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New PC Build. Wanted to make sure everything is compatible.

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June 4, 2011 6:24:31 PM

Hello,

I'm putting together a new machine and I wanted to make sure that the parts I've chosen are compatible. Any thought on MOBO choice, and sandy bridge processors in general would be much appreciated. Also, I'm looking for a cpu cooler compatible with my motherboard and ram combination. It seems there are issues with cooler sizes and large RAM with heat spreaders.

Here is the build:

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) 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

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive X2

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

Thanks in advance.

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June 4, 2011 6:31:48 PM

Quickly, why pick the 2600k over the 2500k as I amsure someone will ask? If you were to "downgrade" to the 2500k then you would have more room in the budget for the likes of a higherend motherboard like a Maximus Extreme/UD7/WS Revolution/UD7 Z68/UD5 Z68. Or you could possibly pick up a SSD boot drive or larger psu for future Sli action. Just thoughts take them as you will.
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June 4, 2011 6:37:09 PM

Hello, for the ram i checked the Qualified vendor list on the Asus site for the Asus p8p67 (you can check it here http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8P6...) but i dont seem to find it there. Im sure your ram would work but it would not be fully optimal. Also personally i would take 8GB or 4GB if you intend to game, only if you are heavily using Photoshop or video converting etc will the 16GB come in handy. Also i would advise, if your going to game, for a gtx 570 or an ati, sry AMD 6970 to really make this high end setup great :D . For the cooler im not too sure though sorry. Else this setup seems really good, the sandy bridge is well worth it.
Hope this helps
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June 4, 2011 6:46:41 PM

I will be using this for both gaming and multimedia. I do a lot of work in zbrush, 3dstudio max and photoshop. As for the RAM i pulled it off of newegg's memory finder. It's listed as the only RAM that runs at 1.5 volts (I've had problems with RAM voltage in the past) I'll check the asus site. Also, what is the biggest difference between the 2600 and 2500 processors. So far so good guys, all of your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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June 4, 2011 6:51:16 PM

2600k has hyperthearding enabled 2500k doesn't. If you don't know what hyperthearding is read this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-threading). So basically 2500k is a native quad and 2600k is native quad with the ability to have four synthetic cores. Gaming wise more then four cores is currently useless if that helps any.
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June 4, 2011 6:57:23 PM

Indeed if you are going to use programs like 3dstudio and other applications like that the 2600 really starts to become a more interesting choice to the 2500. And since you will be using this for multimedia i guess the 16GB is acceptable (though excessive hehehe :D ) and yes if you are going to game i would say get a bit of a more powerful card like i said before, eg ASUS ENGTX570 DCII or a ASUS EAH6970 DCII would be an excellent choice (in my view).
Hope it helps.
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June 4, 2011 7:22:33 PM

I think I will upgrade to the 570. As far as the RAM goes, has anyone used the Newegg Memory Finder? Asus doesn't seem to officially support any RAM over 8GB for this board. Also, I'm wondering what the benefits to upgrading to a higher end motherboard are? I'm not one to spend a lot of time overclocking or tweaking bios settings. Would the higher end MOBO offer noticeable performance increases?
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June 4, 2011 7:34:41 PM

I actually checked the corsair site to see if your ram was capable of working with your board but it seems that only the Asus P8P67 WS Revolution would work with the CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 (http://www.corsair.com/learn_n_explore/). That motherboard is really great and its basically like the Deluxe only it has a few more features and should not cost too much more. Also the 570 is a good choice :D .
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