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post #1 of 10
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I have decided to finally build myself a new rig. I built my first rig when the 8800GTX/Q600 reigned supreme about 5 years ago , and then refused to look at any new computer parts for a few years. Now that I have familiarized myself with all this new technology, I am ready to get myself a new gaming PC for 1080p gaming. Now I just need to hear some criticisms/feedback from the community. Tell me if I forgot any crucial part to because I am quite forgetful.

I would prefer not to spend any more money if I don't have to, unless it is definitely worth it. My main concern is the motherboard because I want to overclock as much as I can. Also, because I'm going to CrossFire, I'm wondering if those Sata ports will get blocked or not. But other than that, feel free to comment!

Already Bought/Own:
Memory: Corsair Dominators $75.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145345

Processor Cooling: Corsair H50 $45.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-010-_-Product

GPU: 2x HD 6870 $400.00 - $40 Rebate = $360
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-357-_-Product

PSU: Ultra X3 1000W Already Owned



LightScribe Optical Drive Already Owned

HDD: Raid 0 2x 250GB Seagate Barracudas Already Owned
Total $520 - $40 = $480


Need to Buy:
Case: Rosewill Cruiser $70.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147145

MSI P67A G43 $130.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130583

SSD: Crucial C300 $237.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148348

Processor: Core i5 2500k $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Total: $662.00

Grant Total: $1142

Edited by Akatsuki No Tobi - 5/6/11 at 11:45pm
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post #2 of 10
Go with two 60 - 64 Gb SSD's and run them in RAID, I'd take a look at the vertex 2 since I believe they run better in RAID.

I'd personally go with an Asus board, Maybe the P8P67 board.

Rest of it looks fine.

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I was considering the Raid Vertex 2s, but I always hear stuff about the loss of TRIM support. I thought the general consensus was that TRIM>RAID 0. Oh and which P8P67 board is good? The price varies from $130 to $250.
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post #4 of 10
All the asus boards are solid overclockers. I'd have a look at this or if you can go the extra buck then this

And even with the loss of TRIM you can use garbage collection programs to resolve this. The benefits of RAID outweigh the loss of TRIM
post #5 of 10
I say don't RAID your drives unless you're willing to do a zero erase whenever the array performance dips to mechanical hard drive levels.

For me, I'd just get an OCZ Vertex 3 and there's more than enough performance in one of those babies, but the price point is higher - and I would survive with TRIM support quite happily.
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i think this will answer ur question

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Pity, I can't see the picture it's blocked by the firewall..
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I have personally have had some headaches due to RAID 0 failures, so I am leaning slightly more for a single SSD, unless the performance is much better. As for the P8P67, is the motherboard itself that much better than the MSI P67A? I am getting this computer for gaming and I would imagine the x16 x8 > x16 x4. Does the P8P67 tend to overclock a lot better?
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i think this will answer ur question

Funny thing is that one of the main reasons why I'm building now is in anticipation of The Old Republic....... and Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Diablo 3...... and oh God I can see me failing next semester of college.
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I was just wondering with Bulldozer around the corner, is it honestly worth the wait? All I ever plan on doing with my computer is gaming, and I was thinking that a 2500k at 4.5+ would last me for at the very least 3 years plus. Anyone have opinions on this?

Edit: Also, does anyone know if I need proof of purchase for the i5 2500k? I'm thinking of buying one used and want to have the option of RMA if I ever need to.
Edited by Akatsuki No Tobi - 5/9/11 at 12:03pm
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