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Hi all,
OK, I think I'm ready for my first build. I got time. I got money. I'm only missing some direction. All I do is play games and watch movies. I don't need to encode movies or run anything special. I want to be able to play games with lots of "eye candy" at 1920x1200 resolution and this system needs to last at least 2 years.

I do know I want an Intel processor, and 98% sure I want ati/amd gpu. I got less than 1500 to play with but that will slowly grow the longer I wait. I want to try OC'ing it, modestly at first.

Now my dilemma. I was doing what everyone said about waiting for sandy bridge and it's here (in reviews at least). Now I've read a couple people saying that if you're just gaming, SB isn't really necessary. I had plans for an i7 950 rig if sandy bridge isn't for me. I still feel that saving a little money and going for the i5 2500k instead of the i7 950 is the better option for now and for the future.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=10850629

The 1000W psu is so I will have the option to CF the 6950 in the future. Hope to flash that to 6970 too. Couldn't decide on a cooler so there are two in there just for now.

My monitor will the be only thing to carry over to this new build. I don't need speakers, a mouse nor a keyboard.

Thanks for reading all this and any advice would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place. Please feel free to move it and know it's appreciated.
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post #2 of 8
buy sandy, OC made easy.
buy a cheap p67 crossfire able board and you be flying with it.
unless you OC a lot you dont need 1000w psu.
850w is enough.
Buy a solid 60/120gb ssd for systemdisk and one mechanical for storage, ssd just makes the computer fast.
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post #3 of 8
If I were you, I would go with the i7 875k or the i5 655k.
I'm a big fan of nvidia graphics cards, but if I were to buy an ati card it would probably be the HD radeon 5870. And 1000w is actually not needed, if you put too much wattage your gonna fry your cpu, so around 600 - 850 should be enough.
post #4 of 8
Ok, here we go:

Mobo is alright. Consider the R3F if you want to throw a little more money at it. Has some nice features.

6950 is a good card for price/performance. I personally would prefer a GTX 570, but this will do.

That PSU is massive overkill, even for two 6950s.

i7-950 is good. Know that you can get it for $100 cheaper if you live near a Microcenter.

Big problem with the memory. First of all, you said all you're doing is playing games and watching movies. Memory is not a case of "more is better." In fact, the more you have, the bigger pain in the ass it will be for you to OC. 6GB is way more than enough for you. That being said, get a faster (1600) 6GB kit with tighter timings (~6-7CL), not that 9CL junk you picked out.

Caviar Blacks are nice.

CPU cooler is junk. If you want a cheap cooler like that, get a Hyper 212+ or something.
Ok, nevermind, you have an NH-D14 there too. That's obviously a much better cooler, so why do you have that Corsair thing on there as well?

Case is good.


Consider a SSD, too. It makes a huge difference.
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Originally Posted by Plex View Post
Ok, here we go:

Mobo is alright. Consider the R3F if you want to throw a little more money at it. Has some nice features.

6950 is a good card for price/performance. I personally would prefer a GTX 570, but this will do.

That PSU is massive overkill, even for two 6950s.

i7-950 is good. Know that you can get it for $100 cheaper if you live near a Microcenter.

Big problem with the memory. First of all, you said all you're doing is playing games and watching movies. Memory is not a case of "more is better." In fact, the more you have, the bigger pain in the ass it will be for you to OC. 6GB is way more than enough for you. That being said, get a faster (1600) 6GB kit with tighter timings (~6-7CL), not that 9CL junk you picked out.

Caviar Blacks are nice.

CPU cooler is junk. If you want a cheap cooler like that, get a Hyper 212+ or something.
Ok, nevermind, you have an NH-D14 there too. That's obviously a much better cooler, so why do you have that Corsair thing on there as well?

Case is good.


Consider a SSD, too. It makes a huge difference.


Most of what he said The PSU is huge!!!! You don't need that much memory for what you are doing. You did however say that you would like to OC some, if that is the case then I would wait for SB, as a lot of those are getting around 5GHz on air Just my .02 cents worth. Good luck with your build.
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post #6 of 8
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thanks thanks and more thanks. you guys helped put my mind at ease a little as far as waiting a little longer for sb. I changed the ram and psu and added an ssd.

Great advice for the psu. I wasn't really sure so I went big. Too big apparently.

About the SSD. Will there be a big difference between SATA II and a SATA III connection?

The ram I'm not so sure about. Is SB dual channel only? Should I be looking for a 2*xGB setup or would 3*2GB be ok? I stuck two different types of ram in the wishlist.

When SB is official I will change the cpu and mobo, but I want the other parts SB-ready so to speak. I will probably get the p67 version of the gigabyte mobo I have listed or maybe the ud4 depending on the extras it has. I'm leaning toward the i5 2500k. Would the i7 2600k make any difference with it's HT, for my gaming?

Again thanks for the advice everyone. I live in Taiwan (I'm from USA but working here) so no microcenter and I don't even think newegg will ship anything here so it's up to the local retailers. The wishlist is to give me an idea and something to take down to them. It's much easier to get advice from you guys in English and I really do appreciate it.

take a look at the updates and tell me how it's shaping up...


https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=10850629
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303

This should save you a little money on the memory. That should be enough for now, If you find you need more in the future you can always get another kit.
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You're probably right about only needing 4GB. I have 4GB now and it never seems lacking. The price from your link is good too. I'll add it to the wish list and see how the prices are over here. Thanks!
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