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March 17, 2012 10:27:32 PM

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM $139

DVD
ASUS DVD Burner SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS $22

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) G.SKILL F3-14900CL8Q-16GBZM $149

Hard Drive
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit CT128M4SSD2CCA $173

Power Supply
KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular 80 PLUS BRONZE LZ-1000 $149

Graphics Card
MSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit $389

Mother Board
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION $245

Case
Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case $129

TOTAL $1623

The main points of this build are:
1. I run 3 22" monitors and may move to 6 one day
2. I mostly game online such as DDO, NWN, just MMORPG
3. I have a seperate server machine so hard drive space is not a concern just speed
4. I may eventually get another 6970 when I add more monitors

Does the build look ok? are there any parts that are overkill? are there any parts that are just bad products?

I will be ordering this as soon as I see a couple of responses that give me a warm and fuzzy or make me re-think part. I really don't want to go anymore expensive i would actually like to make it cheaper without losing performance or durability.

Thank You
Mike

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March 17, 2012 10:46:56 PM

As far as I'm aware, no game will even use more than 4GB of RAM so 16GB is a bit unnecessary. I'd get 8GB personally. To be honest there isn't a lot of point in getting any faster than 1333Mhz or 1600Mhz either. You won't see any performance gain for that price premium, in fact it won't even run at that speed unless you overclock the RAM. Also, that RAM is quad channel. You will want dual channel RAM for the 1155 socket.

That motherboard seems quite expensive as well, something like the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 would be better because it's Z68 and has PCI-E 3.0. It's cheaper too. Even the equivalent ASUS would be cheaper (ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3)

That graphics card is also last generation stuff, the HD 7000 series is around now. I would take a look at the HD 7950, it gives far better performance than the HD 6970 while consuming a lot less power.

That PSU is also massively overkill, you won't need anywhere near 1000W even with 2 cards. Even with 2 cards, 750W would be more than fine.
March 17, 2012 11:03:39 PM

Cost wise look at the 7870 graphics card which should be the same price or less than the 6970 and perform better

The psu is suspect . Antec , corsair or seasonic are preferred brands . You wont need 1000 watts .
650 watts should be plenty with a 7xxx graphics card .

and as already mentioned 2 x4 gig of RAM . More wont help
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March 17, 2012 11:39:26 PM

Thank you for the response. I am trying to rebuild now. I will post my swap outs as soon as I find them.

Aren't they having problems with the new 7xxx series GPU's?
March 17, 2012 11:49:24 PM

The HD 78xx cards are having a few teething problems but I'm sure AMD will sort them out with drivers.
March 17, 2012 11:59:27 PM

so i cut a little cost with the ram going with:

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $50

but for the price I can't seam beat the 1000w PSU
March 18, 2012 12:11:30 AM

So if I go with the HD 7950 I need a a motherboard to support it (PCIE 3.0) but they say to get the 3.0 slot you have to use ivey bridge CPU which i don't see any unless they are just very expensive.
March 18, 2012 1:22:52 AM

tazzvon said:
so i cut a little cost with the ram going with:

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $50

but for the price I can't seam beat the 1000w PSU



You can get the Seasonic X-750 for the same price, that's a much better PSU and still has more than enough wattage even for SLI/Crossfire.

EDIT: Or get the XFX Core 750W for $50 less, that's a great PSU too.
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