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Need comments/advice on new Intel PC for ...some money

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September 15, 2011 8:36:02 AM

Hi there

i have to build a new PC from zero :( ...for some Gaming, GNS3 ( network devices emulation/simulation), VMware Workstation, Video Editing etc.

i have some ideas about what i need ... but since i haven't spent much time till now looking at reviews and opinions about new products it is difficult to form an opinion on my own so i need some help if possible

the prices may seem a bit high if u check them on NewEgg for example but i am in europe and the prices here are like that ...

Overclock:Yes ...just not now

MB: ASUS maximus IV extreme-z $367

CPU: i7-2600k $342.37

PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 750W 80 plus Gold $169.88 (i have searched a lot so i think this one is nice )

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH x2 to make it 8GB ( DDR3 1600 4GB 2x2GB Cas6 1.5v ) $84.44 x2 ( $168.88 )
OR... something like it... kit DDR3 1600 8GB ( for the moment 8GB i think is enough ) Low CAS.. 1.5v reliable brand... ( about the memory i have found info somewhere probably on this forum that for sandy bridge the memory should be 1333/1600 and 1.5v )

GPU: ASUS ENGTX570/2DIS ( GeForce GTX 570 GDDR5 1280MB ) $383.74 (SLI... probably not )

SSD: Corsair Force GT 120Gb SATA 3 ( 6Gb/s ) ( CSSD-F120GBGT-BK ) $252.59 ( too much ? )

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 64MB ( WD1002FAEX ) $89.45

Monitor: Samsung Syncamster 24" ( S24A300B ) $204.13 ( hope its good ...i like samsung )

DVD: Plextor ... found one can't remember the model and price .. lets say $50

Case:no idea ... but Cooler Master HaF x looks nice and a lot of ppl are using that one so....$246.60
or Thermaltake Chaser MK-I VN300M1W2N ...

KBD: ...smth
mouse: ...smth

any comments/suggestions would be much appreciated
sorry for any mistakes ( if any ) writing in english is a bit difficult :p 

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September 15, 2011 8:56:56 AM

Motherboard is WAY OVERKILL. No reason to spend so much money, and no reason for an e-ATX form factor?

SSD is good.

750w PSU is fine for a single 570 (650w would be enough too), but 850w is recommended for SLI570's. Id suggest either going one way or the other (650 or 850).

RAM - G.skill or Corsair are both good choices. 1600MHz 1.5v is best. Id suggest just buying 2x4GB sticks to give 8GB though, not 4x2GB sticks.

What's your budget?
Where are you buying from?
September 15, 2011 9:38:37 AM

+1 the above.
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September 15, 2011 10:22:17 AM

MotherBoard ... p8p67 pro ? e-ATX ... i havent consider ... i will look into possibilities

PSU i just looked at the price of the 650W Thermaltake toughpower grand ... it is actualy 10 euro more then the 750 :D  no idea why ... 120euro 750W > 130euro 650W

the memory i can get a 2x4GB but it will be Gskill Ripjaws CL9 is that too "slow" because i can't find cl7,cl8 with 1.5v they are all 1.6v


budget... depends on the price of the components :)  but as tight as possible without compromising

it is and Italian website/s
one of them is www.e-key.it
the others requeire login...

September 15, 2011 10:49:36 AM

1600MHz CL9 1.5v is the generally recommended best value for money RAM with SandyBridge. So that Ripjaws RAM you listed will be fine :) 

Yes P8P67 PRO is a good choice.
September 15, 2011 11:03:36 AM

Lol just get the 750w then ^_^
September 15, 2011 11:42:24 AM

ok so ... this is the latest

MB: Asus P8P67 PRO

CPU: i7-2600k

PSU: Thermaltake Thoughpower Grand 750W 80 plus Gold ( TPG-750MPCEU )

GPU: ASUS ENGTX570/2DIS

Ram: Gskill Ripjaws X 8GB 1600 CL8 1.5v ( F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM ) :) 

SSD: Corsair Force GT 120Gb SATA 3 ( 6Gb/s ) ( CSSD-F120GBGT-BK )

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 64MB ( WD1002FAEX )

Monitor: Samsung Syncamster 24" ( S24A300B )

DVD: Masterizzatore Interno Plextor PX-L890SA 24x DVD/CD Lightscribe SATA Nero

Case: Coller Master HaF X

thanks for the help :)  i was a bit unsure of the quality of some of the items but i gues its all OK now
September 15, 2011 12:21:28 PM

Looks good, keep in mind that 750w probably wont be enough for SLI 570's though. 850w recommended.

Also isn't worth paying any extra for CL8 over CL9 RAM, you wont notice any difference.

Other than that, looks good :) 
September 15, 2011 12:55:28 PM

AdrianPerry said:
Looks good, keep in mind that 750w probably wont be enough for SLI 570's though. 850w recommended.

Also isn't worth paying any extra for CL8 over CL9 RAM, you wont notice any difference.

Other than that, looks good :) 




i won't SLI :) 

for the ram i could go with the corsair vengence cl9 then :) 

but the price difference between g.skill cl9 and cl8 is like 9 euro ... :)  so that is not a big deal ...
September 15, 2011 1:03:02 PM

Yeah 9 EURO's isn't much so ill leave that choice up to you. Either way, both CL8 or CL9 will work in your build :) 

If you don't plan to SLI, you could go for a much cheaper motherboard. You could also go slightly cheaper, but still leave the option for SLI with Gigabyte's: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... which is of similar/equal quality of ASUS P8Z68.

ASUS P8Z68 without SLI support: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...
September 15, 2011 1:57:32 PM

the GA-Z68XP-UD3P 20euro more then the Asus p8p67 pro

and the P8Z68-V LE iz 6 euro less :D 

no point i think :) 
September 15, 2011 2:14:26 PM

Oh wow that's some really unusual pricing!

With those kind of difference's stick with the -v PRO for sure.

In England its more like £100 for -v LE, £120 for Gigabyte and £140 for -v PRO
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