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    Old 11-30-2010, 01:17 AM
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    So Pcgamer is like the holy bible to me and I finally have the time to build my own rig. Before I build it i would like some brutally honest opinions on what components I will be using. On a side not the case will not be change due to personal preference an i will not be listing the mouse, headset, keyboard, and monitors since they are also personal preference.

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    Case: Hurrican 2000 by Azza

    Cpu: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

    Motherboard:ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Memory:OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600C6LV6GK

    PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    Graphic card(s):SAPPHIRE 100290SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card
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    Old 11-30-2010, 02:24 AM
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    Looks pretty good. That motherboard only supports DDR3 1600 and above that in OC mode, so I'm not sure that'll run it in triple channel. 6GB is a bit of an overkill. Other than that, very nice.
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    Old 11-30-2010, 02:27 AM
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    Well done. Cant find fault in any of that. That system will give you playable framerates in any game with max settings at 1920x1080.

    One of the best motherboards, monster processor, decent memory, rock solid power supply and a very potent video card. The GTX480 is faster if you wanna spend another $100 for GPU muscle.

    Another way to go would be drop down to a i5-760 (same gaming performance as the i7's - $100 cheaper) and get a GTX580. Those cards will max out ANY game at 1920x1200 and 99% of games at 2560x1600!! But theyre running $500 right now.
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    Old 11-30-2010, 02:30 AM
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    Oh yeah, i5 760 is the absolute best ~$200 CPU. Only problem is it uses socket 1166, so if Intel decides to abandon that socket soon, your motherboard is x_x
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    Old 11-30-2010, 02:38 AM
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    I would say if you can get a 6870 at retail price then it will be well worth it price wise. It is only 7%-12% slower then the 5870 for around 30% less, Runs cooler and uses less power so it is well worth the minor performance drop. Another thing you may also want to wait and see how the 69XX series shapes out performace and price wise. It may also drive down the price of the NVidia gtx480 and 470 just like the 68XX series drove the price down on the gtx460
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    Old 11-30-2010, 02:47 AM
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    Oh yeah, i5 760 is the absolute best ~$200 CPU. Only problem is it uses socket 1166, so if Intel decides to abandon that socket soon, your motherboard is x_x
    Both 1156 and 1366 are dead. The new Sandy Bridge line of Intel procs will use 1166 and 2010....or something like that. So either way, youre gonna need a new mobo when you upgrade.

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    I would say if you can get a 6870 at retail price then it will be well worth it price wise. It is only 7%-12% slower then the 5870 for around 30% less, Runs cooler and uses less power so it is well worth the minor performance drop. Another thing you may also want to wait and see how the 69XX series shapes out performace and price wise. It may also drive down the price of the NVidia gtx480 and 470 just like the 68XX series drove the price down on the gtx460
    Yeah but at the end of the day, its still slower. No reason to buy a slower video card just to save power. If you wanna play Metro, Crysis and Arma at max settings at 1920x1080 and above, youre gonna need a 5870.
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    Nice build, i approve, OCZ ram isn't exactly reliable though...

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    Looks pretty good. That motherboard only supports DDR3 1600 and above that in OC mode, so I'm not sure that'll run it in triple channel. 6GB is a bit of an overkill. Other than that, very nice.
    It'll run in triple channel mode regardless of clock speed.
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    DO NOT GET THE OCZ. worst mistake of this build was having 4gbs of that shit in this. Had an average of 12 bluescreens of death with that garbage. It is not worth it if they paid you 20 bucks to use it. Please do not buy that for your computer, For your self, and for your wallet.
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    So Pcgamer is like the holy bible to me
    You dare to change the HOLY RIG !! Burn as a heretic !!!
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    Old 11-30-2010, 03:39 PM
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    I guess you have gone for the 2GB 5870 because you need it for a bank of monitors or just one big HUGE one! ?
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