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I7 2600k Build, Please Critique

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March 14, 2011 5:26:12 AM

So far this is what I have, some things are subject to change, not 100%. Any opinions or advice you guys have for me on things I should change, or possible find me a better deal on something etc, I would be most grateful.

Case: Cooler Master HAF X - $189.99 Link
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $279.99 Link
Mobo: ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard - $355.10
Harddrives: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $214.99 Link
Seagate SV35 Series ST31000526SV 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $79.99 Link
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $99.99 Link
Video Cards: XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $249.99 Link 2
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S950 950W 80 PLUS SILVER - $179.99 Link
CD/DVD/BR: LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - $18.99 Link
Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 - $29.99 Link
Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader - 14.99 Link
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - $179.99 Link

TOTAL: $1949.12 Before MIR's, 1869.12 after MIR's

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March 14, 2011 4:12:41 PM

$355 for a motherboard ?

I bought my last board for $100, still using it 4 years later and 3 cpu's later. Seems like such a waste to spend more on a mobo than a cpu or video card.
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March 14, 2011 4:28:58 PM

The Asus board is a very feature rich board; you may want to see if all the features on it are what you need. You may be able to find some other board that will fit your needs better at a lower cost. The Intel® Desktop Board DP67BGb3 may be able to do everything you need at about $100 less. Also you may want to take a look at some of the new SATA 3 (6.0 Gbits) SSDs like the Intel Enthusiast Solid-State Drive 510’s at 120GB or 250GB.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
March 14, 2011 4:44:32 PM



I can answer that question: Extreme overclocking. LuckChalmz is going to rev that chip to it's max, and this Asus bad boy is going to do it. This is the best board avaialble - hey wait - where did you find one? Newegg has had that listed as sold out since the day they published it before the recall. Did you get one?

Assuming you did, let's take it from there. Its a safe bet you have the link to unlock the 6950 to a 6970. Those cards did very well in the Crossfire vs SLI article just published. The power supply should be OK, and the wattage is adequate for 2 cards in crossfire, so plan on adding a second, or consider purchasing something with lesser wattage - 750W max.

Your heat sink should be upgraded. See if you can find this: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler or get one of these and a good fan: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler.

Unless you are in a networking situation, or have some other unique need for the ultimate version of Windows, get the Home Premium version for $80 less.

Memory is a bit light for speed, voltage and latency. Go with 4GB for better performance - you can always add another 4 GB later if the need arises. G.SKILL PI+ Turbulence 4GB is rated at 2133 Mhz, CAS latency of 7, and at a reasonable price. Votage is 1.65v, but all the top end offerings are these days.

The sum total of these changes still puts you under $2000 before MIR, and is a much more balanced configuration.







March 14, 2011 6:34:08 PM

2281456,1,847192 said:
So far this is what I have, some things are subject to change, not 100%. Any opinions or advice you guys have for me on things I should change, or possible find me a better deal on something etc, I would be most grateful.

Case: Cooler Master HAF X - $189.99 Link
[Mobo: ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard - $355.10
Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 - $29.99 Link
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - $179.99 Link

One thing I noticed with my build that I finished yesterday (I used an Asus P8P67 and a Corsair A70 as the CPU cooler) but I'm guessing the issue is the same), the cutout in the back of the HAF X case does not line up with the cooler mounting holes in the mobo. I'd started off with the stock Intel cooler just to get things up and running thinking I could add the A70 later - boy was I wrong! I ended up taking the motherboard out and then putting the mounting bracket on before putting everything it back in the case. You may want to check things out before you start screwing things down!
March 14, 2011 8:02:26 PM

Also - OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - $179.99

Why do you need Ultimate? WIndows 7 Professional will save $30. Could see much reason on MS site to justify difference.
March 15, 2011 4:48:18 AM

Ok so after reading what you guys have had to say, and I thank you for your input, I have changed a few things.

@IntelEnthusias, thank you for saying something about that Sata III I hadn't realized the one I had picked out was not SataIII even though it obviously says it right in front of my eyes.

@mosox, I don't think that PSU will work for me, I want to have enough power connectors for everything in my system, and I don't think that one will cover everything. If I am wrong then let me know, and I'll glady switch, save me money lol.

@eloric, No I don't have one, but I have one pre-ordered. Your correct on the 6950 to 6970, but in all honesty with the cards I have picked out, and putting them to a 6970, would I get more of my money's worth out of these, or going with Nvidia? As of the power supply, I plan on going dual graphics cards, probably not triple and eventually dual monitors. So would should I stick with the 950W, or find a different one? Out of those two heatsinks, which one would you use, and if you were to the Prolimatech what fans? I see your point, with the OS so I switched out the OS for Home Premium which will pretty much pay for my upgrade on the heatsink.

Should I change my 3.5" HD to a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive from the one I have currently seleted? I plan on doing 2 of them in RAID 0 or possibly more later on down the road.

I thought about changing my motherboard to ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) and cancel my pre-order of the M4E. Only because I only plan on using two graphics cards, never three more than likely, only cause the output of three isn't really worth the money seeing that there really isn't that much more of an output with three, so that I have seen from reviews. that and it'll save me over a $100 dollars that I can use to put towards other things. At this point I would rather have more USB 2.0 connectors cause of the fact I believe it'll be a while before it is used over USB 3.0. Other than the I don't really find that many difference between the two boards.

Case: Cooler Master HAF X - $189.99 Link
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $279.99 Link
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $239.99 Link
Harddrives:Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $224.99 Link
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $64.99 Link
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $99.99 Link
Video Cards: XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $249.99 Link
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S950 950W 80 PLUS SILVER - $179.99 Link
CD/DVD/BR: LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - $18.99 Link
Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler - $74.99 Link
Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader - 14.99 Link
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99 Link

BEFORE TOTAL: $1949.12 Before MIR's, 1869.12 after MIR's
AFTER TOTAL: $1683.39 Before MIR's, 1633.39 after MIR's
March 15, 2011 5:39:43 AM

May I ask how that video card is better? I don't really understand since the one I have is 2GB?
March 15, 2011 5:51:46 AM

For the video cards, and multi-card scaling, here is yesterday's article in Tom's: Triple-GPU Scaling: AMD CrossFire Vs. Nvidia SLI For the money, you almost cannot beat AMD right now in this niche. Remember, the results are for cards that are not unlocked, so your results should be better. You need to look at the article, though, becasue there are some games at lower resolutions where a GTX 570 will be superior. IMO, NVIDIA is probalby not worth the extra money - better to put it into triple monitors.

As for the power supply , if you think you are going to stick with no more than 2 video cards, you can go with 850W. There are numerous models available. Here is the Newegg PSU search that I use.

As for heatsink, buy the Noctua if you can find it. The Prolimitech comes out on top on several reviews, however, so don't feel like you are cheated if you get that. I think it looks better, too. Fan: Scythe Kama FLEX PWM 120 for $17

Go for the Samsung Spinpoint drives.

March 15, 2011 5:58:50 AM

If you'll use one monitor those 2GB of memory don't matter. If you'll use more than one monitor get the 2GB version. Or get the HD 6970 if it's in the budget.
March 15, 2011 6:15:43 AM

eloric said:
For the video cards, and multi-card scaling, here is yesterday's article in Tom's: Triple-GPU Scaling: AMD CrossFire Vs. Nvidia SLI For the money, you almost cannot beat AMD right now in this niche. Remember, the results are for cards that are not unlocked, so your results should be better. You need to look at the article, though, becasue there are some games at lower resolutions where a GTX 570 will be superior. IMO, NVIDIA is probalby not worth the extra money - better to put it into triple monitors.

As for the power supply , if you think you are going to stick with no more than 2 video cards, you can go with 850W. There are numerous models available. Here is the Newegg PSU search that I use.

As for heatsink, buy the Noctua if you can find it. The Prolimitech comes out on top on several reviews, however, so don't feel like you are cheated if you get that. I think it looks better, too. Fan: Scythe Kama FLEX PWM 120 for $17

Go for the Samsung Spinpoint drives.


I think I am going to stick with the Graphics card I have picked out and just do that thing to make it a 6970. I don't really have a choice if I go with the ASUS Deluxe cause it only support two graphics cards. I don't see the benefits in triple anyways, do you? lol I'll keep my eye peeled for that Noctua. In my book, that's the one I got my mind set on. If I can't find it, i'll end up getting the Prolimatech.

mosox said:
If you'll use one monitor those 2GB of memory don't matter. If you'll use more than one monitor get the 2GB version. Or get the HD 6970 if it's in the budget.


I do plan on going for dual monitors. Probably one of these monitors.


ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
Asus VE248H Black 24" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1

March 15, 2011 10:36:26 AM

Three monitors enables puts first person shooter game's perspective in the middle of your monitor, rather than between the bezels.
March 15, 2011 11:48:57 PM

eloric said:
Three monitors enables puts first person shooter game's perspective in the middle of your monitor, rather than between the bezels.


I don't think i'll be using eyefinity, I just want two monitors, lol. It probably sounds dumb of me to say that, but I am really using the ATI just cause it just seems better for my money I guess, and I don't really care about Nvidia CUDA or physx, and if i ever wanted to use the Eyefinity, I have the option.

EDIT: Can all 6950 video cards be flashed to 6970? Because I have just realized that the video card I have picked out is not dual-slot, and I thought it was, and it kind've matters to me. Unless I am mistaken I am almost 100% positive it's not. Also I was reading up on this card, and I have had alot of reviews saying it is pretty loud once the fan exceeds 50% rpms.
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