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Old 05-30-2011, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. Here is my build:

1 x Cooler Master - CM 690 II Advanced Nvidia Edition Mid Tower

1 x AMD - Phenomô II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3)

1 x Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

1 x Arctic Cooling - MX-3 Premium Thermal Compound, 4g

1 x Gigabyte - GA-P67A-UD3-B3 w/ Dual DDR3 2133, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX

1 x Corsair - Dominator DHX+ 6GB DDR3 1600MHz CL8 Triple Channel Kit (3 x 2GB)

1 x Corsair - Dominator Airflow Fan for High Performance Memory Modules

1 x Seagate - 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III w/ 16MB Cache


1 x MSI - N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI

1 x Antec - EarthWatts EA 650W Power Supply w/ Triple +12V

A few notes:
-I plan to game
-Choose x4 965 to save money over i5-2500k
-Plan to do some light over clocking in the future

How does this look? Will it be a good gaming system for the next 3-4 years? Do I need the extra cooling I added?

Any input would be appreciated!
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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get memory that comes in 2's
get the gtx 460 over the gtx 550 ti
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Do you think it matters if I get it in 2's? I don't plan on upgrading the ram for a while (seems pointless).

What do you think about the memory cooling, Is it needed or not?

Do the rest of the components look o.k?

Thanks for the input! (My budget is ~1000CAD by the way!)
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sorry, missed a big one...
An AMD CPU will not work in an Intel motherboard.
memory cooling is not needed.
to be honest, good gaming system for the next 3-4 years? probably not
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks again, sorry as it is a little late and I'm slightly excited. Here is a revised build:


1 x Cooler Master - CM 690 II Advanced Nvidia Edition Mid Tower

1 x Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler

1 x Arctic Cooling - MX-3 Premium Thermal Compound, 4g

1 x Seagate - 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III w/ 16MB Cache

1 x Antec - EarthWatts EA 650W Power Supply w/ Triple +12V

1 x Microsoft - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit) SP1 DVD - OEM

1 x Asus - EAH6850 DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 1GB v2 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

1 x AMD - Phenom™ II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3)

1 x GSKILL - 4GB Ripjaws X Series PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 2GB)

Gigabyte - GA-890XA-UD3 w/ DualDDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, USB3.0, 1394, CrossFireX


If this rig will not be good for 3-4 more years is it atleast somewhat future proof with am3 motherboard for bulldozer and room for another video card?
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that video card is worse than the 560 ti. and the reason why i said it won't be a good gaming system is because 3-4 years is quite far out there. and i personally feel that there is quite a bit of renewed interest from developers recently on the pc platform, thus graphics are going to get better very soon. instead of getting all these ports from consoles with their 5-6+year hardware.

but see, once you take the inital plunge on your pc, you don't have to spend as much money as this time around. most likely just a video card upgrade next time.
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that video card is worse than the 560 ti.
But it's also $100 cheaper. It's better than the first he chose (550 ti).
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oh my bad, i thought he had chosen the gtx 560 ti in his first post.
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"Nvidia Edition"

youll save $40 if you go with the same case minus the nvidia branding, which makes me think that you could probably find a better case for the same amount of money, unless you really like/need that branding.
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Thanks for the advice guys. After listening to some reviews I've decided that I should probably go with a core i5 after all. Here is my revised build:

1 x Cooler Master - Storm Enforcer Case, Black
1 x Intel - Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache
1 x Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
1 x GSKILL - 4GB Ripjaws X Series PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 2GB)
1 x Seagate - 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III w/ 16MB Cache
1 x Asus - EAH6850 DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 1GB v2 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
1 x Silverstone - Strider Essential 600W Power Supply
1 x Microsoft - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit) SP1 DVD - OEM
1 x Gigabyte - GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 w/ Dual DDR3 2133, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, CrossFireX / SLI
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1 x Asus - P8P67-M Rev 3.0 w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, Quad CrossFireX

Which motherboard should I use (the gigabyte one cannot handle 1600 ram?) Does everything else look fine?
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