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So I'm planning on building a lower-end sandy bridge system that is aimed for being more of a silent and light gaming machine.

The x58 system I have right now is mostly used for folding, 3d rendering, editing, and other digital media related stuff. Well, of course it's great for intense gaming too but I don't do too much of that anymore, well.. not yet at least

My Goals for this build:
- Silent/Minimal Noise
- Enough to run modern games at decent settings
- Lower Overall Power Consumption
- Fast Boot
- To be kept on 24/7
- Overclockable

Primary Uses for this build:
- Light/Casual Gaming (typical MMOs and other games that don't require extreme GPU configs such as HoN)
- Browsing
- General Internet and Everyday Use
- Watching Movies/Listening to Music

So here is the build that I'm planning for the hardware and would like to know what you guys think....


CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ
CPU Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70
Motherboard: 1 x MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte 8GB (2X4GB) PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 C9-9-9-24 Dual Channel
Video Card: 1 x MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Hawk OC 950MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card
Case:Fractal Design Define R3 Titanium ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case
Power Supply" Seasonic M12II 620W Power Supply PFC 80+ Bronze Modular 120MM Fan
OS/Boot Drive: 1x OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64bit


Is there anything I should improve on?

Anything I should be aware of with these particular components?

Any changes I can make to the hardware config that you guys would recommend, and why?

Thank you all
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post #2 of 7
it looks like a good pc it would be great even for your main pc
 
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post #3 of 7
Looks like a great build, but since it should be a gaming rig (albeit light gaming) I would replace the 2600K by a 2500K and use the 100$ to upgrade the GPU. The mobo would likely support IvyBridge so there's no reason to go all-in on the CPU front right now.
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How is any PC with an i7 2600k lower end?


Get the i5 2500k as if you're not encoding, or doing other industrial tasks, you probably won't notice the effect of Hyper-threading compared to the i5, which is identical in every other way.


If you want your PC to be quiet, don't forget to invest in a good set of fans. Maybe a good fan controller too? With the money you'd save getting an i5, that'd be great.


The 560 is a great card, and all of your other components are pretty nice too. I might consider another motherboard if I were you, since for your budget, you might find a better one, but there won't be much in it.


Overall then, it's a pretty good build.
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post #5 of 7
looks good to me, can always save some $$ and go with a asrock p67 board as your CPU limited rather then motherboard limited.. I'd say keep the 560 and grab the SOC and clock it to 1ghz on the core..
post #6 of 7
How's any i5 or i7 any low end?

Get the i3 2xxx series processor & a compatible H67 board.

Best combo for energy savings is i3 2100T + H67 mobo.
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post #7 of 7
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It's low-end for my standards I guess, everyone's different right

I guess a more proper term would be "modest".

Anyway I decided to go with the 2500k processor and the ASUS P8P67 Pro motherboard. Saved about $100 from the CPU which I then put a bit of those savings into a better motherboard.

I am hoping a 620W PSU is enough for me to overclock the CPU to around 4.4 or 4.5GHz?

I probably won't need to OC my GPU although pushing it to the 1000mhz mark would be nice.
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