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Old March 15, 2011, 05:06 AM
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So after a month of debating over parts I think know what I want. This PC will be mainly used for playing some of the newest games (which I want to be on the highest quality settings). Considering how rubbish my laptop is becoming I also wanted a high quality build that will last a long time (maybe replacing a part or two if they get out-dated). Don't plan on overclocking anything.

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Pro B3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k
RAM: G Skill Ripjaws X (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz
Case: Coolermaster HAF X
PSU: Corsair TX 650W
GPU: XFX ATI Radeon 6950
SSD (for OS): OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB
HDD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP 12x Blu-Ray Combo Drive

Any last thoughts before I order this in the next few days? Thanks

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Old March 15, 2011, 05:17 AM
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I could be picky and say "price match this, I like this brand over that," but overall, I really find this to be a pretty solid build.

The 650w PSU will leave you full o/c headroom, provided you don't add more power draw from GPU(s). You'll have to stick with >200w TDP GPUs to be on the safe side, but the next gen 28nm GPUs promise to perform 3-4x better with the same power draw as current GPUs.

Otherwise, the only thing I'd suggest you look at/consider is buying a GTX 560 vs 6950. You'll get a 10% reduction in performance (if you game at 1680x1050, which is 22" & 21" or less, it wont' matter) but the price is lower. If you can get a 560 for $30 less than a 6950, I'd hop over to the 560 if you don't need the extra 10% performance.
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Old March 15, 2011, 06:02 AM
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Very nice selection...nothing that I can recommend that setup will last a good while
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Old March 15, 2011, 06:03 AM
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SSD: If you're buying from newegg, then upgrading from 60GB to 90GB won't hurt you value wise.

Case: Good choice on the case which can support 2 6950s in CF, or try the IN Win Dragon Rider.

The motherboard also supports CF, but a high end card such as the 6950 will have trouble with no space between top and bottom cards. The bottom card might fry the top one. You will do better by getting the Deluxe instead.

However should youCF later, then the PSU is on the very edge and an upgrade to 750W would be better. The best to do is to go for 850W so the PSU will generate less noise and heat and in case you decided to unlock. Seasonic, corsair, Antec and XFX are recommended in that order.
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Old March 15, 2011, 06:35 AM
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Looks good. One thought though. Since you have no intentions of overclocking you could save a few dollars with a 2500 or 2400 (vice the 2500k). If there is a chance you will overclock then stick with the 2500k.
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Old March 15, 2011, 03:37 PM
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2gb 6950 right? besides that, go for it!

at the price the 2500k is to be had right now(close to 200) you wont cry when dozer hits.
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If you won't be overclocking you're arguably throwing a lot of money into the wind with regards to your motherboard and CPU choices.
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Old March 15, 2011, 06:54 PM
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If you won't be overclocking you're arguably throwing a lot of money into the wind with regards to your motherboard and CPU choices.
Seconded, just do it! get a decent cooler for an extra few bucks and u will be looking at 4.5ghz+ damn near risk free!

these chips can go 5ghz with adequate cooling but don't aim for that if you're new to overclocking. Although, the actual overclock being only done via the multiplier is very easy, the voltage needed makes cooling a little more tricky...
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Old March 17, 2011, 08:34 AM
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I decided to go for a higher 750W PSU and am looking at CPU coolers to consider overclocking. Reckon a CM 212+ would do the job? (dont really want too spend too much more on this build).
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I decided to go for a higher 750W PSU and am looking at CPU coolers to consider overclocking. Reckon a CM 212+ would do the job? (dont really want too spend too much more on this build).
I'd say the CM Hyper212+ does do it's job pretty well considering it's price. But I have to say mounting it is a pain because of the middle pin method makes it turn and have a little free play which I don't quite like. But you only need to mount it once so I don't think the CM Hyper212+ is all that bad. While you're at it get another 120MM fan for a push pull configuration and you're ready for take off
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