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there was never any limit to the computer. i tried not to make it TOO expensive. personally i like the SLI over the 6950. I like to experiment with different set ups. one card is boring anyway.

i guess i see things differently.
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Originally Posted by k3lv1n90 View Post
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
well i think x1 gtx 580 by asus is better than 2x 460
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post #13 of 21
You're spending too much on your motherboard. It's a great motherboard, but it's excessive; if you're on any kind of budget, it's too much.
The 2600k is another great performer, but you could save an extra $100 by going with a 2500k and you'd be just fine.
That money could be taken and put into RAM, and your video card. I'd opt for a pair of 6950's and BIOS mod them to fully fledged 6970's. Great deal, great performance.
8GB of RAM should be fine -- with Sandy Bridge the speed of your RAM actually matters; there will be a difference.
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post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Wow, I'm overwhelmed by those response. lol I'll try to reply everything.

Aeschylus & eGGe & pangeltveit :

So I need to go with a DDR3 (Dual Channel) 1600mhz 2X4GB? Cause I'm a little noob about rams.

Darqside:

I'll take a second HDD or SSD for Windows as well, forgot to mention.

madalin:

Thanks for this awesome info, I already think I have a biased side for the 6950

MacNcheese:

So DDR3 (Dual Channel) as well? I won't go under 6GB anyways, so it's either 8 or 6 depending if I understand the DDR3 dual and triple channel thingy. lol


TKnebel:

Yeah, I will buy fans or other things, but I just don't know yet about the cooling systems cause i just realized you need a lot of planning before buying a new pc :S

Thank you all for your comments, anything would help me out
post #15 of 21
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You're spending too much on your motherboard. It's a great motherboard, but it's excessive; if you're on any kind of budget, it's too much.
The 2600k is another great performer, but you could save an extra $100 by going with a 2500k and you'd be just fine.
That money could be taken and put into RAM, and your video card. I'd opt for a pair of 6950's and BIOS mod them to fully fledged 6970's. Great deal, great performance.
8GB of RAM should be fine -- with Sandy Bridge the speed of your RAM actually matters; there will be a difference.
It's just so I do not have to change motherboard afterwards :S
I'm not that tight around the budget, I've already planned for the 2600K.
I'll just add some more money into the ram
and as for the graphic card, I like the idea that you can mod them into 6970
but i'll add a second 6950 after cause the money I save from 2500K is not enough for me to buy a second 6950 unfortunately :S
post #16 of 21
dude. i cant stop messing with anything i get my hands on. sli just sounds like fun. id later, sell the SLI'd cards, buy a really good used card with the money, and invest in a new SLI or crossfire set up. but ok. we are all different haha
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post #17 of 21
I would rec. the 6950 or GTX 560Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127569
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127555

2x4GB of 1600 low voltage RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231461
an SSD is a must with this level of system-min. of 60 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233124

A good PSU for possible crossfire/SLi
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151087
$30 off w/promo EMCKFJH33
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post #18 of 21
if i remember correctly dont two 460's in sli scale up to beat the 580 by atleast 15%.

bring on the 460 2win! that beats the 580 for £100 less.. just can only sli twice.
post #19 of 21
Get a higher clocked ram,
go for corsair vengeance 1866mhz,these ram work best with sandy bridge,
for the gpu part I suggest u to go with hd6950 2gb(can be unlocked to hd6970) because in u can add four such cards if u want to add(your mobo can run four amd gpu)
but u cant add more than two card if u go with hd6850/gtx460 because these two cards support 2way crossfire/sli at maximum.
Hope this helps u
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post #20 of 21
GPU: HD6950 (then flash it to a 6970)
RAM: You want dual channel DDR3. Something like this kit will do just fine;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-431-_-Product

PSU: For single card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151087

If you want dual cards at some point - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...orsair%20AX850

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-601-_-Product

However, how much rendering do you do? Like do you use CAD software as a profession? If you do, look at an Nvidia GPU so you can take advantage of CUDA, it will speed up your render times significantly (especially when ray-tracing and 1,000,000 poly + scenes)

Do you plan on overclocking? If you do, you will want an aftermarket cooler.

For value - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-065-_-Product

For extreme performance - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...018&Tpk=NH-D14

However if you get the NH-D14, you will need low profile ram. Such as Corsair XMS3 range - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-263-_-Product

Or you can go Mushkin - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-178-_-Product

Hope that helps!
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