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Critque my 2600$ build

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February 17, 2012 3:38:49 PM

i would like to know if this build is compatible if it has quality parts if it will bottleneck and any advice u have 4 me

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month

Budget Range: up to 2600$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming,schoolwork

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, monitor, mouse pad

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: usa

Parts Preferences: intel cpu, probly amd gpu

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: case must be black

current parts

case: cm haf x
mobo: asrock z68 extreme3
cpu: intel i5 2500k
cpu cooler: cm hyper 212 plus
gpu: amd radeon hd 7970
hhd: wd caviar black 1.5tb
ssd: corsair force series 3 60gb
ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
psu: cm silent pro hybrid 850w
op drive: lg black 12x bd-rom
xtra fans: 1x nzxt silent 200mm red led

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February 17, 2012 4:02:12 PM

CPU Cooler - The Hyper 212 EVO replaced the 212+ and boasts better cooling.
CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO - $35

HDD - The WD Black is a good drive, but used for storage / apps you won't see any benefit over a good 2TB drive. Consider going with the Samsung F4 2TB.
HD - Samsung F4 2TB - $160

SSD - 60GB is pretty small. It can work, but you would be better off with a 90GB or 120GB.
SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - $164

MEM - Fine and all, but skip the tall heat spreaders. They can cause clearance issues with some aftermarket CPU coolers. Look for standard height / low profile DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5v.
MEM - Corsair vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $50

PSU - Stick with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic. 850w is a good size for planning to add a second HD 7970 down the road.
PSU - XFX PRO850W - $100 after MIR
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February 17, 2012 4:09:39 PM

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HDD - The WD Black is a good drive, but used for storage / apps you won't see any benefit over a good 2TB drive. Consider going with the Samsung F4 2TB.
HD - Samsung F4 2TB - $160


Plus you'll be paying huge premiums for them right now with the HD shortages - like double or triple what the comparable Samsung and Seagate drives run.

On a $2600 build you'd be wise to consider an X79 CPU. It will ensure your system is a bit more future proof.

The CM Silent Pro I don't think would be the best PSU choice, nor is the Corsair Force series for your SSD.

Try something like this:

Case: NZXT Phantom - $129.99
PSU: Seasonic X750 Gold - $179.99
Motherboard: Asrock X79 Extreme 4 - $339.99
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K - $599.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 - $99.99 - *OR* - Phanteks PH-TC14 - $99.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1600 1.7V - $159.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $109.99
HD: Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB - $159.99
Optical: LG DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 - $559.99

Total: $2,357.99

You can use the difference for OS (I suggest Win 7 Pro on an X79 build) and things like that.
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February 17, 2012 5:57:00 PM

made these changes

cpu cooler: cm hyper 212 evo
ssd: 64gb crucial m4 ssd
psu: silverstone strider gold st85f-g 850w
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February 17, 2012 6:49:59 PM

oh and im getting g.skill instead of corsair vengeance becuz corsair is taller and can get in the way. is there anything else i should get 4 my build???
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February 17, 2012 9:43:41 PM

emprer said:
oh and im getting g.skill instead of corsair vengeance becuz corsair is taller and can get in the way. is there anything else i should get 4 my build???


You should really look at X79 motherboards and CPUs before buying. If the high price of the 3930K is too much for your budget (it shouldn't be) if you're buying in a month the i7-3820K will be out and it will be half the cost. With that you could get the X79 setup I listed and run two Radeon 7950s in Crossfire *IN* native PCI-e x 3.0 and not lose a step.
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February 17, 2012 9:50:17 PM

emprer said:
made these changes

cpu cooler: cm hyper 212 evo
ssd: 64gb crucial m4 ssd
psu: silverstone strider gold st85f-g 850w



Seriously don't try to use a 64gb boot drive on this budget. My system and just like 2 big games are overflowing the 128gb M4.
I saw the 128 on sale for $159 the other day. Not sure if it still is.
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February 18, 2012 1:13:47 AM

oops :o  .......... did i post 2600$ budget i meant 1600$ must have accidently bumped the 2...
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February 18, 2012 1:47:49 AM

xtremegamer2da-max said:
oops :o  .......... did i post 2600$ budget i meant 1600$ must have accidently bumped the 2...

Lol... Should check b4 completing it lol...
CPU: 2500k $220(You can get a Pentium G650 LGA 1155 $ and upgrade to Ivy Bridge i7 later which I would recommended because of 7-16% performance faster than Sandy-Bridge)
GPU: 2(two) AMD 7950 $900(If you use only 1 monitor than only get 1...)
MoBo: Asus Maximus Gen. 3 $170
RAM: Corsair 8GB 2x4GB 1600MHz 8-8-8-20/22 $50
HDD: 2(two) 700GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache Seagate Momentus TX $350 (Recommended RAID 0)

Total: $1690

Note: Price might be off a bit off, it could probably be $1750 but depends on the brand or that's over these price...

Recommend you get the 2 HDD because in RAID 0, they can reach the performance of 200MB/s read & write...

EDIT: Totally forgot about PSU&Case XD... Get a Corsair TX750w $100
You can drop the 2 HDD and get a 120GB SSD but it's a waste of money because of the storage for games and for school stuff...
Mid tower like Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC for $40 is good enough OR if you drop 1 GPU than get like a $100 Case like Antec Nine Hundred is awesome...
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February 18, 2012 1:58:29 AM

and thats not including a bd-rom or a cpu cooler so thats more like 1900$ build :non:  plus a 7970 is less than 2 7950's :D  and id rather get the wd black 1.5tb hhd w/ a 64gb ssd since im only putting the os on it ;)  and g.skill is shorter than corsair :sol:  and a 2500k is 230$ not 220$ :(  and an asrock z68 extreme3 is a cheaper mobo and i doubt its much worse than the asus u reccomended :ouch: 
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February 18, 2012 2:01:14 AM

Ya have a mix of high end and low end parts making the build a bit unbalanced.

Case / PSU - The HAF-X is a great case so it's odd seeing it paired with a CM PSU.

Best pairings:

Antec 1200V3 w/ CP-850 ......

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

[The CP-850] is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

$140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Antec has used an integrated systems approach for its CP-850 and its best cases, and if that approach is an advantage over all other case/PSU combinations, then, all the more power to Antec!


Corsair 500R w/ Corsair HX850

$125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$165 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo / CPU - The CPU is the consensus gaming box favorite but a budget MoBo with a chinsy 2 year warranty doesn't fit.
$205 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - Hyper 21 is a great coioler for a $1k build but at $2600, I'd have Phanteks PH-TC14PE in there affixed w/ Shin Etsu TIM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX- At 81 cents per frame, I just can't make a case for the 7970

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:

$ 160.00 6870 (434/701) $ 0.37 - $ 0.46
$ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
$ 205.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.41 - $ 0.48
$ 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

Two 6870's for just $320 top the $550 7970 by 26 fps
Two 560's for just $410 top the $550 7970 by 187 fps

I', thinkin the 78xx series will provide the best bang for the buck from AMD this year.

-SSD - The fastest 120 / 128 GB models are the tier 3's here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmar...

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB, Patriot WildFire 120 GB, Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB

I'd be looking for an optical that plays Blue Ray

$60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 18, 2012 2:43:10 AM

xtremegamer2da-max said:
and thats not including a bd-rom or a cpu cooler so thats more like 1900$ build :non:  plus a 7970 is less than 2 7950's :D  and id rather get the wd black 1.5tb hhd w/ a 64gb ssd since im only putting the os on it ;)  and g.skill is shorter than corsair :sol:  and a 2500k is 230$ not 220$ :(  and an asrock z68 extreme3 is a cheaper mobo and i doubt its much worse than the asus u reccomended :ouch: 

What kind of games you play? Some low end like LOL(League of Legend)? Or some high-end like MW3 or BF3?
You haven't tell us if you have 1, 2, or 3 monitor gaming setup...
There's different type of Corsair memory, some low profile heatsink which is smaller than G.Skill or the same...
The 2500k in my world(U.S.A.) is $220 http://www.portatech.com/catalog/viewitem.asp?ID=71203&... or $225 at http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=I5-2500KBX&c=pw&h...
You can always get some of those stuff and it's obviously simple or common sense... Drop a GPU and buy those stuff if want... Stock LGA 1155 Heatsink can get a 2500k up to 4Ghz without a single sweat but after that, it'll hit 80*C or more depends on OC...(You dont need 10GHz CPU to run games or simple application, A little OC is enough especially when stock heatsink can get you high enough...)
If you read some reviews on the ASRock Z68, there's kind of lots of bad reviews, you dont want that to be you too, A high quality board will last you longer, so far, ASUS made "some" of the most reliable MoBo with awesome features(Mostly involve for gamers)...
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February 18, 2012 4:25:23 AM

i will have 3 monitors 1 is a 23" 3D screen and the other 2 are 19" screens and i will play ToR, GW2, maybe some WoW and new games that come out i will overclock my cpu to about 4.5 and my gpu to maybe 1100-1200 mhz and will probably eventually cf with another 7970
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February 21, 2012 7:20:36 PM

It is a beast of a rig but I think you could have gotten off a little cheaper, to be honest. I would have gotten two 580s and passed on the SSD, instead putting the power where it counts. Faster loading times is a foolish investment, in my opinion - no offense.

Otherwise, you should be very proud. You are the owner of a future proofed beast of a rig.

Congrats.
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February 21, 2012 7:35:41 PM

well load times count 4 me since i browse web sometimes and a 7970 is enough fa me
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February 23, 2012 5:04:17 PM

xtremegamer2da-max said:
well load times count 4 me since i browse web sometimes and a 7970 is enough fa me


SSD has nothing to do with web-browsing, nor does your video card.

Web browsing quality is contingent on internet speed and nothing more.

Even uploads have nothing to do with your drive, or very little if any.
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