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$1100 Gaming / Photo Editing Build. Suggestions welcome!

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January 27, 2011 1:57:31 AM

Well, my Dell XPS 720 just pooped out. Back screen on boot with a blinking monitor light and I don't feel like trying to fix it so I'm going to try to build my first computer! I've listed all of my initial selections below. Any insight or suggestions that you can make to make the rig cheaper, but maintain performance, or more expensive but with good reasoning is very very welcome. Also, I'd like to purchase all components from Newegg as I've used them before and have been very satisfied. Anyway, here it goes.

CASE: Antec Three Hundred - $59.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 - $123.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $299.99 (Chose the 2600 over the 2600k because I don't plan to overclock, am I correct with this selection?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GRAPHICS: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB - $349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL DRIVES: Two ASUS Black 24X DVD Burners - $37.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARD DRIVE: Didn't choose one. I currently have 2x 180GB Hard Drives in RAID setup in my XPS 720 and plan to transfer those to the new build, but, don't know how. :)  So, if anyone can point me in the right direction to instructions to accomplish this it would be appreciated. I will do my mandatory searches obviously, and will probably post this question in the appropriate forum if I can't find the answer, but thought I'd ask since I'm here.

MONITOR: Currently have a 22" Samsung, plan to upgrade to a larger size with the increased power of this new rig, so any suggestions for mid-grade monitors would be appreciated.

I don't think I missed anything, but if you see something, or could suggest something that will enhance the build, please let me know. Thanks for your time and suggestions, they are all greatly appreciated!

January 27, 2011 3:42:22 AM

I just posted my build that was $1041.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/303797-31-building-co...

The differences I have are that I'm getting the i5 2500k and the Radeon 6850. I just heard that the i5 is plenty for the gaming i do. Also, the 6850 has really good benchmarks for the price on cpubenchmarks.com

I'm thinking about switching to the same psu as you instead of the ocz I had. I've heard corsair is a great psu brand.
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January 27, 2011 3:55:36 AM

OK Well, here is my list of changes.
1) Change that memory, P67 doesn't support Triple Channel. It's dual channel if you didn't see. I recommend Ripjaw X 8gb, get them off Newegg for 80$. DDR3 1333 CL9, who even cares about the CL anymore (IT's not about memory benches, it's about CPU and GPU benches)
2) Yes the 2600 is good since your not overclocking, as for mobo, that should be fine, though if you plan to SLI or Crossfire not exactly.
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January 27, 2011 2:34:33 PM


As aznshinobi said, Sandy Bridge is dual channel, so look for a set of 2x memory modules not 3x.

I do not see an OS in the list, do you have one already?

For HDDs, it is pretty straight forward, just unplug them in the old PC and use them in the new build, unless they are currently running in raid on the motherboard controller.
However, it might very well be worth it to buy a new HDD if they are old. If you do not require much storage then look to a Samsung F4, but for only a little more, it might also be worth it to go for a 500 MB Samsung F3 or Western Digital Caviar Black (a bit more expensive).
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January 28, 2011 7:50:07 PM

You're right, somehow missed the dual channel aspect. Not a problem, went with aznshinobi's suggestion and chose the Ripjaws:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, have a Microcenter 50 miles from here so I found an i7-2600K processor for $279.99, saving me $20. With that savings, and the fact that it's a 2600K, I might actually be down for a little OCing. I'm thinking about switching the P67 PRO3 motherboard for the following:

ASRock P67 Extreme4 - $152.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Would that be a suitable upgrade if I may in fact end up OCing a bit or are there any suggestions for a more robust motherboard at a decent price point?

Thanks again for the responses, and thanks for pointing out my mixup with the RAM.
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January 28, 2011 8:18:02 PM

Ahh, the 1333s not the 1600s. Thank you, that's a hell of a deal.

I think I've got it pretty narrowed down now. One final question, is there a PSU that you would recommend over the Corsair Enthusiest Series? I had read a few things stating that their Enthusiest line was the low end of their products. I definitely want a solid, high-performance PSU.
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January 28, 2011 8:24:41 PM

Well For PSUs I like XFX PSUs solid and nice, made by Seasonic but cheaper. So Check out XFX they're pretty cheap too!
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