Feb 2012 $1000 Power Performance Crossfire 6870

Hey guys, back again with the $1000 build for this month. Changed the 6970 to 6870 crossfire and a cheaper air cooler.

Intel i5 2500k 3.3GHz ($229.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Corsair A70 Air CPU Cooler ($39.99) ($15 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181011
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Z68 Motherboard ($112.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502
Powercolor Radeon HD 6870 x2 ($319.98)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378
Patriots 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM ($41.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570
Antec High Current Gamer 750w Power Supply ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049
Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD 7200RPM ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
Rosewill Challenger ATX Gaming Case ($54.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
LG 22x DVD Burner ($15.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

Total = $1000.90 ($15 rebate)

Tips/comments/advice appreciated. Do not forget to check my signature for the other budget builds.
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  1. Is there a reason why your build is centering around an I5? I haven't kept up to date on hardware like I probably should be.

    I'm just curious because I have noticed the FX8 series are about the same price yet 8 cores instead of 4, or the FX6 series are cheaper and still 6 cores instead of 4. I haven't priced many Motherboards for them, but a quick glance on newegg showed they were comparable to the Intel ones.
  2. Why XFire? The results don't come anywhere near the cost. Honestly you are better off buying and running a single card. Better performance, less power, most games don't recognize 2 cards...I've gone sli/xfire and went back to a single card.

    Assuming you are going to IC the i5 then the cooler should be fine. Ram is low profile which is good although I would look for a better brand than Patriot.
  3. hamidgeabee said:
    Is there a reason why your build is centering around an I5? I haven't kept up to date on hardware like I probably should be.

    I'm just curious because I have noticed the FX8 series are about the same price yet 8 cores instead of 4, or the FX6 series are cheaper and still 6 cores instead of 4. I haven't priced many Motherboards for them, but a quick glance on newegg showed they were comparable to the Intel ones.


    They aren't true 8 core and 6 cores though ask around.
  4. hamidgeabee said:
    Is there a reason why your build is centering around an I5? I haven't kept up to date on hardware like I probably should be.

    I'm just curious because I have noticed the FX8 series are about the same price yet 8 cores instead of 4, or the FX6 series are cheaper and still 6 cores instead of 4. I haven't priced many Motherboards for them, but a quick glance on newegg showed they were comparable to the Intel ones.


    AMD is not performance anymore. It's not a competitor anymore. FX series are not good at all and an i5 is the best gaming CPU you can find right now.
  5. QuietPC said:
    Why XFire? The results don't come anywhere near the cost. Honestly you are better off buying and running a single card. Better performance, less power, most games don't recognize 2 cards...I've gone sli/xfire and went back to a single card.

    Assuming you are going to IC the i5 then the cooler should be fine. Ram is low profile which is good although I would look for a better brand than Patriot.


    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/301?vs=292

    The 6870's give a higher average FPS than a single 6970 for the same price. Games do recognize dual cards and the 6XXX series are pretty well optimized for crossfire.
  6. CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 $89.24 (until 2/16/2012)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Will save a couple bucks for anyone looking to buy your build between now and the 16th. It even has a $10 rebate!
  7. change to 6950 cf and unlock to 6970.
    Lol i just read about a thread of 560 ti sli and 7970 as cf/sli can cost u high power consumption and high heat generation leading to need of better case air flow
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