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February 17, 2012 1:33:08 AM

Hello all, been a while since ive been on the forums but seeing how my current rig is a little dated, ive decided to come back and get sum opinions on a fairly nice eyefinity build.. my current build is----
AMD 965BE @ 3.7ghz,
Asus M4a785td v evo MOBO,
1x AMD 6870 1gb GPU,
Cooler Master GX650 POSU,
8gb Corrsair Vengence @ 1600mhz (two 4gb sticks),
1x Seagate Barracuda 1tb HDD.



Im not xactly sure about which components il be using for my new build, but im thinking about staying with AMD for the CPU and GPU. Thats not saying that il deffinately stay with AMD, but AMD is all ive ever bought, and ive never ever ever had a single problem with them. Well, to cut to the chase, im planning on building a higher end rig, mainly for gaming but, also music, internet, and the occasional word docs..... So basicly, this is a gaming build. I also plan on useing this new rig to play games on 3x eyefinity. Im not sure what size displays ill be useing, but id like to get 3 27"-42" 1080p displays. Ive already started looking through newegg.com and picked a few options out. oh, and as far as a budget, i dnt really have 1... That doesnt mean im gunna go spend 8k on a rig, but id like the best possible performance for a 3x 1080p eyefinity setup, while at the same time, getting the best bang for my buck. Heres what i picked out from newegg.com.---

CPU--AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz
MOBO---ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional
POSU---CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
GPU---XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5

Like i said, i just sorta threw it together, so this IS NOT the basis for my build, just an option. I havnt been keeping up with the PC hardware for the past few months, so idk what my best options would be. Please let me kno if u have any ideas on this build, im open to any sugestions, so just let me kno wut you think.
February 17, 2012 3:30:50 AM

Also, i will more than likely end up doing a mild overclock. Nothing big, just a small increase in clocks. I already have a corsair A70 HSF, and still have all the mounting brackets that came with it. As of right now, im sorta leaning towards an Intel i7 2600K. Costs a lil more, but it is a great performer. Still not sure tho, never did a intel build, so idk wtf im doing when it comes to building an intel rig.
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February 17, 2012 3:41:01 AM

hooru said:
Also, i will more than likely end up doing a mild overclock. Nothing big, just a small increase in clocks. I already have a corsair A70 HSF, and still have all the mounting brackets that came with it. As of right now, im sorta leaning towards an Intel i7 2600K. Costs a lil more, but it is a great performer. Still not sure tho, never did a intel build, so idk wtf im doing when it comes to building an intel rig.


It's a good performer but unnecessary in a gaming setup. Most games don't take advantage of hyper threading but 3-D rendering apps like Autodesk Revit and multimedia authoring apps like Adobe CS5 make full use of it. The i7-2600K and the i5-2500K are essentially the same CPU performance wise. The 2500K is less and is actually targeted at gamers.

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CPU--AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz
MOBO---ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional
POSU---CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
GPU---XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5


Do not go Zambezi. There's a lot of problems both hardware and software related to it. I'd heavily suggest reading this article before you purchase an FX-8150: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-hotfix-bu...

This would be a better setup:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel Core i5-2500K
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Seasonic X750 Gold
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Asus P8Z68-V Pro
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Sapphire Radeon HD 7970
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February 17, 2012 6:00:32 AM

thnx for the heads up and the suggestions. i heard the FX apus had problems, but i figured amd would have fixd most by now.... that just shows how long ive been out of the game haha. So the i7 wouldnt give me any more performance than the i5 would in a gaming situation, rite? Another ?, would pairing the i5 with a nvidia gpu, give me any advantage over pairing the i5 with the 7970? Sory if thats a dumb ?, but like i said, i havnt been keeping up with the recent tech...
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February 17, 2012 6:13:09 AM

there's no problem with nvidia/intel or nvidia/amd or amd/ati or amd/nvidia setup.
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February 18, 2012 1:37:27 AM

i have a lil time off this wkend b4 i go back to work, so im going to try n make the best of that time by doing sumore research. im pretty sure im going to go with the i5, il be looking at benchmarks and reviews here shortly. Since this is going to be an eyefinity build, i want to make sure il have enuf GPU horsepower to play games (mostly FPS) at very high settings/max settings. Will a single 7970 be able to handle high settings on 3x eyefinity while still giving 40+fps?
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February 18, 2012 4:04:52 AM

if im getting the i5 2500k, which chipset would be best paird with it? the P67 or the Z68??? ive never done an intel build before, and im not sure if going with one or the other would make a noticable difference or not.
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February 18, 2012 4:29:17 AM

id say go z68 & i7-2700k .. both cost a slight bit more but I like my PC to be bleeding edge. The ASRock Extreme7 Gen3 with the 2700k is a sweet thing.. The ASRock BIOS & OC system is outstanding.. Also.. you must get an SSD for your OS at a minimum.
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February 18, 2012 4:32:25 AM

I would also go for 2gb 6970 XFire
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February 18, 2012 4:35:29 AM

and the dell u2412M monitor is on sale today for $300 and it is a beautiful display... 3 would have me seriously jealous
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February 18, 2012 5:01:32 AM

ya, just read a buncha threads. looks like z68 is deff the way to go for a gaming machine. Think i might end up going with the ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3. As far as xfire, idk... for sum reason i think single card setups just look sooo much xxxier.. I also like the simplicity of single card setups. If i do need more graphics power, il just add another 7970 sumtime down the road.
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February 18, 2012 5:04:01 AM

also, i have a 20ft x 8ft wall to fill up. so im aiming at a 32"-42" x3 eyefinity setup to fill up that lonely little wall with.
Plan on adding 2 SSDs also
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