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December 24, 2011 7:55:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Ongoing over the next few months

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) No real budget, but cost effective performance. I've already done the over the top build. This will be a best performance for the money build.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Diablo3, Skyrim, Photoshop, Minor audio and Video editing.

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) keyboard, mouse, HDD's and CPU Intel i7-2700k

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Most Cost effective without being reliable.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes, minor, wish to get the 2700k to about 4.0 or 4.2 ghz, memory with minor tweaking and ill leave the GPU's at the factory overclock

SLI or Crossfire: Yes eventually.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: So this will be my second build after a long hiatus. (AMD 3200+ was the last build i did, GASP!) I stuck with an average comp throughout college and just picked up the Intel 2700k through the Intel retail edge program, cant beat a processor for $89. The last build was over the top and insanely expensive. This build will eventually run two dell 24" ultrasharps, and Diablo3 will be the main game played on this rig. I am trying to get the best value for the money while building a plenty capable rig with anything I throw at it. Any community contributions are much appreciated.

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This processor is already purchased, like stated above for 89$ it was a no brainer. Minor overclocking, Maybe 4.5-4.6. The cooler is explained below.


CPU Cooler: This is really where I am running into my biggest roadblock with this build. I love the value of the Coolermaster Hyper 212+, cheap, great cooling especially cause the CPU itself doesnt run excessively hot. But! I hate how large the towers are in the middle of the case. It just bugs me. So my alternative is to run with the Corsair H80, it's simple, frees up space in the middle of the case. Obviously the catch here is the cost at 85-90$ and the problem of it ever leaking a few years down the road from brittle hoses. Anyone who has had the same preference problem and chose one or the other I would appreciate your feedback.

Corsair H80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pretty much set on this case for its design and cable management. I've seen it in person and its a beauty


MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pretty well set on this mobo as well. I had a ASUS before and loved it, it was rock solid throughout its life. But the features on the ASRock board seem hard to beat for the price.


GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This will eventually be run in CFX, but because it is only one 24" monitor at the moment and CFX isn't a must to run Diablo3 or Skyrim on Ultra, I will delay the 2nd GPU purchase till the rest of the system is built. This is where I can save the most money for the value. The CFX review of these two cards looks very promising and will certainly fulfill any of my needs in the upcoming future. Especially with 3.1 coming out, this setup seems to be the best value for the money right now.


Memory: Well I was leaning towards a 4x4GB kick for 2133. Any recommendations here are welcome, this is my last piece of the puzzle that I haven't figured out. I'm also not sure if 16gb is really necessary. But given how much RAM has come down in price, I'm not worried about the cost.


PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Up in the air here between an 850 and a 750 PSU, looking for suggestions here as well.


SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Was between this or the Crucial M4, similar capacity.




I dont think I have left anything out, any help would be great. I am still waiting for the processor to get here from Intel, then after that I start going on the shopping spree. Thanks for all the help and feedback.



December 24, 2011 9:22:54 PM

yeh im not really worried about the gen3 express slots, but the z68 chipset is something I do want. I do need to do alittle more research between the extreme 4 and the extreme4 gen3. They look identical but havent had an incredible amount of time as of late to research it. I will check out that cooler as well, thanks for the link.
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December 24, 2011 9:53:57 PM

Go with this, the Hyper H612
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sweet spot for cooling and it's more effective than the H80

Go cheaper on the PSU, you can save more that can go towards another 6950 or something better elsewhere.
$99 after Promo and you still have a rebate. OCZ ZT 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Review: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

The SSD, go with the M4. More reliable, though the firmware was updated on the SF2xxx chipsets the M4 is still pretty solid and I'd say more reliable.


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December 24, 2011 11:44:03 PM

aznshinobi said:
Go with this, the Hyper H612
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sweet spot for cooling and it's more effective than the H80

Go cheaper on the PSU, you can save more that can go towards another 6950 or something better elsewhere.
$99 after Promo and you still have a rebate. OCZ ZT 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Review: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

The SSD, go with the M4. More reliable, though the firmware was updated on the SF2xxx chipsets the M4 is still pretty solid and I'd say more reliable.



Thanks for the suggestions on the PSU, ill be sure to read the review. Any reason why you suggested a cooler that runs almost 20$ more than the 212 EVO? The sizes look about the same to me, only difference i can see is a full bronze contact plate, vs the pipes.
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December 24, 2011 11:49:46 PM

H612 performs really well, in terms of performance it's better than the 212 Evo.
http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/Cool...

Temps are always going to be pretty close so either going with the 212 or 612 isn't going to bad. The 612 is just in between pricing of the H80 and 212 Evo.
In terms of perf, as you see in the review, the 612 is pretty close to the H80.
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December 25, 2011 12:28:14 AM

thanks for posting that review link as well, ill read up on that one as well.
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December 25, 2011 12:51:52 PM

I also just checked the CF support list on the ASRock board, and it does not list any 69xx GPUS, will this be a problem that anyone can either confirm or deny?
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December 25, 2011 5:55:00 PM

The Asrock board will support any 69xx cards in CF, it won't be a problem.
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December 25, 2011 10:15:48 PM

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