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Hey guys,

I am upgrading from my 4 year old PC and since Bulldozer didn't really achieve what I had hoped, I threw a SB 2500K build together. Could you guys please help out a first timer and give me a few pointers?

A few things:
  • I plan on using this computer almost exclusively for gaming.
  • I have 2x 750GB Caviar Blacks and a SATA disk drive, so they aren't included in the newegg wishlist.
  • I plan on eventually (within a year or so) getting a second 6970. (Is 750W going to be enough?)
  • I don't want to spend much more than $1200.
  • I am very interested in learning how to overclock, so please keep that in mind.

I will more than likely be buying from Newegg unless you guys can enlighten me!

-=Faildozer Made me Do it!=-

Case: NZXT Phantom (White)
CPU: SB i5-2500K
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
CPU Cooling: Corsair A40
GPU: MSI 6970 Lightning
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600MHz
PSU: NZXT Hale90 750W
TIM: Gelid Extreme Thermal Compound

Total (with some fans to fill out the Phantom) = $1,169.89


Again, I have my own HDDs and Disc Drive.
    
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post #2 of 9
Looks great, and 750w will be plenty.
post #3 of 9
Get a SDD maybe a M4.
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Get a SDD maybe a M4.
Adding an SSD is another $100 that I'm not really willing to spend. Is it really worth it?
    
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2500K ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) MSI 6970 Lightning 8GB Corsair 1600 LP 
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post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by zackadavis View Post
Hey guys,

I am upgrading from my 4 year old PC and since Bulldozer didn't really achieve what I had hoped, I threw a SB 2500K build together. Could you guys please help out a first timer and give me a few pointers?

A few things:
  • I plan on using this computer almost exclusively for gaming.
  • I have 2x 750GB Caviar Blacks and a SATA disk drive, so they aren't included in the newegg wishlist.
  • I plan on eventually (within a year or so) getting a second 6970. (Is 750W going to be enough?)
  • I don't want to spend much more than $1200.
  • I am very interested in learning how to overclock, so please keep that in mind.

I will more than likely be buying from Newegg unless you guys can enlighten me!

-=Faildozer Made me Do it!=-

Case: NZXT Phantom (White)
CPU: SB i5-2500K
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
CPU Cooling: Corsair A40
GPU: MSI 6970 Lightning
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600MHz
PSU: NZXT Hale90 750W
TIM: Gelid Extreme Thermal Compound

Total (with some fans to fill out the Phantom) = $1,169.89


Again, I have my own HDDs and Disc Drive.

750 watts "should" be fine for running X-fire with 6970s BUT 800-850 watt PWR Supply wouldnt hurt since you plan on overclocking.

Do you plan on running Raid 0 with the 2 current HDDs?
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Originally Posted by zackadavis View Post
Adding an SSD is another $100 that I'm not really willing to spend. Is it really worth it?
If you're going to overclock then yes. Otherwise all of the blood, sweat and tears poured into overclocking will be somewhat bottle-necked by your hard drive(s). SSD's make a pretty big difference and it's worth it.
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Originally Posted by Bugs View Post
750 watts "should" be fine for running X-fire with 6970s BUT 800-850 watt PWR Supply wouldnt hurt since you plan on overclocking.

Do you plan on running Raid 0 with the 2 current HDDs?
Yeah, I plan on putting them into Raid 0. Would that help with needing to buy a SSD or not? I was really split between the 750W and 850W models of the Hale90 series. I like them because they have longer cables so even a first timer like myself could put everything together in a full ATX case.

What does "should" mean? Would it be smarter to go with the 850W or some other 800W?
    
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post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by in_flames09 View Post
If you're going to overclock then yes. Otherwise all of the blood, sweat and tears poured into overclocking will be somewhat bottle-necked by your hard drive(s). SSD's make a pretty big difference and it's worth it.
I never really thought about the HDDs bottlenecking the overclock at all! Looks like I may have to add it later then. I don't plan on overclocking immediately because I'm a bit scared. By the time I actually do, I will grab a SSD.
    
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I saw a dramatic decrease in the time it took to load a game or install a program when running raid 0 with 2 HDDs.
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