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Old November 12, 2012, 04:50 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Gaming, and some light web dev work.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
$1200CAD

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada specifically Memory Express (great PM policy). I am open to other places such as NCIX, Newegg if ME doesn't carry it.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
None

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
None

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Yup, been doing quite a lot of research

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Plan to OC the CPU + GPU. I have never OC-ed before.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Cyber Monday (Nov 26)

9. What resolution and settings do you use?
1920x1080. I will have dual 27" monitors, but only using one for gaming.

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?
I plan to purchase a second 7950 next year when the price drops to CrossFire.

This is what I've picked so far:

CPU: i5-3570K ($220 @ NCIX)
Heatsink: Cool Master Hyper 212 Evo ($35 @ NCIX)
GPU: Gigabyte 7950 x 2 ($290 each @ NCIX)
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($130 @ Computer Canada)
RAM: GSkill Ripjaw 2x8GB ($66 @ Direct Canada)
HD1: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB ($95 @ Direct Canada)
HD2: Crucial M4 128GB ($90 @ Memory Express)
Case: Rosewill Thor V2 ($110 @ Newegg)
PSU: XFX ProSeries 750W ($95 @ NCIX)

What do you think of this build? Are there any components that could be swapped out for an improvement (while maintaining roughly the same cost)?

I will be gaming with dual 27" monitors running at 1920x1080. The primary will be for the game, while the secondary is for other applications (so I dont have to alt+tab).

I plan to overclock the CPU and GPU, but I have never done so before. I heard that OC-ing can cause alot of heat, and so I am wondering if I have enough air cooling on my system. I don't plan to OC like crazy, but just enough to keep it within their safe zone.

I also plan to purchase my second 7950 sometime next year when the price drops a little.

I also heard that 16GB of RAM is overkill for any games currently. This computer, however, is suppose to last me 4+ years (I don't need to play on high graphics). I see alot of builds revolving around 8GB of RAM, but I thought if I want to future proof myself I might as well purchase 16GB of RAM.
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Old November 12, 2012, 07:45 PM
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That build looks solid, nothing major needs changing. IB produces less heat than SB processors but oddly enough, it has higher temps. I'd say that the CM Hyper212 Evo is enough but that depends on the ambient temp of where you are. If it is low, it should give you ample headroom to 4.2-4.5GHz. If it isn't, 4.5GHz will be a stretch. Whether the ambient temps are low or high, you have a TJmax of 105C on the IB which is a decent amount of headroom.

I wouldn't say that 16GB is necessary as a form of future proofing as 8GB is plenty. Its only useful if you have specific task that requires a ton of RAM and most games aren't there yet in a few years time. If you have the money and you think you want 16GB, go for it. RAM is so cheap these days I don't see the need for me to suggest against it.
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Old November 12, 2012, 07:52 PM
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Nice build, if you plan to crossfire id get a bigger psu maybe 850 Watts. I have a 3570k and an evo and my temps hover around 60 degrees with a push pull configuration while folding.much cooler when gaming. Solid build.
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Old November 13, 2012, 10:25 PM
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Nice build, if you plan to crossfire id get a bigger psu maybe 850 Watts. I have a 3570k and an evo and my temps hover around 60 degrees with a push pull configuration while folding.much cooler when gaming. Solid build.
Curious, why do you think I need a 850 watt psu? I've been reading some other builds and they state that the minimum is 700 watt.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/32...crossfire-7950
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages...d_3_way,5.html
What PSU would be enough to power this GPU? - Yahoo! Answers
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Old November 14, 2012, 08:31 PM
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Which PSU do you suggest?
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Old November 14, 2012, 08:51 PM
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A 750 watt PSU from a reputable company should be sufficient for your build, keep in mind that overclocking also stresses the power supply, and will also raise the thermals requiring more airflow into, and out of the system for best stability. Seasonic, Corsair, Thermaltake are also great companies. Enjoy your build, looks like you found a great price on that motherboard.
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