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So my first rig finally bit the dust

gives me a reason to build the next one.

I have bought a HAF 932 Case and G.Skill Ripjaws X 8gb Ram (12800-PC3 Dual Channel)

a friend of mine suggested the mother board and CPU, and I want to know what your opinions are on this one

MOBO8Z68-V PRO with CrossfireX/SLI
CPU:Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.4ghz
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The motherboard is a solid choice, but are you sure you need the Z68 chipset ? Perhaps you can get something a little cheaper with a P67 chipset. Or do you intend to use all the features, like SLI or Crossfire, SSD caching and Lucid's system ? If so, then I guess it's a good choice.

The CPU is also a great choice, but also think if you are going to take advantage of Multithreading. The extra 2MB of cache versus a 2500k is a welcome bonus, but I don't know if it is really worth the price right now.

If you are going to mainly game with your rig, then perhaps a 2500k is a better choice in terms of price - performance.

If you can wait another month to see what Bulldozer brings that would be ideal, especially if AMD is competitive, which means that even if you want to stick with Intel, they will probably lower their prices of current models a bit and introduce new CPU's, like the 2700k and 2800k.
Edited by tpi2007 - 8/6/11 at 8:36am
 
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Yeah, I really don't see much love for the 2600k. And it's not because it's a bad deal or even overpriced. It's just that the 2500k is just a ridiculous value for what you get.
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I intend to pick up a second graphics card to support my 250GTS right now as well as get a 40GB SSD or something for the OS. But those will be future purchases.

I want to spend less than $1K for new parts. So my plan is to recycle my HDD, GPU and DVD drive and just get new everything else.


I am hoping that I can have this rig built and running by the last weekend of august.
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I intend to pick up a second graphics card to support my 250GTS right now as well as get a 40GB SSD or something for the OS. But those will be future purchases.

I want to spend less than $1K for new parts. So my plan is to recycle my HDD, GPU and DVD drive and just get new everything else.


I am hoping that I can have this rig built and running by the last weekend of august.

A second GTS 250 ? That does not sound like a good idea. Just buy a single GPU and afterwards sell the current one (so you can gain back some money). The GTS250 is essentially a 9800GTX+ with 128 shaders; two of them in SLI would give you in a best case scenario of 100% scaling - which doesn't happen, the performance of a GTX285.

You can buy a Radeon HD6850 or a GTX460/560 1GB for a good price and it will give you more performance than two 250GTS in SLI. And use less power, of course, and make less noise, and less heat. Or, given your 1k budget, you could even go for a GTX 560ti or a Radeon HD6870 or even a HD6950 2GB.

As to the SSD, I see you are using Windows Vista. Is it the 32-bit or the 64-bit version ?

If you are using the 64-bit version, a 40GB SSD is too small. You won't have much space for anything else after installing the OS. Even with a 32-bit OS you have to do some thinking of what applications have space to install.

You should get at least a 60GB SSD. It's not much more expensive and those extra gigabytes make all the difference.
Edited by tpi2007 - 8/6/11 at 9:24am
 
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Well the ideal this is just run the OS off the SSD. I have 500GB HDD, and am going to upgrade with a 1.5TB one.

As for the GPU, 2 250s I think would suffice for now. it runs every game I own and will continue to do so. I would go grab a 560Ti.

But the 1K right now has covered 5 parts and thats it

Case, Ram, MB, PSU, CPU. Those are the only five im getting.

That being said. A SSD, GPU and Second HDD will be upgrades over the school year. when my expenses should br less
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