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post #1 of 12
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We tossed out our previous 1366 socket build, remodified it a bit and came up with this:

MB: Asus Sabertooth P67 (SLI) or *Asus P8P67 EVO (Crossfire)
Proc: Core I5 2500K or *2600K
Mem: Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 2x2GB
or *G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH 2x4GB
Video: EVGA GeForce GTX580 or *2x XFX 6950 (modded to 6970)
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB
Sata600: Seagate Baricuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB
Power: Zalman ZM1000-HP plus 1000W

*= preffered if in stock when we purchase

Yes, we'll be overclocking it and eventually be adding a second 580 OR a 3rd 6950

So.. what do you all think?
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Wether to get a 2500k or 2600k depends on what youll be doing with your PC. Do you need hyperthreading ? If the most CPU stressing you'll be doing is gaming, then you wont need it, but if you do a lot of video/3D editing and rendering, then you could use it. Same for the RAM, you dont need 8GB for just gaming. 2 x 6950 unlocked is definitely the faster choice, if you really need the extra power. a single GTX 580 will run almost any game, with only one or two exceptions, maxed @ 1920x1080, and you could always get another later. Ive heard that most 2TB HDDs have problems, so you might wanna get two 1TB drives instead. and last, Zalman PSU ? I dont think so. Take a looksy at this thead http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html at the front page for some suggestions on quality PSUs. 850Watts or above will power that system OCd, if you plan on doing that.
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post #3 of 12
I think.. 'Our'? 'We?

You're sharing a gaming PC? Seems silly, you should build 2 rigs which are half as good as that, which would still be playable, and both of you can play.

Otherwise, good, seems overkill for gaming but you seem set already.
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post #4 of 12
I'm thinking of building a similar one with 1 6950 until next gen games come out , an asrock extreme 4 , and enermax 600w pro87+ cause it's on sale where I am and it can handle 6950 crossfire but not much above that( cpu overclock included).

PS: I think games capable of using hyper threading will start to show up more, crysis 2 is the first example since it can use up to 8 threads
    
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-We don't really need the hyperthreading, yet. We chose the K models because they can overclock higher.

-I believe the 2TB hard drive probs are due to mobo's not wanting the 2TB drive as your boot drive. For data they're fine.

-Will look into a new PSU.. thank you!

-We say "WE" because it's for my first yongest brother and we roam the forum together as well as the shops
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too many to mention :D Win 7 (64 bit) Samsung SyncMaster SA300 (Full HD) Logitech G15 
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post #6 of 12
At what resolution will you be gaming?

Are you really gonna need a 2tb drive? I'd rather get 2 1tb drives and RAID them or something for better performance with near equal disk space. Even if you don't feel like RAIDing, a 1tb Caviar Black or Samsung F3 is going to much faster than any 2tb drive out there.
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post #7 of 12
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At what resolution will you be gaming?

Are you really gonna need a 2tb drive? I'd rather get 2 1tb drives and RAID them or something for better performance with near equal disk space. Even if you don't feel like RAIDing, a 1tb Caviar Black or Samsung F3 is going to much faster than any 2tb drive out there.
Not quite sure about the resolution, I suppose it'll be the max digital resolution as we're hooking the pc up to a 85" Samsung HD tv via HDMI.

"Need" it no, but it will mainly be for data like music, movies, backups and such and that's data we'd rather not put on a raid setup, because if 1 drive fails, you lose all the data on both Ofc, noone can guarantee that the Seagate won't ever fail

We'll take a look at the Caviar Black and Samsung F3. This Seagate does 7200rpm, Sata600 and that is fine by us.
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too many to mention :D Win 7 (64 bit) Samsung SyncMaster SA300 (Full HD) Logitech G15 
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post #8 of 12
With 120GB SSD you can put a decent amount of games on there. And if you do a lot of gaming through steam, there is a good program that allows you to move games on and off of your SSD without issues. Unless you "have" a lot of movies and such 2TB is overkill. Use that saved money and get a strong timed kit of RAM. or a nice CPU Cooler.
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post #9 of 12
Samsung and WD would be better in the long run. If i remember correctly, someone did a comparison of the warranty provided by seagate and WD.

resolution is key, no one cares about screen size, but i guess itd be safe to assume it'll be 1080p and the cards are overkill.
    
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post #10 of 12
What model TV is that? Not sure samsung makes an 85" tv.

And it truly doesnt matter the size, what matters is the resolution.. which would probably be 1920x1080..
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