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February 24, 2011 8:29:27 PM

I am looking to build a new gaming computer with a sandy bridge processor.
I need some advice as to which parts to pick. so far I like these parts but I'm not sure if they are the best.
I'm looking for good dx11 performance.

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7-2600

mobo: I don't know what to get here as they all seem to be on recall.

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
evga 570

storage: i have a pci scsi controller and two scsi drives that I would like to set up in raid 0 in this computer.

memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x3
total of 12 gigs.

odd: i have a few of these laying around

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
corsair 850w

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

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

I don't currently plan on overclocking the cpu or gpu.
I would consider a SSD or SLI upgrade at some point.

thanks in advance for reviewing my build.


February 24, 2011 9:08:34 PM

sssslamin said:
mobo: I don't know what to get here as they all seem to be on recall
Correct.
It could be late March or early April before you see them on sale again. Are you OK with that?
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February 24, 2011 9:16:06 PM

Your case link is to a CPU and your CPU cooler link doesn't work.
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February 24, 2011 9:26:19 PM

I'd recommend these RAM modules if you looking to trim costs .... better support, same spec and cheaper.....but you can't put 3 sets in .... that requires a 1366 build. Two of those will get you 8 GBs for $80

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

Using two modules would be $100 for 8 GB @ same specs

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


Faster (low latency stuff) is $155 either way

4 modules CAS 6 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2 modules CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 850 TX is a good 2nd tier PSU at at $110, that's not a bad price, until ya consider that the XFX Black EDition has a higher performance / quality rating (10.0) comparable to the 1st tier Corsair HX series ($150) and the XFX is only $120

If ya going to overclock, pick ya heat sink from the list here:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

If not, stock cooler is fine up to 4.6 GHz

Recommended cases:

Full Tower for Hi OC's and twin GFX cards:
Antec DF-85
CM HAF-X

Mid Tower for Twin GFX. moderate OC
HAF-922
Antec DF-35
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February 24, 2011 10:52:33 PM

The 2600 is not worth the $90 delta over a 2500 for gaming.
You may not be planning on overclocking, but go ahead and spend the extra $20 to get a 2500K.
The K units are designed by Intel to OC, and you may well find you want to in the future.

Word is that ASUS and ASrock will start shipping sandy motherboards next week. Hope so.
Most any P67 based motherboard will do.

P67 motherboards will come with 4 ram slots.
If you want lots of ram, get a 16gb kit of 4 x 4gb.
Otherwise 8gb(2 x 4gb) will be fine.

I have used 15k scsi in the past, and found that a velociraptor did better.
I suggest you budget $100-$200 for a SSD for the os and some apps, and use the scsi's for storage.
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February 25, 2011 2:46:10 AM

thank you very much for all the advice.

the correct link for the case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: 1400 but I could go higher.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: dx11 gaming, web browsing.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, odd, os, scsi drives.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.

Country of Origin: usa

Parts Preferences: mid tower case, air cooled, sandy bridge, nvidia.
Overclocking: maybe a little

SLI or Crossfire: maybe.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 right now. may go for surround vision or 1600p later on when if i do sli.

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February 25, 2011 3:15:56 AM

This build includes dual factory o/c gtx 560's in SLI. It also includes a blue LED 750w psu, Windows 7, 8 gigs of RAM, etc...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis With Cable Management Water Cooling SSD Support And Tool-Less Installation VL90001W2Z

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Truepower-TP-750-BLUE-Manag... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Truepower 23754 TP-750 BLUE LED 750-Watt PSU NVIDIA SLI Certified 80 Plus Bronze Advanced Hybrid Cable Management Power Supply

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... $152.99 @ newegg
ASRock P67 Extreme4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 - $54.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17.99 Free shipping w/ promo code EMCKHJC29, ends 2/23
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $159.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,395.89 *not including shipping, rebates, promo codes, etc...

***Reviews/Benchmarks of that cpu (2500K)

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...

***Reviews/Benchmarks of that Asrock motherboard up above

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Look for the B3 Stepping Chipset Logo/Sticker on the new boards

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still stomped the Asus and Gigabyte boards :) 
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February 25, 2011 1:09:03 PM

You should be OK for a good long while.
The 3GB/s SATA controller problem is a 'fail over time' issue with heavy usage.
You'll have a chance to replace the board with a revised version long before it ever becomes an issue.
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March 4, 2011 7:39:27 PM

I'm building my first sandy-bridge computer.

I'll be using it mainly for video & graphic designing, (the complete adobe cs5 package)
But also some average gaming.

I'm starting cheap and then I'll add some things like ssd and more RAM.
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case: - Cooler Master Storm Scout

hard drive: - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB SATA3 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive

graphics: - EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX560 Ti FPB 1GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express

ram: - G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)

processor: - INTEL CORE I7-2600K SANDY BRIDGE 3.4GHZ

power supply: - Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold RS800-80GAD3-US 800W 80Plus Gold ATX 12V Active PFC

Motherboard: - ?????????

Can you please help if I'm doing it wrong :)  and the motherboard part, I think we'll have the new shipments here in Iceland in maybe 3 weeks??.. so what am I looking at here?
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