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Old July 6, 2010, 01:04 PM
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Default First Build in 4 year.. looking for some advice

Hello everyone. It's been 4 years since I built my last gaming computer and now it's about time for a new beast. I'm a fan of longevity so I'm going to top tier components as I want it to outlast the last one, although I doubt that will happen. So here's what I'm looking at.. I'd love to know what everyone thinks, there will also be a few undecideds at the bottom.

Case: Coolermaster CM 960 II Advanced
CPU: Intel i7 930 2.8 GHz
Mobo: Asus Rampage III Extreme
CPU heatsink: Noctua NH-C12P SE14
PSU: Corsair HX 850 (unless the 750 is enough)
GPU: (here's the decision) 1xRadeon 5870 -or- 2xRadeon 5850 -or- 1x Radeon 5970 -or- 1xRadeon 5870 and add one more after Christmas.

RAM - Thinking mushkin DDR3-1600
SSD - No clue.. it's for the OS and a few games.. I have a WHS for my media.. I might put in a small 250GB drive for games
Optical drives - Most likely a BluRay player but it may be a writer, not that I'd need it.

Please tell me What you think.

Thank you.
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Old July 6, 2010, 03:25 PM
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Well since everyone is viewing and not commenting I'll be the first.

I assume you mean the CM 690 II Advanced. Nice case. My brother just picked one up and it's very similar to the HAF X just smaller.

I just bought the same cpu, haven't had a chance to use it yet but it's supposed to be decent.\

I personally think the rampage III extreme is overkill. I was looking at it for a long while but can't justify spending almost $400 on a motherboard. I picked up the Asus P6x58D-E and it's supposed to be a really good motherboard also. Supports SATA 6 GB and USB 3.0. Also the new up and coming 32nm cpu.

Heatsink I'm not sure about. I picked up the venomous X.

Any corsair modular is going to be good. 850 should be lots, 750 I'm not sure. Someone else will have to chime in on that. Same with GPU and RAM. Dont' know enough about them.

SSD I was told either the vertex 2 100gig or the recently reviewed phoenix are the ones to get. As long as you'll be running windows 7.
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Old July 6, 2010, 04:03 PM
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try the cm 922.

even the 750 will be good for crossfire.

what else do you need to chip in? 24in lcd? bigger?
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Old July 14, 2010, 11:42 AM
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I'd go with one radeon 5870 (the 2gb model if you can) and add one after christmas. Definately get mushkin ram. And also get an Intel SSD.
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Old July 14, 2010, 02:58 PM
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Overall, good choice with the minor changes. +1 with micahkanchan. Mushkin Ram, Corsair HX. The Asus P6X58D-E is a better choice over the premium as the chip provides better performance for your gaming, unless you need 2 RJ 45s? Check the BST section for some of those parts, you can save a fair bit while getting some good hardware. Good luck with your build and enjoy the new system. Oh, and Win7 64 bit , the way to go.
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Old July 15, 2010, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by micahkanchan View Post
I'd go with one radeon 5870 (the 2gb model if you can) and add one after christmas. Definately get mushkin ram. And also get an Intel SSD.
And why do you recommend the HD 5870 with 2GB, which doesn't make absolutely no difference compared to the 1GB version !

The changes I'd make are the following:
- Gigabyte X58A-UD3R oder ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard
- Corsair H50 or Thermolab baram2010 CPU cooler
- GeForce GTX 460 1GB (1 or 2 in SLI)
- I saw a nice G.Skill 6GB kit 1600MHz CL8 on Newegg.com
- SSD: depends on the size. Corsair F60 or F120 with the new SandForce SF-1200 chip
- PSU: stick to the Corsair HX850, it's a great unit ! However if you find the Gold AX850, don't hesitate :)
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Old July 16, 2010, 11:54 AM
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I like your choice on RAM. I have a friend who swears by Mushkin's RAM. Mushkin is a good brand and you will probably pay a bit more for it but they make good OCers and usually last longer.
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