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March 10, 2012 1:22:49 AM

Hi there,
This configuration may be a little overkill (at least for a 1366x768 monitor), but I would like to know your opinion about the "future proof" of this configuration (specially about the mother and the case):

Processor: Intel i7 2600k processor Sandy Bridge
Video Card: Asus Nvidia GTX 570
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68 deluxe gen 3
Memory: DDR3 8 GB Sniper
HD: 1tb WD Caviar Black
Power: 900 watts modular for a good brand.
Case: Sentey Cyclone GS-7000.

So my questions are:
Is this configuration future proof in your opinion? I would like to have this for at least six years.
Is this configuration compatible?


What do you think?

Thanks for your insight!

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March 10, 2012 5:18:52 AM

PSU: A lot of people I see like the Corsair Enthusiast Series. I personally have an old Cooler Master 750 and it's been solid. I also like Silverstone but they are a bit pricey.

Your config is compatible, but I'd get an SSD as your boot and the Caviar as a backup/data drive. Your mobo is a good choice, gives you upgrade paths later on.

No one can forsee future-ability, quantum processors or 3D stack CPUs may hit the market in 3 years (total BS guess) and render all old 'silicone' chips useless :)  But I'd say you got a good run at it.
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March 10, 2012 5:28:10 AM

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PSU: A lot of people I see like the Corsair Enthusiast Series. I personally have an old Cooler Master 750 and it's been solid. I also like Silverstone but they are a bit pricey.


Not when compared to a lot of the competition - I use Corsair PSUs because they're solidly built, reliable, and low cost. Both of my systems have the TX750 and they've been problem free for the most part.

These would be my suggestions:

1. Sentey cases are crap for the most part - you're better going with something from Corsair, Antec, Cooler Master, or Fractal Design.

2. The 2600K is not needed for a gaming system - drop that to a 2500K and invest the difference in upgrading your GPU to a Radeon 7950:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. 900W is pretty much overkill for any build, use this to calculate your needed wattage: http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalcula...
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March 10, 2012 12:55:18 PM

Thank you guys!!
So, Corsair should be the chosen one to power the beast.
Um, why Sentey cases are crap? So sad, it looked very nice...
I´ve picked up the 2600k because I´m mostly use the pc to open several programs, many of them video editors. And for gaming too, of course :) 

Thanks!!!

Rosamunda
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March 10, 2012 5:50:01 PM

rosamunda said:
Thank you guys!!
So, Corsair should be the chosen one to power the beast.
Um, why Sentey cases are crap? So sad, it looked very nice...
I´ve picked up the 2600k because I´m mostly use the pc to open several programs, many of them video editors. And for gaming too, of course :) 

Thanks!!!

Rosamunda


They're a tier 3 or tier 4 vendor at best - I've used their cases and they're pretty poorly constructed - they're a brand like Raidmax that makes cases that, while look cool, fall apart easily after a year or so.

Plus the tier 3 and tier 4 vendors hardly ever update their designs for modern components and air flow systems - they don't have things like top vents, USB 3.0 and eSATA ports, that sort of thing.

These would be better manufactured cases for the price:
- Fractal Design Arc MIDI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Corsair Carbide 400R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- NZXT Phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec 1100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you use video editing programs (CS5, After Effects, etc) the 2600K is fine, for gaming you don't need the extra threads.
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March 10, 2012 5:56:19 PM

Best answer selected by Rosamunda.
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