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December 26, 2011 11:02:34 PM

i am building my first pc and came up with a few options and not sure where i should go hardware wise. i do gameing but nothing crazy and i have a tendency to run 3 to 5 accounts when i play along with skype and or music in the background. i have 2 screens was thinking of going to 3 i have a tv card in my current pc i was going to continue to use. i would like the option of useing 2 video cards but will start out with one. i dont wanna overclock and dont mind haveing more than i need than be close to maxing out what i am running.

option one for the chip I was looking at -- Intel Core i7-950 BX80601950 Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.06 GHz (3.33 GHz Max Turbo), Socket B (LGA1366), 130W, Fan, Retail

option 2 which i thik is the better of the 2 is-----Intel Core i7-2600K BX80623I72600K Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.40 GHz (3.80 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail

Processor questions --- what should i go with i know the most popular is the i5 but i am thinking i wanna do an i7 but should it be the LGA 1366 or LGA1155?


The board I was looking at to use with the first chip is-- -- intel BOXDX58SO2 Socket LGA1366 Motherboard - ATX, Socket B (LGA1366), Intel X58 Express, 1600MHz DDR3, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, Dual Gigabit LAN, SLI/CrossFireX Ready, USB 3.0

board option 2 only concern is no ide -----GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel Z68 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX/SLI Ready

does anyone see anything wrong with either of these boards? anyting i should look for instead or missing from one of these boards that they should have?


RAM for the first board and chip --- Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 16GB (4x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered

ram for 2nd chip and board is-------Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9R Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-15000, DDR3-1866MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 9-10-9-24 CAS Latency, 1.5V, XMP Ready

(what is better more ram at 1600 MHZ or less at 1866MHz cause it is fairly easy to change and not sure what is better?)

power supply-----Corsair HX650W Power Supply - 650-Watts, Modular, ATX, Single 12V Rail, 80 Plus Bronze

the casefor either way i go i am planning on-----NZXT PHAN-001WT Phantom Full-Tower Case - E-ATX, ATX, MicroATX, 5 x 5.25" Bays, 7 x 3.5"Bays, 200mm LED Fan, White

video card i am planning on going with is a------ATI 100-505519 FireGL V8600 Video Card - 1GB GDDR4, PCI Express 2.0 x16, Dual DVI, OEM

fan for chip-------Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Heat Pipe CPU Cooler - Socket LGA 2011, 1155, 1366, 1156, 775, Socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, 1200 RPM, 19 dBA, 78.1 CMF, 140mm Dual Fans, UFB Bearing, White

any info i get would be awesome and i am glad to get other sugestions. also if u have an questions on the items i selected i found them all on tigerdirect.com and i plan to start buying parts in the next few weeks




Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as i figure out what to get

Budget Range About $1200 us

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gameing internet movies and tv then music

Parts Not Required: only need the tower and starting from scratch

preferred Website(s) for Parts: only useing tigerdirect.com but that is just untill i find what parts i need then ill search for the best prices

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type i dont wanna do AMD wanna stick with intell other than that i have no idea what parts or brands are better aside from
me reading comments

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: i have no idea what it really is

Monitor Resolution:1 hd 27 inch samsung and one plain jane dell 22inch flatscreen monitor

Additional Comments: i have plenty of space so dont mind tower size id rather have a lot of room in the case i want to be able to add lots of cards to my pc tv, audio,exc and i dont ever want it to lag or get bogged down



thanks again and looking foword to ur help
December 26, 2011 11:07:47 PM

For what you plan on doing, the i5-2500(or K) will do everything you asked. If you do not plan on OCing the CPU, you will not need a 650W PSU. A 550W PSU that is 80 Bronze Certified should be enough for your needs.
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December 26, 2011 11:42:15 PM

the more opinions the better on the system i plan or even a piece or two i could really use the help
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December 27, 2011 1:41:13 AM

Looks like you're getting ready to build a beast of a system. I'd say definately stick with Socket 1155. Socket 1366 has been replaced by 2011 as the top tier enthusiast socket, but its price/performance for gaming etc. (non image/video editing) makes 1155 the obvious choice for 99% of us, unless you can wait for Ivy Bridge.

If you're looking for more opinions, try filling out the standard form that gives us the best information to help you. You can find it here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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December 27, 2011 3:12:46 PM

more info would be great :) 
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