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Need Advice on $1700 Intel Gaming/Programming Build

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June 28, 2011 3:09:33 PM

Updated my tentative build.

Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: 1500-2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Website Programming (Netbeans IDE,Filezilla,Firefox web developer add-ons), Gaming (Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Steam Games), Web.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon. I have a amazon prime account (FREE 2-Day Shipping)
Overclocking: Yes
SLI: Probably not
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (Main), 1600x1200 (2nd, and 3rd)
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, Asus,

DD's Intel Build - Rev 2.0

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K - 314.99
CPU Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm CPU Cooler - 79.99
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Intel Z68 - 179.99
RAM: 16GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X (4 x 4GB) SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 164.99
Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 580 - EVGA SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - 489.99
SSD: Intel 510 (Elm Crest) 120GB SATA III - 284.49
Case: NZXT ZERO 2 Full Tower Computer Case - 99.99
Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional HX850 850W 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC (CMPSU-850HX) - 164.99
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - 19.99

Total $1,799.41

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Porting over the following from my old computer:
Main Monitor #1: SAMSUNG 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor
Monitor #2: SAMSUNG 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor
Monitor #3: SAMSUNG 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
Video Card #2: GeForce 8600 GTS
Hard Drive #2: 1TB Western Digital WD1001FALS
OS: Windows 7 - 64 bit

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June 28, 2011 3:55:50 PM

i would recommend either going with the next size up of SSD or getting two of ur SSDs and putting them in RAID 0. 120GB really is not enough space for Win 7 and games and programs (i had a 128GB Crucial SSD and had to purchase a second cause i was constantly running out of space)

::EDIT:: but other than the SSD, you should be dandy. you might want to drop down to dual gtx 560 Ti, you will save about $100 and you will get better performance.
June 28, 2011 4:17:22 PM

I think 128gb SSD will be fine, since i have a 1 TB drive for photos, videos etc...

How much better is 2x 560 Ti SLI vs 1x 580? I'm worried about driver issues and excessive power consumption due to SLI.
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June 28, 2011 4:36:08 PM

Based off from the usage that you are going to be doing with this system it looks like you can step down to the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K. Right now very few games will advantage of more than 3 threads, because of this the value of hyper-threading on the Intel Core i7-2600K is very minimal for gamers. So then the difference between the Intel Core i5-2500K and Intel Core i7-2600K comes down to 100MHz and around $100. So I advise that you save yourself the $100 and go with the Intel Core i5-2500K. Other than that your build looks good.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
June 28, 2011 5:09:21 PM

ddlhs03 said:
I think 128gb SSD will be fine, since i have a 1 TB drive for photos, videos etc...

How much better is 2x 560 Ti SLI vs 1x 580? I'm worried about driver issues and excessive power consumption due to SLI.


here is a great review of 560 ti in SLI vs 1 580

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...
June 28, 2011 5:43:21 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
Based off from the usage that you are going to be doing with this system it looks like you can step down to the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K. Right now very few games will advantage of more than 3 threads, because of this the value of hyper-threading on the Intel Core i7-2600K is very minimal for gamers. So then the difference between the Intel Core i5-2500K and Intel Core i7-2600K comes down to 100MHz and around $100. So I advise that you save yourself the $100 and go with the Intel Core i5-2500K. Other than that your build looks good.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team


From what I google I'd only feel the effect of HT when I use Photoshop, do some video editing or complex spreadsheets? Which i do use sometimes but not that often. I'd also lose 100mhz, and 2 MB of L3 cache. I guess maybe that extra $100 isn't worth the 2600k

Thanks for the insight Christian Wood
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