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October 28, 2011 4:05:07 PM

I'm sorry to any moderator, but i have no idea why my other post got deleted, many questions never got answer. :( 

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. For a better product, please provide me with the link if it's not too much to ask. I would love to get the best build for the money that i want to spend. Thanks sooo very much


Time of Purchase: This today or tomorrow.

Parts Provider: I prefer "NewEgg" ( I don't need Monitor/Mouse,KB)

Budget:$1100 for parts
(CPU + MOBO already bought from Micro Center on sale)
WANT TO GET THE BEST WITH MY BUDGET

Purpose of build : Video Editing/ HD Video Rendering/ Gaming
(Playing at 1920x1080 Resolution, Might get a better monitor down the line but not anytime soon.)

Video Editing Programs :Sony Vegas 10 Windows Movie Maker,,Camtasia)

Games :All Crisis games(1,Warhead,2),Witcher 1+2, Skyrym,Metro 2033,Stalker,Doom3,BF3,Amnesia Dark Decent.There is more but if i can run this. The other games should be cake. X-fire/ sli in the future.
** I would love to get constant 60fps or higher or close to.Turning Anti Aliasing is not a must.** As I will be recording game play.

Overclocking: Will be using the noob utility from Asus. That is the reason that i took this board. If you know any other boards that does this please let me know :D 

The Motherboard + 2600k have been purchased.Micro Center had the combo for $400.The MOBO was $99 and 280 for the CPu plus tax=400.



CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHER BOARD: ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GRAPHICS CARD: Thanks to snappy fingers and 384 bit from the forums. I'm going with the GTX570.. Anyone recommends a brad for me? I have sli in the future in mind.



Operating System only HD:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


COMPUTER CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


DDR3 RAM: I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD GET 8GIGS or 16 GIGS

CHOICE 1:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CHOICE 2: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CHOICE 3:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPLY:SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM Active PFC F3) 850W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


DVD DRIVER BURNER:LITE-ON DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: I do not know what route to take. Air/ or Water Cooler??


CORSAIR CWCH50-1 High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 28, 2011 9:12:35 PM

hey:

you only need 8 GB.

for the brand of 570, I'd consider EVGA, Zotac, MSI, Asus, or Gigabyte, whichever is cheapest.

Get this hard drive instead: twice the space and $20 less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the 850W is godo for two 570s in SLI...but if you plan to do SLI, do it within 6 months. Once the 600-series comes out, people will recommend that you upgrade instead -- have seen it happen with the 200s-400s and the 400s-500s, will happen again with the 500s-600s. However, 80+ gold is paying a lot of money for little improvement over 80+ Bronze. This XFX is almost half the price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as for the cooler, I prefer air over water. The Noctua will be as good or better than that H80, with less maintenance hassle.

I would also suggest that a Xigmatek Gaia or a CoolerMaster hyper 212 Evo will give very good results for half the cost of either the H80 or the Noctua. The Noctua will be a few degrees better, and quieter than the less expensive coolers however.
October 29, 2011 12:35:27 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
hey:

you only need 8 GB.

for the brand of 570, I'd consider EVGA, Zotac, MSI, Asus, or Gigabyte, whichever is cheapest.

Get this hard drive instead: twice the space and $20 less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the 850W is godo for two 570s in SLI...but if you plan to do SLI, do it within 6 months. Once the 600-series comes out, people will recommend that you upgrade instead -- have seen it happen with the 200s-400s and the 400s-500s, will happen again with the 500s-600s. However, 80+ gold is paying a lot of money for little improvement over 80+ Bronze. This XFX is almost half the price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as for the cooler, I prefer air over water. The Noctua will be as good or better than that H80, with less maintenance hassle.

I would also suggest that a Xigmatek Gaia or a CoolerMaster hyper 212 Evo will give very good results for half the cost of either the H80 or the Noctua. The Noctua will be a few degrees better, and quieter than the less expensive coolers however.


Do you t my case will fit the cards? I was looking to waiting for the sli. Is not necessary at all at this time.

Do you think my mother board is good enough to overclock?
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October 29, 2011 12:44:11 AM

For the video card, evga is very good. I would go with 16 gb of RAM.
For cooler, I would go with a good air heatsink. Water and electronics were not meant to be together. The Hyper 212 is good.
You should consider getting a 1 tb drive or 2x500gb drives and arrange them in RAID formation which will set up each to mirror each other in case one fails. If you happen to use the whole 500 gb then you can just reformat one drive to act as an overflow for the first drive and sacrifice the backup.
October 29, 2011 12:47:30 AM

In response to your questions, you will have no problem fitting your mobo in that case and the mobo is definitely fine for overclocking.
October 29, 2011 2:26:34 PM

The X-850 is sexy but only really for a big silence enthusiast which you obviously aren't because you plan on SLI cards. I would get a slightly cheaper 850W PSU like a Corsair TX or something.

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

I would then go with 8GB of RAM, even for rendering that should be plenty. Any of the stuff you posted looks OK, Corsair Vengeance LP is good too.

For the CPU cooler any of those would work, H50 is a bit noisy though I have heard. Personally I'd get the Noctua, It's going to be just as good as the H80 if not better.

That case is basically designed for SLI cards, you are fine there.

I would usually lean toward MSI, EVGA or Gainward for an SLI setup. Normally ASUS would be good but they started doing 3 slot coolers which aren't good for SLI.
October 29, 2011 2:27:21 PM

roblaw42 said:
For the video card, evga is very good. I would go with 16 gb of RAM.
For cooler, I would go with a good air heatsink. Water and electronics were not meant to be together. The Hyper 212 is good.
You should consider getting a 1 tb drive or 2x500gb drives and arrange them in RAID formation which will set up each to mirror each other in case one fails. If you happen to use the whole 500 gb then you can just reformat one drive to act as an overflow for the first drive and sacrifice the backup.


I don't know how to raid hard drives? is this hard? Do you get better performance? Sort off like a SSD drive?

Thanks for letting me know about my mother board. I appreciated sir.
October 29, 2011 2:29:34 PM

2 x 500GB in RAID 0 would give you 1 x high performance 1TB drive. By high performance I mean a bit of a boost in transfer rates, it's still going to be nowhere even close to SSD speed.

2 x 500GB in RAID 1 would give you a single 500GB secure storage drive, if one of them fails the other one would kick in and you don't lose any data.
October 29, 2011 5:08:23 PM

Ok so based on what everyone has mention. This are the cards that I will go for. What would be the better buy guys? keep in mind i will sli in the future.

I am assuming that the higher the clock speeds the better the card? Does it make that much of a difference? I want something that is most reliable.I don't plan on overlocking unless there is like a noob easy mode.A one button press for overclock like the Asus UEFI thing :D 

ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce $349
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

THIS TWO EVGA I CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE.IS THE ONE IN BACK ORDER SOO MUCH BETTER?

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD $349
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 $359
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 $369
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*reviews are not so good for this one.
October 29, 2011 8:34:35 PM

Yeah GPU overclocking is really easy, you can do it in Windows and you rarely have to adjust voltages. MSI afterburner ftw. As for the cards, go ASUS if you don't want to SLI or MSI/EVGA if you do imo.
October 30, 2011 6:10:29 AM

jmsellars1 said:
Yeah GPU overclocking is really easy, you can do it in Windows and you rarely have to adjust voltages. MSI afterburner ftw. As for the cards, go ASUS if you don't want to SLI or MSI/EVGA if you do imo.


I was planning on doing SLI cuz i figure that you get a huge performance boost. You can't SLI asus cards?
October 30, 2011 9:03:25 AM

it will, but he's suggesting the two-fan models will work better in the confined space of the cards being right next to each other
October 30, 2011 10:05:15 AM

The ASUS cards are often 3 slots wide, they will be very close together and get too hot.
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