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August 28, 2011 1:15:08 PM

Now mind me if this is not the correct area for this question, but I'm trying to build a gaming computer for the first time. I just want to know if this setup will work and if someone can direct me to both a CD/DVD drive that has the best bang for it's buck and a case that can properly hold these components.

Graphics card:
HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity X2

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

Motherboard:
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

HDD:
Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST95005620AS-Bare Drive

Thank you for all your insightful comments!


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August 28, 2011 1:32:19 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Video Games to section Systems by Mousemonkey
August 28, 2011 2:22:56 PM

And dvdrw drive will work.

The case is up to your own style and budget. I don't know your style or budget.

The parts are all compatible. Are you aware that's a laptop hardrive you chose?
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August 28, 2011 3:19:47 PM

I was not aware, thank you. How about this HDD?

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Also, in regards of a power supply, what would you recommend?
August 28, 2011 3:23:59 PM

Zweihander38 said:
Now mind me if this is not the correct area for this question, but I'm trying to build a gaming computer for the first time. I just want to know if this setup will work and if someone can direct me to both a CD/DVD drive that has the best bang for it's buck and a case that can properly hold these components.

Graphics card:
HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity X2

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

Motherboard:
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

HDD:
Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST95005620AS-Bare Drive

Thank you for all your insightful comments!

that motherboard is very expensive. and you can get a i5 2500k that offers the same performance as the 2600k gaming. what is your total budget and what parts do you need?
August 28, 2011 4:00:38 PM

I have roughly $2000 budget. The only things that I require are a power supply, a dvdrw drive and the tower itself. Yes the motherboard is quite expensive yet it offers a BIOS that allows for an amateur to try and overclock.
August 28, 2011 4:47:23 PM

Zweihander38 said:
I have roughly $2000 budget. The only things that I require are a power supply, a dvdrw drive and the tower itself. Yes the motherboard is quite expensive yet it offers a BIOS that allows for an amateur to try and overclock.

A few things here. First off as others have pointed out, the 2600K gives no advantage over the 2500K in regards to gaming. Secondly the 22nm Ivy Bridge cpu's due out next spring will support PCI-E 3.0 which this board down below has. That board, which is new on the market btw also has the UEFI bios that you mentioned. So I wouldn't sock my money into a 2600K right now, I would sock that $100 away towards a Ivy Bridge instead. Maybe by then there will be games other than FSX that support hyper threading.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $274.98
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $264.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 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 AD-7260S-0B - OEM

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- Click on "Overview" to get a better understanding of that PCI-E 3.0 and Ivy Bridge

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- A better look at that board including those UEFI bios interface
August 28, 2011 6:28:40 PM

You should add a good aftermarket CPU cooler if you are going to overclock. You can check the tables on frostytech.com to see what some of the better coolers are.
August 28, 2011 9:53:07 PM

Thank you very much for the feedback. I switched out the 2600k for the 2500k and swap motherboards too. Any other recommendations? Or should I order it now?
August 29, 2011 12:50:26 AM

Zweihander38 said:
Thank you very much for the feedback. I switched out the 2600k for the 2500k and swap motherboards too. Any other recommendations? Or should I order it now?

write down your whole build so we can make recommendations
August 29, 2011 3:04:45 AM

Whole build ATM:

Motherboard:
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

PS:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80

Graphics card:
HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card x2

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Tower (came with PS)
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Disk drive:
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
August 29, 2011 3:18:09 AM

Zweihander38 said:
Whole build ATM:

Motherboard:
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

PS:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80

Graphics card:
HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card x2

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Tower (came with PS)
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Disk drive:
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Nice :)  Don't forget to combo those to save some $$. Also there is no difference in quality between the G.Skill and the Corsair RAM. Not only do you save money by using the cpu + Corsair RAM, it also looks nice ascetics wise if your into that kind of thing...black case, black mobo, black psu, and black ram.

Here's a card worth looking at...it has great cooling.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055Y66A4/ref=ox_sc_a... $264.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---- same card but on newegg
August 29, 2011 4:09:30 AM

any cpu cooler?- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

the 800d is a hot box and a waste of money if you are going air cooling. the hx series is a great psu i would get the 850w version and a gtx 570. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ram- http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor... this is probably cheaper than the gskill. put them in the 2 & 4 spots of the motherboard so it doesnt hit the cpu cooler

samsung f3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$ this is just as fast as the WD for much less

you like the basic design of the 800d?- http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-C... much better cooling

August 29, 2011 2:06:01 PM

Stay with the Western Digital, you get what you pay for.
August 29, 2011 2:39:25 PM

Revised build #1

Motherboard:
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

PS:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC

Graphics card:
SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video x2

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Tower
SILVERSTONE RV02B-W 0.8 mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Matte Black)

Disk drive:
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cooling:
Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
August 29, 2011 10:16:16 PM

geekapproved said:
Stay with the Western Digital, you get what you pay for.

a drive that is slower and louder that the samsung f3 1tb. i dont think you should pay 20$ more for that.
August 29, 2011 10:29:50 PM

Zweihander38 said:
Revised build #1

Motherboard:
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

PS:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC

Graphics card:
SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video x2

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Tower
SILVERSTONE RV02B-W 0.8 mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Matte Black)

Disk drive:
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cooling:
Scythe SCMG-3000 120mm Heat Pipe CPU Cooler

looks good. you will really like that board

all you need is 750w for 6950 cf- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ram- gskill 8gb 1866mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 59.50$ this is a great deal i would definitely get it

gpu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 265$ FREE SHIPPING
August 30, 2011 2:42:24 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
a drive that is slower and louder that the samsung f3 1tb. i dont think you should pay 20$ more for that.



What 1 millisecond slower? Louder? I can't hear mine whatsoever.

Your paying for the warranty and the reliability. Samsung just recently started making hardrives, WD been making them for decades.

Samsung offers average warranty at a decent price. For a little more with the Black, you get almost double the warranty and better reliability. Never had a single WD failure.

Last week had to RMA a F3 for noise that I used in a friends build. Just over 1yr old. Never again. Oh and Seagate, yeah, stopped using them after the 7200.11 firmware issue where I had to replace and re-install 6 different hdd's. Now they lowered their oem hdd warranty to 2yrs, they aren't even a consideration anymore.

Like I said, you get what you pay for.
August 30, 2011 3:59:20 PM

Alright, as I live in CDN, none of those combos apply. With that, I'm about to proceed with the above kit but before I purchase it, is that I will need for now?
August 30, 2011 6:21:08 PM

Zweihander38 said:
Alright, as I live in CDN, none of those combos apply. With that, I'm about to proceed with the above kit but before I purchase it, is that I will need for now?


Seriously, don't you think it would have been wise to mention that your in Canada in your first post, other than waste everyones time?

Precisely the reason many of us now avoid helping people that fail to fill out the "New Build Form" in the New Build section of the forum.


August 30, 2011 10:21:58 PM

geekapproved said:
What 1 millisecond slower? Louder? I can't hear mine whatsoever.

Your paying for the warranty and the reliability. Samsung just recently started making hardrives, WD been making them for decades.

Samsung offers average warranty at a decent price. For a little more with the Black, you get almost double the warranty and better reliability. Never had a single WD failure.

Last week had to RMA a F3 for noise that I used in a friends build. Just over 1yr old. Never again. Oh and Seagate, yeah, stopped using them after the 7200.11 firmware issue where I had to replace and re-install 6 different hdd's. Now they lowered their oem hdd warranty to 2yrs, they aren't even a consideration anymore.

Like I said, you get what you pay for.

both drives have a 1:10 doa rate. i did the math on newegg. they are both very reliable its just the f3 is a much better deal.
August 31, 2011 1:53:45 PM

I apologize for my mistake of not mentioning my country of origin as I had figured most combos would be the same, or at least relativity close. Besides my error in communication in which I'm most regretful about, may I go ahead with the current build?
August 31, 2011 2:37:38 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
both drives have a 1:10 doa rate. i did the math on newegg. they are both very reliable its just the f3 is a much better deal.


How is it a better deal? You get what you pay for. With the Samsung, you pay for and get a 3yr warranty. With the Black you pay for and get a 5yr warranty. I suggest you do the math again.
August 31, 2011 2:39:28 PM

Zweihander38 said:
I apologize for my mistake of not mentioning my country of origin as I had figured most combos would be the same, or at least relativity close. Besides my error in communication in which I'm most regretful about, may I go ahead with the current build?


No problem, but that is why in the new build section it tells you to fill out the form, so we know where your from, what your budget is, your computer uses, preferences, where you want to purchase from, etc.

The "revised build #1" looks great.
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