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$1500-$1600 Gaming/Work/All Around PC

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March 13, 2012 3:38:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week or so.

Budget Range: ~$1500 - $1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: This will be an all around computer. Virtual Machines for work, Gaming and movies for pleasure. I tend to make my systems last a LONG time and don't upgrade much at all. This is my first new build in about 5 years.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon / Newegg. Prefer Amazon as I am a prime member. Plus live in California so Amazon is a plus.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, not now.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 now on a 24" Dell with USB dongles to a 21" and a 19" monitor. I'll probably get rid of all these monitors and go with 3x23" Asus monitors but that is not something that I'm worried about at this time. Would game on the 1920x1200 Dell for now.

Additional Comments: I am looking for a quiet system that will be a great gamer/movie player however allow me to run all the VM's(vmware workstation8 with minimum 5 open VMs running an appliance as well as linux and various windows OS's) I require to do my work. Right now I'm running a Dell 9200 with 8GB of RAM on WIN7 Pro 64bit. My system becomes IO bottle necked(as seen in perfmon) and RAM exhausted when working. I specifically chose the liquid cooling because I think this will be quieter than a bunch of fans.

Here is what I have picked out so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Hard Drive: Corsair Nova Series 2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3GB Video Card
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer

Comments/Suggestions?

Regards,
Jim

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March 13, 2012 3:55:00 PM

Five open VM's..... Your problem here is going to be disk. Two VM's per spindle is a good starting point. If you spin up three or more on a single HD you will see serious performance issues with read / writes. Consider going with a handful of smaller hard drives to split the load.

CPU Cooler - Unless you really want water cooling, the Hyper 212 EVO will do a great job cooling (overclocked or not) for a fraction of the price.
Hyper 212 EVO - $35

MEM - Fine and all, just make sure they are 1.5v modules and do NOT have tall heat spreaders.

SSD - Crucial M4 or Samsung 830...
M4 128GB - $175

HDD - 3 x Seagate 250GB
3 x Seagate 250GB - $80 / $240Item=N82E16820148442
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March 13, 2012 4:00:45 PM

Drop the cooler, any good price air cooler will perform equal or better and can costs less. Get something like a cm hyper 212 or if you want something better, the thermaltake frio or noctua d14 is a great choice.

For SSD, crucial m4 is the best choice. Very reliable and the price has gone down these days
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would suggest getting the 7950 at rather than a 580 because it performs equal or slightly better but costs less and has a lower power consumption. If you're planning on SLI/crossfire later, it's better to get a 750-850W power supply, consider the corsair HX750/HX850 or seasonic x850

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

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

Overall, the build is pretty good but you have to bear in mind that there's no way I can assure you it'll run game 5 years later at very high settings. You will need to upgrade some parts at some point
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March 13, 2012 5:03:50 PM

I definitely agree with the above about dropping the liquid cooler and second the suggestion of the 7950 and Crucial M4.

You also don't need 16GB of RAM for this type of system - chances are you probably won't need more than 8 - you most likely will never use 16GB.

I'd drop the 2600K to the 2500K and invest that difference with that and the RAM in upgrading your PSU and motherboard.

For PSU I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And for motherboard I'd suggest this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also watch the heat sinks on the Vengeance - or any RAM for that matter, you want something low profile. I'd recommend this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 13, 2012 5:08:20 PM

^ great psu but non-modular. Given the budget, I'd say a modular psu is highly recommended.
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March 13, 2012 5:37:27 PM

Thank you for the replies on this so far. I was wondering about the MOBO and will investigate other options.

Regarding the RAM I do feel I require a decent chunk of RAM as I dedicate 1GB RAM to the Windows VM's and the VM appliances I support require 2Gig each. Right now with 8GB installed and not all my VM's running Ive got 1GB free. I do agree though that the most significant area I can improve in is disk speed as someone else mentioned. I will address that.

Thank you again. I do appreciate the comments and suggestions.

Regards,
Jim
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March 13, 2012 5:38:00 PM

EzioAs said:
^ great psu but non-modular. Given the budget, I'd say a modular psu is highly recommended.


I'd say that's more of a personal preference thing. I've actually come to prefer non-modular PSUs. The modular ones I've owned (from a couple of different manufacturers) have given me nothing but problems, the non-modular ones I've used have all been problem free for the most part.

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HDD - 3 x Seagate 250GB
3 x Seagate 250GB - $80 / $240Item=N82E16820148442


Makes no sense when you can get a solid 2 - 3TB hard drive for that much and a good SSD on top of it.
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March 13, 2012 5:46:17 PM

^ yeah. Unless you're always making any changes or upgrades or cleaning the psu like once a every week, modular and non-modulars are pretty much the same. I agree that's a preference thing
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March 13, 2012 5:49:37 PM

EzioAs said:
^ yeah. Unless you're always making any changes or upgrades or cleaning the psu like once a every week, modular and non-modulars are pretty much the same. I agree that's a preference thing


It's pretty much a myth that having less cables in your system means it will be cleaner-looking, but it's actually in having a case that will allow you to route your cables behind the motherboard that will make a difference more than anything.
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March 26, 2012 5:02:20 PM

Best answer selected by jimbonnet.
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April 17, 2012 6:54:32 PM

Wanted to follow up on what I actually bought. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. As far as meeting the expectation I believe I got what I wanted. My VM images run quite fast and of course memory is no problem. I play rFactor and in widescreen mode I can easily get over 150fps with everything turned up and 40 cars on the track. CPU is not overclocked yet. The video card has a slight OC from the factory.

i7-2700k
ASUS P8Z680V PRO/GEN3
16Gb Kingston ram HyperX
Corsair TX V2 Modular 750W
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Sata III 7200RPM
Crucial M4 128Gig
Asus DVD burner
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Corsair Carbide 500R White
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 OC edition
3 VS248h-P monitors running eyefinity @ 5760x1080
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April 17, 2012 7:02:10 PM

Nice to hear your build is up and running
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