Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

How does my build look?

Last response: in Systems
January 11, 2011 6:50:26 PM

My budget is approx $1500.

Yes memory is a little overkill but for $90 I don't care :) 
This isn't a gaming machine I'm creating, it is a developer rig for programming.

All I care about is Visual Studio Performance and something that will keep me from upgrading for a few years.

Motherboard ASUS P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $159.99
CPU Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $329.99
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory $89.99
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory $89.99
Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply $109.99
Case COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $79.99
Monitor Acer V243HAJbd Black 24" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor $179.99
Video Card ASUS EAH6850 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $179.99
Hard Drive OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive $218.99
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $99.99
DVD Burner ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X 1.5MB Cache SATA 24X Burner LightScribe Support $21.99

Total $1,560.89

What do you guys think about the parts? any opinions?

More about : build

January 11, 2011 7:09:28 PM

Wondering why you chose an H67 motherboard. They don't allow you to overclock and you are already buying a 6850 so you don't need the integrated graphics. I would recommend a P67 instead with an x8/x8 PCIe configuration so you have the potential to upgrade. Also, many motherboards support both SLI and Crossfire but double check to make sure the motherboard you choose supports your graphics card choice.

Also, if you plan on overclocking, you may want to consider 1600MHz RAM. BTW I don't consider 8GB to be overkill.
January 11, 2011 7:13:49 PM

Really chose the motherboard for the price.

Btw it isnt 8GB, 2x 8GB kits, will move the memory together so it isn't confusing
Related resources
January 11, 2011 7:32:50 PM

Guess I missed the second kit. yea, it probably is overkill but the price is good. '

A couple of other things I thought about:

Any particular reason you chose the HIS card? This ASUS is the same price and has a $20 rebate. Also, it is overclocked (though not that much)

Also, for the SSD, I believe the Vertex series is a better performer for the same price
January 11, 2011 8:12:19 PM

Thanks, lots of good advice..

Only thing I'm thinking is upping the PSU a little, maybe 950watt instead of 750, doubt it matters since I'm not planning on running multi-Video Cards, but I may do some overclocking
January 11, 2011 8:37:46 PM

To be honest, that 750W is already more than enough for that rig. I was actually going to suggest dropping it to a 650W PSU to save some cash.

That 750W PSU will still give you plenty of room to stick in a second GPU if you so desire, although if you don't game there is almost zero reason to need more GPU muscle.
January 11, 2011 8:46:10 PM


I'm not worried about a 2nd GPU, only reason I'm even going to the 6850 is because I might try out some XNA development, and I want least something decent enough to debug 3d graphics.
January 11, 2011 8:55:24 PM

I was going to suggest dropping it to a 650 or 600 as well but You choose a good model with bronze certification so I left it alone. AMD graphics cards use significantly less power then their Nvidia counterparts. you could probably run an overclocked processor and 2 6850's on a 450W if you wanted to. 2 6850's in crossfire with an overclocked i7-920 only draws 423W at the outlet during Furmark (which produces inflated results anyways) And that is 423 at the wall. Factor in 85% efficiency and the psu is only putting out 359W.

January 11, 2011 9:04:15 PM

Wow.. jedi940..

You are awesome! Thanks! Been looking for something that showed similar, keep seeing people with 900-1000W, figured I'd need something close without doing SLI.

Thanks guys.. huge help!

Now just to get $1500 LOL, off to do side projects I guess HA! Or convince the boss (wife) to let me buy it!
January 12, 2011 12:24:59 AM

I thing the Green HD gonna make you impatient....and I'd wanna OC a bit to speed things up.

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm
PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
RAM - $100 - 2 x 4GB Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $140 - GTX 460
GFX - - Same
HD - $70 - Samsung F3 1TB
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB
DVD Writer - $19 - ASUS 24X DVD Writer
OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro
Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms

January 12, 2011 12:53:33 AM

A little exaggeration, but as you like it
January 12, 2011 1:51:12 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
I thing the Green HD gonna make you impatient....and I'd wanna OC a bit to speed things up.

Why would you say that? Green HD would only be used for storage, mostly be using SSD for everything else, OS, Visual Studio, and should have more than enough space to hold my projects to compile from SSD