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Old June 18, 2011, 03:56 PM
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I am a first time builder and I wanted to run my chosen components by the community to gather opinions. I have a maximum budget of $2000 for all components, but wouldn't mind spending less that that. I'd like to build the best PC that I can for my budget, the intention is to use the PC for high-mid range gaming. The parts that I've picked are as follows:

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz QuadCore
Video Cards: 2x MSI Radeon HD 6950 2GB Crossfire
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
Monitor: ASUS VH226H 21.5"
OS: Windows 7 Home Edition OEM

All in all I have this priced at $1840 right now.

Does this seem like a good configuration? Are there any compatibility issues that I may encounter with these components? Will I need a heat sink in addition to the four built-in fans in the case? Anything that I've forgotten to consider? Any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old June 18, 2011, 04:05 PM
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hmmm

2500k for cpu
for single monitor the 6950 1 gig versions will do fine or so :
AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card in CrossFire - Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF :: TweakTown USA Edition
you need dual channel ram(2 sticks)
try to get an ssd for os,2tb for storage
912 or 922 for case
good psu,bit older design :)
get a 24 incher for lcd



you'll need better cooling if you want to go to 4.5ghz or more with some luck
without the cpu throttling


welcome aboard btw!!
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Old June 18, 2011, 04:19 PM
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Thanks for the response! Just a few follow-up questions:

No plans to overclock, should I invest in a heat-sink?
Just to clarify, to get dual channel RAM do I just need two sticks of the same make or are there special Dual Channel makes?
Am I just wasting money with two 2 GB video cards, will they offer any advantage, even if slight?
Why 2500K for CPU?
SSD is out of my budget for the time being, but I am definitely aware of the OS on SSD method.

Thanks again for the help and the welcome!
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Old June 18, 2011, 04:31 PM
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if you dont overclock,then get a non k cpu on an h67 board or such
a better heatsink will be,maybe,more quiet.
you get a dual channel kit,2x2 or 2x4 or 2x8(if tehre are around )
at super high resolutions on tri screen the 2gb buffer will show itself,yes.
because for games the extra 4 threads wont matter.
40-60 gigers are quite cheap. you can get a storage drive later if you want.

havent helped ya much :p
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Old June 18, 2011, 05:02 PM
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Just looked at the cost of the 1gb radeon hd 6950 compared to the 2gb, it's only $10 more a card for the 2gbs. So I think I'm going to stick with the 2gbs, just in case I want to change up my monitor set-up later down the road.
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Old June 18, 2011, 05:04 PM
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Also, I found 4x4 RAM from GSkill for a reasonable price.
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Old June 18, 2011, 05:29 PM
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good

dont think youll make use of 16 gigs of ram lol
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Old June 18, 2011, 09:48 PM
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If you like the Antec 900, get the 902 since they make noticable improvements to it.
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On a small monitor, not overclocking and if only for gaming (web movies etc) you were going overkill for the monitor you picked..

Even if you go to 1920 x1080 or 1200 2 cards is a bit much.. I agree at $10 difference to the 1 gig stick to the 2gig.. but not 2 of them.
On the monitor. try get yourself something with 1920x1200. It's a more "natural" ratio as it makes the screen a lil more square compared to 1080.
This gives you more depth of content on web pages / applications and is better for gaming too (especially if there is stuff above/below you much)

As your not overclocking, follow Dangs advice.. save your money as the main advantage those other parts give is for overclocking: that is a H67 board and a NON k cpu
You won't notice any difference in gaming.

16gig of ram... wow overkill. 8 gig is overkill for a small gaming setup.
My advice is either 2x2 gig or 2x4 at most. Most likely you would have a slight issue with 4gig if you are running 64 bit win 7 and a few apps and a modern gaming title, so 8 is best here, 16 is ridiculous unless encoding videos or something major like rendering etc...

The money you save from having only 1 card, lower end cpu and mobo and half the 16gig of ram your looking at, you should be able to afford an ssd very easily.
It doesn't have to be huge or the most modern version but will make load times much much faster.
That said if load times aren't an issue for you... I would suggest a new / better monitor now to go with the new computer.
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right. one card for now, see whats up later.

reference design, just in case it unlocks.
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