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April 19, 2011 4:26:31 PM

I could really use an opinion on how this build looks. It's the first run through and it looks okay to me buy an feedback would be appreciated. One note. I do mostly web design, photography and gaming. Was wondering if I can get away with just the one GPU for two 24" monitors or should I just get two cards?

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ RevoDrive X2 OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0240 PCI-E 240GB PCI-Express x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fractal Design Define XL Black ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...












April 19, 2011 4:38:02 PM

Wow I was going to suggest going to the i5-2500k but then I saw the RevoDrive and I guess you do not need to save any money anywhere. The only thing I would suggest is adding a Blu-Ray burner or player since you have all those graphical and sound goodies packed into the computer already.
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April 19, 2011 4:47:15 PM

It looks good. Could be a little bit better IMO. I would change the WD Black drive to a 1TB Samsung F3. It's pretty much the same price for double the capacity. Mechanical hard drives don't take advantage of the addition speeds of SATA III (6Gb/s). Your GPU should be adequate.

The 2600k and audio card might be overkill, but why not? Lol.

Like I said, it looks good. Even without those changes, you'll have a very nice system.
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April 19, 2011 4:55:55 PM

Great build and for the video work you will find that the Intel® Core™ I7 2600K does a great job for you.

Christain Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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April 26, 2011 4:17:26 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys. Really appreciate it your time!

John
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April 26, 2011 4:22:35 AM

nd_hunter said:
It looks good. Could be a little bit better IMO. I would change the WD Black drive to a 1TB Samsung F3. It's pretty much the same price for double the capacity. Mechanical hard drives don't take advantage of the addition speeds of SATA III (6Gb/s). Your GPU should be adequate.

The 2600k and audio card might be overkill, but why not? Lol.

Like I said, it looks good. Even without those changes, you'll have a very nice system.


Can you elaborate a bit on your opinion on the hard drive. I did a search for the one you are referring to I think:

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

Are you saying this one is faster than the one I picked? Or are you saying that an SSD would be the only way to take advantage of the motherboard capability? Just wanting to make sure I understand. Thanks.
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April 26, 2011 4:31:47 AM

One more question regarding hard drives. I'm considering an SSD. A few questions though:

Is this motherboard a good choice for an SSD?

If you had a choice of two SSD at 120gb or one at 240, which would you use. Any benefit to multiple drives with no raid?

Any particular SSD you really like?
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April 26, 2011 6:01:31 AM

johnstac said:
Can you elaborate a bit on your opinion on the hard drive. I did a search for the one you are referring to I think:

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

Are you saying this one is faster than the one I picked? Or are you saying that an SSD would be the only way to take advantage of the motherboard capability? Just wanting to make sure I understand. Thanks.


I think your link is wrong. A Samsung F3 won't be any faster than the WD drive, I was just saying that a mechanical drive that boasts SATA III is marketing hype. A mechanical drive will not reap the benefits of the faster transfer capability...it is physically unable to. I'm also not saying that the WD drive is a bad one, just overpriced for the storage capacity. An SSD is the only way to take advantage of SATA III. Only your OS and programs should go on an SSD. This is because repeated writes/rewrites will degrade the memory chips and reduce the lifespan of the drive. So, total up your OS and programs and get a drive that's at least 20% larger. You need some free space on it and you want room for some more programs. I would think that one 240GB drive would be cheaper, but 120GB should be plenty for now. You can always add another later. I would get the Intel 510, they are more reliable than OCZ.
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April 26, 2011 11:37:43 PM

Thanks hunter for the additional information. I have incorporated your suggestions into the final bid. Guys, can you look at this list and let me know if you see anything additional that I need to build this rig? I was going to check and and see if I have any more Arctic silver for the CPU. If the arctic is old technology and there is something better, please advise. I can't think of any additional parts though but it's been a few years so....


1 Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $269.99
1 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K $314.99
1 SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $364.99
1 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH $104.99
1 ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $159.99
1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99.99
1 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $139.99
1 ALTEC LANSING VS2620 5 Watts RMS 2.0 Value Computer Speakers $29.99
1 LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 $20.99
1 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $34.99
1 HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card $174.99
1 Fractal Design Define XL Black ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case $149.99
1 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1 64-bit 1-Pack OEM $139.99
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April 27, 2011 12:01:36 AM

Maybe the MSI lightning or the Gigabyte OC, look up for reviews.

Do you need a 240GB SSD? Check for compatibility with your motherboard anyway if you get the revodrive.

A nicer cooler is the Thermalright Archon

http://www.amazon.com/Thermal-right-archon-armor-copper...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/therma...

or the Noctua NH-D14.

Alternative for sound card, ASUS Xonar Essence ST (on PCI) or STX (on PCIe).

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/275350-10-auzentech...

LE: Get some better speakers for that sound card.




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April 27, 2011 2:58:52 AM

Thanks Mosox. You may have not noticed that I updated the build in the post just before yours. I changed the SSD to a 120 since I will only use it for read only core files. The speakers are for my old rig. I am going to take my Logitech Z-5500 speakers from the old rig and use them on the new rig. I am going to look at that cooler you suggested right now. Thanks.

John
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April 27, 2011 3:55:38 AM

Mosox recommended a different cooler. According to Amazon:

Supports Multiple-Platforms, and can be used on Socket 1366/1156/775 Platform, and AM2/AM3 Socket. For Intel sockets pressure is adjustable (40~70 lbs.).

I'm nieve in regards to coolers but I think my socket is an 1155. Is that the same as an 1156? Just want to make sure before I buy it. Thanks.
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April 27, 2011 4:24:07 AM

Yep, 1156 and 1155 are the same socket HSF-wise.
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April 27, 2011 5:19:07 AM

Thanks mosox. Hey, where is my power supply? Cmon guys! :)  Going to look into this. Need to figure out how many watts to go. Changed my setup slightly. Well, maybe not slightly but I actually put some work into it all day. Gather opinions, reading reviews, researching prices, checking compatibility. Now onto the power supply. I think the ps required a minimum of 850w for the GTX 570.


LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM
$20.99

EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
$364.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
$104.99

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$249.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
$314.99

Intel 510 Series 120GB SSD Drive
$269.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM
$139.99

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$269.99

Thermalright Archon Cooler
$79.99

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card
$179.95

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
$99.99
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April 27, 2011 6:25:43 AM

Adding a Zalman ZM1000-HP 1000W Continuous
$239.99
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April 27, 2011 12:58:56 PM
April 27, 2011 2:45:10 PM

Thanks once again for the help. I think the build is really taking shape. Want to order today. I went with this PSU for two reasons. Was having trouble finding a nice one with long enough cables and then also I might want to SLi another GPU down the road. The only thing I'm not ecstatic about is the motherboard. Even Toms would not give either of the boards anything but an approved status. I really wouldn't mind paying a little more for a better MB if anyone has a suggestion. I wouldn't even mind changing the CPU and memory if it was worth the bump. I just don't want to pay any ridiculous CPU prices.

Silverstone Strider Gold 1200
$255.99

HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer
$24.99

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570
$369.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
$119.99

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$249.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
$314.99

Intel 510 Series 120GB SSD Drive
$ 245.99 ($25 discount package deal with Windows- Thanks Mosox!)

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM
$139.99

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$269.99

Thermalright Archon Cooler
$79.99

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card
$179.95

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
$99.99
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April 27, 2011 3:27:39 PM

850W is fine for two video cards
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-570-sli-revie...
That Seasonic can output 1000W actually but you don't need 1000W.
Or that one
SILVERSTONE Strider Gold ST1000-G 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the mobo you can consider the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5-B3 too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Why do you need two SSDs for? Get one for the OS and some applications and games (120GB is big enough) and the storage HDD.

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April 27, 2011 3:39:58 PM

In regards to the Seasonic, there are going to be issues with the cable length. My case choice is huge. See this review on the psu. Right at the beginning they state that they are long enough for a mid size case:

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1163&page=7

I have never used extension cables and we have no computer supply house here. I don't mind buying the additional cables but I have no idea which ones to buy and what kind.

The second SSD was an oversight. It is actually only one.

Going to look into this Mobo your mentioned.
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April 28, 2011 2:50:23 AM

N82E16827140042 DVD BURNER HP | 1260I SATA R 1 24.99
N82E16819115070 CPU INTEL|CORE I7 2600K 3.4G 8M R 1 314.99
N82E16800127008 GIFT SOFTWARE MSI | 3DMARK11 COUPON 1 19.99
N82E16817151102 PSU SEASONIC|SS-850KM ACTIVE PFC F3 1 199.99
N82E16814127582 VGA MSI|N570GTX TWIN FROZR III PE/O 1 369.99
N82E16822152185 HD 1T|SAMSUNG HD103SJ 32M 7K % 1 64.99
N82E16813128479 MB GIGABYTE|GA-P67A-UD5-B3 P67 R 1 259.99
N82E16820231445 MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM 1 119.99
N82E16820167042 SSD 120G|INTEL SSDSC2MH120A2K5 R 1 269.99
N82E16832116992 WIN 7 PRO SP1 64BIT ENG 1PK DSP % 1 139.99


Seasonic X Series X-850
HP 24X Multiformat DVD Writer
MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 1280MB
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD5-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Intel 510 Series 120GB SSD Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack - OEM
Thermalright Archon Cooler
ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card

I do a lot of online shopping and I can tell you firsthand that it is rare that from a list of several items, I find one online store that has the lowest price on more than one item from my list. Nevertheless, I spent some of yesterday and the better part of today trying to beat newegg's price on my components. After all of that I only found one item and that was the sound card. I even got free shipping on all but the case. Kind of scares me actually. When one company can beat everyone's price, eventually they will dominate and be able to raise their prices. I will say though that this store has had the lowest price on most of my items for the past several builds and I only build a new computer once every 2-3 years. Kudos newegg!

Thanks Mosox for your help today in offering your suggestions. It really helped a lot as at least half of my list changed from the original. I am stoked about this build though and really looking forward to putting it all together. Another bit of good news was that I was going to trash a build from 4 years ago thinking that it would be considered prehistoric only to discover that the parts are actually worth something! I checked out ebay for laughs just to see what my old stuff was worth and wow:

QX6700 $150 or so
EVGA GTX 260 $50ea, maybe more

I'm going to sell the CPU with a 680i motherboard and 8gb of Patriot memory to see if I can maybe even get more. So that was a nice little bonus to help offset todays $1800 invoice! Hopefully once its up and running I will throw up a photo with a 3dMark score.

Peace.
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April 29, 2011 5:36:57 AM

Best answer selected by mosox.
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April 30, 2011 6:03:54 PM

I forgot to purchase the CPU cooler. Got all my parts today minus the heatsink :( 

Going to order it today. I changed motherboards once but kept the same CPU. Is this still the best way to go:

Thermalright Archon Armor Style Copper Base With Fan
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?px=FO&scriteri...
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May 1, 2011 12:46:06 AM

I am going to overclock but I am they type that once I have it stable, I set it and never look back. I guess I will get the archon on order.
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May 1, 2011 12:56:56 AM

Mosox,
Do you an opinion the Thermalright Venemous as an alternative? I only ask because I can get this one faster through amazon. Alternatively, can I just use the stock heatsink at regular temps and install the archon when I get it? Want to make sure that I wouldn't have to take the motherboard back out. I know some heatsinks have to be installed from the back of the board.

Edit: Reading the instructions, it appears that a bracket has to be installed from under the motheboard so I will either have to use perhaps the Venemous or wait for the Archon to be delivered.
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May 1, 2011 1:59:36 AM

I recommended the Archon only because it's a high end rig but you can use the stock fan for a while, that CPU is cool enough. Later you can add a CPU fan but you don't really need to OC that CPU it's fast as it is.
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May 1, 2011 2:45:59 AM

I am going to try and cancel the order for the Archon then and run the system with no overclocking for the time being. Do you think the CPU was overkill since it is unlocked or is that not a big deal? The price for this CPU was seemed very reasonable though.
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