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New Z68 Mobo build with i7 2600K

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May 11, 2011 10:10:12 PM

Hi all,

With the release of Z68 mobo this week, I have finalized all my options for a new build from scratch.

I will mostly use this for video encoding and editing, file compression (Winrar), file encryption (truecrypt), HTPC, multi-tasking and some moderate gaming. I will also be using an SSD but I won't be taking advantage of the SSD caching feature. Instead, I will be using the SSD as a primary hard drive and use a HDD as a storage drive. Lastly, I will also be overclocking the CPU.

Please provide some feedback as I am a first time builder.

I have already purchased:

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC1491&v...
Price: $138.75 CAD

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530DR5213&v...
Price: $21.32 CAD

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Have not purchased:

CPU:
Intel Core i7 2600K
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200BD9917&v...
Price: $299.69 CAD

Mobo:
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2499&v...
Price: $190.49 CAD

Liquid Cooling:
Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC7442&v...
Price: $86.71 CAD

PSU:
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC4374&v...
Price: $169.69 CAD

OR

Corsair Professional HX1000W 1000W
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC6758&v...
Price: $219.69 CAD

RAM:
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180BD2750&v...
Price: $99.69 CAD

Primary Drive:
Intel 320 Series GEN3 160GB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=12200DR9632&v...
Price: $291.24 CAD

Secondary Drive(Storage):
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=25350DR0783&v...
Price: $95.37 CAD

OR

Samsung f3 spinpoint ?

GPU:
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Fermi 732MHZ 1280MB
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11610BD0290&v...
Price: $337.84 CAD

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
Price: $99.99 CAD

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I am undecided about the PSU and the hard drive. Also please comment on my choice of RAM. This is my first build so I only really focused on what would be compatible. If you think there is some way to improve this let me know.

The pre-tax total comes to ~$1830.79. I've price matched to the best of my ability with all the Canadian sites I know.

Thanks in advanced for feedback.

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May 11, 2011 10:31:25 PM

I would go with a ax750 or ax850 for the power supply and the Samsung Spinpoint for the harddrive

A 750 watt power supply is enough the RUN two 570
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May 11, 2011 11:25:35 PM

I'd go with the Corsair 850w, you don't need 1000w.

For the work you do, I would also go with 16gb of ram (4x4GB kit).

Looks like you made some nice choices though.
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