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Does this Sound Like A Good Overall Build?

Poll Results: Good For Gaming, Multi-Tasking?

Poll expired: Apr 25, 2011  
  • 57% (4)
    Good For Multi-Tasking and Gaming
  • 42% (3)
    Possible Changes and/or Upgrades
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Here's what im looking for good use of. Im looking obviously to play the best games at the best settings, probably edit, and render movies, and multi-task at the least. Have several programs up at once and be very smooth. Will this cut all these needs?:
CPU* i7 Intel® Core™ i7-960 3.20 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
MotherBoard* GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset
RAM* 12GB (2GBx6) DDR3/1333MHz Triple Channel Memory
GPU/s* 2x CrossFire 6950
SoundCard* Creative Labs SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-BIT PCI Sound Card
Is there anything Better For A Lower or Equal Price, And Is It Even Possible To Use 12gb Of Ram at Once?
Edited by AllenHoskins - 3/6/11 at 12:16pm
post #2 of 18
Depending on what you're doing, 12 gigs of RAM is overkill for pretty much everything.
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Hoops View Post
Depending on what you're doing, 12 gigs of RAM is overkill for pretty much everything.
This. Also, why get 2x6950? Get some top end cards if you're spending that much money.
    
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post #4 of 18
What's your budget? And how often do you upgrade?
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post #5 of 18
Go for Sandy at this point.
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post #6 of 18
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Lol im actually a mac user, but im getting tired of it and, I dont feel like spending more than $2,500. This cost $2,100. Ill be upgrading probably every 4 or 5 months after I buy it.
post #7 of 18
Go for sandy-bridge seriously!
    
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post #8 of 18
You can definitely build something great with way less than your budget. Look into Sandy Bridge i7-2600k with a P67 motherboard with the features you require. Wait for either the amd 6990 or nvidia gtx 590 if you want the max FPS possible(should be out very soon). 8gb ram is enough.
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post #9 of 18
you'd be better off with a 1155 build with a 2600k or 2500k
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post #10 of 18
I7-950 is $200 at Microcenter (if you have one nearby).

I agree w/ go with SandyBridge.
While the difference between a 950+x58a-ud3r and a 2600k+ p67a-ud3r is pretty slight,
there is no reason to go with last weeks tech if you are buying new.
(if you can wait a week or two)

Do you have a use for that sound-card? This ain't the old days, the Realtek889 optical out to a good receiver is money better spent. That will be contended by someone in a few posts down
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