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January 7, 2012 7:00:58 PM

I'm a first time builder and I am going to use this for mild gaming, word processing, viewing movies/videos, and internet.

OS: windows 7 64 bit

Video Card: 2 x MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit

CPU: i7-2600k

Case: Xigmatek Elysium

SSD: 2 x OCZ Max IOPS OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (Running Raid 0)

Heat Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

Monitor: 3 x Asus VE258Q 25" LCD LED Backlight

Mobo: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z

Drive: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support

PSU: Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-1000 1000W

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 CAS: 8

Still looking for a UPS, Keyboard, and mouse.

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January 7, 2012 7:18:29 PM

Crazy system for mild gaming, word processing, watching videos, and browsing the internet.

That being said, you may want to assign about 20 GBs of one of those SSDs as space for a Page File, just sayin.

I would get a different PSU. Enermax is better in the 1000w+ range.

UPS, Keyboard, and Mouse are pretty generic, you should be able to get all of them for $100 or maybe $150 if you only want new stuff.
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January 7, 2012 7:18:32 PM

Mild gaming and word processing? Well it will last a few years!! I would not get the 6950 and instead get the new 7970/7950 when it comes, and I would buy a nice quiet liquid cooler, if you are going to spend the $$$ on this system why not get a good CPU cooler (maybe a sealed waterloop or a http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13100/ex-wat-171/Kool... with 1000W of cooling goodness...)


ps.. Are you going to store your media on an external drive? or are you going to pick up a 1-2 TB HDD??
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January 7, 2012 7:28:13 PM

This is total overkill for your uses.
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January 7, 2012 7:30:35 PM

What the heck is "mild gaming"? This is close to the most powerful PC currently possible.
If you want to dump money on this thing, go ahead. If you want us to save you a couple of thousand dollars, though, we can set you up with a great mild gaming/word processing rig.

$70 Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard, or a $130 Das if you prefer that style. Try one of these if you possibly can; it may change your computing life.
$45 (!!! It's usually $60) Razer DeathAdder. Get the lefty edition if you're left-handed.
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January 7, 2012 7:57:17 PM

Unless you need the hyper threading features of an i7 then you could save a bit of money by going with an i5 setup
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January 7, 2012 8:26:41 PM

funguseater: Yes i have a 2 tb mechanical drive to backup my system/hold media files. I hear that raid 0 is dangerous because if you lose one drive all data is lost, but arent ssds supposed to be very reliable?

For me "mild gaming" equals i only play the sims 3 on my pc haha.
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January 7, 2012 8:28:42 PM

They are.
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January 7, 2012 8:37:19 PM

could i get more input on a ups for my system?
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January 7, 2012 9:05:33 PM

For $20 extra bucks, I'd go 120Hz on the monitors

$290 each http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd go this way on the optical

DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't see any value in the RAID 0, Vertex 3's, RAID has never done anything for gaming and regular office apps. I'd get a single 240/256 GB SSD.

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

All that cash thrown at everything else and then a cheap $25 CPU cooler ? Don't get me wrong, it's a great cooler "for the price" .... I use them a lot in $1000 - $1200 builds, but not at this level of investment. AT least throw $50, at a Hype 612 PWM or Scythe Mugen 3 ..... better yet, a Thermalright Silver Arrow would "fit" the build.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

The PSU is another item that stands out as "not belonging"...... twin 6950's / 570's needs only an 850 watter

BTW, if it were me, I'd be adding a set of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-surround-technol...
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January 7, 2012 11:10:46 PM

isnt the led backlight and hdcp support important on the monitor?

Also you are saying the psu isnt good enough or exceeds my needs?
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January 7, 2012 11:13:26 PM

Yours exceeded your needs.

LED backlighting is nice, but you don't need it.
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January 7, 2012 11:17:37 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
For $20 extra bucks, I'd go 120Hz on the monitors

$290 each http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd go this way on the optical

DVD Writer - $ 59 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't see any value in the RAID 0, Vertex 3's, RAID has never done anything for gaming and regular office apps. I'd get a single 240/256 GB SSD.

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

All that cash thrown at everything else and then a cheap $25 CPU cooler ? Don't get me wrong, it's a great cooler "for the price" .... I use them a lot in $1000 - $1200 builds, but not at this level of investment. AT least throw $50, at a Hype 612 PWM or Scythe Mugen 3 ..... better yet, a Thermalright Silver Arrow would "fit" the build.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

The PSU is another item that stands out as "not belonging"...... twin 6950's / 570's needs only an 850 watter

BTW, if it were me, I'd be adding a set of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-surround-technol...


I dont think that the silver arrow would fit, my ram sticks almost block my evo
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January 8, 2012 12:05:07 AM

how about self contained water coolers, like the corsair h100. are those worth their price tag?
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January 8, 2012 12:09:49 AM

At this point I feel like I have to suggest that you scale way back.

You could spend like 1/4 of this much money and still meet your priorities just fine.
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January 8, 2012 12:54:51 AM

The Archon is quite thin. It shouldn't block your slots. It has just about the same performance as the Arrow.
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January 9, 2012 7:27:42 PM

How about the Antec Kuhler h2o 620? Would that better suit my computer?
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