Its been awhile

I haven't built a PC in 4 years, and really haven't kept up with the new technology as much as I should.

So its time for a new build and here it is:

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


HIS IceQ X Turbo H679QNT1G2M Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD ...


I am concerned that i am spending more than I should on certain parts. I want to be able to play a few games.. (SWTOR) and do multi tasking.

I want to be able to run two vid cards in the future and not sure if i will have room on the MOBO and if it is ever worth it.

So if anyone sees any issues with this build pls let me know and any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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  1. For gaming you dont need more than 4 gig of RAM . It should be 1.5 volt for socket 1155

    Your motherboard does not have the capability to run two graphics cards. The second pci-e x16 slot only runs at x4 so it will choke a graphics card .
    This is the cheapest multi gpu board I can see at the moment
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

    In general the 6790 is a graphics card to avoid . Its a chip with errors , so they just enable parts of it so its saleable. Its fine for lower resolution screens I guess.
    I would spend th money you save by not getting all that RAM on a 6850

    but that depends on your monitor
  2. As you said you spend a lot of money on certain parts. SLI or Crossfire for me isn't worth, because by the time you'll want to add a second GPU, better single card solutions will be there for you. Plus you won't mess with drivers, scaling, temperatures, power-hungry PSUs etc. Your motherboard will have this option though..

    So here's a more balanced build

    If you don't want to overclock i5 2400 is the way to go. Otherwise you must look at 2500K

    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095

    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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
  3. if sli/cf isn't worth it why r u suggesting sli/cf mobo? contradicting urself
    and then if u do plan on sli/cf .. where is 550W PSu comes in.
    Also u can get H67 chipset board as u can't oc i5-2400

    For RAM I would suggest go with 1600 as it golden middle
  4. madchemist83 said:
    if sli/cf isn't worth it why r u suggesting sli/cf mobo? contradicting urself
    and then if u do plan on sli/cf .. where is 550W PSu comes in.
    Also u can get H67 chipset board as u can't oc i5-2400

    For RAM I would suggest go with 1600 as it golden middle


    I said it isn't worth but I want to have that option...and for sure don't get H67 motherboards if you want something serious in your system..
  5. @ OP
    what's ur budget? and do u have microcenter close by?
  6. madchemist83 said:
    @ OP
    what's ur budget? and do u have microcenter close by?



    My budget is around 1000 can push up to 1200. This includes case, aftermarket cooler, HDDs and optical of course, not just parts listed.
  7. michxymi said:


    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095




    Why use 1333 instead of 1600?
  8. And what is the resolution of ur monitor?
  9. madchemist83 said:
    And what is the resolution of ur monitor?



    1680x1050
  10. Giga-Byte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ 990FX: $150

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz: $120

    GSkill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866: $60 with code EMCKAJG39 for the next 2 days

    OCZ Agility 3 60GB SATA III SSD: $70 after rebate

    Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB: $60


    That's $460.

    I'd be cautious buying a video card right now as rumors persist about possible Radeon 7XXX-series cards in Q4. Even if they are simply 'mid-range' they will drive prices down. If you feel you need to jump, the dual-BIOS Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB is $253 after rebate and a BIOS-flash away from an HD6970.

    That should handle your gaming for awhile :)
  11. CPU - i5-2500k
    Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502
    or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    HDD - Samsung F3
    RAM any 1.5V 1600 Mhz 8Gb(2*4Gb)
    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565
    or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    Case http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/shinobi/
    CPU cooler - CM Hyper 212+
    DVD - any OEM
    other peripherals
    it should be under $1k .. I wasn't counting
    but again if u have microcenter close by u can save some money
    and later on just put another one 560Ti
    for now one is more then enough for ur resolution
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