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Originally Posted by xnuw
yes using 7970, the 2500K might bottleneck the gpu by a margin, but you can OC it to level the playing field here's my WEI, the 2500K at stock with gtx 560 ti 448 cores. as you can see the cpu scores lower than the gpu, the 7970 is much better than my gtx 560ti 448,
yes crucial M4 are good, you can also look into mushkin lineup the chronos 240GB which also has good read spedd same as crucial m4, but the chronos beats the m4 on writing speed. Since you can afford the 240GB then go for it otherwise 120GB is enough & go for internal hdd storage. the Z68 motherboard, can configure the ssd and hdd with intel rapid storage, as soon as it is detected.
the g skill ram is also good as compared to my mushkin, I think it is better as some of my friends with gskill ram are having better speed ratio bench compared to mine at same capacity & speed.
For the psu I suggest the Mushkin Joule 800W it is being sold at newegg at $100, it has good reviews by Tweaktown, you might consider that. saves me a lot of money.
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Originally Posted by atluu
This is my build so far.
OOS currently, if it does not come in stock before march 6th, I will go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416
Case: USED Corsair 500r
HDD: ?? ( need something around 200-300gb
GPU: 7950, not sure which brand, I was thinking the ASUS DCII..
I will be skipping the SSD for now, til I find a better deal on one.
I just need help on GPU and HDD now.
My intentions for this computer will be used to play BF3, Dota 2, school work, and just browsing.
I will not xfire, but I will in the future OC, but nothing extreme.
I have used every single one of those parts except the RAM that is out of stock.
Great PSU, slightly short cables for a 500r. Beautiful case though!
Go with the GSkill ram, although the out of stock is 1.35v, GSkill is a bit more reputable than samsung if you run into problems. I actually purchased that exact same set of ram 3 times now. 4 months ago, I paid $29.99 on sale, so look for a better price. They don't usually overclock very high, and the heatsink on it slightly gets in the way of some coolers. [hyper 212+ hits on the inside slots]
Bummer, Crucial M4 64GB was $89 like 2 days ago. I have not had a single problem with that drive. Just make sure it's plugged into the correct SATA 3 port instead of a Marvel 3.0 port. big difference. I'd still go for an M4 at the moment and wait a few weeks to get a good HDD price. Microcenter and Newegg were running a sale for $99 1.5TB drives this week... Kind of reasonable price \ storage ratio.
By the way, if you can, get the CPU and Mobo from Microcenter and save $80. (in store only).Edited by Z32 - 3/2/12 at 2:53pm