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September 17, 2011 5:06:33 PM

Good day,

It's been ages since i've built a new PC, so I apologize in advanced if anything is terribly out of place. I am mainly looking for some feedback on a machine that i'm hoping will have high bang for buck and last for some time. I read some articles, but wow there is a lot to know.

So please, if you see any bottlenecks, overkills, shortcomings, or whatnot, please let me know.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred v3
CPU: Intel core i5 2500 quad core, 3.3 gig (2nd gen)
DVD: OEM rewriter
Cooling: Artic-cooling freezer Xtreme
Hard Drive: Corsair force series 3, 60 gig (Can i slave my old 250g Serial ATA drive just to hold downloads and whatnot?)
Memory: Kingston 6g (KVR1333D3N9K3) X2
Motherboard: Asus P8H67-M PRO/CMS (Rev 3)
Power: Antec high current gamer series (HCG-620) 620W
Graphic: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5

Thank you kindly!

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 19, 2011 8:49:40 AM

RAM - Make sure your looking at 1.5v RAM or less, dual channel DDR3. G.Skill and Corsair are popular choices - 1600MHz 1.5v CL9.

Your getting a really high end GPU which is nice, but your not getting an unlocked processor or motherboard capable of over-clocking? Any particular reason? i5-2500k is like $10/£5 more expensive than i5-2500 and z68/p67 motherboards fall into similar price brackets as H67. Seems a shame to limit your build potential by eliminating over-clocking all together.

Filling out this build template might help to get you some better feedback and build advice: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/261222-13-build-adv...
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September 19, 2011 11:47:07 AM

Thanks so much for the reply.

I'll definetly look into better ram.

I'll also definetly consider the better processor/mb. Years ago I overclocked and saw little difference in performance (this was a 486SX mind you, so probably wasn't much performace to be gained anyways). Is overclocking worthwile on newer machines? I won't burn anything out by pushing it? Is extra power/cooling required?

I apologize for not using the template, this is kind of a huge forum and I just plain missed it.

Thank you again for your reply!
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September 19, 2011 11:56:19 AM

I agree with AP!

Overclocking is definitely worth doing when using a processor like the 2500k. If your using a single GPU and not thinking about SLI then 650W PSU should be fine.

AP to confirm as he is the build pc specialist ;) 
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September 19, 2011 12:09:13 PM

I am not against SLI by any means. I did however read that the main SLI benefit came with multiple monitor performance (which I will not be using). Is this true?

Thanks again!
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 19, 2011 12:28:15 PM

The reason multi-monitor works better with multiple cards is that there's an obvious performance increase when using the power of 2 cards rather than one. More RAM is available, 2GB is recommended for multi-monitor - also the main reason ATI cards are so popular with people looking for multi-monitor support, the 2GB RAM on a single card works really well compared to the majority of Nvidia cards being 1GB.

And yes, 600-650w PSU recommended for 6970 build.

i5-2500k + overclocking...

This CPU is an absolute beast to be honest. It comes stock at 3.3GHz and almost any p67/z68 motherboard will push 4.5GHz out of an "auto-overclock" with an average CPU cooler. (Hyper 212+ is strongly recommended due to cheap price, and very good cooling performance). Overclocking at this kind of level with give around 30% performance increase. Watercooling will get you even higher (around 5GHz mark). Extra power wont be required, 600/650w PSU will handle it no problem. As for cooling, check out the 212+ I mentioned earlier.

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September 19, 2011 3:11:07 PM

Interesting. A few more question then if you don't mind.

Obviously going the SLI route bumps the price quite a bit, so if I am running just 1 monitor, should I look at 2x 6870's over 1x 6970?

Also, again I apologize for the newbness, but the store calculator I am looking at offer 2 choices of 1600MHz ram.
Corsair core i7 dominator 6gb
Corsair XMS3 6gb

Which or perhaps do both meet your suggested perameters?

Thanks again for all your help!
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 19, 2011 5:08:17 PM

Neither RAM choice is right for your build. You need Dual Channel RAM, not Tripple Channel.

"Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz 1.5v CL9" is what your looking for :) 

Yes two 6870's will outperform a single 6970, however buying two 6870's straight away doesn't allow room for future expansion. If you buy one 6970 now, you can add another in a year-2's time or whenever your ready.

Comparison here 6870 CF vs 6970: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/292?vs=301

And both 6870 CF vs 6970 CF: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/301?vs=298
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September 19, 2011 5:22:31 PM

I like the upgrade later idea! It hadn't crossed my mind.

That should be enough silly question to get me on my way.

Thank you for all your help!
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 19, 2011 5:24:11 PM

No problem :) 
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September 29, 2011 12:16:20 PM

Best answer selected by jimmysnuka.
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November 17, 2011 10:45:24 AM

My apologizes for the necro bump.

As it turns out, I didn't end up getting my new PC after this thread, but it's now time.

I have a question regarding the processor. An overclocked i5-2500k was highly recommended, and I wondering now about the i7-2600k. Does it have the same level of value as the i5?

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