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November 22, 2011 10:31:05 PM

okay so im trying to build a new computer trying to get it ready by 1/1/12.
i will be using this comp for games like diablo 3 and sc2 on max settings. Making music / beats. watching movies , etc on a 50 to 70 in HD TV )
my budget is around 2k so im open to tweeks here n there. i just want to make the best comp possible for 2000. i wanna b able to use this comp for atleast 4 to 5+ years.

Case : ?
PSU : ?
Motherboard : ?
CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K ( open to OC, I want around 3.9 to 4ghz ) ( open to other i7 )
Cooler : ?
RAM : 16+ GB ( whats good memory ? ) (OC is an option )
SSD : ( don’t know what to go with )
HD : ?
Optical : ? ( not sure gonna look around )
GPU : Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6950 ( open to other GPU’s )
Sound Card : Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium ( options )
Network : ( Wired or Wireless? )
OS : WINDOWS 7 ( Home , Professional, or ultimate? )

More about : 2000 2500 usd budget

December 6, 2011 5:39:01 PM

lilblood904 said:
okay so im trying to build a new computer trying to get it ready by 1/1/12.
i will be using this comp for games like diablo 3 and sc2 on max settings. Making music / beats. watching movies , etc on a 50 to 70 in HD TV )
my budget is around 2k so im open to tweeks here n there. i just want to make the best comp possible for 2000. i wanna b able to use this comp for atleast 4 to 5+ years.

Case : ?
PSU : ?
Motherboard : ?
CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K ( open to OC, I want around 3.9 to 4ghz ) ( open to other i7 )
Cooler : ?
RAM : 16+ GB ( whats good memory ? ) (OC is an option )
SSD : ( don’t know what to go with )
HD : ?
Optical : ? ( not sure gonna look around )
GPU : Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6950 ( open to other GPU’s )
Sound Card : Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium ( options )
Network : ( Wired or Wireless? )
OS : WINDOWS 7 ( Home , Professional, or ultimate? )


I thought I already built you a computer ;)  Anyway for a $2000 budget my suggested parts list:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 $139.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: Corsair 850W $189.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 $189.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: Intel i7 2600K $319.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws (4x4GB) $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card: 2x MSi 6950 2GB $579.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard drive: Seagate 1TB $139.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD RW: LG Black Blueray Burner $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Operating System: Win7 Home 64-bit $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 Liquid Cooler $93.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price: $2013.88

- The SSD & HDD can be configured with Window's Trim function allowing the SSD to act as a large HDD cache
- I included the Blueray burner because for $2K I figure you should get one
- I am going with the closed loop liquid cooling unit as you have expressed interests in overclocking in other posts regarding this build
- I have personally used the GPU's listed and they perform and cool very well

I personally would go with a more expensive one card setup at the moment like for instance a 6970. This would give you the ability to upgrade to dual 6970 or a 7series and your 6970 in the future and keep the computer able to play newer games at max settings.
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December 7, 2011 7:29:33 PM

venom4u said:
I thought I already built you a computer ;)  Anyway for a $2000 budget my suggested parts list:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 $139.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: Corsair 850W $189.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 $189.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: Intel i7 2600K $319.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws (4x4GB) $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card: 2x MSi 6950 2GB $579.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard drive: Seagate 1TB $139.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD RW: LG Black Blueray Burner $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Operating System: Win7 Home 64-bit $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 Liquid Cooler $93.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price: $2013.88

- The SSD & HDD can be configured with Window's Trim function allowing the SSD to act as a large HDD cache
- I included the Blueray burner because for $2K I figure you should get one
- I am going with the closed loop liquid cooling unit as you have expressed interests in overclocking in other posts regarding this build
- I have personally used the GPU's listed and they perform and cool very well

I personally would go with a more expensive one card setup at the moment like for instance a 6970. This would give you the ability to upgrade to dual 6970 or a 7series and your 6970 in the future and keep the computer able to play newer games at max settings.


ty i rly liked the other build but my main thing is DAW ( music production ) im just looking at different potions.

let me ask u sumtin i was looking in2 x79 build. here what i came up with.

CASE : Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower – 99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 – 209.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Motherboard : ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard – 339.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

CPU : i7-3930k – 599.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Cooler : CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler – 119.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) – 84.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

SSD : Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD – 214.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

HDD : 2x Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM – 149.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . (getting later )

GPU : GIGABYTE GV-N580UD-15I GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card – 509.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Optical : SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner – 15.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit – OEM – 129.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

would this be a good build for music and only game i plan on playin is d3 and sc2 max settings. i just wanted the 580 kuzz it seems to b the best out atm. but anyways the build u gave vs the x79 setup. would i c a big diff going with the x79 for a DAW? im thinking the quad memory channels would give me more stable performance. vs 2600k setup. + i think i might get a cheap GPU and wait for the 600 series n get that. so x79 also seem like a good way to feature proof.
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December 7, 2011 7:32:41 PM

if u have the time look up Music production or DAW info so u can help me a little better. from what i read n understand making music reqs alot of CPU + RAM power.
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December 8, 2011 12:31:18 AM

lilblood904 said:
ty i rly liked the other build but my main thing is DAW ( music production ) im just looking at different potions.

let me ask u sumtin i was looking in2 x79 build. here what i came up with.

CASE : Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower – 99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 – 209.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Motherboard : ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard – 339.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

CPU : i7-3930k – 599.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Cooler : CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler – 119.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) – 84.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

SSD : Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD – 214.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

HDD : 2x Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM – 149.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . (getting later )

GPU : GIGABYTE GV-N580UD-15I GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card – 509.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

Optical : SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner – 15.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit – OEM – 129.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

would this be a good build for music and only game i plan on playin is d3 and sc2 max settings. i just wanted the 580 kuzz it seems to b the best out atm. but anyways the build u gave vs the x79 setup. would i c a big diff going with the x79 for a DAW? im thinking the quad memory channels would give me more stable performance. vs 2600k setup. + i think i might get a cheap GPU and wait for the 600 series n get that. so x79 also seem like a good way to feature proof.


Okay well I am a little out of my element because my experience with DAW and how CPU intensive it is is basically zero although I will give you a run down of what I have found via some quick Google's. It appears the DAW software (Audacity more specifically) was processor/ram intensive according to some forum posts that I have saw dated around '06 to '07 although I have seen information indicated that current processor/ram configurations have progressed far enough that the primary bottleneck in most systems is now sound cards. I have also seen somewhat current forum posts (2010) talking about utilizing multi threading in DAW software. This leads me to believe that your best configuration just considering the music creation side is one which will give the most efficient single core per clock performance and have a high clock speed while also maintaining a significant amount of memory bandwidth. Here are some benchmarks below for your situation:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-e-effi...

As you can see the i7-3960x shows only ~2% increase in audio encoding performance with the quad channel memory setup vs the dual channel of the i7-2600k. So my recommendation would be to stick with the i7-2600k system or some derivative of it.

But I am tired of typing :p 
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December 8, 2011 3:07:14 AM

oh k guess ud know better then me. so ill do ur i7 2600k build. but would it be okay if i switch the gpu to 580? and how u feel about the new ivy badge? worth wating a littlee or no?
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December 8, 2011 10:42:45 PM

lilblood904 said:
oh k guess ud know better then me. so ill do ur i7 2600k build. but would it be okay if i switch the gpu to 580? and how u feel about the new ivy badge? worth wating a littlee or no?


Sure thing on the GPU, it is your money after all and they both make good GPU's at the moment. For the Ivy Bridge, there are just a few leaked benchmarks so far so it is hard to really gauge the real performance increase vs. sand bridge. The things that I do know or have heard rumors of are:

- Ivy Bridge is a die shrink (22nm) of Sandy Bridge with some touch-ups like the next-gen integrated graphics.
- Ivy Bridge has a TDP of 77W for their highest end chip.
- Ivy Bridge is scheduled to come out sometime in Q2 2012.
- Ivy Bridge will use Intel's new Tri-Gate transistor tech.
- http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Benchmarks-Intel-Ivy-B...

Things that I assume from that information:
- The die shrink, 77W TDP, and voltage regulation of the tri-gate leads me to believe that Ivy Bridge will have higher stock clock speeds and will be able to be over clocked even more so than Sandy Bridge. I am imagining 5GHz+ overclocks to be common on Ivy.
- The leaked benchmarks shows ~12-15% CPU performance increase per clock and a nearly 100% increase in GPU ability which will really help in transcoding via QuickSync (of which Intel is pretty much dominating at the moment).

Assuming all this is true then I think you could see a ~25% increase in performance from a $300 Ivy vs the $300 Sandy chip and even more than that when transcoding via QuickSync. It is really up to you if that is worth the wait. It is kind of a gamble at the moment though as there is no solid info on the chip so it could go either way.
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December 8, 2011 11:13:48 PM

The X79 build you listed looks good to me. The only thing I would change is the Optical drive, get a blueray burner instead of that DVD writer.
Also, buy the Gskill Ribjaw 8 GB 1600 Mhz CAS 9 1.5 V on newegg right now for 29.99 per pair, that would cost you only 60 bucks for 16 GB. Hurry before the sale ends.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u0t0f0fp...
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December 8, 2011 11:43:18 PM

it says its " Designed for 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors and the Z68 & P67 motherboards " or does it not matter? kuzz ram is ram as long as its ddr3?
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December 8, 2011 11:56:29 PM

lilblood904 said:
it says its " Designed for 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors and the Z68 & P67 motherboards " or does it not matter? kuzz ram is ram as long as its ddr3?


It works with X79 mainboard and AMD 990FX chipset as well. Also the description says its compatible with P55 and Liano chipset, so I dont think you will have an issue with this ram.
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December 9, 2011 12:10:24 AM

If you are planning on going intel on your gpu check out todays best gpu for dec 2011 on main page. The gtx 570 is the better deal as it can be overclocked to the range of 580 easily and will cost roughly $100 less. You can sli later if need be for another $100 less
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