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First Build: Help ^_^
09-04-2011, 12:27 AM,
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First Build: Help ^_^
i want to build my first computer and reading this site has me convinced. after looking into what i want ive got a pretty good idea, but i want to make sure all of this is going to work. this is what i have in mind:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4-3.8GHz Turbo Unlocked Multiplier

Motherboard: ASRock Extreme 4 P67 Gen3

RAM: Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz

GPU: Two Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB in Crossfire

Storage: Crucial M4 2.5″ 64GB SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD)
&
Samsung F3 1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s

Drive: ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner

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

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced 3x230mm 1x140mm

Cooling: Silverstone 2Ball .8k-2.4kRPM 110CFM 17-40dBA fan contr.

i'm estimating this will cost around 1300.
are these parts compatible>? any suggestions or recommendations?
also: what are good 27inch HD LED monitor recommendations?

thanks for the help
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09-04-2011, 06:01 AM,
#2
RE: First Build: Help ^_^
Just looking at the ssd i would have to say that it may be too small. I'm assuming you will be playing games so probably going to have windows, so after installing that the drive will be about 50gbs, leaving you to have 3 or 4 installed games at a time.
You could always go with a z68 motherboard and use the SSD in SSD Caching. Not as good but useful for SSD under 80gb.

16GBs of ram isn't necessary if i have guessed what you want it for but maybe you want to do a bit of video editing on the side.

Another thing could be to forego two hd 6950s and get one hd 6970. Should be cheaper and you can then get another in a year or so when they will be cheaper. Not sure you really need two of those cards for one display. and what you save you can spend on a bigger SSD. Go above 100GB.

CPU: Intel i7 2600k OC 4.2ghz.Cooler: ASUS silent Warrior.Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3.Graphics Card: XiShi HIS 6970 IceQ.RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw DDR3 1600 2x4Gb.SSD: OCZ Solid 3 120Gb.HDD: WD green disk 2TB.PSU: OCZ 850W 80PLUS Gold.Case: Something Chinese, still good.monitors:Samsung B2230H 21.5-inch. LG 42 inch HDTV. All very quiet.
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09-04-2011, 11:34 AM,
#3
RE: First Build: Help ^_^
You don't need that extra Silverstone fan at all. You do need a CPU cooler though, since you have the Core i7 2600K, and to overclock and reach its potential, you're going to need something like the Corsair A70 or CM Hyper 212+.

Monitors: All the good ones are not LED, for some reason. Either get a Dell UltraSharp U2711 as a professional monitor (~$1000) or the Planar 27" (~$300). Those are the highest quality monitors.

@Carlstar, I have to disagree with you entirely. SSD caching is far less effective than using an SSD as a boot drive. You should NOT use SSD caching. Use it as a boot drive.
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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09-04-2011, 01:18 PM,
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RE: First Build: Help ^_^
(09-04-2011, 06:01 AM)carlstar Wrote: 16GBs of ram isn't necessary if i have guessed what you want it for but maybe you want to do a bit of video editing on the side.

Another thing could be to forego two hd 6950s and get one hd 6970. Should be cheaper and you can then get another in a year or so when they will be cheaper. Not sure you really need two of those cards for one display. and what you save you can spend on a bigger SSD. Go above 100GB.
16GB of RAM isn't necessary indeed, however considering how inexpensive RAM is at the moment, it's a good idea to go with 16GB to be future-proof.

Two Radeon HD 6950 in Crossfire is indeed slightly overkill for a 1920 x 1080 monitor, but then again, if you don't want to upgrade for years, it's not a bad idea.


(09-04-2011, 11:34 AM)Brian Wrote: You don't need that extra Silverstone fan at all. You do need a CPU cooler though, since you have the Core i7 2600K, and to overclock and reach its potential, you're going to need something like the Corsair A70 or CM Hyper 212+.


@Carlstar, I have to disagree with you entirely. SSD caching is far less effective than using an SSD as a boot drive. You should NOT use SSD caching. Use it as a boot drive.

You actually do that extra fan to help cool down the two Radeon HD 6950 in Crossfire.

I agree with the CPU Cooler and avoiding SSD caching. I also agree that you should consider a bigger SSD.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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09-04-2011, 08:23 PM,
#5
RE: First Build: Help ^_^
im actually considering reconfiguring for cost. i like the idea of adding another GPU later. i may start with tier 3 and add one hd 6970 (will this GPU work with tier 3 motherboard & potentially a second in the future?), an i7 CPU and 16gb of RAM (it seems like im always needing more). also im assuming the power supply.

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