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Sandy Bridge Build $1500-2000

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January 8, 2011 12:51:24 AM

Hey guys, been a long time... but lets get right down to it.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of the month

Budget Range: I would like to stay around $1500 but i can go up to $2000!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/Audio editing (lightly)

Parts Not Required: Monitor 1920x1080 Samsugn BX2431 (awesome monitor would recommend) Keyboard (G19 would also recommend) mouse (g9x would again, recommend)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg as always (NCIX for case)

Country of Origin: Good ole' USA!

Parts Preferences: Sandy Bridge, Asus motherboard, R3 case

Overclocking: OFC! (YES!)

SLI or Crossfire: No, always upgrade to 1 next-gen card.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 :) 

Additional Comments: I want the GTX 570 because i fold@home sometimes, also need cuda

So i know about computers.. a lot, just saying.

CPU - i7 2600k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Gigabyte P67A-UD7
24 Phases of CPU power.. great look that matches my PSU, baked with a 3 year warranty.. 3 way sli? Must have, no matter the cost.

RAM - Completely Undecided

CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-D14... it's god.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - EVGA GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I know you are all gonna say, "get the spinpoint f3! *cry* *cry*" I want the good warranty and the quality of Western Digital. FINAL.

PSU - Corsair AX850 - I will use in future builds.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheap ODD - $20
WIN 7 - $100

Case - Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53537&vpn=DEFINE-R3-BLACK...

Some fans..
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=51283
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=51284 x3

I would go with noctua but i like fractal's color and i want it to match... (i have nothing against nocuta..) and fractal fans are just like noctua's

I will get an ssd but not now. I am waiting for the REVO Drive x3 to launch

All in all it costs around $1600

I am also getting some black sata cables because the ones that come with the board are.. baby blue? not gonna have that.
January 8, 2011 8:07:57 PM

bump bump - bumpedy bump
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January 8, 2011 8:19:44 PM

Get the spinpoint f3! Just kidding.

I heard somewhere that the prices on the i7 2600k were going to be very cheap at micro center. Might want to check that out. Are you going to get two 570s? Or one 580 and upgrade to another later? Just an idea. You're the pro here. :) 

And for RAM. Are you looking for 4 or 8 gb? The g.skill ripjaw X has 8gb for $90 on newegg which sounds pretty cheap to me.
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January 8, 2011 9:16:25 PM

Ok ill check out micro center's deals. Ill prolly get two 570s.. I don't know though. Maybe just one 580.. that is one of my "i don't know" type things.

4GB and i might go with some mushkins.
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January 9, 2011 7:22:30 PM

CPU cooler: you don't need that beast SB runs super cool get the hyper 212+ from amazon
PSU: overpriced get the 850w be xfx it's 110 after MIR
Case: design looks awesome :D 
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January 9, 2011 8:19:20 PM

hey joel, i am hoping to get up to around 4.6-4.7 GHz and i personally don't like the hyper 212+ and for this overclock, i am only going for the best. I have a friend who has a hyper 212+ so i made my own judgements.

Corsair has an 8 year warranty, and i want my PSU to last atleast 2 builds (or 3.. prolly not though)
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January 9, 2011 8:20:23 PM

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where's the SSD.?

like I said, once the revo drive x3 comes out i am getting it as a system upgrade :)  just the small 128 gb one or it is 180? yeah i think it's 180
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January 9, 2011 8:25:30 PM

you can get those clocks on SB with the hyper 212+
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January 9, 2011 8:32:03 PM

joelmartinez said:
you can get those clocks on SB with the hyper 212+

I know i CAN but i can get better temps with the nh-d14 that is greatly in my budget and make my cpu last longer :p  and i won't have to worry.
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January 9, 2011 8:33:53 PM

Updated first post.
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January 9, 2011 8:49:44 PM

I understand your logic
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January 9, 2011 10:37:23 PM

Yes, but thank you for the argument.
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January 10, 2011 1:28:04 PM

Eh, true.
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January 10, 2011 1:46:46 PM

Well, to address the only unsolved question (RAM), I would toss up some G.Skill options, as they are always the favorite of this forum.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH - 7-8-7-24 Timings - $160

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

I'm guessing you'll want 8 GB's, and 2x4 seems to be just as cheap as 4x2 nowadays. The 7-8-7-24 seems as low of timings as most are offering,

You can drop down to 8-8-8-24 to save $20 or you can spend and extra $40 to get the RAM fan. Seeing what your other preferences have been, I doubt you'd jump for either of these. This is probably the RAM I'm going to go with for my own 2500K build.
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