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I decided a $2,000 budget if the most I can justify spending, because any more and it is just diminishing returns. This PC will be used for mainly for gaming, with some photo editing/video encoding here and there. I want something that will play Skyrim on max settings without breaking a sweat. I will be building this PC between June and August depending on my money situation.

Below is the part I chose and why. Any critique or opinions would be highly appreciated.

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge – A I5 is the most cores any game would need. I do video encoding maybe once a month. I cannot justify the cost of an I7 for how little video encoding I do.

Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 – I want the x10 SATA ports and the x4 USB 3.0 ports. As it stands now, I can find good uses for 9 of the 10 SATA ports. I don’t really care for Fatal1ty, but it’s $15 more than the ASRock Extreme 6 motherboard and comes with more “goodies” and matches the red and black theme of my case.

Graphics Card: ASUS GTX 570 Direct CU II– I do not want a SLI or Crossfire set up, it’s too much hassle and takes up a lot of room. I like the simplicity of a single card design. I chose this particular model because; 1.) runs 35 C cooler than the reference model. 2.) considerably quieter than the reference model 3.) matches the red and black theme of my case 4.) Triple slot? Awesome!

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) – Toms Hardware ranked this as some of the best bang for my buck. Also, the heat spreader is physically smaller than other high performance sticks of RAM. I don’t want my RAM heat spreader to get caught on my Scythe SCMG-2100 CPU heatsink.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 – My sig rig has a full-tower case, and it’s literally out of room. I want a case where I will never run out of space with. I will be using the world’s only triple slot video card + biggest heat sink I have ever seen + 7 hard drives (Only 3 of them are necessary, the others I have lying around from other things). Plus, the case matches the black and red theme I have going on with the other parts. Also, I’m very anal about cable management.

CPU Heatsink: Scythe SCMG-2100 – This should be the best cooler I can get without going to liquid cooling or phase change. I enjoy the “idiot-proof-ness” of air cooling.

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W – I know this is a little bit overkill, but I want room for upgrades. Modular is a must. Also, I need something with at least 10 or more SATA connectors because of the motherboard I chose. I want something “gold” certified. I also like the really low profile cabling, since I get really OCD about cable management.

Hard Drive: x3 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB – I want to get x3 of these and put them in a RAID 5 array. From what I’ve read, three of these in a RAID 5 array should be similar in speed to a SSD drive, but with 1,000 times more storage per dollar.

Optical Drives: Lite-On Black Blue Ray Burner + DVD drive

Others: LOGISYS CLK15RD 15" Red Deluxe Sound Activated CCFL Kit – because it’s cool.

Keyboard: Logitech G510 Black – I like the changeable colors and the little mini LCD screen. My friend has one and I was impressed.

The parts list below I’m re-using from my old PC (These parts will only be used if there is still enough room on the motherboard/in the case)


Phys-X Card: XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog Edition – This is my primary video card in my current computer, when I upgrade I am going to make it a dedicated phys-x card.

Wireless Networking: Linksys WMP600N – This card is less than a year old, and I see no reason to replace it.

Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2 – This is a maybe. I am pretty sure my new motherboard comes with way better onboard sound. I have had trouble with poor quality of onboard sound in the past, so I’m kind of on the fence on this one. I might buy a PCI Express 1x card at a later point. With the triple slot GTX 570 and the 8800GT, I am pretty sure another PCI card won’t fit.

Hard Drives: I have a 500Gb, 250Gb, 250Gb, and a 200GB SATA hard drives laying around. I would like to put them all in my case if I can make it fit. Hence, the whole 10 SATA port motherboard.

Monitor: 1080p 23 inch monitor as primary (forgot the name of my monitor, lol I'm on my laptop right now), with an Acer AL502 as secondary (got the Acer for free)

Mouse: Microsoft Laser Wireless Mouse 30000
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 5/19/11 at 12:37pm
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If you have $2k to throw down, why not the 2600K?
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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
If you have $2k to throw down, why not the 2600K?
I'm really on the fence on this one. 50% of me wants to buy it, the other 50% tells me I'll never use all 7 cores and it's a waste.

If i can justify it, I'll buy it. I don't know what i want.
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Originally Posted by crimsontears809739 View Post
I'm really on the fence on this one. 50% of me wants to buy it, the other 50% tells me I'll never use all 7 cores and it's a waste.

If i can justify it, I'll buy it. I don't know what i want.
7 Cores? It only has 4 cores. Unless you mean 8 threads.
But eh. The 2500K is good, but I mean if you can. Why not?
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Just get the 2500k and go with a 580 with that extra money you're already contemplating spending on the 2600k.
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If im dropping 2k on a fresh build it better have a top of the line air cooler/water cooling and at current tech a 2600k, 8GB of Ram, and a GTX 580.

You should even be able to almost mix in a SSD in the 80-120GB range.
    
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mbudden, sorry i meant 8 threads not cores. Just checking, only 7 of the 8 threads are usable because one is used to control to the memory, right?

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Just get the 2500k and go with a 580 with that extra money you're already contemplating spending on the 2600k.
Just because i have 2K to spend, does not mean i need to spent 2K. I can't justify spending 40% more money for something that is 4% faster. (referring to the GTX 580)
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Here is the deal with the HDDs.. they MIGHT come close in lab tests to a SDD but in reality day to day use it doesn't even come CLOSE. get a cheap SDD for your OS and 2 F3s in raid 0... i had 2 WD RAPTORS in raid 0 and my 64gb crucial SDD is WAY WAY WAY faster in every way. Imo a good boot sdd is the single best way to upgrade any computer AND a must have in any new one. You can find a good one pretty cheap. 120-180$. If you are worried about data security iv had mine for 3 years and no problems and iv had HDDs fail faster in the past... sooo
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The RAM you chose has a combo deal with the 2500k.
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Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge – A I5 is the most cores any game would need. I do video encoding maybe once a month. I cannot justify the cost of an I7 for how little video encoding I do.

Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 – I want the x10 SATA ports and the x4 USB 3.0 ports. As it stands now, I can find good uses for 9 of the 10 SATA ports. I don’t really care for Fatal1ty, but it’s $15 more than the ASRock Extreme 6 motherboard and comes with more “goodies†and matches the red and black theme of my case.

Graphics Card: ASUS GTX 570 Direct CU II– MSI twin frozr also runs at the same temps, and looks sleeker

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) – Toms Hardware ranked this as some of the best bang for my buck. Also, the heat spreader is physically smaller than other high performance sticks of RAM. I don’t want my RAM heat spreader to get caught on my Scythe SCMG-2100 CPU heatsink.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 – My sig rig has a full-tower case, and it’s literally out of room. I want a case where I will never run out of space with. I will be using the world’s only triple slot video card Have you not seen the spitfire cooler + biggest heat sink that thing is tiny I have ever seen + 7 hard drives (Only 3 of them are necessary, the others I have lying around from other things) Waste, throw them in a server build out of your old rig or something. Plus, the case matches the black and red theme I have going on with the other parts. Also, I’m very anal about cable management.

CPU Heatsink: Scythe SCMG-2100 – Decent but their are much better air coolers, plus the Corsair Idiot proof, sealed liquid coolers.

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W I just bought this PSU to replace my corsair, Its cheaper, more power, and modular. I also noticed its a little bit quieter.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0master%20800w

Hard Drive: x3 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB – I want to get x3 of these and put them in a RAID 5 array. From what I’ve read, three of these in a RAID 5 array should be similar in speed to a SSD drive, but with 1,000 times more storage per dollar.

Optical Drives: Lite-On Black Blue Ray Burner + DVD drive

Others: LOGISYS CLK15RD 15" Red Deluxe Sound Activated CCFL Kit – because it’s cool.

Keyboard: Logitech G510 Black Bunch of gimmick crap, go for a mechanical.
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