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1250$ first build , need help choosing components

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May 8, 2011 2:12:32 PM

I want to make a new build and this is my first build so I need some advices in choosing components:

Budget : 1250$ , 1300$ if with CPU cooler.

Overclocking : Yes.

Sli / CrossfireX : Ready for future.

Preferred site : Newegg.com


Motherboard:
Asus Sabertooth P67 : 220$.
Or
Gigabyte P67A-UD5 : 260$.

CPU:
Intel Core I7 2600K 3.4GHz : 315$.

Memory:
G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 1600MHz CL8 : 110$.

Video Card:
XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB OC'd @830MHz : 270$.
MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Hawk 1GB OC'd @950MHz : 270$.

Case:
NZXT Phantom Black : 140$.

Power Supply:
Antec TP-750W : 100$.

HDD:
WD Caviar Black 500GB 7200RPM SATA3 6GB/s : 60$.

CPU Cooler:
Thermaltake Frio : 50$.

Total:
1260$ - 1300$

Any suggestions??
May 8, 2011 2:58:05 PM

MOBO
Asus p8p67 ws revolution. @ 256$
comes with NF200 bridge for better CF / SLI scaling.

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

CPU
unless u want the bragging rights go with the i5 2500K.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
very little difference in Gaming performance. and the extra 100$ for 2600K isn't worth it

GPU
Get the 6950 2GB version for around 275$.
U have the option of flashing it to a 6970.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
245$ after rebates. I wouldn't miss this.

Case
Have u considered going a little low on the case? Check out the Antec300 illusion.

Rest looks good. GL.
May 8, 2011 3:54:25 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=287 <----- 2600K vs 2500K benchmarks

Here's an alternative to your build. Dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI. If you use the MSI afterburner proggy (free), you can boost these cards down below to run on par with that Hawk.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&tit... $159.99 Free Shipping
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $296.98 FREE SHIPPING $10 off with promo code HARDOCPX5X4B, ends 5/10
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $47.99 FREE SHIPPING
Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 (Before $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $21.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Total: $1,281.90 *not including mail in rebates

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <----- more info, specs, pics, and professional reviews of that case

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards in it's class

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <---- Asrock two year warranty

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-n560gtx-ti-twin-froze... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/ms... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <----- review of that MSI gtx 560

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm <----- MSI Afterburner proggy
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May 9, 2011 4:42:02 PM

About the mobo it looks good I will consider it when buying My new build .

CPU : I Prefer to go with the i7 cause I may start video editing in the next few months.

GPU : the 1GB version did better than the 2GB version tests.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/2011-gaming-graphi...
And I do prefer going with Nvidia cause I have bad memories with ATI GPU's.

Case : I'm thinking of the Thermaltake v9 black or the Coolermaster Haf 922 both of them cost 100$

ThanX :D 
May 9, 2011 4:53:15 PM

Why_me

CPU : prefer going with i7 cause I might start video editing.

Mobo : I'm not very interested to go with asrock I prefer going with Asus, Gigabyte or MSI.

Case : I'm thinking of the Thermaltake v9 black or The CM Haf 922

The rest looks good
May 9, 2011 4:59:22 PM

You should put state purpose of your build.

Mobo wise, especially if video editing, I'd go with a Z68 board. You can already buy then some places online, though official release hasn't happened yet.

May 9, 2011 5:06:39 PM

When will the z68 chipset be officially released??

Or the AMD Bulldozer??

Should I go with the z68 or wait for the bulldozer??
My main purpose is gaming , then comes the video editing as a secendory purpose
May 9, 2011 5:27:20 PM

Neither company is in the habit of announcing official release dates publicly. Rumor mill has Z68 this week, but like I said, you can already buy the mobo's online.

BD is rumored to be end of Q2-Q3.

Highly doubt BD will perform close to SB. What it will do though is renew competition at the lower end where Phenom II's, even with OCing taken into account, are a poor buy right now above the $100 mark. Could also result in Intel price drops for SB depending on how close the top end BD CPU's get to SB performance.
May 9, 2011 6:03:42 PM

Well ... I can wait a week or two till the Z68 is officially released so I can compare mobos and check it's reviews but I can't wait a month & half till BD is released!!

Even if the z68 will be released this weak I might still go with SB if there wasn't a lot of diffrence between it & SB so I can avoid problems as much as I can
May 9, 2011 6:56:04 PM

z68 is a sandy bridge chipset. It combines the H67 chipsets ability to use onboard GPu and quick synch with OC abilities of P67. Throws in SSD caching as well, though I doubt many ppl will use it. Price will be the same as P67 so really no point in not grabbing it.
May 10, 2011 10:56:04 AM

Ohh , I'm kind of confused :s

So what is the ivy bridge then??
May 11, 2011 1:30:35 AM

Ivy bridge is a die shrink to 22nm processors. Architecture will still be sandy bridge, but the manf process will be smaller.
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