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Build Verification, Mid-High End Small PC

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July 15, 2011 7:17:24 PM

Hello, people of Tom's. I need more than one head to verify the compatibility of my build.

- I do not plan on overclocking so I want to use the stock cooler.
- My budget is ~$1000, with ~$200 headroom.
- These are only the parts I plan to order online, HDD, ODD, PSU and PCI cards I plan to buy locally.

All of these numbers and frequencies take their toll on my sanity :pt1cable:  so perhaps some pros can catch what I didn't. Also if you know of any alternatives that can lower the overall cost please mention?

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY XLR8 RVCGGTX465XXB GeForce GTX 465
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-H61M-D2P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE Sugo SG03B-F
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...
July 15, 2011 8:36:29 PM

is this a gaming machine?
July 15, 2011 8:43:04 PM

Yes, for the most part. I mostly play Minecraft, but before you say this is overkill please understand that I build sophisticated redstone circuits that required alot of real world horsepower. Right now I'm severely limited by my 2.8 ghz single core and I figured this is the perfect time to just build a new system from the ground up.
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July 15, 2011 9:04:35 PM

GTX 465 is a bad product - too high power consumption and thermal dissipation for the delivered graphics performance. Find something as 560/560Ti, even a 460 I consider as being better, although just a little weaker - a good balanced product with good power/performance ratio, cool...
But I would definitely change this i 2600 with an i 2500 wich have the same number of cores, no HT but is considerably cheaper and would put the money in something else.
H61 board by my opinion is the worst possible choice, unless you need a very cheap mobo. There are decent P67 mobos for about 20 bucks more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But then comes an expensive box. Your system is unbalanced.
What for do you plan to use your system?
July 15, 2011 9:13:32 PM

Not bad at all. The Sugo case is very nice, almost chose it for my build but went with an In Win br665 which builds like a mid sized full atx but in mini size!

Agreed on the vid card... not so hot. I do not have an alt recommendation for the price but if you upped your budget $150, you could snag a 6950 and have a really sweet card for the cash.
July 15, 2011 9:20:58 PM

I was originally considering a 550ti, but with an unexpected increase in budget decided to take it up a notch. 465 was two better, but if it's as poor as you say I'll just go with the 550ti again.

And since I am not overclocking, but still want the highest possible clock, I'm willing to spend the extra $90 or so for 100 mhz. Bad idea?

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ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-...
July 15, 2011 10:50:14 PM

Asus P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Worthwhile?
July 15, 2011 11:49:20 PM

Forget H67, what for you may need this if you use a discrete graphics card? It's intended for use with the intels HD3000 graphics solution on the processor.
For ~100 $ you may get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., for about 110 you may get a Z68, if you don't like Gygabyte, thetre are Asrock and Asus too.
July 16, 2011 12:27:00 AM

pepe2907 said:
Forget H67, what for you may need this if you use a discrete graphics card? It's intended for use with the intels HD3000 graphics solution on the processor.
For ~100 $ you may get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., for about 110 you may get a Z68, if you don't like Gygabyte, thetre are Asrock and Asus too.


I thought the only benefit to anything above h67 was the ability to overclock.

I'm not sure if the stock cooler from intel will fit. Are their coolers lower than 80mm?
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