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The f3 might be slightly faster ? But the wd black is a better drive for your OS ,as it has faster read+wright speeds! F3 is a great choice if using it for storage ( its cheaper than the black)
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Get a 64GB SSD for OS and games and 1TB for data. Sabertooth P67 is the one compatible with 2500k. Matter of fact, anything with P67 in the title or description is compatible with Sandy Bridge (2500k,2600k). Get a 560 Ti or a 570, whichever the budget allows. 650W is more than enough unless you plan to SLI later on. 4GB or 1600MHz ram is good and a Hyper 212+ cooler. The Antec 902 V3 is a nice case.
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If you run your games in window mode no need for crossfire.
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post #14 of 43
Crossfire means running to ATI GPU's in tandem.... The Nvidia counterpart is called SLI (Scalable link interface).

The motherboard you picked, the P6X58D-E, although an extremely good model, is NOT compatible with the second gen Intel CPU's. The P67 on the other hand IS. The P6X58D-E is an X58 motherboard which was designed for the first gen Nehalem CPU's, while the P67 is designed for the newer Sandy Bridge CPU's.

As for hard drives, I recommend the WD Black as the OS drive like someone mentioned above. If you do have the money, obviously go for the SSD, you'll get massively fast start-up times.

Also, for cooling, the Noctua NH-D14 is a really good model, BUT I would choose the Thermalright archon with an additional TY-140 fan. This model would easily beat the D14, but has the advantage of having a really small width. This allows you to use all the RAM slots in your motherboard, which the NH-D14 or any other high-end cooler would almost always block. The archon is really thin width wise, but taller than others. The only thing is that you have to make sure your case is wide enough to accommodate the width of the archon. If you do go with the Archon with another fan, make sure you get a "PWM Y-Cable" for it. You can buy those at NCIX for less than or around $5. Also, if you do get the Archon, I strongly recommend you get the HAF 932 or HAF X case because it allows the cooler to get a fresh air intake from the front bezels without being obstructed, while having enough width for it to fit snugly. I personally have that configuration with the P6X58D-E.

Here are bunch of photos that I took from that build.
http://flic.kr/s/aHsjtykhAy

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Originally Posted by dashaman View Post
If you run your games in window mode no need for crossfire.
Sorry to burst your little bubble, but that is completely untrue. Crossfire or SLI would work for games regardless if you're running in windowed or fullscreen mode.
Edited by shinigamibob - 4/3/11 at 5:19pm
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one of the motherboards you posted is for socket 1366. go with the sabertooth. I recommend getting a gpu that comes with an aftermarket heatsink. They will normally run cooler and quieter than the stock one. Chances are if you buy a stock one you will want to get a new heatsink later anyway so save yourself the trouble.
for example: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-562-_-Product
Also i found this combo you might like for a 2500k and 6870 (with aftermarket cooler)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDe...t=Combo.619803
Everything else looks good but you can shave off some $$ from the price by going with 4gb of ram (more than enough for regular multi-tasking; like $50 cheaper) and corsairs hx series 750w psu (like $30 cheaper), and the cooler master 212+ (like $70 cheaper than the noctua while still being enough unless you plan to massively overclock your cpu). Hope this helps you some.

oh and i forgot to mention you're still going to need to buy a copy of windows (or w/e) so keep that in mind.
Edited by Georc - 4/3/11 at 5:30pm
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Check out this build:

i5-2500k @ $214.59

ASUS P8P67 Pro @ $180.96

4GB 1600 9-9-9-24 G.Skill Ripjaws X @ $47.28

XFX 750W 80+ Silver @ $112.88 - $20 MIR

LITE-ON Black SATA CD/DVD Burner @ 17.99

HYPER 212 PLUS @ $23.24

XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB @ $274.05 - $30 MIR

WDC Black 1TB @ $69.79

HAF 912 @ $47.70

Total = $988.48 + 13% tax = $1116.98 - $50 MIR = $1066.98

All the links are links you use to pricematch on NCIX, which allows you to get the MIRs they have on the PSU and GPU. Pretty cheap gaming rig right there. Could easily OC it to 4.5ghz too. I'd personally stay away from sabertooth boards. Not the greatest overclockers.
Edited by grassh0ppa - 4/3/11 at 5:29pm
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Originally Posted by grassh0ppa View Post
Check out this build:

i5-2500k @ $214.59

ASUS P8P67 Pro @ $180.96

4GB 1600 9-9-9-24 G.Skill Ripjaws X @ $47.28

XFX 750W 80+ Silver @ $112.88 - $20 MIR

LITE-ON Black SATA CD/DVD Burner @ 17.99

HYPER 212 PLUS @ $23.24

XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB @ $274.05 - $30 MIR

WDC Black 1TB @ $69.79

HAF 912 @ $47.70

Total = $988.48 + 13% tax = $1116.98 - $50 MIR = $1066.98

All the links are links you use to pricematch on NCIX, which allows you to get the MIRs they have on the PSU and GPU. Pretty cheap gaming rig right there. Could easily OC it to 4.5ghz too. I'd personally stay away from sabertooth boards. Not the greatest overclockers.
That is a pretty nice machine there :O. I know I have already asked for quite a bit, but due to the fact that I'm fairly new to the subject I have a few questions still. I read the reviews from the mobo and they don't seem spectacular, but granted, people love to say a lot of negative things. I'm assuming that this mobo supports crossfire. The total cost you have, of 1067, is a very nice number, but I kind of want to see what it would be like to meet the 1500 mark (1500 before tax, don't worry about tax ). Also, in terms of reaching that mark, I do need to get a copy of Windows 7, so that's about 150ish dollars or whatever it's going for now. I'm assuming also, that all of these parts that you have listed will fit inside the case, and will keep things sufficiently cool. You definitely get +rep, you have done outstanding work.

Also thanks everyone else, you guys have also helped me learn and further develop my knowledge on the topic.

Thanks.
Pandemix
post #18 of 43
to the build posted by grassh0ppa you can add a ssd for the os, windows 7 home premium oem, an aftermarket cooled 6950 (for reasons i posted before), and some accesories or extras (like more/different fans, cables, adapters, w/e you need) and come to around $1500 or less (guestimating here )
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give his machine some space to breath, the 912 is a bit small, you will upgrade a lot, trust me you will. Even if you dont need to you will. Get a 922 or a 932. i have a 922 fits the majority of what is out there and not a huge hulking machine.

Also are you fixated on the AMD cards, i would suggest a 570 just based on the stability of the platform, although im currently contemplating switching out my 570 with a 6950 unlock, but i only game at 1080p and prices of the 570 are falling fast so snagging one and SLI'ing will not be a huge hassle in the future(even if the scale isnt amazing.)

I would suggest the hyper 212+ unless you plan on heavy overclocking,sandys overclock quite high on air and hyper 212+ is an amazing cooler.

Eitherway at the end of the day your resolution will tell you what to card to buy. if you want eye finity and or have a 2600 x 1600 (if i missed the size by a couple hundred pixels by bad ) AMD's do better, at 1080p 570 beats all AMD Single GPU offerings.(excluding single card, double gpu's obviously.)

I however live in the US, but i will try to put together a wish list? on the .ca newegg and or try to piece parts together for you off ncix.

Ram,imho, i would just go for 8gb considering the price of the sticks now. I bought everything retail because of my unwillingness to wait but im sure you can get my system(swap i7 for i5) for about 1200.

Ill put up a list as soon as time permits me.
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That is a pretty nice machine there :O. I know I have already asked for quite a bit, but due to the fact that I'm fairly new to the subject I have a few questions still. I read the reviews from the mobo and they don't seem spectacular, but granted, people love to say a lot of negative things. I'm assuming that this mobo supports crossfire. The total cost you have, of 1067, is a very nice number, but I kind of want to see what it would be like to meet the 1500 mark (1500 before tax, don't worry about tax ). Also, in terms of reaching that mark, I do need to get a copy of Windows 7, so that's about 150ish dollars or whatever it's going for now. I'm assuming also, that all of these parts that you have listed will fit inside the case, and will keep things sufficiently cool. You definitely get +rep, you have done outstanding work.

Also thanks everyone else, you guys have also helped me learn and further develop my knowledge on the topic.

Thanks.
Pandemix
The p8p67 pro is a great board for the price, x8x8 crossfire capable and a bunch of nice features. Not sure what review you read but a lot of people on this forum have it. I was going to get it myself but I chose the UD4 simply for the looks haha.

$150 for an OS? You shopping a futureshop? lmao.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit @ $93.79

If you wanna push into the 1500 mark, get this: OCZ Vertex 3 120gb @ $290.98 Although you have to wait for that to come out, and by then you may be able to pricematch it down a few bucks.

and another 6950!

And the 912 is plenty big for the system. Remove one of the HDD cages to accommodate the GPU's and youre good to go. Look at the 912 dimensions vs the 922


22.20" x 10.00" x 19.70" (922)
VS
19.50" x 9.10" x 18.90" (912)

Internally if you remove one of the HDD cages in the 912 you'd actual have more internal length for GPUs. Both are very wide cases, able to accommodate any HS on the market. Why spend an extra $30 bucks for an unnoticeable difference in size?
Edited by grassh0ppa - 4/3/11 at 7:06pm
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