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October 28, 2011 4:23:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In a few days

Budget Range: $1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: compiling large game levels, 3dsmax, Photoshop, Gaming, processing enormous photo files (Autopano), video editing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Please check out the following components for quality and compatibility. If I want to add a second HD 6870 in the future, will 750w be enough power? Thanks in advance for your help!

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008&Tpk=Carbide%20Series%20400R%20Mid%20Tower%20Gaming%20Computer%20Case

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&Tpk=CORSAIR%20Enthusiast%20Series%20TX750%20V2%20750W%20ATX12V%20v2

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Graphics Card: Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948&Tpk=Sapphire%20100314-3L%20Radeon%20HD%206870%20Video%20Card

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support – OEM
October 28, 2011 4:31:58 PM

skip the ssd until later, and put that money towards a 6950/6970. Unless you get the 128GB version, it wont really do a whole lot more than hold your OS and maybe a few gaming files. Great choice though for the SSD. Save the money on the aftermarket cooler as you dont need it if you are running stock cpu speeds. You can put that towards another 8Gb set of the same ram, as for what you do, that would be much more beneficial.

If you dont upgrade the gpu to a 69xx, put a little more money into that SSD, as the 128GB is only another $60 (i think...).
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October 28, 2011 4:32:41 PM

Also, i think you are forgetting an OS in there somewhere. it has to be 64-Bit for the amount of memory you are using.
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October 28, 2011 6:14:56 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. I will probably bump up the processor to the i7 2600k and save some money on the mother board by going with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard as recommended.

Also since I won't be overclocking I can forego the after market cooler. Lastly I will probably tack on the extra 8gb of ram. Not sure if I jump up to the 6950/6970 or not.
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October 28, 2011 8:39:11 PM

Oh and one more thing:

Which mother board:

Option 1 - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1dggks73rw35z

or Option 2 - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1ojt9lapvah04


I have no idea what the difference is other than price! :??: 

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October 31, 2011 9:37:51 AM

go with the P67 Asrock, as without OC'ing, the Z68 is pointless. the P67 has very comparitive performance, and for the price, is just as good imo.
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