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I7-2600 Gaming PC Build

Hey everyone. This is the first time I've actually completely built a system and I'm thinking I want to go i7 just because of the if I build an i7 machine I'm hearing I will be able to upgrade to the i9 when it releases. Here is what I'm thinking. Suggestions and comments are awesome, so please feel free to pipe in.

Case: Antec Dark Fleet DF-10 Case
Power Supply: Ultra Lifetime Series Pro 750W ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Socket 1155 (New!) : Asus Motherboard P8P67 LE REV 3.0 Core i7/5/3 1155 P67 DDR3 USB3.0 PCI Express SATA 6Gb/s ATX Retail
Intel LGA 1155 CPU (New!): Quad Core i7-2600 3.4Ghz LGA1155 CPU BX80623i72600
DDR3 Memory Options: Corsair XMS3 CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 RAM Module - 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) - DDR3
Video Card Options: Asus GTX460 GeForce GTX460 DirectCU 2DI 1G GDDR5
SATA Hard Disk: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1 TB Internal Hard Drive
Optical Drive: LiteOn 24X iHAS124 DVD-Writer - Black - Internal Bulk
OS: WINDOWS 7 Home Prem 64 Bit 1PK License and Media - OEM - 1 PC
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  1. I5 2500K is the sweat spot for gaming and would be as upgradeable since it uses the same motherboard.
  2. I agree with Rolli, unless you have a specific app for the i7, the 2600K chip only adds 100 MHz over the i5 2500K, and both use the 1155 mobo. At $100 more it in not a lot of bang for the buck.
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    I also would recommend an alternative to the PSU. I had Ultra and they are OK, but not the best OEM. Better OEMs are Antec, Corsair, OCZ and Seasonic. If you stick with a 750W PSU you will have issues if you SLI (go to multiple GPUs). If you plan to do serious SLI/Xfire the ASUS P67 Rev is a great mobo. But if you don't plan to go multi GPU the P67 Rev. is overkill and a waste of $$$.

    Regarding your HDD, I'd recommend the Caviar Black over the Blue. They tend to be more reliable.

    Your list is CPU heavy and GPU light. I'd recommend a better GPU: the GTX 560 ti or the AMD 6950. I'd also recommend an SSD be added for better disk drive performance.
  4. This is what I ended up going with:

    Case: Xigmatek PANTHEON BLACK CPC-T46DB-U02
    Motherboard: MSI Military Class II P67A-G43
    Processor: Intel i5 - 2500K @ 3.30GHz
    Power Supply: Thermaltake 850W
    Memory: 8.00GB RAM
    Video Card: AMd Radeon HD 6850
    OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Pro
    HD: WD1002FAEX ATA

    Built this about 6 months ago. Built it at just under $1000.
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  6. chesteracorgi said:
    I also would recommend an alternative to the PSU. I had Ultra and they are OK, but not the best OEM. Better OEMs are Antec, Corsair, OCZ and Seasonic. If you stick with a 750W PSU you will have issues if you SLI (go to multiple GPUs). If you plan to do serious SLI/Xfire the ASUS P67 Rev is a great mobo. But if you don't plan to go multi GPU the P67 Rev. is overkill and a waste of $$$.

    Regarding your HDD, I'd recommend the Caviar Black over the Blue. They tend to be more reliable.

    Your list is CPU heavy and GPU light. I'd recommend a better GPU: the GTX 560 ti or the AMD 6950. I'd also recommend an SSD be added for better disk drive performance.


    Thank you for the suggestions. I did end up going with the Caviar Black, though prior to seeing your reply. I'd completely forgotten about posting this here. Unfortunately when I put this together I was limited on funds but wanted a good quality gaming rig. Thus far it has been the best computer I have ever had in my life. I've had no noticeable issues, yet. It is only 6 months old, though.
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