Advice on New Build for gaming, programming, video encoding.


Looking to get some advice on a new build that I am thinking about doing. I need a build that would be great for gaming, programming and video encoding. Essentially, I am doing these 3 things all the time so I want something efficient. I added some comments next to each item. Most of my trouble at the moment is which mother board to get. The z68 deluxe seems good and haven't seen any reviews though. As for the case, it would be nice to have something with good cable managment and deals well with the annoying large graphics cards. I think, I covered everything. Thanks. :)

Short list:

1. Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K $314.99

2. Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 $254.99
2A.Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 $224.99

3. RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $174.99
Has a 25 off coupon but wont let me use it...

4. Graphics Card: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB $339.99 -30 for rebate
I am not really sure which one to pic but my last card was 8800gts.

5. Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $65
I was thinking about doing an SSD drive, any recomendations on that? My concern is how small the drives are for the money.

6. Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $179
I need something that is quite, good cable management, etc.. This looked pretty good to me. Anything better than this?

7. Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $99.99 after mail-in rebate card
I am not doing SLI or anything is there something with less cables? Are the modular designs good?

8. Cooling: I am not really sure, anything that isn't huge and ridiculous. lol. What about this corsair water solution. Seems neato. lol.
CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler $95

9. DVD Burner: Don't need have a blue burner already.
10. Already have an LCD montior. NEC multisync 20WMGX.
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  1. Seeing how you don't plan on SLI, I would look at this psu and mobo down below. $99.99
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $119.99
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  2. Thanks for the reply. Ill have to check into the asrock. What about the other stuff?
  3. yellier35 said:
    Thanks for the reply. Ill have to check into the asrock. What about the other stuff?

    Everything looks solid imo.

    Here's a cheaper modular psu. It's made by Seasonic as is Corsair psu's. $88.99 - $68.99 after mail-in rebate
    XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  4. If you're not going to SLi get this:

    or this

    Looks good except you're overpaying for that much RAM. Total cost of 16GB should be ~$150 even with performance RAM.

    Computer cases don't make your system run any faster. With a single card you do not need a $180 or even a $100 case.
  5. Sweet thanks again for the replies. Ill check out the modular ones for sure. Now would 550W be enough with overclocking and stuff? I figured the ram would come up. If the coupon code would actually work it would be 150. Are G.skills good?

    Case: I just need something good so I can make sure I can get stuff in and out easily. And, cable management. I am still looking for this one though. So many choices.

    What about points 4, 5 and 8?

    again thanks for the help on this.
  6. so combo options (depending on what you go with)

    promo code PSU624 works with psu combo (making the psu $66 +$10 MIR)

    hdd is great
    seeing as you were ready to drop $250 on a mobo, id just pass the savings onto a gtx 580 upgrade (which will run off a 650w psu). however, the gtx 570 is a great single card. still, 16gb of ram? $180 case? -> gtx 580

    i havent heard the greatest things about the corsair all-in-one watercoolers, at least, not for the money.

    I have nothing against asrock, but the recent abundance of competitively priced gigabyte boards really has me questioning why id go with the 1 year asrock warranty.
  7. I am still thinking about the mobo though. I never used asrock before so im trying to read up. Is performance still comparable to the ones i linked above. Also, great idea on the combos...

    Reading up on the corsair unit...ive seen some bad reviews, mostly its just as good as an air unit and its loud. So many options and choices. lol.
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