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October 1, 2011 3:49:00 PM

A simple "looks good" will work as a response too! =) Thanks!

Hey guys, I haven't messed with the internals of my computer in what feels like ages, and I just want to double check that the new components I have picked out will be compatible as to successfully bring my computer back to 'new' status to prepare for more gaming.

Components I already have (that will be re-used for the new build):

DVD-RW Drive
Blu-Ray Burner
3x SATA HDD
Case (Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case)
PSU (OCZ GameXStream OCZ850GXSSLI ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 850Watts Power Supply)
CPU Cooler (ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler)

New Components Picked out on Newegg.com:

CPU $220 (Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K)
Motherboard $160 (ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard)
GPU x2 for Crossfire $2x140 (ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card)
RAM $60 (G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXM)

Thoughts?? I appreciate the once-over!
October 1, 2011 5:35:00 PM

Sure...

CPU - good.

PSU, HDDs, ODDs, CPU HSF - good. (Never seen that cooler, BTW, looks cool)

Motherboard: why not go for the Z68 chipset? Get ASRock Z68 Extreme for $125 or Asus P8Z68-V for $170; but P8P67 Pro is a solid board, too (using it myself).

GPUs... why would you Crossfire weak GPUs like 6850?? For the sake of CF? No, get a 6950 or a 560 Ti right away.

Also, get this RAM - $12 cheaper and comes with a free 4GB SDHC card.
October 1, 2011 6:00:50 PM

-GPU-
I chose CF'd 6850 b/c it performs better than 6950
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-rade...
other reasons:
-same price
-if I get a single 6950, my next upgrade would be sooner rather than later and I would rather buy a better card than just add a second one down the road
-if I were to get 6870 CF I would also have to upgrade my PSU because it only has 2 gpu 6pins
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-CPU cooler-
yea that cooler was top of the line when I got my e7400 then q6600 and I googled and it should work for the lga1155's as well =) so happy me!
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-Motherboard-
I looked at those, but I'd just rather stick with asus =)
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-RAM-
to be honest I only picked the one I did cuz it was blue haha but you're right that deal is too hard to pass up

Thanks for your input! =)
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October 1, 2011 6:27:24 PM

As I said, CF 6950 later is not an option I want to explore. I am looking for NOW and the HD6850 CF beat the 6950 in all of those benchmarks u just linked. =)
October 1, 2011 6:28:10 PM

I appreciate your opinion though and will wait to see what some others think as well.
October 1, 2011 6:33:23 PM

utdarkviper said:
As I said, CF 6950 later is not an option I want to explore. I am looking for NOW and the HD6850 CF beat the 6950 in all of those benchmarks u just linked. =)


Yes, it does. But do you really care whether you get 100fps vs 160fps, or 48 vs 60?? I don't see a point...

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October 1, 2011 7:20:05 PM
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utdarkviper said:
-GPU-
I chose CF'd 6850 b/c it performs better than 6950
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6970-rade...
other reasons:
-same price
-if I get a single 6950, my next upgrade would be sooner rather than later and I would rather buy a better card than just add a second one down the road
-if I were to get 6870 CF I would also have to upgrade my PSU because it only has 2 gpu 6pins
-------------
-CPU cooler-
yea that cooler was top of the line when I got my e7400 then q6600 and I googled and it should work for the lga1155's as well =) so happy me!
-------------
-Motherboard-
I looked at those, but I'd just rather stick with asus =)
-------------
-RAM-
to be honest I only picked the one I did cuz it was blue haha but you're right that deal is too hard to pass up

Thanks for your input! =)


According to various web listings, your psu has 2 6 pin & 2 6+2 pin PCIe connectors, so running the CF 6870s should be no issue.
Anyway, the CF 6850 should be quite powerful. SLI gtx 460 1 GB is also a good option.
October 1, 2011 7:21:34 PM

Those benchmarks are for those specific games. Battlefield 3 for example was not on that list lol 100 vs 160fps may not matter in those games, but if it suggests that it will be a 20 vs 80fps difference in more taxing games, then that's important. =)
October 1, 2011 7:23:18 PM

ksampanna said:
According to various web listings, your psu has 2 6 pin & 2 6+2 pin PCIe connectors, so running the CF 6870s should be no issue.
Anyway, the CF 6850 should be quite powerful. SLI gtx 460 1 GB is also a good option.


....now I have to go double check lol
October 1, 2011 9:23:11 PM

ksampanna said:
According to various web listings, your psu has 2 6 pin & 2 6+2 pin PCIe connectors, so running the CF 6870s should be no issue.
Anyway, the CF 6850 should be quite powerful. SLI gtx 460 1 GB is also a good option.

Strange... the invoice even says it yet I only see 2 6pins. The PSU was doa when I ordered it so I sent it back for a replacement... I guess it's possible they sent me a very similar model instead. =( Oh well, I'm back to where I thought I was anyways.
October 1, 2011 11:12:22 PM

Thanks for the help guys, I said screw it and ordered a new PSU too and went with 2 HD6870's lol =D
October 1, 2011 11:12:41 PM

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October 2, 2011 1:22:45 PM

utdarkviper said:
Thanks for the help guys, I said screw it and ordered a new PSU too and went with 2 HD6870's lol =D


have fun :) 
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