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Old July 4, 2011, 02:45 PM
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So after reading many posts about new builds and getting a lot of really info from these forums I think I have settled on the new build I am going to go for. I just want to run it by people smarter and more knowledgeable than myself to make sure I haven't made any stupid mistakes and I'm not paying too much (though its all coming from newegg.ca). It is my first build and it is mostly for gaming and I don't really know anything about OCing. My budget is $1000 pre-tax but cheaper is always better. So here is the build I have selected:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge $219.99
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD6870 $189.99
Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

The area I need the most help with:
MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 $109.99
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: Antec
BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular $69.99
Newegg.ca - Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) $68.99
Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $69.99
Newegg.ca - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1.5 TB $119.99
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ODD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19.99
Newegg.ca - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - CD / DVD Burners

With Windows 7 Home Premium $109.99
Newegg.ca - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems

Bringing the final total to $978.91. Thanks in advance. You guys rock

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Old July 4, 2011, 03:12 PM
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get a smaller hdd and jump the gun on a 6950 if you can.

that antec is ok,but nothing stellar omg wow!!! :p
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Old July 5, 2011, 05:57 AM
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With the HDD I was going to get a 1 TB Caviar Black for 99 but the 1.5 TB is only 20 bucks more so it seems like that is pretty good value.

Also which antec are you talking about the case or psu?

What is the performance difference between the 6870 and the 6950? Or I guess what will likely be the life span difference in terms of ability to keep up with games?
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Old July 5, 2011, 06:19 AM
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a 500 gig black will suffice for now, add a 2tb later on. hdd space is easy to add. gpu not so.


yes,it will make a difference

Sapphire HD 6450 1 GB Passive Review - Page 27/31 | techPowerUp

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Old July 5, 2011, 11:41 AM
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Good point with the adding storage versus GPU upgrading. I will switch it to a 500gb and 6950. Will my PSU still be good or do I need a bit more juice?

Which of these 6950 would you recommend?
Newegg.ca - hd6950
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psu will suffice but try to get an earthwatts or maybe a corsair builder series v2.

a bit better than the one above :)

as reference design as possible for the 6950's :)
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Old July 5, 2011, 02:44 PM
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I chose that PSU because as a beginner builder I thought a modular PSU would make my life a lot easier. The one I chose seems to get really good reviews. Neither the Earthwatts or Corsair builder series seem to come modular. What benefits would I get from those PSUs?

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Old July 5, 2011, 02:55 PM
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i would think they are a bit better built? no matter,if you like that one go for it.
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Old July 5, 2011, 03:01 PM
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Ok I'll look in to those PSUs a bit more.

And if you had to choose between these two cards which would you go for?
Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Newegg.ca - XFX HD695XZDDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

I'm pretty sure that will be my last question!

Thanks for all your help by the way!
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