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March 19, 2012 12:06:52 AM

Hi all,

I already post a few months ago. After many hours of read on Internet, I changed my mind a few times about some pieces. My computer is starting to act weird so I don't want to wait anymore for Ivy and new video cards coming. I would like to have some comments/feedbacks on my target setup before I place the order.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work (diaplay 3 monitors and good performance), games, movies and surfing

Parts Not Required: Monitors, Windows, HDD, mouse, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.ca, newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, directcanada.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Radeon video card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: I already have 3x 23" 1920x1080

Here is my target setup so far:
CPU Intel I5-2500k 210$
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo 30$
SSD Crucial M4 128gb 150$
MB ASUS P8Z68-V PRO GEN3 195$
Case Corsair 600T Special White Edition 145$
PSU Corsair Pro AX850 170$
RAM Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 2x4gb 50$
DVD ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Writer 20$
GPU Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC 475$
TOTAL 1445$

See any problem with my setup?
Any recommandation/item I should consider?

Thanks!!!
March 19, 2012 5:31:49 AM

That setup looks awesome! but do you need a hard drive?
March 19, 2012 5:38:22 AM

Get an XFX Core850W PSU Silver Rated. It is $140 on NCIX USA before a $20 rebate. Get a 500GB HDD from NCIX USA.
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March 19, 2012 5:51:17 AM

raven678 said:
Hi all,

I already post a few months ago. After many hours of read on Internet, I changed my mind a few times about some pieces. My computer is starting to act weird so I don't want to wait anymore for Ivy and new video cards coming. I would like to have some comments/feedbacks on my target setup before I place the order.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work (diaplay 3 monitors and good performance), games, movies and surfing

Parts Not Required: Monitors, Windows, HDD, mouse, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.ca, newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, directcanada.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Radeon video card

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: I already have 3x 23" 1920x1080

Here is my target setup so far:
CPU Intel I5-2500k 210$
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo 30$
SSD Crucial M4 128gb 150$
MB ASUS P8Z68-V PRO GEN3 195$
Case Corsair 600T Special White Edition 145$
PSU Corsair Pro AX850 170$
RAM Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 2x4gb 50$
DVD ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Writer 20$
GPU Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 OC 475$
TOTAL 1445$

See any problem with my setup?
Any recommandation/item I should consider?

Thanks!!!


well i don't think a single 7950 will do fine with eyefinity gaming.if you are going to game on a single monitor then-




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March 19, 2012 11:21:39 AM

siege_templar said:
That setup looks awesome! but do you need a hard drive?


Glad to hear that!

I already have a 500gb HDD ready to plug in and I also have a 1to external so I'm good.

Thanks!
March 19, 2012 11:27:22 AM

azeem40 said:
Get an XFX Core850W PSU Silver Rated. It is $140 on NCIX USA before a $20 rebate. Get a 500GB HDD from NCIX USA.


I considered the xfx power supplies but I heard many good and bad things about them. I choose to go with Corsair as they seems to be trustworthy for power supplies. The AX850 is full modular, gold and highly suggested on tech sites. It also fit in my budget. For the HDD, I Already have a 500go.

Do you think XFX is as good as Corsair?
And I'm in Canada

Thanks!
March 19, 2012 11:37:47 AM

hellfire24 said:
well i don't think a single 7950 will do fine with eyefinity gaming.if you are going to game on a single monitor then-

http://i43.tinypic.com/2ekr79k.jpg


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Really?!? Well yeah I plan to to play some fps on Eyefinity but I tough that one of those expansive beast was enough. I heard people using radeon 6950 on Eyefinity and it was just fine.

Then what do you suggest? Switch to a 7970? The budget do not allow me to buy 2 of those for xfire but I was thinking maybe to buy a second one when they price drop.

Thanks!

March 19, 2012 1:19:24 PM

AX is a bot overkill.XFX pro 850w is best bang for buck.you need at least 6950 xfire to run eyefinity with modern games.a single 7950 will not do well with modern titles like crysis 1&2,BF3,etc.
March 19, 2012 1:47:36 PM

hellfire24 said:
AX is a bot overkill.XFX pro 850w is best bang for buck.you need at least 6950 xfire to run eyefinity with modern games.a single 7950 will not do well with modern titles like crysis 1&2,BF3,etc.


FYI, I'm not an "extreme and intense gamer". My main game will be Diablo 3 and some other RPG and shooter/car games comes second.

When you say "Will not do well", do you mean it will be mediocre or that I will have to play at medium settings instead of high?
Will a 7970 be better by a lot?
I'm not comfortable with buying 2x6950 right now. It means to pay more than for one big card and I'll be stuck with that. With one 7950 or 7970, I could at least upgrade later to xfire if I feel the need without having to buy 2 new cards.

Thanks for your inputs, I appreciate!
March 19, 2012 2:07:06 PM

A single 7950 will have issues running eyefinity. Especially with MMORPGS. You will definately need a 7970 minnimum to drive eyefinity at decent levels if you are only getting 1 card.
March 19, 2012 2:13:23 PM

^you got your answer!both corsair and xfx units are made by seasonic that means xfx=corsair.
March 19, 2012 2:24:19 PM

If you're fine with med settings, get the 7950 and use eyefinity.
March 19, 2012 2:25:19 PM

Lol wow I was not expecting that! I really though that one new release 500$ video card would be enough for modern games with EyeFinity! I will check to change a few things and put a 7970 instead of a 7950.

That brings me another question! Is a 850W psu enough for 2x7970 with my current configuration and maybe some changes later (maybe little overclock, add more rams, BD writer, other HDD, etc.) ???
WIll it be safer to go with a 1000 immediatly, like corsair hx1050w 80plus silver at 200$ or xfx pro 1050w black edt 80plus gold at 190$ or Silverstone Strider gold 1000w 80plus gold at 180$??

I'm glad I asked the question before ordering!!

Thanks again!!!
March 19, 2012 2:34:37 PM

7970 cf runs fine with a quality 750w.850w would be plenty.
March 19, 2012 4:49:47 PM

After your comments, here is the new setup. (I already have one HDD)

CPU Intel I5-2500k 210$
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo 30$
SSD Crucial M4 128gb 150$
MB ASUS P8Z68-V PRO GEN3 195$
Case Corsair 600T Special White Edition 145$
PSU XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition 80plus silver 120$ (after rebates)
RAM Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 2x4gb 50$
DVD ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD Writer 20$
GPU Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 925MHZ 3GB 560$
TOTAL 1480$

Will add a second 7970 later.

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March 20, 2012 1:49:39 AM
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it looks great.OC your cpu to 4ghz or more and your gpu too.i hope it works good on eyefinity.
March 20, 2012 11:20:42 AM

hellfire24 said:
it looks great.OC your cpu to 4ghz or more and your gpu too.i hope it works good on eyefinity.


Thanks for your help man!
March 20, 2012 11:21:04 AM

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March 20, 2012 11:22:21 AM

always welcome!
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