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May 11, 2011 5:31:52 AM

Hi guys,

What do you think of the build I've put together? I've been reading a bunch of the more recent threads, and I think I've done a decent job. I'd love some recommendations on good keyboard/mouse/monitors! I'm looking for a monitor that can rival the iMac display, not necessarily in size, but at least in quality.


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 1800 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Engineering tools, video transcoding, gaming, daily tasks/productivity

Parts Not Required: OS (I have Windows 7 Pro), Boot SSD (Crucial C300 64GB)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: preferably (no tax ftw!)

Country of Origin: US

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 850tx v2

MSI ATI Radeon HD6950 2 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R6950 TWIN FROZR II/OC

Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

Cooler-Master Haf X: Ultimate Full Size Gaming Chassis

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K and G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH combo

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112 - OEM

Total before rebates: ~$1440

I'm still looking for a keyboard and mouse, as well as a monitor. I already have speakers that connect via USB (built-in DAC), so I don't need a sound card.


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May 12, 2011 7:11:44 AM

Build looks great.
May 12, 2011 1:27:32 PM

im doing a similar build to you soon aswell, but im opting for the i5 2500k cause the money i save can go into a better cpu cooler so i can OC it. might want to consider that. for monitors check out , might be helpful :)  Good luck!
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May 12, 2011 1:31:44 PM

Your build looks good. You might want to look at a board with the Z68 Express chipset for extremely lower video encoding times.

You could drop your PSU to a 750 watt unit and still have room to Crossfire and overclock. The Enthusiast series is good for price/performance, but I like the HX series for its modular cables.

I have a Logitech G110 keyboard. The keys have nice resistance and it's backlit, but it costs around $60. I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and I love it too. I especially like the additional thumb buttons and dpi adjustment. I use these more with every day tasks than I do when gaming.

As for a monitor, you will want an IPS panel. Look at a Dell U2311h
May 13, 2011 9:11:24 PM

If you're doing serious video work get the 2600k, just an FYI the frozr IIIs are out now, not sure if you've considered getting one of those.