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October 17, 2011 12:42:34 AM

Hi, this is my first custom build and I wanted to be sure all of these components are compatible.

Motherboard: EVGA X58 Classified3

CPU: Intel Core i7-980

GPU: Radeon HD 6990

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB)

SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 180GB

I was also going to purchase a sound card but was told integrated sound would be sufficient for gaming.

I am hoping I haven't made any mistakes but I'm completely new to this. Thanks for the help.
October 17, 2011 12:54:59 AM

It's compatible, but highly inadvisable, in my opinion. You could grab a 2500k/2600k with 8 GB of RAM, get the same performance, and have saved enough money to grab another SSD and run them in RAID 0.
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October 17, 2011 12:56:56 AM

your mobo is 1366, i would recommend a 1155 board instead, You will not ned the i7-980 for gaming, a i5-2500k will be more than adequate.

You also dont need 12 gb of ram for gaming.

Simply fill this form out so the community can better understand your needs.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

Ha, I wrote "ned"
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October 17, 2011 1:00:13 AM

what they said

socket 1366 is an older technology , and not as good for gaming
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October 17, 2011 1:11:11 AM

Thanks for the advice. Here's the form.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range:<$3,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet surfing

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
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October 17, 2011 2:59:28 AM

2500k
Z68 motherboard
2 x4 gig of 1600MHz RAM running at 1.5 volts
120 gig OCZ vertex 3 SSD as a boot drive
a conventional hard drive for data

A pair of GTX 570's in SLI

1000 watt psu
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October 17, 2011 3:30:00 AM

The 590 and 6990 are pure dogs......Two 580s ($960) beat two 6990's ($1450). Two 560s($410) beat the 6990 ($725) nd almost catch the $750 590

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 210.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.44 - $ 0.56
$ 260.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.54 - $ 0.69
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 360.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.68 - $ 0.87
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
$ 320.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.61 - $ 0.73
$ 480.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.78 - $ 1.01
$ 725.00 6990 (762/903) $ 0.95 - $ 1.61
$ 750.00 590 (881/982) $ 0.85 - $ 1.53

Let me start by **trying** to spend all ya money

Case - $ 290 - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - $ 12 - Thermaltake Blue120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 260 - Corsair AX1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 220 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313179...
CPU - $ 205 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 83 - Thermalright Silver Arrow http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Ther...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 65 - (2 x 4GB) Corsaie White CAS 8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 600 - EVGA 580 Classified http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 600 - Same
HD - $ 180 - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 230 - 120 GB Vertex 3 Max IOPS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Card Reader $ 50 AeroCool FP-01 55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard - - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - - ASUS VG236HE Black 23" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Premium OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $ 2,959


That will get ya about 1,041 fps in the Guru3D test Suite

Drop to twin 570's (Corsair A850 PSU) and ya lose 16% in fps to 873 fps .... but ya save $560 (GFX) and $90 on the PSU

Drop to twin 900 MHz 560 Ti's (Corsair A850 PSU) and ya lose 17% in fps to 862 fps .... but ya save $740 (GFX) and $90 on the PSU .

I find the case worth the $140 premium over the next ones I'd choose (DF-85, 1200 v3, HAF-X) but thats an area where ya can easily drop a good bit off the bill.


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October 24, 2011 1:55:07 AM

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