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June 21, 2011 1:30:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: The next few weeks

Budget Range: ~1200 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Everyday use (internet, e-mail, schoolwork), gaming, movies, photo editing. I would call myself an enthusiast

Parts Not Required: Monitor (have Samsung 26” LCD) keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, would like to order all in one place

Country of Origin: for me or the PC? I’m in the US, don’t care where the parts come from

Parts Preferences: Would like to begin with an Intel i7 SandyBridge 1155 2600K


Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: No big preference here

Additional Comments: I haven’t built a rig in many many years (~1999). I am looking to get the most power for the buck, but energy efficiency and keeping cool are also important to me. I’ve been using this Dell machine, but so friggin tired of waiting for the computer to load, and applications to load, etc. I’m a techie guy who hasn’t had the time or funds before now to tinker with higher end stuff. Please advise :) 

Here’s what I put together so far. I am missing cooling because I am not sure what will fit correctly.

I’m looking for anywhere to trim the fat pricewise, or any incompatibilities anyone notices.

Appreciate it!

Case
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

HDD I plan to Raid 1 these
Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.98 ($64.99 each)

Video Card
MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99

CPU
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... $314.99

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

Optical Drive
LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

SSD
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99

Damn you Crucial…making me buy a bracket
Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDBRKT2535 3.5" to 2.5" drive adapter bracket http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $5.99

Total Currently is at $1310.88, slightly over budget

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June 21, 2011 8:44:57 AM

I cannot find a flaw in your build.

Looks great.
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June 21, 2011 9:17:01 AM

If you want to trim the fat pricewise, I would suggest going with the 2500k instead of the 2600k. It's $100 dollars less and you wouldn't notice a performance difference in almost anything you're doing. The extra funds could be applied toward a newer video card; I'd recommend a reference HD 6950. The Talon Attack is a great card (I own two of them) but if I were in the market today I would get a 6950. Also, if you're not going to SLI/Crossfire, you don't need a 750w PSU. You might try this guy out:

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

He'll power any LGA 1155 build with a single 6950/6970/GTX 570 without any problem.

If you made those substitutions you'd come in well under budget, while also picking up some processing power.
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June 21, 2011 9:17:52 AM

Hmm. Since gaming is a priority, drop down to a just as good i5 2500k and get a HD6950/GTX560Ti maybe?

EDIT: ^^ beat me to it.
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June 21, 2011 4:06:10 PM

1. If you are going to buy the "k" version of the cpu then that implies that you are going to overclock, and as you stated you were an enthusiast then you definitely want to overclock. And if you want to overclock then you need to add a good aftermarket cpu cooler.
2. You list only 4GB of ram but a 64 bit OS. You probably should get the 32 bit OS instead. As an enthusiast for a long time, I have a lot of programs on my computer that won't run on the 64 bit OS.
3. A 64GB SSD is pretty limiting for an OS install. I recommend going up to 120GB, or at least 80 or 90GB.
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June 22, 2011 12:09:17 AM

cadder said:
1. If you are going to buy the "k" version of the cpu then that implies that you are going to overclock, and as you stated you were an enthusiast then you definitely want to overclock. And if you want to overclock then you need to add a good aftermarket cpu cooler.
2. You list only 4GB of ram but a 64 bit OS. You probably should get the 32 bit OS instead. As an enthusiast for a long time, I have a lot of programs on my computer that won't run on the 64 bit OS.
3. A 64GB SSD is pretty limiting for an OS install. I recommend going up to 120GB, or at least 80 or 90GB.


Thanks for your reply.
I do want an aftermarket cooler - any thoughts on this would be appreciated. If the cooler is too big, can the motherboard take RAM in slots 3 and 4 only?

I noticed an "eggcellent" deal on 8gb Gskill ram combo with the mainboard I had picked, that helps! I was considering dual booting with windows 7 and windows xp for all of them programs I can't live without....

64gb is just for windows 7 and office, don't see why 64gb wouldn't be more than enough - am I missing something?

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June 26, 2011 5:01:40 AM

themusicman1214 said:
Thanks for your reply.
I do want an aftermarket cooler - any thoughts on this would be appreciated. If the cooler is too big, can the motherboard take RAM in slots 3 and 4 only?

64gb is just for windows 7 and office, don't see why 64gb wouldn't be more than enough - am I missing something?




I like Xigmatek coolers myself. You can see the ones that toms picked for their latest systembuilder marathons. There are other good coolers that toms readers like. You can go to frostytech.com and see what coolers they rate best.

If you are careful 64GB will work for the OS, people can and do use them for that. My current Win7 machine uses 30GB for the OS, and I have moved the libraries and so forth to another drive. Keep in mind that your 64GB drive will not give you 64GB of available space, you will get probably 60GB or less. Also you need to keep your drive less than 80% full, so that gets you to using less than 48GB on a 64GB drive.
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July 3, 2011 12:01:04 AM

Best answer selected by themusicman1214.
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