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September 15, 2011 5:10:38 PM

So, I'm new to this site, but I came here a lot when I was searching the Internet for info on the rig I was building. And since my rig is pretty new, not even a couple months old, I just wanted to see what people's thoughts on it were. I warn you now, yes, many things were probably overkill. And probably over priced. But I recently got a new job out of college and DESPERATELY needed a new computer, and so I said "Screw it, go big or go home." Plus I wanted this rig to run Skyrim and Battlefield 3 on high settings, as well as last for a while. But feel free to comment on what I wasted my time/money on or if I made some good choices. :D 

Mobo: Asus Rampage III Black Edition

CPU: Intel i7 970 3.2 GHz

RAM: Kingston HyperX Genesis 12GB DDR3-1600MHz Tri-Channel

PSU: Corsair HX 850W

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB x2 in Crossfire (non-reference)

HDD: 1 x Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 7200 RPM SATA III, 1 x Intel 510 SSD 120GB SATA III

Chassis: Cooler Master Enforcer

Fans: 1 x 200mm, 3 x 120 mm (2 are Silverstone Air Penetrator's Red LED)

And the minor stuff.

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium

Monitor: Samsung 24" LED

Mouse: Razer Mamba 2012

Mouse Pad: Razer Goliathus Extended Control Edition



And no, I currently do not have any water cooling. I was going to, but once I put it together, I have low temps. CPU doesn't get above 40C, even under load. BUT, I have not had the time to OC anything yet. And there is plenty of room for that and I intend to once I get the time to. Thanks!

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September 15, 2011 5:14:35 PM

Overkill O_O.
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September 15, 2011 5:32:19 PM

LOL, erv.
Yeah, O/C those video cards so you can jump from 110 fps in BFBC2 to 133 fps.
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September 15, 2011 5:58:36 PM

my main question: Why buy a last-gen I7-970 when you can pay 1/3 as much for an i5-2500K?
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September 15, 2011 6:01:38 PM

Haha, thanks :D  Yeah, I wanna OC the cards more than anything when I get a chance. It's a pity the cards aren't referrence, otherwise I could flash them to 6970's and get a good performance boost out of them. I missed out and got them too late. My buddy has the same video card setup but his are the referrenced ones, lucky bastard. And he won't even flash them! Lol. Cause you know, 133 fps makes a huge difference over 110 :) 
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September 15, 2011 6:17:57 PM

Yeah Sqrl, I realized after buying it and putting it together that it was last gen and on its way out. But I was also sold on the motherboard, which was compatible with the 970, so I just went with it. So I realize I probably spent a little too much on those two parts, but oh well. I just really wanted the luxery of 6 cores, haha. The new i7's are really good though, and definitely a lot cheaper, or as you said the i5-2500K which can be OC'd a ton and perform very well. Win some, lose some. I could've got the 990x and paid double what I already paid on my 970, haha.
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September 15, 2011 7:54:35 PM

Looks like fun enjoy.
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