible, if my motherboard was going to run good with crossfire, and if anyone had any opinions or recommendations.

    PS: Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W ATX 12V v2.3, EPS 12V v2.91 CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

    GPU: (I am buying 2 of these for Crossfire, I already have one, so I thought I might aswell compliment the second one and just Crossfire) XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Hardrive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

    Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case

    CD/DVD Burner: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM

    So like I said before, I just want to make sure everything is compatible together, and if Crossfire will run smooth. And please post any opinions/recommendations you have.

    The 2600K is throwing away $100 seeing how it has zero advantage over the 2500K in regards to gaming, the 6870 is average at best, you can do better than a thermaltake psu (who get's an 850w psu for 6870's?), and that Antec 1200 is spendy.

    That build is not balanced at all. You sunk a ton of money into the case and cpu and shorted yourself in other area's.
  5. I agree with getting an i5 instead of an i7, it isn't really worth it.

    I would recommend instead of buying two lower end GPUS just investing in a single more high end GPU (Not to say that the GPU card you have is low-end but you know what I mean)

    The only other recommendation I would make is to get a Western Digital HDD rather than a Samsung. I work for a company with alot of employees on alot of high power workstations. I have to RMA ALOT of HDDs. More often they are from companies such as Samsung, Seagate, etc. and Alot less often from Western Digital.

    And get a PSU from a slightly more reliable company, such as Corsair (in my preference)
  6. Why_Me said:
    The 2600K is throwing away $100 seeing how it has zero advantage over the 2500K in regards to gaming, the 6870 is average at best, you can do better than a thermaltake psu (who get's an 850w psu for 6870's?), and that Antec 1200 is spendy.

    That build is not balanced at all. You sunk a ton of money into the case and cpu and shorted yourself in other area's.


    Ok, I changed the 2600k to a 2500k, I upgrade the 6870 to a 6970 2gb, and the PSU was a gift from my dad, so I already have it :p. And I guess I will downgrade the 1200 to a 902, so what do you think of it now?
  7. kyle00 said:
    Ok, I changed the 2600k to a 2500k, I upgrade the 6870 to a 6970 2gb, and the PSU was a gift from my dad, so I already have it :p. And I guess I will downgrade the 1200 to a 902, so what do you think of it now?

    Now you have a build! :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097 $119.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING $20 off w/ promo code EMCKAKJ44, ends 9/7
    Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

    or...

    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Mid-Tower-Gaming-Hundred-V3/dp/B004ALI5KC/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1315102189&sr=1-4 $119.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Mid-Tower Gaming Case Nine Hundred Two V3

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224 $99.99
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M-KWN2-GP Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side window
  8. Why_Me said:
    Now you have a build! :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097 $119.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING $20 off w/ promo code EMCKAKJ44, ends 9/7
    Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

    or...

    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Mid-Tower-Gaming-Hundred-V3/dp/B004ALI5KC/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1315102189&sr=1-4 $119.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Mid-Tower Gaming Case Nine Hundred Two V3

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224 $99.99
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M-KWN2-GP Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side window


    I think im ganna stick with the 902 :). I am ganna tell you everything I am buying with this, so let me know if everything is compatible, and if it all looks good please! :D

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153106 (Like I said I already have this, so I cant really change it lol.)

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517

    Hardrive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 (Someone above said I should replace, what do you think I should put in its place?)

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097

    CD/DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Accessories: (Just some fans for the optional spots in the case, and some cool LED lights to put in it :D)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835129016
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800888073
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800888031

    So there it is, will that work out nicely?
  9. That's what I call "solid". I wouldn't change a thing on that build.
  10. Ok, thank you so much man, looking like i'll be ordering all this tomorrow on newegg :)
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