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Old 06-14-2012, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default High End (Hopefully) Computer Specs

These are the parts that I'm currently looking at to make my new desktop:

Case - Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 ATX Full Tower Gaming Computer Case ($140)
Motherboard - MSI 970A-G46 AMD 9 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready ($100)
CPU - AMD FX-8150 FX 8-Core Black Edition Processor Socket AM3+ ($200)
Graphics card(x2)* - HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($140 ea.)
Power supply - KingWin Lazer Power Supply 1000 Watts with Universal Modular Connectors/3 Way LED Switch/80 Plus Bronze ATX 1000 Power Supply LZ-1000 ($140)
RAM - Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX ($50)
HDD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($100)
CD/DVD Drive - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($19)
Cooling System - Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro Closed-Loop All In One Liquid CPU Cooler Dual 120mm PWM Fans 120x49mm Radiator CLW0216 ($95)

So yeah, that's what I've found around Tigerdirect and Newegg. I plan on buying two of those Radeon HD 6870s so I can have multiple-GPUs (Crossfire and the sort). My primary concerns right now is how well this system will run, and when I go get all of the parts together how to even put them together. This is the first time I've ever built my own desktop so putting them all together will be a new experience. I know how to connect the two GPUs (with a Crossfire bridge, right?) it's just that I'm pretty unenlightened to the rest. So if you can, post replies on what you think about the system, if it'll even work (another thing I'm afraid of), and suggestions for when I go to put the rig together.

The final price comes to around $1,600. I do have a budget and I've already gone over it by a hundred bucks, so I'd like to keep it in this range.
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Honestly, for a over $1000 build, intel is the best way to go. Intel is winning the cpu battle, so a 2500k is the way to go for a gaming rig.

A 2500k is like $220 and a motherboard is just over $100.

I wouldn't go xfire, not yet anyway. Get 1 good card like a 7950.

I'm alittle skeptical of the kingwin 1200W. $140 for 1200W is scarey. You really only need a quality brand 850/950.

Also the all in one coolers sorta suck. At that price, get a quality aircooler, like a noctua, and save a lot of head aches.
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Honestly, for a over $1000 build, intel is the best way to go. Intel is winning the cpu battle, so a 2500k is the way to go for a gaming rig.

A 2500k is like $220 and a motherboard is just over $100.

I wouldn't go xfire, not yet anyway. Get 1 good card like a 7950.

I'm alittle skeptical of the kingwin 1200W. $140 for 1200W is scarey. You really only need a quality brand 850/950.

Also the all in one coolers sorta suck. At that price, get a quality aircooler, like a noctua, and save a lot of head aches.
+1 besides a few things.

3570k, a 650 or 750w Corsair PSU, a single good AMD or Nvidia card, and an H80.
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