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December 11, 2011 1:50:11 AM

This is what I am planning on getting for my new build. It would primarily be used for gaming at 1080p. I would like to be my parts from as I live in Australia, and as far as I am aware it is the best bet. Please tell me if any parts are incompatible, or if you think I should be getting any different parts. I will be making do with an old hard drive until prices come down. Budget is $750-$800. I would like to crossfire in the future. I will buy cooling for overclocking later.

Case: Antec 300 ($59.99)

CPU: i5 2500k ($229.99)

Disk drive ($19.99)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance - 8GB(2x 4GB) ($49.99)

PSU: Cooler Master Extreme 700W ($99.99)

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 ($185.00)

or would it be worth getting this:

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 ($139.00)

Thank you for any assistance

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December 11, 2011 2:21:37 AM

Quality of Cooler Master PSU is questionable - Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, and XFX have good track records.

Antec EA-650 650W Green Power Supply - ATX / EPS - Cooling Fan - Active PFC - 80 PLUS Bronze - SLI & CrossFireX Ready Certified - Green

Will you be getting CPU cooler (since you got a CPU begging to be overclocked)?

If so, the tall heatsinks on the Corsair RAM may pose a problem as large CPU coolers can block RAM slots.
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December 11, 2011 4:43:38 AM

Yes, that RAM is better. Yes, a quality 650W will be able to power two 6870s or 6950s. But, I would consider a 750-850W for more headroom.

Of course, go with the 6950 if your budget allows it.
December 11, 2011 6:38:30 AM

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