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post #1 of 20
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Hi, I've recently stumbled onto this forum and noticed people posting their own builds. I'm exactly tech-savvy on computer hardware so I've posted this thread in hopes of having the following specs reviewed.
  • MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO Link (MOBO & CPU)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
  • CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Link
  • GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850 Link
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3 Link
  • PSU: ntec High Current Gamer 520W Link
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Link
  • CASE: Antec Three Hundred Link

My goals are mainly for gaming, whoever I do not care too much for MAX settings, and future proof with the minimal upgrades such as GPU. I'm just looking for the best "bang for buck" rig within a $800-$1000 budget.

If theres any problems whatsoever, any comments/advice/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Edited by akinos - 7/18/11 at 1:53am
post #2 of 20
Welcome to ocn

Very nice rig, Cant really improve on it.

Good all round and the prices are very nice too

Pull the trigger on that rig
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Oh wow! Thanks for the quick reply & friendly welcome

I'm having some second thoughts on some of the parts though.
Should I get the P8P67 instead of the P8P67 PRO? I've read somewhere that the PRO is better suited if I plan to crossfire or sli.

I do not really plan to do so but I might OC sometime in the future, depending on the game or activity. Does this change anything in the current setup?
post #4 of 20
I'm not familiar with Canadian prices... Seems like you get a lot less for your money. If you lived in the US I'd point you to the deals.

Through the technique of buying Newegg open boxes and a refurbished video card, my rig only cost ~$820 USD.

Yes, if you want to overclock and to do Crossfire, stick with the Pro.
As far as the HDD, I'd highly recommend against the 7200.12. Go with a 1TB F3.
Edited by aaronmonto - 7/17/11 at 4:31pm
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I would get a 6950, its worth the extra money and will fit your budget if you buy used or open box. Also get a Samsung f3 instead of the seagate and get a CM HAF 912 or Lancool K58 instead of the Antec 300. Its much easier to manage ur cables with than with the Antec and cost about the same price.
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post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by aaronmonto View Post
I'm not familiar with Canadian prices... Seems like you get a lot less for your money. If you lived in the US I'd point you to the deals.

Through the technique of buying Newegg open boxes and a refurbished video card, my rig only cost ~$820 USD.

Yes, if you want to overclock and to do Crossfire, stick with the Pro.
As far as the HDD, I'd highly recommend against the 7200.12. Go with a 1TB F3.
Hopefully I could wait a little for some upcoming deals on NCIX.

Is there any specific reason and/or difference for the HDD change though? I'd like to learn a little with computer hardware rather than get spoonfed. xD
post #7 of 20
Get the cooler from NCIX. Newegg continues to rip people off with that CM Hyper 212+:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=41337&...e=COOLERMASTER

I myself would much rather suggest a Samsung F3 1TB drive, but that Seagate is going for pretty cheap.
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post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by akinos View Post
Hopefully I could wait a little for some upcoming deals on NCIX.

Is there any specific reason and/or difference for the HDD change though? I'd like to learn a little with computer hardware rather than get spoonfed. xD
Well, not only does the Seagate have poor user reviews, especially later on down the road, but it's unreliable. I own 2; both have been slowly failing for the past 1.5 years. Sometimes I need to shake one before it will read my MBR.

The 1TB F3 is VERY reliable, however. It's pretty much the go-to 1TB drive for builds around here. It's actually slightly slower than the 7200.12, but I've owned 12 and they've never faltered.
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post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by T3chAdd1ct View Post
I would get a 6950, its worth the extra money and will fit your budget if you buy used or open box. Also get a Samsung f3 instead of the seagate and get a CM HAF 912 or Lancool K58 instead of the Antec 300. Its much easier to manage ur cables with than with the Antec and cost about the same price.
I'll take the 6950 into consideration however the cost is a little expensive. :S
Hopefully, I might be able to sell the game that comes with this deal (Link) to cut down the price. However, is the card really worth it if I dont plan on playing games like Crysis 2 on max settings?

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Originally Posted by Tig Ol Bitties View Post
Get the cooler from NCIX. Newegg continues to rip people off with that CM Hyper 212+:
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=41337&...e=COOLERMASTER

I myself would much rather suggest a Samsung F3 1TB drive, but that Seagate is going for pretty cheap.
Oh wow, thank you for the heads-up on the CPU cooler! Saved me a few bucks. +1

Quote:
Originally Posted by aaronmonto View Post
Well, not only does the Seagate have poor user reviews, especially later on down the road, but it's unreliable. I own 2; both have been slowly failing for the past 1.5 years. Sometimes I need to shake one before it will read my MBR.

The 1TB F3 is VERY reliable, however. It's pretty much the go-to 1TB drive for builds around here. It's actually slightly slower than the 7200.12, but I've owned 12 and they've never faltered.
I should start doing my research a lot more thoroughly. The reviews on NCIX seemed positive though. Thanks for that!
Edited by akinos - 7/17/11 at 5:38pm
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Originally Posted by akinos View Post
  • MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO Link (MOBO & CPU)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
  • CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Link
  • GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6850 Link
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3 Link
  • PSU: ntec High Current Gamer 520W Link
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Link
  • CASE: Antec Three Hundred Link
Anyways need some feedback, would the following parts be a good change to the previous setup:

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 912
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card Link
HDD: Not too sure but I've been seeing a lot of the Samsung F3 that you guys suggested being mentioned around. Might go for one.
PSU: Not quite sure if the current Antec High Current Gamer 520W is enough, the 6950 says it requires 500W. I've been considering the Xigmatek 600W though, maybe? (Link)

Should I find a cheaper MOBO to reduce the total cost? Seeing as I might not crossfire/SLI any time soon, only OCing for now.
Edited by akinos - 7/18/11 at 1:55am
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