2600k Build: $1000 - $1400


I am putting together a destop that will mainly function as a studio computer. Most of my music production is software based: my main DAW is FL Studio (just got version 10), along with tons of VSTs and varios other software. I also have an M-Audio Delta-44 and Midisport 2x2 (midi to usb)

I want to build something with plenty of power that runs stable and cool. I will be running dual-boot Windows 7 (probably) and Ubuntu, and probably a few others in virtualbox.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of weeks, I hope.

Budget Range: $1000-$1400 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music recording/sequencing, Coding, Virtual Box, occasional game or two, movies, surfing, etc.

Parts Not Required: I have a monitor (2 actually, VGA lcds - would like to dual screen), mouse, keyboard, speakers, soundcard. I probably don't need a video card - hoping for an onboard vga port and I'll use my ancient card for the other monitor - unless this will affect performance too much, then I will consider a low end modern card.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, memoryexpress.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences:

CPU - i-7 2600k

CPU Fan - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo (probably? most ppl seem to recommend this one)

Mobo - ASUS z68 something - can't decide between them - this is the main thing I need help with.

Case: probably a Coolermaster HAF something. As long as its cheap and well designed with good air flow and front panel, I don't really care what it looks like. (well... to a point ;) if it looks cool too, I won't complain too loudly)

PSU: not sure how much power I need, but high quality is obviously important here. I would imagine 600W - 750W would be plenty. Without a fancy video card going in, the only real extra is my Delta-44 soundcard, along with a few USB peripherals.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200, or something. the one monitor is widescreen (acer x183h), the other ???

Additional Comments: Quiet, cool, stable. I hope these aren't mutually exclusive :)
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  1. Here you have 2600k , 6790 video card you can run 3 monitor setup and is good for ocasinal gaming sesion, 8GB RAM low profile not to interfere with cpu cooler , cpu cooler for overclocking, 650W 80+ bronze modular PSU , 64GB SSD for OS and other aplications what need quick launch , 1TB HDD and a silent case.
    MOBO : ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
    CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K
    RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile
    GPU : HIS Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
    PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance
    HDD : Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
    SSD : Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III
    DVD-RW : ASUS 24X DVD Burne
    CASE : Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    TOTAL : $1,360.39 without rebates.
  2. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/335137-31-1500-2300-time-build <---- This might give you a few idea's also. My post on that thread will save you some money as far as shipping goes, and you can check both those sites out for whatever catches your eye...case, etc...
  3. Thanks for the quick replies. I forgot to mention I was looking for a 120 GB SSD and 16 gb RAM. I'm not sure I need a video card at all. or maybe just a cheap one. ( i might leave that out for now.) Both my monitors are d-sub, so I guess I would get dvi adapters or I was hoping to get a mobo with a d-sub and just use some ancient video card I have lying around for the second monitor. Then again, ?
  4. I have to say, Why_me, I'm really liking the prices at direct canada. I think I used them before a long time ago. how is their customer service? had much dealings with them?
  5. sevenus said:
    I have to say, Why_me, I'm really liking the prices at direct canada. I think I used them before a long time ago. how is their customer service? had much dealings with them?

    I haven't used them myself (I live in Alaska), but plenty of people on here have and I have yet to read anything negative on here about them.
  6. I decided to go with a 2700k cause it's only $20 more, somehow...
    If anybody's lurking, please speak up. I would like to take advantage of these sale prices before stock runs out. At the same time, I want to make adjusments before ordering, if necessary. Thanks.
    Here is what I am looking at:

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM $98.70

    Intel Core I7 2700K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB $319.99

    Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive $161.76

    ASUS GeForce GT 430 700MHZ 1GB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E DVI VGA HDMI Low Profile Video Card $62.28 - $20.00 Mail in Rebate = $42.28

    Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit $89.69

    LG GH24NS70 24X SATA Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM

    Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB SATA 6GB/S 3.5IN 12MS 5900RPM 64MB Hard Drive OEM

    Antec Earthwatts 750W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 135mm Fan $104.94

    Coolermaster Haf 912 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound $60.38

    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM $27.58

    ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Motherboard Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI USB3.0 SATA3 $189.69

    For a grand total of: $1,254.49 wow. (before taxes, i guess)
  7. A great build. Buy 2600k is the same with 2700k.
    2700k is a lttle overclocked by Intel , thing what you can do from BIOS in 10 seconds just raising the multiplier.
  8. ok, thanks for the tip. One thing I'm not sure about is shelling out $100 bucks for windows. I've heard some rumours they are back to the minor hardware upgrade invalidating your license crap again. also, is that video card worth bothering with, or should I just pay a few extra bucks for a better one?

    EDIT - i did a little research on windows 7 requiring activation with hardware changes, but it seems like its the same deal as they did with XP. a hardrive change on its own should not trigger it. I thought the XP activation was a big deal until I had to do it once: a simple quick phone call was all it took. Still, I prefer ubuntu. Unfortunately, most of my music softare is windows...
  9. now they are saying the shipping is $80. I've had this happen on several sites. (tigerdirect.ca is one) they say free shipping and then at the end they tack it on... I guess it's probably cause I'm way up in northern alberta, but arrgh!

    Shipping & handling $81.41
    Insurance $18.52
    Sub Total $1,234.49
    GST(5%) $66.72
    No PST - Outside BC residents $0.00
    Total $1,401.14

    EDIT - ok, I guess it's cause I have a PO box. Apparantly that's a big deal...
  10. Thanks everyone. It's ordered and on the way.
  11. Welcome . I'm glad i could help you.
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