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September 9, 2011 8:04:56 PM

Hello Everyone,

I'm building a new gaming computer and would like to ask for some input on the parts ive chosen and which psu, case and video card(s) to choose. Regarding the video card, ive gone with two Radeon 6950s (2GB)crossfire, however theres one XFX 6950 with a single fan and another with duel fans on the card. Ive read that the 6950s run very loud under stress, do you think it would be quiter or louder with two fans on the card?

This is what I have so far:

ASUS ML248H 24IN LED LCD 10M:1DCR 2MS Monitor:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58484&vpn=ML248H&manufact...

850 Watt PSU:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=37094&vpn=CP-850&manufact...
or
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=38650&vpn=CMPSU-850HX&man...


2x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws RAM (DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 1.5V) :
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58099&vpn=F3-12800CL8D-8G...


Intel Core i7 2600K CPU:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57960&vpn=BX80623I72600K&...


ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution P67 LGA1155 Motherboard:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59619&vpn=P8P67%20WS%20RE...

2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5.0GHZ Video Cards:
Single Fan:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59610&vpn=HD695XCNFC&manu...

Duel Fan:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61903&vpn=HD695XCDFC&manu...

Any feedback would be appreciated,

Thank you
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September 9, 2011 8:28:07 PM

a dual fan card is typically going to be cooler and quieter.
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September 9, 2011 8:43:39 PM

the HD 6950 reference design was louder and hotter, these new releases of HD 6950 including sapphire and XFX ones with dual or triple fans make it much cooler and quiter... no worries about heat or noise i own a sapphire HD 6950 non-reference design and i can say it's totally quite in all games and gives you a chance for a hard overclocking with a nice cooling solution.
another thing you should do get the i5-2500K i heard it performs as the i7-2600K in gaming situations and save the money for a nice SSD :) 
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September 9, 2011 9:04:20 PM

confirming ilysaml's comment - there is no performance difference between the 2500k and 2600k in gaming. If you're running heavily multithreaded applications like video encoding or FEA then the hyperthreading on the 2600k will make a big difference, however for gaming there is no benefit.

I also agree that the dual fan design should be quieter.
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September 9, 2011 9:20:54 PM

Thanks everyone!

Any preference in the power supplies I have listed? Or are they both decent?
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September 9, 2011 9:58:48 PM

adamp117 said:
Thanks everyone!

Any preference in the power supplies I have listed? Or are they both decent?

both are good, but that's not the particular " Popular " Antec series that seems to be perfect, so i suggest you to get the Corsair one it has a great reviews and everyone is giving a great pick for it
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2011 10:09:40 PM

Personally, I would have a look at the Seasonic X-Gold series of PSUs.
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September 9, 2011 10:15:23 PM

Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, CM, NZXT, & Thermaltake are all good manufacturers
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September 12, 2011 5:39:04 PM

Thanks for all of the input. I just need to choose an optical drive, hard drive and case, then I should be good to go. Should I go with just a DVDRW drive or just go for a blueray drive. I have a blueray player for my TV so I wouldnt be watching too many blue ray movies on this computer. Any recommendations?

As for the hard drive, I'm really not sure what to go with. Should I go for a smaller drive (250/500GB) and get an external drive for storage? Or just get a TB hard drive, or theres the SSD but they're quite expensive.

And for the cases im looking at either:

Cooler Master Haf 932 Advanced Full Tower (http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...)
or
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Mid Tower Gaming Case (http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...)


System so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core

CPU cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 (http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...)

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution P67 LGA1155 (http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 1.5V

Video Card: 2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB (card with duel fans)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular (http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...)

Monitor: ASUS ML248H 24IN LED Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 10M:1DCR 2MS

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium


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a b U Graphics card
September 12, 2011 5:52:22 PM

I'd definitely go with the Corsair PSU - having the external fan on that Antec PSU does not seem like a good idea to me.

The Hyper 212 is an excellent cooler, I just got one and it performs beautifully.
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September 12, 2011 5:54:27 PM

adamp117 said:
Hello Everyone,

I'm building a new gaming computer and would like to ask for some input on the parts ive chosen and which psu, case and video card(s) to choose. Regarding the video card, ive gone with two Radeon 6950s (2GB)crossfire, however theres one XFX 6950 with a single fan and another with duel fans on the card. Ive read that the 6950s run very loud under stress, do you think it would be quiter or louder with two fans on the card?

This is what I have so far:

ASUS ML248H 24IN LED LCD 10M:1DCR 2MS Monitor:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58484&vpn=ML248H&manufact...

850 Watt PSU:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=37094&vpn=CP-850&manufact...
or
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=38650&vpn=CMPSU-850HX&man...


2x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws RAM (DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 1.5V) :
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58099&vpn=F3-12800CL8D-8G...


Intel Core i7 2600K CPU:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57960&vpn=BX80623I72600K&...


ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution P67 LGA1155 Motherboard:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59619&vpn=P8P67%20WS%20RE...

2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5.0GHZ Video Cards:
Single Fan:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59610&vpn=HD695XCNFC&manu...

Duel Fan:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61903&vpn=HD695XCDFC&manu...

Any feedback would be appreciated,

Thank you

Hi there adamp117 :hello:  . Every thing you've got so far is good,but there is one thing you can get that would make the difference & that is to replace your monitor choice for an Asus VE278 @ 27" inches. :sol: 
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September 12, 2011 6:06:18 PM

DVD RW+ seems to be a good idea as you won't get any benefit from using a BlueRay player as long as you're downloading 1080P movies and play them on 1080P resolution.
the most importnt upgrade nowadays for PCs is SSD for faster load times, booting, high R/W speeds try to get one and then think about your storage
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September 12, 2011 6:32:15 PM

ilysaml said:
DVD RW+ seems to be a good idea as you won't get any benefit from using a BlueRay player as long as you're downloading 1080P movies and play them on 1080P resolution.
the most importnt upgrade nowadays for PCs is SSD for faster load times, booting, high R/W speeds try to get one and then think about your storage



Thanks for the response ilysaml. So I guess the best thing would be is to get a 120GB SSD for my OS and games, and use like a 1TB external drive for storage? Or something along those lines.

Thanks again.
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