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February 19, 2011 11:23:14 AM

Hi this is my second time building a comp and I just wanted to build another one cause my friend is buying my old system, (an i7-920 system). Here is what I have so far. Nothing is final though still working things around and wanted to know your guys opinion on cheaper more effective products and such. Going to use my system mainly for gaming and some image/video rendering. Going to OC my system.. And should I just wait till the LGA 1155 motherboards are available again? I'm reluctant to start this new build because sandy bridge cpus just rape but idk how long its going to take them to release the new MBs for it. Thanks for helping out!

P.S.
All price is directly from Amazon because newegg doesnt give me free shipping for my area.
Have a cd drive and a hard drive already.

Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366 Desktop Processor --299.99

Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail 84.77

Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case Black - (RC-932-KKN1-GP) 119.98

RADEON HD 5870 1GB DDR5 HDMI Graphics Card HD587XZNFC 258.49

ASUS LGA 1366 Intel X58 Republic of Gamers ATX Motherboard Rampage III Formula 279.99

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5 104.74

Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Core i7 Memory Kit 119.99

Somethings that I'm thinking about....wondering if there is a better + cheaper air cooling alternative, wondering if I should go for a cheaper MB, cheaper RAM maybe g skills?

February 19, 2011 7:04:28 PM

Thanks for your input! I was also thinking about the sabertooth. The rams I was looking at were these,

Corsair TR3X6G1600C9 XMS3 6 GB 3 X 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Tri-Channel Intel Core i7 Memory Kit 74.99

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ 85.09

Or should I stick with the dominators?

All prices are adjusted for the places I live in, so newegg prices would cost more for me.

And for the cpu cooler if i were to get the prolimatechs what type of fans would u recommend and 1 or 2fans?
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February 19, 2011 7:30:18 PM

All the Corsair TR3X6G1600 are getting excellent customer reviews. No reason not to go with the XMS over the Dominators.

I'd actually recommend the CM Hyper 212+ over the NH-D14 / Prolimatech SM / CM V6 GT. The Hyper 212+ is fine for everything but most aggressive overclocking. It's great for 4.0Ghz @ $30. The extra cost of the top coolers (including the self contained water coolers like Corsair H50 Hydro) don't give the performance increase you'd expect with a ~$100 cooler like the Prolimatech SM + two fans.
February 19, 2011 9:16:13 PM

Wait for the SB series to come back next month. It'll be worth it. Overclocking will be so easy. 4.6ghz on stock cooling for the 2500K/2600K and 5.1ghz w/ the Hyper 212+

Check out my $1000 guide in my siggy. That'll work out just fine.
February 20, 2011 12:10:19 AM

For the love of god... why does everyone say to wait? I'd personally go for the time-tested 950 OVER Sandy Bridge, even when it's available again... would you even notice a difference short of benchmarking? What about giving up triple channel ram?

I personally prefer this set of G.Skill RAM Over Corsair when going for a triple-channel setup.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm sure you can find it on Amazon... there are 3 kits of the same stuff basically, only with 6, 7, and 8 Cas Latencies.

As for cooling, I'd suggest the Thermalright MUX-120.
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-MUX-120-Processor-he...
Or, nickeled black for a kickass finish:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00407XRRM/ref=pd_lpo_...
I've always liked it better than the Hyper 212 for some reason...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...
That pretty much covers your best options. The 212 isn't included in that, though... sorry...
February 20, 2011 5:51:01 PM

^ Triple vs Dual actually isn't a big difference in the real world stand point. In Everest benching, they bench about the same.
February 20, 2011 10:31:23 PM

someguynamedmatt said:
For the love of god... why does everyone say to wait? I'd personally go for the time-tested 950 OVER Sandy Bridge, even when it's available again... would you even notice a difference short of benchmarking? What about giving up triple channel ram?

I personally prefer this set of G.Skill RAM Over Corsair when going for a triple-channel setup.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm sure you can find it on Amazon... there are 3 kits of the same stuff basically, only with 6, 7, and 8 Cas Latencies.

As for cooling, I'd suggest the Thermalright MUX-120.
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-MUX-120-Processor-he...
Or, nickeled black for a kickass finish:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00407XRRM/ref=pd_lpo_...
I've always liked it better than the Hyper 212 for some reason...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...
That pretty much covers your best options. The 212 isn't included in that, though... sorry...


The Sandy Bridge builds will literally mop the floor with any cpu out there atm...especially when it comes to gaming.

These links down below will explain why we suggest people wait a month for the Sandy Bridge boards. It's why sites like this get so many hits in regards to reviews and benchmarks. That and those SB builds were out for a month already before Intel discovered the flaw with those boards.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/100?vs=287 <--- i7 950 vs i7 2600K

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...
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