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$600-700 Gaming Rig - Looking for Advice!

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April 10, 2012 5:30:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $600-$700 (Already have some parts procured.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media, Browsing

Parts Not Required: Motherboard, Processor, HDD, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None, been following reviews for the most part.

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional Comments: Trying to make it relatively quiet, but mainly I just want something that can tank today's games and still be good for future proofing a bit. Will probably be adding another monitor later on, once I can allocate the funds for that.


Temporary Build:

Motherboard: Intel i7-2700k - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... *Purchased

Processor: Intel DB67BG - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 6950 2GB - http://www.computermakler.com/index.php?route=product/p...

SSD: Crucial 64GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec 900 ATX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair XMS3 16GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 750TX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not too concerned about DVD/Burner, etc.

Please give me feedback if you can. Was planning on doing this shortly.

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April 10, 2012 5:40:38 PM

My current PC has the corsair water cooler and I plan to do the same on this one when I get the funds.

I do have a 1TB HD in my current computer as well. I'll be putting that in my new machine.

How is the build though?
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April 10, 2012 5:56:20 PM

Build looks solid enough. Personally, since this seems to be a gaming only machine with some media and browsing, you didn't need the hyperthreading on the 2700k, so the 2500k would have given you the same performance.

The PSU is also overkill. A good 650w would be more than fine for your needs.
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April 10, 2012 5:58:23 PM

Thanks. I'm not too sure how to gauge PSUs. I see some of them creeping up into the 1000 mark, but 650 would suffice?

Also, I got a good deal on the mobo/process, thus I opted to go that route.
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April 10, 2012 6:02:45 PM

Understandable.

Yes a good 650w would be sufficient for that build. Doing a rough estimate of your wattage usage, I am thinking you are right around 520ish.
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April 10, 2012 6:06:17 PM

I do a bit of multitasking too. Once I get a second monitor I'm sure I'll get use out of it in terms of looking up stuff whilst I'm gaming.

I essentially want to be able to run ventrilo and my game flawlessly, which in the upcoming months will probably be:
Dota 2, Diablo III, Borderlands 2, Bioshock Infinite, CS:GO, GW2, Etc.
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April 10, 2012 6:09:40 PM

Looks pretty solid.
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April 10, 2012 6:12:38 PM

While on the topic, I was looking at a few of the SSDs. It seems crucial is getting the best reviews , but I even see minute differences in price between 64GB SSDs. Why is that?

And the Graphics card is always the biggest thing to stump me. I heard that the 6950 toxic can equal the 6970 with a change in BIOS, thus making it a fantastic bang for your buck. Does anyone else have any other suggestions?
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April 10, 2012 6:54:35 PM

I've been scouring through gpu review and I haven't found anything more cost effective. I might just stick with the Toxic 6950.
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April 11, 2012 10:14:23 PM

any other suggestions before I pull the trigger?
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April 11, 2012 10:19:00 PM

You could get 7850. It is the same price.
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April 11, 2012 10:47:05 PM

I would do that, only I've heard that with the toxic card, you can set the BIOS as a 6970, which would be faster for the same price. That is my only big hang up. I have a working knowledge of most of what I'm dealing with, but I'm terribly indecisive.
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April 11, 2012 11:56:31 PM

OCing the 7850 will also make it faster.
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