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#1 Doxd

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 03:15 AM

This is my first actual attempt at building a computer.
Please give me your feedback on this build
I'm looking to primarily use it to play games, and would like to be able to run at around high-max settings and still have good fps.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HD : SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MB : ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

PSupply : Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

RAM : Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA1339

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 05:19 AM

This power supply is a lot better. If your gonna gmae at high-max settings and still have good fps, then this card is a better option. I have the 1GB version of that card and it runs very cool and quiet.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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#3 Doxd

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 08:41 AM

This power supply is a lot better. If your gonna gmae at high-max settings and still have good fps, then this card is a better option. I have the 1GB version of that card and it runs very cool and quiet.

Thanks for the tips, but I'm trying to keep this build around $700.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 03:56 PM

The GPU you have chosen should be enough. The 6950 GPU is a worthy upgrade, however. Remember, you also need to factor in the costs of Windows, unless you have a full, boxed retail copy on hand.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 11:09 PM

Specs analysis courtesy of GooeyPC.com

Parts acquired from model number list:(your initial list)

CPU: 3.4GHz
RAM: 4GB
Video RAM: 1GB
Storage Cap: 1024GB
Watts: 650W
Idle/Peak: 690W/865W(estimated)
Speakers: No Speakers
Monitor: No Monitor


Parts Connected:

Case: COOLER MASTER/HAF 912/RC-912-KKN1

PowerSupply: Antec/EarthWatts/EA-650 GREEN

Motherboard: ASRock/970 EXTREME4

VideoCard: SAPPHIRE/100314-2SR

InternalCDDVD: ASUS/DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

InternalHD: SAMSUNG/Spinpoint F3/HD103SJ

CPU: AMD/Phenom II X4/HDZ965FBGMBOX
note> GooeyPC does not automatically validate chipset compatibility.
note> Motherboard supports: FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series

RAM: Crucial/Ballistix sport/BL2KIT25664BA1339
note> Review motherboard documentation for supported RAM Channel configurations.


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Specs analysis courtesy of GooeyPC.com

Parts acquired from model number list:(KillerX525's suggestions)

CPU: 3.4GHz
RAM: 4GB
Video RAM: 2GB
Storage Cap: 1024GB
Watts: 650W
Idle/Peak: 290W/615W(estimated)
Speakers: No Speakers
Monitor: No Monitor


Parts Connected:

Case: COOLER MASTER/HAF 912/RC-912-KKN1

PowerSupply: Corsair/Enthusiast Series/CMPSU-650TXV2

Motherboard: ASRock/970 EXTREME4

VideoCard: ASUS/EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5

InternalCDDVD: ASUS/DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

InternalHD: SAMSUNG/Spinpoint F3/HD103SJ

CPU: AMD/Phenom II X4/HDZ965FBGMBOX
note> GooeyPC does not automatically validate chipset compatibility.
note> Motherboard supports: FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series

RAM: Crucial/Ballistix sport/BL2KIT25664BA1339
note> Review motherboard documentation for supported RAM Channel configurations.

My 2 cents:
The suggestions made by KillerX525 will result in a more stable system. If you stick with your current video card, you will have to upgrade the PS to support the 500W vidcard requirement in addition to the power requirements of the mobo, cpu, HDD, fans, etc. Since you are building to "primarily play games"; if you don't upgrade the PS, or select a PGU with a lower PS requirement, you will (likely) have an unstable system.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:22 AM

Based on reviews, the Corsair TX-650 V2 is better then the Antec Earthwatts 650W in terms of quality, efficiency etc.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 09 August 2011 - 03:46 PM

Both are rated high and should give decent power. The Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V you chose will support either card, however, if you want to use Crossfire, you should get one with a higher capacity. The power requirements for a 6950 is 500W, which includes everything in the tower. The SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST70F-ES 700W is also a good PSU as well as the PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S650 650W and the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:05 PM

Crossfiring 2 6950 in that mid-atx case could be a problem since it would probably be cramped.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 10 August 2011 - 12:45 AM

Both are rated high and should give decent power. The Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V you chose will support either card, however, if you want to use Crossfire, you should get one with a higher capacity. The power requirements for a 6950 is 500W, which includes everything in the tower. The SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST70F-ES 700W is also a good PSU as well as the PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S650 650W and the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W.


I will prolly end up going with the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W.

all I really want is good settings, and good fps from gaming.


Also, thank you everyone for your tips and help. I hope this goes well for my first build.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 01:29 AM

Good FPS depends on the graphics settings of the game :)

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 03:50 PM

If you are going to Crossfire, you will want a larger case and a 750W or so power supply. But, if you wait a little while longer, the Radeon 7000 series, a.k.a. Southern Islands, should be out in a few months. However, if AMD does what it did with the 6000 series, it will release the mid range cards first.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:16 PM

The 6000 series would be cheaper when the 7000 series come out.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:17 PM

Good FPS depends on the graphics settings of the game :)

The game I would be mainly playing would be World of Warcraft.
If that helps any.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:18 PM

If you are going to Crossfire, you will want a larger case and a 750W or so power supply. But, if you wait a little while longer, the Radeon 7000 series, a.k.a. Southern Islands, should be out in a few months. However, if AMD does what it did with the 6000 series, it will release the mid range cards first.


What case would you recommend?

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:58 PM

The graphics can run that game easily with high FPS.
I've got this case and it will fit 2 6950 perfectly!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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