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Hi everyone, thanks for reading this thread, I'm buying a new pc in the next week, I live in Malaysia, so there might be some parts that are not available yet, but anyway, here is the tentative specs of it, I want to know if there are anything wrong or better suggestions. Please help me out

  1. CPU: i7-2600K
  2. Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme Rev 3
Right, these 2 are what I will probably buy, now I have a few simple questions.

1) Ram: I'm thinking of going with
Corsair DDR3 1333 PC10600 Gaming 2GB x 3 = 6GB
My question is, am I using all the available slots? Because I've researched for 2 days all about processor and Sandy bridge compatible motherboard, but I'm still confused about those DDR3 dual and DDR3 Triple channel stuff :S So please advise me on this.

2) Graphic Card: For graphic card I was thinking of going with:
Sapphire HD6850 Toxic 1GB x 2 = 2GB in Crossfire
or
Gigabyte GTX460 OC x 2 = 2GB in SLI
or
Single Sapphire HD6950 x 1 = 2GB

This one as well have been a complete headache for me :S I've researched all about the card and SLI/Crossfire but all I could get is those witty comments like either "It's gonna boost it up" or "It's a waste of time"

Please bear in mind for graphic cards that I render 3D models, buildings in 3ds Max. I also render a lot of Full HD video, and I play a lot of Games (Still waiting for Assassin's Creed 3 )
So what do you think is better? Going SLI/CrossFire or a single one?

Final thing: Power Supply:
How much? :S lol


For the rest, just in case you want to know, although I feel it would be irrelevant, here is the rest of things I want to buy:

1) HDD S-ATA 1TB (6GB/s) Western Digital
2) Light-Scribe DVD writer LG GH24
3) Monitor Dell 23" LED
4) Cooler Master HAF X nVidia Edition NV-942

So tell me what's good or not

Thank you
post #2 of 21
p.s. 3 dimms in a 4-dimm board?

Edit: it's a dual-channel setup, so 2 or 4 sticks is the optimum arrangement
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In crossfire or sli, u will not double ur memory, u will only have the 1GB in use

edit: and yes, p67 does only support dual channel memory, so buy only memory in kits of 2.
Edited by eGGe - 4/17/11 at 12:55am
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for a PSU, I reccommend the AX 850 for a setup like this.

Also, take a 2x2Gb ram setup, or 2x4Gb ram setup.

3x2Gb is for the X58 platform since it has 6 dimm slots.

Also, I would have taken the HD 6950 2Gb, and then add another one in the future
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RAM: Go with DDR3 1600mhz. I am not too sure abut the double or triple channel, but go with 1600mhz to see a REAL boost to an unbuilt, nice syste,.

Graphics card: I would go with the GTX 460. I prefer nvidia for many many ir stuff to reasons. they build their stuff to work with anything and I have had much less problems with nvidia than ATI. if you can cough up a few extra bucks (usually the case with nvidia) its well worth it.

CPU: go with a nice intel quad. the one i have hasnt failed me ever. finding the perfect processor is a thread of its own.

power supply: id go with at least a 1200w PSU with sleeved cables. plenty of sata power cables, and high ratings. also one with a nice fan system.

HDD. get a 1TB hdd for programs and all that heavy stuff and get a 250gb hdd for windows installation. trust me, its well worth it and makes reformatting easy. make sure you make a system image.

DVD write: make sure you get a sata one that is a DVD RW.

Monitor: Dell makes nice monitors. i have one and I love it. go with it. 23" is a prefect size

Case: my case is also an nvidia case. but its a 334. nice case. cooler master knows how to make em.

summary: multi core pc intel CPU, nvidia SLI, 1600mhz ram with nice heat spreaders, 1200w psu so you wont worry about ANYTHING. make sure it has atleast 4 6-pin connecters for the video cards. add an extra HDD, and get a DVD RW
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Quote:
Originally Posted by eGGe View Post
In crossfire or sli, u will not double ur memory, u will only have the 1GB in use
This ! In crossfire/SLI you only double the processing power ( Processior cores , Shaders , etc ) . I would recommend the 6950 as it's very simple to unlock those to 6970 . Plus you can allways add more . With the 560 i only think you can go SLI (dual mode) , with 6950 on the other side you can go quad .

Your choice .
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Darqside View Post
RAM: Go with DDR3 1600mhz. I am not too sure abut the double or triple channel, but go with 1600mhz to see a REAL boost to an unbuilt, nice syste,.

Graphics card: I would go with the GTX 460. I prefer nvidia for many many ir stuff to reasons. they build their stuff to work with anything and I have had much less problems with nvidia than ATI. if you can cough up a few extra bucks (usually the case with nvidia) its well worth it.

CPU: go with a nice intel quad. the one i have hasnt failed me ever. finding the perfect processor is a thread of its own.

power supply: id go with at least a 1200w PSU with sleeved cables. plenty of sata power cables, and high ratings. also one with a nice fan system.

HDD. get a 1TB hdd for programs and all that heavy stuff and get a 250gb hdd for windows installation. trust me, its well worth it and makes reformatting easy. make sure you make a system image.

DVD write: make sure you get a sata one that is a DVD RW.

Monitor: Dell makes nice monitors. i have one and I love it. go with it. 23" is a prefect size

Case: my case is also an nvidia case. but its a 334. nice case. cooler master knows how to make em.

summary: multi core pc intel CPU, nvidia SLI, 1600mhz ram with nice heat spreaders, 1200w psu so you wont worry about ANYTHING. make sure it has atleast 4 6-pin connecters for the video cards. add an extra HDD, and get a DVD RW
OMG
Don't u think 1200w psu would be a tad of OVERKILL?
And if someony would buy a separate disk to OS, why not buy a ssd instead of a other hdd? I don't see any point to buy a separate hdd only for OS...

Edit: And oh yeah, 1333Mzh vs 1600Mhz (cl9), NOT such a big difference in real-world use.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mem...sandy-bridge/1
Edited by eGGe - 4/17/11 at 1:08am
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Honostly, Ide say to make these changes:
If you want dual monitors, then go with a 2gb card. Basically, when in crossfire, the RAM from the card wont add up. Youll have two cards still using 1GB of memory. More monitors requires more RAM but 1gb-1.5gb is plenty for one monitor. Youll benefit more from one great card rather than two good cards sli/cf. Plus, youll loose the possible sli/cf problems that may occur if the game doesnt support sli/cf. Although someone else can give you better input on how it affects video rendering and such.

Go with a dual channel kit - shoot for 8gb atleast. Look at timings, lower is better and if its rated for a faster frequency then its also better.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by eGGe View Post
OMG
Don't u think 1200w psu would be a tad of OVERKILL?
And if someony would buy a separate disk to OS, why not buy a ssd instead of a other hdd? I don't see any point to buy a separate hdd only for OS...
1200w PSU? He's looking to build a budget performance PC, not send himself to the moon.

Drop the WD HD for an F3 Samsung.

Get a 650-700w PSU and save a bunch of cash.

Grab any random dual-channel DDR3, it doesn't matter.

Grab the 6950 for now, and add another if you need it when you can afford.

Edit: Also, I see you're buying the 2600K yet you're not buying an aftermarket cooler. Save some money and just get the locked version if you're not planning on overclocking. Otherwise buy a cheap 212+ to thrown on. Unless you want to splurge and grab a D-14. And I really think you should consider buying a cheaper mobo and using that money to put toward a better GPU setup.
Edited by TKnebel - 4/17/11 at 1:13am
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eGGe c. a good power supply is really awesome for me. I use one for testing and its great.
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