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May 18, 2011 9:14:00 PM

After dealing with this 6 year old gaming computer and not being poor it's time for a new pc. This is what I've come up with so far. This build does not include a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker, or OS.

i7 2600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P8P67 Deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series AX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This brings me too $1,492.94 not including shipping, and I still need to figure out what case and secondary HD to get. How did I do? any advice? I will be upgrading down the road from a 21" crt to a 24" LCD or Possibly a 27" LCD within a few months after it's built, and most likely another GTX 570 when I feel I need it.

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May 18, 2011 9:41:18 PM

The i7-2600 is a fine processor, but the i5-2500k, clocked but 100 Mhz less, offers results quite similar for about $100 less....

The GTX570 is also a fine card, but, seems overpriced given the similar performance of the 6950 for drastically less money.

SSD will get Windows loaded quicker, and get the game launched quicker, but, does nothing for framerates.

The Samsung F3 1 TB HDD is a very popular recommended buy these days...
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May 18, 2011 9:47:18 PM

will you overclock? those processors are very limited if you are go with the 2500k and the 2500 if you are not because games cant take advantage of the extras the 2600 brings. do you really need the ax850 the tx or hx will work just as well the hx 850 will last you id say 2 more builds because of how good it is. right now if you are thinking of duel gpu setup the 6950 cf is the way to go it will max out any game now and in the near future and is relatively cheap. the p8p67 deluxe is a waste of money go with the asrock p67 extreme4 i have it and i am extremely happy with it. pun not intended. also that vertex 3 will be overpriced until other companies get their hands on that architecture. go with this intel ssd it is also proven unlike the vertex 3 and cheaper- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . this ram is on sale i would get it now- http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=S... . the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb is your best bet for your 2nd hard drive it is at amazon for 60$ free shipping. you should get the haf 922 for your case it is really good for the price. if you intend to oc go with the hyper 212 plus cpu cooler at amazon for $29.51
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May 18, 2011 10:17:10 PM

Since very few games right now will not take advantage of more than 3 threads the value of the Intel® Core™ i7-2600 for gaming isn’t much more than that of the Intel Core i5-2500. Since the new Intel Core i5-2500K processors are so easy to overclock, and the cost difference between the i5-2500’s is so close ($15 at Newegg.com) you really should take advantage of the extra value that the Intel Core i5-2500K.

If you are going to skip the overclocking you can stay with the stock HSF but if you are going overclock then make sure you pick up a good 3rd party HSF.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 18, 2011 10:41:17 PM

I'm not planning on doing any overclocking, and probably gonna drop the SSD and just get a single 1tb spinpoint and get the GTX 580 instead of the 570 and not worry about SLI. I will only use Nvidia GPU's :) 
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May 18, 2011 11:47:23 PM

ok still go with the i5 2500 you wont see any performance boost in games if you get the 2600 over it. get an h67 board if you are not going to sli in the future. get a tx 650 and a gtx 570/580 i dont know what you weer saying in the last post if you actually meant the 500 cards. you can still get a small 40gb intel ssd for your os it is only 100$ and also get samsung drive too. get a haf 922 case. you dont need a aftermarket cpu cooler since you wont oc. with all the money you saved you can afford a gtx 580
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May 19, 2011 12:09:23 AM

Meant 580 and 570, typo :) 

I just want this to be really future proof so I wont need to make any major upgrades anytime soon so I want to be sure I get the motherboard right, I'm gonna stick with the i7, I'm not just playing games on this.
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May 19, 2011 12:20:41 AM

sure stick with the i7 but since you wont oc or cf/sli the h67 mobo's are right for you. with the gtx 580 it will last you 2-3 years
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May 19, 2011 12:50:21 AM

I also don't need on board gpu support, I'd rather have the option to SLI rather than not.
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May 19, 2011 1:06:52 AM
May 19, 2011 1:51:40 AM

i5 2500 if no oc at all but id get the 2500k give it a slight oc to 4.2ghz that is what i am running mine at right now and it is almost running at stock temps. all i did is turn up the cpu multiplier to 42x and i got a easy safe 4.2ghz oc that improves my framerates.
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May 19, 2011 2:12:18 AM

Well I will not be doing any overclocking but at 15 bucks more there is no reason to not get the k version. All that being said I want to make sure what I have there is all compatible ie. mobo/memory, and will be very future proof for gaming, and other apps/multi tasking. I know for a fact I'm going to be playing battlefield 3 and SWTKOTOR, and would like to be able to run everything on very high settings as well as be able to multi-task and do other stuff very well. I hope to not have to change anything for a few years other than maybe a video card to be able to run newer games on high setting.s
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May 19, 2011 2:27:26 AM

graffex said:
Well I will not be doing any overclocking but at 15 bucks more there is no reason to not get the k version. All that being said I want to make sure what I have there is all compatible ie. mobo/memory, and will be very future proof for gaming, and other apps/multi tasking. I know for a fact I'm going to be playing battlefield 3 and SWTKOTOR, and would like to be able to run everything on very high settings as well as be able to multi-task and do other stuff very well. I hope to not have to change anything for a few years other than maybe a video card to be able to run newer games on high setting.s

yes there is you wont be overclocking, but i will try and perswade you once more. ive never oc'd before i built my first computer 2 months ago with the new sandy bridge processors it was so easy to overclock and safe dont get me wrong i was scared when i first tried it because you are messing with a 225$ thing that already works. paired with a hyper 212 plus i am running it at 4.2ghz at stock temps! all i did was change one thing i didnt have to touch the voltage which i am still scared of doing and i got a great oc. does that help?
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May 19, 2011 2:42:55 AM

Still have zero interest in overclocking but thanks :) 
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May 19, 2011 2:58:00 AM

ok then a i5 2500 is perfect for you even if it is just 15$ more it is a waste of money!
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May 19, 2011 5:17:25 PM

Sounds good so far, I would like to hear a few more opinions/comments on the build as it stands right now. Appreciate it guys :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2011 5:54:33 PM

Your build looks really good. There are two thing that aren’t listed that you might want to get but could wait on. First is the HSF, you can pick a cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ for $40. Also picking up a SSD like the Intel® SSD 320 80GB can cut boot times down to around 20 seconds and lower access times for any applications loaded on to the drive. Also we have just increased the warranty on the Intel SSD 320’s from 3 years to 5 years. So you get the industry leading reliability of the Intel SSDs with great performance.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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May 19, 2011 6:56:43 PM

Yeah in your case I might get a P8P67 Pro instead of a Evo, it'll save you a few bucks and the only difference is two ethernet ports. The 580 will be worth the cut in price of the other parts. Don't worry since you only have 1 card it'll run x16 in the 1st PCI-e lane same as the EVO, and with two cards it will run at x8/x8 which has been shown to be at most 1-2% slower which will be 1 FPS or so on most games vs. x16/x16. No point splurging on a expensive board, especially a Sabertooth which is just a piece of plastic.
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May 19, 2011 7:04:59 PM

Planning on using a stock HSF since I'm not going to be overclocking, and I don't think the benefits of SSD are worth the price so I'm gonna skip that.

Been researching for the last couple hours and have made some tweaks. Thoughts?

COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P8P67 Evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

EVGA GeForce GTX 580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,504.41

Thoughts?
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May 20, 2011 1:16:37 AM

really baxk to the 2500k i thought i told you it was a waste of money so is that western digital hdd get the samsung spinpoint 1tb hdd
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May 20, 2011 1:38:24 AM

the i5 2500k is not a waste of money, it's 15 dollars more than the none k version. The western digital drive has better specs than the spinpoint.
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May 20, 2011 2:36:05 AM

If you are adamantly against overclocking then why bother? If thats the case save money by moving down to a P8P67 Pro or ASRock Extreme 4 MOBO and then move up to a 2600 non-K. The hyperthreading capabilities will eventually be utilized in games maybe in a year or two and if you don't want to upgrade to Ivy Bridge then get the best non-overclocking chip on the market.
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