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First Time Builder Needs Advice On Last Pieces - $1500 i7-2600k

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January 12, 2011 7:05:34 AM

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600k (I might downgrade to the i5-2500k, but I plan on doing heavy gaming on high resolution)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo of above 2 things + Civ 5 = 499.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair HX850 or Antec SG 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card - 2x GeForce GTX 460 (maybe 470s)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - I own 2x 2TB External Harddrives that I'll store most media on, but I'll need something ~500GB for my second drive in this. I might be able to use one from current comp though.

Case -I don't know. I want something that has enough room for sufficient cooling if I decide to overclock, maybe I can find a good combo deal with my PSU.

Cooling - This will be my first time building a computer and I may consider overclocking in the future. I want to make sure the fans are sufficient, but still pretty quiet in non-heavy loads. I would prefer to avoid anything dealing with liquids.

ANYTHING ELSE I'M MISSING? Thermal paste, fans, etc? Anything I can replace for better or cheaper parts?

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully this week

Budget Range: Between 1500-1700 I need to purchase Windows 7 with these funds though. I actually realize this might not be doable. How close can I get though?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and movies/anime are the most important. I also use video recording software and make videos like Let's Plays and commentaries.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably NewEgg or Amazon.

Country of Origin: United States

Monitor Resolution: I have a dual monitor setup. Main monitor is 30in (2560x1600). I understand gaming Ultra settings on that resolution might be difficult though. How close can I get with my budget?

Overclocking: Maybe, but I've never overclocked before. I don't really plan on doing it unless I'll see huge returns. I would prefer to just keep it cool since I run my computer 16 hours a day.

Cross-Fire/SLI - Yes, it sounds like 2x GTX 460s will do the best for me.

Additional Comments: I am a total noobie. This is my first experience ever building a computer or even picking out individual parts like this. I know I probably forgot pieces so please let me know. Also please inform me if you can think of any potential problems I might face putting this together.

Thank you to everyone. This is an awesome site and I've been doing a ton of research through your articles and forum posts. I would be totally lost without it.
January 12, 2011 8:08:40 AM

^ Here is a reworked build,
Mainly for gaming even very highe resolutions like your monitor's IMO the 2500K would suffice, also with ability to overclock so nicely, I dont see a good reason to go 2600K
i5 2500K + HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS Board + Corsair AX750 Gold
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Same

CASE - NZXT Tempest EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - IMO this OCZ Vertex 2 120GB is a better deal - It is also very fast and comparatively cheaper,..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

Total - ~$1423
As for the performance of HD 6870 Crossfire
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-cross...

Or you could do this, buy a single HD 6950 for now, and get 1 more by this month-end,... The reason I say this is because Nvidia is going to launch GTX 560 by this month-end and would push AMD to lower the price of its cards,...
January 12, 2011 8:35:25 AM

This build has dual gtx 570's :) 

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i... <---- Intel Sandy Bridge review/benchmarks

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev... <--- Another great review on this cpu

If this is a gaming build, you can tank the 2600k and go with the 2500k. Check out the benchmarks in those two links...it says it all.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U/ref=s9_simh... $99.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $364.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $354.98
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99 FREE SHIPPING
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
MSI P67A-GD53 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh... $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $21.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support

http://www.buy.com/prod/evga-012-p3-1570-ar-geforce-gtx... $349.49 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 Graphics Card - PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 1.25 GB GDDR5 SDRAM 2560 x 1600 - SLI

http://www.buy.com/prod/evga-012-p3-1570-ar-geforce-gtx... $349.49 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 Graphics Card - PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 1.25 GB GDDR5 SDRAM 2560 x 1600 - SLI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,598.87 *not including rebates, shipping, etc..

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XU78OA/ref=asc_df_B003XU78... $182.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
PNY XLR8 GTX 460 1024 MB GDDR5 Overclocked PCI-Express 2.0 DVI-I+DVI-I+Mini HDMI Graphics Card VCGGTX4601XPB-OC
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January 12, 2011 8:55:01 AM

^ +1, for your resolution, the 570 SLI is better suited,...
January 12, 2011 1:27:37 PM

^ +1, for Why_Me's resolution

Possibly up your RAM for not too much more and gives you a good upgrade path to 16GB in the future:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

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



January 13, 2011 5:51:32 AM

The only problem that I am running into was you didn't have an SSD picked out with that build and it added about $200. In the end, I decided I am willing to pay the extra. Can you guys give my build one last look over. Anything not compatible? Is the case big enough or should I go with the full sized tower? I decided to go with 2x 4GB RAM, but is this overkill for my set up? I will get the larger ones if they will help out. Also, I can pay +10 on each video card for overclocked, is that worth it? Thanks again everyone for their help. You guys are awesome and I'm so excited to start ordering these pieces tonight and tomorrow.

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$225

MOBO
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$185

COMBO DEAL OF CPU AND MOBO + CIV 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$390 = $20 Savings + Free Civ 5

PSU
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$176

Graphics
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card with Lifetime Warranty 012-P3-1570-AR
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-PCI-Express-Graphics-Lifetim...
$360 x 2 = $720

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$160

CASE
Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow...
$100

CPU Fan
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
$26

CD/DVD Burner
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98
http://www.amazon.com/Lite-LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$22

SSD
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$220 with $20 rebate

HDD
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...
$60

Thermal Paste
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit System Builder - OEM
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Home-Premium-System-Build...
$100
January 13, 2011 12:57:06 PM

If you can, go for the CoolerMaster HAF 932, extra I know but I have never worked with a better case. I have the 950TX PSU which isn't moduler, BUT with the 932 it doesn't matter as the cable management has helped me hide all spare cables.

Plus, I prefer non-module to module, nothing to back this up but I just feel a little safer not having to worry about the connections between the PSU and the cables.
January 15, 2011 1:02:49 AM

SSD
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227551
$220 with $20 rebate


will it work.?. 2.5 is for notebooks no?
January 15, 2011 1:58:38 AM

You get a tray to fit it into which allows you to screw it into a 3.5"
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