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$900 dollar first build. Is it good?

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November 9, 2011 12:32:07 PM

Do you guys like my build?

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM
$18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
$114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 300Mbps download and 150 Mbps upload Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2 ...
$19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


XFX HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
$52.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
$214.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


say anything and be honest: do you like it? :)  and should i change anything or is it good? BTW: I don't need HDD monitor mouse or keyboard

thanks,
Jim

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November 9, 2011 12:42:20 PM

The only thing i don't really like is your PSU since its bronze. lol =)

I'm not really in the mood to go and get the lowest prices on everything, but heres a link to a 80+ Gold psu for 74.81 which is like 5 dollars more, but will save you more energy in the future and gives better performance.

http://www.valleyseek.com/fsp-group-aurum-gold-500-fsp-...
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November 9, 2011 12:52:27 PM

Bronze is perfectly fine, and that XFX PSU is one of the best budget PSUs around. Your build looks fine to me, I don't really see anything wrong with it. If you plan on CF in the future I would look into a 750w+ PSU, but that's about it.
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November 9, 2011 1:14:14 PM

alright thanks guys and do you reccomend any 750w psus then that arent alot of money?
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November 9, 2011 1:14:58 PM

I'd personally go for the Sapphire Toxic 6950 for $10 more but that's just my preference. As gmcizzle said, go for a more powerful PSU if you plan on CF in the future. Nice build!
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November 9, 2011 1:20:16 PM

star, the only reason I'm going with this GPU and not the toxic is:
1. alot of the reviews on the toxic says it gets hot...
2. the xfx gpu cards have lifetime warranty so i dont have to worry about anything happening
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November 9, 2011 1:31:56 PM

ATHELESTAN said:
star, the only reason I'm going with this GPU and not the toxic is:
1. alot of the reviews on the toxic says it gets hot...
2. the xfx gpu cards have lifetime warranty so i dont have to worry about anything happening


Totally understandable. The Sapphire cards do get hotter it seems. Like many others I used the TriXX utility to set a preferred fan speed.

Also I once owned an XFX 5770 & I went with it for the Lifetime Warranty. It was a very nice card. Funny thing is later I realized there was NO way I was going to own it for a lifetime since I like to upgrade every couple of years. Turns out I only had it for probably less than a year. But that is not to say that going for the Lifetime Warranty is wrong by any means.
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November 9, 2011 1:32:03 PM

hmm..life time warranty? For how long will you use it,probably 3 years, and then games will be more demanding, xfx is a nice brand but choosing only on the basis of warranty is somewhat AAH...what i say but do some homework, see some reviews and decide.
in fact, you can get this
GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
220$

performs similarly to 6950 in most cases and when overclocked, it get to the levels nearly gtx 570..
good luck
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November 9, 2011 1:33:19 PM

Yeah it's a great build.
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November 9, 2011 1:34:53 PM

i know the gtx 560 ti vs 6950 is my main problem. i was thinking cuz if in 3 years they dont make 6950 anymore and my card breaks they will replace it, but with a better one :) 

but you guys decide: 560 ti 1gb or 6950 2gb
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November 9, 2011 1:41:13 PM

I will let the more knowledgeable members help you with that decision. I do not regret my purchase, but I was fortunate to be able to unlock the extra shaders on my 6950 & get a pretty decent overclock. Those things are not guaranteed though. A stock vs stock comparison is the realistic way to go.
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November 9, 2011 1:46:51 PM

My vote is for the 6950 2 GB.
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November 9, 2011 1:48:55 PM

Star72 said:
I'd personally go for the Sapphire Toxic 6950 for $10 more but that's just my preference. As gmcizzle said, go for a more powerful PSU if you plan on CF in the future. Nice build!


+1 good chance u will end up with a faux-6970
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November 9, 2011 1:49:52 PM

unlocking shaders is a hit/miss scenario.
you should'nt be relying on it, both 6950 and 560ti are great cards, choose either one, you will not regret it or if you can wait, there is new amd 7000 series and gtx 600 series coming at the end of the year or the q1 2012.

here's a review,
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-HD-7900-XDR2-Rambu...

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November 9, 2011 1:54:39 PM

ATHELESTAN said:
i know the gtx 560 ti vs 6950 is my main problem. i was thinking cuz if in 3 years they dont make 6950 anymore and my card breaks they will replace it, but with a better one :) 

but you guys decide: 560 ti 1gb or 6950 2gb



That kinda depends on what kind of load you will be putting on the card. What resolution are you going to use? 1920x1080 or lower? Go with the 560 ti. If you are running multiple monitors or resolutions higher than 1920x1080, go with the 6950...the extra VRAM will help. Personally I selected the 6950 because I use two monitors (sometimes 3) running at 1920x1080 and it works great.


BTW: I like your build, good job.
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November 9, 2011 2:37:00 PM

You won't be needing the 2GB version for a single monitor set up unless you're looking to flash it to a 6970 and even then, this one prolly won't work.

The build looks pretty good overall.
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November 9, 2011 8:55:47 PM

so if im getting one monitor, even a 1920x 1080, i should still go with the 1gb 560 ti?
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November 10, 2011 12:05:10 AM

The only thing is bf3 is known to use mroe than 1gb vram and im planning on getting that...
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November 10, 2011 12:05:38 AM

plus there the same price with the rebate :) 
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November 10, 2011 12:22:12 AM

Is it me or you don't have an aftermarket cooler?
if you plan to overclock you should probably get one

My choice would be :
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
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November 10, 2011 12:38:32 AM

i dont plan on overclocking, but should I still get one.?
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November 10, 2011 12:57:28 AM

well its only 30 bucks and will bring your temps down... plus over clocking the I5 2500k is easy and can *usually) get to 4.5
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November 10, 2011 1:04:50 AM

whats the best 6950 brand that is 1gb im having trouble finding a good one...
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November 10, 2011 1:14:35 AM

there pretty much the same, i just prefer Gigabyte, XFX, and Sapphire, in that order... buts its down to personal preference :) 
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November 10, 2011 1:17:59 AM

ahhh this is the hardest part...
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November 10, 2011 11:54:15 AM

If the prices are not that different, getting the 2GB version is an option alright.

Brands are to each his own. For ATI/AMD, my personal preferences are Sapphire, Asus, MSI and XFX.

BTW, both your links have the same URL.
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