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June 8, 2011 2:55:01 AM

It's that time again! Time to update the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs! Once again, we are opening the field to user recommendations to get the best consensus for the absolute best of the best in each category. Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 of the best to be put up to a public vote right here in the Systems forum. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with a special credit in the feature article.

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High-End Intel Gaming PC

Stay within $2,000 (without shipping) and no need to include OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard. Please be sure to format your list of components as follows:

Joe's Crysis 8 Minspec Build
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: Component Name and Component Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: Component Name and Component Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price

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  2. Processor: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  3. Motherboard: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  4. RAM: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  5. Graphics Card: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  6. Hard Drive: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  7. Case: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  8. Power Supply: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  9. Cooling: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  10. DVD Burner: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]


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Good luck, and may the best builds win!
June 8, 2011 4:14:09 AM

1.CSK222 High-End Intel Gaming Build

2.Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7-2600K $314.99

3.Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 $189.99

4.RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) $179.99

5.Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA SuperClocked GTX 580 $499.99

6.Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM $64.99

7.Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942 $189.99

8.Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W $279.99

9.Cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $ 89.99

10.DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner with 3D PlaybackiHBS212 LightScribe $109.99

Total = $1,919.91
June 8, 2011 5:14:04 AM

csk222 said:
1.CSK222 High-End Intel Gaming Build

2.Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7-2600K $314.99

3.Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 $189.99

4.RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) $179.99

5.Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA SuperClocked GTX 580 $499.99

6.Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM $64.99

7.Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942 $189.99

8.Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W $279.99

9.Cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $ 89.99

10.DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner with 3D PlaybackiHBS212 LightScribe $109.99

Total = $1,919.91


Too much RAM, Sandy Bridge doesn't need aftermarket cooling unless you overclock, and needs a SSD.
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June 8, 2011 6:22:19 AM

Derp's "All Your Bases Are Belong To Us (Wood Rig XD)" Build
Cpu
Intel Core i7 2600k $315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram
Corsair Vengence 8Gb (2x4Gb) 1600 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Psu
Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020w $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gpu
2xMSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 $387/$774
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD
Crucial M4 64Gb Sata III $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD
Samsung EcoGreen F2 1Tb $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DvD
LG DvD+RW $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136216
Case
NZXT Phantom $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler
Thermaltake Frio $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total=$1999 before rebates/shipping
Man thats close to budget, but its one bad mutha. Now to get some money and actually build it xD
June 8, 2011 10:11:27 AM

These are Australian prices roughly take 100-200 ? off the end
Case Thermaltake Black Chaser MK-I Full Tower 179
CPU Intel Core i5 2500K 219
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard B3 209
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD X2 718
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 99
HDD Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX 89
HDD 2 Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD 269
Power Seasonic X-850 80Plus Gold 850W 269
Optical Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive 29
June 8, 2011 12:20:18 PM

16gb of ram and a 1200w psu. what a waste. 8GB and a 1000w psu would be just fine.

Oh and Taylor, with 2-GTX580, you'll have no choice but to overclock the cpu.
June 8, 2011 2:42:01 PM

MichXymi's High End Gaming Machine

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $224.99

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $219.99

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 $84.99

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 699.98$

Hard Drive: 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 $89.99

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $269.99

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $159.99

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $134.99

Cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler $104.81

DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $20.99

2010.71$ Without MIR
June 8, 2011 10:04:35 PM

ok i want to get in on this
June 9, 2011 2:42:37 AM

May as well add my new system :) 

Intel i7 2600k (came with a matterhorn cpu cooler in a bundle)
Asus z68 pro mobo
OCZ agility 3 60gb ssd
Western digital 1tb hdd (sata3)
8 gb corsair vengeance 1866mhz ram (didnt have any 1600mhz in :( )
HAF-X coolermaster case
Gainward 580GTX Phantom 3gb
LG blu ray drive
I cheated with my psu and dvd r/w drive as I took them out of my old system but they are:-
LG dvd r/w
Tagan 800w BZ modular psu.
June 9, 2011 9:25:25 AM

High end & bang for the buck!

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Boxed
RAM: Kingston HyperX T1 KHX1600C9D3T1K2/8GX
VGA: MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC
HDD: Seagate Constellation ES.2 ST33000651NS, 3TB 3.5" (first two in RAID-0, all on SATAIII-600)
MMC: akasa AK-ALL01-BK
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD
MB: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
BR-RW: Plextor PX-LB950SA (black bezel, two on SATAII-300)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X
PSU: FSP Group Aurum 700

Peripherals:

Display: Dell Professional P2411H
Keyboard: Logitech G19
Mouse: Logitech G9x
Mousepad: Razer Destructor
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
USB-Flash: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2
Network: Linksys E4200 (including CAT-7a cables)

Software:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (English) (without serial-key thus free product)
June 9, 2011 2:30:44 PM

aminebouhafs said:
High end & bang for the buck!

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Boxed
RAM: Kingston HyperX T1 KHX1600C9D3T1K2/8GX
VGA: MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC
HDD: Seagate Constellation ES.2 ST33000651NS, 3TB 3.5" (first two in RAID-0, all on SATAIII-600)
MMC: akasa AK-ALL01-BK
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD
MB: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
BR-RW: Plextor PX-LB950SA (black bezel, two on SATAII-300)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X
PSU: FSP Group Aurum 700

Peripherals:

Display: Dell Professional P2411H
Keyboard: Logitech G19
Mouse: Logitech G9x
Mousepad: Razer Destructor
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
USB-Flash: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2
Network: Linksys E4200 (including CAT-7a cables)

Software:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (English) (without serial-key thus free product)

is that a 4870 in your build or am I wrong?
June 9, 2011 6:18:14 PM

It's a 4870 X2, and why does that make him a noob?
June 9, 2011 11:29:06 PM

hmmm I've already got a $1400 config I'm looking at ... I can up to 2k ;)  be back in a bit
June 10, 2011 3:34:29 AM

Case "Thermaltake Black Chaser MK-I Full Tower or
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Case" 179/205
CPU Intel Core i5 2500K 219
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard B3 209
Graphics VTX3D Radeon HD6950 2GB 269
Graphics 2 VTX3D Radeon HD6950 2GB 269
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 99
HDD Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX 89
HDD 2 Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD 269
Power Seasonic X-850 80Plus Gold 850W 269
Optical Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive 29
1900
Revised, again these are aussie prices so knock a bit off the end. *PSU overkill but it will last and is the best brand*
June 11, 2011 9:28:09 AM
June 12, 2011 3:23:54 PM

Based on my taste, high end, energy efficient and bang for the buck at the same time!

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Boxed
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
VGA: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB (on SATAIII-600)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (on SATAIII-600)
MMC: akasa AK-ALL01-BK
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD
MB: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
BR: Samsung SH-B123L (on SATAII-300)
BR-RW: Plextor PX-LB950SA (on SATAII-300)
Case: Enermax Hoplite ECA3220 (+ extra two 120mm and two 140mm vents)
PSU: FSP Group Aurum 700

Peripherals:

Display: Dell Professional P2411H
Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard (Y-UY95)
Mouse: Logitech G400
Mousepad: Razer Pro|Pad
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
USB-Flash: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2
Network: Linksys E4200 (including 10m CAT-7a cable)

Software:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (English) (without serial-key thus free product)
June 12, 2011 4:00:16 PM

Quote:
I didn't even notice that...!
good call.
a total newbie move on his part.. :lol: 

Yeah! Good call indeed! Let's all check out the last "Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart" just for fun, so we can really laugh! I thought it was May 2011.

Well, hey! The HD 4870 X2 is on par with GTX 295, GTX 480, GTX 570 and 6970!

What da ***!!! How da *** is THAT possible?! And check out the price! WOW!!!

;) 
June 12, 2011 6:52:36 PM

@youngster

lol yeah why the hell would you buy the cats ass of technology to throw in a hot mess of a gpu, that makes no sense whatsoever. Nice picture btw
June 12, 2011 6:57:35 PM

you mean aminebouhafs picture. why would you put a picture like that on a computer parts forum? how many girls go on here?
June 12, 2011 8:22:59 PM

thanks bud^ I think his biceps are as big as my wrists, clearly weak sauce, but on another topic, its gonna be a hell of a game tonight in Miami tonight!
June 12, 2011 8:24:46 PM

Quote:
GTX 570 (me) vs 4870x2 (you) = anytime your ready...
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/174?vs=158



its basically like saying a 5870 is faster then a gtx 570; its absolute foaming at the mouth from that kid...

and seriously thanks to the youngin' for specifying (sataII300) and (sataIII600) ROFL; get the hell outta here with that :lol: 
June 12, 2011 11:26:51 PM

they should. Dirk is healthy and can put some big points up in the last quarter.
June 13, 2011 12:45:11 AM

yeah miami is not winning this thing... Lebron is an f-n crybaby, Dallas deserves it way more...
June 13, 2011 12:49:51 AM

u from Cleveland? im guessing yes. lebron handled everything badly.
June 13, 2011 1:22:39 AM

yes I am, his legacy will be nothing but diminished, and thanks, The Indians on the other hand are slumping like they normally do, oh well the plight of a Cleveland sports fan, in the end I am glad that he took his talents to souf beach where he continues to not score in the 4th quarter and is a bitchass
June 13, 2011 2:45:05 AM

This is my Current Build. With tax its overall $2040 (Not including peripherals)
Yes sad canadian prices =[.

Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.40Ghz, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm

VideoCard - Asus ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 nVidia GeForce GTX 580 Chipset (782Mhz) 1GB (4008Mhz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI-I/HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1866MHz (PC3-14900) 8GB (2x4GB) Dual Channel Kit

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Socket 1155 Intel P67 Chipset CrossfireX/2-Way SLI Dual-Channel DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066Mhz 2x PCI-Express 2.0 GigaLAN 7.1-CH HD Audio 4x SATA 6.0Gb/s 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 14x USB 2.0, 5x USB 3.0 IEEE 1394a ATX

Cooling - Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70 High-performance CPU Cooler for Intel Socket 1366/1156/775 & AMD Socket AM3/AM2+/AM2

Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower ATX

Replacement Fans for Case - 6x CoolerMaster SickleFlow RedLED 2000rpm / 1x CoolerMaster SickleFlow BlueLED 2000rpm

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1000GB (1TB) SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache

ROM - ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD+R/-R 24xDVD+/-R DL 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM

Power Supply - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 High Performance 850W Power Supply

Monitor - Samsung 2494SW Full HD 1080p, 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor- Black, 1920x1080, 5ms, 50000:1(DCR), VGA,DVI-D

Extra peripherals.
Razer Lycosa keyboard
Razer Deathadder Black Edition mouse
Razer Mamba mouse
Logitech G5 Mouse
Logitech mx518 Mouse
R.A.T 7 Mouse
Razer Piranha/ Razer Megalodon/ Steelseries Syberia V2 Headsets
Razer Goliathus Mousepad
Razer Destructor Mousepad
Steelseries Qck+ Mousepad
Fatal1ty X-Fi Soundcard
(I have alot more older ones but i just listed my favorites here)
June 13, 2011 7:33:00 AM

The only ones "I" know who actually just "talk" about sports are women and very old people.

Anyway here's my "to be" new build,

Based on my taste, high end, energy efficient and bang for the buck at the same time!

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Boxed
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
VGA: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB (on SATAIII-600)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (on SATAIII-600)
MMC: akasa AK-ALL01-BK
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD
MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme7
BR: Samsung SH-B123L (on SATAII-300)
BR-RW: Plextor PX-LB950SA (on SATAII-300)
Case: Enermax Hoplite ECA3220 (plus two extra 120mm and two extra 140mm vents)
PSU: FSP Group Aurum 700

Peripherals:

Display: Dell Professional P2411H
Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G400
Mousepad: Razer Pro|Pad
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
USB-Flash: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2
Network: Linksys E4200 (including 10m CAT-7a cable)

Software:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (English) (without serial-key thus free product)
June 13, 2011 7:52:33 AM

aminebouhafs said:
The only ones "I" know who actually just "talk" about sports are women and very old people.

Lol, fail.
June 13, 2011 9:26:14 AM

aminebouhafs said:
The only ones "I" know who actually just "talk" about sports are women and very old people.

Anyway here's my "to be" new build,

Based on my taste, high end, energy efficient and bang for the buck at the same time!

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Boxed
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
VGA: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB (on SATAIII-600)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (on SATAIII-600)
MMC: akasa AK-ALL01-BK
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD
MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme7
BR: Samsung SH-B123L (on SATAII-300)
BR-RW: Plextor PX-LB950SA (on SATAII-300)
Case: Enermax Hoplite ECA3220 (plus two extra 120mm and two extra 140mm vents)
PSU: FSP Group Aurum 700

Peripherals:

Display: Dell Professional P2411H
Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G400
Mousepad: Razer Pro|Pad
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
USB-Flash: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2
Network: Linksys E4200 (including 10m CAT-7a cable)

Software:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (English) (without serial-key thus free product)


I have a question here...when you say "without serial-key thus free product" for win7 are you implying that you dont need to pay for it...that you can somehow acquire it online for free? If its the case that you can get software for free online then why do you need a bluray drive...let alone 2 of them.

Also why would you put your hitachi drive on a sata3 port?
June 13, 2011 10:17:05 AM

bavman said:
I have a question here...when you say "without serial-key thus free product" for win7 are you implying that you dont need to pay for it...that you can somehow acquire it online for free? If its the case that you can get software for free online then why do you need a bluray drive...let alone 2 of them.

Also why would you put your hitachi drive on a sata3 port?

Check out the Microsoft's page, you should find the download of Windows 7 Professional and another one (I forgot wich one) somewhere over there. But you still need a serial key.
But the thing I'll be doing is ring Microsoft to send me a copy (wich is an original) of Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit cause I allready bought it and I'm registered over there under my ID and serial key but, the disc got all damaged so it has got non-readable sectors and such. It's possible over here in Holland, at least.

Why I need a BR-drive, you ask? Well for back-up, why else?! :sarcastic: 

Why I would connect my HDD to SATA3? Okay, where would "you" connect it?
June 13, 2011 12:46:27 PM

aminebouhafs said:
Check out the Microsoft's page, you should find the download of Windows 7 Professional and another one (I forgot wich one) somewhere over there. But you still need a serial key.
But the thing I'll be doing is ring Microsoft to send me a copy (wich is an original) of Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit cause I allready bought it and I'm registered over there under my ID and serial key but, the disc got all damaged so it has got non-readable sectors and such. It's possible over here in Holland, at least.

Why I need a BR-drive, you ask? Well for back-up, why else?! :sarcastic: 

Why I would connect my HDD to SATA3? Okay, where would "you" connect it?


I just dont know why you need 2 haha.
I understand the br reader for reading bluray disks...but why a burner? Are you seriously gonna use it for backup? cause for the same price the burner is you can get 6tb worth of drivers which is much safer to back up on.

I would connect my hdd to a sata2 port, because hdd cant even fully saturate sata2 all the way, so sata3 is a waste, id save it for an ssd. Plus all the mobo's ive seen (which might be a limited few) dont allow raid on sata3 ports (only ide and ahci) which you might want to utilize in the future, or now.

Anyways cool build
June 13, 2011 2:41:38 PM

bavman said:
I just dont know why you need 2 haha.
I understand the br reader for reading bluray disks...but why a burner? Are you seriously gonna use it for backup? cause for the same price the burner is you can get 6tb worth of drivers which is much safer to back up on.

I would connect my hdd to a sata2 port, because hdd cant even fully saturate sata2 all the way, so sata3 is a waste, id save it for an ssd. Plus all the mobo's ive seen (which might be a limited few) dont allow raid on sata3 ports (only ide and ahci) which you might want to utilize in the future, or now.

Anyways cool build

Well, the Samsung is actually a DVD-RW but it's the fastest BR-reader atm that I know being sold over here in Holland.
Why I need two?
The answer is rather simple actually, remember when people first began to say "I just don't know why you need two CD-opticals (one reader and one writer)" and later on "I just don't know why you need two DVD-opticals (one reader and one writer)". The BR is gonna be the new standard. The CD is going to be pre-historic (if is isn't allready) and the DVD will be next. Ya can count on that.
So the answer really is, "To stay ahead of the game!" THAT's why!

From here on I'll give the TB about five years, give or take, that you'll look at it like now you're looking at the GB.
We've all experienced that. So let the experience be your teacher. Learn from your "mistakes".

HDD can't even fully saturate SATAII all the way? Are ya sure? Got any real-world TH- or AT-benchies to back that up? It's not that I don't believe you but hardware reacts in a slightly different way for EVERYONE!
June 13, 2011 2:44:48 PM

Based on my taste, high end, energy efficiency and bang for the buck at the same time!

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Boxed
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
VGA: PowerColor HD 6950 1GB GDDR5
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB (on SATAIII-600)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (two in RAID 0 on SATAIII-600)
MMC: akasa AK-ALL01-BK
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD
MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme7
BR: Samsung SH-B123L (on SATAII-300)
BR-RW: Plextor PX-LB950SA (on SATAII-300)
Case: Enermax Hoplite ECA3220 (plus two extra 120mm and two extra 140mm vents)
PSU: FSP Group Aurum 700

Peripherals:

Display: Dell Professional P2411H
Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G400
Mousepad: Razer Pro|Pad
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
USB-Flash: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2
Network: Linksys E4200 (including 10m CAT-7a cable)

Software:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (English) (without serial-key thus free product)
June 13, 2011 2:48:44 PM

ya blu ray is going to be the standard. so get it when it is and also only 25$ :D  . aminebouhafs you think women just talk about sports? you've been around some very masculine women lately then.
June 13, 2011 2:52:38 PM

also aminebouhafs there is no need to post the peripherals and os it said that at the original post. because you aren't spending all of your money on that you could post a good gaming build.
June 13, 2011 2:55:32 PM

aminebouhafs said:
The only ones "I" know who actually just "talk" about sports are women and very old people.



bahaha, well that would make sense coming from a 12 year old that takes pics of his weak ass body. In my experience, women do not talk about sports; what the hell are you talking about,? You have terrible advice and comments find a new forum to spew on, fricken Brit!
June 13, 2011 2:56:36 PM

Based on my taste, high end, energy efficiency and bang for the buck at the same time!

Your taste for crap?
June 13, 2011 3:01:03 PM

bavman said:
I just dont know why you need 2 haha.
I understand the br reader for reading bluray disks...but why a burner? Are you seriously gonna use it for backup? cause for the same price the burner is you can get 6tb worth of drivers which is much safer to back up on.

I would connect my hdd to a sata2 port, because hdd cant even fully saturate sata2 all the way, so sata3 is a waste, id save it for an ssd. Plus all the mobo's ive seen (which might be a limited few) dont allow raid on sata3 ports (only ide and ahci) which you might want to utilize in the future, or now.

Anyways cool build

Still waiting for the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 being sold in Holland, it has got SATAIII- and SATAII-ports enough, ten SATA-ports if I'm right but I dunno yet how many there are that have the "III"-specification though.
June 13, 2011 3:06:31 PM

6 sata III and 4 sata II probably
June 13, 2011 3:16:20 PM

aminebouhafs said:
Still waiting for the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 being sold in Holland, it has got SATAIII- and SATAII-ports enough, ten SATA-ports if I'm right but I dunno yet how many there are that have the "III"-specification though.


why would you need that more than 1-2 Harddrives and 1 optical drive for a gaming rig?
June 13, 2011 3:27:41 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
6 sata III and 4 sata II probably

That's great! So there's enough room for three (one SSD and two HDD) SATAIII-drives while only using half of the SATAIII-ports.
June 13, 2011 3:32:03 PM

jjb8675309 said:
why would you need that more than 1-2 Harddrives and 1 optical drive for a gaming rig?

Because I'll be doing more on my rig exept for gaming but, it's primary goal still is FRAGGING!!!
June 13, 2011 3:37:19 PM

Have fun and good luck convincing your mommy and daddy to buy you an expensive gaming rig :lol: 
June 13, 2011 3:38:12 PM

aminebouhafs said:

HDD can't even fully saturate SATAII all the way? Are ya sure? Got any real-world TH- or AT-benchies to back that up? It's not that I don't believe you but hardware reacts in a slightly different way for EVERYONE!

Cough cough Not to ruin you day broski, but here's some benchmarks... And keep in mind this is the maximum recorded read speeds, so best case scenario.
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/3.5-hard-drive-chart... Sata II has a limit of 300MB/s. As you can see, we are nowhere near breaking that without getting into SSD's.
June 13, 2011 3:57:50 PM

jjb8675309 said:
Have fun and good luck convincing your mommy and daddy to buy you an expensive gaming rig :lol: 

Thanx! And oh! Think I'll manage convincing! ;) 
June 13, 2011 4:07:31 PM

striker410 said:
Cough cough Not to ruin you day broski, but here's some benchmarks... And keep in mind this is the maximum recorded read speeds, so best case scenario.
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/3.5-hard-drive-chart... Sata II has a limit of 300MB/s. As you can see, we are nowhere near breaking that without getting into SSD's.

It's a benchmark what's pretty out-dated but, it made me come up with two of the "Seagate Constellation ES.2 ST33000651NS, 3TB". They've got the exact specifications as the Barracuda XT's but they're alot saver, data integrity is garanteed.
June 13, 2011 4:42:15 PM

You think hard drive speeds have doubled in the past 2 years? Lol.
June 13, 2011 5:49:05 PM
June 13, 2011 6:03:57 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
ya blu ray is going to be the standard. so get it when it is and also only 25$ :D  . aminebouhafs you think women just talk about sports? you've been around some very masculine women lately then.

Think I'll follow-up on your advise considering the BR-RW.
You were right about not needing it now so I'll install two Samsung SH-B123L's on SATAII-300 for being a BluRay-player and DVD-RW at the same time.
Saves me EUR 100.
Thanx!
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