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December 6, 2011 9:02:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 600-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Inventor and other CAD programs, Gaming, Browsing Web, some web design

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Country: America

Parts Preferences: Intel (maybe later a hackintosh), could deal with AMD

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:


Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Graphics Card: HIS Radeon HD 6770 1 GB (128 bit) GDDR5 Eyefinity DisplayPort

RAM: G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz 240-Pin PC3-12800 Desktop Memory F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST31000524AS

Monitor: ViewSonic VA2431WM 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor with Speakers

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-400CX 400-Watt CX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Core i7 and Core i5

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December 7, 2011 10:50:30 AM

December 7, 2011 11:24:43 AM

That GPU is a pile. Its a very low end gamer if that. 6950-2gb is the sweet spot. Any stock reference card will work. If you want to unlock it then you have to do legwork and track down the right model.

There are about 3 different PSU units out there you are going to need to look at. For watt per $ around the holiday you can always find an Antec 800 or a Corsair that will work. Always peg around 800 watts. You dont want to run your rails all out and you never get what you pay for so the electronics rule 1-1 of adding 30% supply capability is in affect.

Never plan on crossfire or sli for that socket. Its a budget part. You are going to be running one card at 16x or multiple cards at 8x8 pretty much. In reality in most of the builds you find online its a 10% performance hit. Plan ahead. If you are going to invest that kind of money in a gpu then get top end. A 6990 or something comparable. Take out all of the performance problems you get with xfire/sli and save money on cooling.
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December 7, 2011 11:39:01 AM

A 6950 2gb is the sweet spot? No!

Depending on the monitor resolution, the 6870 would be the sweet spot of a 1920 x 1080p monitor.
December 7, 2011 2:53:33 PM

Thanks for all the replies.
I am mostly worried about the Mobo, Will the one i have listed work?
December 7, 2011 6:23:00 PM

Yes it will work fine.
December 7, 2011 10:59:38 PM

Alright one last question.

I was looking at the EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card and Was wondering if it would be better to go with a cheaper Video card and a SSD or this EVGA card.

I also am switching the PS to a RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular LED Power Supply.

Thanks for all your help