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I posted some questions a few days ago and you guys helped me out a lot. I've taken some time and put together this build, and I was wondering if I really messed something up. My budget is 1000 dollars, and this comes to $1009.92. I'm not sure I can do much better without spending a lot more money.

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated!

Case: http://goo.gl/vS742

NZXT Tempest 410 Elite

PSU: http://goo.gl/vPgZO

KINGWIN 850W Modular

Mobo: http://goo.gl/5RlZA

ASRock 990FX Extreme 3 AM3+

3x PCI Express x16 (x16, x16, x4)

CPU: http://goo.gl/2Sd4w

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz Quad Core

RAM: http://goo.gl/qF2vl

CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

Timing 9-9-9-24

GPU: http://goo.gl/efJqb

2x HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

HDD: http://goo.gl/v0AzS

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s

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Posted

Everything is great, except for the fact that PSU is a bit overpowered, even for those two 6850s

A 700 W one will do just fine

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I gather it will be used for gaming because of the vid cards.

You are making a mistake with that HDD. It is painfully slow.

Green drives are nothing more than creative marketing which helps reduce shrinkage.

You think its a good deal in reality you are buying a failed decent drive which was downclocked and badged "green" because it couldnt pass QC as a normal Barracuda.

So - rethink your drive - and you dont need an 850W PSU - even a crappy one like that...not to mention 16GB of RAM

You havent stated what all it will be used for - but if its gaming - you aren't going to need more than 4GB (so go with 8)

Are you sure you want that hardware config ? I have built 2 rigs in the past couple of months for people who had $1000 budget and built computers alot sexier than some AMD junk.

I wont do the shopping for you - but know you can do better - with less.

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with that kind of budget i would go with core i5, single ati video card, decent wdc black drive and ssd.

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i5 is the way to go rather than that AMD.

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You might re think about going with 1 video card. An use the money for a 1 SSD 120GB drive for the OS and a 2 TB drive for storage.

Also, you might even think about backups too. An get a 2 TB for system backups.

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I would've advised the same. Go with i5 and a single 6950, but I think he's made up his mind.

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Yeah, i5 and an HD 6950 is doing wonders :]

I'm definitely getting an SSD next though, my HD is giving me headaches now ):

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Isnt the next gen ATi cards due out very soon? May be worth waiting for them to come out before spending money on a card that is about to be superseded.

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Cool, thanks for all the advice guys. I'll try and put something together and report back..... =P

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Yeah i5 2500K gets the thumbs up from me :)

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Is there no way to edit your original post anymore, or am I just blind??? Weird.

Anyway, I have spent hours upon hours researching this, and I feel like this is probably what I'm going with. In case you don't assume from the parts, I'll be using it for gaming. Once again, I am open to your suggestions....

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail

http://goo.gl/21IWj

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://goo.gl/SuCDi

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX16GX3M4A1600C9

(Went ahead with 16GB because I got a discount. I'll want it eventually.)

http://goo.gl/qF2vl

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

(This one comes stock overclocked to the 6970. Going to add a second one in a month or two.)

http://goo.gl/ZUN9I

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://goo.gl/oli53

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

(Lots of cooling options, looks pretty cool, and I already confirmed that the almost 12" vid card will fit.)

http://goo.gl/XqHWm

PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous @40

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Posted

Now thats waht I'm talking about.

You can't get more performance out of your money than this.

(Y)

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Posted

I would go with WDC black instead of seagate. Also consider putting ssd for your os (like 100GB) it is big difference

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I agree, awesome setup in terms of value and power.

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I would go with WDC black instead of seagate. Also consider putting ssd for your os (like 100GB) it is big difference

Ok, any particular reason to go with the wdc black instead of the seagate? Just wondering as the specs of the two are almost identical, and the seek time of the seagate was actually better.

And yes, I plan on getting a SSD someday, but right now I really need the storage.

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Ok, any particular reason to go with the wdc black instead of the seagate?

Not at all.

Either way, you should be fine

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Good, because I'm already $55 over my budget, BEFORE shipping.... Thanks for all the help.

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Ok, any particular reason to go with the wdc black instead of the seagate? Just wondering as the specs of the two are almost identical, and the seek time of the seagate was actually better.

And yes, I plan on getting a SSD someday, but right now I really need the storage.

I was buying only seagates until they messed up seriously with their 7200.11 hdds. It was a big mess.

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Sounds fine dude, run with it. And get a nice heatsink at some point and overclock the heck out of that sucker. If you go from 3.3-3.4 GHz to 4.6-4.8 GHz, it buys some more FPS in the heavy weight titles and it does not take much voltage.

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I personally have had fewer failures with Seagates than I have with WD.

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2500K is the way to go, so good call on that, the AMD setups are just so behind the times from a technical, and performance, standpoint.

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