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Would This Work
08-16-2011, 02:52 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-16-2011, 03:04 AM by Larriman.)
#1
Question  Would This Work
Hi i am building my first ever pc and i was wondering if this would work.
Any suggested changes would also be helpful.

EDIT: I would also like tips on how to make it quiet or where to get quieter parts

CPU: Intel i7 2600 3.4GHz 95W - possible upgrade to the 2600k for Over-clocking

CPU Cooler: Don't know much about these so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Case: Cooler Master HAF X (RC-942-KKNI)

Power Supply: Antec HCG 750W SLI/CF/80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 4 P67 Gen3

RAM: Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz

Video Card: 2 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB in crossfire

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s

ODD: ASUS SATA 24x DVD Burner

Cooling: Cooler Master 120mm red LED case fan (R4-L2R-20CR-GP)

Sound: Intergrated

Network: Intergrated

I am planning on doing 1080p video rendering, 3d modelling, and running games like Crysis 2 with Hi-Res textures at at least 70fps on a screen resolution of 1920x1200, would this do it?

I have a max budget of $1600 thanks in advance - Larriman
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08-16-2011, 01:25 PM,
#2
RE: Would This Work
(08-16-2011, 02:52 AM)Larriman Wrote: Hi i am building my first ever pc and i was wondering if this would work.
Any suggested changes would also be helpful.

EDIT: I would also like tips on how to make it quiet or where to get quieter parts

CPU: Intel i7 2600 3.4GHz 95W - possible upgrade to the 2600k for Over-clocking

CPU Cooler: Don't know much about these so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Case: Cooler Master HAF X (RC-942-KKNI)

Power Supply: Antec HCG 750W SLI/CF/80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 4 P67 Gen3

RAM: Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz

Video Card: 2 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB in crossfire

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s

ODD: ASUS SATA 24x DVD Burner

Cooling: Cooler Master 120mm red LED case fan (R4-L2R-20CR-GP)

Sound: Intergrated

Network: Intergrated

I am planning on doing 1080p video rendering, 3d modelling, and running games like Crysis 2 with Hi-Res textures at at least 70fps on a screen resolution of 1920x1200, would this do it?

I have a max budget of $1600 thanks in advance - Larriman

Since some of your requirements depend entirely on the monitor, you'll need to let us know what you're using. Quite a nice setup, however, you can get quite a significant performance boost by loading the OS onto a solid state drive. You're spending a LOT on GPU. My suggestion would be to trade on for a SSD, and get the second for crossfire in a year or so after prices come down more. While the crossfire 6950's definitely have the sweet spot for price/performance, spending a third of your build on GPU's alone can cause performance bottlenecks elsewhere (like the hard drive). Without knowing what kind of monitor you have, it's unlikely to be a 1920x1200 unless it's a much older 24"+ or very expensive new one. 1920x1200 has unfortunately fallen in popularity with manufacturers, and for every 100 monitors you find running 1920x1080, you might find 7 that run 1920x1200.

I find the 2600 a very hard sell, to be honest, for your price point, and would recommend the 2500K. The one advantage the 2600 has is the larger cache, which makes a difference, but upgrading a CPU is going to be much easier than upgrading your boot hard drive (in my opinion, anyway), and I think you'll find a much larger performance benefit taking $100 off the CPU (and get the 2500 or 2500K) and putting it towards even a basic SSD.

Food for thought...
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08-16-2011, 02:04 PM,
#3
RE: Would This Work
Looks good!
I see that you cut the SSD out for other parts. I would go with the K series if you are gonna buy that kind of processor. The silver arrow would be good. Don't get the haf series if you are worried about noise level.

Take a look at this case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6811163154

In the other hand, you could buy better fans (which are fairly expensive) and a fan controller.
Laptop: MacBook Pro 13"
Case: Drawer turned to case CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 CPU Cooler: Stock brah GPU: EVGA GTX 460 HDD: Corsair Nova 32GB Motherboard: GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Z68 RAM: Ripjaw 8GB 1600 Optical Drive: Don't need PSU: 620W Antec Neo ECO. Operating System: OS X Lion/ Windows 7x64
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08-16-2011, 04:12 PM,
#4
RE: Would This Work
My HAF is pretty quiet. HAFs aren't that loud actually. The fans are big and thus don't spin very fast in order to move a massive amount of air. Cooler Master fans are also relatively quiet.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-16-2011, 05:50 PM,
#5
RE: Would This Work
(08-16-2011, 01:25 PM)Jorgisven Wrote:
(08-16-2011, 02:52 AM)Larriman Wrote: Hi i am building my first ever pc and i was wondering if this would work.
Any suggested changes would also be helpful.

EDIT: I would also like tips on how to make it quiet or where to get quieter parts

CPU: Intel i7 2600 3.4GHz 95W - possible upgrade to the 2600k for Over-clocking

CPU Cooler: Don't know much about these so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Case: Cooler Master HAF X (RC-942-KKNI)

Power Supply: Antec HCG 750W SLI/CF/80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 4 P67 Gen3

RAM: Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz

Video Card: 2 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB in crossfire

HDD: Samsung F3 1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s

ODD: ASUS SATA 24x DVD Burner

Cooling: Cooler Master 120mm red LED case fan (R4-L2R-20CR-GP)

Sound: Intergrated

Network: Intergrated

I am planning on doing 1080p video rendering, 3d modelling, and running games like Crysis 2 with Hi-Res textures at at least 70fps on a screen resolution of 1920x1200, would this do it?

I have a max budget of $1600 thanks in advance - Larriman

Since some of your requirements depend entirely on the monitor, you'll need to let us know what you're using. Quite a nice setup, however, you can get quite a significant performance boost by loading the OS onto a solid state drive. You're spending a LOT on GPU. My suggestion would be to trade on for a SSD, and get the second for crossfire in a year or so after prices come down more. While the crossfire 6950's definitely have the sweet spot for price/performance, spending a third of your build on GPU's alone can cause performance bottlenecks elsewhere (like the hard drive). Without knowing what kind of monitor you have, it's unlikely to be a 1920x1200 unless it's a much older 24"+ or very expensive new one. 1920x1200 has unfortunately fallen in popularity with manufacturers, and for every 100 monitors you find running 1920x1080, you might find 7 that run 1920x1200.

I find the 2600 a very hard sell, to be honest, for your price point, and would recommend the 2500K. The one advantage the 2600 has is the larger cache, which makes a difference, but upgrading a CPU is going to be much easier than upgrading your boot hard drive (in my opinion, anyway), and I think you'll find a much larger performance benefit taking $100 off the CPU (and get the 2500 or 2500K) and putting it towards even a basic SSD.

Food for thought...

Thanks for your input iam am planning on using an apple LED cinema display,
i am going for the 2600 series for the hyper threading with video conversions
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08-16-2011, 05:52 PM,
#6
RE: Would This Work
A Dell UltraSharp 27" is about the same price but is a better display.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-16-2011, 08:44 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-16-2011, 09:33 PM by Larriman.)
#7
RE: Would This Work
(08-16-2011, 05:52 PM)Brian Wrote: A Dell UltraSharp 27" is about the same price but is a better display.

I already have the display from my dads old computer
I found this SSD for $89

OCZ Solid 3 Series 2.5in SATA III Solid State Drive, 60GB

Has anyone used this or know anything about it?
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08-17-2011, 09:21 AM,
#8
RE: Would This Work
Never experienced it myself but I heard OCZ SSD will crap out on you. I own a corsair and it has been running great for almost a year now.
Laptop: MacBook Pro 13"
Case: Drawer turned to case CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 CPU Cooler: Stock brah GPU: EVGA GTX 460 HDD: Corsair Nova 32GB Motherboard: GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Z68 RAM: Ripjaw 8GB 1600 Optical Drive: Don't need PSU: 620W Antec Neo ECO. Operating System: OS X Lion/ Windows 7x64
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08-17-2011, 10:08 AM,
#9
RE: Would This Work
(08-17-2011, 09:21 AM)van13330gg Wrote: Never experienced it myself but I heard OCZ SSD will crap out on you. I own a corsair and it has been running great for almost a year now.

Ok thanks
Does anyone know where I can get a FAST SSD for <$100
Any help would be greatly appeciated


Ps: turns out I can't use the cinema display and instead will be using a Dell ultrasharp 24" 1920x1200. Thanks for putting me on to those BrianSmile
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08-17-2011, 11:44 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-17-2011, 11:44 AM by van13330gg.)
#10
RE: Would This Work
If you really really want an ssd for that price then buy this. It's a little over budget but worth it.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/74...0_2_5.html

I would save up for better SSD or go with two Samsung f3 in raid 0.
Laptop: MacBook Pro 13"
Case: Drawer turned to case CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 CPU Cooler: Stock brah GPU: EVGA GTX 460 HDD: Corsair Nova 32GB Motherboard: GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Z68 RAM: Ripjaw 8GB 1600 Optical Drive: Don't need PSU: 620W Antec Neo ECO. Operating System: OS X Lion/ Windows 7x64
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