Sandy Bridge 2600k build; almost good to go.

Alright guys, i have waited long enough; ready to purchase my new computer, just a couple of questions that i have.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Around $1600 (open to suggestions)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, photoshop

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to stick to whats most reliable as opposed to cheaper; if a product is say $20 cheaper than another but not as reliable, i do not mind throwing in the extra $20

Overclocking: Yes; new to it but would love to do so.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future

Monitor Resolution: Currently using a 720p sony hdtv, will be upgrading soon if need be; might buy a monitor in the near future; dual.

Additional Comments: Quiet/fast pc that would last me for a few years. Def need something to relieve power/energy; running multiple desktops in my household, would not like the bill the skyrocket.

Here is what i have picked thus far:

Asus Black DVD Burner

COOLER MASTER HAF X (love the case overall)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB (or WD Caviar Black?)

SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (4gb enough or should i go for 8gb)

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 (pro or deluxe?)

Intel Core i7-2600K

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

A few things to note:

As a said, i would love a psu that would relieve some stress off future bills, so should i stick with the above mentioned silver psu or go with the following:

CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W 80 PLUS GOLD

I know i am missing a cpu cooler, not sure as to what to get; would the hydro h70 be a suggestion? What do you guys think?

Thanks !
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  1. If ya keep the HAF-X, I'd put a XFX Black Edition 850 in it and save $50 .... it's easily a match for the Corsair HX, both got same performance rating from

    Ti save more money, and in my opinion, get a better build, get the DF-85 w/ CP-850. I have built with both cases and, while both a great cases, the DF offers inlet air filters, hot swap 2.5" bay, fan speed controls built in and has a sturdier feel to it. The CP-850 is the match of the HX and Black but is quieter. Read the reviews on and to confirm.

    Save some more money ... get the combo

    $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro

    The faux water coolers just don't get as good temps as the better air coolers.....they also restrict case air flow. Grab one of the top 3 out of the Top performers ranking here:

    The seagate 7200.12 or F3 whichever is cheaper on day you buy, they are very closely matched tho the Seagate runs substantially quieter and cooler if that kinda thing matters to you.

    The 6970 and 570 are well matched and it's tough to call one a wrong choice except under specific circumstances (i.e. you need CUDA for video editing, like PhysX eye candy, wanna play w/ 3D vision, run 3 or more GFX cards which are nVidia things or , want to run 3-6 monitors and other things that ATI does). I would note however that the 570 scales a bit better than the 6970 does (167% for the 570 vs 157% for the 6970 according to Guru3D tests) and currently the 570 superclocked version is same price as the generic 6970's. But again, what games you play and what resolution you play at (2560 favors ATI / 1920 favors nVidia) may be the deciding factor here:

    Overall, the graphics frame rate performance has the AMD Radeon HD 6970 matched nicely to the GeForce GTX 570. Measured at stock (reference) speeds in ten different tests, the Radeon HD 6970 was either slightly ahead in half of them or deeply trailed in the other half. We've excluded HAWX 2 from this review, until AMD drivers can compensate for the performance skew. The DirectX 10 tests seemed to really score the GeForce GTX 570 way ahead, while many of the DirectX 11 tests pulled the Radeon HD 6970 ahead by a few FPS:

    3DMark Vantage has the 6970 ahead by 2.9% (1680x1050) or 5.8% (1920x1200) on the Jane Nash test, but then sinks 16.9/9.4% for New Calico. Crysis Warhead pushed the GTX 570 16.2/9.4% ahead, but then DX11 Aliens vs Predator pushed back 10.4/12.3% in favor of the Radeon HD 6970. Shader intensive games such as Battlefield Bad Company 2 really strained the Radeon HD 6970, giving the GTX 570 a 31.9/25.3% lead. BattleForge did the same, giving the GTX 570 a 53.5/57.1% lead over the 6970. Lost Planet 2 dog-piled also the results in favor the GTX 570, resulting in a 45.1/41.9% lead over the 6970. Then, thankfully, the Radeon HD 6970 fought back in NVIDIA-strong games like Mafia II, producing a 0.9/6.0% lead over the GTX 570. Metro 2033 gave the 6970 a 3.1/5.2% edge, and then the Heaven 2.1 benchmark offered a 2.0/7.5% difference in favor of the 6970.

    When peeps come to me w/ $1700 to spend, this is what I generally wind up building for them:

    Case - $160 - Antec DF-85
    Case Fans - Later - Antec Red 120 mm
    PSU - $120 - Antec CP850
    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 - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclock
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm
    SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB
    Blue Ray / DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT
    OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM
  2. Alright i decided to switch the following:

    CPU FAN: I decided to go with the Noctua NH-D14; what are your thoughts, seems to be the best cooler for that price? On that site i was linked too; it currently has a few others as top performers but then sets this one as the highest recommended. Also many forums seem to praise this one pretty high as well.

    So most people would consider the seagate over the f3? I have always bought WD, so straying away from it for the first time, i want the best product that would last as well as be quiet and cool; speed being most important ofcourse!

    I have always been an ati person, love the idea of eyefinity as well, but i will consider what you wrote; will read further into that, thanks.

    As for the 2600k, i see most people do recommend the 2500k but as i have been holding off on purchasing a computer for a while; was going to purchase the 950 a few weeks back before i was told to wait for sandy bridge, price is similar to the 2600k today, i didnt mind paying the price before; dont mind today. (yeah, odd logic haha)

    As for gaming, i am open to anything really, i do not mind trying anything; i will also be doing a bit of photo editing and video, nothing professional.

    Also after several reviews regarding the XFX Black and Corsair HX850 psu's i have found that both are remarkably similar, however, while the XFX is cheaper i have read of many individuals having issues with the XFX black edition psu, in terms of it blowing up etc...

    Has anyone else had any issue with either of these psu's?

    Im ready to order tonight, let me know what you guys think on my final build; thank you!
  3. I also decided to switch the psu, from the corsair hx850 to the Corsair AX750 gold; found it much cheaper bundled, would i have any issues running the above build with 750?

    As well as the current ram to:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (7-8-7-24)

    Anything i am missing or i should switch?

    I know that there are plenty of build posts on this forum regarding nearly the same build, however, mine has a few specifics i would like clarified; any help will be much appreciated! (Specifically PSU and CPU Fan)
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