Sandy Build ~$1500-$1800 (UPDATED!!)

Hello all,
So after deciding to hold out for my new build, the time has come to finally prepare to pull the trigger.


Gaming - I'm a pretty intensive PC gamer.

Imaging - I do quite a bit of work within photoshop and other Adobe products.

I also tend to bring home some projects from my job to do a little work on.
(Mostly Microsoft Project, Excel, Visio, and Powerpoint file types, but some can get quite large).

I also pull up various 3D models within ProEngineer from time to time which can tend to pull quite a load on my current machine.


This will be my second build (Completed my first in 2007). I’d like some feedback on my current vision. Feel free to criticize; comment, recommend, or whatever you feel may be able to help me. Below is what I’m looking at as of right now.

Thanks guys :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

CASE: Currently have an Antec 900. I’ve been very happy with it and would like to carry it over, but after reading through the information below, feel free to recommend your suggestion.

CPU Cooler: Recommendations? Had previously thought of carrying over my Zalman 9700 with an adapter, but might as well grab a new one since coolers aren’t very pricey.

Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO

CPU: Sandy i7-2600K

Memory: G.Skill F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH

Harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

SSD: Recommendations? I’ve noticed quite a bit on the new generation SSDs to hit the shelves soon. Would it be worth hanging around for one of these or move forward with something already available? I’m not sure what would better suit with the new P67s.

GPU: Sapphire 6950 x 2

Power Supply: Carry over from previous system (Corsair 950w)

Optical Drive: Carry over from previous system
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  1. Need more information on what you want to use it for. 1500-2000 gives you a lot of budget space to get pretty much whatever you want to, especially if you don't need a PSU/Case. Also, please be more specific regarding what PSU you have.
  2. christop said:

    they also have the ripjaw x series specifically for sandy bridge. I was just recommended that memory in one of my post's for a build I'm working on in a similar fashion.

    Hope this helps.
  3. :Bump:

    I've updated my original post.

    Keep the feedback coming!

    Thanks for all the help! Seems as though this is shaping up to be a great build.
  4. SSD: $218.99 $198.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $25.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL $89.99
    Designed Specifically for Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, H67 and P67 Platforms

    With a new build, I would install a new PSU unless your's is very recent. Heard of some PSUs burning out and destroying new builds.

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $89.99 after rebate

    or this modular one:
    $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
  5. If you're worried about burning out that PSU just RMA it corsair has a long warranty if I remember correctly the 950tx is a good psu

    I would wait on SSD for the Vertex 3 (I'm waiting to0 :D )
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