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Case - Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower
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CPU - Phenom II 1100T Black
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CPU Cooler - CORSAIR CWCH50-1
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PSU - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
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Graphics - HD 6950 2GB
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(Will Crossfire with another one later.)

Mother - ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
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Internal SSD - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC
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LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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Temperature - NZXT Sentry LXE Touch Screen Fan Controller
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OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack
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Thermal Compound - Arctic Silver AA-1.75G
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Anti-static - Kingwin ATS-GL Large Anti-Static Gloves w/ Gripping Dots
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Final price - $1803.80

I already have my own speakers and a hard drive. As well as a keyboard and mouse and wires.

My budget is $1800 and I'm trying to make something that won't require any upgrades for a long time except the ram and the graphics card. This is my first time so if you could look it over for me that'd be swell.

I have concerns and questions.

I'm using a 40" LCD TV at 1920 by 1080 as my main screen and I'm wondering if this rig is too much for that low resolution. I have no plans for multiple monitors or Eyefinity. I want something that can play all the latest games at top or near top settings. The big 1000 PSU if for the Crossfire later on and for overall stability.

I am concerned about the Dominator ram. I heard expansion can be a problem for them cause of lack of room or something (something to do with the heat spreaders?). I was looking at A-Data as well.

Also, I'm not sure abut the graphics card. I plan on Crossfiring the 2GB HD6950 later on. But I heard for 1080p the HD6970 or the GTX570 was the better choice. Also, there are so band differnt brand names I didn't know which one to go with. Some help?

I plan on overclocking when need be, thus the CPU cooler and the big rig with all the fans. Will later add watercooling if need be.

So is this too much or just right? Thank you.
Edited by RolloCyde - 4/17/11 at 2:39pm
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I wouldn't go with a 6 core AMD, not many applications take advantage of it. Get a Sandybridge system, it'll be better in the long run.
    
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Its all looking good, but to save some cash you could always get something like an HX850 rather than a 1000. The 6950s are great cards, some of them can be unlocked to 6970s, at least I think so?
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I wouldn't go with a 6 core AMD, not many applications take advantage of it. Get a Sandybridge system, it'll be better in the long run.
Im using a 1100T and its good for gaming. Stock clocking was good but i have mine stable at 3.8Ghz and its plenty of gaming power(Note that im new to overclocking so I cant quite get stable 4Ghz yet) Just wait until they make games than can take advantage of all 6 cores. Then you will be set.
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I would also recommend a 2500k over that cpu...it's even cheaper.
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The build looks good although I would recommend going for a Sandy Bridge build. Mabye getting an i5 2500k and an Asus Sabertooth? I believe it should all be around the same price.
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Looks good to me!!! i see a ssd ? I dont see a HDD ? if your not using a old one i would recommend a western digital black/blue or a spinpoint f3. Those would suite your storage needs!
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Its all looking good, but to save some cash you could always get something like an HX850 rather than a 1000. The 6950s are great cards, some of them can be unlocked to 6970s, at least I think so?
Well that's why I'm asking. I'm confused. I'm trying to make something that'll last me several years. I heard that two 6950s in Crossfire need 660 watts. Then there is the option of three 6950s but I heard that was worthless at my single resolution. I am just trying to be on the safe side. Would 850 be good enough? I heard as a rule of thumb you should have 200 more watts than what's recommend. But I was also thinking about future graphics card and higher power they might require.

The 6950s can overclock but I heard that it's not really good for them. They weren't made for that and could fry over time. The only thing that's safe is releasing the shaders. But I don't really know much about them so I could be wrong.


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Looks good to me!!! i see a ssd ? I dont see a HDD ? if your not using a old one i would recommend a western digital black/blue or a spinpoint f3. Those would suite your storage needs!
Thank you. I have a 1TB Seagate that's sitting here doing nothing. But Seagates stink so it's WD for me from now on.
Edited by RolloCyde - 4/17/11 at 2:40pm
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I wouldn't go with a 6 core AMD, not many applications take advantage of it. Get a Sandybridge system, it'll be better in the long run.
^ This.

Go for the i7 k edition, Hyperthreading gives you 8 cores effectively (not that every application can support it) but the sandybridge cpus are crazily good overclockers. Match that with the asus P8 pro motherboard and a 570 or 560ti graphics card and you have an overclock happy system
Gpu can be pushed to over 1ghz and the CPU over 5ghz.

It's worth mentioning that the bulldoser cpus by amd are coming out soon and its worth having a look them first.

As for the psu, 1000 is overkill unless your looking to crossfire or SLi.

Hope this helps you with your build

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Looks good to me!!! i see a ssd ? I dont see a HDD ? if your not using a old one i would recommend a western digital black/blue or a spinpoint f3. Those would suite your storage needs!
Good shout on the spinpoint F3

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