Looking for advice on a new build


Is there a way to get advice on a possible new build? I am mainly looking for help to ensure all components are compatible.
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  1. what is your budget and do you need a monitor speakers/headset keyboard mouse or o.s.?
  2. Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of August

    Budget Range: $1200 after rebates and without a graphics card. I am looking to add graphics cards a little later on when I get more cash.

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

    Parts Not Required: Need all

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

    Country of Origin: US

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an Intel CPU & maybe an Asus or Asrock mobo with a 22-24" LCD and full tower case)

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Yes

    Monitor Resolution: looking for a monitor also (have an additional $300-$350 for everything outside of the case)

    Additional Comments: Looking for a system that will allow me to upgrade easily over the next several years. Something that will last a while and is quiet.

    I have picked these parts out so far:

    1- Intel Core i7-2600K $315

    2 & 3- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Thortech Thunderbolt 1000W TTBK00G ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    (combo package for $364.00)

    4- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $79

    5- COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition $189

    6- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $50

    7- LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model $25

    Are these compatible and would this be a system that would last for a while and be easily upgradeable?

    Thanks for any help.
  3. Yes I need all peripherals and the OS, but I have a separate budget for those. Recommendations for these would be welcome, but not needed.
  4. I forgot the CPU cooler for OC:

    XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
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    i5 2500k & P8P67 WS Revolution- 440$ after mail in rebate room for expansion for the gpu's it sounds like you are doing something extreme... you wont see any performance boost from the 2600k gaming. games cannot take advantage of hyperthreading

    Gskill 8gb 1600mhz ram- 60$

    Silverstone Raven RV03- 140$ cools better than the haf x thanks to its unique design

    Samsung F3 1tb- 50$

    Corsair Force 3 GT 120gb- 223$ after mail in rebate

    OCZ ZX 1000w- 180$

    Asus DVD Burner- 21$

    Corsair h60- 70$

    aftermarket fans for the h60- x2=16$

    Total=1200$ i would get all of these products very soon except for the corair h60. wait for a mail in rebate. another one should come soon

    OS- 100$

    Keyboard- 52$

    Mouse- 47$

    Monitors- what about a 3 monitor setup? these monitors- if that is out of your budget just go for 3 1080p monitors-

    what are you thinking about gpu wise??
  6. Thanks for the suggestions. For GPUs I was thinking of getting at least one

    MSI R6870 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

    I was thinking of adding more GPUs as upgrades for future proofing.

    Does the MB that you listed allow graphics to be used from the CPU? I may want to get most of the system up and add the GPUs a bit later.

    I had not considered multiple monitors, but that would fit in line with the multiple GPU design and I am seriously considering it now. The link to the first monitor suggestion doesn't work: could you re-post it?

    The Corsair h60 liquid CPU cooler looks very nice. Installation looks like it would be pretty straight forward. Do you have experience installing these and how easy/hard is it?

    All in all some very interesting suggestions. I believe that the i5 CPU will probably be sufficient as you mentioned. I was on the fence about this until your suggestion.
  7. well....that gpu isnt that great i think you should put your money into 1 6950 2gb. (2>1 gtx 580, 3>2 gtx 580's for less!)

    no it doesnt allow the graphics to be used....

    hanns-g 27.5"- 270$

    i have only installed the hyper 212 plus and that is way more difficult than the h60. installing it should be pretty easy.

    overall i would work your way up to a tri monitor & tri crossfire setup. that should be pretty awesome
  8. Thanks for your insight and recommendations. I really appreciate the help.
  9. you got it if you want to close the thread just pick a best answer. if you dont. tomshardware will send you email asking you if you got your answer everyother day....
  10. Best answer selected by vollman1.
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