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March 17, 2011 5:18:14 PM

I just got a deal on a i7 2600k, so the time has come for me to build a new system.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week.


Budget Range: $800-$1200, but very flexible


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming


Parts Not Required: OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: Current part plans are listed below.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Additional Comments

CPU:
i7 2600k
I got it for $150, so this is set. I hear the stock cooling does 4.4 ghz easily, so I'm planning on sticking with it.

Motherboard:
MSI P67A-C43 (B3)
I'm leaning towards this one because I don't intend to use crossfire or sli, so as far as I can tell I only need the 1 PCI-E slot.

Ram:
Undecided, leaning towards:
CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) -DDR3 2000
I'm not really sure what the performance return is on the faster ram, I've read that you get diminishing returns over ddr3 1600 but I can't find a recent article on the subject. I'm also not sure if there is any benefit to going over 8 GB, or where that line is. Advice here would be appreciated.

Video:
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB

Case:
Cooler-master HAF 922
I already have a Cosmos housing my older system, I may do a migration to a cheaper case for that one and put the new build in the old case, since its still top of the line.

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
I'm open to recommendations on this as well.

SSD:
Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2K5 2.5" 80GB
I don't know anything whatsoever about SSD performance or quality, advice is appreciated here.

Storage HD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM
I already have one of these for storage in my current system, I may just use it.

Monitor/mouse/keyboard/speakers/optical drive:
Already have or will buy locally.


I'll probably play with things a little more to keep the price down, but this is what I'm looking at right now. Thoughts?

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March 17, 2011 5:49:09 PM

I would say everything is good, except you could probably get a smaller PSU and save money there. 600-650w should be plenty. I am not sure about SSD's myself, I do not have experience with them hands on.
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March 17, 2011 6:54:19 PM

For the RAM the latencies (timing) matter - the smaller the better

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

For no SLI or CF a 650W PSU is more than enough. Say, 750W if you want lots of headroom. Corsair, XFX, Antec, Seasonic.

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

For the mobo I'm partial to Gigabyte (GA-P67A-UD3-B3).

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March 17, 2011 9:32:07 PM

mosox said:
For the RAM the latencies (timing) matter - the smaller the better

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

For no SLI or CF a 650W PSU is more than enough. Say, 750W if you want lots of headroom. Corsair, XFX, Antec, Seasonic.

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

For the mobo I'm partial to Gigabyte (GA-P67A-UD3-B3).


So will DDR3 1600 at 7-8-7-24 will outperform DDR3 2000 at 9-10-9-28?
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March 17, 2011 9:55:25 PM

MoBo - The Asus has been winning most of the Editor's Choice and OC awards but go w/ what makes ya comfy. I'd reconsider SLI / CF as it does extend the life of a system 12-18 months with a relatively cheap upgrade.

RAM - DDR3-1600, lowest CAS ya can afford. Here's my 1st choice (Mushkin Redline CAS 7):

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

Case - The 922 has been in many, many of my builds, but it's getting a bit "long in the tooth". CM has the HAF-X to compete w/ the DF-85 but have put forth no answer to the features provided in the DF-35.

PSU - 850 is way large for a single GFX card. A decent 650 watter is golden for just about anything but a 590 / 6970. Corsair HX, Antec CP or SG, Seasonix X have been my 1st choices but the XFX Black has been killing them on proces ....till two days ago.

For a less expensive alternate to a Corsair TX, I';d suggest an Antec TP New or XFX Core Edition:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

SSD - That Intel was king of the hill ..... two generations back. Today I'd have to say Intel 510 series but that's about to be eclipsed later this month by the Vertex 3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-510-solid-state...

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