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New build, seeking input before I buy

Last response: in Systems
August 28, 2011 2:32:59 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Funds are secured, next few days

Budget Range: $2250-$2500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, media storage, creating newsletters, web site design

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Open to suggestions

Overclocking: yes, future

SLI or Crossfire: yes, future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I plan to run sli, overclock, and install a water cooling system at some point. Probably will add some more storage as well. Those are future projects however, I do not want to overwhelm myself. Looking into learning more about what I can do with computers as a hobby.


Computer Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X nVidia Edition NV-942-KKN1 Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

Internal SSD: Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Internal hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Blu-Ray Burner: LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support

Monitor: Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

August 28, 2011 2:50:25 AM

It all works fine

At that budget I'd buy a bigger monitor , or maybe a bigger 3D monitor , and a second 570

also an aftermarket cpu cooler
Scythe Mugen , Hyper 212
August 28, 2011 3:02:16 AM

Thanks for the input, I plan on getting a second 570 as a birthday present for myself.

Why an aftermarket cpu cooler? Will the stock one not be adequate?
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August 28, 2011 3:20:32 AM

Aftermarket coolers are generally bigger , with more surface area and larger fans . They lower the processor temperature and usually make less noise .

When you start overclocking you will need one

Many people are using the coolermaster Hyper 212 with sandybridge processors and getting good results .

August 28, 2011 1:19:40 PM

Thanks for the input. Question about aftermarket air coolers. Do they include thermal paste or do I have to buy that separately?
August 28, 2011 2:32:06 PM

They usually do, it should say on the page too.
August 28, 2011 3:01:46 PM

Stock Paste is
If you plan on doing over-clocking, as you do get some good thermal paste.
Arctic Silver 5 is the goto product and scores incredibly high-remarks, I use it on all my builds, and the gain is noticeable, 1/2 a grain of uncooked rice is all you should apply to a large CPU. Less is more and if your temps are high, clean off the CPU and Heat sink and apply less
If you feel more daring, (check the reviews first) a diamond based compound is superior as crystalline carbon (diamond, graphite, ...) is thermally very conductive to a far superior extent.