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Old 01-08-2011, 03:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone! My friend recommended me a build (budget of ~$1700 for tower only) and I would love some feedback on it.

Video Cards (two of these)
HIS Radeon HD 5870 H587FN1GD Video Card with Eyefinity

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

HD1 (for OS and other often used programs)
Corsair Force CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HD2
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply
Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

CD Drive (Meh, this doesn't matter as much)
ASUS CD/DVD Burner Black E-IDE/PATA Model DRW-22B2S/BLK/B/AS (Bulk)

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

Motherboard
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO ATX AMD Motherboard

Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor


Any advice on how to improve this list (staying within budget give or take 10%) would be greatly appreciated! Thanks ahead of time!

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Old 01-08-2011, 07:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First thought: Why do you need 16GB RAM? Especially if it's only for games. 8GB of RAM or even 4GB will do just fine.

Second, if you want two 5870's, it only needs 600W for crossfire. To save a little more, I'd recommend:

Newegg.com - Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply

Which would work just fine

Edit:
You also might want a smaller case...you don't really need a full tower.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147047
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066

Those are just two that I searched while having "lots of fans" in mind...I don't know if you'd want LED's on the fans or not...to me they're just a waste of power...
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Get a decent PSU. Corsair, Antec, OCZ, Seasonic are reputable brands.
I wouldn't get two GPU at the beginning, it limits your future upgrades. Get a more powerful single card like the Nvidia 580.
I would get 4GB now, more than enough for gaming and buy more RAM later on if needed.
With the money saved with on the GPU and RAM I would get a intel build, namely the new sandybridge cpus that will destroy that CPU.
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Get A Phenom II x6 1075t
Only 8gb Of Ram Everything else Is Good.
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Hey thanks everyone for the input.

From what I've been reading and from recommendations, I should wait until Sandy drops until I pick my CPU and motherboard.

I will cut down the ram to 8 gb (2x 4gb) and have decided to crossfire two 6950's.

I also decided to get a COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS ... as my power supply.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to get an Intel i-7. Just a couple more questions! Should I just stick with an AMD? If I go Intel, does that mean I have to switch to Nvidia?

Thanks for the responses! I'm going to be ordering everything on Monday!
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get a corsair power supply... i dont build computers with anything but Corsair PSUs.

if you go with Intel ( i suggest you do if you can afford it ) you can still go with ATI ( now called AMD ) Graphics cards.
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EDITED LIST!

HD1
Corsair Force CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HD2
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Video Cards (2 of these)
XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Ram
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH

Power Supply COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

Motherboard
MSI P67A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel P67 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

This is the edited list. What do you guys think of this one? It is approximately 1900 and a little over my budget, but it seems solid to me.

If you guys can provide feedback tonight, I will be purchasing the parts after in approximately four hours. Thanks ahead of time. (Sorry for the long post)
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