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Critique i72600k Gaming Build

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January 25, 2011 3:34:15 PM

Hello all. My first post here...love this community.

Anyway, putting together a new build due to issues with my q6600 build. My build requirements are general home computing (internet, photos, music) and gaming (right now primarily WoW and Civ V...but you never know). Will order from NewEgg. Just hoping for some feedback/advice...

Parts I don't need:

Keyboard; Mouse; Speakers; Monitor (1680 x 1050)

Main HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

What I need/want:

Intel Core i7-2600K
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH

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

Corsair 850w Power Supply

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

SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02B-W

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

SAPPHIRE 100312SR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

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

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache (storage drive)

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

ASUS CD/DVD burner

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

Noctua NH-D14

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

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

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



I plan on over clocking CPU to around 4.4 - 4.5 (or higher if stable). The parts of the build I am least sure of are memory, CPU cooling, power supply, and graphics card.

Thanks everyone...

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January 25, 2011 4:04:42 PM

The case is definitely very nice, but if it's cutting into your graphics budget, maybe you should consider something a bit cheaper. The CM690 II Advanced is $90 and is a very good case. Also, the HAF 922 is $90 and offers lots of space and excellent stock cooling.

If your main purpose is gaming, I would save around $160 on the case, add that to your current graphics budget of $260 and go for a crossfire/sli setup. That gives you $420 for graphics. You could afford 2 Sapphire Radeon 6870s. If you drop the i7 2600K down to an i5 2500K and save an additional $100, you could afford twin 6950's. You'd have to check benchmarks for the games you play to see which configuration makes the most sense.
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January 25, 2011 4:27:59 PM

I' definitely get a cheaper case, and go for a 2500K instead of 2600K the extra will get you a second GPU easily. the stock intel cooler will get you to 4.4 GHz. a hyper 212+ will probly get you to 5.
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January 27, 2011 1:00:51 PM

Thanks for the input so far...I will consider a different case and apply that money to graphics. Other suggestions?
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