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Doing my first build..help and opinions please

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June 20, 2011 1:52:39 AM

im going to be building my first pc…ive posted here before when sandy bridge was just coming out but due to family issues was not able to purchase any parts or start building when I wanted to so im starting from scratch since a lot more stuff is out with new opinions

my budget is around 1700 usd less is of course better but I dont want to cheap out I want something that’s going to last me

i will be using the computer for basic photoshop and video editing nothing extreme basically converting videos simple encoding like that along with basic pc and internet tasks,bittorrent download and all types of multimedia stuff..i will not be overclocking atleast for awhile i wont be.. so no matter what processor i get i might want to get the k version just to leave my options open

im looking for this build to not be complicated since it is my first and im already anxious and nervous about doing it overall I just want it to be a highend basic pc and would like it to be as hassle free as possible

so depending on my setup if you feel like I need certain adapters because of my case or motherboard like sometimes things don’t reach right then please tell me rather buy extra stuff then having to find it out during the build process

when it comes to cases the only brand I don’t like at the moment is a very popular one and that’s cooler master..the reason being the static electricity issue they seem to have with a lot of there cases causing random reboots..its all over newegg reviews of there cases and various other forums im not saying it will happen to me but its something that’s common enough that I don’t want to take a chance especially considering where my pc will be in a carpeted room that at times the air is very dry in

besides that im I want to have an ssd as my windows drive is there anything special I should do when installing it ive heard if im putting in a hard drive as well to put that in after so the windows setup doesn’t have any issues defaulting to the ssd.. anything else I have to actually do for the ssd or do I just install it like a hard drive and windows will take care of the rest such as taking it off ide mode?

and ive heard mixed rumblings about the sata controllers on the new boards intel vs marvel is there a preference with the sandy bridge boards on what I should use the ssd will be sata 3 so should I hook up to intel or marvel..hard drive I think im going with sata 2 but same question applies

sorry for rambling on I just really wanna do this my self I just have some anxiety about it

this is what ive come up with so far please feel free to add or remove stuff and tell me why your doing so

with motherboards im stuck between the listed msi board and the asus sabertooth or p67 deluxe..let me know what you think if you would choose one over the other and why or if theres any other boards

and case im still not 100 percent on either so recommend away

and dont need a monitor right now

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM I
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 20, 2011 4:15:37 PM

Oh my, that really is a wall of text. :) 

It's good you've included details but ideally you should follow the preferred format when posting something like this. Links are helpful too!

I've never heard that static issue about Coolermaster cases. I've never owned a case by those gents; just Antec, Lian Li and Silverstone. I'd recommend any of these brands.

My understanding of SSD installations is that you want AHCI mode enabled in the bios before installing Windows. Switching between modes can cause issues so get the system set up the correct way when installing. Then in Windows you want TRIM enabled. With later models of SSD and Windows I believe this is enabled by default.

From what I've read on these forums the Intel SATA controller performs better than the Marvel one. So just connect up the SSD to the SATA3 Intel ports. The same goes for the other HDD - just connect it to the Intel controller SATA3 is backwards compatible.

As for motherboard preference well I've always had a better experience with Gigabyte than Asus. I'd choose Asus over MSI. Whatever you choose be sure to pick up the B3 revision to resolve the previous Sandy Bridge issues.

As for the components you've listed they largely seem fine. Here's a few minor points:

1) Whilst the i7 will do you well, the i5 2500k will also perform well for cheaper.

2) Don't bother with superclocked / OC versions of graphics cards. Just go for the stock speeds and pick up a card from a well known card with better cooling. Don't really know why you are picking a previous generation card. Have a look at these charts to get an idea on the performance differences between cards.

3) Whilst the C300 is certainly a nice SSD, you may want to consider another further up the list of these SSD rankings.
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June 20, 2011 4:30:43 PM
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June 20, 2011 4:45:07 PM

hey sorry didnt see there was a preferred format for posting..thanks for ideas keep them coming i gotta look over everything later
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June 20, 2011 11:14:31 PM

have a new question besides wanting more opinions on the above..i just realized this..for now i want to use my current dell flat panel lcd monitor it does not have hdmi or dvi connection how can i connect a newer video card to this monitor
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June 21, 2011 3:19:39 AM

if i go for an aftermarket cooler for the 2600k..whats a good one thats easy to install?
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June 21, 2011 3:44:57 AM

all of them are pretty much equal in installation difficulty- that being said how far will you oc the 2600k
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June 21, 2011 4:00:51 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
all of them are pretty much equal in installation difficulty- that being said how far will you oc the 2600k


not really sure..as i said in my original post i wont be ocing right away it will probably be way down the line but i figure it might be easier just to put in a good cooler now then removing the stock one down the road
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June 21, 2011 4:12:29 AM

ok then how much do you want to spend?
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June 21, 2011 4:16:24 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
ok then how much do you want to spend?


i figure around 70 max for a cooler if i could do for less that would be good
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June 21, 2011 9:33:14 AM

Just for reference here is a transcoding benchmark that has both the i5 2500k and i7 2600k featured.

If it's within your budget perhaps the extra $100 here would be worth it. Despite the fact that you are doing "nothing extreme" with the system.
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