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Old November 13, 2011, 10:52 PM
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Hi, my name is Andres 17 from mexico and i want to build my first Gaming/High performance computer.
I've been saving and i have a $1400 budget and i came up with the next setup:
Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz
Asus P8Z68-V PRO
Corsair Vengance 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II 2 GB videocard
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 7200 RPM 6.0Gb/s bare drive
Corsair Carbide Series 500R white steel
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W 80+Gold modular PSU
Corsair H80 Cpu Cooler

If i save a little more money, i want to buy the HAF X because of the good airflow to keep the hardware cool.
So i need opinion in what would you change or if you know any better hardware for the same price. Also if you have any good tips about first build let me know about them :)
Thank you for your cooperation :D
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Old November 13, 2011, 11:14 PM
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That right there looks like a very solid build. I think (don't quote me) the Twin Frozer's might have fan issues or some sort of issue, hopefully someone more familiar will post up. Also, NVidia video drivers tend to be more robust and updated in a more timely manner, just a thought. Nothing really wrong with a 6950 though.
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Old November 13, 2011, 11:14 PM
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change 2600k to 2500k, that will save u some money. 2600K is 2500k with hyperthreading, not useful in games.
other components are very good choices IMHO.
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Old November 14, 2011, 05:45 AM
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looks solid, the 2600k is a very good chip, but like the one lad said, you will not notice its benefit in most games, usually just for "work" tasks, the 2500k is just a better deal for "gamers"

Also MSI Twin Frozr III might be a better pick, or if ou can see it XFX XXX 6950 2gb dual fan model, the XXX is simply the one that has its core speed clocked at 830 on the core, it is one of the best 6950 available, it overclocks very nicely, and its cooler works extremely well. The only other one besides the 2 I listed would of course be Sapphire Toxic. A few of my buds got the XFX XXX dual fan on my recommendation, and they perform extremely well, under load they are getting the same temps as my 6870 overclocked around 58c at stock fan settings.

For power supplies there is also Antec TP 750 Gold if you wanted a gold unit or Corsair HX750(wicked good power supplies) or Corsair AX series which are also gold rated. No real "need" for gold certified power supplies, for the extra cost of the units you never really see the benefit over the cost of thier silver certified brothers. As example, HX750 vs AX750 at the time I was looking there was a price difference between these of around $45. leaving computer one fully loaded for 5 years it might pay itself off, I hardly call it worthwhile :P

anyways, it was just suggestion, Seasonic makes excellent power supplies, Corsair HX750 and HX1000 are Seasonic made units that are "gold" tested but Corsair "silver" certified, so we save a few $ :)
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Old November 15, 2011, 01:18 PM
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Thank you very much for your opinions, i'll change the processor but i've not decided which video card to get.
Im between XFX HD 695X and the MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 2gb

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Old November 15, 2011, 01:32 PM
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get a twin frozr gtx560ti instead of the 6950 because it is way better for overclocking and its basically neck to neck with the 6950 at stock speeds, for a bit less
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if your monitor resolution is higher than 1080p, then get the 6950. Otherwise the 560 will be the best option
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Old November 15, 2011, 02:01 PM
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Welcome to the Forum. I've been to Nogales quite a few times in my younger years, when I worked in Tucson.

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where do you intend to buy your parts?
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Old November 15, 2011, 02:05 PM
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Newegg, and i still dont know which videocard should i get. And im actually from nogales haha :D

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Old November 15, 2011, 02:22 PM
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I've built a cart for 1383$, with the Haf X and a 6950 2Gb GPU.

Replace the Z68 for the P8P67 LE. I've used that board and clocked a 2600k to 5.0Ghz. Solid board. And since you want a GPU, no need for the Z68's onboard GPU.
Replace the X750w with the X650w. Plenty powerful.

You'll meet your budget.
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