I don’t see any problems with the build but I would advise you to take a look at the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ I5 2500K. The Intel Core I5 2500K should outperform the Intel Core I7 950 in almost everything and do so at a lower cost. If move up the Intel Core I5 2500K then make sure that you get a P67 or H67 based board and the memory is dual channel so you only need it in sets of 2 not 3 like on the X58 boards.
Ok awesome, so I'm going to take out the green HDD and switch it to a
"Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive "
and change from the I7 950 to the
"Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K"
How does that sound to ya'll? Also, any thoughts of something I should add in there?
Will my motherboard handle the memory speed - I know that some of the newer Intel i7 generation processors have 3 banks of memory, and the memory frequency lowers as you fill the banks. For example - 3 banks with 4 slots each. First 3 banks filled = memory runs at 1333MHz. First and second bank filled = memory runs at 1066MHz. All 3 banks filled = memory runs at 800MHz. ALL memory, not just those in that 3rd or 2nd bank. Or will this mobo be able to handle it?
You have to change your motherboard, since the i7-2600K is an LGA 1155 socket CPU, unlike the LGA 1366 socket i7-950. You'll also need to change the RAM to a dual channel set (pairs instead of triplets).
I'd recommend a Samsung F3 1TB over the SATA III WD Blacks any day. They're faster and actually a little more reliable, and cheaper than the 500GB Black.
Ok cool, so I switched the mobo to the
"ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 P67"
I switched the RAM to the "Corsair Dominator 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600" (Quantity 2) and I changed the HDD to the
"Samsung F3 500GB" as you recommended (don't really need a TB...)
Any other items that you guys recommend to add/change?
I love my Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (added a second fan). It's very well designed and is very inexpensive (~$30) for how well it performs. It can also handle OCs past 4.5GHz (with the second fan) in most cases.