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post #1 of 26
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Hi people - looks like a new box soon!

I'm looking at the following build - is there anything wrong with it? Maybe something you'd do differently (I'm wondering about the PNY GPU, it really IS cheap...)

Mainboard: ASUS P8Z68-V Pro
CPU: Intel i7-2600K (Mainboard and i7 come in a neatly priced bundle, else I'd get a P8P67 Pro)
RAM: Kingston 2x4 GB, 1600 MHz, CL8
GPU: PNY GTX 570
HD: WD Caviar Green, 2TB, 5400 RPM (perhaps getting a Caviar Black with 7200 RPM instead)
Optical drive: LG BluRay drive
PSU: Corsair TX750V2 (For eventual SLI - also, I'm not sure what the difference between regular and V2 is supposed to be)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Cooling: Corsair H80, or perhaps even H100.

Edit: See here -> Update
Edited by crust_cheese - 7/20/11 at 10:36am
post #2 of 26
Unless you are an editor as what you mainly do, go with a i5-2500k and save yourself $100. And yeah, get Caviar Black 7200RPM instead. And I would go with the Antec KUHLER H2O 920 for CPU cooling as I personally never trust plastic tubes for carrying liquid. That and it's very similar.
post #3 of 26
Unless you're doing some heavy video editing/rendering/encoding, you won't need the 2600K and its extra threads. For mainly gaming, the 2500K performs just as well.

For HD, look for the Samsung F3 1TB drive. Performs just as well as the WD Blacks and probably will be cheaper. No 2TB version though, but fast mechanical drive nonetheless...get a couple or save for SSD.

PNY video cards are fine. Their support may be rather iffy though based on past complaints. For Nvidia cards, I tend to pick EVGA most of the time for their warranty and support.

The regular Corsair TX750 is an older design made by CWT (Channel Well Tech). The newer v2 is a Seasonic design and the better unit.
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Core i5 2500K @ 4.6GHz 1.34v Asus P8P67 B3 2GB XFX Radeon 6950 (Shaders Unlocked 880/1375) 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3, 2TB WD Green Asus DRW-1814BLT Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Westinghouse LVM-37W3 
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Saitek Eclipse Corsair HX650W Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01 Logitech G5 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3, 2TB WD Green Asus DRW-1814BLT Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Westinghouse LVM-37W3 
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Saitek Eclipse Corsair HX650W Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01 Logitech G5 
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post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by Tig Ol Bitties View Post
Unless you're doing some heavy video editing/rendering/encoding, you won't need the 2600K and its extra threads. For mainly gaming, the 2500K performs just as well.

For HD, look for the Samsung F3 1TB drive. Performs just as well as the WD Blacks and probably will be cheaper. No 2TB version though, but fast mechanical drive nonetheless...get a couple or save for SSD.

PNY video cards are fine. Their support may be rather iffy though based on past complaints. For Nvidia cards, I tend to pick EVGA most of the time for their warranty and support.

The regular Corsair TX750 is an older design made by CWT (Channel Well Tech). The newer v2 is a Seasonic design and the better unit.
I already told him that...
post #5 of 26
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Well, the 2600K/Mainboard bundle is cheaper than even the mainboard and a 2500K separately, so I'm sticking to that. The Antec is about 25 bucks more, I wonder if it's worth that premium?

And thanks, rep for ye
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by crust_cheese View Post
Well, the 2600K/Mainboard bundle is cheaper than even the mainboard and a 2500K separately, so I'm sticking to that. The Antec is about 25 bucks more, I wonder if it's worth that premium?

And thanks, rep for ye
Ahh, okay. (At 2600k bundle)
And for the Antec. Yes, I believe it is worth it. Thought the fan cables are a little on the short end. I am personally going with a custom loop. But if I were to get either Corsair or Antec, I would go with Antec due to the fact that rubber tubes = not as fragile.
post #7 of 26
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Alright then.
post #8 of 26
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Okay, I've modified my build a bit.

Mainboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T

RAM: Kingston 2x4 GB, 1600 MHz, CL8
GPU: PNY GTX 570
HD: WD Caviar Green, 2TB, 5400 RPM (perhaps getting a Caviar Black with 7200 RPM instead)
Optical drive: LG BluRay drive
PSU: Corsair TX750V2 (For eventual SLI - also, I'm not sure what the difference between regular and V2 is supposed to be)
Case: Silverstone Raven 2 w/ window
Cooling: Corsair H80, or perhaps even H100.

By getting a cheap AMD and this high-end mainboard, I save some money I put towards a nicer case.
Eventually, I could upgrade to an AMD Bulldozer.
post #9 of 26
Everything looks perfect, Except for the HDD.

Your using a 5400rpm caviar green drive. These drive's are usually just used for storage, not for your actual OS. If you use this drive it will take a while to load programs and all that and windows would take around 2-3 minutes to just turn on.

Assuming your at your budget , you should just switch your CPU to a Phenom II x4 955/965, OC it. Then use the money to get a RAID 0 Setup or just a better drive overall.
For the HDD, I would either go with WD Caviar black 500gb 7200rpm drive, or the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, or a WD RE4. These are considered performance drives, I believe.

Later you can go on and get the Bulldozer if you want. You might want to go with an AM3+ board though just to save you the trouble.

About your GPU- Most AMD boards usually just support CrossfireX, So if you want to SLI you will have trouble doing that.
Edited by brobanmanx2 - 7/20/11 at 10:50am
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Western Digital Caviar black 500gb 7200rpm Windows 7 Home premium 62-bit Acer G195w 1440x900 Antec Earthwatts 500D 
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post #10 of 26
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Yes, I''m getting a 2TB Caviar Black (7200RPM) instead.
Also, this is an AM3+ board, and the new 990FX chipset supports SLI, so that should work flawlessly.

EDIT: And in the shop I'm looking, the X4s are not much cheaper. (digitec.ch, Swiss shop)
Edited by crust_cheese - 7/20/11 at 3:12pm
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