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February 16, 2012 8:03:55 PM

i am about to build a new computer after owning a 5 year old pc. If anyone could tell me if this is compatible and if there is anything i should buy differently. when i built my last computer i thought i had to have the ram, cpu, mobo front side bus all had to match but now i dont know now.I will be using this for gaming and 3D art Modding and graphic designing when i start school.

i had a hell of a time trying to pick a mobo but it seemed like a lot of people recommended the ASRock cause of features but i don't know if its a gimmick. was thinking maybe go with a Asus bord or msi possibly. it seem people were saying that the gtx 580 wasn't much powerful then the gtx 570 and wasn't worth spending a few hundred more for it. im not sure what the Ti or Fermi means. i would like to push skyrim and games at ultra. And i wasn't sure if the i7 was much powerful then the i5 but for modding and graphic designing should i stick with the i7?

Budget around $1600 and if a few hundred more is fine, i will be playing off a 46" LCD TV possible bigger later on

Case: NZXT Phantom
PSU: OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)
Heat Sink: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB
HD: HITACHI Deskstar 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
Video Card:ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
Total: $1650

i would appreciate any suggestion and opinions. i will be ordering everything by the end of today.
February 16, 2012 8:19:55 PM

Looks good. Might want to get the Coolermaster 212+ EVO I think its called for CPU cooling, its cheaper than the Zalman, and it works pretty good I have one on my AMD and it keeps it very cool thru the OC. Also, for 3d modeling and what not you may want to go with a 16 gb kit rather than 8 gb.
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February 16, 2012 8:21:50 PM

NZXT Phantom has incredible air flow however it it s dust magnet. You should go for the SilverStone Raven RV03.

Drop the i7 and get an i5 2500k, put the extra money towards a 7950 gpu.
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February 16, 2012 8:27:23 PM

looks like a solid build, just helpped a friend build a system in that case and i was enjoyable

i know newegg doesnt specify on the product page of that case but is uses a usb 3.0 header for the front i/o 3.0 port so your going to want a motherboard with a 3.0 header on it for it to work (unless you want to go with an adapter but those are not always reliable)

try an asus p8z68-v http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $137

its a little more pricey, or if you actually need pcie 3.0 slots then you can shell out another $50 for the GEN3 version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189

other then that your system look great to me

though an i5 2500k would be plenty and would save you $100
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February 16, 2012 8:28:58 PM

also +1 on the hyper 212 evo, i have that cooler and it works great
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February 16, 2012 8:38:49 PM

With him doing 3d modeling and other CPU intensive type things, the hyperthreading in the 2700k is miles better for him rather than the 2500k.
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February 16, 2012 8:41:44 PM

ahh true, wasnt thinking about that, sticking with the i7 is good then
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February 16, 2012 8:49:35 PM

im going to go ahead and get that asus GEN 3 bord looks really nice, does the GTX 570 have alot of pushing power for games like Skyrim, Metro 2033, BF3 and what not? is there any benefits that the i7 have over the i5?
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February 16, 2012 8:55:19 PM

asus board gen3 is good choice, gtx 570 will be fine playing BF3 on ultra, skyrim no prob, metro 2033 no prob. I7's benefit is hyperthreading which allows you to do 3d modeling and editing much better than the i5 which only has 4 cores and 4 threads, compared to the i7 2600k with 4 cores and 8 threads.
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