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June 9, 2011 9:56:50 PM

Im building a new gaming tower here is the component
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 or ASRock p67 EXTREME4(b3)
Intel gen3 ssd
G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600
crosair 800d tower
I7 2600k
im planning to use water cooling because the amount of dust i have in my room. with this build what the wat of Power supply i should get? and what a decent video card to go with>

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June 9, 2011 10:14:12 PM

Type of gaming/budget?

Based on your other parts I'd say a 6950 2GB or a gtx 570.

Power supply would be a good 750W or 850W to play it safe. I like corsair myself their TX (nonmodular) or the HX(modular) power supplies.
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June 9, 2011 10:18:46 PM

+1
Right now I would go with a GTX 570, but the 6950 is a great card as well since you can unlock it to become a 6970. 800 watts will definitely be more than enough, something like the Corsair AX 850 would be excellent.
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June 9, 2011 10:24:57 PM

will my budget around 1100 i got the i72600k for $250 and intel gen 3 ssd 120gb for $190. so that bring the budget down alot. but as for the mobo which card is better like best bang for the buck? also i have my old hard drive the 1tb western black edit and 2 wester blue 500gb
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June 9, 2011 10:59:14 PM

i think the 6950 would be the best bang for the buck as you could unlock to become a 6970
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June 9, 2011 11:19:31 PM

without knowing the resolution of your monitor no one can give you informed advice on what gfx card to use .


water cooling systems that mount a radiator on the outside of a case fan aperture are going to pull dust in to your case just as much as a fan would , and are probably overkill for a 2600k which wont run hot anyway

Im not up to date with SSDs but last time I looked units with a sandforce controller chip were killing the intel designed units

If this is just for gaming then use a 2500K .
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June 10, 2011 12:41:55 AM

I agree, the 2500K is great for multitasking as well so you don't need to worry. THe 2600K would be my recommendation for video editing and other tasks that require hyper threading. Remember, both the 2500K and 2600K are both quad core CPUs.
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June 10, 2011 1:25:21 AM

Nice build. If you got the 2600K for $250 you got a real bargain. If you haven't purchased yet the 2500K is the better bargain (but not if you can still get the $250 2600K).

Now the GPU should be as good as you can afford: AMD 6950 or 6970 or GTX 570 or GTX 580.

If you want good and quiet CPU cooling then the Antec H20 620 is a good choice. PCNY has just announced a closed loop cooler for the GTX 570 and the CPU that looks interesting, but it is vaporware right now. My rig (see specs below) is both cool and quiet.

Water cooling is great but unless you are very mechanically inclined with computers, it is a real challenge. If you want water cooled go with a closed loop unit. Otherwise thare are good air cooled solutions galore.
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June 10, 2011 3:28:36 PM

so which mobo chip set benefit more for the i7?z68 or p67?
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June 10, 2011 3:50:20 PM

It depends on what you want. If you want SSD caching and Quick Sync, get Z68. Otherwise, P67 will be much more worth your money.
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June 10, 2011 10:33:24 PM

It also depends on the price differential: the Z68 is about $30-$50 more expensive than the P67. They are essentially the same board but the Z68 has the features mentioned by CS342.
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June 12, 2011 11:00:20 AM

By the way are you sure you don't want to wait for BD?
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