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I7 build, shooting for late May / early June

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April 2, 2011 11:31:30 AM



Hey, guys

This is my very tentative i7 SB build, with a purchase time about 2 months away. This should give me a good buffer for any price fluctuations to smooth out, and any problems that might rear their heads to, uh, rear their heads.

I'm looking to keep the budget at around $1500, give or take. Right now I am at $1600 through Newegg (preferred vendor), not including any tax or rebates. That is just about right, but I am flexible.

I'm using Visual Studio 2008, with an upgrade to VS 2010 maybe later. I am also using Mathematica, and will be learning CS5. I am not much of a gamer...mostly a flight sim enthusiast (Falcon 4 Allied Force mostly), but I can see maybe getting into some higher tier games. I run OpenOffice, and a very tricked out Firefox for browsing.

I might like to experiment with overclocking later, but not a primary consideration. I don't want to go the whole water cooled route, just tinkering around with the idea. I do want speed, of course, but would like run pretty much bare foot. I don't see SLI happening, because graphics are not my number one concern...but maybe later on? My monitor choice can handle 1920x1080, and that should be ok for now. I may go dual monitors later on, but not a big deal.

My target is somewhere between "good enough" and overkill. I don't replace / upgrade hardware every 3 months, but I want to be a little future proof. I don't mind overkill, especially with the CPU and mobo, but I do mind overkill with the GPU, for example. I mean, you can go to the grocery store with a 1964 Volkswagon bug, but it's much more fun to go in a Ferrari 550...if you know what I mean.

I am also very keen on stability. I am pretty sure that my chosen parts are compatible, and should be stable, but any advice on possible problems are very welcome!

Ok, let's look at the list: (Newegg pricing as of today)

Country of origin is the US, Reno Nevada to be exact.


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k 328.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 329.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC 99.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: WESTERN DIGITALBLACK CAVIAR 1TB SATA 6 94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL: SONY CD/DVD BLACK SATA 24X LIGHTSCRIBE OEM 21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MONITOR: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I think that's everything. I will be running Windows 7 64 bit. Some quick notes on my choices:

I really like the Gigabyte UB7 board, might be overkill, and ASUS has very good products...but this is a case of "I just want it". Same goes for the i7; I guess I could save $100 and go with the i5, but I am thinking more of better speed and future proof here. And I just want it!

I originally wanted 12gb of RAM, but decided to go with 8gb for the time being. Latency and such seem fine for this board, but...any thoughts?
The case is a bit of a question for me. I don't really care for LEDs and such, I am mostly concerned with roominess and proper cooling here. Still looking around a bit.
GPU is a "good enough" part. I don't think I will need a second card, and I am pretty sure I don't need a hot rod.
I think that 700 watts is plenty for this build, and I like what I have read in the reviews about Cooler Master.
The ASUS monitor is very nice, and the resolution should be just fine for me, plus it has build in speakers, so I save a little here.

I think that's it. What do you folks think? I know that by the time we pull the trigger on this there will be new things coming out, like Win8, Ivy Bridge, etc., but this build seems robust and strong enough to last me for a good while.

Thanks for everything, and especially for this site...I am learning a lot here!






April 2, 2011 11:36:39 AM

That is a ROCK. The only weak part may be your Heatsink if (when you do)you overclock you may want something a bit beefier. The Scythe Mugen rv2 is solid and cheap.
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April 2, 2011 11:44:05 AM

Daplinksta said:
That is a ROCK. The only weak part may be your Heatsink if (when you do)you overclock you may want something a bit beefier. The Scythe Mugen rv2 is solid and cheap.



Looking at it now. Is it LGA 1155 compatible?
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April 2, 2011 11:58:13 AM

Yes it is compatible. LGA 1156 and LGA 1155 have same hole positioning.

Two months is a long way away for computer components. This is definitely a pretty build and meets your "overkill" target. It is a good buy today, but between now and June there will be lots of changes.

What I am trying to say is do not fall in love with it, but be open to changing it up when it comes time to purchase.
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April 2, 2011 12:07:26 PM

eloric said:
Yes it is compatible. LGA 1156 and LGA 1155 have same hole positioning.

Two months is a long way away for computer components. This is definitely a pretty build and meets your "overkill" target. It is a good buy today, but between now and June there will be lots of changes.

What I am trying to say is do not fall in love with it, but be open to changing it up when it comes time to purchase.


Thanks, eloric and good morning.

I totally understand the need for flexibility here. I have been waiting almost 5 years for a new machine, and I found that no matter when I set a buy date the hardware choices had changed so dramatically that I would simply "wait more"!

The needs change, and the junk changes right along with it. I do anticipate changes to the build, so no problem at all...just so long as the changes make sense.
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April 2, 2011 12:19:12 PM

Ha - just reading batuchka's post here when you replied. Z68 and Bulldozer are rumored to come out before you are ready to buy, so I guess this new junk will have to get factored in. You got the right attitude. Talk to you again in 7 weeks!

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April 2, 2011 12:24:48 PM

Yeah, I'll stop by when finalized. Thanks for your input.


I am reminded of an old Steve Martin routine about buying a stereo where he ends up with a moon rock stylus for his turntable!
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