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post #31 of 49
Good choice on going with Sandy Bridge. At the price point, there really is no other option. The AMD chips gets smacked around all over the playground, and the 1366 chips get picked on by the Sandy Bridge bully.

I would change cases if I were you.

This is a refurbished CM 690II for about the same price as that Antec 300. It's so much better than that Antec.
http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/...roducts_id=547

Also, is there any particular reason as to why you chose 8gigs of RAM?
Edited by hyujmn - 3/2/11 at 5:25pm
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Any asus board support 16x 16x for sandy bridge.. But 16x 8x or 8x 8x. The difference between 16x and 8x is kinda impossible to see in gaming. But a diff of 2-3 FPS is possible in some games. That not worth to change socket. Sandy bridge is awesome for the price and a 2500k paired with a Asus P8P67 pro is the best price/performance on the market. With a great graphic card you are futurproof for while. With a crossfire/SLI setup... A long long time!

A 1000$ sandy bridge setup beat a 2000-2500$ X58 setup easily. It's really awesome Can't wait to get myself a 2500k setup. Hope you'll too
Would you mind showing me where that correlation is? I would imagine dual x16 2.0's would have more of an advantage than dual x8's. I found something in a search real quick: sli/crossfire fps benchmarks, for different gpu's on an overclocked sandybridge. I would like to see the x8 vs x16 difference though in sli/crossfire formation.

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Good choice on going with Sandy Bridge. At the price point, there really is no other option. The AMD chips gets smacked around all over the playground, and the 1366 chips get picked on by the Sandy Bridge bully.

I would change cases if I were you.

This is a refurbished CM 690II for about the same price as that Antec 300. It's so much better than that Antec.
http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/...roducts_id=547

Also, is there any particular reason as to why you chose 8gigs of RAM?
I chose the listed case because it came out to be on sale and seemed pretty simple, plus I wanted to order everything from one place so the second I get all this I can start the build! I've never gotten any refurb items before, so I wouldn't know what to expect with a case.

As for 8 gigs of ram, the price wasn't bad compared to 6gb 1600MHz. As for timings, I don't know anything about what's good and what's not, but from what I've gathered there isn't going to be any significant speed changes for games by getting different timings.
Edited by heyjim - 3/2/11 at 8:33pm
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post #33 of 49
The "refurbed" items from Cooler Master are basically brand new and you'd never be able to tell the difference between the refurb and the retail one if put side by side. I would really really advise against that Antec 300 and tell you to go with that CM 690 II Basic. It is a MUCH better case, by far.

The 690II Basic has several cable management holes for you to hide your cables. It's also larger on the inside to give more room for those large video cards you're looking to put into your rig. Also, the interior is all black so aesthetically, there is no comparison. All that for an extra $5. It's such a ridiculously good deal that you'd have to be absolutely foolish to get that Antec 300. Seriously, the Antec 300 is not a good case, especially when you can get a 690II Basic for the same price.

Also, here's a link that compares SLI x16/x16 to x4/x4 on GTX 480s. Average FPS is almost exactly the same, with the exception of Aliens v. Predators, and that's running at x4/x4, not x8/x8. There is absolutely no difference between x16/x16 or x8/x8 except e-peen and amount of cash.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...x16x16_vs_x4x4
Edited by hyujmn - 3/3/11 at 10:36am
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The "refurbed" items from Cooler Master are basically brand new and you'd never be able to tell the difference between the refurb and the retail one if put side by side. I would really really advise against that Antec 300 and tell you to go with that CM 690 II Basic. It is a MUCH better case, by far.

The 690II Basic has several cable management holes for you to hide your cables. It's also larger on the inside to give more room for those large video cards you're looking to put into your rig. Also, the interior is all black so aesthetically, there is no comparison. All that for an extra $5. It's such a ridiculously good deal that you'd have to be absolutely foolish to get that Antec 300. Seriously, the Antec 300 is not a good case, especially when you can get a 690II Basic for the same price.

Also, here's a link that compares SLI x16/x16 to x4/x4 on GTX 480s. Average FPS is almost exactly the same, with the exception of Aliens v. Predators, and that's running at x4/x4, not x8/x8. There is absolutely no difference between x16/x16 or x8/x8 except e-peen and amount of cash.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...x16x16_vs_x4x4
Awesome article, thanks! I'll consider the 690II, but I'm heading to microcenter today and noticed the CM 430 on sale for $35. Thoughts on this case?
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post #35 of 49
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Awesome article, thanks! I'll consider the 690II, but I'm heading to microcenter today and noticed the CM 430 on sale for $35. Thoughts on this case?
I actually like that little case. It can get a bit cramped on the inside, though. I used one of those to build a PC for a family member, and it actually worked out OK, but her build didn't have any graphics cards.
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Sorry, replied without seeing all other pages, the current system you have lined up is great. I'm jealous. Didn't know how to delete the post.
Edited by Nginx - 3/3/11 at 1:22pm
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post #37 of 49
SB isn't viable at this very moment if you can wait half a month -> a month then there are some decent options with that and not to mention cheaper just Motherboards are slowly trickling back from the recall.

Personally I wouldn't touch 950 knowing how well the 1155's do just need to wait for the recalled motherboards to come back.

(SB still devours AMD)

RAM wise I would aim for 6-12GB, nice safe area with room to grow, I can max 4GB fairly easily, but 6GB is safe, the 8GB is great.

Since 1155 boards have 4 slots, go for a 8GB kit (2x4GB) and works great being Dual Channel.
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So lets set the fanboi war aside for a seond.
OP, what is your build so far?
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I actually like that little case. It can get a bit cramped on the inside, though. I used one of those to build a PC for a family member, and it actually worked out OK, but her build didn't have any graphics cards.
It looks simple, my only concern is if everything will fit! Dual 6950's... I'll just have to make a judgement call when I see the case. Worst case, micro has the 690II case for cheaper than newegg. The place you linked is awesome, but $20 shipping...
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So lets set the fanboi war aside for a seond.
OP, what is your build so far?
I changed a few things around, but it's looking like this:

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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

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

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

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Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler

CM Elite 430 Mid Tower Case (tbd when I see it/size)

ASUS P8P67 Pro (when it comes back)
Newegg has some sales going on ram and corsair psu's, so it's working out in my favor. Picking up the CPU, heatsink, HDD and case today. The rest will come soon enough.
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