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I have updated my System Config. Thoughts Please.

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth P67
CPU: i5-2500k
RAM: 8gb Kingston 1600Mhz T1 (Dual Channel) Better recommendation?
Case: NZXT Phantom
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W
OS HD: 80GB SSD (Intel 320)
Data/Gaming Drive: 2 x 2TB Caviar Black SATA 3 in RAID 0 Config
Video: EVGA GeForce GTX-580

Oh and I need a recommendation on a cooler that will let me get to 4.5Ghz with air cooling? Can it do it?

Hello All,

First Time poster here.
I have built several machines inthe past but never one geared directly for gaming.
Have a co-worker who suggests i7-2600k and a triple channel board with Kingston T1 12GB.
Wanted to get thoughts on i5 vs i7 and also if Sandy Bridge is the way to go. I know it will only do 2 dual channel memory.
have a $1500.00 budget and here is what I have so far for a build

Motherboard: Intel DP67BG
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k
RAM: Kingston T1 1600mhz 12GB (2 x 6GB)
Audio: (on board)
Video: (Really looking for input here)
OS Drive: 80GB SSD (Intel 320)
Primary Game Drive: 160GB SSD (Intel 320)
Data/Media Drive: WD 2TB Caviar Black
Case: (Need input here as well)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC

Without Case and Video Card I am sitting right about $1000.00

I get the MoBo, CPU and 160GB SSD in a bundle that can't be beat buying separate so that is driving this to a degree but if there is a better option inthe same price range I am certainly not opposed to trying it.

Thoughts and Ideas are most welcome.
Edited by Kurash - 10/6/11 at 12:48pm
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Hello All,

First Time poster here.
I have built several machines inthe past but never one geared directly for gaming.
Have a co-worker who suggests i7-2600k and a triple channel board with Kingston T1 12GB.
Wanted to get thoughts on i5 vs i7 and also if Sandy Bridge is the way to go. I know it will only do 2 dual channel memory.
have a $1500.00 budget and here is what I have so far for a build

Motherboard: Intel DP67BG
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k
RAM: Kingston T1 1600mhz 12GB (2 x 6GB)
Audio: (on board)
Video: (Really looking for input here)
OS Drive: 80GB SSD (Intel 320)
Primary Game Drive: 160GB SSD (Intel 320)
Data/Media Drive: WD 2TB Caviar Black
Case: (Need input here as well)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Active PFC

Without Case and Video Card I am sitting right about $1000.00

I get the MoBo, CPU and 160GB SSD in a bundle that can't be beat buying separate so that is driving this to a degree but if there is a better option inthe same price range I am certainly not opposed to trying it.

Thoughts and Ideas are most welcome.
2500k is proven to be a better choice in gaming than a 2600k, Also either way 2500k/2600k only support dual channel ram.
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post #3 of 11
There are no triple-channel boards that are compatible with the 2600k, the 2600k is LGA 1155 which is dual-channel only.

Sandy Bridge is definitely the way to go, and I'd recommend just getting the i5 2500k since there's almost no difference between it and the 2600k in gaming. It's about $100 cheaper which you can use to get a better graphics card.

For graphics I'd go GTX 570 if you can.
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Your co-worker is terribly misinformed. Get yourself an i5 2500K for gaming, an i7 will do you no good, and will run you $100 more.

You're right that Sandy Bridge will only support Dual Channel RAM, but general consensus is to not get an Intel motherboard. Go with an Asus/Gigabyte/MSI/ASRock motherboard.

For a graphics card, you may want a GTX 570 or dual 6870's for that kind of budget. 1000W would be way too much for either configuration, so go ahead and get yourself a 750W (500W will run a single 570 but 750W will run SLI, just in case you want to upgrade later).
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Triple channel memory is only for the i7-9xx series on LGA1366. Triple/dual/single channel doesn't matter for games. Why on Earth do you need 12GB of RAM for gaming, go with an 8GB dual-channel kit.

The i5 and i7 will perform identically in games.

For $1000, doesn't seem like much of a deal. I guess the SSD is expensive but you can find a cheaper one since you're loading games from your mechanical driver anyways.
    
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Wow! Great feedback and so quick.
How is the i5-2500k for OCing? What cooler should I be looking for?
Any recommendation on a case? I have a couple ATX cases from previous machines but not sure if there are some better cases for cooling if I am gonna be OCing the CPU and GPU.
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post #7 of 11
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CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k
Like everyone else said, get an i5-2500K, the K means unlocked so it overclocks VERY nice

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RAM: Kingston T1 1600mhz 12GB (2 x 6GB)
Get a dual channel 8GB kit (2x 4GB) That will be plenty. 12 GB is super overkill.

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Video: (Really looking for input here)
Get a GTX 570 or 580

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Primary Game Drive: 160GB SSD (Intel 320)
Data/Media Drive: WD 2TB Caviar Black
If you have to choose between getting a SSD for game storage over a better graphics card, dont get the ssd. This will save you alot of money, and the only thing a ssd will do is increase game loading times. Which are normally pretty fast anyways. Use your data drive for your games.

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Case: (Need input here as well)
This is a personal preference, what are you looking for? for a mid-tower I would suggest the Corsair 500R. A HAF (mid or full) would be good too. Also, you can look into the NZXT Phantom cases.

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Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze .
Overkill PSU, only needed if you are going to be SLIing 2-3 Top of the line cards. If you want it, get it. Otherwise you can suffice with a nice 650W or 750W. Get an Antec, Corsair or Seasonic.


Where are you ordering from? the US? you can probably get something better without getting the mobo/ssd combo.

Also, you should look into a Crucial M4 SSD. Most people on OCN like these.
Edited by Ironman517 - 10/6/11 at 12:12pm
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So MobilePC has the GTX580 for 379.99 and Amazon (next lowest) has it for $469.99
Any impressions on MobilePC as a vendor?

FYI: its the eVGA-580
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post #9 of 11
2500k CPU for gaming, consider a GTX 570 or 580 (OR AMD equivalent), a 650-750W Power supply, and maybe a mid tower case? Never heard of MobilePC so can't exactly say.
post #10 of 11
2500k is a stormer of an overclocker most cpu's clock over 4.5 ghz and many can go above 5ghz depending on cooling, Luckily these sandybridge cpu's run cool compared to previous generations so aslong as you have a good aircooler, mid range water cooler you can reach 5ghz no problem.

Edit:

Check out the NZXT Phantom case
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