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June 27, 2011 9:24:59 PM

Hello,

I am looking into making an 68-6900
series gpu with an intel i7 2600k sandy bridge quad. I am looking for a second opinion.

Here it goes.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE FleX 100314FLEX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9b http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache 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...

looking to game on it and frap/sony vegas video editing. for vblogging. thanks in advance for the help.

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June 27, 2011 9:52:08 PM

Well, I would drop the 2600k in favor of 2500k. You won't be using the HT technology in the 2600k.

I would then upgrade the GPU to a 6950 with the money saved.

Get this mobo instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't get a 10k drive. The Spinpoint F3's are nearly as fast, and you can get 2 1TB drives for the price of that one drive. You need AT LEAST 500GB for fraps.

Lastly, swap the PSU for this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then you have a pretty sweet build. What case are you gonna get?

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June 27, 2011 11:16:39 PM

Thanks for the info. I made some changes not sure about the mobo or which graphic card is the best out of the 68-6900 series. I want something that will last a bit past bf3. if possible.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

I have a case that will fix everything, but I am open to suggestions
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June 28, 2011 2:32:57 AM

Looks excellent! Only a few more things I would change.

-Switch to the i5-2500k. It's overclockable, and costs only $10 more. The 2500 non K cannot be overclocked.

-Get home premium OEM. No reason for ultimate really.

If you can stretch, a 6950 would be an excellent card. The 6970 is the best, but the 6950 is great and a really good buy.

What kinda case are you looking at?

- And lastly, get the Hyper 212+ from amazon and save a cool $20.
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June 28, 2011 3:04:39 AM

^I like just about everything about these suggestions. 2500K, Home Premium, 6950.
You could also get a Xigmatek cooler for $25 or $30. In the latest $2000 build, it worked quite well with a 2600K, so you would be fine.
You definitely don't need a PSU with that much power. A 500W would be fine, if it was a decent model like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm basing that assertion on this chart, which puts the 6950's max power consumption at 256 W (add 125 for CPU and you have 170 or so for spare parts):
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2010/12/16/ati-radeon-...
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June 28, 2011 5:19:53 AM

I think I got it. How does this sound?

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K 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...

(Thanks for the info on the deal!)COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/accessories/B002G1YPH0

Case maybe something like this. http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Elite-Tower-RC-310-...
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June 28, 2011 6:33:56 AM

....That one is $5 less....... Please, do a little research before posting.
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June 28, 2011 6:45:28 AM

Well if you had read his revised comment, you'd know he's getting it from amazon, where it's significantly cheaper. You are correct though, it's $10 more.
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June 28, 2011 6:50:11 AM

It's definitely not worth $40. Used to be the best, now like the rest!
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