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Finally moving towards a nice Intel rig.

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi folks,

First time poster but was referred here by a friend. As someone who has always built budget rigs I decided to "reward" myself with a better setup (although the reason for the reward is yet to be known). I always had a preference towards AMD machines but decided to venture into Intel territory. What I have shared below is my new rig (following a potential update, with the original parts crossed out).

The purpose of the machine is to play all new games decently with the intention of graphic design tasks as well. Any thoughts are appreciated! Also I've never looked into OCing and water-cooling but might have an interest in this in the future.

CPU: AMD x4 925 Intel i7-2600
Motherboard: Gigabyte MA-G85-US2H MicroATX Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3
RAM: 8GB DDR2 666 16GB DDR3 Patriot 1333
GPU: 1GB HIS ATi HD6850
HDD: 32GB Kingston SSD + 2TB (for media and storage)
OPT: Samsung DVDRW
Case: Lian-Li K58 (with Window)
PSU: Earthwatts 650W
Current Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X4 925 Gigabyte GA-m85-US2H HIS 1GB HD6850 8GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
32GB Kingston SSD Windows 7 x64 Ultimate BenQ G2420HD Razer Lycosa 
PowerMouseMouse Pad
Earthwatts 650W Razer DeathAdder Razer Goliathus 
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AMD X4 925 Gigabyte GA-m85-US2H HIS 1GB HD6850 8GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
32GB Kingston SSD Windows 7 x64 Ultimate BenQ G2420HD Razer Lycosa 
PowerMouseMouse Pad
Earthwatts 650W Razer DeathAdder Razer Goliathus 
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post #2 of 15
BD + a 560ti would be good imo. what do you need 16 gigs for?

its your money though, you can do what you please!


dont give in to the pressure =( amd4lyfe
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Western Digital 500Gb LG 22x Antec Kuhler 620 Win 7 64bit 
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post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Infact, in all honestly I am not too aware of the benefits of going Intel OR AMD. I wouldn't mind getting a more powerful AMD CPU but everyone around me keeps telling me to move to Intel.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X4 925 Gigabyte GA-m85-US2H HIS 1GB HD6850 8GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
32GB Kingston SSD Windows 7 x64 Ultimate BenQ G2420HD Razer Lycosa 
PowerMouseMouse Pad
Earthwatts 650W Razer DeathAdder Razer Goliathus 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X4 925 Gigabyte GA-m85-US2H HIS 1GB HD6850 8GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
32GB Kingston SSD Windows 7 x64 Ultimate BenQ G2420HD Razer Lycosa 
PowerMouseMouse Pad
Earthwatts 650W Razer DeathAdder Razer Goliathus 
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post #4 of 15
Some advice....

First, get a 2600k, not a 2600.

You probably don't need 16GB of RAM. It'll only make a difference if you usually find all of your 8 gigs being used up.

32GB is very little for a boot drive.
Kalki
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AMD FX-8320 @ 4.73GHz Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Radeon HD 7950 @ 1200/1800 8GB Samsung 30nm DDR3 @ 2000MHz 11-11-11-28-1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
128GB Crucial M4 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 2TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200 RPM who cares 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm XSPC Razor HD 7970 XSPC EX240 Swiftech MCP50X 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Black Ice GT Stealth 240 2x XSPC Xinruilian 1650rpm 2x Yate Loon Slim 1800rpm Alphacool Light Tower 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Gentoo GNU/Linux Dell UltraSharp U2412M CM Storm Trigger MX Brown 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair AX750 Corsair Carbide 300R Logitech G400 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD OPTERON BULLDOZER 16-CORE 2GHZ (32GHZ TOTAL) ALIENWARE 3+1 PHASE ITX GAMING BOARD 4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GT 430 32GB GAMING DDR3 800MHZ CL13 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB 5400RPM GAMING HDD GAMING BLU RAY BURNER ONE GAMING CASE FAN UBUNTU W/ UNITY (I AM 1337 H4X0R) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
HD-READY 24" 1366X768 PENTILE TN PANEL GAMING M... ALIENWARE TACTX UBER 1337 BACKLIT RUBBER MEMBRA... OFF-BRAND 200W GAMING PSU; 65% EFFICIENCY  ALIENWARE GAMING CASE WITH THE COOL GLOWING ALIEN 
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ALIENWARE TACTX GAMING MOUSE ALIENWARE MOUSEPAD IT'S DESIGNED FOR GAMING AND... BEATS AUDIO 1337 ALIENWARE TACTX 8-CHANNEL GAMING HEADSET/M... 
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16 CORES!!!! 4GB VRAM!!!! FASTER THAN 3960X + 7... ALIENWARE GAMING CARPET 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3420M OC 2.2GHz / 3GHz Turbo 1.10625v ASUS A53Z AMD Radeon HD 6520G 6GB DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
320GB WD Scorpio Black yes. really good Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 
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Fedora GNU/Linux 1366x768 LED-backlit TN panel Decent + numpad ~5hr 6-cell li-ion 
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Kalki
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 @ 4.73GHz Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Radeon HD 7950 @ 1200/1800 8GB Samsung 30nm DDR3 @ 2000MHz 11-11-11-28-1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
128GB Crucial M4 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 2TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200 RPM who cares 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm XSPC Razor HD 7970 XSPC EX240 Swiftech MCP50X 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Black Ice GT Stealth 240 2x XSPC Xinruilian 1650rpm 2x Yate Loon Slim 1800rpm Alphacool Light Tower 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Gentoo GNU/Linux Dell UltraSharp U2412M CM Storm Trigger MX Brown 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair AX750 Corsair Carbide 300R Logitech G400 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD OPTERON BULLDOZER 16-CORE 2GHZ (32GHZ TOTAL) ALIENWARE 3+1 PHASE ITX GAMING BOARD 4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GT 430 32GB GAMING DDR3 800MHZ CL13 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2TB 5400RPM GAMING HDD GAMING BLU RAY BURNER ONE GAMING CASE FAN UBUNTU W/ UNITY (I AM 1337 H4X0R) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
HD-READY 24" 1366X768 PENTILE TN PANEL GAMING M... ALIENWARE TACTX UBER 1337 BACKLIT RUBBER MEMBRA... OFF-BRAND 200W GAMING PSU; 65% EFFICIENCY  ALIENWARE GAMING CASE WITH THE COOL GLOWING ALIEN 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
ALIENWARE TACTX GAMING MOUSE ALIENWARE MOUSEPAD IT'S DESIGNED FOR GAMING AND... BEATS AUDIO 1337 ALIENWARE TACTX 8-CHANNEL GAMING HEADSET/M... 
OtherOther
16 CORES!!!! 4GB VRAM!!!! FASTER THAN 3960X + 7... ALIENWARE GAMING CARPET 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-3420M OC 2.2GHz / 3GHz Turbo 1.10625v ASUS A53Z AMD Radeon HD 6520G 6GB DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
320GB WD Scorpio Black yes. really good Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Fedora GNU/Linux 1366x768 LED-backlit TN panel Decent + numpad ~5hr 6-cell li-ion 
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post #5 of 15
Intel SB demolishes the current AMD chips. Get a K series chip with a Z68 since the point of Z68/P67 is overclocking.

Even on a price/performance basis Intel destroys AMD except for cheap video encoding machines (because professionals apparently can't buy i7).
    
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post #6 of 15
Just remember that if you're going to overclock you're gonna need a decent cpu cooler. The Noctua NH-D14 is amazing, used it for my recent 2600k build. Quiet and cool!
post #7 of 15
I advise, first, the i7 2600k just like everyone else has said.

Second, go with a Corsair power supply. It will benefit you if you ever have problems because they have excellent customer service and are very well known as the best power supply company.

third, go with 8 gigs of RAM. I recommend either G.Skill, Mushkin, or Corsair.AND PLEASE GO WITH DDR3 1600 RAM. That is the best to use for Sandy Bridge, which is what the i7 2600k is.

fourth, 64gb SSD, minimum. Go on Newegg and type in Crucial M4. Get the 64gb version of that.

fifth, Go with an Asus Z-68 board. Asus has the best customer service out of any motherboard company. Plus, they are known to make some of the best boards available.

and finally sixth, get an Asus GPU. It's that Asus warranty and customer service.
post #8 of 15
imo d14 is too expensive, cm hyper 212+ is perfectly fine
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post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Interesting; ill keep this in mind. Ill probably go for 8GB DDR3 for now and invest in cooling down the track when I've learned a bit more about it.

But yes I hope I do feel rewarded from moving from my current AMD chip (because its old).
Current Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X4 925 Gigabyte GA-m85-US2H HIS 1GB HD6850 8GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
32GB Kingston SSD Windows 7 x64 Ultimate BenQ G2420HD Razer Lycosa 
PowerMouseMouse Pad
Earthwatts 650W Razer DeathAdder Razer Goliathus 
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Current Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X4 925 Gigabyte GA-m85-US2H HIS 1GB HD6850 8GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
32GB Kingston SSD Windows 7 x64 Ultimate BenQ G2420HD Razer Lycosa 
PowerMouseMouse Pad
Earthwatts 650W Razer DeathAdder Razer Goliathus 
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post #10 of 15
Always check these when looking for power supplies:
Phaedrus' Quick'n'Dirty PSU Calculator
FAQ: Recommended Power Supplies
8GB of memory will probably be plenty. Use the money you save from only getting 8GB instead of 16GB to buy higher clocked RAM.
Also, I'm pretty sure that board is solid, but if you got a board with UEFI it would boot faster.
I also like Weezernation's idea of getting a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD. SATA III, baby!
If you're going to overclock get the 2600k, and make sure you get the highest clocked RAM your mobo says it supports to make sure you have t3h ultra fastness!
Finally, I think if you still have money you should get another 6850 to go with the one you have and CrossFireX those bad boys!
 
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CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
BitFenix Spectre PWM Windows 7 Home 64-bit Dell SE178WFP Dell U2410 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 LG GH20NS15 Prolimatech PRO-GNSS-BK 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
BitFenix Spectre PWM Windows 7 Home 64-bit Dell SE178WFP Dell U2410 
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