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March 11, 2012 5:20:55 PM

New build below, please let me know what you think, thanks.


1 Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz 8MB 4-Core S1155 Processor
1 Asus Maximus IV Extreme Z Z68 S1155 ATX Mainboard
4 *Kingston KVR 8GB (2x4) PC3-10666 DDR3 Memory Kit
1 Seagate 7200.12 2TB 7200RPM 64MB 3.5" SATA3 HDD
1 Corsair Force 3 120GB 2.5" SATA3 Solid State Drive
1 LG BH12LS38 12X Blu-Ray Burner, Black
2 XFX Radeon HD7950 DD 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card
1 Antec P280 Performance One Mid-Tower Case, Black - NO PSU
1 Antec TruePower 650Watt Power Supply

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March 11, 2012 5:25:17 PM

For gaming, drop the i7-2600 and get the i5-2400. Change the SSD to Crucial M4. Change the MOBO to an ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3.
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March 11, 2012 5:32:01 PM

It's a good start but could use a bit of tweaking:

1. 650 is *VASTLY* underpowered for a dual 7950 setup - you'll need a 950 at minimum - maybe go with something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. If gaming is the primary use for this system (and I'm assuming it is going by the dual 7950 setup), don't get the Maximus IV, or the 2600 - go with this as your setup:
- Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P
- CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Intel Core i5-2500K

3. No Z68 motherboard will support that much RAM, and you don't need it - 8GB is plenty - go with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. I wouldn't recommend the Force 3 as your primary SSD, go with this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. The Antec P280 is a decent case choice, if you want to stick with them I'd recommend the 1100:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 11, 2012 5:58:35 PM

I've been told 850W is plenty.
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March 11, 2012 6:06:30 PM

azeem40 said:
I've been told 850W is plenty.


Not according to my PSU wattage calculator: http://support.asus.com/PowerSupply.aspx?SLanguage=en

It recommends 1000W minimum for 2 6950s, 1 x i5-2500K, 2 x HDD, 2 x DVD-RW, 4 x fans. And that's with my 50W overclocking / 100W SLI rule.
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March 11, 2012 6:12:02 PM

PSU Calcs are not worth taking full heed to. Real world numbers are more reliable and should be considered way before any Calc should. The only time 1000W is needed is for 2 580s - a 7950 only uses 500W for one at load, and you don't add the wattages together. That is why 750-850W is enough for 2 7950s.
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March 18, 2012 9:07:11 AM

Best answer selected by gritstone1.
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March 18, 2012 9:07:16 AM

Thank you all for your suggestions and taking the time to reply, I apprecate your advice.
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