Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 vs AMD Radeon HD 6970

Lessons learned from a first time builder: things I wish I knew.

I have built and run my new unit for a few days now.
This is the setup:
Type Item Price (AUD)
CPU [Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor] $219
Motherboard MSI P67A-C43 $129
Memory G.Skill NQ 1333 4G $50
Hard Drive 1 TB 5400RPM Hitachi $59
Video Card PowerColor Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card $232
Case Antec 300 $59
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts 650 $99
Monitor Acer V243HLB 24" $189
Keyboard Gigabyte K6800 $19
CPU Cooler Coolermaster 212+ $33
Here are the things I wish I knew before. I know some might be lame and basic, but I am sure there are others out there who are of similar incompetance and ignorance :)
Don't freak out if the unit does not immediately power on. You will get it working; chances are you just herped something up. In my case I had screwed up the positioning of the power switch plugs (I ended up just shorting the power switch pins to test, but I would not really recommend this ;) ).
Don't skimp or compromise in the name of getting your rig a day or two more quickly. I ended up buying a lame HDD because MSY was out of stock of everything else. Same with RAM. Buy what you want, not what is in stock at the time.
Work out how much a dollapound/florin/whatever is worth to you. This sounds odd, but I realize now that for an extra $15 Australian (around 13.4 million USD) I could have had a 2GB 6950 rather than a 1GB. Equally, I skimped on a MOBO; for an extra $10 I could have bought one with an extra PCI-Ex slot that would have allowed CB-ing in a year. For a saving of $25, I pretty much un-futureproofed my machine. This was stupid.
You will regret not getting an SSD pretty much all the time.
Don't follow online guides about overclocking, at least to begin with. Following detailed overclocking guides found online is like deciding to try rock climbing for the first time buy tagging along behind a group who are making an Eiger speed attempt. You will either break something or just end up feeling stupid. The OCing community is full of scary neckbeared clever people. You are not one of these people. Just go into your BIOs, set the CPU multiplier to something not very ambitious (4.6 Ghz [i.e. 46] for a 2500k) and just boot. Boom.
That said, most tinkering stuff is easier than you think. Within a day I had successfully OC'd the CPU, GPU, flashed my 6950 to a 6970 shader count and was mining bitcoins with the GPU. Just go slow and read carefully, and don't do anything until you know how to reverse whatever it is you are doing back to how it was.
Get a modular PSU if you can afford it. Fucking wires. Everywhere.
Speaking of which, as a last point: Cable managment happens during a build, not after.
That is all I can think of. I wish my past self were here to read this. I hope it helps somebody.
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Mining, now, is it even worth it anymore?

about 8 or 9 months ago, I had USD in hand to take to the local Chase bank to buy BTC at $10. I got talked out of that deal. I followed this sub for a little while longer, then lost interest as I didn't have any BTC, so why bother. About a month ago, I checked MtGox and saw that the exchange rate was around $70/BTC. WTF! I was so stupid for being talked out of buying back then....
Part of me hopes this is just another bubble, or Pirate or someone like him is somewhere messing with the rates. But the more I think about it, the more I'm thinking of getting into the mining thing. I wouldn't have much upfront cost, my system is paid for, and the elec. is paid for, so why not? I mean I bought this rig for 2 purposes, gaming and mining.
Here's the draw, I tried mining way back when, and I could never get GUI Miner to work on my 6970. At the time, I wanted to go alone to reap all the BTC I could, but now I'm rethinking all of this. (it also appears that I have an Intel 3000 HD video card of some sort built into my mobo.)
Anyway, I know that I'll only be a part time miner, maybe a full week at a time, then off a week or two. And I figured I could probably get more bang for my work if I join a pool, but which one? While I sit here, waiting for my bitcoin-qt.exe to update, (still have 86,000+ blocks to go.)
Or I suppose I can hold out hope that this is one more bubble in the long long run that BTC will have, and hope it pops soon so I can buy back in. Speaking of which, is bitfloor still around?
Yes, I did check out this calculator http://tpbitcalc.appspot.com/, and another one, but they were both totally different answers...
tl;dr, My 6970, is it worth mining with it? What pool should I join if I part time mine (MtRed seems interesting)? Is bitfloor still around? Any other advice you could pass along?
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Nvidia/AMD GPU Use at the Same Time (x-post from /r/buildapc)

Right now, I have an AMD Radeon HD 6970 in my desktop computer. I'm looking to upgrade to an Nvidia GTX 680/690 for my main gpu, but still want to keep the AMD card in there. I'm looking to only use the AMD card for powering 2 displays (streams, IRC, etc.) and some possible bitcoin mining. My motherboard is this Asus Sabertooth P67. Would the addition of a second gpu disrupt anything?
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I want to start mining; what are my options?

I'm looking to get into mining a cryptocurrency. My experiments with Bitcoin and Litecoin have shown me that they aren't viable to mine for profit. So, my question is, what is a cryptocurrency that I can start mining using my gpu (AMD radeon hd 6970) where I would have the best bet at making a profit given the effort it would take to mine the coin? What are some cryptocurrencies that are on the rise?
From my google searching Stablecoin seems to me to be a good bet, would you agree? And if so, how would I go about getting started mining Stablecoin?
I'm a college student who is looking for an extra way to put money away to help pay off loans when I get out. Any help you can offer would be awesome.
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[Build Help] Nvidia/AMD GPU Use at the Same Time

Right now, I have an AMD Radeon HD 6970 in my desktop computer. I'm looking to upgrade to an Nvidia GTX 680/690 for my main gpu, but still want to keep the AMD card in there. I'm looking to only use the AMD card for powering 2 displays (streams, IRC, etc.) and some possible bitcoin mining. My motherboard is this Asus Sabertooth P67. Would the addition of a second gpu disrupt anything?
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[Build Help]Building a pc for math and some gaming, could use some advice

Hi buildapc. I'm a math student who likes to game from time to time. I run calculations in programs like Matlab/Mathematica or languages like R that take my laptop a few days to complete sometimes. Big datasets use a lot of RAM too, so I'm thinking I'll need ~8GB or so to start with. Here's what I have so far:
Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $216.98 @ Mwave
CPU Cooler Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.51 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock P67 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $168.68 @ Mwave
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Hard Drive Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ Newegg
Hard Drive OCZ Vertex 2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $84.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB Video Card $328.49 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Case $139.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Total
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) $1178.60
My budget is $1500, including peripherals+shipping. I still need a pair of monitors, any advice there would be great. I live in the US, and I don't have any components apart from a mouse and mouse pad.
Some math/cracking work does really well on GPUs; I was thinking of getting a 6970 and then crossfiring later with a second when they come down in price. I was also considering bitcoin mining to help offset the cost of this rig a bit (I have free electricity), but the cards for that seem to be hard to get. The 6970 should handle any game I throw at it too.
Any suggestions? Does this seem reasonable? Any advice from people who use programs like Matlab regularly?
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Time for a upgrade! Any input on my list?

Hey everyone - I am ready to build a dedicated gaming rig, and maybe mine for BitCoins on the side. I already have a large Antec Performance series case, HD's and DVD drive. Here is the list of my upgrades to get,
This list is around $1300 CDN. This would be the high end of my budget of this upgrade. I am all ears for cheaper items that can perform just as well. I am a programmer by profession so when I enter the realm of picking high end mobo's and video cards - I feel a bit in over my head. Thank you everyone for making this such a great subreddit.
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