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From what i've read, your original choice in HDD's is a really good drive, and is about half the price of a WD Caviar Black, so i suggest sticking with that...

In regards to PSU's, if you are planning to go Xfire at all in the future, an 850w +80 (Gold/silver rating) PSU would be advisable, but if you aren't planning Xfire, then a 650w should be all you need (+80 Gold/Silver rating)

Cheers,

Ishi
If he plans to add "just" 2 HD6970's in a future, a Corsair HX750 would be more than enough, check my sig rig.

However, if it's only going to be a single HD6970 and never plan to add a 2nd one, then I'd grab a Corsair HX650.

But in my opinion, I would go for a HX750 or even a HX850 just to be future-proof in case some day you start thinking about adding a 2nd GPU.
    
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I see you mentioned video encoding and Photoshop. You would benefit greatly from having 8 gig of ram and a ssd, but if you are not hard core into it then you should be fine. I'm a graphic designer and I don't even run 8 gigs of ram, but the SSD was a really nice bonus for me. It processes everything so much faster, from rendering to opening the extremely large files I sometimes end up with.

But everything else that people have been saying I agree with. Get the 212+ instead, and drop down to 4 gigs of ram. If you want to drop the price a little more so that you can get a better gpu, you can go for the biostar board, I have it and think its great.

Just buy the board that has the features that you are going to use or want. All p67 boards perform about the same, the difference is in the features of the board and nothing really else. So if you are not going to use 4 pci slots, do not buy a board with 4 pci slots. Just get what you need or what you may think you are going to use in the future.
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post #23 of 47
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If he plans to add "just" 2 HD6970's in a future, a Corsair HX750 would be more than enough, check my sig rig.
Good to know...

There are PSU's out there other then Corsair that are just as efficient and cheaper.
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Good to know...

There are PSU's out there other then Corsair that are just as efficient and cheaper.
Well, what I meant was that a 750W is more than enough to power x2 HD6970's even with a good Overclock.

As of PSU's, I'd recommend mainly Corsair, sure there are other brands, but Corsair proved they have the best price/performance PSU's, specially considering how good customer support they have for RMA's.

I wouldn't recommend XFX at all, sure my PSU is as good as the Corsair HX750 (Even better according to reviews) and it is cheaper... BUT! XFX Customer Support is horrible around the World, and that is a big let down for me...

My next PSU will be a Seasonic or Corsair.
    
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Well, what I meant was that a 750W is more than enough to power x2 HD6970's even with a good Overclock.

As of PSU's, I'd recommend mainly Corsair, sure there are other brands, but Corsair proved they have the best price/performance PSU's, specially considering how good customer support they have for RMA's.
I wouldn't recommend XFX at all, sure my PSU is as good as the Corsair HX750 (Even better according to reviews) and it is cheaper... BUT! XFX Customer Support is horrible around the World, and that is a big let down for me...

My next PSU will be a Seasonic or Corsair.
I haven't RMA'd anything previously, so i cant comment of CS for any companies, lol...

Any experience with Silverstone CS? as i just bought the 850w silver.
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I haven't RMA'd anything previously, so i cant comment of CS for any companies, lol...

Any experience with Silverstone CS? as i just bought the 850w silver.
I haven't heard of Silverstone's Customer Support personally, but haven't heard bad about them either.

I heard awful stuff about XFX though, so I will try to evade XFX at all costs in the future, although I must say I am very happy with my XFX 750w Black Edition.
    
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Hey guys, thanks again for all of your advice

Here is the component list that I have come up with:

Computer case: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011444...3_0_Black_Stee
DVD Burner: http://www.shoppingexpress.com.au/bu...ner/DRW-24B1ST
RAM: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140825...3_1600_CL8_1_5
Monitor:

PSU: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040737..._&_EPS12V_
Cooler: http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/133884/C...R-B10-212P.asp
Hard Drive: http://greenboxit.com.au/product_inf...ucts_id=143789
GPU: http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/162568/M...rozr_II_OC.asp
Mobo: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023492...ntel_P67_Expre
CPU: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010218...KB_L2_6MB_L3_C

It’s pretty exciting; I’m really looking forward to building my first computer

A few final questions before I order:

•Is there some way of finding out if all of this will fit in the computer case I choose?
•Is everything compatible?

Thanks so much fellas,

James
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Hey guys, thanks again for all of your advice

Here is the component list that I have come up with:

Computer case: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011444...3_0_Black_Stee
DVD Burner: http://www.shoppingexpress.com.au/bu...ner/DRW-24B1ST
RAM: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140825...3_1600_CL8_1_5
Monitor: Amazon.com: ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Vis) Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with Integrated Stereo Speakers: Computer & Accessories
PSU: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040737..._&_EPS12V_
Cooler: http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/133884/C...R-B10-212P.asp
Hard Drive: http://greenboxit.com.au/product_inf...ucts_id=143789
GPU: http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/162568/M...rozr_II_OC.asp
Mobo: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023492...ntel_P67_Expre
CPU: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010218...KB_L2_6MB_L3_C

It’s pretty exciting; I’m really looking forward to building my first computer

A few final questions before I order:

•Is there some way of finding out if all of this will fit in the computer case I choose?
•Is everything compatible?

Thanks so much fellas,

James
Just an FYI the P68 Chipset is out and it's not a whole lot more.
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post #29 of 47
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Hi everyone,

I’m about to spend up to $1,400 on a custom built computer. I have never built a computer before and know very little about computers in general, but I plan to buy all the parts and pay someone to put them all together.

After doing some research, here is the build I have decided on:

CPU: i5 2500k
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
GPU: Radeon HD 6850
Monitor: 1920x1080 aspect
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Cooling System: ThermalTake Silver Arrow
PSU: Corsair HX850

I would really appreciate your opinions on my selection, especially if you see a way to improve it or if I’ve missed an important component.

Thanks!
James
Its always good to have high wattage psu,but 850watt is completely overkill for your setup.
Get corsair hx750 & change the gpu to a more powerful one like sapphire 6950 2gb,
Here are some important changes:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128493
gigabyte z68x ud3p
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139010
corsair hx750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102928
sapphire hd6950 2gb
Hope you like my suggestion.
Edited by Aniket - 5/16/11 at 11:33pm
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Just an FYI the P68 Chipset is out and it's not a whole lot more.
Is there a difference in performance b/w the two?
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