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SandyBridge Build + Eyefinity + Mega FPS, need advice prior to purchase...

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Hey guys, let me know what you think of my current estimated build. I will be using this system for gaming, editing, homework, and browsing. It will be watercooled probably this Fall/Winter after IvyBridge.

CPU: $220 or $315
2500K or 2600K (depending on verdict of GPUs, and whether I should get the lower 2500K and await IvyBridge)

MB: $270
ASRock Z68 Professional GEN3 Fatal1ty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157263

PSU: $200ish, Discontinued. Purchased in Dec of last year.
XFX Black Edition XPS-850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207001

RAM: $150ish, Discontinued. Purchased in Dec of last year.
G.SKILL Trident+ Turbulence II 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

GPU: $270 ($250 AR) or $270 x2 for CF or $370 I really need help deciding on this!!

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161372

HIS IceQ Turbo H697QT2G2M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161382

Monitor: $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236049

Speakers: $135 Need these as my current ones' are fried
Logitech Z623
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121048

Current Total: $1,365 (2500k and 6950s CFed)

The rest of the components I already own (e.g. OS, Fans, HDD, etc)

I'm thinking of going with the 2500K, 6950 CF, opinions and thoughts? Or should I go with 2500K, 6950, 12gb gaming ram at 2133?

Please help. Becoming paranoid the more thought I give this!
Edited by ArmyAl3x - 7/30/11 at 2:40am
post #2 of 7
See if you can get a reference 2Gb 6950 and go in for the unlock.
Since this is an Eyefinity setup, 6950 2Gb if you want a single card.
But performance wise, the two 6950's will serve you very well.
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Get the 2500k.
Ditch the AsRock for an Asus p8p67 motherboard. If you plan to cfx, either pro or deluxe.
Look around OCN marketplace for unlockable 6950's.
Preferably, get a xonar dx if you're serious about sound quality.
Get headphones instead of speakers. jvc rx700 are good.
Monitor is fine.

Edit: Also, what power supply do you have? You should have around 750 watt for cfx 6970/6950 unlock (Including overclocking on everything fairly high)

2nd edit: Only get z68 if you need the quicksync. If so, get one of the p8z68 motherboards.
Edited by gregory121295 - 7/29/11 at 11:41am
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I'm running the z623, I love them. I like my music a bit bass heavy don't worry too much about the mids and highs these speakers are good for rap, hiphop, etc bass heavy stuff. I run a Monster turbine pro copper for the highs and mids as my headset for other music. I just finished my i5-2500k build, but I went gtx570 instead. The i5 runs smooth and fast in all games. The i7 isn't much faster only get it if your applications need hyperthreading. the P and the Z motherboards are only a few dollars apart, I just got the Z cause i thought ssd caching was a bit better than it actually is. 6970 should be beast enough, personally I like to take the better card and if it isn't enough in the future you can always add another one.
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12gb of "gaming" ram is a bit overkill. There are not many (properly coded) multi-threaded 64bit games out there. I have 16gb of memory since I need it for 3D work and after effects.
I've played crysis2(dx11, high-res texture pack) with this setup and It was using about 4 to 5 gb of memory (windows and everything included).

Also...not every 6950 unlocks(properly). It should be seen as a bonus and NOT as a feature . and the Z68 has a few other features which are interesting and ofcourse a slight increase in perf.

so to conclude: two hd6950's will def. do the job and it's great if you could unlock them! If you're planning on OC'ing the gpu's...get 2 6970's.

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Damn I knew I missed some information!

I added my PSU, which if you don't look at the top is a XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W, specs are: +12V Rails - Single, SLI / CrossFire - ready, Modular - Yes, Efficiency - up to 88%, Energy-Efficient - 80 PLUS SILVER Certified, Over Voltage Proection - Yes

and the link for it is here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207001

* I live in Germany, and I don't want to purchase off a forum's classified unless the user has an outstanding track record. I live on a Military installation, so shipping to APO, AE is a must.

* I chose that motherboard for support of IvyBridge when it is released. I want to ensure that some parts of future proofed for a year or so, in case I cannot upgrade until then.

* I can't solely get headphones, which I own a pair Fatal1ty's which provide decent performance. That is why I chose the Z623s. Also, should I purchase a sound card? Will the benefits be greatly? I've never owned one, so I cannot make a sound decision.

* So it comes back to whether I should purchase 6950s CFed, or only 1 6970 and upgrade or purchase another component like a second SSD.

Thanks for the assistance as well.
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