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UPDATE: New Build! P67-i7 2600k Theme: Quiet & Cool with KICK.

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April 16, 2011 6:53:20 PM

Hello All,

Time for a new rig. I haven't built my own in 7 years, Last rig was LGA775. I have a lot of catching up to do. Seems LGA 1366 is being phased out and that LGA1155 (LGA 2011?) is the next gen.

I wouldn't say I'm an "extreme" user. Lots of MS Office...

Moderate gaming (Oblivion/Fallout maxed, Silent Hunter V..maxed as well, Total War, Civ...etc). Every once in a while I get a hankering for a good F.P.S., Halo aggravated my tendontis...

(Regarding disk and gaming....I was wondering, It seems a lot of people dedicate the SSD to system. What if I keep system on the RAID 0 7200's and dedicate the SSD's (RAID 0) purely for the games?)

DAW-Pro Tools (I play guitar 25 years)

Music storage & playback is important. I need to spec a good HiFi soundcard, I do have an HT Omega Claro though....

I'm an IT guy so I pick up on tech stuff quick, (Navy Aviation Electrician as well...)

This will be my first foray into OC'ing. I need to really learn & understand the inter-relationships between BUSs speeds, memory freq & timings, CPU freqs, voltages, etc....If anyone could point to a good dive in with the sharks 101 course, for a masochist like me, that would be great.

Here's my current SysSpec/Parts List:

Assumptions-

Single, (beautiful) Samsung Syncmaster 245T (Already own) 1920x1200 16:10 S-PVA

Budget = $2000-$2400

Lifecycle 6-7 years with an upgrade of CPU/GPU at 3/5 yrs...



POWER/MOBO/CPU&GPU(s)/RAM:

PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS910 910W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply Compatible with Core i7

ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

HIS IceQ X Turbo Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (Two Cards....Crossfired)

HD's/SSD/CD-DVR:

Crucial RealSSD M4 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive- X2 in RAID 0

Case & Cooling:

Corsair 600T- White Custom Edition

CORSAIR Hydro H60 High Performance CPU Cooler
(Pull-Push-back of case)

Dual Gentle Typhoon AP-15's on the Corsair radiator.

So far <$2200.00

The theme is quiet & powerful yet bang for buck rules the day.

Bottlenecks? Problems? Irrational?

Please critique and blast away.

Thanks,
April 17, 2011 8:58:36 PM

i'd suggest that you get the i5 2500k, its alot cheaper and there isn't a noticeable difference in games between the two, the i7 isn't worth the extra price:) . I almost suggested two gtx460's instead but then a checked the benchmarks(im such a fanboy, well not anymore), stick with the two 6850's:) 
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April 29, 2011 4:57:49 PM

mischieffrk said:
i'd suggest that you get the i5 2500k, its alot cheaper and there isn't a noticeable difference in games between the two, the i7 isn't worth the extra price:) . I almost suggested two gtx460's instead but then a checked the benchmarks(im such a fanboy, well not anymore), stick with the two 6850's:) 



I'm going with the i7 because I do quite a bit of multitasking for work.....

This is my work/play rig.

I've updated the configuration......

2 2gig HD6950's

1 128 gig Crucial M4 for system.....

Corsair 600T White Custom Case.....

Gentle Typhoon AP15's.....

Everything is in the mail.......I'm purchasing CPU, GPU's, and SSD on Monday....

Today I begin assembly of the case, and internals I've received so far.....

I'll take pic's and document the build.

Pretty amazing what kind of machine you can builk with a 2.2K budget....
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April 29, 2011 5:17:18 PM

Do you plan to unlock the 6950's? if you are getting the 2 gb ones, make sure to get reference design ones, so that you can unlock them to 6970's. As for the i7, I also suggest that you get the i5-2500k. It's one hell of a processor and you probably won't need the i7, unless you are doing super processor intensive tasks that require hyperthreading. But if you want to throw down the extra $100, that's fine, just do your research. but overall, good rig.
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