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August 12, 2011 7:55:09 PM

Hey,

Are these parts compatible? Is there anything else I need?

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


COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Rosewill RTK-015 15 Piece Standard Computer Tool Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 12, 2011 8:14:52 PM

That's quite a system! Everything looks compatible, good choices on your components. The 750W PSU should be fine for that system, but if you add additional graphics cards in SLI, you'll need 850+ watts, fyi.
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August 12, 2011 8:16:34 PM

Thanks for telling me because I was thinking of later adding a second graphics card. I'll get one with more power. :D 
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August 12, 2011 8:20:41 PM

You are spending a lot of money for very marginal gains .

No advantage in getting the 2600k for gaming

no advantage in using more than 4 gig of RAM

no advantage in using the very expensive motherboard

and probably no advantage using win 7 Pro

All in all a wasteful way to spend that much money .
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August 12, 2011 8:26:46 PM

I'm aware. But my question is if the components are compatible and is there anything else I need? Is 850W enough if I want to add on a second graphics card?
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August 12, 2011 8:34:27 PM

Also, the advantage of using Windows 7 Professional instead of home edition is the added feature of XP mode. That is a necessary feature for this build.
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August 12, 2011 8:45:37 PM

Coogie7 said:
Also, the advantage of using Windows 7 Professional instead of home edition is the added feature of XP mode. That is a necessary feature for this build.


Thats the only reason to use Win 7 Pro


The rest though as Ive said is very wasteful . You can buy a motherboard that costs $200 less and performs identically
You could easily save enough money on the parts I mentioned to include an SSD, or maybe even another GTX 570
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August 12, 2011 8:49:54 PM

Okay. But if you notice, the SSD is already included at the bottom of the list. Also, if I do add another GTX 570, with a 850W PSU cover it?
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August 12, 2011 8:59:36 PM

In the gaming world today very few games can take advantage of more than 3 threads. For this reason the hyper-threading that the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K has very little value for gamers. Now since the differences between the Intel Core i7-2600K and the Intel Core i5-2500K comes down to 100MHz clock speed, 2MB of cache, hyper-threading for $100. So drop down to the Intel Core i5-2500K.

On the memory I would drop down 8GB of Corsair should do well for you. As far as the tools understand they are not anything special over what you might have around the house already.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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August 12, 2011 9:12:49 PM

I will be gaming some, but this computer will be a work computer for my father. He currently has a $6000 dell computer that the company bought him with dual Xeon processors. Its aged. He uses very demanding software for his company. That's why I'm getting the i7. I originally had cheaper components, including 8 GB memory, but he wanted to have more. He will be running multiple displays also. He also heavily relies on fast internet connections, but that's a different thing.
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August 12, 2011 10:02:56 PM

ok, so this will be a workstation rather than Gaming PC. Fine.

you probably won't be needing or wanting to overclock this CPU. Business workstations want reliability for years and years.

Get a regular 2600, not 2600K, simply because you won't be overclocking, though this is optional.

You don't need the arctic Silver, the stock fan is fine.

cut out the $350 motherboard for this $118 Gigabyte model, which is ready for 2 cards in SLI:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Instead of the SATA 3 Caviar Black for $89.99, get the SATA 2 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB drive. The speed difference between the two is negligible, as SATA 3 is almost useless on mechanical hard drives

a HAF X case is HUGE. REALLY HUGE. you probly don't need anything that big. Consider a HAF 922, still plenty big for a pair of 570s.

Get this 16GB RAM kit for les sthan the 8 GB you had
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the money already saved, you can get a BIGGER SSD ( Consider the Corsair 120GB model), a second GTX 570
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August 12, 2011 10:14:29 PM

Coogie7 said:
I will be gaming some, but this computer will be a work computer for my father. He currently has a $6000 dell computer that the company bought him with dual Xeon processors. Its aged. He uses very demanding software for his company. That's why I'm getting the i7. I originally had cheaper components, including 8 GB memory, but he wanted to have more. He will be running multiple displays also. He also heavily relies on fast internet connections, but that's a different thing.


Since he will be using multiple monitors I think that using AMD graphics such as a 6950/70 will be a better decision since they support more than 2 monitors per GPU. For workstation use, unless its for video encoding a 2600 will suit you just fine. You also don't need such a high end motherboard, an aftermarket cooler, or thermal paste as you wont be overclocking. That saved money can go into a RAID setup, or a larger SSD. A 850W+ PSU is also advisable if you will be Xfire or SLI.
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August 13, 2011 7:05:58 PM

the NVidia vs AMD depends on what you'll be doing.
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August 13, 2011 8:01:08 PM

I'm a NVIDIA guy anyways.
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August 15, 2011 3:10:13 AM

Best answer selected by Coogie7.
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