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Old December 5, 2012, 10:07 AM
AeroNut AeroNut is offline
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Arrow New Build - Used Parts - Shoestring Budget

Hey guys. This is my first post, here or any online hardware forum for that matter.. I'm a proud Canuck, born a bred Toronto boy, figured this is where I need to start.

Was hoping you guys could shed some light.

My current setup:
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-G41MT-S2PT Socket 775
Ram: Kingston HyperX Genesis 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
CPU: Intel® Core2 Quad Processor Q9300 (6M Cache, 2.50 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
PSU: Thermaltake TR-600 TR2 ATX Power Supply - 600W
Case: Generic Canada Computers Mid-Size case
Monitor: LG L204WT-SF (x2)
HD's: WD Caviar Black - 500GB & 2TB

With this current setup I cant do everything I'd like. The GPU the great, I'd eventually like to get a 3rd L204WT monitor(already found a seller) and run an Eyefinity setup for my MS Flight Simulator X. ATM I can run FSX with Dual-Monitors at 30fps avg. on Mid-High settings. I want to be able to run FSX on Very High settings with a full on 5040x1050 Eyefinity setup.

This is what I've been offered. I think it'll do the trick but I want to get your opinions on hardware performance and price.

Mobo: Asus Rampage III Extreme - $150
CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W - $150
Ram: Corsair XMS3 DOMINATOR-GT 3X2GB DDR3-2000 CL8-9-8-24 - $100
Cooling: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler - $50

The guy I'm buying it from said it's all mine for $400.
From my research this setup should be able to Overclock like a rocket. Although I wont push it too hard as I need it to last. However, with that setup I'll most likely need to buy a SSD and I'll have my 2 HD's as storage. Thats going to run me another $100.
SO thats $500 minimum.

Plus, I dont know if my PSU has the juice to let this mother off the leash..potentially another $100. And another thought, it's probably going to run hotter then mama's stove.. ?

If my budget was ~$500. Would you recommend this setup? Do you think I could find better hardware for a better price elsewhere? Go with new hardware? Would this setup have the balls to power FSX with Eyefinity. Can you foresee any complications or further expenses I might run into?

Your opinions and experience would mean a lot to me.
Many thanks

Last edited by AeroNut; December 5, 2012 at 01:44 PM.
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