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First Homebuild in Two Years. Feedback Please!

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January 29, 2011 9:45:04 PM

Good afternoon, folks!

I'm building my first system in two years. I'm looking for a screaming gaming machine that will run most things with minimal upgrades for the next two years. (I only allow myself to build that often).

Here's what I've come up with. I was looking to stay around $2,000 and this is close enough.

The feedback I'm looking for is whether I missed some better choices for similar or lower price points. After researching, I'm not looking to SLI, electing the single card route instead. I'm also an Intel and Nvidia guy.

Also, if I did something just plain stupid, I won't resent having that pointed out too :sweat: 

Thanks in advance!


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$224.99

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$219.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
$249.99

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$499.99

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
$34.99

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$264.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$89.99

CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$169.99

Thermaltake ArmorPlus(Armor+) VH6000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$184.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$18.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$99.99

OKGEAR 18" SATA 6 Gbps Cable, Straight to Right Angle W/Metal Latch, UV Blue, Backward Compatible with 3 Gbps and 1.5 Gbps
$8.98

Subtotal: $2,067.87
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 29, 2011 10:08:07 PM

A very good build...

No need for the extra 6gb right angle sata cables, two will come with the sabretooth motherboard.
Download and read the mobo manual which should list the parts included.

I would defer the sound card. Onboard HD sound is very good. You can always add a sound card later.

For gaming, 8gb is plenty. I suppose 16gb won't hurt though. Ram is cheap.

I think you should add a aftermarket cpu cooler. You got a K cpu to be able to oc, and a cooler will let you go higher and easier. Quieter too.

CM hiper212 is $30 and OK.

The best is probably the noctua NH-D14:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

----------good luck--------------
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January 29, 2011 10:24:29 PM

Thanks for the feedback.

You're probably right on the RAM. I don't suppose 64bit games are going to become the norm later this year.

Do you think I'd see a return in gaming by doing a lesser amount of much faster RAM? Say 2133 or 1866?

Man, I hate bulky CPU fans in the case. You're right though. What's the point of the K without messing with the multiplier?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 29, 2011 10:33:14 PM

xander25 said:
Thanks for the feedback.

You're probably right on the RAM. I don't suppose 64bit games are going to become the norm later this year.

Do you think I'd see a return in gaming by doing a lesser amount of much faster RAM? Say 2133 or 1866?

Man, I hate bulky CPU fans in the case. You're right though. What's the point of the K without messing with the multiplier?


1) I doubt that we will see any games that need more than the current 2gb(max 3gb) to run. At least in the next few years. Game developers want the largest market possible, so there is little return in programming to make use of lots of ram for a small market. I think a 8gb(2 x 4gb) kit is right. It lets you do some multitasking while gaming.

2) Faster ram might increase your FPS by 1 or 2. Synthetic benchmarks will look wonderful, but are irrelevant. I also would not pay much extra for better latencies or fancy heat spreaders.
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January 30, 2011 2:44:57 PM

Thanks!

I'll just see if I can find an 8mb module that fits the QVL for the Sabertooth P67.

The 6gb memory sets are all triple channel. Will a triple channel still work on a board designed for dual channel?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 30, 2011 4:39:23 PM

xander25 said:
Thanks!

I'll just see if I can find an 8mb module that fits the QVL for the Sabertooth P67.

The 6gb memory sets are all triple channel. Will a triple channel still work on a board designed for dual channel?


There really is no such thing as double or triple channel ram. How many channels you get is determined by the motherboard memory controller, and how many sticks you install.

X58 will give you triple channel if you install three or 6 sticks.
P67 will give you double channel if you install two or 4 sticks.

If you install more ram, you will get double or triple channel operation for the ram installed that has the same capacity on all the channels. Any extra will operate in single channel mode. The 6gb(3 x 2gb) kits on a P67 motherboard will operate in double channel mode on the first two sticks, the third will be in single channel mode.
That is not bad, and still better than just 4gb.

The G.skil ripjaws ram you referenced will work nicely on a P67 motherboard. Mine does.
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