New $1,200 Build Suggestions?

Approximate Purchase Date: No later than July 14th
Budget Range: $1,200 before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Movies, Music

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Case (HAF X), OS (W7), Power Supply (XFX 750W Modular Silver)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Pretty open to any brand as long as their reputation for reliability and service are high.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 24"

Additional Comments: I like to game at max resolution with max settings on most titles. I usually cycle through computers every 5 years, so the one I am replacing currently is running a Q6600 proc with a 4870 graphics card. Have never crossfired or sli'd before, so I'm open to that as well.

So parts I will need are as follows along with an idea of what I was maybe thinking:

MOBO: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=N82E16813128493

MEMORY: 8 GB of some 1600 DDR3 Memory, not sure on brand though

GRAPHICS: I've always been partial to ATI/AMD, but Nvidia looks pretty good these days. Any suggestions?

HDRIVE: Something 6gb/sec, no big deal

OPTICAL DRIVE: Blu-Ray something, probably samsung, no big deal

CPU: Thinking i7-2600k with the budget I have

CPU HEATSINK: new area for me here, never done an after market heat sink. I hear the Hyper 212 is good?

I believe that is it. I'm a bit rusty on my knowledge of current parts out there so I have turned to the awesome Toms Hardware community for some advice.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. clintman02 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: No later than July 14th
    Budget Range: $1,200 before Rebates

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet, Movies, Music

    Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Case (HAF X), OS (W7), Power Supply (XFX 750W Modular Silver)

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

    Country of Origin: USA

    Parts Preferences: Pretty open to any brand as long as their reputation for reliability and service are high.

    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 24"

    Additional Comments: I like to game at max resolution with max settings on most titles. I usually cycle through computers every 5 years, so the one I am replacing currently is running a Q6600 proc with a 4870 graphics card. Have never crossfired or sli'd before, so I'm open to that as well.

    So parts I will need are as follows along with an idea of what I was maybe thinking:

    MOBO: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=N82E16813128493

    MEMORY: 8 GB of some 1600 DDR3 Memory, not sure on brand though

    GRAPHICS: I've always been partial to ATI/AMD, but Nvidia looks pretty good these days. Any suggestions?

    HDRIVE: Something 6gb/sec, no big deal

    OPTICAL DRIVE: Blu-Ray something, probably samsung, no big deal

    CPU: Thinking i7-2600k with the budget I have

    CPU HEATSINK: new area for me here, never done an after market heat sink. I hear the Hyper 212 is good?

    I believe that is it. I'm a bit rusty on my knowledge of current parts out there so I have turned to the awesome Toms Hardware community for some advice.

    Thanks in advance!

    Seeing how you already have that 750w psu, it would be a nice match with a couple of 560's in SLI. You can combo them with either the 2500K or the 2600K.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662487 $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662469 $549.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $529.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/1 <------ MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC Review / Benchmarks

    The CM 212+ is a decent cpu cooler for medium o/c but not a cpu cooler if you plan on going for 4.6 - 5.0ghz. That mobo you have is a 12 phase board and it's meant for o/c to the moon and back. So seeing how you have that board...great choice btw, you might as well get a cpu cooler that's going to help get you there. Add another fan to this cooler for a "push - pull effect" and your good to go.

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <----- #8 on Frosty Tech's top ten list is the Xigmatek Aegir cpu cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233087 $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
    XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 Mega Killer Double HDT 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Dual Fan I7 i5 775 1155 1156 and AMD compatible

    and some RAM....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%2050008476%20600006050%20600006069%20600006157%20600006130&IsNodeId=1&name=DDR3%201866%20%28PC3%2014900%29 <----- Either one of those...although the Sniper set matches that board and would make a nice match imo.
  2. if you have the money go with 560 ti sli it is a great deal. and again stay with the 2500k

    if you are going to spend that much money on the cooler get the h60 for 5$ more- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015&cm_re=h60-_-35-181-015-_-Product

    or get the scythe mine 2 which cools better for less- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185166&Tpk=scythe%20mine%202

    finally the thermalright venomous x for the same price which also cools better- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835109030&cm_re=thermalright_cpu_cooler-_-35-109-030-_-Product

    here is a review i got that info from- http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?cat=&id=398&pagenumber=6

    you wont get better fps moving from 1866 from 1600
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