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Intel 2500K + Eyefinity (6 Series) + SSD Build

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December 28, 2010 9:35:31 PM

*** Eyefinity build (looking for best deals on Radeon HD6950 best I've found is $304) ***

Approximate Purchase Date: Early-Mid January (only for CPU, MoBo, RAM selections if applicable)

Budget Range: $1500 and less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/Picture encoding/transcoding, etc

Parts Not Required:

PURCHASED PARTS!

- [case] NZXT Phantom
- [PSU] XFX Black Edition 850W Modular Computer Power Supply, 80 Plus Silver, SLI Ready
- [air cooler] Prolimatech Megahalems (doesn't fit the 1155, but I suspect it will have a mountin bracket soon enough)
- [monitors] Asus VH226 x2
- [os] Vista 64-Bit
- [hd] Minus the SSD, x4 HDD's
- [optical] Some lightscribe
- [ps2] keyboard + gaming mouse + gaming pad

Parts Required:

- [cpu] Intel 2500k
- [motherboard]
- [ssd]
- [gpu]
- [ram]
- [ram cooler]
- [?] You tell me

= $1500 shipped to/in Germany
= $1,500.00 USD = 1,144.40 EUR

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Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any (Slickdeals.net, RedFlagDeals.com, Forums, Newegg.com, Directron.com, Tigerdirect.com, Amazon.com, etc)

Country of Origin: US, EU, UK (Doesn't matter - However I live in Germany)

Parts Preferences: Any reputable brands, affordable SSD

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (eventually)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want this bitch to run, excuse my language. :sol:  , I can purchase any parts at any time. I'm sitting on the money until Sandy Bridge is released.

December 28, 2010 11:11:49 PM

To be honest, you should get rid of vista, just go straight to seven 64 bit.
December 28, 2010 11:20:08 PM

I'm pretty sure that the mounting holes for 1156 and 1155 are the same, so if your megahalems has the 1156 mounting kit, than you should be fine.
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December 28, 2010 11:43:22 PM

What color Phantom did you get? It's a nice case.

I haven't followed the new SB CPUs lately, but the Asus Sabertooth 1155 board looks pretty awesome with the "jacket."

As for RAM, I'm assuming the SB boards will only support Dual Channel, so get a good set of 2x2GB DDR3-1600 from a reputable brand like G.Skill, Corsair, Patriot or Kingston (last two are my favs). I don't think you need a RAM cooler unless you're over clocking the memory.

Also, try and skip Vista and go for 7. It's awesome (and I use Macs ;) ).
December 29, 2010 8:12:52 AM

So everyone is in unison about upgrading to Win 7. We have the home premium 3 pack in stock here for $150, is this a good move? I have two other computers so it would work out very well.

+Motherboard.............................................
I'm really confused on the Motherboard aspect here, I don't know which brand to go with. My current MoBo is a Asus P5Q Pro, so as you can see it's been awhile! Looks are a factor.

+ Ram.........................................................
Selection I'm not sure which speed to go with here. I want to go faster than 1600, because this is current tech for the 1156 chipsets. I may need a primer here on the Ram timings, but the first three numbers need to be "Low" and the last one "High" with a low voltage, correct?

- How is this selection? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

December 29, 2010 8:14:04 AM

abswindows7 said:
To be honest, you should get rid of vista, just go straight to seven 64 bit.


I'll more than likely pick up the home premium 3 pack for $149. This item is in stock. Is this a good move or should I go with a different flavor of Win 7?
December 29, 2010 8:15:18 AM

duk3 said:
I'm pretty sure that the mounting holes for 1156 and 1155 are the same, so if your megahalems has the 1156 mounting kit, than you should be fine.


Agreed. I believe I read an article about the mounting bracket for the 1155 was identical or at least compatible with the 1156. If not Primatech is leading in Air cooling so I'm sure soon enough there will be a bracket available.
December 29, 2010 9:38:17 AM

If gaming at 1080P, the gpu will have the largest single impact on your framerates; nonetheless, there were a few google-hits/screenshots about a heatpipe-cooled 2500k running at 5 Ghz (multipler set to 50x) on a new Biostar socket 1155 board, as some boards are already being sold in parts of Asia....
December 29, 2010 10:42:41 AM

mdd1963 said:
If gaming at 1080P, the gpu will have the largest single impact on your framerates; nonetheless, there were a few google-hits/screenshots about a heatpipe-cooled 2500k running at 5 Ghz (multipler set to 50x) on a new Biostar socket 1155 board, as some boards are already being sold in parts of Asia....


That's why I'm going with the Radeon 6950 unlocked as a 6970. In a few months following it'll be CrossFired.
December 29, 2010 2:22:28 PM

Shopping for the OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 60GB currently. The best that I've found this drive at is $1.75 per MB from MacMall.

Help me out guys! Take a look at this ram reply please!

+ Ram.........................................................
Selection I'm not sure which speed to go with here. I want to go faster than 1600, because this is current tech for the 1156 chipsets. I may need a primer here on the Ram timings, but the first three numbers need to be "Low" and the last one "High" with a low voltage, correct?

- How is this selection? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145318
December 29, 2010 4:30:53 PM

Is Sandy Bridge 1155 going to support triple channel? If not, this WILL NOT WORK. You'd need a dual channel set instead; look for 2x2GB with a Cas Latency of 6 or 7 at the highest speed you can find. New egg has a 15% off desktop memory code (DKMEM15) until 11:59pm on 12/30.
December 29, 2010 6:11:25 PM

boiler1990 said:
Is Sandy Bridge 1155 going to support triple channel? If not, this WILL NOT WORK. You'd need a dual channel set instead; look for 2x2GB with a Cas Latency of 6 or 7 at the highest speed you can find. New egg has a 15% off desktop memory code (DKMEM15) until 11:59pm on 12/30.


It's a good thing that you mentioned this, because after some researching SB will only support Dual-Chanel as of right now.

How does this selection look?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's a CAS Latency of 7, and it comes with a bridged fan for $200. The other CAS 7 ram is $160, but after researching and purchasing a fan for it you might as well pony up the extra $10-15 - right?
December 29, 2010 7:16:58 PM

G.Skill makes good stuff. I guess you could go for the fan if you aren't water-cooling the memory.
December 29, 2010 8:59:04 PM

// CURRENT STANDING COMPUTER STRUCTURE //

[CASE]
= NZXT Phantom (Red) [directron.com]
$99 *

[PSU]
= XFX Black Edition 850W Modular, 80 Plus Silver, SLI Ready [directron.com]
$142 *

[MOBO]
= Awaiting purchase

[CPU]
= Awaiting purchase

[CPU Cooler]
= Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler [directron.com]
$55 *

[RAM]
= G.SKILL Trident+ Turbulence II 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
$170 (200-30) *

[STORAGE]
= OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB
$ 120 *

= WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
= WD Blue6 40GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

[OPTICAL]
= SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223Q LightScribe

[OS]
= Microsoft Windows 7 Family Pack
$149

[KEYBOARD / MOUSE / GAME PAD / ACCESSORIES]

= Dell CAC Keyboard
= Logitech MX 518
= Belkin n52TE

[MONITOR]
= ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms (x2) will purchase another at CPU/MoBo/GPU time

Total Purchase Amount:
$736

Guesstimate of component cost's to come...
6950 = $300
Intel 2500K = $265
MoBo = $300

Total consumption!
$1601

Is there anything else that I need/want to purchase in this time period?

December 29, 2010 9:14:18 PM

Barring an OS upgrade, I think you're set for now. I suggest purchasing the graphics and CPU/mobo at the same time. Good choice jumping for 8GB RAM instead of 4GB.
December 29, 2010 10:46:03 PM

The OS is a good idea, especially if you have 2 other computers you are looking to upgrade to 7.

The 6950's price may drop when the gtx560 is released, so good plan holding off on that.
December 30, 2010 7:12:37 AM

Today I'll be purchasing the Microsoft Windows 7 Family Pack for $150.
January 5, 2011 11:29:11 AM

Awaiting Sandy Bridge now! When exactly is it released? I know CES 11' is throughout this week or something like that...
January 5, 2011 7:36:34 PM

It should hopefully be available by this coming Friday or Monday
January 7, 2011 11:04:35 AM

Nothing yet on Friday!

I hope the 6950's have a good sale coming soon. After SB this will be the missing component. The best that I've found is $280.

Anyone else?
January 9, 2011 9:59:10 PM

Sandy bridge is now on newegg.com
January 10, 2011 8:16:12 AM

Yes it is! I will be purchasing here soon enough. I'm going to purchase Crossfire when I get the 1155, but this will not happen until tax season (1st week of Feb)
February 4, 2011 6:29:48 PM

Damn, taxes have arrived and Sandy Bridge has been discontinued! WTF happened? I took my eye off the tech scene for less than 2 weeks!

Expected re-arrival?
February 4, 2011 6:48:06 PM

i was told by asus support that the new boards should be hitting store shelves around the first week of April.
February 4, 2011 6:48:07 PM

Late March to Early April i Believe.
February 4, 2011 6:52:45 PM

ha2fb said:
Damn, taxes have arrived and Sandy Bridge has been discontinued! WTF happened? I took my eye off the tech scene for less than 2 weeks!

Expected re-arrival?

There is a motherboard problem expected to cost microsoft 1 billion $.
The processors on newegg have been pulled out - Because there is no motherboard for them to work on.
If you already have a motherboard, try a different store to buy a processor...
February 4, 2011 7:11:57 PM

Anyone else confirm this? Should I go ahead and purchase the SB setup then? Directron.com still has quantities left.
March 22, 2011 12:10:36 PM

Well I wanted to purchase the ASRock Extreme4 (B3) board, but it has been discontinued. Everytime I'm ready to purchase a new component that I've kept my eye on something has happened!

I need some advice on which MoBo to select now!
March 23, 2011 7:34:38 AM

Well three components is what I'm lacking as of now CPU, MoBo, and Video Card. I don't have enough funds to purchase these at the same time, so I'm going to get the video card and wait for more MoBo options to be released, throughts?
March 25, 2011 7:10:20 AM

Anyone? ^
March 29, 2011 6:21:00 PM

I just bought a GTX 570 Direct Cu II :) 
I would go for either GTX 560 or 570
or
6870 or 6950 2gb
May 15, 2011 11:28:49 AM

Alright guys, I'm about to purchase the remaining components. (Funds have been low the past couple of months)

I have a couple questions regarding GPU and Eyefinity installation (Active DP / Monitors / etc)

Here is what is in the cart (NewEgg)

- ASRock P67 EXTREME6 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$210

- Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge
$315

* SELECTION TO BE MADE *

- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB, $285 (after MIR)

OR

- ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950, $305

=========================================================

After the GPU determination has been made I'll move onto purchasing the third monitor which presents another dilemna:

Should I go after a 24" + screen that has IPS or related technologies (and purchase the active DP converter), or purchase a monitor that has an active display port built in?

ASUS VE258Q Black 25" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 ASCR

Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers 300 cd/m2 100,000 :1 (ASCR)

Link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will the 250 cd/m2 compared to 300 make a huge difference? I'm leaning towards the 25" because I'll be also purchasing the Ergotech heavy duty monitor stand.

If I chose either active DP monitor, that is all that will be needed for Eyefinity correct? with the additional components that I have selected GPU, Monitor, Cables, etc.

Thoughts?



May 16, 2011 6:28:32 AM

[Bump]

Anyone?
May 17, 2011 3:26:58 PM

So I was about to pull the trigger on the 25" monitor from Asus, but then I realized more than likely it's only natively supporting single link display port.

Regardless, if I understand this corectly you only need single link for monitors under x 1200 resolution, and dual link is up to 1600, correct?

Is that the actual monitor rez or are we talking about the desktop rez? Cause If i'm going to be gaming with three monitors it's going to be 5760 x 1080, which would only require a Active Display Port - Single Link Correct?

I think it's more reasonable to get one of these monitors, and purchase the active DP separately to save money overall rather than the combined native dp on the previous monitor.

monitor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Active Display Port:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-999-...

Total: $227 compared to $260

So is this the best overall solution? Thoughts...
May 17, 2011 8:08:56 PM

[Bump]

Anyone?
May 18, 2011 4:44:33 AM

[TTT]

Need some help on the decision process! What would be the best route that I should take?
May 18, 2011 7:17:46 AM

[TTT]

I need assistance in the decision making process!
May 18, 2011 7:19:35 PM

T T T ...
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