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Newb: Rate my build, worth the money? Suggestions Please.Buying Today!

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October 26, 2011 11:29:09 PM

Hey guys!
I'm new here but I have been visiting the site off and on for years now. The last build I did was in 03. In about 2008/9 (can't remember) I purchased a Mac (yeah yeah I know! but its for work related purposes.) Long story short, I'm coming back! I miss my pc, pc gaming and customizing my system so much.

I would like if you guys who are definitely more experienced than I, to give suggestions on my build. I am not sure if I am getting a good value for my money, or if I even picked out components that work together properly. I tried my best, I read the *guide to choosing parts* thread and worked from there. My primary purpose for this computer will be to play games such as Battlefield 3, The old republic, and diablo 3. I will also use the machine for Graphic Design and Web development purposes as well.

Anyways, here it goes.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Just read that there was a template for threads like this. So I'm editing the post to make things a little easier for you guys! Sorry about that.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, asap.

Budget Range: 800-1100 Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Design, Web Development

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, moniter

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com preferably, but I am open to suggestions

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Totally open to suggestions

Overclocking: Maybe, probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Not right now, in the future possibly

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Heres the hardware:
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks again, I hope the edit helps! :) 

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October 26, 2011 11:47:54 PM

It will work but I have a couple of suggestions .
Intel processors with a K are unlocked and can be overclocked

The 2500k is considerably cheaper , and could easily be OC'ed enough to offset the disadvantage of not being able to hyperthread . Or buy the 2600K and have the advantages of OC and hyperthreading .

Motherboards with a Z68 chip set can enable features like Intels Quick Sync . For your productivity apps this might be an advantage .
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October 26, 2011 11:52:47 PM

I have been out of the PC scene so long, I feel like I should avoid overclocking. I opted in for the 2600k just incase I ever felt adventurous and had time to read into OCing my machine. Do you think think the 2600's performance really outweighs that of the 2500? I've read benchmarks and it seems like its worth it for the difference in price.
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October 27, 2011 12:04:25 AM

grizzie said:
I have been out of the PC scene so long, I feel like I should avoid overclocking. I opted in for the 2600k just incase I ever felt adventurous and had time to read into OCing my machine. Do you think think the 2600's performance really outweighs that of the 2500? I've read benchmarks and it seems like its worth it for the difference in price.



Your wishlist has the 2600 , not the 2600k .
The unlocked multiplier makes them very easy to OC and you can get a very decent boost even with the stock cooler .But dont OC for gaming . Games are so graphically intense that the graphics card is always the limit .unless you play at unreasonably low resolutions on small monitors .
Benchmarks I have seen suggest the 2600k is about 6% more powerful overall than the 2500k . Its easy to get way more than that by OCing .
IMO save the $100 difference , and spend $30 on a coolermaster Hyper 212 cooler .


Definitely the Z68 motherboard though
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October 27, 2011 12:16:26 AM

Is the overclocking process as difficult/dangerous as it was 8 years ago? Also the case I am looking at purchasing (linked above) comes with 4 fans (3 120mm, 1 140mm. Do you think the case + your suggested cooler will be sufficient at keeping a OC'd system cool?

Also, what z68 motherboard do you recommend? I found quite a few z68s, some of which are twice the price of the one on my wishlist. Thanks!
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October 27, 2011 12:24:58 AM

one change in BIOS . In the CPU section of these forums is thread on sandybridge .
Chances are you wont need to anyway . The 2500K is awesomely powerful

All Z68 motherboards will perform identically . Asus , gigabyte , Asrock . Choose the features you want and ignore those you dont
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October 27, 2011 12:42:03 AM

Overclocking has never been simpler/more rewarding than with the Intel "K" CPUs. If you can afford it get the 2600K for your apps - it will still game with or better than most CPUs.
-Bruce
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October 27, 2011 12:54:08 AM

So if I did get the 2500k, do you think I would be better off spending the money I'm saving on the processer towards a better graphics card? Or if the 2500k + my graphic card sufficient?
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October 27, 2011 2:45:32 AM

grizzie said:
So if I did get the 2500k, do you think I would be better off spending the money I'm saving on the processer towards a better graphics card? Or if the 2500k + my graphic card sufficient?



I'd rather have a 2500k + a GTX 570
than a
2600k and a 560 ti
for gaming certainly
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October 27, 2011 2:45:46 AM

4745454b said:
Why so much on the PSU? $80 AFTER rebate, for a 40A PSU? Here is a 40A PSU $58 shipped, no rebate to worry about.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a 80A 80 bronze more similar to the unit you linked, but $83 shipped, $73 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Much better units are out there. I agree with Outlander CPU and mobo choices. I didn't see anything else to pick on.


I chose the power supply that I did because it was one of the cheaper modular units on the site. A friend reccomended that I get a modular unit for space saving purposes. I was also reading a review saying that the case I choose is kinda tight on space, to try and go modular is possible. is there a huge difference in 80a and 40a?
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October 27, 2011 3:57:21 AM

48A, not 80A. I must have typed the wrong thing. The big difference was price. You're spending $110 out the door for a rather weak PSU. The PSUs I listed are as good or better, and no where near that price. I didn't notice the modular part of that PSU. You might want to look around a bit more for a cheaper one. I'd do it, but I need to start working...
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October 27, 2011 4:36:33 AM

Hey guys, I took most of the suggestions you had given me. I started a new thread because the build is pretty much different than when we had first started. You guys have been extremely helpful, I appreciate the time you have put into my build. If you guys feel like checking out what I have put together this time, feel free to check it out here.

Once again, thank you very much.
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