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I have recently been thinking of building a new PC. I wanted an i7 when I built my current PC but I didnt have the funds to do so. Recently seeing the price of 1366 mobos dropping, I figured it would be time to build a new i7 rig. That and the fact that last night either my PSU or Mobo died on me (testing later)
What is a good reliable i7 mobo that doesnt break the bank?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188068
Processor? 950 or 960?
Both are under $300
What ram for the X58 board above? Or if you suggest a different board, (different number of ram slots) ram for it?
What about this RAM? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148424
Graphics Solution. I have always been an Nvidia guy myself. Looking for a BIG performance boost. Maybe single GPU for now, SLI later. Newegg has some good deals on recertified GTX 400 series cards. Or should I just get a cheaper new card like a GTX 280?
Also I plan on going with this case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133179
And using this PSU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171049

Those are the main things. I plan on getting a Megahalems to cool the Overclocked i7.

I have HDDs, Fans, and all that stuff to add in from my old sig rig, so I dont need all of that.
I am trying to keep each component in the SUB-$300 range so that I can purchase everything in the course of a couple months. I do not have a lot of free cash laying around. Purchasing things like PSU, Case, and RAM together, then CPU one week, and Mobo and CPU Cooler together would be ideal.

What do you guys think?
post #2 of 11
Go with 1600mhz memory or higher.

However it looks like a VERY solid build.

In terms of video cards aside from obviously DX11 etc, my GTX 465 I used for a few weeks was BARELY an upgrade from my stock vs stock. So shop wisely.
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Also on these new mobos, you may want to take advantage of the new SATA.

Well I've yet to see the side by side benchies, but then again if you're getting storage, SSD it baby!
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Why LGA 1366? You sound like you don't even know that Sandy Bridge came out.
Way over Kill on the PSU, a solid 750w can handle two GTX 580s and a OC'd 2500k.

With your limited funds, a 2500k is as effective and suits you better due to limited funds.

2500k + 8GB GSkill RipJawsX DDR3 1600 cas 8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.644341

BIOSTAR TP67XE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138317
Lowest price OC motherboard (Look at the power phases in the pics, looks like 10+2)

Armor Case and 800w Modular PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.639362
Rosewill makes good PSU's as can be seen here in this list

I think that covers all you need. Total is about $665 for those 5 items.

The Megahalems is no longer at the top.
Look for a ThermalRight Silver Arrow or Noctua NH-D14. The TR-SA edges out the NH-D14 by about 1*C in most cases except when the heat is turned up at extreme clocks past 5ghz, Only then will the NH-D14 edge out the TR-SA but not by much. You can't go wrong with either.

EDIT: I forgot GPU, If you only have 1 Monitor, A GTX 560 will be plenty to Max anything at 1080p or if you want better bang for your buck, grab a 6950 2GB and you can unlock the 6970 shaders.


Edited by PowerTrip - 5/10/11 at 12:19pm
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Originally Posted by StretchNuts View Post
I have recently been thinking of building a new PC. I wanted an i7 when I built my current PC but I didnt have the funds to do so. Recently seeing the price of 1366 mobos dropping, I figured it would be time to build a new i7 rig. That and the fact that last night either my PSU or Mobo died on me (testing later)
What is a good reliable i7 mobo that doesnt break the bank?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188068
Processor? 950 or 960?
Both are under $300
What ram for the X58 board above? Or if you suggest a different board, (different number of ram slots) ram for it?
What about this RAM? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148424
Graphics Solution. I have always been an Nvidia guy myself. Looking for a BIG performance boost. Maybe single GPU for now, SLI later. Newegg has some good deals on recertified GTX 400 series cards. Or should I just get a cheaper new card like a GTX 280?
Also I plan on going with this case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133179
And using this PSU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171049

Those are the main things. I plan on getting a Megahalems to cool the Overclocked i7.

I have HDDs, Fans, and all that stuff to add in from my old sig rig, so I dont need all of that.
I am trying to keep each component in the SUB-$300 range so that I can purchase everything in the course of a couple months. I do not have a lot of free cash laying around. Purchasing things like PSU, Case, and RAM together, then CPU one week, and Mobo and CPU Cooler together would be ideal.

What do you guys think?
get this build:
cpu- i5 2500k
mobo- asus p67 sabertooth/asus p8p67 pro
ram- 2x4gb corsair vengeance
gpu- msi nvidia gtx580 lightning
psu- corsair tx750 v2
pc case- cooler master haf 922 advanced
cooler- thermalright silver arrow/noctura nh d14
hdd- 1tb western digital cavair black
ssd- crucial c300 64gb
optical drive- asus 24x dual layer drive
Hope u like my suggestion
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get this build:
cpu- i5 2500k
mobo- asus p67 sabertooth/asus p8p67 pro
ram- 2x4gb corsair vengeance
gpu- msi nvidia gtx580 lightning
psu- corsair tx750 v2
pc case- cooler master haf 922 advanced
cooler- thermalright silver arrow/noctura nh d14
hdd- 1tb western digital cavair black
ssd- crucial c300 64gb
optical drive- asus 24x dual layer drive
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This.

Although i think the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb drive is better and the nzxt phantom
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Why LGA 1366? You sound like you don't even know that Sandy Bridge came out.
Way over Kill on the PSU, a solid 750w can handle two GTX 580s and a OC'd 2500k.

With your limited funds, a 2500k is as effective and suits you better due to limited funds.
I had no idea about Sandy Bridge. Looks like the new best thing as far as bang for buck goes. Looks like it is going to be a way better build for what I need, and much lighter on the pocket.

I dont care much for the Biostar board, but I can find a good i5 board on the cheap. I also like the tower and PSU you suggested. Though I will likely void the warranty on the PSU right away to clip those rainbow colored LEDs.

When I built the rig in my sig I thought a 750W PSU would be enough, and picked up the OCZ used on the cheap. I think I will Stick with much overkill on the PSU just to be safe. I will go with the one I linked, but most likely the better tower you have listed. I also considered the new Corsair H60 CPU cooler as it seems to be keeping the 5+Ghz clocks cool with a decent fan setup.

I have been away from PC building and overclocking for a while and missed a lot of updates like Sandy Bridge and the GTX 5xx series of GPUs. Though the 580 is tempting, I cant swing $450-$500 at one chop. The 560 Ti that powertripp linked is right in my price range and I could SLI them later for HUGE performance.

So here is my Build Revision:

CPU and RAM as linked $301.98
Case and PSU as Linked $214.98
Motherboard Asus P8P67 Pro $179.99
GTX 560 Ti (Will SLI Later) $229.99 after MIR
Corsair H60 $69.99

Free Shipping, total comes to under $1000

I could get it down under $900 with a different case and PSU setup, But I like that case. Not really any cheaper than the i7 build I was going to do, but the graphics should be much better than the setup I was considering.

Also looks like this new Sandy Bridge will clock higher, and run cooler than the i7. I may even keep an eye out for some stuff in the market place here to save some $. No used PSU this time though.

Also thanks for the suggestions Aniket and Chewy, but I dont really need any more storage than I already have at the moment. I did go with that Asus board for the build though. I like it as it is X16 on both PCI-E slots, where as most others are X4 or X8, which would suck if/when I SLI in the future.
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Originally Posted by StretchNuts View Post
Also thanks for the suggestions Aniket and Chewy, but I dont really need any more storage than I already have at the moment. I did go with that Asus board for the build though. I like it as it is X16 on both PCI-E slots, where as most others are X4 or X8, which would suck if/when I SLI in the future.
sorry to say,but u are wrong friend.....
pci ex x16 & x8 has almost no diffencence at all,
if u run 2x gpu @16x vs 2x gpu @8x u wont see difference at all,
but yeah,running at x4 affects performence,
hope this helps
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I did go with that Asus board for the build though. I like it as it is X16 on both PCI-E slots, where as most others are X4 or X8, which would suck if/when I SLI in the future.

Just FYI:

P67 chipset is limited in the amount of pci lanes it can handle. Even though the board you listed shows 2x 16x pci-e, when both 16x slots are populated they will be reduced to 8x, 8x. They will not both run 16x. If you run a single card in either slot you will get 16x. In order to get 16x, 16x on any p67 motherboard you will require a NF200 chip. This adds to the pci-e bandwith and allows for full 16x, 16x on both slots.

But like others have said you will only see a decrease in 1%-3% in performace with 16x,16x vs 8x,8x.
    
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Yep That's why the best bang for your buck Mobo is the Biostar I linked. Plenty of Power Phases to get you to 5Ghz and 2 PCI-e slots that run in 8x mode.

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2 x PCI-E x16 2.0 Slot (CFX x8)
I highly recommend taking a closer look.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138317
$147.55 Shipped
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