Closed Solved

Getting back into the game with sandybridge

I have read a lot of post in this forum and decided to ask for opinions. I am building a gaming PC that will do three things: Play World of Warcraft, surf, and watch youtube/movies. I am pretty sold on the i72600k processor. I also just bought this case(I love it!):

I plan to use a 120g SSD and thats about as far as I am sure about. I have a 22" samsung monitor I would like to run at max resolution. One day I may upgrade to Led LCD and do a bigger monitor.

What kind of mobo would work good? I have looked at the newer asus p67 and like the usb 3.0, bluetooth and 6gb/s. I may do some low level amateur overclocking, but nothing beyond my newbie level.

What graphics setup should I choose? I am not opposed to SLI/crossfire/whatever works best.

I am thinking I will need a 1000w power supply, I like corsair and coolermaster but am wide open to suggestions.

As for memory I know DDR3 1333mhz is all I should bother getting but is 4gb enough or should I shoot for 8gb or more?

My budget is about $1200 not including the case I just bought. I will possibly upgrade to ivybridge later this year as well.

Thanks for any help you can provide. I am an idiot as it has been 8 years since I last built a pc and any and all advice will be taken with great reverence. Please let me know if I missed anything.


Best mobo for i72600k?

Best graphics card(s) and setup to use?

How much/speed memory?

What size power supply?

Extra cooling?
12 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about getting back game sandybridge
  1. Best answer
    Let's see. First off, I'd seriously consider the 2500K processor instead. Unless you're doing serious multitasking or using a few specific programs that take advantage of it, hyperthreading won't give you too much benefit. The 2600K costs about 50% (or $100) more than the 2500K, and you won't see nearly that much additional benefit.

    As for the motherboard, the Asus P8P67 Pro offers SLI/Crossfire and has a good feature set.

    1000W is overkill, even if you do go to crossfire/SLI. I'd check out something like the Corsair HX750 (or the TX750 to save money if you don't need modular plugs). More than enough power for your system, even with two GFX cards and an overclock. If you really want the best of the best you could go for the AX750 or the Seasonic X-760, which is the same PSU. Sometimes the 850 goes on sale for only $10 or so more, in which case you could go for that if you want, but it really isn't necessary.

    DDR3 1333 9-9-9 is definitely sufficient. You won't notice enough of a difference from more expensive RAM to justify the price. 4GB will be fine for what you mentioned, but RAM's cheap these days. For the cost, I'd say go for 8.

    As far as graphics, I'd say the Radeon HD-6950 or the GeForce GTX-570 are the best bang for the buck right now. I went for the HD-6950 since it can run three monitors off one card, but compare their features and see what you think.

    As for SSD, the Crucial C300 is the best performer right now, and the OCZ Vertex 2 is also good and can usually be found on sale. If you can wait though, there are new drives coming out this month and next that should give greater performance at the same price.

    Another thing to consider is Marvell's HyperDuo, which is available on the P8P67 Deluxe MB. You could pair a 120GB SSD with a short-stroked 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD or something like that to give you a larger system volume that will theoretically maintain 80% of the performance of the SSD. (Basically it's a way to get the advantages of a larger SSD without the cost.) It's unproven at this point though, so just something to consider/look into.

    Of course you'll want a separate media drive as well. Lots of choices there depending on whether you're most interested in speed, quiet, size, price, etc.
  2. Oh, as for cooling, the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B and the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus are both good choices for the money. With the stock fans the Scythe will be a bit quieter and will cool a bit better, but costs more. (Either should be sufficient for the 'mild' overclock you mentioned.)
  3. i knew I lurked this forum for a reason! Good advice on the proc. Any brand preference on the memory? I am looking to buy the last parts I need around the end of February so I will be checking this thread often until then. :D
  4. What do you think of this card?

    Is this the PSU u recommended?

    And finally, this memory seems pretty good, do you have a better suggestion?
  5. The card's fine if you want the bonus game. Otherwise you can save $20 by buying one of the cheaper GTX 570s on newegg.

    That's a good PSU, but I'd either get this one if you want the best (higher efficiency and lower noise)

    ... or this one if you want a good PSU for less money. This one doesn't have modular cables though, which the above and the one you mentioned do. Doesn't make much difference later, but when you're building it may be annoying.

    That RAM's good. The only thing is it might interfere with larger CPU coolers, like the Mugen 2 Rev. B (, which I'd recommend. If you don't want to worry about that, you could go for these:

    Just as good as the Ripjaws, a few bucks cheaper, and without the giant (and unnecessary) heat spreaders. If you're not going to go with a large cooler though and you like the look of them the G.Skills are fine. :)
  6. i dont care what the memory looks like> I am going to go with that psu tho. So far I have these items:
    thanks chnathan
    thanks again, ch.

    this cooler:

    this SSD:

    and after perusing the forums all night I believe 2 of these in SLI is what I want:

    Too bad the mobo I want is out of stock :(

    Anyone see anything that needs improvement? I am so ready to buy this stuff and get it put in my giant hafX!!
  7. By the way, I chose those graphics cards from reading this article:,2694.html

    Is there a better option for around the same cost?
  8. Looks good to me. Those dual 460s should give you great performance for the price. The only reasons I would consider a single newer card instead are 1) if you're going to be gaming at very high resolutions, when 1GB of memory may not be enough and 2) if you would prefer to reduce power usage/heat/noise. If neither of those is the case though, great choice.

    Everything else looks good too, although if you're not in a big hurry it might be worth it to wait a few weeks for the first G3 SSDs to come out.
  9. Ok, I got my mushkin memory in. Now im just trying to justify paying $200 more for an SSD over a 6gb/s Sata 3 HD. Also, in looking at all the 1155 socket p67 boards on newegg, none stand out. I think I am going to go with 1 nice graphics card over two. If anyone can reccommend a good p67 mobo and great single graphics card I think I am set.

    Also, will the corsair 850w pro PSU work ok for all of this?
  10. That's the same PSU I just bought. It'll be more than enough for that build. It's expensive, but it's one of the most efficient and quietest PSUs you can buy. (Completely silent at low load since the fan doesn't even spin.)

    For MB and graphics, it all depends on what features you want and what you want to spend. Good motherboards are the ASRock P67 Extreme4 and the somewhat more feature-rich Asus P8P67 Pro. Both have UEFI, which should be nice. Sometimes newegg does combos with these boards and the 2500K search the forums for a link and you may be able to find one still active even if it's not listed on their site.

    An SSD will probably do more than anything else to make your system 'feel' fast. If you don't want to spend as much another option would be a 60ishGB vertex 2 combined with a 500GB fast hard drive (like the Samsung Spinpoint F3) using HyperDuo, which is available on the Asus P8P67 Deluxe MB.

    In theory you'll get most of the performance of the SSD, along with a 500GB C drive, which is convenient for installing programs and such. Then when prices go down in a year or two you can upgrade. Or if you can afford it, just go for a larger SSD now (or in Feb. when some more Gen 3s come out). You probably won't regret it. :)
  11. Best answer selected by Thongpocket.
  12. This topic has been closed by Maziar
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Systems Product