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Sanity Check on Intel Core i7 Build

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April 1, 2012 3:50:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this month...
Budget Range: < $1,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SWTOR, WoW, etc), Handbrake, internet/doc editing, idling
Parts Not Required: kb, mouse, monitor, PS, XFX HD 6870
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (its a shipping issue)
Country: Alaska
Parts Preferences: Don't care
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire (in the future maybe...)
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
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My old Phenom X4 9500 isn't cutting it anymore and needs to be upgraded. Looking to confirm that this PC will be sufficient for 2-3 years and will be capable of OC'ing like crazy. PC spends most of the day idling, but does get involved with heavy encoding on Handbrake and gaming on the occasion. PSU is sufficient to power system. Storage drives are coming out of the Phenom X4. I've considered the Intel Core i5 2500K, but for $100 figured I should push to the faster CPU for encoding. Any pointers or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Processor
MB: ASRock Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
RAM: Corsair 16 GB Vengeance Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800
Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H100
SSD: Corsair 120 GB Force Series 3 SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive
Case: Arc Fractal Midi

Edit 2: Updated MB
April 1, 2012 3:53:55 AM

That motherboard isn't compatible with that CPU, btw. Just putting that out there...you'll need an LGA 1155 Motherboard, not LGA 2011.
April 1, 2012 3:55:19 AM

Thanks. Do you have a recommended board in LGA 1155?
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April 1, 2012 3:57:11 AM

These are a few good ones:
GIGABYTE Z68X UD3H
ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68
April 1, 2012 3:57:24 AM

First off: the 2600k isn't compatible with lga2011. you'll need a 3930k or a 3960x. The 3960x will "overclock like crazy". ***ok too late***
April 1, 2012 4:01:24 AM

Thanks for the feedback.

-Is there a notable difference between the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 and the Extreme7 Gen3?

@ James the 3930k is outside of my price range. Thanks for the recommendation though.
April 1, 2012 4:04:41 AM

I honestly don't know. You'd have to compare their features.
April 1, 2012 4:11:08 AM

it the main chipset it uses. the new z77 chipset that has built in usb 3.0 supprt and pci 3.0 supprt in the chipset.
plus intel made this new selling feature called quickboot. the ivy brige chips are going to be the same price as there older sandy bridge. the z77 also will run both if you find a good deal on sandy or ivy bridge.
April 1, 2012 6:38:12 AM

So other than Mobo corrections. Any other recommendations on this build?
April 1, 2012 6:48:29 AM

Based on the number of threads tonight I've read that started with ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Issues/Problems, I'd go with an ASUS Z68 Deluxe board or a Gigabyte.
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