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The Zalman isn't worth the money. I don't doubt a $29 212+ will out perform it. However if you are willing to spend that much on a air cooler, you can get the Best for $76 Shipped or so.
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post #12 of 36
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Honestly, I don't use any hard drive space. My MacBook which I use for school, music and pictures has 128GB and I've only used up 60. I have a 500GB external that I'm going to use to back up both.

Edit: I like the Noctua cooler, do you know how many CFMs the 140mm fan is capable of? Their website lists 83.7 m³/h. I would probably just have the one 140mm for my CPU if I keep my stock voltage
Edited by meta||ic - 8/14/11 at 9:26pm
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post #13 of 36
The Core i7 950 is Intel's last generation flagship which the current performance-tier processors exceed(2x00k) so going with a first-gen Core i7 is a mistake.

If you want Intel's next-gen flagship then wait a few months for Sandy Bridge-E. To go that route it'll cost almost double what you would pay for a 2500k + Mainboard + RAM.
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post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by BizzareRide View Post
The Core i7 950 is Intel's last generation flagship which the current performance-tier processors exceed(2x00k) so going with a first-gen Core i7 is a mistake.

If you want Intel's next-gen flagship then wait a few months for Sandy Bridge-E. To go that route it'll cost almost double what you would pay for a 2500k + Mainboard + RAM.
Thanks for the info. Is that going to be a new socket again?
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post #15 of 36
Sb-E is 2011?
post #16 of 36
If you're going SB get a 2600K since I7 950 (can't you get the 960 for $260 ?) > 2500K or better yet, wait until the new SB socket coming out in a couple of months.

Also, not sure if that mouse + keyboard combo is worth it. I'd rather grab a larger monitor, 24" minimum, you won't regret it.

Consider buying a CM 690-II Advanced instead, considered by many the best mid-tower case and that SSD won't be enough, you need an extra HDD also.
Edited by Wulfgar - 8/14/11 at 10:13pm
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Thanks for the info. Is that going to be a new socket again?
Yes, Sandy Bridge-E will be socket "LGA 2011." If you want an upgrade path then you can't go wrong with either. It then becomes a matter of how much you want to spend.

LGA 1155 will get Ivy Bridge next year and LGA 2011 should get an Ivy Bridge 6 and 8 core in Q1'2013.

You can't go wrong with either honestly.

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Sb-E is 2011?
Yes, LGA 2011 and it should be out later this year.

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If you're going SB get a 2600K since I7 950 (can't you get the 960 for $260 ?) > 2500K or better yet, wait until the new SB socket coming out in a couple of months.

Also, not sure if that mouse + keyboard combo is worth it. I'd rather grab a larger monitor, 24" minimum, you won't regret it.

Consider buying a CM 690-II Advanced instead, considered by many the best mid-tower case and that SSD won't be enough, you need an extra HDD also.
This isn't true at all... Even lacking SMT, the 2500k's architectural improvements makes it faster than any Core i7 9x0 CPU save for the hexa-cores...

Just look at the Anandtech benchmarks, the 2500k beats the i7 950 in everything INCLUDING multithreaded scenarios: Source

The 2600k is faster than the 2500k, but the 2500k is faster than the 950 still.
Edited by BizzareRide - 8/14/11 at 10:23pm
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post #19 of 36
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Thank you for the info BizzareRide, I'll probably go LGA 1155 and upgrade next year.

Size isn't my main focus with a monitor, I used to game on a 20" display, I prefer the pixel pitch of the 21.5". Also, the MX Revolution is my favorite mouse and it retails for $100 by itself so I don't think $125 for a wireless keyboard/mouse is bad.

For storage, I added a WD Caviar Black 500GB and now I just have to go around to my friends begging for 64-bit copy of Windows
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post #20 of 36
drop keyboard/mouse get proper gaming mouse/mousepad and maybe mech keyboard if you can stretch that into budget...like Das Professional w/ student discount
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