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My first build - Powerful Multipurpose PC $1700

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April 22, 2011 7:29:26 AM

Hello all. I wanted to get your opinion on my first build and see if the potential parts are compatible.

I hope did this correctly. Sorry for the long post.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within three weeks

Budget Range: $1500.00-1700.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Business, Media, Gaming, etc...

Parts Not Required: I am not really worried about the keyboard, mouse and speakers since I have connection that help get those for cheap.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon; NewEgg; TigerDirect/CompUSA (whichever has better deals)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: intel, corsair, any reliable products

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly

Monitor Resolution: Undecided. I may get a Samsung brand with 1920x1080.

Additional Comments:

My build:

Motherboard:
Intel DP67BG Extreme Series (1st Choice) - $184.99
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Desktop-Generation-Processo...

Intel DP67BA Media Series (2nd Choice) - $116.99
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Desktop-factor-Processors-B...


MSI P67A-GD80 (3rd Choice) $289.99
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-P67-LGA1155-4DDR3-MAX-16GB/dp...

Though I want the DP67BG something tells me I may end up choosing the DP67BA

Processor: Intel i7-2600k $314.95


Power Supply:
Ultra X4 1600-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX - $269.96

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cooling:
Antec KUHLER H2O 620
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-KUHLER-H2O-620-Cooler/dp/B0...


RAM:
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance 16GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - 1600MHz, 4x4096MB, Non-ECC, Unbuffered - $214.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


HDD:

Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs – (1st Choice) - $84.99:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Samsung HD153WI EcoGreen F3 Hard Drive - 1.5TB, 5400RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G – (2nd Choice) – $69.99:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Graphics Card:

Gigabyte Super Overclock Series V-N560SO-1GI-950- $264.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Case:
NZXT Guardian SECC Steel Chassis (1st Choice) – 76.00
http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Black-Steel-Chassis-921R...

NZXT Apollo CS-NT-Apollo-B SECC ATX Mid Tower (2nd Choice) - $78.11
http://www.amazon.com/Apollo-CS-NT-APOLLO-B-Steel-Chass...


All first choice: $1,471.86
All second choice: $1,390.97

I plan to use this build for combination of media, business and gaming. I want this build to last for 3+ yrs. Even though I have a budget of around $1700.00 I feel like I will somehow go over. Should I get a SSD for this build?


I didn’t get a chance to decide on the O/S. I want to add a Blu-Ray burner (hopefully with a light scribe feature later on)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 22, 2011 7:47:45 AM

Sandy bridge processors including the i7 2600k are not power hungry and run at low temps even on air. They also can't be oc'd beyond what air cooling can handle (44x-52x is the range for the multipliers I've seen). For your system you'd only need 550W or 750W(if you SLI another 560 later on) and a decent aftermarket cooler H70, hyper 212+, etc.

SSDs are great if you have the money and if your business requires a speedy hard drive then it's always worth it.

The ram is a bit overkill unless you can use that much. Again depends on what your business is.

If you are looking for 3+years you might want to go with a more powerful gpu. The gtx 570 or 580 would be more future proof and still provides the option of SLI (850W psu in that case).
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April 22, 2011 3:07:58 PM

Avoid anything w/ the Ultra or Rosewill labels

Your MoB ranges from two 1 x 16 (2 x8) boards and a 3 x16 board

Beware of fit w/ Antec 620 and MoBos w/ 3 PCIE slots ... actually this is true of any 3rd party cooler....bigger ones will hit top GFX card.

I'd suggest a BluRay Player / DVD Burner as BR media hugely expensive.

Case - $155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - $40 - Scythe Mugen 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 Shin Etsu 751 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Gigabte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Gigabte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $300 - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $90 - Plextor BR Combo Drive w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product
/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249055

Case / PSU - Huge roomy case, w/ great air flow and cable routing, CPU cutout allows installation of 3rd party cooler after assembly. Hot Swap 2.5" bay for transferring large amounts of data from home to office, ability to take CPU form factor PSU's, air inlet filters. PSU has 10.0 performance rating. Alternates include HAF-X or Antec 1200 V3 (or P183/P193 if ya want a "office looking" non flashy case) in full tower; mid tower recommendation would be Antec 902 V3 and maybe the HAF-922 if they ever upgrade it to add front USB 3 port. Best PSU choice other then the CP which only fits in 1200/DF-85, P193 and P183

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

MoBo / CPU - $20 discount on this combo make sit very attractive. You could upgrade to x16 x16 GFX capability w/ the Asus WS Revolution (+70) or MSI model you listed. Obvious CPU upgrade would cost you $90. Gigabyte UD7 would be on my list except for this:

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3795/asus_p8p67_ws_rev...

RAM - Only suggestion here would be consideration of lower CAS ..... stick w/ low profile (no tall heatsinks to avoid fit issues w/ CPU coolers) very useful in spreadsheets / databases, CAD, Photoshop, can also benefit gaming when GFX isn't the bottleneck.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2792/12

22.3 % (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in Far Cry 2
18% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in Dawn of war
15% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in World in Conflict

Cooler - If ya overclocking, you can go big and get something like the Silver Arrow, use the elf contained water units like the Antec Kuhler 620 but be careful w/ these if using a 3 x SL / CF MoBo like the WS as they tend to have some fit issues (Silver Arrow fits rotated 90 degrees, 620 doesn't).

GFX - The 560 Ti (00MHz versions) are great choices and overclock well. to 1000 MHz, My Asus Cu II TOP model req'd no voltage adjustments to hit 1000 MHz

Optical - The BR burner feature doesn't add significant expense, just buying the media breaks ya wallet :) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD / SSD - There's the Vertex 3 and there's everything else. Any of these HD's will do, pick one that does best in your apps as there is no overall winner.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2777]=on&prod[3016]=on&prod[2365]=on
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April 26, 2011 1:39:55 AM

Crewton and Jack:

Thanks for your suggestions. I definitely got a lot of preparation to do. Not to mention prepare a build for the family.
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