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I7-2600k build. Please critique.

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March 3, 2011 7:45:24 PM

Hi guys,

I created this thread last year but never got around to building the system for various reasons. Now, I really need to put a system together so I need your help. I've put together some components for a high-end system and I'd really appreciate all your suggestions and advice on the below configuration:

Motherboard..........Asus P8P67 Deluxe Socket 1155 Intel P67 Chipset 239.99
CPU..................Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.40Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache 339.99
Memory...............Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 240-pin DIMM
Memory...............G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Fan Series DDR3 2133MHz (PC3-17000) 16GB (4x4GB) 369.99
Hard Drive 1.........OCZ Vertex 3 SSD ???
Hard Drive 2.........Western Digital Caviar Green (WD20EARS) 2000GB (2TB) SATA 3 Gb/s 64MB (OEM) 74.99
Video Card...........A decent one (no gaming) ???
PSU..................Corsair HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX EPS12V Power Supply 159.99
Case.................Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Ultimate Gamer Case 129.99
CPU Cooler...........Noctua NH-C12P SE14 69.88
Keyboard.............Logitech Illuminated USB Keyboard /w Palm Rest, Backlit -Black 44.99
Mouse................Logitech RX1500 Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser Mouse 34.88


All prices are from Canada Computers.



I have the following questions regarding the build:


1) What's the performance difference between the two rams? I know that the heatsinks on the Corsair interfere with larger cpu coolers. Does anyone have experience with either of the two RAMs? Would appreciate your input.


2) Is there a better 2TB HDD you guys can recommend? Something, less expensive than the SATA-III Barracuda XT but better than the current one? Even a 4TB one?


3) Any confirmed release date for the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD?


4) Please recommend a low-end GPU that can comfortably handle HD videos and other graphics-intensive applications (other than video games). I don't want to rely purely on the on-board video card because we all know how bad they can be.


5) I want to get a very good cooler but I don't want it to interfere with the Corsair Vengeance, which I'm leaning towards as far as RAM is concerned. Is there anything comparable to the Noctua NH-C14 or the NH-C12P but not insanely expensive that can give me the required clearance for the Vengeance?


My heartfelt thanks to all who reply.

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March 4, 2011 5:56:49 AM

Ditch the Corsair and those cake cutter heat sinks.

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5... $209.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 16GB (4x4GB) Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL)

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5... Our Price $89.99 Mail-in Rebate -$20.00 Sale Price$ 69.99
EVGA GeForce GT 430 1024MB (01G-P3-1432-LR) nVidia GeForce GT 430 Chipset (700Mhz) 1024MB (1600Mhz) DDR3 Dual Display Dual-Link DVI/HDMI/D-Sub PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=5... Our Price $99.99 Discount -$30.00 Mail-in Rebate -$30.00 Sale Price$ 39.99
Antec TP-650 Truepower New 650W Continuous Power Supply
March 4, 2011 6:45:25 AM

Hello totallystubby;

I see a lot of gaming components there in your list.
What are those graphics intense applications you mentioned?

A P67 motherboard doesn't have the capability to make use of the integrated HD 3000 graphics in the i7 2600K.

2. Better performance? How much better do you need? Do you want to think about a RAID setup?
3. Vertex 3 SSDs are supposed to begin shipping after the CeBIT tradeshow going on now in Germany.
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March 4, 2011 9:24:08 AM

WR2 said:
Hello totallystubby;

I see a lot of gaming components there in your list.
What are those graphics intense applications you mentioned?

A P67 motherboard doesn't have the capability to make use of the integrated HD 3000 graphics in the i7 2600K.

2. Better performance? How much better do you need? Do you want to think about a RAID setup?
3. Vertex 3 SSDs are supposed to begin shipping after the CeBIT tradeshow going on now in Germany.


It's mainly HD videos, some Photoshop. No gaming though. What motherboard would support HD 3000 graphics? Would there still be a need for a separate video card if I'm utilizing HD 3000?

As for the HDD, I'm thinking 1TB should be enough so I've updated the build with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB.
March 4, 2011 9:33:22 AM

Any optical drives I need?
March 4, 2011 11:41:41 AM

Final Build

Motherboard ……………. Asus P8P67 Deluxe Socket 1155 Intel P67 Chipset
CPU ……………. Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.40Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache
Memory ……………. G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz (PC3-12800) 16GB (4x4GB)
Hard Drive 1 ……………. OCZ Vertex 3 SSD
Hard Drive 2 ……………. SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Video Card ……………. PowerColor (AX5770 1GBD5-H) ATI Radeon HD 5770 Chipset (850Mhz)
PSU ……………. Antec TP-650 Truepower New 650W Continuous Power Supply
Case ……………. Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 ATX Mid Tower Ultimate Gamer Case
CPU Cooler ……………. Noctua NH-C12P SE14
Optical Drive ……………. ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer
Keyboard ……………. Logitech Illuminated USB Keyboard /w Palm Rest, Backlit -Black
Mouse ……………. Logitech RX1500 Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Corded Laser Mouse
March 4, 2011 12:15:45 PM

Here is some background on the HD 3000/HD 2000 and Quick Sync high performance video decoder.
THG: Sandy Bridge’s Secret Weapon: Quick Sync
AnandTech: A Near-Perfect HTPC

There is a catch. It needs a H67 motherboard that has the integrated graphics output ports. And the H67 boards don't support multiplier overclocking (2500K/2600K). On P67 boards you need a discrete graphics card because they don't have integrated graphics output ports. And when you have that graphics card installed you won't have access to the HD3000/HD2000 IGP for QuickSync.
March 4, 2011 1:57:59 PM

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Intel-s-First-Z68-Mother... <----- Z68 1155 mobo due for release next month (April).

Quote:
"The Z68 chipset comes as a hybrid between the P67 and the H67 and was designed so as to allow for overclocking Sandy Bridge CPUs while using the integrated graphics"
March 4, 2011 2:12:34 PM

That's going to be excellent news for a lot of people.
Thats a few months earlier than I'd last heard - H2 being this summer.
March 4, 2011 2:18:06 PM

Does chipset in April mean boards @ retail in... May?
March 4, 2011 2:35:05 PM

EVGA is showing theirs too. That article mentions May @ retail.

March 4, 2011 8:17:24 PM

If you are getting an HD 5770 you might as well pop an extra $5 for the gtx 460. (768mb).
However the HD 3000 graphics are actually deecent so.. its either HD 3000 or soemthing around the $100 mark (GTX 460 768mb)
March 8, 2011 5:56:39 AM

Thanks to everyone for your replies. I will be sure to post benchs after I build the system if I manage to put it together without breaking things. ;) 
March 8, 2011 6:14:31 AM

A HD 5770 or a GTX 460 seem like good GPUs for you.
April 7, 2011 3:14:52 PM

All right. So finally the build is complete. :bounce:  Here are the pics:

















My first impressions are very positive. All components are top-notch. I really like the case. Its build quality is superb. It looks very nice and the finishing is great. A tad on the small side but that's mainly due to the ginormous heatsink/fan (more on that later).

The Antec PSU also feels very solid and performs just as well. There's really good black netting on all the power cables coming from the PSU for protection. Really nice.

All RAM sticks worked perfectly fine the first time and had no issues at all. All 16GBs of it!

Now, the Noctua HSF...well it's massive! Weighs a ton and easily is the first (and the only) thing you see when you look inside the case from a distance! The two fans it comes with are not really needed because the heatsink is mostly enough for cooling due to its sheer size. Something I didn't anticipate was that since the HSF is so huge, the optional side fan on the case cannot be installed as the HSF gets in the way. I removed one of the Noctua fans and tried to install it in the side panel, fits fine but the panel won't close as it bumps into the HSF. Oh well, a minor issue.

The Samsung HDD's fast too. After I installed the USB 3.0 drivers, I was getting sustained write speeds of 117MB/s and 126MB/s at times as well. I haven't gotten the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD yet. It's currently not available in my area and I don't really need it at this point in time. I'll wait until the prices drop considerably.

I haven't really done any benchmarks yet. What do you guys normally use for benchs? I tried SiSoft Sandra and something weird happened. I did the CPU bench and got 107.38 GOPS initially. Then I did some windows updates and other software updates and now that I run the same benchmark, I get 52 GOPS. It's halved! I have no idea why this is.

I tried SuperPi and for 1M digits, I get 15.869s. Is that normal?

Any other benchs I can run to see if my system is performing on par with similar builds?
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