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July 4, 2011 8:59:10 PM

Hey guys... First time building a pc.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Approximate Purchase Date: End of the month

Budget Range: < 2000 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (CIV 5, Starcraft 2, BF2, Bioshock), Video & Photo editing, Movies

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Maybe later if needed

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later if needed

Monitor Resolution: Dell U2410 @ 1920x1200


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Processor
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz --- $314.99

Mobo
I seriously need some advice on mobos. I sticked with P67 for now or should I go for Z68?
I think either Asus P8P67 or MSI P67A-GD65 should be optimum based on my little knowledge. Correct me if I am wrong.
ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) EATX --- $349.99 (Might be overkilled)
OR
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX --- $224.99
OR
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX --- $314.99 I have read some problems regarding BIOS which is where I don't want to be screwed.
OR
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX --- $172.99

Graphics card
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 --- $499.99

Hard drive
I should be fine with a bare drive since the SATA cables will be provided by the MOBO right?
HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s -Bare Drive --- $64.99
OR
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" -Bare Drive --- $89.99

SSD
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC --- $254.99

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) --- $84.99

PSU + Case
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W Power Supply --- $189.99
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) --- $189.99
-$35.00 Combo = $344.98

DVD burner
ASUS 24X DVD Burner ---- $19.99

Total ~ $2000

Thanks a lot for reading the post.

Srujan

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July 4, 2011 9:57:55 PM

There should be lot of unnecessary meat which can be shredded. Please let me know if I can strip down the price to $1500.
I am kinda set on not bothering about upgrading for 2 years.
Thanks again for any help.
July 5, 2011 2:12:56 AM

You can shave off $100 right off the bat by getting the i5 2500k instead of the 2600k. It performs just as well in games and isn't worth it unless you really need the hyperthreading feature that it comes with. From what I understand the only difference between the p67 and z68 is the integrated graphics (which you don't need), quick synch, and SSD caching. It's up to you whether these features will come in handy or not. I know a lot of people on these forums like the Asrock z68 Extreme4 which is around $190 on Newegg.

If you plan on getting the GTX 580 I recommend getting a model with a good aftermarket cooler like the Gigabyte windforce or the MSI Twin Frozr models. The better cooling will allow you to overclock the 580 a lot.

The Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB hard drive is one of the fastest and most reliable HDD out right now and it's around $60 on Amazon. Also you can save around $100 by dropping that SSD to 64GB.
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July 5, 2011 6:25:22 AM

srujan said:
There should be lot of unnecessary meat which can be shredded. Please let me know if I can strip down the price to $1500.
I am kinda set on not bothering about upgrading for 2 years.
Thanks again for any help.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 FREE SHIPPING
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... $149.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-Tower-Supe... $139.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $225.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99 - $179.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
July 5, 2011 7:11:15 AM

stick with the i7 for its non-gaming prowess. but for the games you play you dont really need gtx 580, even a 560ti would be overkill, but get that. this will also allow you to save on the power supply as you can get a weaker one.
July 5, 2011 11:08:36 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI N580GTX Lightning GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

~1500$
July 5, 2011 4:13:14 PM

]since he is video editing, wouldn't an i7 2600k be good for him rather than 2500k?
July 5, 2011 6:01:15 PM

Thanks guys for your recommendations.

Processor
One another thing forgot to include that I am a occasional CAD & CFD user also. So, I think I will stick to i7 2600k.

@mrjellybean
I dont want to be bothered with overclocking now and planning to use the stock speed for unless I use it up which is highly unlikely at least for sometime ;) 

Graphics card
@Overclocked Toaster
I guess Nvidia is good for OpenGL graphics for CFD and don't have to bother for a while for upgrading. I'm not technically confident to setup 2way SLI to get two lower end cards for the amount of money I spend on 580. I checked few performance charts for 580 vs 570 and feel like its not worth for an extra $150 for 580. Let me know your opinion guys.

HDD - 32MB vs 64MB cache & 3GB/s vs 6Gb/s speed --- does it matter? Just a marketing stuff?

SSD
@ Why_me - That's also a $250 one. I did not find a $209.99 version.

PSU - I will go with this modular PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W. Thanks vextastic

Memory - I was wondering about Cas latency? does it matter?

@Why_me - Buffered vs Unbuffered - my build up is a cross of both workstation & gaming. Which do you recommend? But this looks great though. Thanks for that.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

@ Vextastic
Regarding the memory, I see that in the details these are for Dual processors. Will it work for me?

Finally Mobo
Most of you guys suggested a Z68 mobo. Just wondering why would you choose over P67?

ASUS P8P67 PRO seems to be my leading choice. I still have to look at GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 @Why_me.

Thanks again guys.

July 5, 2011 6:31:10 PM

I misread about the video editing stuff, so i do apologize.
Replace i5-2500k with i7-2600k. Also replace GTX580 with GTX570 TFIII or even HD6970 Lightning, both are great choices.
I don't recommend Z68 mobos, since they don't provide anything more than the P67 boards, except the SSD boost.
Also, at their current state Gigabyte motherboards are not good at all, since they require higher voltage to be stable.
ASUS P8P67 Pro is a top quality motherboard, which is used by the majority of people with Sandy Bridge.
And last, the memory. This memory is dual channel and yes it will work for you. It's 1.5v which is recommended for Sandy Bridge. You could also get G.Skill Ripjaws X memory, but since the new Corsair memory is low profile, it's better for future if you plan on adding a CPU cooler, so it will fit with any cooler.
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