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My first build.gaming for around $1100

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November 25, 2011 1:45:10 AM

Hey everybody, I am new to building custom pc's. I am in the process of building a gaming PC/one that can handle CAD software. I have compiled this list of parts and would like some suggestions/recommendations. Any help that people could offer to me would be greatly appreciated. I am hoping to capitalize on some sweet black friday deals.
At first i do not plan on overclocking at all. I may in the future, but I'd want to invest in a 3rd party heat sink and I'm not prepared for that step. So at this point there is no OC, but in the future there may be.

Case- Cooler Master HAF 922. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU. Intel i7-2600k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU-Radeon 6950. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (i am open to suggestions as to the particular type, but the HIS seems pretty solid to me.

HDD-Seagate 1.5TB at 5900RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (if someone can make a valid argument for getting 7200RPM I am open to it)

RAM- G.skill ripjaws 2x4GB. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I am planning on starting off with just 8gb of ram, but I'd like to leave 2 slots open in case i want to expand in the future.

Disk drive-some simple DVD burner/reader combo. not sure what, but not too worried about it.

Motherboard. this is where i am having the most trouble. These are the two i am looking at. This first one is a gigabyte board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the second is a MIS board. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I am definitely open to any and all suggestions on this matter. I'd like to keep the cost reasonable however.

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

So yeah, comments, complaints, and what have you. Thanks everyone

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November 25, 2011 2:47:26 AM

Why the 2500 as opposed to the 2600? I figured between the improvement in speed along with hyper threading, it would be worth the extra money.
And why that hard drive. I was under the impression that getting a 6gb/s would be much better that the 3gb/s.
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November 25, 2011 3:41:32 AM

nope, samsung spinpoint would be more releable and faster than that you listed.
it is also a 7200 rps so you have better performance for same price.

as for 2500k, its sufficient even for heave workloads, you can overclock it way up to 4.5 ghz with a decent cm hyper 212+ cooler.

it will give you more headroom for the gpu, gtx 570 would be a much better choice imo
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November 25, 2011 4:15:09 AM

Okay, i had kinda ruled out the 2500k, but I think it is actually more what i'm looking for, so thank you for saving me $100. However, I do not think I am ready to spring for the 570, as I dont know If i can justify it over the 6950.
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November 25, 2011 6:35:16 AM

The 6950 will work fine but will be bottleneck to the i5 or i7 processor you are choosing. No prob to use 6950 for awhile and then upgrade gpu later.
I got the 2500k for my build from amazon acouple of weeks ago and I love it . I am overclocked to 4.3 gigs with a coolermaster v8 a\m cooler and my temps idle around 20c.
For your mobo I suggest the Asus maximus IV Gene-z for sale at either Newegg or Amazon for around $169.00
I have never been so pleased with a mobo in my life. It is a smaller atx board but still has 2 pci e slots @2.0 and features the z68 chip which offers use of the processors video through virtue logic software that gives your gpu a break between gaming.
The Board features smart drive tech so you could maybe spend $100 or so on a small ssd to put your o.s. on and use the rest of the drive as a cache, This would make every thing load quicker even from your hdd.
It also has SupremeFX x-Fi 2 sound that is very high quality and the R.O.G theme makes a beautiful red eufi bios The board comes with a software suite for overclocking that is as simple as touching a couple of buttons and it comes with a years sub. to kapersky anti virus for free unlike most mobos you can use either sli or crossfire giving you a choice for graphics. I love it. The board has to many features for me to list you should just look it up.
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November 25, 2011 12:15:59 PM

dx rick, thumbs up to you man, great rig, all parts are high quality.
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November 25, 2011 12:38:41 PM

chiropractor345 said:
Okay, i had kinda ruled out the 2500k, but I think it is actually more what i'm looking for, so thank you for saving me $100. However, I do not think I am ready to spring for the 570, as I dont know If i can justify it over the 6950.


i would say, if you want to go with 6950, just go with it, no doubt its a great card, if you can unlock shaders of this 6950 and you will get a 6970 for no cost
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 25, 2011 3:58:16 PM

Thanks everybody for the help, i just have a few more quick questions.
Graphics card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... vs. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... How much of a difference will i notice between the two. there is a $30 price difference, and only small differences in effective memory clock and core clock speeds.
PSU- I have decided between either the cosair enthusiast 650W and the 750W. I am not exactly sure how much power I will need.
MOBO- Which is better. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... They seem very similar, and If anyone has a reason to pick one over the other i'd appreciate it.
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November 25, 2011 5:45:32 PM
November 25, 2011 7:04:12 PM

Very nice build!
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November 26, 2011 3:14:17 AM

damn sexy rig, should go with it, also, the 6950 i listed can unlock, must have a look at it
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November 26, 2011 3:16:00 AM

sorry to double posting but you should go for the asrock gen3, xfire and sli support with pcie 3.0!
its a better deal imo
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