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Old 06-07-2011, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default New computer gaming build - need advice

Hi all this is my first gaming build and after doing a bit of research I have come up with the following:


1 x Cooler Master - CM 690 II Advanced Mid Tower, Black $89.99
1 x GSKILL - 4GB Ripjaws X Series PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 2GB) $39.99
1 x Seagate - 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III w/ 16MB Cache $39.99
1 x Corsair - Gaming Series GS 700W Power Supply $99.99
1 x Microsoft - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit) DVD - OEM $119.99
1 x Intel - Core™ i5-2500K Processor, 3.30GHz w/ 6MB Cache $214.99
1 x Scythe - Mugen 2 Rev. B CPU Cooler $34.99
1 x Asus - P8P67-M Rev 3.0 w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, Quad CrossFireX $129.99
1 x Samsung - SH-S223C 22x SpeedPlus™ DVD-Writer, SATA, Black, Retail $22.99 1 x Asus - EAH6850 DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 1GB v2 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort $189.99
Total cost= ~$1000CAD

-I plan to use crossfire in the future (maybe 2 years).
-Plan to overclock a little bit
-Already have monitor, keyboard, mouse


How does this build look? Any suggestions for improvement that will keep my budget roughly the same?
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Looks ok, but I'd up the hard drive to a 32MB cache version instead of 16MB, and what kind of monitor are you pairing this with? CrossFire isn't really useful until you start to scale up in resolutions.
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Looks ok, but I'd up the hard drive to a 32MB cache version instead of 16MB, and what kind of monitor are you pairing this with? CrossFire isn't really useful until you start to scale up in resolutions.
1680 x 1050. I say I might plan to crossfire in the future as it only costs about ~50 (slightly more for mobo + psu) to ensure that it is xfire ready incase I want to upgrade or add another monitor.
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Mobo & PSU aren't a concern. Just the cost of the GPU you're getting, which I don't see here...
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Mobo & PSU aren't a concern. Just the cost of the GPU you're getting, which I don't see here...
EAH6850 DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 1GB v2 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort 189.99
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Should be more than enough horsepower for 1680x1050. CrossFire will help with things like AA and Aniso, but you have to ask if the cost is really worth it.
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Instead of a 16mb or 32mb cache for your HDD, I would get a 64mb cache 7200rpm drive or keep your current selection and grab an SSD to boot from and use your HDD for storage.
I would also go with a better graphics card. I have a 6850 and it just isn't cutting it.

Since you plan on using crossfire for future upgrades, I would also get a power supply with at least 850w.
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64MB cache drives won't benefit as much as people think them to be, otherwise I would have recommended it as well. The thing that matters most is aureal density and spindle speed these days.

850 watts is overkill for CrossFire on a new GPU generation. You can easily get away with 700 watts if the system isn't loaded up with hard drives, fans and an overclocked CPU.
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Thanks for the responses guys. From what it sounds like you guys are recommending I not go the crossfire route (is that correct?). Like I said I only considered it since it is relatively cheap to make the system xfire compatible. Grumpy, what card do you think I should consider instead that is ~200?

Also I had considered getting an SSD but figured it probably wasn't worth my time or money. I think I'll go for the 500gig Western Digital black 32mb cache for 10$ more instead.
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SSDs are great for boot drives - even the 64GB models are big enough for a base Windows install and a few apps before you have to revert to something else. I have a 40GB here at work and it's got about 5GB free, so it's a tad small. I have a 120GB in my laptop at home and I love it (Corsair 120GB based on Sand Force)

But you aren't missing a whole ton if you just go the platter route for now, can always do it later.

The video card you picked is fine, if you can, bump it up to a 6870 or higher, but either card should be fine to start with.

CrossFire is a fine technology, but you have to have the monitor for it. If you're going to be gaming at 1680x1050 for a bit longer, just put as much money as you can into a single fast GPU card and stick with that. Then if you upgrade your monitor later and you want just a bit more performance, the same card type should be a lot cheaper and you can CF it then to gain a boost until you are ready for the next big GPU. Up to you however, just hate seeing folks blow money on it up front. (My 5870's were purchased a year apart from each other, and I only got the second card because one card in Rift was a little laggy at the detail I wanted to play with)
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