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My new build (it's been 5 years)

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March 18, 2011 12:39:22 AM

Hello everyone, I was wondering if I might bother you experts out there to critique my new build. It's been 5 years since I built my first PC and it is definitely time to put together a new one especially with the newly released sandy bridge from Intel. I wanted high end mostly for gaming and music studio software but maybe I'm going overboard on some things. Well enough banter, here is my list of new items. Any and all advice/criticism is much appreciated.

Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan - CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Computer Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Thanks for your time and for all feedback.

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March 18, 2011 12:54:15 AM

Looks good to me, let me just say too that case is awesome i have it myself. The fact that all of the fans are controllable is great for audio recording. It is a pain to build into but once it's up it's awesome :) 
March 18, 2011 1:20:08 AM

From what a pretty expert was telling me was that with the new Sandy Bridges that for gaming, and music the I7 is a overkill. I recommend as a gamer and musician myself get a I5-2500k. Also that power supply is an overkill go with a 750 watt. Also go with x2 XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 it will give you out standing performance and with the saving you will get from downgrading a bit you will in return get a even more powerful machine! ;) 


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

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

March 18, 2011 3:23:29 AM

Yeah I wasn't quite sure of the exact performance gap from the i5 to the i7, mostly just read excellent reviews on the i7, didn't search for comparisons but I will before the final purchase. Also with the video card I'm not savvy on SLI or Crossfire so I just wanted to go with 1 high powered GPU. Thanks for the feedback and the links, I will definitely do some more research about the i5 and the dual vid cards.

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