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$2400 Max Budget I7-2600K Rig

I've been reading through the forums for a few hours and can't seem to find a thread that puts all the pieces to my puzzle together. Ideally I'd like to keep my price under $2000 with shipping but going over would be worth it for the stability and comfort that they machine will hold its own for a while.

The rig is primarily for gaming and despite the back and forth between I5-2500K and the I7-2600K I'd like the hyper threading for possible future use, seeing as it can be turned off for now.

I do not wish to use the on chip GPU, so from what I understand from other threads I'm best off with multiple video cards with SLI feature on the Mobo.

I'll be purchasing on newegg for all the hardware.

I will not need speakers/mouse/keyboard, and currently my "monitor" is a 50" Panasonic Plasma tv hooked up via HDMI. The sound card would be connecting to a home theater system via a digital in input.

I'm not sure if I'll be purchasing another copy of Windows 7 Pro or just transferring the license and scrapping this machine.

I would like to use an SSD to contain the OS and some games that have a permanent home on my PC. This is in addition to a non SSD HD for the majority of games, files, programs, etc.

However I'm up for suggestions on everything, case, graphics cards, sound cards, power supply, RAM, etc. Please keep in mind aside from the speakers/mouse/keyboard if I need any particular items such as cables, particular thermal paste, or additional hardware that may not be included in a bundle, just to include what you can think of. I'd like to be able to start assembly right out of the boxes without making any addtional trips to a local store for last minute buys. Thank you so much in advance for your help.
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  1. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <--- this is the sticky topic at the top of the New Build forum here. It cuts right to the chase. Please copy and paste that on here.
  2. Now's not the time to build a new gaming rig with the new Intel chips coming in the next 2 months
    with quad channel ddr3 and also new PCIE 3.0 cards coming at the same time!
  3. I have a feeling that Hyperthreading may be incorporated into games in the future but by that time the i7-2600k would be obsolete.

    Games can't even fully utilize the quad cores yet.
  4. Approximate Purchase Date: Now

    Budget Range: $1000-$2400

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Blu-Ray

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Neweggg

    Country of Origin: US

    Parts Preferences:by brand or type: Intel / Nvida

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: SLI Yes

    Monitor/TV Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (currently for monitor) would like triple monitor set up

    Additional Comments: SSD for OS, HDD for games and media, possibly looking into water cooling, going with PCIe 3 board and would like to SLI Nvidia GPUs at x16/x16

    Parts List:

    Cooler Master HAF X 942 $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119239

    ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 $274.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269&Tpk=N82E16813157269

    I7-2600K SB 3.4GHz $314.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

    Noctua D14 $85.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=noctua%20d14

    PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=xzs2sxaelhog

    Crucial m4 128gb 198$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=f3%201tb&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1giymshq5axt0


    (x2) MSI Geforce Lightning Extreme Edition GTX 580 3072mb $594.00
    but not playing well with my budget
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127589

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $51.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-144&SortField=0&SummaryType=1&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=true&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&chkPurchaseMark=on&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2

    ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM $58.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1eeh1bgkldhnu
  5. Hey, it's up to you. :) It's practically the same with the i5-2500k. It's just that you can do alot with $100 dollars. :)
  6. Quote:
    Hey, it's up to you. :) It's practically the same with the i5-2500k. It's just that you can do alot with $100 dollars. :)

    Thanks, if I were to go with the I5-2500k is there a particular mobo / graphics cards set up you would recommend?
  7. have you ever thought of a tri monitor setup?
  8. mjmjpfaff said:
    have you ever thought of a tri monitor setup?


    What would the advantage be to having that setup? I usually game using a 50" Plasma, I could switch to that type of setup as it would reduce my need for using a laptop to run IE and teamspeak as I would have a seperate monitor for it...but whats the purpose of the third screen? Does a tri monitor setup offer any benefits to performance? Great now ya got me curious :kaola:
  9. the other option is running essentially a super wide screen across all three monitors (5760x1080), very top end gpus can handle this:

  10. AWDGOD said:
    Now's not the time to build a new gaming rig with the new Intel chips coming in the next 2 months
    with quad channel ddr3 and also new PCIE 3.0 cards coming at the same time!



    Ivy Bridge and PCIE 3.0 cards are being released Q1 2012, probably March.

    The only thing worth waiting for right now is AMD Bulldozer which is set to release next week. They might be faster than some sandy bridge chips and the release may also trigger a price drop for intel.

    With all the games coming out over the next 2 months do you really want to wait until next year to build a PC?
  11. PepitoneConQueso said:
    Ivy Bridge and PCIE 3.0 cards are being released Q1 2012, probably March.

    The only thing worth waiting for right now is AMD Bulldozer which is set to release next week. They might be faster than some sandy bridge chips and the release may also trigger a price drop for intel.

    With all the games coming out over the next 2 months do you really want to wait until next year to build a PC?


    The Bulldozer sounds promising if it can significantly out perform the I7-2600K, maybe I'll have to think out seperate AMD and Intel builds. And as far as waiting for the Ivy Bridge that is slightly out of my time frame, thanks for updating me on that.

    Crap now I supose I should hold out planning for a couple weeks waiting for some remarks on the Bulldozer and see if Intel decides to push their I7-2700K. Thanks Pepitone.
  12. ScrewySqrl said:
    the other option is running essentially a super wide screen across all three monitors (5760x1080), very top end gpus can handle this:

    http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww270/slipstream_uk/PC/SNC11310.jpg

    Thats pretty good motivation for tri monitors thank you, I'll have to see where I'm at after sorting out the rig to look into something like that. Does that require three SLI linked graphics cards?
  13. no. one Eyefinity top end (6950/6970), or 2 NVidia in SLI. technically even a 6670 could drive three monitors like that, but at unplayable FPS (like 5) (NVidias maxes monitors to 2 per card except 590s)
  14. OK so, assuming I stick to the I7-2600K, disabling onchip GPU and HT, what is going to be the best motherboard choice to run single monitor with ability to go tri? I also want to be able to easily OC and disable the onboard GPU if there is one, as well as being able to house all the expansion cards comfortably.
  15. a Z68 with at least 8x/8x PCIe-16x slots.

    here are the least expensive such boards:

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128495

    MSI Z68MA-G45 (B3)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130612

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
  16. adensolus said:
    What would the advantage be to having that setup? I usually game using a 50" Plasma, I could switch to that type of setup as it would reduce my need for using a laptop to run IE and teamspeak as I would have a seperate monitor for it...but whats the purpose of the third screen? Does a tri monitor setup offer any benefits to performance? Great now ya got me curious :kaola:

    it lets you see more than everyone else since it doesnt just expand the pricture. and it looks awesome ;)
  17. Nice, so now I have motivation to try to make the tri-monitor setup work.

    And planning on using the
    I7-2600K assuming theres no significant benefit to another processor aside from price.

    Quote:
    a Z68 with at least 8x/8x PCIe-16x slots.

    here are the least expensive such boards:

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128495

    MSI Z68MA-G45 (B3)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130612

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271

    Thank you Screwy, it looks like at a quick glance that these support PCIE 3.0 so I can grab down the line, the new cards Pepitone and AWDGOD mentioned. Now is there a particular motherboard that has x16/16x PCIE slots? Otherwise one of these will be great when I get the chance to really look them over.

    Yay progress! It's funny that when I want to spent money there is waiting involved and when I don't have money there is no waiting...stupid release dates.
  18. my suggestion is pret a 2500K built using the AS Rock board (the only one of the three with PCIe 3.0) and a pair of 570s.

    And prep a 990 FX board build with the expectation of a 8120 ($205) or 8150 ($245) if they benchmark as fast or faster than the 2500K.

    (basically, the only thing you'd change between them is the CPU & mobo)
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  20. Alright, update time. I'm trying to work something out for the monitors so they're off the shopping list for now.

    Looks like the bulldozer is a let down so I'll sit tight for a few days and see if Intel announces anything with the I7-2700K if not, looks like I'm back to the drawing board.
  21. adensolus said:
    Alright, update time. I'm trying to work something out for the monitors so they're off the shopping list for now.

    Looks like the bulldozer is a let down so I'll sit tight for a few days and see if Intel announces anything with the I7-2700K if not, looks like I'm back to the drawing board.

    for gaming the 2600k and 2500k will not be beaten even by the sandy bride-e cpu's. they are not worth it
  22. mjmjpfaff said:
    for gaming the 2600k and 2500k will not be beaten even by the sandy bride-e cpu's. they are not worth it


    Well that solves that heh. OK so I've done as much research as I can process for the moment on motherboards, and your suggestion sounds awesome thank you!

    So with I7-2600K

    and

    ASRock Z68

    that leaves me happy with these as long as I'm understanding correctly that two PCIe 3 GPUs will run at x8/x8 (when they are made available) but in the mean time I can use two PCIe 2 GPUs...I'd prefer two cards @ x16 but doesn't look like any motherboards do that yet.

    Next question is the GPUs, it seems there is much support for 570s in SLI...why not 580s? Can it be done, is it better then two 570s, what benefit is there to two 570s instead of two 580s. With a 580 do I even need two? Can I still use a tri-monitor set up with one 580?
  23. ok, 580s are much more expensive than 570s:
    a 580 starts at $480. two would be $960.

    570 starts at $320, so $640 for two.

    the 580s only give about a 10% improvement, so its not worth a 50% increase in cost.
  24. ScrewySqrl said:
    ok, 580s are much more expensive than 570s:
    a 580 starts at $480. two would be $960.

    570 starts at $320, so $640 for two.

    the 580s only give about a 10% improvement, so its not worth a 50% increase in cost.


    cheaper is a good reason, now is that 10% @ both cards or 10% @ each card. I thought I read somewhere that a 580 was like two 570s.

    as far as mfr goes who puts out the best cards?

    I started looking into cases and I'm leaning towards the HAF X, is there a particular model case that stands out from the others in performance and neatness. I saw one that came with a 1000w power supply that looked good but wasn't sure on the quality of the brand of PSU...that and the blue light cases seem to hold a bit more appeal to me then the red but I'll cave if its a solid purchase.
  25. adensolus said:
    Well that solves that heh. OK so I've done as much research as I can process for the moment on motherboards, and your suggestion sounds awesome thank you!

    So with I7-2600K

    and

    ASRock Z68

    that leaves me happy with these as long as I'm understanding correctly that two PCIe 3 GPUs will run at x8/x8 (when they are made available) but in the mean time I can use two PCIe 2 GPUs...I'd prefer two cards @ x16 but doesn't look like any motherboards do that yet.

    Next question is the GPUs, it seems there is much support for 570s in SLI...why not 580s? Can it be done, is it better then two 570s, what benefit is there to two 570s instead of two 580s. With a 580 do I even need two? Can I still use a tri-monitor set up with one 580?

    check out the asrock z68 extreme7 gen3 it has an nf2000 bridge so it runs gpu's at x16/x16 (not that it is necessary at all. the most bottlenecking you will get is about 2% but for only 75$ more it might be worth it). and if you want a tri monitor setup the gpu's i would reccomend 2 gtx 580's 3072mb and 2 amd 6970's 2gb. im sticking with the build suggestion i posted a few posts ago. the psu will run both 6870's and 580's.
  26. mjmjpfaff said:
    check out the asrock z68 extreme7 gen3 it has an nf2000 bridge so it runs gpu's at x16/x16 (not that it is necessary at all. the most bottlenecking you will get is about 2% but for only 75$ more it might be worth it). and if you want a tri monitor setup the gpu's i would reccomend 2 gtx 580's 3072mb and 2 amd 6970's 2gb. im sticking with the build suggestion i posted a few posts ago. the psu will run both 6870's and 580's.


    Is this the Asrock z68 you were talking about?

    And as far as the GPUs go, is that 4 cards total or a buy either 580x2 or 6970x2? With the 580's what mfr would you recommend?

    Still working on hashing out case ideas. As I mentioned before I kinda like the Cooler Master HAF X, and the two cases that stand out the most are
    Choice One
    and
    Choice Two

    I'm not sure on the quality or the differences in cases although the cheaper #2 seems to me to be the better buy.
  27. looks like the main difference is #1 includes a PSU.. I'd get the one without a PSU and pick your own
  28. adensolus said:
    Is this the Asrock z68 you were talking about?

    And as far as the GPUs go, is that 4 cards total or a buy either 580x2 or 6970x2? With the 580's what mfr would you recommend?

    Still working on hashing out case ideas. As I mentioned before I kinda like the Cooler Master HAF X, and the two cases that stand out the most are
    Choice One
    and
    Choice Two

    I'm not sure on the quality or the differences in cases although the cheaper #2 seems to me to be the better buy.

    that is the motherboard i am talking about

    2x580 3gb or 2x6970 2gb. sorry for the confusion

    the HAF X are great cases but there are much better for the money. the silverstone raven rv03 http://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extended-90-Degree-Motherboard-Mounting/dp/B005JW6VUW/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1318651803&sr=1-5 (this one is new it has grey accents instead of tan) is a great case for the price considering it is quieter and cools better than the HAF X. pay 40$ more than the 2nd Haf X and you get the best air cooled case on the market the FT02 (case that is moderately priced i should add) http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Aluminum-Uni-Body-Computer-CS-FT02B-W/dp/B0030MHEKY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318651774&sr=8-1 . And yes the first case includes a psu. dont get it pick one on your own.
  29. I have to say, I'm a fan of the new accent colors on the raven =)
  30. cmadrid said:
    I have to say, I'm a fan of the new accent colors on the raven =)

    they finally figured it out that nobody likes a tan accents on their case.
  31. Ok having a hell of a time trying to fit the two 580s 3072mb into the budget...and updated my parts list in my secondish post...any ideas?
  32. You could shave off $100 if you go with a different case perhaps.. check out the Fractal Design ARC Midi
  33. again no reason to go with the i7 2600k unless you have money to burn. still going with the Haf X here is info on cooling vs the RV03- http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2011/06/08/silverstone-raven-rv03-review/3 and when the fans are on high the rv03 cools better and it is still quieter.

    here is low profile ram for a good price- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 50$

    cheaper gtx 580 3073mb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500201 x2=1100$

    how high will you oc the 2500k? because the noctua might be overkill.

    also will you burn blu rays or just watch them?
  34. The RV03 is another good alternative, costs a bit more tho.. If you aren't going to OC very hard the Hyper 212 EVO is a very cost effective cooler
  35. mjmjpfaff said:
    again no reason to go with the i7 2600k unless you have money to burn. still going with the Haf X here is info on cooling vs the RV03- http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2011/06/08/silverstone-raven-rv03-review/3 and when the fans are on high the rv03 cools better and it is still quieter.

    here is low profile ram for a good price- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 50$

    cheaper gtx 580 3073mb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500201 x2=1100$

    how high will you oc the 2500k? because the noctua might be overkill.

    also will you burn blu rays or just watch them?


    Just watching Blu Rays

    Saw the 2600k can OC better then the 2500k and can get OCed past 5ghz with WC, I think 4ghz with air using the D14 so that sounds like something I want to try. Only reason I found out about the D14 was from your other posts on other threads so I looked into it.

    As far as the the case goes I keep looking at the Silverstones...alot...and just not feeling it.

    I like the idea of the 3072mb but how much of a performance drop am I looking at for a triple monitor display on one of the cards with lesser virtual memory?

    I didn't want to skimp on anything but if its gotta be something, the GPUs are going to have to be it. This setup seems to be upgrade friendly so at some point I can upgrade the GPUs and CPU to actually make use of the PCIe 3, so whats going to be my best second best option? I want the three monitors so single NVidia card is out of the question, unless the 590 is recognized in SLI by itself. Using three Radeon cards seems pointless since I went through the trouble deciding on the build to get x16/x16. What does that leave? Two 570's SOC or two 580's at lower virtual memory? Or is there a 2 card Radeon solution that I'm missing that can deliver like the dual 3072's and shave some money off the cost?
  36. cmadrid said:
    The RV03 is another good alternative, costs a bit more tho.. If you aren't going to OC very hard the Hyper 212 EVO is a very cost effective cooler


    mjmjpfaff suggested that as well, how much of an OC is workable with that unit?
  37. Its hard to say because things vary from chip to chip, but they can handle a healthy OC =)
  38. Best answer selected by adensolus.
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