First new build... $1600 i7 2600k... thoughts?

Time to replace my Dell XPS 630i. It has done well over the past few years, but it's time to move on. So here goes...

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Approximate Purchase Date: By end of November

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) ~ $1500-1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD video editing / rendering, gaming, everything else...

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Hard drives (have a 300GB Raptor 10k rpm, and a 500GB as a 2nd drive, may go SD some day)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com

Country: USA of course

Parts Preferences: ASUS or AsRock mobo... open to any thing good really.

Overclocking: Maybe not at first, but I'm sure Ill tinker at some point

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, at some point

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 but would like room to upgrade to higher resolution at some point

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I priced very simliar systems through Newegg and Tigerdirect... Newegg was about $50 cheaper. Tigerdirect doesn't have the Blackhawk case that I want. I went i7-2600k mostly for the hyperthreading. My video editing software does support it.

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Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107

ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131791

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 w/ free BF3... (went with this for video editing software)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.757241

EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5... (went with 2GB for upgradeable with larger resolution)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130683

CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (wanted to try liquid cooling for the cpu)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)... (will probably go to 16GB at some point)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034

Lite-on iHBS212-08 w/ LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348

Lite-on iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126087

Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 3600 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104577

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That's it. I might clean off the thermo paste from the H80 and put some better stuff on. Not sure yet.

All said and done this is about $1600 with shipping. I think I can get $400-500 for my XPS 630i, so this isn't a bad system for $1100-1200. I could save $150ish by going i5-2500k and a 1GB video card, but since Sony Vegas Pro supports hyperthreading I might as well go for that too. Oh yeah, black case with blue LEDs, blue mobo, blue RAM cards, blue black-lit keyboard... going to look soooo purdy!

Any thoughts?
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  1. If you don't wanna SLI you don't need such a big power power suply. 600w-620w is enough. Why you buy an expensive 560TI when with 50$ plus you can buy a 570gtx. Is more powerfull then any other 560.
  2. sosofm said:
    If you don't wanna SLI you don't need such a big power power suply. 600w-620w is enough. Why you buy an expensive 560TI when with 50$ plus you can buy a 570gtx. Is more powerfull then any other 560.


    I'll go SLI at some point, but not right off the bat. I also wanted 2GB video for higher resolutions down the road. I read that more vram will help with that. The GTX 570 2.5GB is another $100 and is out of stock now too.
  3. I have no real problem with any of your selections, particularly for your budget.

    For your non gaming work, the 2600K is appropriate, and better than the 2500K.

    For gaming, I think I would get a stronger card like a GTX570 initially. You may never have to upgrade it or go sli until after kepler is launched when it will be more economical to replace it with a single high end card. The extra video ram is of unknown value, even with higher resolution monitors. It won't hurt, but any extra is probably better spent on a stronger card in the first place.

    Get your 16gb ram kit up front. Ram is cheap, and editing can use lots of ram. Ram is sold in kits for a reason; to insure compatibility.
    Also, there is no need for fancy heat spreaders with 1.5v ram.
    Here is a 16gb kit that is only $20 more:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315

    If you want to tinker with liquid cooling, fine. But I think I would go with a simple air cooler like the Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper 212 for about $30.
    It will run quieter with slower turning fans, and the cooling is plenty for all but maximum overclocks.

    The Corsair psu is a fine one, but stronger than you need for dual GTX560ti, or even GTX570 cards. It is not wrong to over provision a psu since it will consume only the wattage it needs. Check out 850w or 950w units from Seasonic, PC P&C, Antec or XFX; you should see some better pricing.
    In time, when 28nm graphics cards arrive, the requirements should be even less.

    Good thing you have hard drives, the current prices are wild.
    Do consider getting a SSD for the os and a few apps up front. It will make everything feel much quicker. A 60-120gb unit should be ok,
  4. Thanks for the info.

    Is the low voltage RAM ok for this build? Another $10 and I get to keep my blue theme.

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231478
  5. JrFreak said:
    Thanks for the info.

    Is the low voltage RAM ok for this build? Another $10 and I get to keep my blue theme.

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231478


    Yes, it is on the g.skil qvl list for that motherboard:
    http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=417

    Don't really know the advantage of 1.35v ram vs the standard 1.5v
  6. I read some reviews that stated you need to switch the BIOS to XMP mode for it to work. Whatever that means...

    I looked at the Corsair HX850 psu... $40 less than the 1050W. The 850W is enough to run 570s in SLI? I want to stay modular for the psu.

    I'll up to 16GB and a single 570 for now. Maybe the 2GB 570 will be in stock when I order this stuff on black Friday.
  7. If you do video editing etc, you want Hyper-Thread on the 2600K and more RAM. That G.Skill is a good choice.
    Look at a Z model MB
  8. DelroyMonjo said:
    If you do video editing etc, you want Hyper-Thread on the 2600K and more RAM. That G.Skill is a good choice.
    Look at a Z model MB


    Yeah, I'm going 16GB ram and the Asus Z68 Deluxe mb.
  9. JrFreak said:
    I read some reviews that stated you need to switch the BIOS to XMP mode for it to work. Whatever that means...

    I looked at the Corsair HX850 psu... $40 less than the 1050W. The 850W is enough to run 570s in SLI? I want to stay modular for the psu.

    I'll up to 16GB and a single 570 for now. Maybe the 2GB 570 will be in stock when I order this stuff on black Friday.


    XMP is a profile recorded in the ram module that sets your parameters to the advertised specs. It really does not matter. The default specs(speed, latencies) are largely irrelevant to real app performance with sandy bridge. Outside of synthetic benchmarks, or ultra overclocking, you are looking at a 1% impact. My take is to keep it simple and let the motherboard pick the defaults.

    I think a quality 750w unit will do. Here is one reference:
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-570-sli-review/13

    Nothing wrong with the HX850. You might want to check out this XFX 850w psu for $125 after rebate. The unit is semi modular which means that the few leads you MUST use are hard wired, with the rest optional.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017
  10. Does the P8Z68 Deluxe have Ivy Bridge support?
  11. JrFreak said:
    Does the P8Z68 Deluxe have Ivy Bridge support?


    All Z68 motherboards should have ivy bridge support. It will probably take a bios update to implement.
  12. Thanks. I'm still trying to decide on psu. The HX1050 would be plenty... and probably enough for the next upgrade in a few years.

    This one looks great for $100... but I really want a modular psu.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028

    I'm stepping up to a 570 2.5GB.
  13. JrFreak said:
    Thanks. I'm still trying to decide on psu. The HX1050 would be plenty... and probably enough for the next upgrade in a few years.

    This one looks great for $100... but I really want a modular psu.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703028

    I'm stepping up to a 570 2.5GB.


    That is one heck of a good price on a top quality psu!
    I would reconsider modular as a requirement.
    You will be using most of the leads anyway, and it is no big deal to fold the unused leads out of the way.

    Only if you were building a small form factor case would modular be of a big advantage.

    Actually, for sli GTX570, you only need a good 750w-800w psu:
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-570-sli-review/13
  14. Maybe I will... seems like a steal at $110.

    Do you think I'll be OK with RAM with the heat stink fins with my H80? Seems like the H80 has more room than those giant air cpu air coolers.
  15. JrFreak said:
    Maybe I will... seems like a steal at $110.

    Do you think I'll be OK with RAM with the heat stink fins with my H80? Seems like the H80 has more room than those giant air cpu air coolers.


    Looks ok to me. Tall heat spreaders impact some of the big air coolers, But a water block is really low profile.
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