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Also, you may want to look into a nice heatsink for your 2500k so you can crank that badboy, I got mine to 4.7ghz on a spire eclipse II, and at tigerdirect.com you can get an h100 for $100 shipped right now.
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Oh, I haven't really read about unlocking since these cards came out. I was under the impression that only the original 6950's with the dual bios switch would unlock? If I can unlock the 6950 I'll definitely buy that.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
GFX Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575
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Keep in mind, I don't believe that the Twin Frozr III comes with the switch. You would have to flash the card BIOS, which is generally a safe thing but that is up to you if you want to do that. The Toxic is simple as flipping a switch on the card, which is the safest way to do it.
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Alright, I'm not too scared to flash the BIOS. I updated the OP with my new plan. Any comments on the RAM? Is that good enough? I don't mind paying up to $100 for decent RAM.
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I'm not an expert on RAM but G.Skill is a good brand of RAM and the timings are average same with the voltage. I'm not sure if there is a better series of G.Skill that may be better for overclocking though, there may be.
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What I would do:

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $209
Mobo: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 $125. $115 after MIR.
CPU: 2500k. $220
GPU: MSI 6950 2GB TFIII. $308 Shipped.
RAM: Same you have.. $30
PSU: Rosewill HIVE 650w $92 Shipped. (Cause it's modular...worth the extra bit)
= $974 Shipped.

~ I'd consider a MSI GTX 570 TFIII PE ($370 if you want to go Nvidia)

~ or this GTX 580 Lightning on the OCN marketplace for $410. Good deal, things $525 new. MSI warranty is based on SN too.

~ can save more with a XFX Core Edition 650w ($66 Shipped after MIR) but not modular.

- I agree with Samurai. Def get a NICE aftermarket cooler and have that badboy at 4.5Ghz+
Edited by jagz - 12/14/11 at 12:10pm
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I dont know a Lick about ASrock

but if it can be helped, i would stick with the main named in mainboards

Asus, Evga, Gigabyte etc
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Originally Posted by jagz View Post

What I would do:
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $209
Mobo: ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 $125. $115 after MIR.
CPU: 2500k. $220
GPU: MSI 6950 2GB TFIII. $308 Shipped.
RAM: Same you have
PSU: Rosewill HIVE 650w $92 Shipped. (Cause it's modular...worth the extra bit)
= $944 Shipped.
~ I'd consider a MSI GTX 570 TFIII PE ($370 if you want to go Nvidia)
~or this GTX 580 Lightning on the OCN marketplace for $410. Good deal, things $525 new. MSI warranty is based on SN too.
~ can save more with a XFX Core Edition 650w ($66 Shipped after MIR) but not modular.
- I agree with Samurai. Def get a NICE aftermarket cooler and have that badboy at 4.5Ghz+

Thanks for the input, I switched my SSD to the 128GB, my Mobo to the Extreme4, and PSU to the hx650. I don't mind paying a little more for a great corsair psu. The GFX cards I'm kind of undecided on, I may even go CFX 6950 / SLI 560 if I have the money
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If you're considering the 560ti, it's defiantly a good series but when I recently bought my 6950 I got it for the future proof 2gb vram. However right now I believe the 560ti was performing a little bit better in some cases than the 6950 but its limited to 1gb vram in that price range. But for right now 1gb is fine for 1200p/1080p.
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Alright, I'm not too scared to flash the BIOS. I updated the OP with my new plan. Any comments on the RAM? Is that good enough? I don't mind paying up to $100 for decent RAM.

The RAM is more than good enough. $30 dollar decent performing ram vs $100 ram you won't really see much of a difference in the end....ram is basically just ram, you'd barely notice the difference only in actual benchmarking will you even see the slight differences...it can be better spent on another aspect of your system.

You may want to look in the trade section here and see if you can't find a nice hard drive someones selling for a decent price. Atleast that way you'll have a good storage drive going in any case your SSD fails. I could be wrong but I've been hearing alot of issues with the lifespan and reliability of SSD's lately, it could just be isolated cases though.

Personally I don't think SSD's are yet at the point of being a crucial part of a build being they're not exactly at the point of being cost effective yet. Majority of your desktop tasks, I honestly don't think you'd see the difference, it would literally be a second difference in loading times. The only real differences you'll see is when loading games that are stored on the drive and the initial boot of the system. I'd personally just get a decent hard drive on the trade forum here and spend the extra cash on an even better board or graphics card thumb.gif
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