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Hi,

My name is Ben. Some of you may remember that I posted a build that I was going to do about 2 monthes ago. Stuff happened and I couldnt, so sorry about that. But now I have the opportunity again, and luckily for me, I had to change everything in my build because of advancements in the past 2 monthes. I hate progress....

So this is Build v2. This PC is going to be used for Gaming and Browsing. No CAD, no editing, nothing hard. Just Gaming.

So here are the components. Please keep in mind this is a complete build. Like I want to order this, go buy a desk, go buy a chair, and game. So if you
see anything I am missing (a cable, etc.) please tell me. Thank you



Sound Card:
Asus Xonar DX---$90
Newegg.com - ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card


Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 ---$90
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


Case:
COOLER MASTER Elite 430---$50
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

Grapics Cards:
2x_____SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit---$360
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


Surge Protector:
APC P74 4 Feet 7 Outlets---$10
Newegg.com - APC P74 4 Feet 7 Outlets 490 Power Surge Protector


Mouse Pad:
XTRAC PADS RIPPER XL Optical---$17
Newegg.com - XTRAC PADS RIPPER XL Optical Mouse pad


Power Supply:
XFX Core Edition PRO850W---$120
Newegg.com - XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition---$120
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX


RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 ~1600 mHz Cas 8~ Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM---$50
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM


Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal OEM---$65
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Keyboard:
Logitech G110---$60
Newegg.com - Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard


Monitor:
HP LA2405wg 24" 5ms 1920x1200---$280
Newegg.com - HP LA2405wg Black / Silver 24" 5ms Height/Pivot/Swivel adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 3000:1(1000:1)


Mouse:
RAZER DeathAdder---$50
Newegg.com - RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor


Headphones:
JVC HA-RX700---$40
Newegg.com - JVC HA-RX700 3.5mm/ 6.3mm Connector Circumaural Full-Size Headphone


Optical Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner OEM---$20
Newegg.com - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners


Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM---$100
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems


Game:
Battlefield Bad Company 2---$18
Newegg.com - Battlefield Bad Company 2 PC Game EA


Thermal Paste:
Artic Silver 5 OEM---$12
Newegg.com - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease


Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier:
Arctic Silver ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET) Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier OEM---$10
Newegg.com - Arctic Silver ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET) Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier - Thermal Compound / Grease


Case Fans:
1) COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan Pack (4)---$15
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan

2) MASSCOOL FDC12025S1L 120mm Case Fan---$8
Newegg.com - MASSCOOL FDC12025S1L 120mm Case Fan


CPU Heatsink:
XIGMATEK **** SD1283---$30
Newegg.com - XIGMATEK **** SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible


Mic:
DCT Factory MIC---$10
Newegg.com - DCT Factory MIC-48B Black 3.5mm Connector Microphone


Anti-Static Wristband:
Rosewill RTK-002---$5
Newegg.com - Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap


Some concerns I had were:

1) RAM is not on Gigabytes QVL. Am I ok?

2) I like the spacing on the mobo. If you use the link, and expand the third photo, zoom in on the PCI slots, and you will see the x16 slots have 2 slots in between them instead of the usual one. I heard that the UD5 is cramped, and not good for CF. Spending a large portion of my budget on the GPUs, I want to make sure they will not overheat and be ready for overclocking. Please offer some insight on this, as it is one of my chief concerns.

3) This also applies to the mobo and its spacing, except it isthe sound card this time. I had originally went with a Xonar DG, which is PCI. Unfortunately, I really want the 990 chipset, and with Crossfire on any of them, it blocks the one and only PCI slot. So I upgraded to PCIx1 with the Xonar DX, which is $60 more. I would want to put it on the PCIx1 slot up farthest on the board, right above the first x16 slot. My concern here is the heat from the GPU affecting the Xonar, and the sound card not being able to fit because of either the GPU in the slot right below it or the North Bridge Cooler next to it. The UD3's big brother, the UD5, has an issue with this. The topmost PCIx1 is useless because of the size of the North Bridge heatsink, literally useless.

4) I am comparing my 24 in. 1200p vs the 27 in. 1080p's in its price range.
Any insight on this?

5) The 955 on 3.9-4.1 gHz should have no problem pushing the 6870's in Crossfire, correct?

6) I know for sure I want to do 6870's in Crossfire, but I want to stick with a good brand. I don't know alot about good AMD GPU brands, except for Sapphire. So any other brands that are good, please tell me
Basically, is this the best brand/model of 6870 I can get as far as bang for buck?

7) On the motherboard, I really want to stick with the AMD 990 chipset because of CF and SLI support, as well as AM3+, OCing ability, multiple PCI-e slots for expandability, ect. etc. However, if you have another chipset/board I should look at please comment
Especially if it can do Crossfire and still have a PCI open, while maintaining good spacing


Please comment on, advise on, or even bash anything in my build. If something pops into your head, please tell me

Thanks for the help!



Build is $1720 shipped, and $1620 after MIR
post #2 of 7
Looks perfect
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you.
post #4 of 7
24" 1200p has higher pixel density/dpi than 27" 1080p, you'll notice it if you care about that kind of thing.

99% Isopropyl Alcohol is just as good as any TIM remover, they are unnecessary, so is the anti-static strap, just ground yourself, touching the metal of a PC case thats plugged in does well.

And that mouse pad is all wrong! Totally incompatible with that RAM
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you.


On the topic of the monitor, I have found a 28 in. 1200p, for 10 bucks less than my 24. It is 83 PPI, where the 24" is 94.

Here is the link to my other thread.

http://www.overclock.net/monitors-di...-monitors.html

Thank again
post #6 of 7
I can't believe you are buying the operating system. Waste of $100 dollars.

And No I do not endorse Pirated material, but the 30 day windows trial can be reset so its completely legal.

30days x4. and do it again. So much better than $100 dollars really.
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Phenom II X6 1100T GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 XFX Radeon HD 6870 Mushkin Blackline 
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive Corsair H60 Windows 8 Developer Preview 64bit 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda 500GB LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive Corsair H60 Windows 8 Developer Preview 64bit 
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ASUS MS246 1920x1080 iRocks RF-6570 Antec HCG-520 LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W 
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I would rather not completely reinstall my OS every month.

Thank you though
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