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New build, help?

Zarbon

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Ok, so my rig got stolen at a LAN this easter, and I didn't have insurance, so I'll have to buy a new one. So far, these are the parts I've chosen:

GPU: ASUS Radeon HD 6970 2GB "DirectCU II"
MB: ASUS SABERTOOTH X58
FANS: 3x Cooler Master Excalibur (2 for the H70, 1 for the gpu fan duct thing in the case)
CASE: Cooler Master HAF X
RAM: Corsair Dominator GT 1866MHz 12GB
PSU: Corsair HX 1000W
CPU: Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-960
CPU Cooler: Corsair H70
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB

Does this look like a decent build? Is the PSU good enough?
I'm gonna be playing CS:S, Black Ops and Crysis 2, and I guess BF3 when it's released. Maybe I should go for the XFX Radeon HD6990 instead? What do you guys think? :)
 

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If you are planning to play games and pretty much only games, I would go for Sandy Bridge 2500K. Much better imo, and almost all charts agree. Better power consumption figures too, and it can be overclocked just as or even more than the x58 platform. Would also swap out the H70 for something more bang for buck, like Venomous X or something along the lines.

If you are considering to bring it to lan parties again, consider a mATX build?
 
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I agree with fourstaff, I would go with a sandy bridge build, but still the parts you have listed down would be an awesome gaming rig as well:toast:
 
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If you want a single-GPU, try the GTX 580 instead.

You should go with Sandy Bridge, so a Core i5 2500k or perhaps even Core i7 2600k. Then get MSI P67A-GD80 for your motherboard. Or wait for a couple more days for the Z68's to arrive.

Try getting G.Skill RAM, they have 4x4GB kits.
 

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Allright, so I think I'll go for the Asus P8P67 Deluxe, i7 2600k, 4x2GB 2133Mhz Dominator GT and XFX HD6990.

They don't sell G.Skill here in Norway I believe. Meh.
 

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i would save some cash and get slower RAM.

the extra u will pay for the super fast RAM will show very little performance gains in real world usage. not worth the extra cash IMO
also, try and go for a 2x4GB kit. it will allow ur CPU to OC better as there is less strain on the IMC.

i dont know about norway, but here in UK, XFX is generally regarded as a brand to avoid due to their poor customer service :(
 
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I would do 1866 on the p67. I tested out some 2133 mhz sticks and when overclockingthe gains you get from increased memory speed stopped at 1866. For a stock setup, 1600MHz was the last big jump.

Moar is better than faster if you need too, 8GB is recommended if you are a serious multitasker (I use 4GB easy)
 
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For the PSU, I'd go for the AX850. It's Seasonic made, 80 plus gold and silent at low loads. The HX1000 while solid, is kinda oldish and probably due for a replacement model any time soon. The AX850 will happily power a rig like that even with a HD6990.
 
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Allright, so I think I'll go for the Asus P8P67 Deluxe, i7 2600k, 4x2GB 2133Mhz Dominator GT and XFX HD6990.

They don't sell G.Skill here in Norway I believe. Meh.
Are there Cougar GX G1050's sold there? It's arguably one of the cheapest 1000W+ PSUs, but still very reliable (and one of the few who really are "Gold"). Cougar's a German brand, so there might be more of a chance they sell some there...?

About the RAM, get 1866MHz Corsairs instead. And make sure the motherboard supports your RAM too for Intel's Extreme Memory Profile.
 
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I think you're making the right decision going w/ P67 and SB. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 2600K, P8P67 WS Revolution combo. I went w/ G.Skill RipjawsX (1600MHz, 8-8-8-24) because they're plenty quick and it seems the price increases exponentially past 1600MHz. My current set-up runs MUCH cooler than my 950/X58 rig and it uses substantially less power while providing a definite performance upgrade. From what I have read, the Ivy Bridge CPUs will use 1155, too, but I'll believe it when I see it (Intel Socket Mania). Good luck with your build.