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This is my second build; my first was a mess so I want to make sure I've got it all right this time. I'm from the UK and will be buying from Novatech. My main focus is high-end gaming and emulation.

CPU: i5 2500k
GPU: XFX 6950?
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB?
PSU: HX 650? 750? 850?
Mobo: Asus P8P67
Case: CM 690 II
Cooler: CM Hyper 212+
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7260S-0B

My current card is a GTX 260 GS but I'm not that happy with the performance and noise I'm getting @ 1080p. Since I'm upgrading to a 2500k, I'm wondering if I should take the plunge. I'm eyeing the 6950 as flashing it to a 6970 should be a good deal. Basically I just want some input on whether I should grab the 6950 while it's hot or wait (and for what). I'm staying away from multi-GPU options.

I'll be running a local Minecraft server from time to time. I did some searching but couldn't get any definitive info - do you think bumping up the RAM to 8GB would make a difference? Giving the server 2GB or even 1GB seems to do it fine, but I can't really tell because of the lag, bugs and fixes introduced with each update. I'm aware of the negligible impact this will have on general gaming.

I'm hoping the 2500k and P8P67 will last me for a long time. Assuming I upgrade my card now, I may upgrade again to a hungrier card before I move onto another chipset. Getting more power than I need at the moment won't be a problem unless it's really excessive, right? Which PSU should I go for?
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http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...l7d-4gbrm.html

I would go with this memory for the tighter timings.
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I actually went with the UD4 over the P8P67 Pro. It was, however, a tough choice.

Heres the thread on my decision.

The second page is where the choices start coming into play.

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if you got a microcenter they do the p8p67 pro for 150 with a chip. Only reason I went with the asus was it was cheaper than the ud4 (wanted the ud4 originally but was outta stock and asus was cheaper).
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Originally Posted by jasonhardin View Post
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...l7d-4gbrm.html

I would go with this memory for the tighter timings.
These are cheaper and more up to date design with Sandy Bridge in mind:

G.Skill RipJawX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit - £51.48 inc VAT
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Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'm getting the UD3 as it's cheaper and fewer people are having issues(any horror stories on the Gigabyte boards yet? I couldn't find any). I'm indecisive about the RAM and still looking for input on the power supply.
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post #7 of 7
the power supply depends on what you plan to do. if you are going to overclock the cpu and gfx and have a bunch of hdd and fans it requires more wattage.

For your build a corsair 750 watt will suffice and leave room to oc granted you dont have 5 hdd and 20 fans or anything extravagant like that.

I just got a ax850 and I strongly strongly suggest the ax series if you can spring for it. I am totally in love with this psu. its a 850 and its the same size or smaller than my old tx650
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