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September 13, 2011 9:30:32 AM

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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September 13, 2011 10:32:05 AM

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=N82E168...

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
September 13, 2011 10:41:52 AM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
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September 13, 2011 11:14:36 AM

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
September 13, 2011 11:25:00 AM

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..
September 13, 2011 11:28:40 AM

@ OP
what's ur budget? and do u have microcenter close by?
September 13, 2011 1:19:51 PM

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.
September 13, 2011 2:39:03 PM

And what is the resolution of ur monitor?
September 13, 2011 3:49:15 PM

madchemist83 said:
And what is the resolution of ur monitor?



1680x1050
September 13, 2011 4:18:45 PM

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 :) 





September 13, 2011 4:46:24 PM

CPU - i5-2500k
Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD - Samsung F3
RAM any 1.5V 1600 Mhz 8Gb(2*4Gb)
PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/shin...
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
!