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I'm building my own computer, are these all compatible?

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April 18, 2011 8:11:38 PM

Case - NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Mobo - ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor - Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Dvd - PLEXTOR Internal DVD Super Multi Model PX-L890SA

Multicard - Koutech IO-RCM621 All-in-one USB 2.0 3.5" USB 2.0 Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with USB 2.0 Port

Blu-ray - LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support

Secondary HDD - Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Primary SSD - OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

GPU - PNY GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) VCGGTX570XPB Video Card

RAM - Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV7312G1600ELK

Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

How do the above items sound? Anything I should remove from my list or add on? Maybe not get the "Green HDD"?

Any help is much appreciated!

-Ben

April 18, 2011 8:27:10 PM

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.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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April 18, 2011 8:30:42 PM

Yeah you might want to get the newer chip I5 or I7 2600k it will come out cheaper than 1366 which will be replaced with a new socket 2011.
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April 18, 2011 9:02:40 PM

The consensus is you don't want i7-950/X58, you want i7-2600K/P67.

Faster, about the same price, less wattage, more overclockable.

....but yes the parts are compatible. No you don't want a Green drive, you want Black or Samsung F3/F4.

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April 19, 2011 1:20:33 AM

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?
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April 19, 2011 1:24:23 AM

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.
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April 19, 2011 1:52:31 AM

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?
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April 20, 2011 5:53:07 PM

What would you guys recommend for a CPU cooler?
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April 20, 2011 6:21:15 PM

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.
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