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Advice/Tips to improve my $1500 Intel build.

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October 27, 2011 8:53:45 PM

Hi there guys and gals.

Budget:$1500.$400 bucks has already been spend in (Cpu+Mobo)
so that leaves me with $1100 in parts. Money is not an issue as I can spend more. But i do not want to.If possible i would love to be pay less $800-900 in parts if possible:D  Don't get me wrong I still want quality stuff.Please be kind enough to review my build.This is my 1st time building a rig.Here is the parts that I have chosen.If i can cut something and improve it somewhere else let me know. If you see an overkill on anything or should used a different product to replace another is fine.If i can cut somewhere else to make something else better so be it.I would love to get the best rig with the budget that i have.

Purpose of build : Video Editing/Video Rendering/ Gaming
(Playing at 1920x1080 Resolution)
Might get a better monitor down the line

Video Editing Programs:
Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas,Camtasia*HD videos*

Recoring Programs: PC footage: (Fraps)
TV footage: (Dazzle Capture card +Pinnacle Studio 12)

Games :All Crisis games(1,Warhead,2),Witcher 1+2, Skyrym,Metro 2033,Stalker,Doom3,BF3.There is more but if i can run these. The other games should be cake. X-fire/ Slide in the future.**Get constant 60fps or close to.Will also be using FRAPS. Which caps recordings to 30fps. So the better frames that i get the better will be when recording.

Overclocking: Will be using the noob bios for easy over clocking from ASUS. This is the reason i picked that board.

The Motherboard + 2600k have been purchased.Micro Center had the combo deal better then Newegg.Which require the purchased of the 2600k.Payed $400 for both.

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge


GRAPHICS CARD:I have no idea what card to get (Radeon 600k) series or
Nvidia(GTX 560,570,580) and from which manufacture. IDK who is reliable?

** Looking for good air flow and the gfx card to fit***

Hard Drive: I need one for the operating system only. I have 3 1tb hard drives already for files,videos,games.So it does not have to be big. I do not know anything about SSD. So i don't think its necessary or even want to mess with it.


CHOICE 1:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

CHOICE 2:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

CHOICE 3:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB)

POWER SUPLY:SeaSonic 850W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
Modular Active PFC Power Supply
** Would like a Modular for cable management**


WaterCooler: This Corsairs.Look nice and they are maintenance free which i like and since I am a noob. This might be the best option for me. :lol:

A few ending thoughts

1.I would like a mother board that lets me hook up as many internal hard drives as possible. As i record and i need the space.

2.My cpu and mobo combo is not open. So i can return it if i have to, but i thought it was a good deal from micro center.So i took it.

3.When Ivy Bridge comes out ( I am not sure if it will use the same socket).

Thank you kindly in advance for your input/suggestions/and advice ^_^

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October 27, 2011 9:36:16 PM

The build looks good, I would go with Sniper memory because it causing any problems if you at a good 3rd party HSF (heatsink/fan) or maybe Water Cooler. Also with the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2600K you want to memory at 1.5v ±5% so the 1.35v might leave you a little under powered.

You can pick the Noctua NH-D14 which is a better cooler on air and then the Corsair water coolers are at this point for around the same money but even at $30 you can get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo that should fit fine as long as you don't get memory that has large heatspreaders on it.

HDD or SSD we have a couple ways to go. Because you have a Z68 board you can pick up a nice <64GB SSD and set it up with the Intel SRT (Smart Response Technology) to be a caching drive, or you can get a good sized SSD 120GB and use it as a boot drive and get the best performance that way.

Otherwise I think you have a nice built.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
October 27, 2011 9:49:15 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
The build looks good, I would go with Sniper memory because it causing any problems if you at a good 3rd party HSF (heatsink/fan) or maybe Water Cooler. Also with the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2600K you want to memory at 1.5v ±5% so the 1.35v might leave you a little under powered.
Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
Hi there Mr.Intel E..

For the ram i chose the 1.5v from the link. Do you think that is the wrong one? I was looking at the reviews and is the Mushkin ram review wise seems good too.

You don't thinki the water cooling is better then the air? I am consider that the air cooler might not fit in the mother board. As i read that is a constant problem.

Where do you think i could improve more and cut some more. To spend less? Thanks
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October 27, 2011 10:14:11 PM

Water cooling is only typically better than air if you have a custom loop. They can be useful if RAM clearance is an issue - not sure on that board if it would be or not, but it should not be a major one unless the RAM is huge.
October 27, 2011 10:56:34 PM

Does anyone see any improvement i can do anywhere. I still don't know if the system can handle what i want to do with it.