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My buddy is looking for a new rig from memoryexpress over the holidays before the holidays are over. I'm looking for some help on building it. What parts should we get?

The rig is expected to last, so I'm trying to make it future proof. I'm suggesting:
  • i7-2600 or (K) depending on what he is going to do with it (maybe even a 2500 as he is going to be only gaming on it).
  • 3x 6950s
  • Silent PC case with 8 expandsion slots.
  • External or Internal Sound Card

I'm right on the budget line. This is what I got picked out:

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Also, if we go with a 2500k we could get him an external x-fi HD card.

Thanks for any help or input.
post #2 of 32
You can take the 2TB out and get an SSD. If you haven't heard, HDD prices have skyrocketed due to the flooding in Thailand. You should wait for them to come back to normal prices. Also, the new 7000 series are coming out next month so if you can wait, that is a big boost. Get a 2500k as you can overclock that sucker to 4.5 Ghz.
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What exactly is he going to play and at what resolution to require 3 6950's?
    
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You can take the 2TB out and get an SSD. If you haven't heard, HDD prices have skyrocketed due to the flooding in Thailand. You should wait for them to come back to normal prices. Also, the new 7000 series are coming out next month so if you can wait, that is a big boost. Get a 2500k as you can overclock that sucker to 4.5 Ghz.

Alright, I'd suggest a 2500k then. Also, I'll see if he can wait, but probably not.
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What exactly is he going to play and at what resolution to require 3 6950's?

Constant 60+ fps for the next few years. A rig built to actually last, not cry when it has lows lower then 60fps.
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My only gripe is the price you're paying for the ram and the hdd.

You should consider some lower priced ram as timings aren't really that impactful on performance, the hidden can be swapped out for a nice ssd for a big performance boost at the cost of less storage. That can be easily remedied once hdd prices lower. Plus if he's only gaming the most he will need is 80-120 gigs most likely.

Consider a 2500k or even the 2600k over the locked i7 you have currently. A quick Google search will show you that the 2500k is just as capable as a 2600k at stock. Plus you're getting a overclockable mobo so may as well plan ahead as I guarantee he will be looking to squeeze as much out of the rig as possible

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My only gripe is the price you're paying for the ram and the hdd.

You should consider some lower priced ram as timings aren't really that impactful on performance, the hidden can be swapped out for a nice ssd for a big performance boost at the cost of less storage. That can be easily remedied once hdd prices lower. Plus if he's only gaming the most he will need is 80-120 gigs most likely.

Consider a 2500k or even the 2600k over the locked i7 you have currently. A quick Google search will show you that the 2500k is just as capable as a 2600k at stock. Plus you're getting a overclockable mobo so may as well plan ahead as I guarantee he will be looking to squeeze as much out of the rig as possible

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Good points, thanks.

Edit: Which PSU would be good for an overclock i7 + 3 6950s that would more then likely also be overclocked?
Edited by Domino - 12/29/11 at 12:35pm
post #7 of 32
I would go with cheaper RAM and not buy 3 6950s. Wait a tad bit more and get two 7950s. Also, SSDs are your friend.

Oh, and I'd go with a 2500k and save $100.

And if you really want to save some money, NCIX price matches Microcenter online. thumb.gif
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1000w PSU should be enough, 6950s draw about 250w full load.
    
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Alright, here is an updated version:

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I would go with cheaper RAM and not buy 3 6950s. Wait a tad bit more and get two 7950s. Also, SSDs are your friend.

Oh, and I'd go with a 2500k and save $100.

And if you really want to save some money, NCIX price matches Microcenter online. thumb.gif

The 7950s would be ideal, especially considering that they would probably beat 3 6950s, but I don't know if he is willing to wait that long. Plus, the sale has saved him quite a bit. Anywhere form 300-400 bucks so far.

Memoryexpress also does price match. It matches the price while added 25% of the difference to the savings.
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1000w PSU should be enough, 6950s draw about 250w full load.

Awesome, thanks. I went with a slighter better PSU (83A) to just help out.
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