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Old March 21, 2011, 04:58 PM
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Hello,

I am making up a build focused mid-performance with some goodies.

- This build priority is programming on dual-screen with Visual Studio.
- Playing some games such EVE Online, Starcraft II and probably diablo 3 when he will ever be out. Would love to be able to play Crysis II too. But i am not a pure gamer.

Here what ive came up so far ...

Case (already ordered)
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 4 Channel Fan Ctrl No PS
PSU(already ordered)
Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready 120MM PWM Fan
Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI USB3.0 Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard
Processor
Intel Core i5 2500 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
HD1
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
HD2 (For raid config)
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
DVD Burner (already ordered)
Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM
Videocard
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr OC 880MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card

The things i am not so sure are the video card and the motherboard... been years i havent built a pc so lol kicking out my old build (8800GT) for this new one.

Would love to have ways greater performance than 8800GT. Would a mix of intel and ati could be good ?

Edit: Forgot to add i have a budget of max 1300$.

Thanks.

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Old March 21, 2011, 05:44 PM
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Since you're using a P67 motherboard I suggest adding a little bit more for a Core i5 2500K instead. That way you are actually getting the OC enabled motherboard and OC enabled processor. Otherwise the Core i5 2500 that you currently want to put in should go with a cheaper H67 motherboard because the 2500 cannot OC.

Unless you want more space to install your programs, getting a 60-90GB SSD is about as fast or on par with 2 WD Blacks in RAID 0. The SSD is also trouble free compared to 2 WD Blacks in RAID 0 which can have corrupt data if 1 of the drives fail.

Another option to consider is the Radeon HD6950 1GB. It is cheaper and performs better than the GTX560 Ti. There is no problem with pairing an Intel system with an AMD GPU.
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Since you're using a P67 motherboard I suggest adding a little bit more for a Core i5 2500K instead. That way you are actually getting the OC enabled motherboard and OC enabled processor. Otherwise the Core i5 2500 that you currently want to put in should go with a cheaper H67 motherboard because the 2500 cannot OC.

Unless you want more space to install your programs, getting a 60-90GB SSD is about as fast or on par with 2 WD Blacks in RAID 0. The SSD is also trouble free compared to 2 WD Blacks in RAID 0 which can have corrupt data if 1 of the drives fail.

Another option to consider is the Radeon HD6950 1GB. It is cheaper and performs better than the GTX560 Ti. There is no problem with pairing an Intel system with an AMD GPU.
Yeah. Thanks for the 2500K clue. For the card do you know some more mid ranged priced one ? forgot to add i had a budget of max 1300$.
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For mid range GCs I think you can look for a GTX460 OC or a HD6870. Optionally is the older brother the HD5850 which should perform slightly better than the HD6870 but if you are aiming for a CF setup the HD6870 is a better option as CF scaling on the HD6000 series card are better than the HD5000 series and even outperforms the current SLi scaling on GTX500 series cards.
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Old March 22, 2011, 04:52 AM
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For mid range GCs I think you can look for a GTX460 OC or a HD6870. Optionally is the older brother the HD5850 which should perform slightly better than the HD6870 but if you are aiming for a CF setup the HD6870 is a better option as CF scaling on the HD6000 series card are better than the HD5000 series and even outperforms the current SLi scaling on GTX500 series cards.
Nice one (HD6870) ! For 200$ i think it is worth it. I will give it a try. Which manufacturer you suggest ? (for scallability, performance, etc..)
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The HD6870 is plagued with very poor drivers from AMD that will leave you pulling your hair out in frustrations at time. I'd highly recommend you stay away from that card specifically.
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My friend's rig that I've assembled has Sapphire HD6870 in Crossfire and so far have not seen much problems with it. I went for Sapphire because it was the cheapest among the brands that are available here locally.

If you're unsure that the HD6870 is problematic like what Arinoth has said then go for the GTX460 OC and overclock it a little bit more then it would have on par performance with the HD6870 at stock.
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