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Hey OCN'ers. My sig rig is the first build I put together and well - I'm selling it to a friend and am looking to create something better. With bulldozer so close to actually coming out - I should probably wait and see how it performs but f it - I've heard too much about how well the SB chips perform. I'm not all to concerned about price because I want to build a stellar rig so - just let me know how it is and where I could improve or change things up.

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (Kind of spendy but I love the look of it, open to recommendations to anything similar.)

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ($60 modular PSU o.O - also, this should be enough in case I ever xfire/sli?)

CPU: i5 2500k

Cooling: NH-D14 (I'm really interested in watercooling but I have no experience with it. Maybe sometime down the road?)

Mobo: Looking to score a Z68X-UD5-B3 off a member here - otherwise open to recommendations.

GPU: I really have no idea, I'm leaning towards a 6970 over a 570 due to vram. But which 6970 - I don't know. Right now I only game at 1080p - but I'm very interested in an eyefinity/surround setup but really... I don't play any games that support eyefinity/surround.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (Case 8, case 9 - does it really matter?)

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 64GB (Never had an SSD - 64GB should be enough to use as a boot drive and put a couple games on right?)

HDD: The ever trusty spinpoint F3 or maybe a 1TB WD Black with sata 6GB - how much faster would that be than the F3?

Optical: I'm debating putting a bluray drive in here but tbh - how often will I ever watch a bluray on my computer?

I think that pretty much covers it all.
Edited by Zakel2 - 10/11/11 at 11:42pm
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Everything looks solid. Although if you want sli or crossfire I would recommend an antec or corsair 800 to 850 watt psu.
also want to correct something. It is 6Gb (gigabit) not 6GB (gigabyte). And yes, it is based on punctuation.
post #3 of 17
everything looks good, i love the 650D biggrin.gif

psu, im a corsair/seasonic guy lol 750 watt would be perfect for sli/crossfire.
Edited by Sean Webster - 10/12/11 at 12:03am
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looks good
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That build looks pretty good, not sure about the PSU though. 64GB should be plenty for OS drive and a couple of games. For the mechanical HDD's I don't think you will see a difference between 3-6Gb/s.
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post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Zakel2;15272368 
Hey OCN'ers. My sig rig is the first build I put together and well - I'm selling it to a friend and am looking to create something better. With bulldozer so close to actually coming out - I should probably wait and see how it performs but f it - I've heard too much about how well the SB chips perform. I'm not all to concerned about price because I want to build a stellar rig so - just let me know how it is and where I could improve or change things up.

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (Kind of spendy but I love the look of it, open to recommendations to anything similar.)

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ($60 modular PSU o.O - also, this should be enough in case I ever xfire/sli?)

CPU: i5 2500k

Cooling: NH-D14 (I'm really interested in watercooling but I have no experience with it. Maybe sometime down the road?)

Mobo: Looking to score a Z68X-UD5-B3 off a member here - otherwise open to recommendations.

GPU: I really have no idea, I'm leaning towards a 6970 over a 570 due to vram. But which 6970 - I don't know. Right now I only game at 1080p - but I'm very interested in an eyefinity/surround setup but really... I don't play any games that support eyefinity/surround.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (Case 8, case 9 - does it really matter?)

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 64GB (Never had an SSD - 64GB should be enough to use as a boot drive and put a couple games on right?)

HDD: The ever trusty spinpoint F3 or maybe a 1TB WD Black with sata 6GB - how much faster would that be than the F3?

Optical: I'm debating putting a bluray drive in here but tbh - how often will I ever watch a bluray on my computer?

I think that pretty much covers it all.



Well the 6950 are stellar cards, the 570 is faster. (that is if you keep it a 6950). But the only way you can use eyefinity (3 or more) monitors is if you do a CF setup, and i REALLY advise against CF/SLI

Another question for ya, what is your budget so we can expand or retract on what you have
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post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Paratrooper1n0;15272439 
Everything looks solid. Although if you want sli or crossfire I would recommend an antec or corsair 800 to 850 watt psu.
also want to correct something. It is 6Gb (gigabit) not 6GB (gigabyte). And yes, it is based on punctuation.

Even if you were going to SLI 580s a 750w would still be more then enough, 800 and 850 are way to much (tri SLI and quad rigs)
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Yea... Bulldozer is actually out, but it aint pretty. I wouldnt spend the premium on a BD player. I personally dont like the design on the 650d, but much rather prefer the Fractal Define R3 design much better, if you are looking for a simplistic design, or the Carbide 500r White which is better for air cooling.

I would get a 6970 Lightning (very long card tho). I am not too sure if 700W is enough for CFX 6970. A 750W would be borderline as the 6970/570 uses just slightly less power than a 580 which uses 850W for SLI borderline.
    
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Originally Posted by inchy97;15272509 
Even if you were going to SLI 580s a 750w would still be more then enough, 800 and 850 are way to much (tri SLI and quad rigs)

No offence but you are pretty ignorant. As a 1200 watt antec high current pro is recommended for quad of high end gpus.
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Originally Posted by Paratrooper1n0;15272588 
No offence but you are pretty ignorant. As a 1200 watt antec high current pro is recommended for quad.

i apologize i meant to say 800 to 850 and UP

Yes if you are running a QUAD your going to need alot more, then 850
Edited by inchy97 - 10/12/11 at 12:01am
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