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New i7-2600K Build - Need opinions

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June 15, 2011 7:40:46 AM

Im back after a few months of reading, researching and digging online and the advice from previous posts here I have the following build


Motherboard:
ASRock P67 EXTREME6 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$189.99


*Processor:
Intel Core i7 Quad-Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Desktop Processor
$328.00


Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
$129.99

*has lower times then previous ram I had*


*Video Primary:
EVGA Geforce GTX580 1.5GB DDR5 Graphics Card
$499.82


Video Secondary/PhysX Processor:
XFX GeForce 8800GTS 512MB
!!FREEBIE!! made sense to use as a PhysX processor


*Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Gaming Case
$129.82


*Power Supply:
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold Power Supply, 1200W
$280.00


Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99


Optical Drive:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$20.99


*Monitor 1:
Asus 23" High Resolution Monitor
$169.00


*Monitor 2:
Asus 23" High Resolution Monitor
$169.00


Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64Bit
$129.99


All Items with Asterisk* are items I get at a 10% Discount on .. Thankfully that helped cut some costs down LOL

My Goal is a 24/7 System with 4.0-4.5 Stable Clocks
I will be adding a custom CPU Cooler to this 2600K Chip so suggestions there would be awesome too. Anything to keep the temps at a normal operating range under load

I know the Video is a bit overkill but i had to splurge on something LOL..

Please let me know Guys
Thanks
Jonathan

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June 15, 2011 9:08:23 AM

Good choices all around - I especially like the choice of PSU- CM silent pro rocks. Maybe faster ram? If you have the money, go get it ! If not, then there are quite a few other options you could go with as far as bang for buck.
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June 15, 2011 9:09:19 AM

oh and you might need a 1 tb HDD - if you do alot of video/music/games, then you will def need more space
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June 15, 2011 9:18:01 AM

I do web, graphics, flash, and other bits of coding so I occasionally compile things but not terribly often

example of daily use near 24/7 running the following programs cuz i leave them idle..

Monitor 1:
FTP, File/Code Editors, several IE and FF instances and random Chrome and Safari instances

probably calculator and few instances of notepad as well etc.. all work related items

Monitor 2:
Ranges from playing music while working to a DVD or Video file... perhaps a youtube play list etc..

I can buy whatever memory I need that motherboard supports up to 2133 if memory serves me correctly

but from all the reading it seemed that 1600 was about the sweet spot for RAM and can be overclocked if need be as long as its kept cool

soo I guess I need suggestions on the following now

What RAM
What Heatsink / cooler to ensure the CPU stays icy
What Memory Cooler to use

and any extra accessories you guys think might be cool or come in hand?


as for Hard Drive -- actually im running a 250GB drive right now in 2 partitions with 100GB left on the Slave so a 500GB Drive should be adequate

let me know
Thanks guys
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June 15, 2011 9:21:36 AM

seems to me you have everything researched and together, are you gaming? 580 might be overkill if you arent, if you are and have the cash why not?
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June 15, 2011 9:33:28 AM

I should rename Monitor 1 and Monitor 2 to Desktop 1 and Desktop 2 in my posts it makes more sense

Essentially my middle monitor is switched between work desktop and game desktop when need be

so yes I will be gaming lol...

I actually have 3 Screens 2 are PC Monitors the third is a actual LED-LCD TV on the left side for actual TV viewing

so its a 3 screen setup on the same desk lol
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June 15, 2011 9:34:42 AM

yeah for multitasking with multiple monitors and a high end pc game on one of them, yeah.... good for you , wish i had the money at the time i bought my 570
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June 15, 2011 9:38:10 AM

ahh keep working at it.. I had to earn this money and im the type to invest in my Computers because I use them to earn more money :) 

any suggestions for the CPU cooler and Ram Cooler? or extra accessories for the build

I already added one of those 3.25 bay drawers I have one on the system im on now and its awesome to store system CDs in lol fits perfectly sleeve and all I use it to store this systems OS and Driver Discs LOL

keep the ideas comming guys
Thanks
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June 15, 2011 9:54:19 AM

yea im starting to like Coolermaster stuff

I hope the power supply I picked from them works out good lol
I will dig into this more tomorrow ive been pouring over all this for about 5 days now LOL its 6AM ive been up going on ohh 20hrs with only 4 hrs sleep LMAO

Keep the info comming I will check it later today when I get up

Thanks Guys
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June 15, 2011 3:00:27 PM

You're paying $518 for a MobO CPU combo where the MoBo vendor doesn't offer an industry standard 3 year warranty (2 years on B3, 1 year on Z68). The Asus P8P67 Pro w/ the 2600k is only $470 and ya get the full 3 year warranty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Same specs, $16 cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - That $500 for the 580 will get you 616 fps in Guru3D's game test suite (Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. ). Twin 900MHz 560 Ti's will get you 862 fps in the same suite at $440. That's a 40% performance improvement with a savings of $60 to boot. yes it does preclude adding another 580 in the future, but that 2nd 580 only gets you 10% more fps over the twin 560's. In addition, these 560's have over sized coolers and robust VRM's which allow easy OC's to 1000MHz....My son's 1st 560 req'd no voltage adjustment at all to hit 1000MHz, the 2nd req'd just a pinch.

Case / PSU - Antec 902 is a great case, but you are spending $410 on the combo. This combo is only $300 and while the case is a significant step up, the CPX Form Factor PSU is a huge step up.

Antec CP-850 ($130) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec DF-85 ($170) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.


For an idea of how the DF-85 (an upgrade of the 1200) works with CPX form factor PSU's, read the conclusions section here:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

If ya stuck on the 902 I'd get a better and cheaper PSU ..... XFX Black Edition, Corsair AX / HX Series, Seasonic X series as the CPX form factor PSU won't fit in the ATX 902 V3.

I'd suggest the system builder or OEM edition of the OS .... Professional is more than enough unless you need BitLocker in the Ultimate Edition. $130

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

Ya saved $145 on the OS, $60 on the GFX, $110 on the Case / PSU which is more than enough to get a SSD

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









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June 15, 2011 3:01:49 PM

U dont have an SSD? How about throwing in a 120 GB or above SSD for OS and Programs (and / or Games). Although all it does is reduce load times it doesn't seem like u have any budget issues. So might be a good add.
And throw in a Samsung F3 1TB for 64 Bucks for storage? I 'm sure u 'll like to have more space in the near future.

edit : ^+1 Good points.
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June 15, 2011 3:35:24 PM

Overall it looks like you have a good build going. I think that you should take a look at the Z68 chipset based boards and extra features that it allows you. With support for Intel® SRT (Smart Response Technology) which will allow you to use an SSD for SDD caching. Also most of the X68 boards will also allow you to use the IGP and come with Lucidlogix Virtu software. This software will look at the application that you are running and see where it would get the best performance out of the dedicated video or the Intel QuickSync technology.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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June 15, 2011 7:22:30 PM

I dont plan to run any SSD.. The only advantage I see anywhere with SSD is just the slightly quicker load times

I generally dont turn my system off and most my programs stay running

I can live with waiting a few extra seconds to load up photo shop or some game when need be


as for the p67 vs Z68
i went p67 because the Z68 offers items I dont intend on using
I dont need SSD caching im not going to use SSD

I dont need the easy GPU overclocking i will stick with a simple SLI. I dont play games 24/7 so as long as I get decent FPS im happy



@JackNaylor
your listing combo items for those suggestions but you didnt take into account that I get a 10% discount on certain items in my build PLUS free shipping on ALL the items with the 10% discount

so the combo items there the savings pretty much get stomped by my 10% and free shipping savings
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June 15, 2011 7:35:05 PM

@Jack Naylor

DUDE -- EXCELLENT CATCH on the Operating System!!
I never did any comparison or Research on it yet!!

you saved me there Thanks dude..
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June 15, 2011 7:40:13 PM

If you want a CPU cooler suggestion, the Noctua D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow are excellent choices, both will easily handle a 4.5 Ghz OC, though the D14 might be a bit quieter.
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June 15, 2011 9:35:37 PM

U got a url to the Thermalright cooler?
also what do u suggest for Ram cooling

I need a good combo of Ram and CPU Cooler that will fit togather on the board properly too

I have edited the main post to reflect the new OS choice - I will use Win7Pro 64bit instead of Ultimate I dont need multi-language and BitLocker
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June 15, 2011 10:55:22 PM

am i gonna be able to fit these 2 coolers on the board...

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and the

Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

anyone have experience with these? they have good ratings on new egg
Remember my target is 4.0 to 4.5 Ghz Stable for 24/7 running

I dont wanna do anything to shorten the life of the CPU thats for sure .. keep the voltage safe and temps down
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June 16, 2011 12:27:42 AM

Why a 1200watt psu? You could get by on a lot less. Like 750w? would be my guess.
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June 16, 2011 12:41:15 AM

if i SLI with custom cpu coolers, memory coolers, and all the other equipment I wanted to be sure I had adequate power

a 8800GTS 512 in SLI with a GTX 580 im sure takes a good PSU
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June 16, 2011 1:00:10 AM

Someone explain this

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
$129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

has the same exact Specs as this set below

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBSR
$149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Look at the price difference.... what is the difference between these 2 sets of ram besides their price im confused on why one is soo much more expensive
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June 16, 2011 2:28:10 PM

SangrelX said:
if i SLI with custom cpu coolers, memory coolers, and all the other equipment I wanted to be sure I had adequate power

a 8800GTS 512 in SLI with a GTX 580 im sure takes a good PSU


You cannot run two different cards in SLI, they have to be the same. What can be done is a 580 as the main GPU, with the 8800GTS as a dedicated PhysX card, which wouldn't be connected via SLI bridge.

You can run different brands of the same card ex. Palit 580 and ASUS 580, but I believe they need to be of the same VRAM levels. So a 3GB 580 couldn't be run with a 1.5GB 580.
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June 16, 2011 6:32:02 PM

Raptor...
Good catch on that one..

I never actually read how SLI or Crossfire Worked.. From what I gathered just from general knowledge was it essentially used both GPU's to split the workload like using multi-core cpu's


I had not realized it required EXACT same GPU's to do this.

it makes sense though

Thanks for pointing that out I would have tried bridging them


In this case I am not truly running SLI -- I am however still doing what my original build spec states

580GTX primary card and 8800GTS as a PhysX Engine since I already own a 8800GTS

so with that said - it still seems this build is a good setup

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