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Hello,

I'm looking to upgrade my current computer. You can see my current specs in my profile, here is my parts choice :

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

Noctua NH-D14 LGA1155/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan

Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) Z68 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI DVI HDMI USB3 SLI SATA3 *IR-$11*

Diamond Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI 2XMINI Display Port PCI-E Video Card
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.


So, I'm planning to add a second Radeon HD 6950. My sapphire is pretty much a reference card and I was looking for a similar one. Here is the Sapphire model : http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1041&pid=1021&psn=&lid=1&leg=0

I'm playing at 1920x1200, doing some minor photo editing in Photoshop and everydays tasks (emails, webbrowsing, etc ..).

Any advices ?
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post #2 of 11
looks great but if u want to do any real overclocking i would reccomend picking up a rasa 240 kit and water cooling great price for performance i spent 130
and i get 62 max temps at 5ghz 29 idle so easy to do also
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Looks great, but y so much ram?
Also, just curious. Is there a reason why you can't wait until next year?
    
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post #4 of 11
Looks like a pretty nice setup, and you'll be able to use your existing PSU. My only recommendation would be an SSD boot drive.

Also, the bonus of have 16GB of RAM that you may not ever fully utilize is that you can create a 4gb RAMDISK from the available system memory and put it towards Photoshops "Scratch Disk". This will increase performance a fair bit, as well.
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post #5 of 11
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I'm currently using 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz G.skill RAM. Would it works with this setup ?
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post #6 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by crimsQn;15354788 
Looks great, but y so much ram?
Also, just curious. Is there a reason why you can't wait until next year?

I currently have 8GB and I was looking to upgrade to 16GB.

I have some FPS drop in games like Rift, SWTOR (Beta) and I want to play at max settings @ 1920x1200 to BF3. That's why I'm looking to upgrade now and the new LGA2011 socket CPUs are going to be too expensive. Adding a second 6950 is also a cheaper solution for me than buying a GTX 580 or a more expensive video card.
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Samsung EVO 850 250GB Corsair H115i with 2x ML140 Windows 10 BenQ XL2720Z 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung EVO 850 250GB Corsair H115i with 2x ML140 Windows 10 BenQ XL2720Z 
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phixit;15355218 
I'm currently using 8GB of DDR3 1333MHz G.skill RAM. Would it works with this setup ?

yes 8 gb is all you need. save the money on the ram for now.

you got the CM 212+. Work with that for now, its an excellent cooler, if it has the power to cool a AMD X4 965 BE, it will do well on a i5-2500k as it has lower power draw hence less heat when OC. I have seen many people using the CM 212+ and got great results. I am sure you can easily hit 4.2-4.5 ghz using that cooler, why blow another $80 buxs on the Noctua?

Also do you really need z68 board? the p67 is pretty much the same except for a couple features you might not need. This one cost less and will OC just as good:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128478

try to look for combos here and there on newegg.com and save more money

money saved put it towards a SSD. It will really increase your productivity in photoshop. remember you dont need a big SSD. I m not sure how big photoshop is, but i m sure you can put a Windows 7 and photoshop onto one 60 gb SSD, and just have your files saved on a HDD. With such a powerful computer you building, the HDD is your limiting factor for your photoshop stuff.
Edited by mcc21 - 10/18/11 at 10:18am
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post #8 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mcc21;15355338 
yes 8 gb is all you need. save the money on the ram for now.

you got the CM 212+. Work with that for now, its an excellent cooler, if it has the power to cool a AMD X4 965 BE, it will do well on a i5-2500k as it has lower power draw hence less heat when OC. I have seen many people using the CM 212+ and got great results. I am sure you can easily hit 4.2-4.5 ghz using that cooler, why blow another $80 buxs on the Noctua?

Also do you really need z68 board? the p67 is pretty much the same except for a couple features you might not need. This one cost less and will OC just as good:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128478

try to look for combos here and there on newegg.com and save more money

money saved put it towards a SSD. It will really increase your productivity in photoshop. remember you dont need a big SSD. I m not sure how big photoshop is, but i m sure you can put a Windows 7 and photoshop onto one 60 gb SSD, and just have your files saved on a HDD. With such a powerful computer you building, the HDD is your limiting factor for your photoshop stuff.

Wow ! eek.gif

Kind of advices I needed before buying my parts. Thanks a lot !

I'll maybe stick with the MSI mobo tho.
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Samsung EVO 850 250GB Corsair H115i with 2x ML140 Windows 10 BenQ XL2720Z 
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post #9 of 11
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So, P67 or Z68 mobo ? I'm not sure about buying a SSD disk yet. G3 or B3 ?
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Samsung EVO 850 250GB Corsair H115i with 2x ML140 Windows 10 BenQ XL2720Z 
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phixit;15356129 
So, P67 or Z68 mobo ? I'm not sure about buying a SSD disk yet. G3 or B3 ?

B3 ... p67 as i said before you won't know the difference.

SSD the best upgrade I ever made in my life. Unless you only use your computer for gaming ONLY...like when you turn on your computer its straight to the game ... if not then SSD is the best upgrade you will make. It makes everyday computing a lot better experience especially when you do a lot of photoshop and web surfing and internet.

I have an AMD X6 1055T as my work computer for word processing/internet (yes i know OVERKILL), and I still feel a 'lag' compared to my home computer i5-2500k w/ SSD. Its night and day I swear.
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