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I'm building this rig for photography editing, gaming, video editing, HTPC, and general use. My budget is $2500 after taxes.

Here is what I've come up with. Hoping to get some comments on the build and suggestions for changes (or not). Total came out to $2424.52 after taxes and shipping (purchasing from Newegg + Amazon).

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-070-_-Product

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128465

GPU
eVGA Superclocked GTX 570 (x2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-595-_-Product

RAM
G. Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231314

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s (x2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533

PSU
Corsair HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...1000HX%201000W

Optical Drive
LITE-ON iHBS212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106348

Case
Cool Master HAF X RC-942-KKN1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119225
Edited by franklyfresh - 1/17/11 at 7:33am
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Awesome build. IHave you thought about possibly getting one 580 and getting a second when the prices come down a bit since one 580 will play anything and tear through it?

Also for the hdd just get sata 3gbs drives since the hard drive cant actually go that fast. It is limited by the mechanical side of the drive. I actually just learned this yesterday. So you can save some money on the hard drives. Also I believe the samsung f4 are the best drives atm but the caviar blacks are awesome too

What does the total come to with everything? also do you have a microcenter nearby? chips are much cheaper there and they price match newegg on everything so you could get everything there.
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Awesome build. IHave you thought about possibly getting one 580 and getting a second when the prices come down a bit since one 580 will play anything and tear through it?

Also for the hdd just get sata 3gbs drives since the hard drive cant actually go that fast. It is limited by the mechanical side of the drive. I actually just learned this yesterday. So you can save some money on the hard drives. Also I believe the samsung f4 are the best drives atm but the caviar blacks are awesome too

What does the total come to with everything? also do you have a microcenter nearby? chips are much cheaper there and they price match newegg on everything so you could get everything there.
I have thought about getting a single GTX 580 vs two 570s but I'm not confident that the price of the 580 will drop significantly anytime soon.

I actually just learned about the HD limitation today also haha, but this is what someone else told me on Tomshardware.com:
"It's true that mechanical hard drives don't really saturate the SATA 6 yet, but those new Western Digital drives that are SATA 6; are also formatted in the new '4k sector' format, which is a more modern configuration... more suited for the Windows 7 and future platforms."

Total came out to $2424.52 after taxes and shipping. I do have a microcenter ~hour away, but I purchased most of the parts from Amazon (to avoid tax and shipping charges). The only parts I bought from Newegg were the PSU and the CPU (combo deal for $587 after taxes/shipping).
post #4 of 35
too bad you already ordered

The reason I said a single card is soemtimes when new games come out sli/cf has issues (i know first hand). If you already got the drives just keep it otherwise if you want to save some money id get a regular drive. Either way that build is solid and you will have to post your overclocks on the spreadsheet on the sb voltage @ mhz thread. Seems you did your research well those are all quality parts.
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GTX 570 is a horrible choice! Return it if you can.

It gets slapped silly by the HD 6970, which you can unlock from a 300$ HD 6950.

You can get three of these for 900$ which would chew through GTX 580 SLi, costing 1100$.
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too bad you already ordered

The reason I said a single card is soemtimes when new games come out sli/cf has issues (i know first hand). If you already got the drives just keep it otherwise if you want to save some money id get a regular drive. Either way that build is solid and you will have to post your overclocks on the spreadsheet on the sb voltage @ mhz thread. Seems you did your research well those are all quality parts.
I didn't purchase the parts yet. I'll look more into a single GPU.


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*Post #150*

GTX 570 is a horrible choice! Return it if you can.

It gets slapped silly by the HD 6970, which you can unlock from a 300$ HD 6950.

You can get three of these for 900$ which would chew through GTX 580 SLi, costing 1100$.
Once again I haven't purchased the parts yet. Really interested, do you have the benchmarks for that?
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I didn't purchase the parts yet. I'll look more into a single GPU.

Once again I haven't purchased the parts yet. Really interested, do you have the benchmarks for that?
Of course.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...ty-vs-sli.html
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That Benchmark doesn't show the 6970 thrashing anything.

It actually shows that the 580 and 6970 are nearly identical in everything.
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That Benchmark doesn't show the 6970 thrashing anything.

It actually shows that the 580 and 6970 are nearly identical in everything.
I think what he's saying is that I could get Radeon HD 6950 unlocked to 6970 (x3) for $900 which would outperform either GTX 570 (x3) at $1050 or GTX 580 (x2) at $1000.

So it seems like unless I go for GTX 580 (x3) getting three HD 6950's would be the best value. Could you confirm what I'm saying is correct? If so I think HD 6950s will be the way to go for this system.
Edited by franklyfresh - 1/17/11 at 6:36am
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I think what he's saying is that I could get Radeon HD 6950 unlocked to 6970 (x3) for $900 which would outperform either GTX 570 (x3) at $1050 or GTX 580 (x2) at $1000.

So it seems like unless I go for GTX 580 (x3) getting three HD 6950's would be the best value. Could you confirm what I'm saying is correct? If so I think HD 6950s will be the way to go for this system.
Wow, you put it perfectly. I dare say I am met by an equally intelligent individual.

I was faced with the same decision, but I had some money left over from the holidays and decided for the GPU-solution in my sig.

Also, make sure you realize that you will barely be able to fold with the ATi solution. That, and the GTX 580s have more overclocking headroom. They're just insanely over-priced.
On the other side, 2GB of RAM is great for resolutions above 4MP.
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