Opinion on PC setup

July 8, 2011 at 08:06:17
Specs: Windows 7
Hi there,

So I'm looking for a new PC, having already bought the Coolermaster HAF X case, I'm looking for the internal components to go with it.

So far I have chosen:

Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor
Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
G.Skill RipJawsX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C7 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM
Cooler Master V10 TEC Hybrid CPU Cooler (Socket 940/AM2/AM3/LGA775/LGA1366)

and 2x Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6950 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
but only one to start off with until I have them money for the other.

Have a look, tell me your opinions/suggestions, but bare in mind the price mark of these items, I dont really want to go much higher than that.

Thanks alot.


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July 8, 2011 at 08:24:26
it's all very over-the-top, is this for gaming?

1. I would chose 2 HDDs with smaller size (at least the one for OS) and/or create a separate partition for OS the smaller the better!
2. 4modules of 512RAM is faster than 2 modules of 1024RAM (apply this to the amount you require)
3. get a good PSU
4. when using virtual memorey remember to split this across as many HDD's as possible (again on separate partitions)

basically the smaller the TOC of a partition the quicker the response.

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July 8, 2011 at 10:28:14
where did u get that info? I only agree about psu

-U need a high quality power supply.
-Make sure the memory use 1.5v & not 1.65v
-Are u sure u need to run crossfire?
-Cooler master cooler is un-neccesary, a stock heatsink will do a fine job even if cpu is oc.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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July 8, 2011 at 10:51:45
I agree with kuwese about the PSU, memory, cooler. I'm not a fan of Crossfire or SLi configs, but I guess that's your business.

I totally disagree with ursynw on points 2 & 4, but his recommendation about HDDs is a good one. The problem with running a single huge HDD is that you end up "putting all your eggs in one basket". A smaller single platter HDD for the OS with a larger HDD for storage makes good sense.

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July 8, 2011 at 12:45:22
Ok, So I should have mentioned I already have a 750GB HDD I'll be using for the OS, 2TB is mainly for saving things, I have a 750w Coolermaster PSU, The CPU Cooler is mainly for show, but also adds more cooling, and it is ofc a Gaming PC, meant to last a while so I dont have to upgrade every year.

I don't really have to run Crossfire, but It seemed like a good setup.

Also I'll probly upgrade the PSU, its just the one that came with the case, looking at a Cosair 850W or more.

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