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October 17, 2011 1:00:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:Mid November to Late December

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, Video Editing/Rendering, Internet Browsing, Schoolwork

Budget Range:$2000-$2500

Preferred Website(s) For Parts: Any trusted website that ships to the US

Country of Origin:US

Parts Preferences:No real preferences if anyone recommends different parts, but I don't want to pay a good bit of more money for a seperate brand.

Overlocking:Yes

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe (If I go with SLI/Crossfire it would be in the future) This would also be a gradual process to a 3-Way card set-up.

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200

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Motherboard:ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

CPU:AMD FX-8150 [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

Graphics Card:Waiting for Radeon 7000 Series [ insert website for the 7000 series here! ]

RAM:G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

DVD Drive:LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

Hard Drive:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

SSD:Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

PSU:COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

Case:Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black Steel SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans-1x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift top fan, 1x 200mm Colorshift front fan and 1x 140mm rear fan Note: I will be replacing the fans with Red LED, as well as install the 3 extra fans. [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811133188 ]

CPU Cooler:CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

Monitor:HP ZR24w Black 24" 7ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 1000:1
[ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

Speakers:Logitech LS21 7 Watts RMS (FTC) 2.1 Stereo Speaker System - Black [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ]

Thanks for any comments, and how high could I safely OC the CPU with the different cooler?

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October 17, 2011 1:05:10 AM

Also, I do realize that the i5 2500k beats the FX-8150, especially in price-to-performance right now, but I'm sure the price will drop by the time I buy it (plus I'm an AMD fan :D ).
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October 17, 2011 1:14:41 AM

WOW, I saw a video on the 6970's and they were loud as a hurricane! I think I'm going to switch over to the Nvidia side and get a 570 instead.
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October 17, 2011 2:23:36 AM

Gimlaba said:
Also, I do realize that the i5 2500k beats the FX-8150, especially in price-to-performance right now, but I'm sure the price will drop by the time I buy it (plus I'm an AMD fan :D ).



You do realize that in graphically intensive games with high details the FX 8150 usually produces higher fps than the 2500k?
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October 17, 2011 2:25:45 AM

Outlander_04 said:
You do realize that in graphically intensive games with high details the FX 8150 usually produces higher fps than the 2500k?


Really? Can you link the benchmarks please?
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October 17, 2011 2:47:45 AM

You realize he has Video Editing/Rendering in his list of tasks the 8150 is by far faster than the 2500K in these tasks. The only processor that contests the 8150 is the 2600K and that is a bit more expensive than the 8150 so in this case it is a matter of what matters more. Time spent waiting for something to render or a few FPS in X video game using a badly outdated coding style (and yes most game engines are horribly coded although somehow Capcom seems to have one that is well optimized for Multi-core...).

EDIT: Note to the buyer watch around for news of the HD 7K series your build date runs really close to the projected release date of the lower end Southern Island GPU's which should include the as of now named "HD7850" and "HD7870" which will likely be faster than the GTX570 and HD6970 while using less power. But as I said just watch around the time you are buying to see how things pan out. If it is released before you buy you might be able to get a better GPU that puts out less heat. (The 7850/7870 is supposed to be a die shrink of the HD6K series the HD79K cards are supposed to be a new architecture).
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October 17, 2011 2:48:06 AM

cutebeans said:
Really? Can you link the benchmarks please?


Sure

Heres on of the 8150 beating a 2600K at 1920 x 1200
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1741/14/

Here is the 8150 equalling the 2500K at 1920 x 1080
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8150-zambezi-bul...

Here you see the 8150 producing higher minimum fps than the 2600k fairly consistently
http://www.rage3d.com/reviews/cpu/amd_fx_8150/index.php...

and here
http://www.techspot.com/review/452-amd-bulldozer-fx-cpu...
more out right wins for the AMD cpu at 1920 x 1200

I probably should have said "often" rather than "usually" because there is very little between the 2500K and the FX 8150 at those resolutions . They really are neck and neck with the lead swapping back and forth .

Not bad for a cpu that the intel fanboys think is useless
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October 17, 2011 12:09:30 PM

So would this all work together?
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October 17, 2011 12:53:20 PM

pretty sure high end stock cooler gfx is going to be loud as a hurricane, your only solution would be to allocate some of that budget to after market coolers (like the cpu)

http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/376/accelero-xtre...

an example, since I have experience with that cooler.

I have a 4870x2 and at 100% fan speed is like having a vacuum cleaner next to you
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October 17, 2011 12:53:42 PM

Very Solid build! Two things I would change is The mobo and Case.

Try to Asus Sabertooth 990fx mobo. Save some money for a equal MOBO to the crosshair.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have owned the case you have mentioned and I then I got a Cooler Master 932x and it was soooooo much better. Better air flow IMO.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Go liquid cooling for the BD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 17, 2011 3:15:01 PM

billybobser said:
pretty sure high end stock cooler gfx is going to be loud as a hurricane, your only solution would be to allocate some of that budget to after market coolers (like the cpu)

http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/376/accelero-xtre...

an example, since I have experience with that cooler.

I have a 4870x2 and at 100% fan speed is like having a vacuum cleaner next to you

Why aftermarket Cooler, any reference design card from Both nVidia or AMD run hotter and more noisy. non reference design cards such as MSI TWIN Frozer III or Asus Direct CU II run a cooler with less noise and give more headroom for overclocking, and here's a big silent monster of the HD 6970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 17, 2011 3:18:52 PM

bwilliams83 said:
Very Solid build! Two things I would change is The mobo and Case.

Try to Asus Sabertooth 990fx mobo. Save some money for a equal MOBO to the crosshair.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have owned the case you have mentioned and I then I got a Cooler Master 932x and it was soooooo much better. Better air flow IMO.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Go liquid cooling for the BD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+1 but i suggest a high end one such as Corsair H80 or H100, will give a big shot for overclocking.
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October 17, 2011 8:37:05 PM

bwilliams83 said:
Very Solid build! Two things I would change is The mobo and Case.

Try to Asus Sabertooth 990fx mobo. Save some money for a equal MOBO to the crosshair.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have owned the case you have mentioned and I then I got a Cooler Master 932x and it was soooooo much better. Better air flow IMO.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Go liquid cooling for the BD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ok, I'll go with liquid cooling (not really sure if it will give me more cooler temperatures over the Noctua, though), but I'm sticking with the 800D, and can the Sabertooth have 3-Way SLI?
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October 17, 2011 9:02:15 PM

Yes it does support 3-way SLI, and the H60 is a great option with push & pull trick.
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October 17, 2011 9:04:57 PM

ilysaml said:
Yes it does support 3-way SLI, and the H60 is a great option with push & pull trick.

Alright then. I'll save myself some money and put that saved money towards faster RAM.
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October 17, 2011 9:08:43 PM

Bulldozer supports DDR3 1866, and this speed can be easily achived by DDR3 1600, and i guess it's the same price as DDR3 1600.
just try to have a larger SSD, 64 GB is not enough to have some good games and win7 on it.
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October 17, 2011 9:15:06 PM

ilysaml said:
Bulldozer supports DDR3 1866, and this speed can be easily achived by DDR3 1600, and i guess it's the same price as DDR3 1600.
just try to have a larger SSD, 64 GB is not enough to have some good games and win7 on it.

Hmm I really was only going to use the SSD for the OS, and my hard drive for games, files etc.
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October 17, 2011 9:15:42 PM

Gimlaba said:
WOW, I saw a video on the 6970's and they were loud as a hurricane! I think I'm going to switch over to the Nvidia side and get a 570 instead.



are you sure it wasn't a 6990......i have two 6970s that are queit as a lamb!!!!!!!!!!!!
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October 17, 2011 9:17:17 PM

badtaylorx said:
are you sure it wasn't a 6990......i have two 6970s that are queit as a lamb!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sure. I geuss it's just a different brand :p 
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October 17, 2011 9:21:15 PM

Gimlaba said:
I'm sure. I geuss it's just a different brand :p 

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any reference design card from Both nVidia or AMD run hotter and more noisy. non reference design cards such as MSI TWIN Frozer III or Asus Direct CU II run a cooler with less noise and give more headroom for overclocking, and here's a big silent monster of the HD 6970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125394
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October 18, 2011 12:42:32 AM

Ok, as caqde suggested, I'm going to wait for the Radeon 7000 series, especially because it's close to my build date, so for now I'm going to take my graphics card out of that list. Thanks to everyone who gave me tips and info!
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October 18, 2011 12:52:09 AM

I'm also going to spend a little more in my budget for a higher res monitor.
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