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November 20, 2011 3:30:35 PM

This is basically my first build, and obviously I'm worried about making sure everything is going to be compatible when it gets here. I've researched a ton but having that confirmed by you guys would help a ton.

Also if you have any recommendations or changes please tell me.


Was going to go with a full tower, but decided I wouldnt get that much benefit from it.

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-Z68P-DS3 LGA 1155

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO850W 850W

This is my biggest worry. It will power everything from the case to the motherboard, video cards in crossifre , CPU right?

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

I could go with the 2500k for $15 more, but im not an overclocker and wouldnt see much added gaming performance anyway right? Or am I wrong?

GPU: Saphire 6950 Flex Edition Crossfire

Went with the FLEX edition so I dont have to buy a DP adapter(Im doing 3 screen eyefinity)

RAM: GSkill 8GB DDR3 1600

Monitors: Acer 23" 1080p 5ms

Thought these looked pretty good for the price and eyefinity.

More about : ordering today

November 20, 2011 3:56:25 PM

Please list componet names, we'll all get RSI doing the clicks to finds out what ya buying.

Case .... No front USB 3 port is a deal killer for me. I'd use the Antec 902 V3 which has one.

MoBo - has no potential for adding a 2nd GFX card in CF or SLI

PSU - excellent choice, well suited for SLI / CFbut ya MoBo can't handle it. Either get a SLI / CF capableMobo or drop to a 650.....750 works for CF but for $5 take the 850.

CPU - yes, you're wrong :)  Sandy Bridge is a whole new ball game....Intel designed it to be OC'd and brags about it's OC capability. CPU easily handles an increase fro 3.3 to 4.6 Ghz which has extreme performance impacts.

GFX - Again, can't do CF on that MoBo

RAM - I'd take the low profile Vengeance over the GSkills.

November 20, 2011 4:19:41 PM

Ok I changed the CPU to the 2500k. I would really like to keep this under $1400 though, including shipping, and I'm currently at $1363

That MoBo would bring me up almost 100 dollars. Are there any alternatives?

I found that one, dont know if its compatible though. If it is I'm at $1423. Any options for getting it down just that little bit?

Also, USB 3.0 isnt a big deal to me as I dont use USB that much anyway. Are there any other advantages with the Antec?

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November 20, 2011 4:50:29 PM

Sherksilver said:
Here is another mobo option for you:

Allows for SLI, etc... and will save you around $40.

Thanks. I'm at $1383 which I am really happy with. I think its a really solid build but I'll wait a few more hours before I order for advice.

Another question, will I be able to overclock the 2500k without a different CPU cooler? Will the default one do alright?
November 20, 2011 5:36:42 PM

Sherksilver said:
Here is another mobo option for you:

Allows for SLI, etc... and will save you around $40.

+1 to asrock mobo, was going to be my recommendation had it not already been linked.

steadywaters said:
The stock cooler is capable of handling OCing to around 4.0GHz. But, it's generally a good idea to pick up an aftermarket CPU cooler from the start if you plan to OC. Can't argue with lower temps.

+1 to hyper 212 for $25

The upgraded heatsink will be mandatory to get the most out of OCing a 2500k. It should get you at least 4.6GHz and more likely 4.8GHz. And yes in the time to come that extra speed will prolong the life of this build.

If you are timid about OCing the asrock mobos have an auto overclock feature that adjusts the settings for you so you just select the speed you want in the UEFI (BIOS replacement), save and reboot. So you don't even have to do or know anything about OCing, just choose 4.6GHz or 4.8GHz, save and reboot. If it doesn't reboot maybe you were too aggressive in your choice so knock it down to the next lowest speed and try again.

EDIT: Oh and yes that XFX PSU is a great unit, especially for the price after rebate. It should handle the system well.