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1st timers i7 Build - Take Two

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January 17, 2012 8:23:39 PM

After more feedback and research I'm going to try this again...

I've always wanted to build my own rig, and I'm finally in a position to do it.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $1200ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Virtualized desktops, number crunching, playing older video games (EG: team fortress 2), personal pride.

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Logitech G5 mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, newegg, amazon... However, I'm open to suggestions.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Likely in the future

Monitor Resolution: Will be buying 3 new monitors, unsure of specs.

Additional Comments:
My biggest concern is how this will all fit.


Onto the hardware....

CPU: Intel i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Motherboard: P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Motherboard

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 OR GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series Radeon HD 6850 --- depending on what's on sale.

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP



Additional future plans:
- SSD drive
- 2nd graphics card
- Likely have 3 or 4 hard drives total.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thank you in advance.

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January 17, 2012 8:48:37 PM

I would reccomend dropping your 2600K to a 2500K. Both are equally powerful CPU's, but the 2500K is cheaper and you can OC it to 2600K speeds and above.

Maybe even get a seasonic Power supply - top tier power supply and pretty much the best you can get. Might be a bit more expensive but they are reliable.

Other than that, looks like a decent build.
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January 17, 2012 9:05:42 PM

Chainzsaw said:
I would reccomend dropping your 2600K to a 2500K. Both are equally powerful CPU's, but the 2500K is cheaper and you can OC it to 2600K speeds and above.

Maybe even get a seasonic Power supply - top tier power supply and pretty much the best you can get. Might be a bit more expensive but they are reliable.

Other than that, looks like a decent build.


I second both of these recommendations.

Invest the difference in what you would be saving on the CPU in getting a better GPU like the 560TI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you plan to run multiple displays go for the 6950: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You also don't necessarily need 16GB of RAM either - you can get by with 8 and be perfectly fine.

I have the HAF 912 and it's great. The HAF 922 is significantly bigger than a lot of other cases in its' price range. Alternately try one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the Cooler Master Hyper 212 is a great cooler. There's a newer version though called the Evo that you might want to check out:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And alternately I'd recommend the EVGA Supercooler M020 - it's quite solid and very well constructed for the price, and it performs equivalent to what a closed block loop like the H80 would: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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January 17, 2012 10:18:49 PM

Did either of you read his post?

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System Usage from Most to Least Important: Virtualized desktops, number crunching, playing older video games (EG: team fortress 2), personal pride.



It is NOT a gaming build. In the OPs case a 2600K makes more sense because he is going to take advantage of Hyperthreading. Also in his case 16GB of RAM not only makes sense he might even benefit from 32GB.

Build looks great to me. Power supply is very high quality and plenty to add a second GPU later. G-unit1111 is correct in that the Hyper 212 Evo is a bit better than the 212+.
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January 17, 2012 10:23:55 PM

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It is NOT a gaming build. In the OPs case a 2600K makes more sense because he is going to take advantage of Hyperthreading. Also in his case 16GB of RAM not only makes sense he might even benefit from 32GB.


Oh I should have seen that. :lol: 

In that case I'd suggest an X79 but that definitely won't fall into that price range with the 3930K being $600. I'd stick with the 2600K then.

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G-unit1111 is correct in that the Hyper 212 Evo is a bit better than the 212+.


Yeah the main differences are it comes with a better fan that has an LED and it has something to do with the way the heat pipes are concentrated but I can't remember what it is exactly.
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January 18, 2012 7:12:57 AM

I don't see any sense in the PSU at all. It's $170 and while very high quality it's just overkill by quite a bit.

Two 6850s use less than 250W
http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264

Add in the rest of your system and 8 HDDs and you still don't need more than 650W.

Seasonic X650
GOLD rated, so it's more efficient.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Capstone 650W
Very high quality, Superflower, but probably not as quiet and not modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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