Just ordered a new computer, hoping I did it all right.
Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB *IR-$10*
57962 1 $228.99 $228.99
ASUS P8P67 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA3 USB3.0 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
58015 1 $159.98 $159.98
Corsair Professional HX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
42532 1 $124.99 $124.99
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 4 Channel Fan Ctrl No PS
54712 1 $169.98 $169.98
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card
57630 1 $339.99 $339.99
Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM
42349 1 $21.99 $21.99
G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH Ripjaws PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL7-7-7-21 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
42744 2 $48.99 $97.98
Total before taxes came to $1225 with $80 express shipping. I've also got about $50 in mail in rebates as much as I hate those. I went with 8 GB of RAM since it seems like it might be worth it, even though I know it's such a small difference. Oh, and I'm taking two 1 TB Storage drives and my 60 GB Vertex SSD out of my current computer so I won't need those.
Just looking for some feedback. I'll probably buy an aftermarket cooler to overclock the 2500k a bit but from what I've read, 4 GHz is very attainable on even the stock cooler.
Only small change I would make is to go to a GTX 570. If you are already going to drop close to $350 on a GPU you may as well go with the 570, imo. If you want to stick with AMD for any particular reason then ignore that suggestion.
The 570 matches the 6970 very well trading blows and wins from game to game.....the 570 scales 167% in SL, the 6970 about 10% lower. A superclocked 570 costs the same as a reference clocked 6970.
I woulda went with the Pro version of the Muddahboard so ya could add a 2nd vid card later on down the line and extend the system life. That and a bigger PSU (850 watter) ta handle the 2nd card when its added.
And the XFX Black Edition 850 watter is every bit the equal of the Corsair HX850, but the XFX is $15 cheaper than the Corsair HX650.
Case selection is a good part aesthetics .... but a high end mid tower (i.e. DF-85) would cost ya same price.
I'm thinking there should be a cooler (SCMG-2100) and TIM (Shin Etsu) in there.
I considered the Pro but imo Crossfire is nothing but a big waste of money for anything less than 2560 resolution. I don't plan on buying a 27" monitor any time soon so decided against it. I'll just upgrade a single card later on down the road. Same thing for the 650 Watt power supply.
I'll definitely add a cooler in the near future, shouldn't be too hard or too expensive.
Okay, well I changed the order since I had a credit card issue so I figured what the hell and took advantage of some sales. Saved about $200, just doing one final confirmation before I hit buy this time.
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 $289.99
NCIX Gaming Bundle ASUS P8P67 ATX P67 3PCI-E16 Motherboard + Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge CPU 1 $379.99 -- Intel Core i5 2500 & ASUS P8P67 Pro ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3
Corsair TX750W $129.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory 1 $89.99
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case $169.98
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
LG 16X DVD-ROM Optical Drive SATA Black OEM 1 $19.99 $19.99
Shipping & Handling: $5.99 SUBTOTAL: $1,115.91 No PST $0.00 HST(12%) $133.91 TOTAL: $1,249.82
I haven't hit buy quite yet, waiting till tomorrow morning. I don't want to drop $1230-1500 on something I'm not 100% confident on and am more than open to suggestions. I took a look and right now the 750W is actually cheaper than the 650. I doubt I'll eventually Crossfire and the wattage is definitely overkill, but it's $10 cheaper for the 750 right now.