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February 17, 2012 2:22:15 PM

All right geeks it is time for you all to put your heads together and make sure my build is worthy of the case I am putting it in. :) 

Current build as it stands 2/17/12

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: Intel I7-2600k / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
CPU COOLER: CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler / http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ok there you have it, my current build. My main concern is the water cooler. It should fit inside the case I have chosen from what I have read and everything else should compliment each other fine. Just wanted to get a last thought on it before I went through. Any recommendations are helpful.

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February 17, 2012 2:27:56 PM

looks solid post some pics when you put it all together :) 
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February 17, 2012 2:34:31 PM

if its only for gaming, drop to an i5 2500k
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February 17, 2012 2:40:54 PM

You could save a bunch of money but if you want to spend it then go ahead. You planning on doing more than just playing games? if not a i5-2500k would be fine, if your going to do heavy editing you might want to grab some more ram, 16GB. You just using one GPU? or are x-fireing? Your PSU is overkill even if you do throw in a second card and I would go with a more trusted brand of PSU, Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX. If you have the cash to burn then I think your fine but you could save A LOT of money.
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February 17, 2012 2:42:58 PM

Great , solid build.
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February 17, 2012 2:45:34 PM

Lokster1 said:
You could save a bunch of money but if you want to spend it then go ahead. You planning on doing more than just playing games? if not a i5-2500k would be fine, if your going to do heavy editing you might want to grab some more ram, 16GB. You just using one GPU? or are x-fireing? Your PSU is overkill even if you do throw in a second card and I would go with a more trusted brand of PSU, Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX. If you have the cash to burn then I think your fine but you could save A LOT of money.


Right now I am just using 1 gpu the PSU is overkill because I was thinking of upgrading to a second card when I had the money. For the CPU yes I am mainly just doing gaming but I do venture into editing and certain 3d rendering from time to time, nothing big but I wanted a solid CPU anyways.

I might look at going with a corsair PSU. I trust corsair as a name brand anyways.
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February 17, 2012 2:53:41 PM

carms21 said:
Right now I am just using 1 gpu the PSU is overkill because I was thinking of upgrading to a second card when I had the money. For the CPU yes I am mainly just doing gaming but I do venture into editing and certain 3d rendering from time to time, nothing big but I wanted a solid CPU anyways.

I might look at going with a corsair PSU. I trust corsair as a name brand anyways.


The Radeons don't draw much power I think you would be fine with a 850W

Non-modular: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Modular: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again still a lot of room to save some cash if you wanted to
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February 17, 2012 3:02:04 PM

Ok I went with the non-modular corsair. Thank you for pointing that out I kept overlooking the PSU for some reason and I have pretty much always gone with corsairs.

What else could you recommend to "save cash" other than reducing the CPU?
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February 17, 2012 3:16:27 PM

To save some money you can change the motherboard with one of these.
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 190$
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 205$
You can SLI , Crossfire with any of them and are almost the same boards with a few USB and PCI slots minus. If you don't use that DelUxe at full capacity don't invest so much money when you have cheaper and good options.
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February 17, 2012 3:32:04 PM

If the build is for gaming you don't need 16GB RAM.
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February 17, 2012 3:38:16 PM

sosofm said:
If the build is for gaming you don't need 16GB RAM.


Bah humbug I ment 12gb anyways and I will probably stick with G.SKILL ripjaw I have heard good reviews about it.
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February 17, 2012 3:47:09 PM

Ok I have seen a lot of you post about how the 2600k is a useless purchase if it is just for gaming. The extra threading you get is mainly beneficial in video editing and rendering which I do not do much of. I could go down to a 2500k or what about the new 2550k and not bottleneck anything in the process?
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February 17, 2012 3:50:28 PM

2550k is a 2500k with a disabled integrated graphics and a 100mhz bump
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February 17, 2012 3:59:41 PM

Since ya about to fire, here's some alternatives to consider:

-I'd rather have the Level 10GT Snow but case selection is often very much a personal aesthetic decision.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

-If ya can justify the extra $100 for the 2600k, I don't see how ya ignore paying another $40 for the 2700k. For gaming box, I'd use 2500k.

-Unless ya have an issue with two cards for some reason, I have a hard time justifying the 81 cents per frame cost of the 7970. Can get almost a 30% performance increase (862 fps versus 675) for less than 3/4 of the 7970's price.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$ 155.00 460-768 MB (314/592) $ 0.49 - $ 0.52
$ 155.00 6850 (371/634) $ 0.42 - $ 0.49
$ 160.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.37 - $ 0.46
$ 220.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.46 - $ 0.59
$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
$ 320.00 6970 (526/825) $ 0.61 - $ 0.78
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
$ 340.00 570 (524/873) $ 0.65 - $ 0.78
$ 500.00 580 (616/953) $ 0.81 - $ 1.05
$ 450.00 7950 (603/NG) $ 0.75 - ERR
$ 550.00 7970 (675/NG) $ 0.81 - ERR

Getting 675 fps for 81 cents per frame with the 7970 .... or two 6870's for 46 cents per frame and 701 fps .... 7970 gives you 96% of the performance for 172% of the price.

.... or two factory OC'd 6950's for 63 cents per frame and 759 fps .... 7970 gives you 89% of the performance for 115% of the price.

.... or two factory OC'd 560's for 48 cents per frame and 862 fps .... 7970 gives you 78% of the performance for 134% of the price. The 560's, like the 79xx series can hit 30% over reference speeds.

Yes, the argument exists that ya can add another 7970....but using the same scaling factor as the 6970 since current drivers aren't yet handling CF too well, we can expect 1059 fps at a cost of 96 cents per frame. That's twice the price of the twin 560's for 23% performance increase. Actually, considering the law of diminishing returns , that's not too bad....the 580's are at $1.05per frame .... but I won't buy them either :) . In the end, if ya sure ya gonna CF in the future, the 7970's seem more attractive but if ya just thinking one, I'd definitely get the twin 560's above instead and put $140 back in my pocket. In fact, if ya save another $100 getting the 2500k, that just about covers a new 3D 120Hz monitor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At one time PCP&C was the premier PSU manufacturer in the world. But, I don't see the value in the OCZ PSU you selected (PCP&C has been an OCZ company for several years now and no longer the "be all and end all" of PSU quality). I'd be more likely to purchase an HX850 (avoid the HX1000 and HX1050). If ya don't need / want a 10.0 performance rated unit (jonnyguru), the XFX Core Edition 850 is just $100

RAM - Id get the Corsair's .... and skip the tall toothy heat sinks that serve no purpose with DDR3 other than perhaps to prevent the better CPU cooler installations.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

No Blue Ray watchin capability in a $2400 build ?

$52 after promo and $20 MIR - $10 off w/ promo code ASUSBDE10, ends 2/23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TIM ? - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Personally not a fan of the H series coolers due to fan noise and no significant thermal advantage over much quieter air coolers like the Phanteks and Silver Arrow.....not to mention the Sandy Bridge processors don't need super high performance coolers

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

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It's almost ironic that coolers like this are becoming available just as processors transition to designs that may ultimately render them unnecessary; even overclocked to 5GHz, an Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K doesn't need anywhere near this level of cooling.
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February 17, 2012 4:19:52 PM

A couple of nice cases from Corsair that will save some $$$, but for case it's all about what you personally like:

500R - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

650D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

800D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are so many quality case for 100-200 bucks cheaper than the one you have, I would take a look around and see if you like something else and save some cash. I think with a few different options at lower cost you might be able to get a second GPU right now.

One more thing is that HDD are extremely expensive right now, could you wait to buy one or get a smaller drive?
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February 17, 2012 7:15:28 PM

Jack you made some very good points in your post. In terms of the GPU I will do a little more research into what you posted but I have had my mind on 2 7970's in the future anyways.

So jack you would recommend the Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler over the h100 WC? Does anyone else have any other recommendations about cooling as well? I know that if I did go with the Silver Arrow I would have to get Low Profile ram to account for the size of the rad.

Also since this is mainly a gaming pc I am going to go with the 2500k instead of the 2600k.

Also were you recommending the TIM you posted for the Silver Arrow or am I completely missing something.
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February 18, 2012 6:13:38 AM

Best answer selected by carms21.
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