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Need Help With 2600k Build

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February 1, 2012 4:56:40 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the week

Budget Range: Trying not to exceed 1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media Playback, Slight Gaming ( SWTOR, WOW, Possibly MW3), School Work (Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Power Point), A Little Photo And Video Editing.

Parts Not Required: OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Additional Hard Drives (Have A HD204UI I Can Reuse)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect

Country: USA,TX (Not Close To A Microcenter)

Parts Preferences: I am trying to stick to an intel 2600k

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Not A Huge Concern)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (Viewsonic VX2739WM)

Additional Comments: Looking to keep possibilities open to upgrade to ivy bridge at a later time
Its Been A While Since My Last Build (E8400) And Looking To Finally Upgrade. Would Greatly Appreciate The Help So I Can Start Ordering. Still Missing A SSD For OS And Video Card (If SSD Isn't Recommened And A Stronger Video Card Is Recommended I Would Love To Hear The Options)

These Are The Parts I Was Considering So Far:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K 324.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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February 1, 2012 5:14:59 PM

For your usage, it really doesn't seem like you need a 2600k. a 2500k has the exact same gaming performance, so unless you're serious about your video editing, i doubt you need that 2600k. If you drop to a 2500k, you'll have an extra hundred to grab a ssd and still about $250 to spare for a video card.

SSD: Crucial m4 64mb $102
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-64-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-C...

Intel 320 80gb $70 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This intel ssd is sata II, but if you're looking for more storage, you really can't beat this value for a quality ssd.

GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC Radeon HD 6950 1GB $240 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTX 560 TI 448 $270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want to ditch the SSD you can move up to the 570 or 6970, but it really depends what games you're going to play and at what detail.

Also I would recommend this cpu cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $30
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005O65JXI/
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February 1, 2012 5:25:46 PM

I Was Considering The 2500k At The Begining Of My Build But Was Hesitant. I Will Not Be Doing Anything To Heavy So Im Sure I Can Head The 2500k Route. The Games I Will Be Playing Are Similar To MW3 And Star Wars The Old Republic. Was Also Condsidering Using As A Blu Ray Player. At The Moment I Am Considering Forgetting The SSD And Just Getting A Stronger Video Card.
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February 1, 2012 6:26:55 PM

If you're mostly concerned with loading times for your games, you'll need a 128gb ssd or else you won't be able to fit many games on a 64gb. If that's the case, you can always pick up an ssd later, and go with a stronger video card now.

Also, I know you said you want to buy before the end of the week, but we're on the cusp of next generation gpus/cpus. AMD is currently releasing their HD 7000 series with kepler due out in april-june along with ivy bridge. It's still a few months away, but I just want you to be aware of these facts so you're not kicking yourself down the road.
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February 2, 2012 2:24:44 AM

I Am Going To Go Ahead And Got With The i5 2500k. There Will Be Another Build In November So That One Will Be An Ivy Bridge. Are There Any Other Changes You Suggest Before I Order? I Have Already Submitted An Order For A i5 2500k As I Had A Wal-mart Gift Card And Was Able To Order It Using Their Website.
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