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April 12, 2012 2:26:05 AM

Hey guys I am new to Tom's hardware but I was looking for a computer forum that could help me with a few questions i have and look over my new build ill be taking on in the next two weeks.

I wish to keep the build under 1000 dollars.

ok lets dive right in on what the computer is used for. A lot of gaming and multitasking, minor video editing, blu-ray movies, and the such.

alright the components I have chosen are as follows:

CPU- Intel i5 2500k
- (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Mobo- Asus p8z68
- (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

GPU- Sapphire 100315L Radeon 6850
- (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

RAM- G. SKills 8gb (2x4gb)
- (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU- Corsair 650tx
- (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

those are the parts I have to buy as I already have the:

CASE- NZXT PHANTOM BLACK
HDD- Western digital 1tb
OPTICAL- SAMSUNG BLu-ray
CPU FAN- Cooler master hyper 212 plus

I do plan to oc but I plan on using the Uefi bios to do it simply because I do not wish to destrroy my new computer by not doing enough research on OC

ok so those of you still with me I really want to have a good gaming computer that will also help me with my video editing so it has to be able to render in power director 9 and it does take advantage of the radeon 6850 or rather whatever AMD's CUDA equivalent is.

but here is my question
1. IS the psu i picked out enough to hold up to my power needs (im sure it is) but if i add another radeon 6850 in sli will it still be enough??

2. and if I do put 2 radeon 6850 in sli am i going to be bottlenecking anything?

3. i am gonna need wireless accesibility with my desktop so is it better to purchase a dongle or go with a wireless card to use up one of my pci slots? and if it would be worth purchasing a wifi card could someone point me torwards a good manufacturer.

4. is there any parts i have chosen that are out dated or rather not up to current specs what I need it for (again im thinking not but I would rather have someone with much more experience looking over it)
April 12, 2012 2:54:35 AM

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1. IS the psu i picked out enough to hold up to my power needs (im sure it is) but if i add another radeon 6850 in sli will it still be enough??


Not sure if it'll be enough for two but it will definitely be enough for a single.

Quote:
2. and if I do put 2 radeon 6850 in sli am i going to be bottlenecking anything?


That depends if you're going to do two initially or long term. If long term that's a possibility - initially no. But if you're paying the money for two initially go for a single Radeon 7870.

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3. i am gonna need wireless accesibility with my desktop so is it better to purchase a dongle or go with a wireless card to use up one of my pci slots? and if it would be worth purchasing a wifi card could someone point me torwards a good manufacturer.


You can use either or. If you're going to use a dongle just make sure you get one where the antenna doesn't fall off.

Quote:
4. is there any parts i have chosen that are out dated or rather not up to current specs what I need it for (again im thinking not but I would rather have someone with much more experience looking over it)


Nope. Everything looks good to me.
April 12, 2012 4:10:43 AM

I would go 750+ on the PSU so your sure to have enough for the future. Just figure your PSU degrades up to 10% every year. (Better the quality, the less they degrade)

Outside of that it looks good.
Oh, for your wireless,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20 bucks and done. I've literally sold hundreds of these.
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April 12, 2012 12:11:41 PM

g-unit1111 said:


That depends if you're going to do two initially or long term. If long term that's a possibility - initially no. But if you're paying the money for two initially go for a single Radeon 7870.

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no I was not going to initially i was going to do it if the gpu i picked couldnt handle the video requirements, but that brings me to the other side should i just use one and wait till i have the money to get a better cards? or would just putting them in SLI be just as good?


I've been looking though new PSU's and this is what i have found in the 750 range......

Corsair CMPSU 750w silver cert
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Professional HX750 silver cert
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Entusiast series TX750 Bronze cert
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Im kinda leaning torwards the Professional series because of the modular connectivity. Yes, I'm a neat freak, but what do you guys think would be the better buy on a PSU or if you have a recommendation im always open to suggestion
April 12, 2012 4:53:05 PM

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no I was not going to initially i was going to do it if the gpu i picked couldnt handle the video requirements, but that brings me to the other side should i just use one and wait till i have the money to get a better cards? or would just putting them in SLI be just as good?


It's always better to have a single stronger GPU than it is to have two weaker ones.

Quote:
Im kinda leaning torwards the Professional series because of the modular connectivity. Yes, I'm a neat freak, but what do you guys think would be the better buy on a PSU or if you have a recommendation im always open to suggestion


It's kind of a myth that less cables in your system makes it look cleaner but it's all in having a case with good cable management and with the right ties you can make even the biggest PSU like the one I have look like there's nothing there. I'd personally go for the non modular but that's my opinion.
April 12, 2012 9:41:23 PM

ol3lazeo said:
1. IS the psu i picked out enough to hold up to my power needs (im sure it is) but if i add another radeon 6850 in sli will it still be enough??

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...
Shows a system using an i7-920 (more power hungry than Sandy Bridge) and two stock 6850s drawing 423W at the wall under Furmark. So yes a high quality 650W PSU is plenty for a system with two 6850s.

The term for doubling up AMD graphics cards is Crossfire btw.

ol3lazeo said:
I've been looking though new PSU's and this is what i have found in the 750 range......

Corsair CMPSU 750w silver cert
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Professional HX750 silver cert
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Entusiast series TX750 Bronze cert
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Im kinda leaning torwards the Professional series because of the modular connectivity. Yes, I'm a neat freak, but what do you guys think would be the better buy on a PSU or if you have a recommendation im always open to suggestion

Discard the first link as that is an old and outdated unit, which has been replaced by the unit in the third link.

If you are going to buy the HX 750W get it cheaper here ($140):
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-750-Watt-Cer...

Although for the same price I personally would buy this:
NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140
http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power-Supply-Modular-HALE9...

g-unit1111 said:
It's kind of a myth that less cables in your system makes it look cleaner but it's all in having a case with good cable management and with the right ties you can make even the biggest PSU like the one I have look like there's nothing there. I'd personally go for the non modular but that's my opinion.

The NZXT Phantom (presumably not the Phantom 410) that he has is an excellent case for cable management. If there's any case that can deal with a non-modular PSU it is the NZXT Phantom.
April 13, 2012 1:58:04 AM

Silvune said:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...
Shows a system using an i7-920 (more power hungry than Sandy Bridge) and two stock 6850s drawing 423W at the wall under Furmark. So yes a high quality 650W PSU is plenty for a system with two 6850s.

The term for doubling up AMD graphics cards is Crossfire btw.


Discard the first link as that is an old and outdated unit, which has been replaced by the unit in the third link.

If you are going to buy the HX 750W get it cheaper here ($140):
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-750-Watt-Cer...

Although for the same price I personally would buy this:
NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140
http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power-Supply-Modular-HALE9...


The NZXT Phantom (presumably not the Phantom 410) that he has is an excellent case for cable management. If there's any case that can deal with a non-modular PSU it is the NZXT Phantom.


I'm in no way shape or form knocking the Phantom - its one of the best cases on the market for that reason. What I am saying is that how you route your cables will make all the difference in how your system's air flows versus how many cables you have in your system.
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