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March 7, 2012 2:55:38 AM

Hi guys,
This is I think my first post on these forums, I would be building my 2nd rig within a few years and threw together a small template with what I had in mind for a build. Like in the description, the price is around $2,000 CAD/USD with the current total at $1,750~.

Im looking for advice on performance/value/reliability (arent we all?) on some of these parts. I would be open to literally any suggestions / criticisms.

The research I spent on this build was about 30 minutes as Ive been a bit handicapped by time, so any advice would go a long way :-)

Thanks!
-Kreamy


Approximate Purchase Date: From near future (a few weeks) to, depending on some of the answers - this next christmas time if there is something worthwhile (along the lines of a new great CPU, GPU, new format RAM etc.. that I have not as yet read about?)

Budget Range: ~$1,500-~$2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing

Parts Not Required:(  keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:(  www.ncix.com, www.newegg.ca (any other etailers that provide in canada are welcome of course)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: nVIDIA cards (eVGA), Intel CPU, ASUS boards, corsair PSU

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution : 1920x1080

Additional Comments:(  most interested in switching out parts that either A) there are ones with similar function, that are less expensive/more expensive but more reliable. or B) of higher quality in that price range or give a great price-performance in that range. I am very interested in the i7 2600k with unlocked mulitpliers + quad core with HT... just a thought.

Main concerns :
Wondering if full tower is mandatory, or if there are some midtowers out there that can accomodate the GPU @ 10.4" (or are known) to be spacious? (worst case I can figure that out later once the parts are ironed out)
For the SSD, is there a leading company VS ocz, storage minimum to run OS + what else should be run on that drive?
GPU = looking to run one single display, at 1920x1080, I feel like its a good price/performance at ~$350. Worth it to upgrade a bit? or SLI for this build? I was having trouble finding benchmarks of single vs SLI on same test beds.. (worst case I can look further into that)
Motherboard : the motherboard is my main concern, I was reading up on certain things with PCIE "limitations" or splitting of slots x16 x4 type of things, whatever it was and some of the benchmarks accompanying it. I would be intersted in a mid level board $150-$250, I chose the Z68 chipset as the building block, however I havent nearly put enough time into fully researching everything, so please please forgive me. If there are suggestions as to which boards for intel that (in the event) i choose to SLI from onset or later, can give me 8x 8x would be great!

build is as follows, with all accessed from: www.newegg.ca


Optical : ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM Item #: N82E16827135204
$20.99


Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ... Item #: N82E16811119160
$159.99


PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC ... Item #: N82E16817139011
$179.99


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... Item #: N82E16819115070
$329.99

OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM Item #: N82E16832116986

$114.99


HDD storage/gaming? : Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822136284
$139.99

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Item #: N82E16814130593
$349.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Item #: N82E16820231428
$46.99


Motherboard : ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Item #: N82E16813131773
$139.99

CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... Item #: N82E16835103065
$34.99

SSD for OS: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Item #: N82E16820227706
$209.99

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March 7, 2012 3:46:29 AM

kreamy said:
Hi guys,
This is I think my first post on these forums, I would be building my 2nd rig within a few years and threw together a small template with what I had in mind for a build. Like in the description, the price is around $2,000 CAD/USD with the current total at $1,750~.

Im looking for advice on performance/value/reliability (arent we all?) on some of these parts. I would be open to literally any suggestions / criticisms.

The research I spent on this build was about 30 minutes as Ive been a bit handicapped by time, so any advice would go a long way :-)

Thanks!
-Kreamy


Approximate Purchase Date: From near future (a few weeks) to, depending on some of the answers - this next christmas time if there is something worthwhile (along the lines of a new great CPU, GPU, new format RAM etc.. that I have not as yet read about?)

Budget Range: ~$1,500-~$2,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing

Parts Not Required:(  keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:(  www.ncix.com, www.newegg.ca (any other etailers that provide in canada are welcome of course)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: nVIDIA cards (eVGA), Intel CPU, ASUS boards, corsair PSU

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution : 1920x1080

Additional Comments:(  most interested in switching out parts that either A) there are ones with similar function, that are less expensive/more expensive but more reliable. or B) of higher quality in that price range or give a great price-performance in that range. I am very interested in the i7 2600k with unlocked mulitpliers + quad core with HT... just a thought.

Main concerns :
Wondering if full tower is mandatory, or if there are some midtowers out there that can accomodate the GPU @ 10.4" (or are known) to be spacious? (worst case I can figure that out later once the parts are ironed out)
For the SSD, is there a leading company VS ocz, storage minimum to run OS + what else should be run on that drive?
GPU = looking to run one single display, at 1920x1080, I feel like its a good price/performance at ~$350. Worth it to upgrade a bit? or SLI for this build? I was having trouble finding benchmarks of single vs SLI on same test beds.. (worst case I can look further into that)
Motherboard : the motherboard is my main concern, I was reading up on certain things with PCIE "limitations" or splitting of slots x16 x4 type of things, whatever it was and some of the benchmarks accompanying it. I would be intersted in a mid level board $150-$250, I chose the Z68 chipset as the building block, however I havent nearly put enough time into fully researching everything, so please please forgive me. If there are suggestions as to which boards for intel that (in the event) i choose to SLI from onset or later, can give me 8x 8x would be great!

build is as follows, with all accessed from: www.newegg.ca


Optical : ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM Item #: N82E16827135204
$20.99


Case : COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ... Item #: N82E16811119160
$159.99


PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC ... Item #: N82E16817139011
$179.99


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ... Item #: N82E16819115070
$329.99

OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM Item #: N82E16832116986

$114.99


HDD storage/gaming? : Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822136284
$139.99

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Item #: N82E16814130593
$349.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Item #: N82E16820231428
$46.99


Motherboard : ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS Item #: N82E16813131773
$139.99

CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... Item #: N82E16835103065
$34.99

SSD for OS: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Item #: N82E16820227706
$209.99



Alright For your Price range I'll think you'll be very happy....... :)  I was even surprised.
I kept some items on your current build but upgraded a few.

All items purchased from newegg

Asus DRW Black Sata 24x Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digita; Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Evga GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 16G DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Enthusiant Series 850w Bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 X79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i7-3930k Six Core 3.2Ghx (3.8Ghz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 128G SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAf 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Implemented a different SSD OCZ is a good brand but there are plenty of solid brand SSD's and Crucial is one of them.
Completely upgraded your Mobo and processor to the latest available at the moment. The processor itself with the h100 corsair liquid cooling can be overclocked to 4.8ghz (That's six cores on 4.8 ghz)!!!! The Cpu cooler is easily mounted on the inside top panel of your CM Haf case.
16Gig Corsair Vengeance at 1600 ddr3. plenty of memory space for anything you do.

Honestly this is almost a complete upgrade from your current build. Sad to say I only went over 30$ =p


Total price including shipping: $2,034.72
If you send in rebates it goes below 2000 FTW!!!!

Enjoy.
March 7, 2012 2:05:48 PM

Cloudz00x said:
Alright For your Price range I'll think you'll be very happy....... :)  I was even surprised.
I kept some items on your current build but upgraded a few.

All items purchased from newegg

Asus DRW Black Sata 24x Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digita; Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Evga GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Vengeance 16G DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Enthusiant Series 850w Bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 X79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i7-3930k Six Core 3.2Ghx (3.8Ghz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 128G SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAf 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Implemented a different SSD OCZ is a good brand but there are plenty of solid brand SSD's and Crucial is one of them.
Completely upgraded your Mobo and processor to the latest available at the moment. The processor itself with the h100 corsair liquid cooling can be overclocked to 4.8ghz (That's six cores on 4.8 ghz)!!!! The Cpu cooler is easily mounted on the inside top panel of your CM Haf case.
16Gig Corsair Vengeance at 1600 ddr3. plenty of memory space for anything you do.

Honestly this is almost a complete upgrade from your current build. Sad to say I only went over 30$ =p


Total price including shipping: $2,034.72
If you send in rebates it goes below 2000 FTW!!!!

Enjoy.


literally, too awesome.

thanks the bunch man :-)
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March 7, 2012 2:20:50 PM

i'd take your original build, change the i7 to an i5 2500k (HT doesn't make a difference in gaming), and upgrade the gtx 570 to either an hd 7950 or 7970.
March 7, 2012 2:29:13 PM

no you want the six cores its a intel cpu too you can't go bad with that :D 
March 7, 2012 2:36:35 PM

alvine said:
no you want the six cores its a intel cpu too you can't go bad with that :D 

but does he need the 6 cores? he hasn't mentioned anything about video editing or anything else that i5 2500k won't be able to handle.
March 7, 2012 3:03:01 PM

Yea, but he kinda stated, he wanted to be future proof. Of at least thats how i'd wanna set it up. Also you changed his Graphics card to AMD.....He wants NVIDIA. When i recommend parts i try to stick as close as i can to what the Original poster wants (Personal Preference) and maybe tweak a thing or 2 that i think he could save money on. But With Kepler Around the corner. the GTX 570 isnt a bad buy but it will be when kepler gets here.
March 7, 2012 3:34:12 PM

yea, i get what you guys are saying. as i did more research i "downgraded" to the 2500k as far as the sole gaming needs.

Also, im open to those suggestions of other video cards, and i know at the moment the 7k series of ATI are "better" than the 5X series, but also I do know that this back and forth battle is ongoing, so ill just buy whatever is best and suits my gaming needs (most of the games i play are "nvidia optimized").

Still, i would be open to looking at those ATI cards. Im not looking to futureproof, it will be a 1 time build, that i intend of having a good foreseable future value, im currently on a 3-4yr old rig with a wolfdale 4gb ddr2 and a 8800gts lol, anythiing will be an upgradee :) 

im gonna look over everything i have and skim the price down in some areas and maybe spend the extra on the GPU :) 

ill repost when i have a clearer uupdate!
March 7, 2012 4:49:05 PM

Kreamy I just build something really similar. Check my Post "My Build, My thoughts, and Yours" some things to consider in there.

I would go with the 2500k... I did..
I like Samsung 830 SSD..
I like Corsair Cases more then the Coolermasters for easier install and better cable management.
I opted for 7970 because I've always bought the best Graphics Card I can afford. I think this one will survive my entire build untill my next.. Hopefully 5-6 years.

I too just upgrades from a wolfdale 8400 with 8800gts originally but I upgraded it to a 550ti a year ago. Still a good running machine, but not a gaming powerhouse I wanted thats for sure.
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