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New Intel Core i7-2600k Build (First time builder)

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May 8, 2011 6:01:56 AM

New Intel Core i7-2600k Build

Howdy,

I am new to building computers and would greatly appreciate some advice on my proposed builds. My goal is a great 3D gaming experience.

I had two builds in mind and would like to know:

1) Will one or both work? (i.e. did I select all compatible parts?)
2) For an extra $1,500 will I see vastly superior performance over the second build?
3) Do you have a better build for similar price?

Like is said I’m new, first build, and could really use some help.

Thanks,
Thomas

Both rigs will use the following:
Monitor
Alienware OptX AW2310 23-inch 3D Full HD Widescreen Monitor with GeForce 3D Vision Kit
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

Processor
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-ray drive
SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Rig 1 Plan: $3,500 (Including some other stuff not listed)

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Cards
[2 x] (Planning to SLI) EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
[2 x] (16GB total) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rig 2 Plan: $2,000 (Including some other stuff not listed)

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Cards
EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (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...

Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
(8GB total) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 8, 2011 6:20:29 AM

Basically, from what I see the 1500 difference is mostly 2 graphic cards and an SSD vs 1 graphics card.

RAM you won't need more than 8GB so I wouldn't bother with 16 in rig #1.

Difference between 580 SLI and 480 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/308?vs=309 You get what you pay for. I'm not sure as I haven't seem a comparison but I'd assume a gtx 590 would be just as good as 580 SLI since it is 2 580s in one card and is 300 cheaper.

If you are only going as far as SLI I'd also suggest http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for rig #2. It's cheaper, comes with 2 more SATA 3s, and still provides x8/x8.

Personally, if I had the cash I'd go for your rig #1. The 480 is a good graphics card but not nearly as good as SLI 580s.
May 8, 2011 6:24:49 AM

Dual GTX 580's are faster and more efficient, powerful than a single 590. 590 is underclocked, hot, and an absolute pig.
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May 8, 2011 6:32:29 AM

the GTX 570 performs better than the 480 in most cases. it is also cooler and quieter.
two 570s in sli is more than u need imho.
May 8, 2011 6:40:04 AM

^+1 rig one will give much better graphics plus the mobo(stick with the ud7) is much better also.
Instead of the 2x 580's you may want to consider the 2x Radeon 6970, AMD is the new king of the hill w/ this generation of GPUs-better scaling and better (less) power consumption

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/04/28/nvidia_geforc...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-sli-3-way...
power consumption
http://www.tomshardware.com/review [...] 65-11.html
May 8, 2011 6:45:41 AM

You don't throw scaling at a multimonitor 3d setup. You throw raw power at a game and the result is a summation of what sticks. Dual 580's are the way to go. No one with a setup like that (me included) cares about power consumption.
May 8, 2011 6:52:58 AM

now that AMD has HD3D
it can definitely be considered. If you already own a 3D tv or planning to buy one anyway AMD would be the way to go as HD3d works with 3D tvs.
May 8, 2011 6:59:42 AM

Well he may care as he is also considering a cheaper set up? You pretend to know how he throws his $ around or who pays his power bills. Plus in the hardocp review they threw the setups at several differnt games but I know for the NVDIA crowd it will never be enough. Never mind the 6970+6990 beats 3 580s for $500 less. Plus you will also get slightly better performance out of 3 referance clocked 6970 s for abit more savings

Again
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/04/28/nvidia_geforc...
May 8, 2011 7:12:22 AM

Another thing to note is that a P67 SB is not a great tri SLI/tri cross fire setup anyway or multi monitor setup. The x58 stomps all over it
On a single monitor -> SB!!!, but 2560 x 1600 i7 9xx squeaks by, and 5760 x 1080 like many run sadly the SB P67 {x8/x8} platform is spanked by X58 {x16/x16}.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...
scroll down

Another thing to note is that with the UD7 "The 2 PCI express x16 slots are far too close to one another and cannot be used for Dual-GPU setups as the fan on the card in the PCIEX16_1 slot will be completely blocked causing temperatures to soar and instability to occur " Also even though this motherboard supposedly has two PCIE2.0x16 lanes, two GTX 570's in SLI perform worse than on the ASUS motherboards that use two PCIE2.0x8 lanes.
My vote would be for Asus P67 Deluxe or Maximus IV Extreme if you are set on the SB cpu

Also if this is mainly just a gaming rig then you can save $100 and go with the i5 2500K as hyper threading is not needed for gaming. i5-2500K for gaming or i7-2600K for gaming + general use(photo/video editing or other apps that can utilize hyperthread) right now games do not utilize hyper threading
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