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post #1 of 11
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Possible Build
Intel i5-2500K
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
Corsair Carbide 400R
LEPA G700-MA 700W or Corsair TX750 V2
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 1600 8GB 1.35V or Corsair Vengeance LP 1600 8GB 1.35V
Crucial M4 64GB
(Will add HDD)
Noctua NH-D14
LG Black Super LightScribe
XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB

My thoughts
Processor: Probably overclocking. Great price at local Microcenter.
Motherboard: Want a high quality mobo for future upgrades as well. I hear that this board may support Ivy Bridge in the future.
Case: Sturdy with good features including cable management and USB 3.0 ports. Competitive price.
Power Supply: Torn between the Corsair TX750 V2 and the LEPA G700-MA. Both appear very reliable and give best bang for the buck. May SLI/Crossfire in future.
Memory: Will need low profile RAM for NH-D14. 8GB is more than enough for what I will be doing. Thinking of getting lower voltage RAM. Should I go for the Mushkin or the Corsair?
Storage: Dual drive system - One SSD and another HDD. The SSD will be for my operating system and very basic files. HDD will be for everything else. Any suggestions on SSD and HDD?
CPU Cooler: Already purchased from Newegg for $60. I thought it would provide good cooling for CPU overclocking.
Bluray Burner: Want to burn Bluray discs
Graphics Card: Not enough cash to buy dual video cards, but the Radeon HD 6870 seemed to be more than enough to play Skyrim at very high settings. For a single video card, what does everyone suggest?

As of now, after shopping around for coupons and rebates, the build above will be around $1000. I definitely have a budget to adhere to. This will be my first build and I will be mostly using this for gaming and daily computer activities.

Is this an acceptable build? Thoughts?
post #2 of 11
Looks perfect.

The Mushkin doesn't support XMP, which means you'll have to set the correct speed at the first time you install it. It's cheaper though, so I'd go for that.

Maybe get a 128gb Crucial M4 and a slightly cheaper cooler like the Thermalright HR-02 Macho?
post #3 of 11
Welcome to OCN! And great job on the setup, looks like you did your homework. Did you compare that Video Card to others in the perspective price range?
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post #4 of 11
The component choice is very solid.. however, I'd go for a better case, something from Lian Li or Silverstone maybe.. of the two power supplies the Lepa G700 is the better unit and the clear choice but it's complete and utter overkill for your system considering you could run a 6870 CFX setup off a lower output unit than the G700.
And probably the biggest issue.. that system deserves a better VGA, 6950 or upwards.. I'd go for a Sapphire 6950 Toxic which offers the best value of all the high end cards on the market at the moment.
post #5 of 11
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The component choice is very solid.. however, I'd go for a better case, something from Lian Li or Silverstone maybe.. of the two power supplies the Lepa G700 is the better unit and the clear choice but it's complete and utter overkill for your system considering you could run a 6870 CFX setup off a lower output unit than the G700.
And probably the biggest issue.. that system deserves a better VGA, 6950 or upwards.. I'd go for a Sapphire 6950 Toxic which offers the best value of all the high end cards on the market at the moment.
Actually the HD6870 provides better performance/watt.
If you're not planning on heavy gaming, the HD6870 is a good choice.
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Actually the HD6870 provides better performance/watt.
If you're not planning on heavy gaming, the HD6870 is a good choice.
Actually, the 6670 offers even more performance per watt.. or more so, the HD3000 IGP provides more performance per watt than all of the above.. but how is that in any way relevant to this discussion!?.. it is a designated gaming rig not a file server
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Actually, the 6670 offers even more performance per watt.. or more so, the HD3000 IGP provides more performance per watt than all of the above.. but how is that in any way relevant to this discussion!?.. it is a designated gaming rig not a file server
Just because don't care about your electricity bill or the environment doesn't mean others don't as well.

OP said he wanted to play that specific game at high, which an HD6870 will do.
I just gave another reason to go with the HD6870.
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Just because don't care about your electricity bill or the environment doesn't mean others don't as well.
If this is trolling I'd have to say is pretty decent.. but if it's not you need to stop posting and shut your desktop asap because you're clearly not helping the environment and most certainly not helping the OP
post #9 of 11
I agree with Unoriginal Sin on the PSU. If you are looking to just play Skyrim and not really worried about much else. You can go with a lower wattage PSU for just one card. But you also stated not having the cash for another card for running CrossFire. If you are planning on running another card in the future, I would get the most capable card you can get your hands on for the money right now that fits your needs and budget. You could switch to the Cooler Master HAF 912 for 60 bucks and use the extra 40 for the HD 6950 2gb model. Features wise the case offers most of the same that the carbide does for 40 bucks less.
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post #10 of 11
Also I just noticed you are getting the Z68 version of the motherboard. Besides the on board HDMI and DP you don't need them or the use of the on board video unless for some reason you are getting that. Get the P67 version and save yourself another 10-20ish bucks again for the build.
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