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post #1 of 49
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Many years ago I built a machine and overclocked it here on OC. That machine unfortunately died around a year and a half ago. Since then, I've been using my laptop as my go-to for everything, including games. It's not workin' out too well now. I have been out of the loop in terms of what's good, so feel free to toss out some pointers.

Budget: ~$1,000
Machine Goals: Moderate gaming (ex, source games), long lasting (3 years?), SLI/Crossfire, overclockable. Bottom line, I want it to last and work well.

I have a spec but I'm over budget, anywhere I can downgrade/OC to make up for the difference? I'll list the essentials.

Updated 3/3/11:
(bought) $200 CPU:
Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

(bought) $220 Mother Board:
Asus P8P67 PRO Rev 3

(bought) $90 Ram: (could be a weak point for OC?)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

(bought) $128 PSU:
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...

(bought) $257 Video Card:
SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

(bought) $45 Hard Drive:
Spinpoint F3 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive HD502HJ - OEM

(bought) $24 Heatsink:
Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler

(bought) $82 Case:
CM 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower ATX Case

(bought) $19 CD/DVD:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

The total everything, including tax and shipping minus rebates, comes to $1,116. Not bad.

Here's what I have with me so far:


Awaiting newegg shipment!
Edited by heyjim - 3/3/11 at 7:01pm
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post #2 of 49
You could save some money and get a better cpu if you went to AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103727
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103849
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post #3 of 49
+1 on amd
Since you're going to run an ati card anyway I'd go and with a good cooler and enjoy the overclock and cool temps
post #4 of 49
Also, I hear that you can save a few bucks by getting a HD6950 and easily flash it to a 6970.

Edit: It would be a saving of $100 if you get the Sapphire 2gb 6950 and flash it to the 70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-914-_-Product
Edited by Stealth2o - 3/1/11 at 9:55am
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AMD Phenom II 965 - stock clock ASUS M4A87TD EVO GTX 465 - stock clock 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis 
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146GB SAS Cheetah + 1TB F3 Air Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 24" Asus VW246H 1080p 
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146GB SAS Cheetah + 1TB F3 Air Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 24" Asus VW246H 1080p 
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post #5 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stealth2o View Post
Also, I hear that you can save a few bucks by getting a HD6950 and easily flash it to a 6970.
That is kinda a roll of the dice, not all cards can be flashed to a 6970 and they don't exactly let you return it after you flash the bios.
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3770K EVGA Z77 FTW Two 6970s Xfired 950 MHz/ 1450 MHz +20 8 gigs DDR3 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SSD 1)Blue ray player 2) DVD writter Linux from scratch 24in Gateway 
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Its a keyboard 1200 Danger Den Doublewide yes 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SSD 1)Blue ray player 2) DVD writter Linux from scratch 24in Gateway 
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post #6 of 49
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Originally Posted by Zaiger View Post
That is kinda a roll of the dice, not all cards can be flashed to a 6970 and they don't exactly let you return it after you flash the bios.
Maybe he's a gambler?
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146GB SAS Cheetah + 1TB F3 Air Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 24" Asus VW246H 1080p 
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Logitech G15 OCZ ModXtreme Pro 600w Cooler Master Centurion 5 Logitech G5 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
146GB SAS Cheetah + 1TB F3 Air Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 24" Asus VW246H 1080p 
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Logitech G15 OCZ ModXtreme Pro 600w Cooler Master Centurion 5 Logitech G5 
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post #7 of 49
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Originally Posted by Stealth2o View Post
Maybe he's a gambler?
Maybe if I was a GOOD gambler heh. I'll look into that route, but as for Intel vs AMD, I have no idea which is better / comparable. All I've seen was a CPU benchmark list. Is there any advantage to a six-core over a quad-core for a gaming machine?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Sapphire Radeon 6950 8GB Ripjaws X DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7,200RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung P2770HD 27'' Corsair 750HX 
CaseMouse
CM690II MX518 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Sapphire Radeon 6950 8GB Ripjaws X DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7,200RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung P2770HD 27'' Corsair 750HX 
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CM690II MX518 
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post #8 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by heyjim View Post
Maybe if I was a GOOD gambler heh. I'll look into that route, but as for Intel vs AMD, I have no idea which is better / comparable. All I've seen was a CPU benchmark list. Is there any advantage to a six-core over a quad-core for a gaming machine?
6 core vs 4 core= bragging rights. No real advantage just if you can afford it why not.
But as far intel vs AMD it is more of a fanboy war. which cpu has the highest clock speed for you budget, that is the best.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SSD 1)Blue ray player 2) DVD writter Linux from scratch 24in Gateway 
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Its a keyboard 1200 Danger Den Doublewide yes 
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Jack Skellington (overclocked) 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SSD 1)Blue ray player 2) DVD writter Linux from scratch 24in Gateway 
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Its a keyboard 1200 Danger Den Doublewide yes 
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Jack Skellington (overclocked) 
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post #9 of 49
Don't get an amd card, get one of the new sandybridge intel processors. either the i7-2600k or the i5-2500k, depending on how much you want to spend. Both overclock ridiculously well and are incredibly good processors. I personally would get the i5 because it is less and you wont see that much of a performance boost with the i7. Just make sure to get the k series since they have unlocked multipliers.
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Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield @ 4.2 GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium Dual Unlocked ASUS ATI HD6950s G.SKILL 6GB DDR3 1600 
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Intel X25-M 2.5" 80GB SSD and 1TB WD Caviar Black Pioneer Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell u2711 
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Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield @ 4.2 GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium Dual Unlocked ASUS ATI HD6950s G.SKILL 6GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel X25-M 2.5" 80GB SSD and 1TB WD Caviar Black Pioneer Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell u2711 
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post #10 of 49
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Originally Posted by omnius19 View Post
Don't get an amd card, get one of the new sandybridge intel processors. either the i7-2600k or the i5-2500k, depending on how much you want to spend. Both overclock ridiculously well and are incredibly good processors. I personally would get the i5 because it is less and you wont see that much of a performance boost with the i7. Just make sure to get the k series since they have unlocked multipliers.
Wasn't there a recall recently relating to sandy bridge?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Sapphire Radeon 6950 8GB Ripjaws X DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7,200RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung P2770HD 27'' Corsair 750HX 
CaseMouse
CM690II MX518 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Sapphire Radeon 6950 8GB Ripjaws X DDR3 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7,200RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung P2770HD 27'' Corsair 750HX 
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CM690II MX518 
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