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April 29, 2011 4:41:03 AM

Yep. Let me show my latest build. Im almost ready for buying parts.
Need checks on compatabilities.
I want me optical drive to be able to burn and play blu-ray since i think CDs are almost obsolete and DVDs will be too within a couple years.

This is running a little more pricey for me and I still want to get a good monitor and sound system. So if you see some areas that are a little over the top pelase let me know. I am a motion graphic designer hence the 16bg ram and the higher budget.

Also I'm not sure which Windows 7 I will need. Is Professional best? will need 64bit i assume as well.

If anyone sees some combo deals Im missing let me know. THANKS!

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: -$5.00 Instant
Total: $64.99

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: -$15.00 Instant $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
Total: $489.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBXLD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: NO DEALS FOUND :( 
Total: $369.99

COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan - (Why_Me keeps recommending this cooler, So i will give it a go)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: -$10.00 Instant
Total: $59.99

LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: NO DEALS FOUND :( 
Total: $89.99

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW160G310 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM vvvvvvvvvv
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: -$90.00 Instant
Total: $309.99

[[CASE + PSU]]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
1x COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$159.99

1x COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
$154.48
Save $50.00 when purchased together
Combined Total: $314.47
Combo Discounts: -$50.00
Combo Price: $264.47

[[PCU + MOBO]]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
1x Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
$314.99
1x GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$179.99

Combined Total: $494.98
Combo Discounts: -$20.00
Combo Price: $474.98

TOTAL : $2,124.39

ACCESSORIES

Logitech Z906 500W 5.1 Speakers - $389.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still deciding on monitor.
April 29, 2011 8:17:25 AM

I don't normally give advice, so take my suggestions with a (large) pinch of salt,

I think there are better CPU coolers out there, try the Noctua D-14's or a Scythe Mugen Rev B

Wrong mobo! you need a 1155 board for the i7 2600k :) 

You could save some money and get a MSI P67 GD65 (good board)

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

Or if you wanna go complete overkill...

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

Whether you will get the full benefit of that I don't know, but the 10 usb 3.0 ports might be useful lol

If you need a better looking case (don't know whether you actually care) The Nzxt phantom is good

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

other than that, If you need a monitor any standard 1920x1080 one would do, I don't feel the 2560x monitors have dropped in price enough yet, eyefinity is also a good option, lots of workspace, and immersive gaming (god I sound like a salesman :lol:  )

however if you do go into eyefinity, You'd need a lot more graphical horsepower to game on all 3 (or howevermany you choose) screens.

Mouse and keyboards are very much user choice, I run a razer Lycosa and Naga and am very happy

If you need suggestions

http://www.mionix.net/ Mionix are like a classy razer IMO

http://www.roccat.org/ Good peripherals all round


To do with your monitor I haven't a clue how your tv works in the states, in the UK i'd get a Freeview HD box and connect it to my monitor (and make sure the monitor has a headphone jack)

Thats my take on it anyway
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April 29, 2011 3:36:59 PM

Good catch. Once I saw the 6 slot for memory I flipped.

Ok I will consider this mobo

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

or

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I guess the dream of having more ram is gone, but ive read that the more ram the harder it is to OC. But not sure.

Also whats wrong with that cooler?

How about the simple

WC CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or
ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be OCing my System so want to make sure I have optimum cooling.
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April 29, 2011 4:22:43 PM

dankcik09 said:
Good catch. Once I saw the 6 slot for memory I flipped.

Ok I will consider this mobo

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

or

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I guess the dream of having more ram is gone, but ive read that the more ram the harder it is to OC. But not sure.

Also whats wrong with that cooler?

How about the simple

WC CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or
ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I will be OCing my System so want to make sure I have optimum cooling.


You can do 16GB of memory no problem. If you buy it in a set of 4x4GB, they have been tested to run together. 1600MHz is fine for speed. Look at lower latencies to help with your creation needs, but CL9 will work okay too.

The only thing about that V6GT is that it's kind of spendy, but I see you have a nice budget, so I guess there's no worries there.

The 560Ti is a great card, but the 1GB HD 6950 is the same price and performs better. Scales better too if you were going for 2 cards. With your budget, however, I would suggest a 2GB HD 6950. They can be had for $250 after rebate (MSI R6950).

The ASUS P8P67 Pro is another option for a solid board in that price range.

Look at an IPS panel. Dell makes a good one, the U2311H.
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April 29, 2011 4:55:49 PM

I would forget about the water cooling for the Intel® Core™ I7 2600K, it overclocks on air really well. Just so you know the Intel Core I7 2600K can support up to 32GB (once they release the 8GB sticks) which is more than the 1st generation Intel Core I7 processors can on the X58 boards (24GB is the max that the processor can support) http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=37151,52214,. Otherwise your new board picks are good.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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April 29, 2011 5:12:53 PM

dankcik09 said:
Ive never owned an nvidia though!

Hmm how about

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

with the ability to buy another down the road.


The GTX 580 is the King of the single-gpu cards. Just note that two 560s in SLI outperform it for less $$. If you have the money, though, I am a supporter of the "one high-end card now, another later if needed." This makes more sense to me than two cards now, sell them, and buy two higher-end cards later. Maybe I'm just lazy :lol: 
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April 29, 2011 5:26:23 PM

nd_hunter said:
The GTX 580 is the King of the single-gpu cards. Just note that two 560s in SLI outperform it for less $$. If you have the money, though, I am a supporter of the "one high-end card now, another later if needed." This makes more sense to me than two cards now, sell them, and buy two higher-end cards later. Maybe I'm just lazy :lol: 

yep, because within a year or 2 those cards will be , Meh. Where as the 580 will be around 150-200 and i can double up for cheap.
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April 29, 2011 5:31:46 PM

dankcik09 said:
yep, because within a year or 2 those cards will be , Meh. Where as the 580 will be around 150-200 and i can double up for cheap.


You'll need a beefier power supply if you go this route. A high-quality 850w would be the minimum for 580s in SLi.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 29, 2011 6:02:33 PM

Yep. Let me show my latest build. Im almost ready for buying parts.
Need checks on compatabilities.
I want me optical drive to be able to burn and play blu-ray since i think CDs are almost obsolete and DVDs will be too within a couple years.

This is running a little more pricey for me and I still want to get a good monitor and sound system. So if you see some areas that are a little over the top pelase let me know. I am a motion graphic designer hence the 16bg ram and the higher budget.

Also I'm not sure which Windows 7 I will need. Is Professional best? will need 64bit i assume as well.

If anyone sees some combo deals Im missing let me know. THANKS!

---------------------------------------------------------------------

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: -$5.00 Instant
Total: $64.99

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: -$15.00 Instant $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
Total: $489.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBXLD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: NO DEALS FOUND :( 
Total: $369.99

COOLER MASTER V6 GT RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 120mm DynaLoop CPU Cooler w/ Universal bracket & Dual Fan - (Why_Me keeps recommending this cooler, So i will give it a go)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: -$10.00 Instant
Total: $59.99

LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: NO DEALS FOUND :( 
Total: $89.99

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW160G310 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM vvvvvvvvvv
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Savings: -$90.00 Instant
Total: $309.99

[[CASE + PSU]]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
1x COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$159.99

1x COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
$154.48
Save $50.00 when purchased together
Combined Total: $314.47
Combo Discounts: -$50.00
Combo Price: $264.47

[[PCU + MOBO]]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
1x Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
$314.99
1x GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$179.99

Combined Total: $494.98
Combo Discounts: -$20.00
Combo Price: $474.98
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April 29, 2011 7:06:36 PM

So, looks like just north of $1800. Give me a little bit here and I'll see what I can do for costs. How much is left over for a monitor? Yes, a 64-bit OS, home premium should serve you fine. Compare the features and decide what best suits your needs.

EDIT: I think you are going to run into a clearance problem with that V6 GT and the heatspreaders on the Ripjaws. My bad for not mentioning this earlier. I think maybe an H60 or H70 would work better in this instance.
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April 29, 2011 7:11:03 PM

Sure I can wait. Want to purchase today, so I would expect parts by Tuesday of next week.

SAMSUNG T24A350 ToC Rose Black 24" 5ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/ DTV Tuner 250 cd/m2 DC 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd think 24 is good enough. 27 would be stellar, but I don't think its totally necessary, however if I can get a 27 for a good deal with a DTV Tuner, im there.
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April 29, 2011 7:30:22 PM

dankcik09 said:
Sure I can wait. Want to purchase today, so I would expect parts by Tuesday of next week.

SAMSUNG T24A350 ToC Rose Black 24" 5ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/ DTV Tuner 250 cd/m2 DC 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd think 24 is good enough. 27 would be stellar, but I don't think its totally necessary, however if I can get a 27 for a good deal with a DTV Tuner, im there.


For that price, I think you would be better off with that Dell U2311H. IPS panels offer superior colors compared to TN panels. Also, the colors don't change when you change viewing angles. I wouldn't suggest this for a gaming setup, but you work with graphics, so I think this is better for you.

I edited my previous post too, btw. Re: V6GT clearance and memory
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April 29, 2011 7:39:50 PM

Sounds like a nice setup. Im just biased towards antec case. Heres two different setups. Didnt know if you had to have full tower or if i mid was fine. Comes out to be less either way then your combo deal.

Antec 1200 - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have both this case and PSU

Antec 900 - $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 750 PSU - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And also the win7 64 bit. You didn't specify home or pro so linked both

Pro - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Home - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 29, 2011 7:47:55 PM

Ok the case I dont care so much about, was planning on actually buying the HAF case. Whats your reasoning behind Antec?

I'll get pro so i dont miss out on any features as im used to XP Pro and might be disappointed in Win 7 Home.

What do you think about my monitor choice, and lastely, most importantly, does my build compatibility look 100% solid?
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April 29, 2011 8:33:58 PM

dankcik09 said:
Ok the case I dont care so much about, was planning on actually buying the HAF case. Whats your reasoning behind Antec?

I'll get pro so i dont miss out on any features as im used to XP Pro and might be disappointed in Win 7 Home.

What do you think about my monitor choice, and lastely, most importantly, does my build compatibility look 100% solid?



Here's what I came up with. I don't like that Cooler Master PSU you picked out. Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, and Antec are considered top tier. In fact, the Corsair I have below is made by Seasonic, who many believe is the best PSU manufacturer.

The total for this is $2162.38. This is before shipping and rebates, includes an OS, includes a better PSU, and yet is only $38 more than the build you posted. 120GB is enough for a boot drive, and the Intel 510 is SATA III. I already explained the PSU change. I prefer ASUS over Gigabyte. $370 is too much for 16GB of memory these days. That fan is also unnecessary. The RAM below is slightly slower (not noticeable unless you benchmark) than what you picked out and effectively costs $260 when in that combo. As for the H60, that was explained in a previous post.

CPU: i7-2600k
COOLER: Corsair H60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$376.98 ($361.98 after MIR)

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8P67 Pro (SLI capable, x8/x8)
RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1866 CL9 1.5v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$439.98

PSU: Corsair 850HX 80 Plus Silver
HDD: 1TB Samsung F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$209.98 ($199.98 after MIR)

GPU: EVGA GTX 580
OS: Win 7 Pro 64-bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$619.98 ($589.98 after MIR)

SSD: Intel 510 120GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$269.99

CASE: HAF 932 Advanced <--Amazon has free shipping (7 left in stock)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-Tower-Supe...
$154.48

OPTICAL: LG Blu-ray Burner <--Amazon has free shipping
http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-Blu-ray-Software-W...
$90.99
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April 29, 2011 8:35:45 PM

I have built several systems for my family and friends and they are just spacious and they are efficient at cooling, plus i personally like the way it looks.

Monitor is nice. Do you plan on actually using the DTV tuner in it? If not you can possibly find a just a nice size and specs for less. I caught mine on sale for a daily deal. Grant it that one is larger than mine.

Your whole setup seems nice to me. I plan on upgrading to sandy bridge in the near future. But my e8400 is good enough (for now lol)

The only thing i see you missing is speakers/headset. You can find deals on these all the time. I personally bought a set of logitech g35. Logitech does "open/damaged box" specials where they are brand new for basically 1/2 the price. So if you can hold off and find them on a deal site there are some to be had.

www.slickdeals.net
http://gizmodo.com/#!5797149/the-best-deal-of-the-day
http://www.techdealdigger.com/
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April 29, 2011 8:43:59 PM

dankcik09 said:
I agree. Thanks for the help hunter. I am going to make changes. I'm also gonna go with the Crucial SATA III 120gig for $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You're welcome.

That C300 will be just fine. I didn't notice before that the Samsung you listed had a DTV tuner built in. If that's something you need, then go for it. I'm sure you know that Samsung makes quality TVs. I've heard good things about their monitors too.

Good luck, and happy building
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April 29, 2011 8:47:51 PM

Yes I will be using the TV Tuner.
Sucks that the C300 was 200 yesterday :( 
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April 29, 2011 9:18:51 PM

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I'm sure you know that Samsung makes quality TVs. I've heard good things about their monitors too.



I can vouch for Samsung, I have a Syncmaster 2333HD, Brilliant, no problems at all, however there was no DTV Built in, so I'm looking a seperate top box in a few months.

If you want a breakdown of the seperate Windows editions
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...

The most useful feature seems to be the XP mode, obviously if you're coming straight from an XP OS

I'm assuming you have the peripherals already?

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May 6, 2011 8:20:58 AM

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